Board of Directors
Garry Manuel, Founder and Chair
Garry Manuel is the founder and executive director of Project URGE, Inc. He is the owner and a guitar instructor at Manuel's Music Studio in Fairport, NY as well as a songwriter and music performer. He was formerly involved in the worship teams at Walnut Hill Community Church, Crosswinds Wesleyan Church (CWC) and Project URGE. His wife, Mary, with Garry’s assistance, also led children’s worship at CWC for a time.
For over seven years Garry volunteered at the Kidz Kafé program at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in the city of Rochester on Saturday mornings. He began to reach out to other churches to take part in volunteering to allow more support for the program, but to also build relationships across the cultural divides existing within churches in the area. God’s prompting of him to that experience provided a pivotal motivation for him to begin Project URGE, Inc.
Since the start of Project URGE he has organized networking/collaborative meetings, helped with administering the Compassion Capital Federal grant that was headed by Foodlink, organized workshops and conferences, Concert of Praise events, began the Saturday Sonshine program (with kids on Sat. mornings), volunteer coordination and tirelessly working toward more collaboration between churches, ministries and other organizations that work with the under-resourced. In addition, he has worked on a team in planning the 2015 Urban Camp Out and the interfaith coalition of The Children’s Agenda.
In 2015 Garry received an honorable mention from the Federation of Social Workers for corporate contributions to social services in Rochester through his donations and volunteer work through Project URGE, Inc. and in 2013 was nominated for the Center City Champion award for inspiring the community to work collaboratively and improving the quality of life in Rochester.
Phillip Hounshell, Vice-Chair
Phillip Hounshell is an Associate Pastor at Rochester Bible Baptist Church in the City of Rochester where he has been involved in Christian Education, Teen Ministry, Outreach Coordination, Discipleship teaching, and Deacon/Deaconess training.
Phillip Hounshell works for the Rochester City School District in the Information and Technology Department as a Programmer Analyst performing such task as submitting student and teacher information to New York State, extracting and reporting data about school and student performance to the community as requested and ensuring that various elements of the Student Information System is properly Functioning.
Besides what’s already been mentioned Phillip Hounshell is the Chaplain of the Baptist Ministers Alliance where he is responsible for opening weekly meetings with devotional scripture, praise and prayer. Within the Alliance he is able to connect with ministers from within the City of Rochester and within the Upstate New York arena to discuss the social climate, current events, and needs of the community with the mindset to address the issues as a collective unit of spiritual leaders.
His passion for outreach has enabled him to work with Veterans and put on yearly recognition events; assist on the board of Komposition Kidz which is a youth basketball league which focuses on Performance in the classroom, community, and within the league; Organize Eastside LoveFestival which is a community outreach program which brings community service agencies, local churches, and businesses together for a day of music, games, food, encouragement and clothing give-aways with a an desired end being building community.
Jeannine Zona, Secretary
Jeannine Zona came to Project URGE, Inc. via a string of events concerning her commitment to spreading the Kingdom of God through personal and corporate missions and outreach. Early on in her career, she attended a Discipleship Training School through Youth With a Mission, England. This spurred her on to continue meeting the need of world missions as she began her college career. She travelled to different cities in Germany, Mexico, Austria, China, and Scotland working along side of missionaries and their organizations who reach out to refugees, homeless, artists, and the emerging youth. She attended Elim Bible Institute in the early 2000's and landed in Rochester as a Youth Pastor in 2002.
After a change of direction, she attended MCC and worked toward her A.S. in Health Services. During this time she worked as a sales rep for LensCrafters, a habilitation specialist at Mary Cariola, and managed a pool facility for an elite country club in Victor. Upon graduation, she successfully settled into a career as a manager for sales with a national phone and cable company. Through 2012 and 2013, she was chosen for her work ethic and 'personableness,' to train/coach new sales teams and their managers in Alexandria, Louisiana, and Cam Sur, Phillippines. In 2014, she was deciding on her next step in her career and partnered with a pastoral team to plant The Pillar church. She's currently a Spiritual Director through the UM Church, and is ordained through Elim Fellowship. Her vision for Project URGE is to see churches, neighborhood organizations and local business working together to bring cohesiveness in their pursuits, benefiting the goals and aims of local government as well as acknowledging and respecting the voices of the city of Rochester.
Tim Beck, Treasurer
Tim came to know Jesus through the ministry of Young Life at Fairport HS. He met his wife at Oswego State and has been married for over 30 years. Tim and his wife are members at Browncroft Community Church. They are privileged to have three children, with all being excited about who Jesus is in their lives and involved in ministry and fellowship.
Tim has worked for Toth's Sports for 30 years and remains joyful and committed to his work. He has formerly worked as a treasurer in ministry in the past and believes that God wants to use him in a deeper capacity to serve. Serving on the Board of Project URGE, Inc. as treasurer is a new a venture that he looks forward to fulfilling.