Central Staff

Patrick Kwan

Patrick Kwan

NYC Smoke-Free Director

Patrick Kwan is Director of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where he works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, he worked to strengthen animal protection laws as New York State Director and Director of Grassroots Organizing for The Humane Society of the United States as well as on human rights and corporate accountability campaigns as Field Organizer for Amnesty International USA. A Chinatown NYC native, he also led media, marketing, and fundraising efforts for the historic neighborhood on behalf of The September 11th Fund and NYC & Company and as Communications & Development Director for the Chinatown Partnership.

Deidre Sully

Deidre Sully

NYC Smoke-Free Deputy Director

Deidre Sully, MPH, is the Deputy Director of NYC Smoke-Free, a program of Public Health Solutions.  She works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through by expanding smoke-free protections for New York City. As Deputy Director, Deidre oversees program budget and manages allocation of resources. She provides substantial strategic direction for program staff and determines priorities to meet program deliverables. Additionally, she works to garner earned media via published opinion pieces and the planning and coordination of many of NYC Smoke-Free’s high profile events, all of which help drive their mission to promote a tobacco-free society in NYC. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, Deidre helped to further knowledge  of cancer treatments as a Research Specialist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center – managing a multi-center Gastric Cancer Consortium which included nine major medical institutions nationwide. Deidre received her master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from Boston University School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton.

Danielle Hosein

Danielle Hosein

NYC Smoke-Free Program Coordinator

Danielle Hosein is the Program Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where she works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, she supported senior leadership in developing innovative, valuable and lasting public-private partnerships that increase the capacity and reach of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Office at the Fund for Public Health in New York. Danielle graduated magna cum laude from Lehman College with a Bachelor of Science and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree part-time with a concentration in Community Health Education at Hunter College.

Borough Staff

Guillermo Flores

Guillermo Flores

Bronx Community Engagement Coordinator

Guillermo Flores, Jr. is the Bronx Community Engagement Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where he works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, he worked at the American Cancer Society, where he served as a Community Mission Manager and Director of Health Care Systems and Worksite Initiatives. He has also worked in institutions that serve communities in NYC declared “health crisis zones” by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Born and reared in the Bronx, it is Guillermo’s professional and personal goal to help all Bronxites live longer, healthier lives.

Vonetta Dudley

Vonetta Dudley

Bronx Reality Check Student Engagement Coordinator

Vonetta Dudley is the Bronx Reality Check Student Engagement Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where she works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, she worked at Urban Health Plan, Inc. as the Health Educator for the adolescent outreach and education program. She functioned as the Fit for Life Program Coordinator, whose mission was to assist families in helping their child reach and maintain a healthy weight. She also served on the company’s Associate Health and Wellness Committee where she aided in implementing various work-site wellness programs. Vonetta’s goal has always been to teach community members how they can live longer and healthier lives by becoming advocates of their own health.

Julia Cuthbertson

Julia Cuthbertson

Brooklyn Community Engagement Coordinator

Julia Cuthbertson is the Brooklyn Community Engagement Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where she works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, she worked on obesity prevention by increasing healthy food access as a consultant at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and as the Social Media Strategist for With Food in Mind. Since 2010, she has also collaborated with NoFumadores.org, Spain’s leading tobacco control advocacy group.

Edric Robinson

Edric Robinson

Brooklyn Reality Check Student Engagement Coordinator

Edric Robinson is the Brooklyn Reality Check Student Engagement Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where he works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. In this role, he works with the Reality Check program, a teen led initiative working across New York State, to expose the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. Among his significant previous positions, Edric served as a project coordinator at one of the nation’s leading cancer hospitals, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Edric holds a Bachelor of Science from Howard University and a Master of Science from Columbia University.

Lisa Spitzner

Lisa Spitzner

Manhattan Community Engagement Coordinator

Lisa Spitzner is the Manhattan Community Engagement Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where she works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, she worked to strengthen tobacco prevention and clean air quality laws as Manager of Health Education and Public Policy for The American Lung Association of the Northeast. Lisa began her career in tobacco control with the New York State Department of Health, where she had the opportunity to involve young people in community action against tobacco use and foster meaningful youth led tobacco prevention activities.

Ayodele Alli

Ayodele Alli

Manhattan Reality Check Student Engagement Coordinator

Ayo Alli, M.S, is the Manhattan Reality Check Student Engagement Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where he works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Ayo joins Public Health Solutions, with experience in coordinating youth engagement and educational equality programs, outreach implementation in disaster recovery nonprofit organizations and a passion for eradicating the epidemic that tobacco smoke represents to a youthful demographic. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies in Political Science and African-American studies, as well as a Master of Science in Information Policy. 

Joel Bhuiyan

Joel Bhuiyan

Queens Community Engagement Coordinator

Joel M. Bhuiyan is the Queens Community Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free NYC at Public Health Solutions, where he works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, Joel worked as Policy Advisor for NYCLASS, a non-profit animal advocacy group. He has also worked as Special Assistant to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree part-time in Public Administration with a concentration in public health from the Baruch School of Public Affairs.

Vanessa Yvon

Vanessa Yvon

Queens Reality Check Student Engagement Coordinator

Vanessa Yvon is the Queens Reality Check Student Engagement Coordinator of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, where she works with youth advocates to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and peer education. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, she worked in Massachusetts with youth serving community based non-profit organizations and Boston Public Schools. Vanessa began her career in youth programming and development as a part of Boston's citywide "Go Green See Green" campaign, in an effort to educate members of local communities with the most effective strategies and tools to promote a green lifestyle.