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Meet The Team

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Fr. Jim O'Shea

Executive Director


Edwin Lachapelle

Events Coordinator - Partner

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Anthony O'Connor

Executive Chef - Partner

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Efrain Hernandez

Co-Founder & Culinary Manager

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Trace Mabane

Graphics Director


Marianne Cocchini

Professional Volunteer


John McGovern

Chief Financial Officer


Stephen Forde

Graphics Shop Manager


Terrance Quinn

Professional Volunteer


THOMAS BERRY PLACE 86-45 Edgerton Blvd. Jamaica, New York 11558

Reconnect operates from our offices in THOMAS BERRY PLACE, a retreat house on a tranquil

10+ acre campus in Jamaica, Queens, owned by the Passionist community of religious brothers. 

THOMAS BERRY PLACE underwent a beautiful renovation which was completed in April 2022. 

Since then, we have opened up to the community, especially secular and faith based nonprofit

organizations.  It boasts 2 large meeting rooms with the capacity for 120 persons each, 50

overnight retreat rooms for multi-day events, 2 commercial style kitchens, 15+ offices, a rentable Executive Board Room Suite, 3+ acres of tranquil walking trails, an urban farm, a hydroponic garden and on-site parking for 100+ cars.  It is the perfect place for your community business ororganization to host an event for staff or the public.  


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