Peter W. Espy
C. Amy Gerry
Holly M. Kelly
Federico G.M. Mennella
Alexandra Papanicolaou Shaheen
Tatiana G. P. Perkin
Carolyn C. Reece
Mark S. Weiss
Honorary Directors Nelson Doubleday
Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr.
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., Executive Director, oversees all program activities where she lends her extensive experience in the mental health field. Mary has over three decades of practice addressing the needs of fragile families and abused and neglected children. Prior to joining The NYSPCC in 2001, Mary served as the Executive Director of the Child Protection Center at Montefiore Medical Center, a forensic child advocacy center, and held executive positions at The Children’s Village and Covenant House. She has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Hunter College and in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and is also a Medical Reserve Corp First Responder to disaster trauma through the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2006, the Mayor appointed Mary to the New York City Child Fatality Review Advisory Team (CFRAT) which has responsibility for examining all deaths of children up to age 12 whose deaths are categorized as unanticipated, the result of trauma, or the circumstances of which are suspicious, obscure, or otherwise unexplained. Mary was honored to be named the 2010 “Outstanding Professional” by The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, a national organization addressing all facets of the professional response to child maltreatment: prevention, assessment, intervention, and treatment. In 2012, Mary received the Alumni Leadership Award from her Alma Mater, Sacred Heart University. After serving as the President-Elect for many years, Mary was elected President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – New York in September 2013, and assumed the responsibilities of her new office effective January 2014.
For over 22 years, Stephen Forrester, Esq. has provided key management assistance to The NYSPCC’s Executive Director, and heads The NYSPCC’s legal programs as well as provides management oversight to The Training Institute. Steve is an attorney and headed both the Guardian ad Litem program (1991-2005) and Child Permanency/Custody Mediation Programs (2003-2012) for The NYSPCC. He was formerly an Assistant General Counsel for New York City Administration for Children’s Services. While in that position, he prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases and related proceedings, and supervised a staff of attorneys also engaged in that work. Steve has trained over 7,000 professionals on their legal obligation to identify and report child abuse and neglect. He serves on the New York City Family Court Child Protection Sub-Committee of the Advisory Committee to the Administrative Judge.
Jacqueline L. Holloway, PhD, is the Director of Research and Evaluation at The NYSPCC. As Director, Jacqueline is actively engaged in executing federally funded research initiatives as well as advancing The NYSPCC’s ongoing programs through rigorous evaluation. Before joining The NYSPCC, Jacqueline was the director of research at a health-tech start-up company, where she managed a team of grant writers and supervised NIH funded research projects across domains including culturally competent nutrition education, health literacy, and language learning tools. Prior to that position, Jacqueline worked for many years at the Stress and Motivated Behavior Institute based at the East Orange VA Hospital, examining the psychophysiological bases of behavior, learning, and memory in both clinical and non-clinical populations, while receiving her degree in Integrative Neuroscience from UMDNJ. It was during that time, under the direction of Dr. Richard Servatius, that Jacqueline developed her skills and passion for understanding the impact of stress, trauma, and resilience on the development of psychopathology. At present, in collaboration with The NYSPCC’s clinical, research, and executive teams, Jacqueline aims to apply her background and experience to expanding The NYSPCC’s research program, cultivating partnerships and funding, and advancing the critical work of the Society through comprehensive mixed-methods research.
Joseph T. Gleason is the NYSPCC’s Director of Archvies. His career includes positions in secondary education and administration, juvenile supervision and counseling law enforcement and child protection. Joining The NYSPCC in 1974, he served as Officer-Investigator, Criminal Court Investigator, Family Court Representative, Senior Investigator, Field Supervisor and Training Supervisor before undertaking his present duties. Since 1990, his responsibilities have included management of the archival holdings of The NYSPCC, which document the history of the NYSPCC and the origins of child protection. During that period, he has responded to more than 500 inquiries, prepared over 350 family history reports and has assisted researchers preparing doctoral dissertations, published articles, videos, text books, biographies, films, and histories of child protection in America. Additionally, he oversaw a five-year archival preservation project that included the digitization of all archival materials, the conservation of its bound volumes and hard-copy files, and the preservation and museum-mounting of Mary Ellen’s dress at the time of her rescue. An acknowledged expert on the history of The NYSPCC and the origins of child protection, Joe addresses genealogical societies and human services organizations, is consulted by professionals, authored The NYSPCC History Journal, and is a member of the New York Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York.
Providing oversight for all of The NYSPCC’s clinical activities is Katheryn Lotsos, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services. Specializing in treating children who have experienced trauma, Kathy has over twelve years of clinical experience with children and their families in a variety of outpatient settings. Kathy oversees the Trauma Recovery Program and the Therapeutic Supervised Visitation Program, the largest supervised visitation program in New York City. Kathy also teaches and trains locally and nationally on topics that include parent coaching, supervised visitation, trauma symptoms in children. In 2015, Kathy was elected as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Supervised Visitation Network, where she co-chairs the training committee. In December 2010, Kathy received the Emerging Social Work Leader Award from the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Kathy earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland.
As the Director of Development and Communications, Cynthia Helton oversees all development initiatives and fundraising activities of The NYSPCC and is responsible for all marketing and agency communications. Cynthia has worked in the non-profit sector for almost a decade, at organizations like the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, ASPCA, and Columbia Law School. Prior to her career in non-profit development, Cynthia was a journalist and documentary television producer. She received her master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and American Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is honored to be a part of The NYSPCC.
Paige Hamilton-O’Connor, LMHC is the Manager of Trauma Recovery Services for The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and oversees the Trauma Recovery Program. Paige oversees clinicians who provide long-term therapeutic services to children and families who have experienced abuse, neglect and other traumas. Using various trauma-informed modalities (TF-CBT, ARC model, Theraplay), expressive arts, and family systems models (Ackerman Relational Approach), Paige supervises clinicians in assisting children and their families repairing relational ruptures, gaining coping skills and increasing resiliency. Paige earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico, completed the externship at Ackerman Institute for the Family and continues to work at Ackerman Institute for the Family on their Foster Care and Adoption Project.
Beverly serves as the primary liaison to corporate and foundation partners, actively strengthening existing relationships and establishing new ones in support of The NYSPCC’s priorities and programs. She has worked in the non-profit and philanthropic community for more than a decade at organizations like Children’s Health Fund, National Audubon Society, and Right To Play. Beverly received her master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from the City College of New York. She is proud to be able to put her knowledge, skills and experience to work for The NYSPCC.
Evangel Woods is the Development and Communications Coordinator at The NYSPCC. She is responsible for supporting and assisting with the overall operations of the Development department, ensuring that the department reaches its financial goals each year. Prior to this position, she was the Office Services Coordinator/Security Officer for the Supervised Visitation program at the NYSPCC. She brings insight from working directly with clients to the Development Department. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, Evangel worked as a Legal Assistant at Ralph Gansell, Esq. Law Firm, a firm that specializes in Family Law. Evangel hopes to continue advocating for families by helping raise funds to continue the programs that would help these families heal.
Executive Assistant Sandra Singh has over two decades of not-for-profit, administrative and human resources experience. Prior to joining The NYSPCC in 2002, Sandra worked as a Human Resources Associate for The Children’s Health Fund and several locations of Montefiore Medical Center. Currently as Executive Assistant, Sandra supports the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director to ensure smooth and effective operation of the NYSPCC. Sandra also handles all confidential personnel matters regarding hiring, compensation, benefits administration and recordkeeping. Additionally, Sandra serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors, scheduling the Board of Director meetings, preparing the meeting minutes, and handling other items needed to ensure efficient functioning of Board related matters.
As Program Manager, Xuan Tran-Walsh provides oversight, supervision, and key management direction to The NYSPCC’s Therapeutic Supervised Visitation Program. Xuan has over eight years of experience working in community-based programs with youth and families. She serves as the Secretary of the New York State chapter of the National Supervised Visitation Network and serves on the NYC Family Court Operations Committee. As a member of The Mental Health Work Group of the Child Welfare Subcommittee of the NYC Family Court Advisory Council, she contributed to Mental Health Services Available to Children and Their Families: A Resource Guide for Family Court Practitioners, published in spring 2005. Xuan received an Honorable Mention for an Emerging Leader Award by the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, she served as the Manhattan Bureau Coordinator of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an advocacy organization whose mission is to move children out of the foster care system and place them into safe, permanent homes. Xuan holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University.
Anne and Bob Arns
Victor de Souza
Aaron Fisher, Dawn Hennessy, & Michael Gillum
Penny Grant, MD
Sophie B. Hawkins
Hon. Joseph M. Lauria (Ret.)
Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson