Meet the Board

Bishop Orlando Findlayter

NHACS Chairman of the Board Bishop Orlando Findlayter

NHACS Chairman of the Board Bishop Orlando Findlayter

Bishop Orlando Findlayter is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship, located in Brooklyn, New York. A church, with ministries that extends beyond the four walls of the building and impacts the community with the Word as well as through educational and social programs. Bishop Findlayter dedicates his time and energy to building the church and the community.

Bishop Findlayter is a community activist who speaks against injustice. He has served on the board of the National Action Network and is presently Chairman of Churches United to Save and Heal (CUSH) a New York State Chaplain, a Clergy Liaison at the 67th Police Precinct, member of 1000 Congregations for Economic Justice and board member of the Caribbean American Clergy Coalition.

He holds a Masters degree in Theology with a concentration in Urban Ministries from Alliance Theological Seminary.

He was the lead applicant and serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of the New Hope Academy charter school located in community school district 18 (Brooklyn). New Hope Academy is a science and technology school presently service 300students in Kindergarten through 4th grades.

Bishop Findlayter is married to Yvette Garnes-Findlayter, they have three daughters; Raisa, Jessica and Raquelle.

Hugh Robert Hall

Professional Experience

NHACS Board Executive Committee Pastor Hugh Hall

NHACS Board Executive Committee Pastor Hugh Hall

1984-2005 retired 

United States Postal Service 1993-2005 Postal Operation Supervisor Port Washington, NY

Responsibility included: Efficient Operation of the Port Washington Post Office, supervise Administrative Staff, manage 6.5 Million dollar budget, ensure all mail Services are completed in an efficient way.

1990-1993 Postal Field Supervisor, Floral Park, NY

Responsible for the supervision of over 60 employees To ensure the delivery of mail in a cost effective and timely manner, ensure postal rules and Regulations are adhere to.

1985-1990    Route inspector, Triboro  District

Examine postal routes for efficiency & productivity.

1984-1985 Mail Carrier

Responsible for the delivery of mail and parcels in an efficient and qualitative manner, Jamaica Savings Bank , Jamaica NY Clerical officer, Duties included: ensure all checks are entered into system by data entry, reconcile books at the end of day, ensure draw balances, and ensure customers receive quality service.

United States Army – Germany Supply Specialist (spec4)

Education CUNY at York College Jamaica NY B.A. Economics Minor Business Management Extensive Postal Cooperate Training: Creating an Organization Environment that works for everyone, the dynamics of change, Effective Leadership, Resource Planning, Effective Communication, Sexual harassment.


Community Activist, Ordained Minister


Xiomara A. Flowers – Biography

NHACS Board Secretary Xiomara Flowers

NHACS Board Secretary Xiomara Flowers

My name is Xiomara Flowers.  I have been on the Board of New Hope Academy Charter School from its inception.  After being in management for a few years, I decided business was not my passion. I returned to school for a second Master’s degree. This time, I chose to work towards my Master’s degree in Elementary Education. It was during this program of study that I found my passion in teaching, and through my completion received my teaching certification.  I have been teaching for 25 years.

I love teaching and especially love knowing that I am part of excellent teaching taking place at New Hope Academy Charter School.  Although, I presently live on Long Island, I grew up in Brooklyn and I am looking forward to seeing the Children of New Hope Academy Charter School move towards excellence.  I am married for 22 years with two children a boy and a girl whom I am very proud of.   We also have a dog name “April”.

I graduated from Adelphi University as Suma Cum Laude with a second Master’s degree in Elementary Education (and an extension in Bilingual Education).  I also worked at Molloy College as an adjunct professor teaching TESOL/ESL to teachers.  During my years of teaching I have also trained many instructional staff members in my district on how to use second language acquisition and integrate technology in the classroom to aid the growth of second language learners.  I have provided many parents’ workshop to help aid them with the necessary tools to make their children ready for the future of education and encourage their children to SOAR at all times!

I look forward to many more years of assisting academically the staff of New Hope Academy Charter School in any way possible.

When I’m not teaching, I love to do things with my family, read, travel and spend time with friends. My thoughts about education are summed up in this parable of the pebbles.

“A man was out walking in the desert when a voice said to him, “pick up some pebbles and put them in your pocket, and tomorrow you will be both happy and sad.” The man obeyed.  He stooped down and picked up a handful of pebbles and put them in his pocket.  The next morning he reached into his pocket and found diamonds and rubies and emeralds.  And he was both happy and sad.  Happy he had taken some- sad that he hadn’t taken more.  And so it is with education.”


NHACS Founding Board Grievance Chair Raymond L. Thomas Jr.

NHACS Founding Board Grievance Chair Raymond L. Thomas Jr.