Our Board

We are fortunate to have a Board of Directors who are committed to our mission and provide thoughtful guidance to achieve it. Comprised of innovative, forward-thinking leaders from fields including finance, construction, the law, education, and health, our Board helps ensure that Friends of Karen is able to meet its goals and objectives.


Paul Smadbeck, President
Michael Cassidy, Vice President
Steven Swirsky, Vice President
Trish Lobenfeld, Treasurer
Sharon Weiner, Secretary

Directors Emeriti

J Durst
Beth Leventhal
Arnold Ursaner


Anne Angeles
Francisco Barrenechea
Joana Bekerman
Sara Colodner
Pam Hervey
Jacqueline Holtzer
Tom Jocelyn
Louis Meltzer
Tony Napolitano
Palma Patti
Laura Salerno

See Board of Directors profiles here.


Our staff is made up of experienced social workers, skilled administrators and talented development professionals drawn from diverse career pathways. Friends of Karen was founded out of the kindness of one friend for another. Compassion for our Friends of Karen families is what continues to bind us together to bring them hope and help.
Mark Berger
Marketing Associate
Siobhan Casey, ATR-BC, LCAT
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
Jennifer Costa, MSW, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Gabriella DiSisto
Philanthropy Manager
Judith Factor
Executive Director
Melinda Ferraraccio, LCAT-P, MA Expressive Arts Therapies
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
Beth Ferrari, BSW
Social Worker
Melissa Goldsmith, LMSW, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Marla Krellenstein, MSW
Social Worker
Nancy Mariano
Director, Corporate Partnerships; LI Regional Director
Sarah McNamee, LMSW
Social Worker
Carolyn Miceli
Melanie Mouzakes
Administrative Assistant
Rebecca Mowl
Development Associate
Jackie Nunez, MSW
Social Worker
Natalia RossEcheverri, LMSW, C-ASWCM
Social Worker
Rhonda Ryan, LMSW
Director, Family Support Program
Kathleen Ryan
Director of Individual Philanthropy
Gwen Salmo
Special Events Coordinator
Elvira Scollan
Case Manager
Terri Sorrentino
Director, Finance & Administration
Denise Tredwell
Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie Weeks
Family Support Administrator
Peter West
Grants Manager
Karen Wrubleski
Intake Coordinator
Diana York
Database Analyst
Stacey Zanoni, LCSW
Social Worker