W83 Staff

 
 
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Eva Ting, Director

How long have you been at W83?

I’ve been at W83 for a little over five years.  I started as the Events Manager in June 2014 and became Director in February 2015.

What’s a regular day at work look like for you?

My role involves overseeing everything that has to do with the building, so that means a lot of meetings with my direct reports and their departments. That’s currently 25 staff (full-time and part-time) in total: facilities and maintenance, operations, events, and hospitality. Our team is filled with capable, passionate people, and my primary responsibility is equipping them to do their jobs well. Another major responsibility is to facilitate fulfilling Redeemer West Side’s vision for the building, by working with the West Side ministries, other Redeemer churches and ministries, and partners and institutions in the greater NYC community. This involves thinking about the various needs and priorities of different groups, and creating policies and protocols to welcome people to use the building in a way that is efficient and responsible.

What do you like best about your work?

Our team! This is one of the best teams I’ve worked with. I think it’s rare to have people who are great at what they do and also really passionate. I work with some great people who are really sold on this vision of serving the church and the city at large. We have a lot of fun as a team, and I think it’s an environment where people really care about one another.

What do you like to do when you’re not at W83?

My background is in visual arts administration, so I love going to art exhibits, whether they are exhibit openings by artist friends or shows at the Met or MoMA. I also love hosting and cooking for friends! Cooking is something I’ve been doing more as a way to relax and practice my own hospitality. I also just love to eat, and I find it way more satisfying to eat something I’ve created with my own two hands. 

What’s your favorite sports team?

Boston Red Sox!!! Go Red Sox!

What’s your favorite book?

The last book I read that really impressed me was The Liturgy of the Ordinary (by Tish Harrison Warren). It’s such a beautiful book and encouraged me to reflect on the wonder of what seems ordinary in my daily life. It helped my soul to breathe. 

What’s your favorite spot on the UWS?

Standing beneath the blue whale at the Natural History Museum and looking up.

What do you want people to know about W83?

W83 is a really special place, not only in how it’s serving the needs of Redeemer and our UWS community, but in the way it’s modeling what can be done with church space that is intentional in welcoming the community at large. We’ve been receiving increasing requests in the last couple of years from other churches around the country that are looking into creatively using their facilities while practicing good stewardship, and they are interested in what we are doing and the lessons we’ve learned. W83 is really unique, and we are helping other churches to consider how they can use their space for the public good. 


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Heather Isiminger, Events Manager

How long have you been at W83?

I’ve been here for almost two years.  I originally came to W83 from an event planning and catering company, where I was coordinating event logistics for private clients throughout different venues in NYC.  In my previous work life before that, I spent almost a decade working in research and due diligence investigations.  

What’s a regular day at work look like for you?  

A regular day at work looks like giving a walk-through of W83 and having a chance to show people the space, responding to inquiries, scheduling logistics for upcoming events, fielding questions from guests when they’re here, drafting contracts, checking in with event guests and giving out subway directions and painter’s tape on demand.

What do you like best about your work?

What I really enjoy the most is having the opportunity to work with people directly, see what the vision is for their special event and then helping to make that vision come to life at W83. No two events are ever the same, and since we’re a multi-use space, there are often multiple events happening in the building at the same time. I like the fun and unique challenge of making everyone feel welcome while making sure everything is  running smoothly. When we have a busy day at W83, with anything from weddings, to concerts, to classes, there’s this great buzz of energy that fills the space and you feel like you’re really connected to a larger community and the creativity of New York City.  

What do you like to do when you’re not at W83?

I love to spend time with friends and family. I’m currently training for a marathon in the fall, and when I’m not running around with that, I enjoy going to different live music venues and checking out restaurants. And I just started working with a great organization, Back On My Feet, a national organization that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and employment and housing resources. They just opened a new chapter in Brooklyn, and it’s been amazing to be part of what they’re doing. (Click here if you’re interested in finding out more about them!)

What’s your favorite sports team?

The New York Yankees.  And the New England Patriots.  Yes, you can judge away. And I’m a big Liverpool soccer fan.

What’s your favorite book?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I fell in love with that book when I was 12 years old, and I turn to it every so often even now and re-read it. It’s so beautifully written. I love the way the lead character, Francie, thoughtfully describes everyone she encounters. She is a character full of depth, curiosity and soulfulness, and you feel like as Francie grows up you’re on that trip with her as she becomes more mature and wiser about the ways of the world.

What do you want people to know about W83?

There’s always something happening here, often with events open to the public year-round, for free. That, and our team truly cares about the opportunity to connect with our neighbors and to make people feel welcome while they are here. It’s a hidden gem on the Upper West Side.

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Mike Muñoz, Superintendent / Manager

How long have you been at W83?

Since January of 2013. I came here from a high rise building, fifty stories, where I was the resident manager for a new luxury condominium. Everybody has a calling, and I feel great fulfillment within me when I’m working for a church. I find myself very blessed, because when you’re in God’s will then thats a blessing. 

What’s a regular day at work look like for you?

I start early, at 6:45, and the first thing I do is answer emails, which can take a while, and check with the cleaning staff.  And then follow up with whatever project or maintenance I have, scheduling, purchasing material, organizing contractor visits, just putting the whole thing together. I also I do maintenance of every asset we have in the building, whether its hands on, or scheduling contractor PM’s.

What do you like best about your work?

When I go above and beyond the call of duty. I see everything that I do as working unto the Lord, in appreciation of my life and all he’s given me.  

What do you like to do when you’re not at W83?

Be with my family. We like to go to the beach. We like to play games at home. We like to have fellowship which includes Bible study, singing and praying. And now I’m giving my kids guitar lessons.  

What’s your favorite sports team?

The Yankees.

What’s your favorite book?

The Bible. Especially the New Testament, and the psalms, like Psalm 23. 

What’s your favorite spot on the UWS?

There was a restaurant that I did enjoy, and that’s where they made ”You’ve Got Mail.” I like that place because I went there with my wife when we were dating, many many years ago. 

What do you want people to know about W83?

What I want people to know is that Jesus is real, that a relationship with Christ is available to every person, and that God loves them dearly.

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Robert Alemany, Operations Manager

How long have you been at W83?

I’ve been here for five years. 

What’s a regular day at work look like for you?

It changes every day, but that’s what I like most about operations. I put together set up sheets, meet with ops team members, do payroll, work with vendors, prepare things for Sundays, train staff on emergency procedures and I work with our events team to make sure every event is as special as it can be.

What do you like best about your work?

That not every day is the same. It keeps me on my toes.

What do you like to do when you’re not at W83?

I like to read books. And I’m a fitness nut, so I like to go to the gym a lot, and run.

What’s your favorite sports team?

I love the Mets, even though they break my heart every year. And the New York Rangers for hockey, I’m a really big hockey fan.

What’s your favorite book?

That’s a hard one. It’s probably The Three Musketeers by Dumas or The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

What’s your favorite spot on the UWS?

Some of the most unforgettable memories I have of the Upper West Side involve quiet Sunday afternoons walking through Central Park, stopping at the Great Lawn ballfields and just sitting on the grass, or having popsicles and simply enjoying the sunshine.

What do you want people to know about W83?

That no matter whether or not you share our faith, no matter who you are or where you come from, you’re always welcome here.

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Jeana Caporelli, Assistant Events Manager

How long have you been at W83?

I started in March of 2017, on the on-call events staff, and in November of 2018 I started full time as the assistant events manager, because when I was leaving my sales job, I asked, “Heather, can I use you as a job reference?” And she said, “Do you want to come in and interview?”, which was better. 

What’s a regular day at work look like for you?

I usually will come in and do some office hours where I take a look at the week ahead and make sure we have event staff to cover everything we need. Then usually the bulk of my job here is supervising the building on evenings and on weekends, making sure the clients have a friendly face if they need anything. Because I’m here on weekends, I get to really see the weekend groups, like bar and bat mitzvahs, premarital seminars, Dads’ groups, and tutoring. Additionally, I oversee the Sunday 5 pm service, and once we’ve met the needs of the Sunday services, I oversee the building flip into Monday so we’re ready for our external groups to come in.

What do you like best about your work?

I think that a lot of us are here because we like to help people with important days in their life, or important days of their week as well. A wedding or bat mitzvah, those are milestone days. Or just the day of the week you get together with your small group or community group. I like that my ordinary day here is usually a special day for someone else.

What do you like to do when you’re not at W83?

I like to walk around. I walk around the city a lot, sometimes as much as 20 miles in a day. I’ll walk the city tip-to-tip. I do that problbay once or twice a month. And just spending a lot of time with my friends in parks, at picnics. I live right next to Fort Tryon which has always been one of my favorite parks in the city. You get a nice sunset, and it’s a great place to walk or run. Central Park is great. I really love Battery City park as well. I like the parks that are near the water, and being near the water.  It’s nice to remember that we live on an island.

What’s your favorite sports team?

This is controversial. I’m from Boston. I’m a Red Sox fan, even though every time I walk in the building Peter reminds me that God loves the Yankees. 

What’s your favorite book?

That’s like picking a favorite child. I’m a big reader. I would say right now I’m obsessed with The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. It’s a love letter and a scathing critique of NY. It’s one of the best books if you’re into cities and city history and planning. It’s just kind of cool that a book that was written in the 1950s, you can pick it up today, and it’s still super relevant.  I’ve also been reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I haven’t been able to put it down. It’s about an African American couple who have been married for a year and a half, and he’s falsely accused of a crime and put in jail. It’s very good. I read a lot of fiction in the summers.

What’s your favorite spot on the UWS?

My favorite spot on the UWS is constantly changing, but right now I really like Symphony Space. They do the book sale during the summers in their lobby and it’s really a nice way to bring people in. You can can see what’s going on at Symphony Space, and buy books.

What do you want people to know about W83?

That we want you to come in. We want people to feel like they’re at home here. Obviously the congregation knows we’re here and we’re able to help them with a lot of things. But I’d love it if the neighborhood knew that we were here and we want to help out. We have a place that’s really great and really here to serve the neighborhood. We’re a  church, but a church with a lot of space to share.

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Robert Hampton, Operations Team Lead

How long have you been at W83?

I’ve been at Redeemer for fourteen years, and at W83 for six. I started in Sunday operations.

What’s a regular day at work look like for you?

Some days it’s easy, some days it’s hectic.  I set up and break down for events that are weekly, like KCG and Open Door, and then also on Sunday. And I train new people.   

What do you like best about your work?

I like this job because you can just be yourself. And I like the people that I work with. It’s like family. We talk to each other, we laugh, we joke. Sometimes it’s serious, but most of the time it’s fun. And I appreciate that I can talk with Robert and Eva about personal things, and they give me good advice. On Sundays, before we start anything or do anything, we have a prayer. We discuss certain things from the Bible, and Robert (Alemany, W83 Operations Manager) always asks us, is there anything on our mind we want to pray about? When I was younger I always thought that you had to be perfect to become a Christian and be in the church. This job is a blessing because it brought me closer to God and the Bible. 

What do you like to do when you’re not at W83?

My thing is to go to the movies or out to eat. I like comedy, serious drama, and gangster movies. Then a lot of times I’ll be with my daughter.

What’s your favorite sports team?

I’m a die hard Knicks fan.

What’s your favorite book?

The last book I read was Street God by Dimas Salaberrios, which was given to me by a very good friend of mine, Mr. Drew Melton, an Elder at Redeemer.  

What do you want people to know about W83?

It’s a great place to have an event, because I’m gonna always be here to make sure everything is perfect.