Jon Tullis is a partner in NewmanTullis, a management consulting firm to small not for profits. He serves as a critical friend to small and emerging non-profit organizations, with expertise in nonprofit fundraising, board development, and executive coaching.
Sabra Jackson, Parent Member
Sabra Jackson is currently a Parent Advocate for The Center for Family Representation and is a graduate of CWOP's Parent Leadership Curriculum.
She is also a member of the Child Welfare Court Improvements Projects Disproportionate Minority Representation Subcommittee in Manhattan's Family Court system. Sabra served as the founding Program Coordinator for the New York City Parent Advocate Network, a co chair of the ACS Parent Advisory Work Group.
Prior to her work at CWOP, Sabra had 20 years working in social services field as a health educator focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, and as a case manager working with families receiving welfare or in the prevention services with ACS. Since 2013, Sabra has also been on the Board of Directors of the Voices of Woman Organizing Project, a self-help and advocacy organization for survivors of domestic violence.
Dr. Jeremy Kohomban, Treasurer
Dr. Kohomban is the President and CEO of The Children’s Village, President of The CV Institute and its Center for Child Welfare Research, and President of Harlem Dowling. The Children’s Village and Harlem Dowling provide a broad continuum of programs including evidence-based support for families, shelters for homeless youth and immigrant children, alternatives to incarceration, adoption and foster care services, affordable housing, and specialized services for nearly 20,000 children and families annually. The Children’s Village is the Gold Prize winner of the New York Community Trust-New York Magazine’s Nonprofit Excellence Awardsand the 2015 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption award for advocacy in support of adoption issues. Read more.
CWOP BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORY COUNCIL
CWOP's Board of Directors and Advisory Council are comprised of a singularly dedicated group of professionals and parents who include founders of the organization; leaders in the child welfare movement; parents affected by NYC's child protection system; community leaders; and successful professionals. CWOP's Board is active and dedicated to CWOP's continued legacy and mission.
Dr. Terry Mizrahi, CWOP Co-Founder
Dr. Terry Mizrahi is a co-founder of CWOP and is a Professor of Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College where she is the Chairperson of its community organizing, planning and development practice method. Dr. Mizrahi also directs the Education Center for Community Organizing which provides information on community organizing skills and models. She is a graduate of Columbia UniversitySchool of Social Work as well as the University of Virginia, where she obtained her PhD. Dr. Mizrahi's areas of expertise include community organizing; social work and health care policy; social work and activism; and gender and feminist organizing. Read more.
Ayo Haynes, Board Chairperson
Chairperson Ayo Haynes is a life-long resident of East Harlem. Volunteerism and education were instilled in her by her single mother. A product of private and public education, Ayo has a BA and MBA from Bentley University and is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. Ayo is a Director on Bentley University's Global Alumni Board, formerly served as the Assistant Secretary and Vice Chair of the Land Use Committee for Community Board 11 and was a member of the Metropolitan Hospital Community Advisory Board. A ten-year veteran real estate agent with Halstead Property, she was a featured agent on the last two seasons of HGTV's "Selling New York." She is also the co-author of the best-selling book, "Ready, Set, Live! Empowered Strategies for an Enlightened Life," an accomplished actress, and the proud mama of a little girl.
Marybeth is a nonprofit consultant, educational advocate, and Executive Director of HEARUS - Hydrocephalus Equality Awareness Research United Society, a 501 (c)3 non profit, founded in April of 2010. HEARUS advocates and supports individuals and families experiencing social, educational, financial or medical crises, affected by disorders, conditions and injuries of the brain and/or cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), such as hydrocephalus (Hc).
Betty Campbell-Adams is the CEO of Lloyd’s Carrot Cake, the venerable bakery located at 6087 Broadway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, with a branch located on Lexington Avenue in East Harlem. New York Magazine rates Lloyd’s Carrot Cake as a critic’s favorite, and Time Out New York selected it as one of the top six desserts in New York City. Lloyd's Carrot Cake has been featured on The Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and Crain’s New York Business named it the winner of its 2014 “Dessert Challenge.” Ms. Campbell-Adams is a cable industry veteran. Prior to taking over the family business, she was the Director of Marketing for Time Warner Cable of NY where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategies for the company’s Video-On-Demand and Pay-Per-View business.
CHILD WELFARE ORGANIZING PROJECT
Kaela Economos, MSW
Kaela is a social worker and policy specialist with the Brooklyn Defender Services with over 11 years of experience working on child welfare issues in NYC, including being active in a number of city-wide coalitions advocating for Child Welfare reform initiatives. Prior to joining BFDP, she served as the Program Officer of the Child Welfare Fund where she oversaw the distribution of $1 million in annual grants to organizations working to reform the NYC child welfare system and providing direct services to system-involved families. Read more.
John Courtney, Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus
John Courtney is a co-founder of CWOP and has been a tireless advocate on behalf of NYC's families and children for decades. In addition to his work with CWOP, John was the Director of Program Planning for NYC's Special Services for Children where he worked on systems to monitor the performance of foster care agencies, and also was the Associate Executive Director of Little Flower Children's Services. More recently, John served as a senior advisor to Child Welfare Watch.
Our families. Our children. Our city. It's time for change.
Bevajae Kelley, Co-Chair/Parent Member
CWOP Co-Chair Bevanjae Kelley is longtime resident of East Harlem where she raised her children and two of her grandchildren who were impacted by the city's child protective system. As a graduate of CWOP's Parent Leadership Curriculum, Bevanjae became a Parent Leader/Advocate supporting and educating parents throughout NYC as a Community Representative and Parent Advocate. Today she is an Advocate, Leader and organizer, supporting, educating, speaking, and writing about parents and families who navigate the child protective system.
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