Our Leaders

Our Governing Body

Jessica Cohen (Chair)
Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Kathryn Chen
Vice President, Markets Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Bonnie Greaves
Retired – Partner, Shearman & Sterling

James Hernandez
Director of Operations, Soroban Capital Partners LLC

Michael Melcher
Partner, Next Step Partners LLC

Michelle Mulcahy
New York Chief of Staff, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Puneet Pardasani
Executive Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Anne Peretz
Founder and Chair, The Family Center

Douglas Polak
Executive Director, Client Portfolio Manager, J.P. Morgan Investment Management

Russell Pomeranz
President & CEO, Claverack Advisory Group

Yehudah Rose
Commodities Trader, SnowSprint Capital

Timothy Sheehan
Senior Vice President, CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

Anne Sherman
Vice President of Non-Profit Strategy, Growth Philanthropy Network

Our Staff

Julie Stein Brockway, LCSW

Julia Jean-Francois, LCSW

Maria Ferreira, LMSW
Program Director,  Employment Services

Smilie Filomeno, MSW
Program Director, Community Resource Center / Single Stop

Gretchen Lord, LCSW
Beacon Preventive Director

Chris Kam, LCSW
Clinical Casework Supervisor

Vanessa Merlis, LCSW
Clinical Casework Supervisor

Jennifer Wittlin, LCSW
Foster Care Coordinator

Helene Onserud, LCSW
Program Director, PS 503/506

Jhodessa Reimer, MSW
Program Director
“Life Lines” Community Arts Project

Kristie Mancell, LMSW
Program Director, Sunset Park High School Partnership

Ashley Mathis
Program Director, PS 1

Camille Patrick-Bennett
Program Director, PS 94

Evelyn Peppas
Program Director, PS 169

Denise Rivera
Program Director, PS 971

We shelter


youth, adults and children

Last year, we helped


adults become employed heads of households