Directors Amelia Berkowitz MaryKate Boylan
Penny Grant, MD
Holly M. Kelly
Federico G.M. Mennella
Tatiana G. P. Perkin
David R. Stack
Mark S. Weiss
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 Archives. 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.
Amy Pumo, Director of Clinical Services, is providing oversight for all of The NYSPCC’s clinical programs. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, Amy served for over 13 years as the founding Program Director for the Bronx Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program, a project of the Center for Court Innovation. The program, located in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, provides trauma-focused support services to youth exposed to violent crimes. Amy has 20 years of experience providing social services to vulnerable populations and 16 years of experience supervising staff and social work students. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University and her Master of Science in Social Work, from Columbia University. Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Gigi Verkaik is the Director of Development and Communications for The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, Gigi held the position as Development Officer at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center. In this position she was responsible for planning the annual major fundraising events and managing the direct mail campaign which grosses over $600,000 annually. Prior to that time, Gigi worked as the Director of Special Events for Goddard Riverside Community Center and as a Sales Executive/Corporate Event Development Manager for Briggs Inc.
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.
As Director of the Training Institute, Annie is working to make sure that NYSPCC’s expertise and best practices are shared with others in the child welfare field and helping to expand child abuse education and prevention services to children and families. Annie has over 10 years of experience working in the health and social service industry in both the public and private sectors. She started her career out as a Child Protective Service worker for the County of San Diego, helping families achieve a life of stability free of abuse. Prior to joining the NYSPCC she worked for a health consultancy firm, managing and supporting healthcare access and prevention initiatives and overseeing the development of health education materials and curriculum. Annie received her Masters of Public Health degree from Boston University and her undergraduate degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University.
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.
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.
Anne and Bob Arns
Victor de Souza
Aaron Fisher, Dawn Hennessy, & Michael Gillum
Sophie B. Hawkins
Dr. Thomas Kelly
Hon. Joseph M. Lauria (Ret.)