Leadership
Forestdale welcomes Department of Youth & Community Development Commissioner (From left: Assoc. ED Rosemarie Ewing James, Commissioner Bill Chong, ED Bill Weisberg)
Meet Forestdale's leadership team
As a nonprofit organization, Forestdale deeply values the trust that has been placed in us. Partners trust us to carry out joint projects; governments and private entities trust our ability to safeguard children and families; and donors trust us to use their funds to innovate with evidence-based approaches that can positively transform child welfare as we know it. To safeguard this critical trust, Forestdale is committed to best practices in governance, accountability and transparency. Our talented leadership team helps to direct and implement Forestdale’s strategies and advances our mission to end the intergenerational transmission of poverty and trauma among low income families in Queens.
Leadership
Forestdale welcomes Department of Youth & Community Development Commissioner (From left: Assoc. ED Rosemarie Ewing James, Commissioner Bill Chong, ED Bill Weisberg)
Meet Forestdale's leadership team
As a nonprofit organization, Forestdale deeply values the trust that has been placed in us. Partners trust us to carry out joint projects; governments and private entities trust our ability to safeguard children and families; and donors trust us to use their funds to innovate with evidence-based approaches that can positively transform child welfare as we know it. To safeguard this critical trust, Forestdale is committed to best practices in governance, accountability and transparency. Our talented leadership team helps to direct and implement Forestdale’s strategies and advances our mission to end the intergenerational transmission of poverty and trauma among low income families in Queens.

 

 

Executive Staff

  • William Weisberg
    Executive Director
  • William Weisberg
    Executive Director
  • Robert Aguirre
    Chief Financial Officer

    Robert Aguirre oversees Forestdale’s annual operating budget and financial operations. In his capacity as CFO, Robert ensures that Forestdale maintains its track record of financial strength and fiscal responsibility that our community and funders have come to expect. He joined Forestdale in 2016 after serving as Deputy Director of Operations at The Children’s Aid Society where he oversaw budget and operations for their School-Age division. Robert has an MPA and BBA from Baruch College, where he was also a National Urban Fellow, and is a lifelong resident of Queens.

    raguirre@forestdaleinc.org

  • Robert Aguirre
    Chief Financial Officer

    Robert Aguirre oversees Forestdale’s annual operating budget and financial operations. In his capacity as CFO, Robert ensures that Forestdale maintains its track record of financial strength and fiscal responsibility that our community and funders have come to expect. He joined Forestdale in 2016 after serving as Deputy Director of Operations at The Children’s Aid Society where he oversaw budget and operations for their School-Age division. Robert has an MPA and BBA from Baruch College, where he was also a National Urban Fellow, and is a lifelong resident of Queens.

    raguirre@forestdaleinc.org

  • Rosemarie Ewing-James
    Associate Executive Director of Programs

    Rosemarie Ewing-James oversees all program areas at Forestdale. Ms. Ewing-James most recently held the position of Assistant Executive Director at Forestdale and oversaw all foster care and adoption programs. Ms. Ewing-James holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and Social Psychology from Swarthmore College, and is a longtime resident of southeast Queens.

  • Rosemarie Ewing-James
    Associate Executive Director of Programs

    Rosemarie Ewing-James oversees all program areas at Forestdale. Ms. Ewing-James most recently held the position of Assistant Executive Director at Forestdale and oversaw all foster care and adoption programs. Ms. Ewing-James holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and Social Psychology from Swarthmore College, and is a longtime resident of southeast Queens.

  • Linda Ford
    Assistant Executive Director of Strong Families - Foster Care

    Linda Ford heads Forestdale’s Strong Families – Foster Care, therapeutic foster care and adoption programs. Before coming to Forestdale, she was a Program Director at Steinway Child and Family Services, working with adults with severe mental illnesses. The Bronx native has also worked as a substance abuse counselor, a hospital-based social worker and a case planner for pregnant mothers in foster care.

  • Linda Ford
    Assistant Executive Director of Strong Families - Foster Care

    Linda Ford heads Forestdale’s Strong Families – Foster Care, therapeutic foster care and adoption programs. Before coming to Forestdale, she was a Program Director at Steinway Child and Family Services, working with adults with severe mental illnesses. The Bronx native has also worked as a substance abuse counselor, a hospital-based social worker and a case planner for pregnant mothers in foster care.

  • Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra
    Asst. Executive Director, Clinical Services, Program Development, and Evaluation

    Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, LCSW-R, oversees our departments of Integrated Health, Quality Improvement, Model Implementation, Reproductive Health, and Parent Coaching.  She began her career in child welfare and continued on as a social service professional in the non-profit sector, managing behavioral health and public health programs in underserved communities throughout New York City.  Most recently, Lorraine led a health advocacy portfolio at a non-profit advocacy organization, working to advance public policies for children and families living in poverty.

  • Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra
    Asst. Executive Director, Clinical Services, Program Development, and Evaluation

    Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, LCSW-R, oversees our departments of Integrated Health, Quality Improvement, Model Implementation, Reproductive Health, and Parent Coaching.  She began her career in child welfare and continued on as a social service professional in the non-profit sector, managing behavioral health and public health programs in underserved communities throughout New York City.  Most recently, Lorraine led a health advocacy portfolio at a non-profit advocacy organization, working to advance public policies for children and families living in poverty.

  • Rachel Tzimorotas
    Assistant Executive Director of Operations

    Rachel Tzimororats Esq. oversees the facilities, community engagement, operations and I.T. She joined Forestdale in 2011 after working as a Family Court Legal Services attorney at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Rachel graduated from St. John’s University School of Law and went on to work as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County for six years and then practiced in a law firm specializing in medical malpractice litigation for six years before her tenure at ACS.

  • Rachel Tzimorotas
    Assistant Executive Director of Operations

    Rachel Tzimororats Esq. oversees the facilities, community engagement, operations and I.T. She joined Forestdale in 2011 after working as a Family Court Legal Services attorney at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Rachel graduated from St. John’s University School of Law and went on to work as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County for six years and then practiced in a law firm specializing in medical malpractice litigation for six years before her tenure at ACS.

Senior Management

  • Anstiss Agnew
    Senior Advisor

    Anstiss Agnew, LCSW, is Senior Advisor to Forestdale, researching new strategies – especially those to ensure that when young people leave foster care they have the resources and caring support to succeed socially, academically and professionally. Ms. Agnew formerly served as Forestdale’s Executive Director from 2006 – 2015. Ms. Agnew brings more than 40 years of experience in organizational leadership and therapeutic practice, including eight years as Associate Director and Executive Director of Inwood House. An expert in adolescent health, Ms. Agnew began her career in 1971 as coordinator of a community mental health center in New Mexico.

    aagnew@forestdaleinc.org

     

  • Anstiss Agnew
    Senior Advisor

    Anstiss Agnew, LCSW, is Senior Advisor to Forestdale, researching new strategies – especially those to ensure that when young people leave foster care they have the resources and caring support to succeed socially, academically and professionally. Ms. Agnew formerly served as Forestdale’s Executive Director from 2006 – 2015. Ms. Agnew brings more than 40 years of experience in organizational leadership and therapeutic practice, including eight years as Associate Director and Executive Director of Inwood House. An expert in adolescent health, Ms. Agnew began her career in 1971 as coordinator of a community mental health center in New Mexico.

    aagnew@forestdaleinc.org

     

  • Derek Carter
    Administrative Director of Strong Fathers

    Derek Carter joined Forestdale in November 2014, and oversees the Strong Fathers program as its Administrative Director. Prior to joining Forestdale Derek worked for 30 years with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. During that time Derek worked in various areas within ACS including the Family Preservation Program. Derek also served as ACS representative in the Brooklyn Fatherhood Coalition. He last served as Director of Field Operations in the Division of Child Protection. Derek received his BA in Urban Studies from Queens College and a MS in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College.

  • Derek Carter
    Administrative Director of Strong Fathers

    Derek Carter joined Forestdale in November 2014, and oversees the Strong Fathers program as its Administrative Director. Prior to joining Forestdale Derek worked for 30 years with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. During that time Derek worked in various areas within ACS including the Family Preservation Program. Derek also served as ACS representative in the Brooklyn Fatherhood Coalition. He last served as Director of Field Operations in the Division of Child Protection. Derek received his BA in Urban Studies from Queens College and a MS in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College.

  • Robyn Fiedler
    Director of Reproductive Health
  • Robyn Fiedler
    Director of Reproductive Health
  • Danielle Brown Fuller
    Director of Youth Development
  • Danielle Brown Fuller
    Director of Youth Development
  • Joy Ifill
    Director of Integrated Health

    Joy Ifill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the behavioral health field for twenty three years. As an LCSW Joy has worked in all levels of care within the mental health and substance abuse field including inpatient, residential, outpatient, managed care with extensive clinical operations and program development experience. Joy has also worked within the child welfare system. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and also has a Master’s in business administration. Joy has over fifteen years of senior management experience within the behavioral health industry.

  • Joy Ifill
    Director of Integrated Health

    Joy Ifill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the behavioral health field for twenty three years. As an LCSW Joy has worked in all levels of care within the mental health and substance abuse field including inpatient, residential, outpatient, managed care with extensive clinical operations and program development experience. Joy has also worked within the child welfare system. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and also has a Master’s in business administration. Joy has over fifteen years of senior management experience within the behavioral health industry.

  • Rose M. Jones
    Administrative Director of Strong Families - Preventive Services

    Rose M. Jones, is the Administrative Director of Strong Families – Preventive Services. Ms. Jones graduated from Lehman College with a MS in Special Education — Learning Disabilities. After having taught “boys at risk” at DeWitt High School in the Bronx, Ms. Jones decided to return to school. She enrolled in the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham and graduated with an MSW. Ms. Jones currently holds an LCSW-R license. Ms. Jones advocates for families by procuring entitlements and providing access to information related to job/career opportunities and affordable housing.

  • Rose M. Jones
    Administrative Director of Strong Families - Preventive Services

    Rose M. Jones, is the Administrative Director of Strong Families – Preventive Services. Ms. Jones graduated from Lehman College with a MS in Special Education — Learning Disabilities. After having taught “boys at risk” at DeWitt High School in the Bronx, Ms. Jones decided to return to school. She enrolled in the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham and graduated with an MSW. Ms. Jones currently holds an LCSW-R license. Ms. Jones advocates for families by procuring entitlements and providing access to information related to job/career opportunities and affordable housing.

  • Suchireta Kapoor
    Director of Care Management

    Suchireta Kapoor oversees the Children’s Health Home Care Management Program. She received her Master’s  in Social Work from StonyBrook University in 2009 and is an LMSW. Suchireta has been working in the field of social services and child welfare for the past 10 years. She was born and raised in Queens and has an extensive knowledge of the community resources that this borough has to offer.

  • Suchireta Kapoor
    Director of Care Management

    Suchireta Kapoor oversees the Children’s Health Home Care Management Program. She received her Master’s  in Social Work from StonyBrook University in 2009 and is an LMSW. Suchireta has been working in the field of social services and child welfare for the past 10 years. She was born and raised in Queens and has an extensive knowledge of the community resources that this borough has to offer.

  • Roseann Lowe
    Director of Mental Health Services
  • Roseann Lowe
    Director of Mental Health Services
  • Yanick Maakheru
    Director of Development

    Ms. Maakheru has over 29 years of experience encompassing work in Fund Development, Grants Management, as well as Program development & implementation within the non-profit sector.  In addition to her work in Development, she has extensive Project Management experience with large scale capital projects and short-term initiatives of varying duration and scope. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Human Services from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.

  • Yanick Maakheru
    Director of Development

    Ms. Maakheru has over 29 years of experience encompassing work in Fund Development, Grants Management, as well as Program development & implementation within the non-profit sector.  In addition to her work in Development, she has extensive Project Management experience with large scale capital projects and short-term initiatives of varying duration and scope. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Human Services from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.

  • Vicky Minor
    Director of Human Resources
  • Vicky Minor
    Director of Human Resources
  • Marlene Pressner
    Director of Quality and Performance Management
  • Marlene Pressner
    Director of Quality and Performance Management

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