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Jen Press Marden
JEN PRESS MARDEN began her career at Adrienne Vittadini and Vogue. While raising her children, Mrs. Marden immersed herself in her local community by chairing annual benefits, auctions and fundraising events. Mrs. Marden was co-host and producer of A Fashionable Life, a weekly hour radio show on WGCH/Greenwich. She was a TV fashion/lifestyle reporter for ABC News Now, where she covered fashion and red carpet events as well as the first Obama inauguration. She now works as a freelance writer.
Mrs. Marden was appointed to the Board of Services for the Underserved, Inc. in January 2014. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board since June 2015 and was appointed Chair of the Board in January 2021. She co-founded the affiliate group Women for S:US, which works to unite established and emerging business leaders across generations of women motivated by the values of an inclusive society, supportive networks and a philanthropic impact.
Amelia Wright Brewer
AMELIA WRIGHT BREWER is a management executive with over 20 years of experience in Sales Strategy, Marketing, Operations and Product Management. Mrs. Wright is currently the Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase-Wholesale Payments group, where she leads the Field Strategy Performance Management Team. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Mrs. Wright was at American Express as the Director of Marketing, both in the Global Merchant Services Group and the Global Commercial Card Group. Before her time at American Express, she was the Manager of Product Strategy and Development at PwC’s PRTM Management Consultants, as well as a Technical Sales Representative at Texas Instruments. Mrs. Wright has been recognized with esteemed awards including the 2015 JPMorgan Commercial Card Crown Signature Award and the 2019 Harlem Y Black Achievers in Industry Award. Mrs. Wright serves on the AIDS/Mental Health/Urgent Housing Affiliate Board, was appointed to the S:US, Inc. Board of Directors in 2019, and serves as Vice Chair of the Board in January 2021.
JACQUIE HOLMES, President, Kiwi Partners Inc., launched the firm in 1998 to provide outsourced accounting services to the nonprofit community. Ms. Holmes began her career at Coopers & Lybrand as an Auditor. She then served as a consultant to the Boston Federal Reserve Bank in the aftermath of the savings and loans crisis. Prior to incorporating Kiwi Partners, Ms. Holmes held the post of Chief Financial Officer of the American Horse Shows Association, a nonprofit with 80,000 members.
Ms. Holmes is passionate about the work of her clients within the nonprofit community and contributes both her time and resources to their unique missions. Ms. Holmes was appointed to the S:US, Inc. Board in September 2006 and currently serves on the Finance Committee as well as the HR/Compensation Committee. Ms. Holmes also serves on the Board of the Port Washington Library Foundation and Mixed Breeds in Need, is a member of the Women Presidents Organization and speaks regularly at nonprofit seminars and workshops, assisting board members with their treasurer responsibilities.
Ms. Holmes completed her undergraduate studies in New Zealand and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Stern Graduate School of Business of New York University. She is also a Harvard Business School alumnus, having completed the Harvard Business School’s OPM Executive Program. Ms. Holmes is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
EDWARD (“Ed”) HUBBARD has a broad background in the banking and financial guarantee insurance sectors, with experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Marine Midland Bank (acquired by HSBC), Capital Markets Assurance Corporation, MBIA, and XL Capital Assurance/Syncora. At Syncora, Mr. Hubbard was a senior member of the team that founded the company, and later, played a key role in assisting with the company’s initial public offering.
Mr. Hubbard is now an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School in New Jersey where he teaches courses on finance, business policy and strategy for the school’s undergraduate and graduate business programs. Mr. Hubbard serves as the Board Chair for the Equality Charter School in the Bronx and has also served in other Board roles for Equality including Vice Chair and Treasurer.
Mr. Hubbard is a graduate of Brown University (BA, Mathematical Economics, magna cum laude) and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA, with distinction).
Mr. Hubbard was appointed to the S:US Mental Health Services, Inc. Board in April 2010 and to the S:US, Inc. Board in January 2013. He also has served on several of the Board’s ad hoc committees, including the Managed Care Committee and the Merger Committee (in connection with S:US’ merger with Palladia). He currently serves as Treasurer of the S:US Inc. Board and Chair of the Finance Committee, and serves on the Behavioral Health and Homeless Services boards.
Michelle S. Ballan
MICHELLE S. BALLAN, PhD is Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Social Welfare and Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center where her research, teaching and service are dedicated to individuals with disabilities. She is a published author and expert in the field of developmental disabilities. Dr. Ballan focuses on intimate partner violence and sexual health prevention and treatment interventions for adults with disabilities. She is the Principal Investigator on several grants, including a 2020 grant to include disability content within medical school curriculum funded by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Ballan is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a mentor for the international human rights disability advocates affiliated with the Columbia University Institute of Human Rights. She received her PhD from the University of Texas and has worked as a practitioner and educator in various community settings with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including the New Jersey Brain Injury Association, Women Helping Women, Safeplace, and schools. She was appointed to the S:US Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. board in April 2011 and also serves on the board’s Corporate Compliance Committee.
JOSH BIDER is an agent in the non-scripted television and branded lifestyle departments at WME. WME is an American talent and literary agency representing artists across all media platforms, including movies, television, music, theatre, digital and publishing. WME spans the nation and beyond, with offices in New York, Beverly Hills, Miami, Nashville, London and Sydney. Born and raised in LA, Josh now resides in Manhattan with his wife Natasha Louise King. He was elected to the Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. board in January 2015, and to the Services for the UnderServed, Inc. board in January 2017.
Erin Felker Bond
ERIN FELKER BOND, Esq., is the Assistant Dean of Academic Program Development and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School (NYLS). A key member of the senior administration, Erin works on a variety of special projects aimed at implementing the Law School’s Strategic Plan with the foremost goal of ensuring that students are gaining the educational foundation and practical experience they need to have a competitive edge in the professional world.
Erin is the former Associate Director of the Center for Real Estate Studies at NYLS, where she developed programming for the City’s newest and more experienced real estate professionals and advised students interested in pursuing careers in real estate. Erin has served in leadership roles at Commercial Real Estate Women of New York (CREW) and its predecessor the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW), together the real estate industry’s longest-running and most consistent support of women real estate professionals. Erin earned a B.A. in foreign affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from New York Law School. She was appointed to the S:US Board of Directors in January 2019.
CHRIS CHENEY is a Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Securities, where he is responsible for the firm’s relationships with a broad range of industrial corporate clients. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Chris was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he held multiple roles, including running the firm’s investment banking business in KSA.
Chris attended Bates College and Columbia Business School. He resides in New York with his wife and three children.
Earl D. Brown
EARL D. BROWN is the former Executive Director of Partnership for a Healthier New York City. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Brown served as the Deputy Borough President of the Bronx, and before that as Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations at the New York Botanical Garden. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the City University of New York with a Master’s in Public Administration. He has dedicated his entire professional career to the improvement of New York City communities, working with the Manhattan and Brooklyn Borough Presidents’ Offices, the City Council President and the New York City School Construction Authority. Mr. Brown has also served as a mentor to teenagers through the New York Youth at Risk Program. Mr. Brown joined the S:US, Inc. Board in March 1998, serves on the boards of each program affiliate.
SHERRIE DULWORTH is a healthcare executive who has worked with insurers, employers, hospitals and integrated delivery systems to help improve their clinical operations and adoption of industry best practices. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also has a graduate degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has published in the areas of clinical best practices, evidence-based medicine, international healthcare, healthcare quality, risk management, and managed care. She has been a frequent guest lecturer. Ms. Dulworth was appointed to the S:US, Inc. board in January 2013 having previously served in the S:US-Mental Health Programs, Inc. board since September 2010. She is currently a member of the Compliance Committee and Chair of the Managed Care Committee.
ART EDWARDS is the CEO of Cakehouse Media and a reality television pioneer with more than 15 years’ experience as a writer, director, and producer. He began working as an executive producer on the competition series “Food Network Challenge,” a show directly responsible for the explosion of cake-related programming on American television. He teamed up with celebrity chef and TV personality Buddy Valastro to produce the hit series “Cake Boss” for TLC, and was co-creator and executive producer to several spinoffs. The pair founded their own production company, Cakehouse Media, in 2014. Art is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and was appointed to the S:US Board of Directors in January 2019.
PETER FRIEDLAND is a commercial real estate investor. Through Audax Holdings LLC and its related companies he has owned or developed over 450,000 square feet of retail, multi-family, and office buildings across the country. He is also an Executive Producer of the documentary Picture Character, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Peter earned a Cum Laude degree in English and American Literature from Harvard College. He currently serves on the Drawings Committee of the Museum of Modern Art. Peter joined the S:US, Inc. board in the spring of 2009.
LARRY HAMDAN was elected as Director of Palladia Board of Directors in 2007 and elected to the S:US Board of Directors, Inc. in January 2015. He is Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Americas at Barclays, which he joined in 2010. He previously worked for more than two decades at Credit Suisse where he was Vice Chairman of Global M&A and also had served as the Global Co-Head of the General Industrial & Services Group.
Mr. Hamdan has advised on $500 billion of transactions including US Airways’ $30 billion merger with American Airlines. That representation of US Airways along with his advisory work for TRW in its $12 billion hostile defense and sale to Northrop Grumman are the subjects of Harvard Business School finance cases.
He received an AB degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University; a JD degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School; and an MBA degree with high distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
PETER LATTANZIO is the Associate General Counsel at the New York City Council, where he plays a lead role in managing all litigation matters, including constitutional challenges to NYC laws, employment law actions, land use challenges, and any other Council-related action in federal or state court. Peter previously served as Complex Commercial Litigation Associate with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, focusing on a broad range of litigation matters. He is a graduate of Boston College Law School and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University. Peter served as the President of S:US’ Young Leaders Council for several years before being appointed to the S:US Developmental Disabilities Services Board in April 2018.
JOSHUA D. LISTON
JOSHUA D. LISTON is a partner at Beys Liston Mobargha & Berland LLP. He represents clients in civil litigation, regulatory matters, and arbitration. He has defended clients in cases involving a wide range of allegations of securities fraud, breach of contract, antitrust violations, breach of fiduciary duties and professional malpractice. He also has conducted internal investigations and represented public and private companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, accounting firms, law firms, real estate developers and individuals in complex civil litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings before the SEC, FINRA, and other agencies.
Mr. Liston received a BA from Harvard College, and received his JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. After serving as law clerk to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Mr. Liston practiced for eight years in the litigation department of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
Mr. Liston was appointed to the S:US, Inc. Board in August 2011. He also serves on the Governance Committee.
GAIL K. MCCALLION
GAIL K. MCCALLION, Esq. is currently employed as “Special Counsel” to the law firm of Marshall Dennehey, a position she has held for approximately 4 years. From 2000-2014, Ms. McCallion was employed by the law firm of Jones Hirsch Connors Miller & Bull where she served as a “Principal” attorney for the majority of that time.
Ms. McCallion has represented major international hotels and resorts in New York, Florida and the Caribbean, including shopping malls, department stores and retail stores in premises and product liability cases. She has also defended a national rail carrier and an international boiler manufacturer in multi-venue asbestos litigation.
Prior to beginning her legal career, Ms. McCallion was a member of the New York City Ballet Company under the direction of George Balanchine. Following her performing career, Ms. McCallion owned and directed two ballet schools under the name of “The Dance Movement,” while choreographing ballets for the Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Boston Ballet and the School of American Ballet. Ms. McCallion is also a recipient of a choreography grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Gail K. McCallion, Esq. graduated cum laude from New York University and from Fordham University School of Law. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the ballet, concerts, movies and traveling.
JOHN A. McKESSON
JOHN A. McKESSON has been part of the banking industry for over 25 years. He has retired from his position as Vice President, Credit Risk Management at JP Morgan in the spring of 2021. Mr. McKesson is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, with a degree in International Economics. Mr. McKesson joined the S:US, Inc. Board in January 1992. He is a past Board Chair, previously served as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee. He currently sits on the boards of S:US Home Attendant Program, Inc. and S:US Home Care Services, Inc., as well as on the Finance Committee and as Chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee.
LINDA NGUYEN is the Program Manager, Text to Speech at Google, where she manages text to speech supplier operations and oversees text to speech client integrations and relationships across Google. Linda specializes in program management, coaching, career development, operations, and vendor and relationship management. Prior to her current role, she has held several other customer support operations roles at Google. Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and was appointed to the S:US board in September 2018.
Marie Isabelle Palacios-Hardy
MARIE ISABELLE PALACIOS-HARDY is a Senior Vice President, Investment Counsel at York Capital Management. Marie Isabelle joined York Capital Management in October 2014. Prior to joining York, Marie Isabelle was an associate with the law firm Clifford Chance LLP in its Structured Finance department in New York and a senior associate in its Structured Debt, Capital Markets department in London, United Kingdom. Previously, Marie Isabelle was an associate with the law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto, Canada. Marie Isabelle received a B.A. from McGill University, an M.A. from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. She was appointed to the S:US Board of Directors in January 2019.
GARETH OLD is a partner in the New York office of Clifford Chance, concentrating on derivatives and structured finance. He is admitted to practice as an attorney in both New York and England & Wales. Mr. Old joined Clifford Chance in London in 1997, and prior to moving to New York in 2004, also worked in Hong Kong and Frankfurt. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Old taught English at high schools in Kawasaki, Japan and worked for an auto-parts manufacturer in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Old was appointed to the Services for the UnderServed, Inc. Board in June 2010. He served as Chair of the Board in June 2015 through end of 2020.
CAROLYN P. POWELL
CAROLYN P. POWELL, President/CEO CP Integrated Solutions (CPIS), provides strategic and organizational optimization consulting to executive and board leadership. She is the former Chief financial and Administrative Officer of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national nonprofit organization that supports the development of affordable permanent housing for persons at risk of homelessness.
Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Powell had over three decades of management experience leading marketing, financial, administrative and human resources teams at for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Her previous for-profit experience consists of marketing management for an ethical pharmaceutical line at Sterling Winthrop – a Division of Eastman Kodak; business management for a special products group at Union Carbide Corporation – where she progressed rapidly through various levels of the organization; and an internal financial consultant for Avon Products.
Ms. Powell is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Services for the Underserved (S:US) and is currently Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Affiliate. She serves on the boards of S:US-Home Attendant Program, Inc. and S:US–Home Care Services, Inc. Additionally, Ms. Powell serves on the Finance, Corporate Compliance and Managed Care Committees and chairs the HR/Compensation Committee of S:US. Ms. Powell is active in other non-profit organizations as well, as a member of the Governance Committee of the Board Directors of Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and the Finance/Audit Committee of the Board of Directors for Broadway Housing Communities (BHC). Ms. Powell is an advisor to the Board of Directors’ HR Compensation Committee of the United Way of New York City. She is a member of: Gray Matters New York City (pro bono advisory and consulting group), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the Blue Hill troupe, LTD.
Ms. Powell holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Columbia University.
JOANN SACKS, PhD is a psychologist and research scientist who has spent the past 35 years working in the public and private nonprofit mental health and substance use service sectors. She has been the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH-funded research projects focused on treatment alternatives for women and men with substance use and with co-occurring mental conditions, including those in the criminal justice system. Her particular areas of research interest have centered on the specialized challenges faced by women as they addressed their own issues of addiction, mental health, and trauma while also raising families, often as head of household. The majority of her publications are related to this body of research.
Dr. Sacks also is an expert in training, technical assistance and implementation of evidence-based practices for persons with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. She has been involved at both the state and agency level, nationally and internationally, in the design, implementation and evaluation of integrated treatment models for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Her consultation in program development includes specialized housing, rehabilitation and outpatient services. Dr. Sacks recently retired as Executive Director of National Development & Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), a private not-for-profit research agency with a history of scientific leadership and innovation in research in the areas of behavioral health and related public health challenges. Dr. Sacks was appointed to the S:US, Inc. Board in June 2006. She chairs the Behavioral Health and Homeless Services boards and serves on the ad hoc Managed Care Committee.
Phillip A. Saperia
PHILLIP A. SAPERIA served as Executive Director/CEO of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies for over 21 years, overseeing the Coalition’s program of education, advocacy and technical assistance to the diverse community-based behavioral health providers of New York City. At the Coalition, Mr. Saperia was immersed in mental health and addictions public policy and community-based service programs, government support of community behavioral health, the evolution of managed care programs for people living with mental illness and substance use disorders, the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice, and the emerging area of rehabilitation and recovery for people with behavioral health disabilities—among the many populations affected by these disorders.
He has worked in community and government relations for over 30 years. Before joining the Coalition, Mr. Saperia was a consultant to several not-for-profit agencies on matters related to community siting of special care housing and on the development of local community advisory boards. He currently serves on the Behavioral Health Advisory Board of Health First and on the Advisory Board of Healthix.
Mr. Saperia graduated with a B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University. He holds an M.A.T. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education where he was elected to Phi Delta Kappa, the National Honorary Education Society. Mr. Saperia was appointed to the Behavioral Health and Homeless Services boards in 2018.
DEBORAH WOLFE is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC in the Corporate & Finance Group. She advises on complex mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, private equity investments, joint ventures, and the structuring, formation, financing, operation and purchase and sale of assets and entities across many sectors, with particular focus on the media, entertainment and advertising industries. She has particular expertise advising innovative start-ups and young companies on matters ranging from retaining and incentivizing key employees to obtaining financing and forming structuring strategic alliances. Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Wolfe was a partner at Hogan Lovells (and its predecessor firms) where she practiced for nearly 25 years.
Ms. Wolfe was elected to the S:US, Inc. Board in June 2015. She is a founding member of Women for S:US and has helped shape and grow the group since its inception in February 2014. Ms. Wolfe also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Foundation of Music and Healing, a non-profit organization founded initially to serve children who had lost a parent in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. She is pro bono counsel to Youth Call an End Inc., an organization working to create a global network of youth groups dedicated to the eradication of gender violence. She also serves on the President’s Advisory Counsel of the Women’s Venture Fund and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
ANDREW ZIMMERN, television personality, chef and food writer, was appointed to the Board of Directors of S:US, Inc. in May 2012. Mr. Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winner who is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the culinary world. The creator, Executive Producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World and the new Bizarre Foods America, Mr. Zimmern explores cultures in more than 63 countries as he shines the spotlight on impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. As a freelance journalist, his work has also appeared in numerous national and international publications including Food and Wine and Saveur.
George C. Biddle
George C. Biddle is the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Executive Vice President and provides executive oversight to the IRC’s U.S. programs, international programs and advocacy departments, which combined operate in 42 countries worldwide and in 23 cities across the U.S. Prior to joining the IRC in 2000, Mr. Biddle was Vice President of the International Crisis Group and President of the Institute for Central American Studies. He serves on several non-profit boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an A.B. degree from Harvard and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins.
Robert B. Catell
Robert B. Catell is Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook. Mr. Catell was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union. He is Chairman of Alberta Northeast Gas Ltd. and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and is Vice-Chairman of the National Petroleum Council’s Natural Gas Committee. Mr. Catell serves as a Member Emeritus of the Brooklyn Law School and is a member of the Board of Directors of KEYERA Energy Management Ltd. and several other business organizations. He is also Chair of the Leadership Advisory Cabinet to the Long Island Regional Planning Council for the LI 2035 Regional Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for SUNY Farmingdale and the President’s Advisory Council at Adelphi University. Mr. Catell received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Alice Korngold, President and CEO of Korngold Consulting LLC, is the author of “A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and “Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses” (Jossey Bass, A Wiley Imprint, 2005). Ms. Korngold consults to the boards of directors and C-suite executives of multinational corporations and nonprofits on board governance, sustainability/CSR, corporate-nonprofit partnerships, and measurement and rankings. She also trains and places business executives on nonprofit boards. Ms. Korngold is a featured speaker at global conferences and guest lectures to graduate business students at Harvard, the University of Michigan, and Oxford. She is an advisor to The Drucker Institute and FullSky Capital.
ANDREW HURWITZ is a partner in the Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. He has represented award-winning entertainment talent and leading media companies for almost 20 years, and is widely considered one of the nation’s top film and television industry lawyers. Mr. Hurwitz has taught the entertainment law seminar at New York Law School as well as motion picture business classes at Yale University and the Czech film school FAMU in Prague. He is a frequent panelist at industry and continuing legal education events.
Mr. Hurwitz is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD, cum laude, 1988) and is admitted to practice in New York. Mr. Hurwitz was appointed to the S:US, Inc. Board of Directors in January 2011, and served as Chair of the Board from January 2013 through June 2015. He joined the S:US Council of Advisors in 2019.
Saundra Thomas is Vice President for Community Affairs at WABC-TV, where she manages all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community projects for the tri-state. Ms. Thomas acts as a liaison between the public and the TV station, recommends news and programming coverage of important topics and is responsible for the station’s charitable contributions.
An active board member and committed to serving her community, Ms. Thomas, a recent candidate for New York City Council, is the Chair Emeritus of Dancewave and current chair of Council for Unity. Her board membership includes: Co-VP of Scholar Relations on the New York Women in Communications Foundation board, Open House NY and Brooklyn Book Festival. Ms. Thomas also sits on the advisory boards of The Grace Institute and on the Communications Committee for YMCA of Greater New York.
Ms. Thomas has been the recipient of numerous awards including from the New York University College of Dentistry, Medgar Evers College, a Black Achievers in Industry award from the Harlem YMCA and various corporate honors.
Ms. Thomas is a recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letters from St. Francis College (Brooklyn), and holds an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School and a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University.
DONNA COLONNA joined Services for the UnderServed in 1997 and was appointed President/CEO in July 2001. Ms. Colonna has spent her 45-year career in positions at various nonprofit organizations, having started in State government (OPWDD and OMH) at the NYC regional level. She has served in industry leadership positions in statewide and NYC trade associations and on numerous government committees that have shaped policy and program implementation.
Ms. Colonna served as a member of the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team’s Behavioral Health Reform and Affordable Housing Workgroups. She is a founding member and Board Chair of Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC) Health Home and IPA, a citywide consortium of community behavioral health providers. Ms. Colonna serves on the Governing Board/Committee of various PPSs. Ms. Colonna is a founding member and Board Chair of Care Design NY, a Care Coordination Organization (CCO) for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and a collaborative network of Developmental Disabilities providers designed to integrate services in the emerging model of managed care. She serves on the Behavioral Health Advisory Board of Healthfirst and United Health. Ms. Colonna is a member of the DOH & OPWDD Joint Advisory Council, charged with advising New York State with respect to the oversight of managed care for people with developmental disabilities. She is also a member of the New York State Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council (DDAC). Ms. Colonna was appointed a member of Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team II in February 2020. She serves on the NY Community Advisory Board of Enterprise Community Partners, and on the Board of Directors of the Supportive Housing Network of New York. Most recently in February 2021, she was appointed a member of the Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Review Panel (MMCARP).
Ms. Colonna was recognized by City & State New York in 2021 among the top 100 most powerful healthcare executives leading New York through the coronavirus crisis. She is also named in the inaugural Mental Health Power 50 list, which recognizes some of the most influential public officials, academics, health care professionals, advocates and activists who are making a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness.
Throughout her career, Ms. Colonna has been a vocal advocate for the rights of, and services for, individuals and families with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges, and people living in poverty. Her life’s work has been dedicated to breaking down the stigma of disability and homelessness, building community and helping to right societal imbalances.
BRADLEY ALPERIN joined Services for the UnderServed in October 2009 as a Quality Improvement Specialist in the Quality Assurance department. In October 2013, Bradley was promoted to the position of Director of Legal Affairs and Risk Management, and became Vice President of Compliance and Risk Management in April 2016. He has served as Chief Compliance Officer since April 2018.
Bradley has shown a lifelong commitment to making a difference in the community. He has volunteered at the Sunrest Nursing Home, the Woodhaven Health Related Facility, the Lake Grove School, and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Bradley also interned at the New York State Office for the Aging and the New York State Crime Victim’s Board, and he worked summers during college at a day treatment program for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Prior to joining S:US, Bradley worked in the private sector for thirteen years. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University, and his J.D. from Albany Law School.
MONICA SANTOS joined S:US in March 2020 as Chief Program Officer, Developmental Disabilities Services. Ms. Santos has supervisory responsibility for ensuring that quality housing, clinical and support services are provided in accordance with all applicable regulatory, funding and agency requirements. She is also responsible for the development of budgets and the monitoring of resources.
Ms. Santos started in the field as a Direct Service Professional and held increasingly responsible positions at AHRCNYC where she has spent the last 25 years. Her most recent position was Vice President, Residential Services and Housing Solutions. In this capacity, Ms. Santos oversaw $92M in residential services for 700 people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Ms. Santos holds an MA in Disability Studies from the School of Professional Studies, Graduate Center, CUNY. She had a stint in Botswana from 1988 to 1990 as a Peace Corps volunteer, which has helped to shape the person she is today. Ms. Santos‘ personal philosophy is that “every life is of infinite value.” She looks forward to sharing her vision with staff and the people supported by S:US.
JUDITH JACKSON, Chief of Staff, joined S:US in July 1990. Ms. Jackson began her employment during the organization’s fledgling years and as such, was tasked with helping to raise S:US’ visibility and to bring a sense of wholeness within the organization through marketing, communications, and special events. Ms. Jackson earned progressively responsible positions over the years. In her current position, she works closely with the CEO on all aspects of management, strategy, planning, and oversight. Ms. Jackson is also charged with monitoring management practices to ensure alignment with S:US’ culture, values, and code of ethics. She also provides support to the Board in its governance role. Ms. Jackson oversees S:US’ marketing and communications efforts, volunteer and community relations activities, as well as the management of the human resources, business development, and staff training functions. Supervision of S:US’ innovative Urban Farms initiative rounds out her portfolio of responsibility. Prior to joining S:US, Ms. Jackson worked in Development at The Door, the National Audubon Society, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Ms. Jackson received her BA from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and her MS in Social Sciences from Long Island University, NY. She volunteers with Mustard Seed Communities USA, an organization dedicated to improving economic and social conditions in the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa. As the legal guardian and sibling of an individual with a developmental disability, she is a staunch disability rights advocate.
For the last two years, Trish has worked as the Executive Director for the Mayor’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, working out of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. There she oversaw the implementation of the task force action plan, seeking to better serve people with behavioral health issues who come into contact with the criminal justice system. For 14 years prior to that, Trish worked in multiple capacities at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), eventually serving as Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health, where she managed the development, implementation, and oversight of contracted mental health programs as well as policy and programmatic initiatives. Trish also served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Early Intervention Program, a multi-million dollar federal entitlement program for children ages birth-3 with delays and disabilities; and was the Director of Project Liberty, New York City’s mental health response to 9/11. Before joining DOHMH, Trish directed service programs for New York City residents who were homeless, justice-involved and/or had a mental illness for organizations that included Legal Aid and the Urban Justice Center. Trish earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University.
Having served as the head of fundraising for the United States’ largest nonprofit home health care organization, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), Stacey Weston joined the executive management team at Services for the UnderServed to usher in a new era of enhanced and targeted fundraising to help sustain and grow the work of creating opportunity for vulnerable New Yorkers.
Weston brings two decades of successful nonprofit experience to the task, with a significant background in building boards with major gift capacity, creating and launching operating and capital campaigns, developing and managing donor relationships, and identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and institutional funders.
Prior to her tenure at VNSNY, Weston served as Vice President for Development at the League of American Orchestras, NY, and as Associate Vice President for Corporate Relations at the New York Botanical Garden. She received her formal education at the University of Oregon (Master of Music) and at Humbolt State University (Bachelor of Arts).
PERRY PERLMUTTER joined S:US in April 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of finance experience.
Perry started his career in public accounting, and then worked for Reliance Group Holdings, a $15 billion property & casualty, life and title insurance company for 18 years. Perry spent the last 11 years as Chief Financial Officer at FOJP Service Corp and Hospitals Insurance Company, a risk manager and insurer for hospitals, nursing homes and social service organizations in metropolitan New York City.