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.

 

 

  • William Weisberg
    Executive Director
  • William Weisberg
    Executive Director
  • 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

     

  • Rosemarie Ewing-James
    Associate Executive Director

    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

    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.

  • Rachel Tzimorotas
    Associate 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
    Associate 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.

  • 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

  • Roseann Lowe
    Director of Mental Health Services
  • Roseann Lowe
    Director of Mental Health Services
  • Derek Carter
    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
    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.

  • Linda Ford
    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
    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.

  • 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.

  • Ami Patel
    Director of Integrated Health

    Dr. Ami Patel is the Director of Integrated Health at Forestdale.  She oversees the Clinic as well as leading the agency into the Care Management transition.  Dr. Patel comes to us with years of experience in medical and mental healthcare servicing a wide range of populations.  Through her experience she is able to strategically navigate the varied areas of care and ensure all individuals receive the best care possible.  Dr. Patel attended medical school in Europe, completed her clinical in USA allowing her a wider view on medicine and practices.  Further she completed her MBA in healthcare administration so she can better understand the intricate pathways of healthcare finances.  With her varied experience she looks to always provide the best inclusive services to all individuals.

  • Ami Patel
    Director of Integrated Health

    Dr. Ami Patel is the Director of Integrated Health at Forestdale.  She oversees the Clinic as well as leading the agency into the Care Management transition.  Dr. Patel comes to us with years of experience in medical and mental healthcare servicing a wide range of populations.  Through her experience she is able to strategically navigate the varied areas of care and ensure all individuals receive the best care possible.  Dr. Patel attended medical school in Europe, completed her clinical in USA allowing her a wider view on medicine and practices.  Further she completed her MBA in healthcare administration so she can better understand the intricate pathways of healthcare finances.  With her varied experience she looks to always provide the best inclusive services to all individuals.

  • 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.

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