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.


Richard Sgaglio, President
Laura Salerno Evans, Vice President
Tom Jocelyn, Treasurer
Pamela Hervey, Secretary
Paul Smadbeck, Immediate Past President

Directors Emeriti

J Durst
Beth Leventhal

David Rosenberg

Arnold Ursaner


Francisco Barrenechea
Sara Colodner
Arlene del Mundo
Jonathan Malawer
Louis Meltzer
Mike Nieves
Runa Rosenfield
Evan Schreiber
Steven Swirsky

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.
Leslie Bellissimo
Regional Director
Jane Bishow-Semevolos, ATR-BC, LCAT
Creative Arts Therapist
Kelly Campion Socol
Data Analyst
Siobhan Casey, ATR-BC, LCAT
Creative Arts Therapist
Estel Cintron
Intake Coordinator/Case Manager
Suzanne Cohen
Grants Manager
Jennifer Costa, MSW, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Gabriella DiSisto
Sr. Philanthropy Manager
Judith Factor
Executive Director
Beth Ferrari, BSW
Social Worker
Melissa Goldsmith, LMSW, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Amy Hosmer
Development Assistant
Marla Krellenstein, MSW
Social Worker
Lexi Latino
Philanthropy Manager, Long Island – Metro NYC
Jonathan Lewis
Marketing Manager
Carolyn Miceli
Finance and Administration Specialist
Melanie Mouzakes
Administrative Assistant
Jackie Nunez, MSW
Social Worker
Natalia RossEcheverri, LMSW, C-ASWCM
Social Worker
Rhonda Ryan, LMSW
Director, Family Support Program
Gwen Salmo
Special Events Coordinator
Elvira Scollan
Case Manager
Terri Sorrentino
Director, Finance & Administration
Denise Tredwell
Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie Weeks
Family Support Administrator