Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church welcomes Albert Vazquez as Director of Accounting and Finance. Albert succeeds Bob DeLuke, who retires from the church on June 15 after 34 years of service.
“We are delighted to have found an individual of Albert’s temperament, experience and integrity to entrust with the financial resources of this congregation,” said Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston. “We knew from the outset that it would be impossible to replace Bob DeLuke. But in Albert, we have a worthy successor.”
Albert assumes leadership of the church’s accounting and financial operations, working closely with and under the guidance of the Board of Trustees.
“Albert demonstrated to us that he not only has the requisite knowledge and skill-set to manage this vital role on behalf of our congregation, but he also understands the collaborative nature of nonprofit management, and the trust and transparency that is required,” said Thomas Pak, immediate past president of the Board of Trustees, who chaired the executive search committee for this position. “Along with the entire search committee, I am confident he will prove to be an excellent partner to the members, officers and staff of the church.”
Albert joins Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, a New York-based nonprofit agency, where he was the director of finance. He has a master of accounting degree from New Jersey City University, a bachelor of science in business management accounting from Bloomfield Presbyterian College, and more than 20 years’ experience in nonprofit fiscal and resource management.
He has served as director of finance for a range of nonprofit agencies, including Cooperative Health Care Associates in the Bronx, Metropolitan Charities in Tampa, Florida, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health in New York, and the North Jersey AIDS Alliance in Newark.
“This opportunity at Fifth Avenue brings together many of my professional and personal interests, such as global women’s health, homelessness and LGBTQ issues,” Albert says. “It’s important to me to make a difference. From my first interview with the search committee I knew I had found the place where I belonged.”
“What impressed me the most about Albert is his wholehearted commitment to the mission of the organizations he has worked for,” said Executive Pastor Charlene Han Powell. “His passion for the underserved is not only inspiring but a great fit with Fifth Avenue’s commitment to our neighbors in need. He will be a great addition to our staff and our faith community.”
Albert was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark (also known as the Portuguese section). He was baptized and confirmed at St. Columba’s Catholic Church, but started attending a Presbyterian church as an undergraduate at Bloomfield Presbyterian College. Most recently he has been a regular at Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church in lower Manhattan. He is a member of the board of directors of the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union, a nonprofit financial cooperative, where he chairs the supervisory audit committee. He is also on the board of the Local 084 of the New York City Fire Department.
Albert’s first day on staff is Monday, June 4.
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