Currently, Dr. Hill is the Director of Admissions and Student Services at New York Theological Seminary. She is responsible for the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for all NYTS programs. She also assists prospective students and current students with vocational discernment, to help them understand their call to ministry, and how NYTS can assist them in reaching their goals.


Dr. Hill is also responsible for the care and concern of the current and prospective students under the auspices of Student Services.


She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised in the Bronx, N.Y.  She attended the City College of New York where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy.  Dr. Hill also received a Master of Social Work from Fordham University, and a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary.


She is the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the United States Coast Guard, African American Awareness Committee, The Eleanor Moody Shepherd Resource Center for Women of Faith, Ida Mary Vandross, A Woman Called by God to Continue Living on the Front Line Beyond her Losses award, NYTS, Childs Israel Scholarship-For women who are dedicated to pursuing a theological education at NYTS, by combining her studies with a focus on “God, family and the greater community”, The Olive Tree Bible Software award for assisting colleagues with their online studies, NYTS. 


Her personal project is the “NIA Project” (A project with a purpose), to create a transitional home for children aging out of foster care and homeless youth. Dr. Hill also serves as a mentor to adults and young adults.


Accomplished nonprofit leader and change manager with success leading organizations through periods of critical transition and growth. Analyzes, creates, streamlines, and monitors organizational systems and program functions to realize fundraising goals. Oversees budgeting, financial management, and office operations, including administration, HR, IT, and facilities. Persuasive and influential communicator across multiple platforms, including grants, other fundraising streams, social media, and video. Works collaboratively with constituent groups, including boards, committees, volunteers, and external audiences. Stabilizes organizations, builds teams, and retains talent while fostering a culture of empowerment. Interpersonally effective at all levels.


Areas of Expertise:

Fundraising | Grant Writing | Change Management | Collaboration | Financial Management

Building Relationships | Membership Organization Development | Team Leadership


Ms. Appel came to the human services field with extensive experience in marketing, public relations and publishing with the intention of working with nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations. She is a Licensed Social Worker and Addictions Counselor who has experience in numerous inpatient and outpatient hospital and community-based clinical settings - Inpatient Psychiatric, Rehabilitation, Detoxification, Alcohol & Drug Recovery Treatment: Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient services. She is also an Adjunct faculty member at Stony Brook School of Social Welfare (part of the State University of New York).


Her passion is working with vulnerable populations (mentally ill, aging adults, young adults and adolescents). Her individual and group sessions use Mindfulness to help individuals develop needed coping skills at managing “behavioral” risks (substance use/abuse, recidivism, violence) that individuals, families and communities. In addition, Ms. Appel’s resume demonstrates a proven talent for forging partnerships and engaging all stakeholders, from executive leadership to disfranchised individuals.


As a board member she will assist at governing DelgraciaCorp towards its mission. Her professional competencies and clinical experiences will strengthen the organization’s capacity at creating socioeconomic opportunities and resources that empower and safeguard individuals and families.

"For the first time in my life I was in a place where I was treated according to my deportment, without reference to my complexion."
Harriet Jacobs, p. 204