Monday, January 30, 2017
BronxWorks is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carmen Hernandez, former BronxWorks Chief Financial Officer.
Carmen Hernandez’s career with BronxWorks spanned two decades. In the mid '90s Carmen joined the organization as the Controller and very quickly became an invaluable advisor, trusted staff person, and dedicated member of the BronxWorks family. Over the years, Carmen led the growth of the Fiscal Department, managing over 100 contracts and expanding her team as the agency grew. Carmen was instrumental in the decision that led BronxWorks to purchase the property at 60 E. Tremont Avenue, the Administrative Offices. She spent countless hours working with a real estate agent to find the right location to serve as BronxWorks headquarters.
Yankees Legend Roy White with Carmen Hernandez at the BronxWorks 2016 Annual Gala.
Carmen’s work ethic was second to none. She arrived to the office by 7am each day and often stayed past 5pm or later. In later years when Carmen was diagnosed with cancer, she continued to work a full-time schedule, despite undergoing chemo treatments. Carmen was a strong woman and a fighter; she missed very few days at work and was resolute in making sure payroll was processed, reports were submitted, and the agency received clean audits.
Carmen retired in 2012 when she developed a heart condition as a result of the aggressive cancer treatment she underwent. Fiercely committed and loyal, Carmen returned to the position of CFO following Carolyn McLaughlin’s retirement as Executive Director. Carmen felt compelled to take her place alongside Eileen Torres, who was named the Interim Executive Director. She remained a part of Eileen’s senior staff until a permanent CFO was hired and once again, Carmen helped to make the transition seamless. Although she permanently retired in August of 2015, Carmen continued to support BronxWorks in many ways. She delighted many staff and board members by attending the 2016 Annual Gala this past June.
Carmen Hernandez will always be remembered for her tenacity, dedication and contributions to BronxWorks. She was warm and caring and had a great sense of humor. BronxWorks is truly indebted to Carmen and she will be greatly missed.