Directors Elizabeth B. Bartlett
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.
Sarah E. Dauber, Ph.D., is The NYSPCC’s Director of Research and Evaluation. In this role, Sarah oversees The NYSPCC’s federally funded research studies and the ongoing evaluation of The NYSPCC’s programs. Sarah is a developmental psychologist with many years of experience managing research studies and large-scale evaluations, developing measures for evaluating program implementations, and conducting advanced statistical analysis. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, Sarah worked as a Senior Research Associate for The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia). In this capacity, Sarah co-directed research funded by The National Institutes of Health on the implementation of evidence-based treatments in community clinics for adolescent behavioral problems. Sarah has published widely on the implementation and outcomes of behavioral therapies for children and families involved with multiple public care systems.
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 2009, Kathy was elected to a seat on 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 & 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.
Brenda A. Tully, LCSW is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services for The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and oversees the Therapeutic Supervised Visitation Program. Brenda facilitates training on supervised visitation, trauma and secondary traumatic stress for local, national and international audiences, as well as training on the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect for New York City audiences. She is a member of the National Supervised Visitation Network subcommittee on credentialing for the field of supervised visitation. Brenda has over 15 years of experience working with youth and families in schools, residential foster care, and community-based programs. In 2011 she was awarded the Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Leader Award by the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Ms. Tully has been in private practice since 2007. She has training in two trauma-specific treatment methods, EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. Brenda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University.
As the Director of the Training Institute, Natalie Wright-Umoh, LMSW, oversees the delivery of training services to children, parents, caregivers, professionals and concerned community members. Drawing on her decade of experience as a Social Worker in NYC, Natalie works closely with non-profits, governmental agencies and schools, to create innovative training programs that engage the audience and are responsive to the needs of the communities they serve. Since graduating from Columbia University School of Social Work, Natalie has authored a Guide to Social Work Careers, been certified by the NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project and has provided hundreds of hours of training on topics including ethics, diversity & culture, family violence, commercial sexual exploitation, harm reduction, child abuse and neglect and mental health. Natalie welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations to meet their goals, create competent staff members, and serve constituents better.
As Manager of Institutional Giving, John Lovrich is responsible for writing grants and developing relationships with corporations, foundations, elected officials, and government agencies. He also contributes to The NYSPCC’s communication materials, including the website, annual report, newsletter, and marketing pieces. John welcomes opportunities to explore mutually fulfilling partnerships with organizations and/or individuals interested in child abuse prevention and intervention. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, John worked for six years in a similar capacity at the New York City Police Athletic League. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English & Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
James Romanik is the Development Coordinator for The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In this capacity, James facilitates the day-to-day operations of the Development Department, including donor communication, event coordination, gift processing, and prospect research. James also assists with the preparation and execution of the agency’s marketing materials including the annual report, newsletters, and the website. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, James was the Underwriting Director with 92 WICB in Ithaca, NY, where he was responsible for servicing existing clients and soliciting new advertisers, generating substantial revenue for the station. James has a strong passion for philanthropy and the way in which it can be used to strategically develop organizations and the communities in which they reside. He graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts Management and Writing.
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.
Victor de Souza
Aaron Fisher, Dawn Hennessy, & Michael Gillum
Penny Grant, MD
Sophie B. Hawkins
Hon. Joseph M. Lauria (Ret.)
Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson