From 2009-2014, Dr. Reynolds served as Executive Director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD). With offices in Mineola, Ronkonkoma and Riverhead, LICADD provides substance abuse screenings, brief interventions and referrals to addiction treatment, as well as professionally-facilitated family interventions, relapse prevention programs and anger management services to adults and adolescents. Under Dr. Reynolds’ leadership, LICADD pioneered the launch of “Too Good for Drugs, an evidence-based K-12 substance abuse prevention program in several Long Island schools, initiated a new mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents and expanded LICADD’s Employee Assistance Program, which now covers 80,000 public and private employees in the tri-state area. During his tenure, LICADD’s revenues tripled and the number of families served per month increased nine-fold. LICADD recently became an affiliate of FCA so as to consolidate administrative functions.
Prior to joining LICADD, Dr. Reynolds worked for the Long Island Association for AIDS Care for 19 years, where he started out doing case management and finished his tenure as Vice President for Public Affairs, responsible for government relations, resource development, strategic marketing, and communications. In 1997, he co-founded BiasHELP of Long Island, an organization dedicated to assisting victims of hate crimes and their families. As BiasHELP’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Reynolds secured federal, state and local grants and launched a wide array of crime victim assistance services and school-based violence prevention programs.
Dr. Reynolds currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force and is chair of Suffolk County’s Sober Home Oversight Board. He chaired Suffolk County’s Heroin/Opiate Epidemic Advisory Panel, which released sweeping recommendations in 2012 and serves on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA-LI) Prescription Drug Working Group. Dr. Reynolds has also served as Chair of Nassau County’s Youth Board and spent three years on Suffolk County’s Welfare-to-Work Commission. Dr. Reynolds is Vice Chair and remains the longest serving member of the NYS AIDS Advisory Council, first appointed by the NYS Senate Majority Leader in 1994 and reappointed three times since then. He serves on the Board of Directors of Families in Support of Treatment (FIST) and Strong Youth's Advisory Board. Dr. Reynolds has served as a consultant and grant reviewer for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is a frequent presenter at statewide and national health and human service conferences.
He has authored more than 200 news and op-ed articles that have appeared in a wide variety of publications and is consistently used as an expert source for substance abuse, addiction, HIV/AIDS and human/civil rights information by local and national radio, television, online and print outlets. Dr. Reynolds has received numerous awards for his community service and leadership and was named one of the “50 most influential Long Islanders” each year 2010-2015 by the Long Island Press. Since 2012, Dr. Reynolds received leadership awards and honors from the Simple Hope Foundation, Caron Treatment Centers, Strong Youth, Inc., the Long Island Recovery Association and LICADD. In January 2014, he graduated from Energeia, a regional stewardship program spearheaded by Molloy College.
Dr. Reynolds holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dowling College (1988), a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with a specialization in health administration from Long Island University (1997) and a doctorate from Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare (2007). Dr. Reynolds’ doctoral dissertation was on “Using the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change to Explore Substance Use Patterns and HIV Risk Behaviors in a Suburban Sample” and he remains an Assistant Clinical Professor at Stony Brook. Dr. Reynolds is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and a U.S. Department of Transportation-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).
Lisa Burch has over 25 years’ experience in public health, non-profit management, community and government relations, grants administration, budgets, strategic planning, and program development. Prior to joining FCA Lisa worked for the North Shore-LIJ Health System for 11 years where she first established the Office of Sponsored Programs followed by a Sustainability and Social Responsibility (SSR) program. Earlier in her career, Lisa worked for Odyssey House, the Osborne Association, Planned Parenthood of New York City and Safe Horizons. Lisa earned her BA in Psychology from Clark University; her MPH from Hunter College and a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from Boston College.
Angela Montemarano is currently VP & Chief Human Resources Officer for Family & Children???s Association. Mrs. Montemarano comes to FCA with more than 20 years??? experience in the human resources field, during which time she worked closely with Long Island-based universities and healthcare settings maintaining sound employee relations, creating effective strategies to recruit top talent and cultivating exceptional company culture.
Angela received a M.S. from New York Institute for Technology in Instructional Technology.
Ms. Vassallo has over thirty years’ experience in the financial and operational management of not-for-profit human service organizations. Prior to her arrival at Family and Children’s Association she served as the Director of Finance for the Suffolk County Long Island Head Start Program and Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Operations for North Suffolk Mental Health Center, Inc. She also served as a program reviewer and trainer for the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Mary Ann has devoted her efforts to building partnerships between community based organizations, private donors and government to strengthen and protect individuals, families and their communities. She has served on the board of trustees of a number of Long Island’s human service organizations including Hands Across Long Island (HALI), Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence and the Suffolk Network on Adolescent Pregnancy. She spent many years as a volunteer at the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.
Donald (Don) Holden’s career has taken him from teaching and coaching to government bond brokering and currently to development. Twenty-two years of his time in the workforce were spent building a business based on personal relationships as a Wall Street broker ultimately rising to a managing director’s role at Cantor Fitzgerald. As a businessman, he actively took a leading role as a board member and special events coordinator for a number of nonprofit organizations. He was instrumental in building business partnerships for Futures in Education Foundation in the Diocese of Brooklyn, developing a fundraising council and tripling the money donated to the Annual Fund as a development professional at Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School in Queens and directing a capital campaign to build a home for the aged poor on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Prior to coming to Family & Children’s Association in 2012, Don spent five years as the Executive Director of the St. Ignatius Retreat House, formerly in Manhasset.
Nancy Cohan, MA, LMFT is the Team Leader of Juvenile Justice Services and the agency’s director of Grants Management. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Nancy has worked with runaway, troubled and at-risk youth for over twenty-five years. She first came to Family and Children’s Association in 1992 as a case manager at Nassau Haven where she helped develop the Family Mediation Project – one of the first intervention services for RHY youth with their families. Later she helped plan and secure county funding for the PINS Diversion program. She is the founder of the agency’s Continuous Quality Performance Improvement Committee and a member of the Ethics committee as well.
In addition to her role at Family and Children’s Association, Nancy is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University’s graduate marriage and family therapy program. She is also a past recipient of the Soroptimist International Making a Difference for Women Award.
Jaymie Kahn-Rapp joined Family & Children's Association in July of 2017 as the new Assistant Vice President of Addiction Prevention Treatment and Recovery Services. With a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Masters in Public Administration, as well as a License in Mental Health Counseling and Certification in Rehabilitation Counseling, Ms. Kahn-Rapp brings over 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit and healthcare sectors, having successfully led both grant funded and Medicaid reimbursable programs.
Ms. Kahn-Rapp has recognized strengths in executing and sustaining new programming; securing funds for program innovation; developing and implementing systems to ensure program, fiscal and regulatory requirements are met; and streamlining operations to maintain fiscal health and stability. Ms. Kahn-Rapp has been very active in the Medicaid Redesign initiatives, and has spearheaded the implementation and tracking of quality for Health Home, Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment programs (DSRIP), and Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) at her prior agencies.
Ms. Kahn-Rapp has significant experience with developing and implementing Quality Management programming, and incorporates this experience when managing the multiple programs in her portfolio. Her initial focus at FCA has been to grow and sustain those programs in her portfolio, seek additional funding and programmatic opportunities, and ensure all regulatory, fiscal, and quality indicators have been achieved and/or exceeded.
Christine Miller, LMSW, is the Assistant Vice President of Children’s Behavioral Health at FCA. Christine joined FCA in 2001 and served as a Coordinator in HCBS until becoming Director of the Home and Community-Based Services program in late 2006. In directorial capacity, Christine provided operational, administrative, and budgetary oversight to her programs and uses a family-driven and strength-based approach to ensure the highest quality of care. Combined with her strong sense of business management, Christine strengthened Family Center’s services and implemented five HCBS expansions which has grown by close to 800% since its inception in 1996. She managed a workforce of over 60 staff and operating budgets of close to $5 million.
Christine is a strong advocate and has passionately dedicated over 20 years working with at-risk children and their families. Although originally pursuing a career in medicine, she quickly found her calling in the field of Social Work. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with an Associate’s degree, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work at Adelphi University. Christine has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers for over 20 years and due to her ongoing educational commitment, received honorary membership into the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society through CW Post. Prior to FCA, Christine was employed at The Salvation Army and worked with at-risk adolescents within the foster care and criminal justice systems at the former Wayside Home School for Girls, a 15-acre Residential Treatment Center. She served as a Clinical Social Worker and then Coordinator where she supervised staff, managed the facility’s operations and served as liaison to their on-site special education school. Christine was also employed through AHRC and ACLD where she acquired experience working with children with developmental disabilities.
Donna Teichner, LCSW received her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and attained her MSW with a concentration in Family and Children’s Services from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Teichner began her career at the New York Foundling Hospital providing foster care and prevention services to at-risk families. Ms. Teichner continued her prevention work at Elmhurst Hospital in the Maternity and Outpatient Clinics. Issues of lack of affordable housing, substance abuse, mental health illnesses, a growing immigrant population and the onset of the Aids epidemic placed more individuals and children at- risk and in need of services. Ms. Teichner early on has been an advocate for individual and community change, utilizing a strength-based philosophy to her social work practice.
Ms. Teichner joined FCA and the Family Ties Prevention Program in 2000. She is currently the AVP of FCA’s outstanding Preventive Programs. Ms. Teichner is an Adjunct Social Work Professor at LIU Post and has been the long standing co- chair to the Nassau County Department of Social Services (NCDSS) Family and Children’s Advisory Committee as well as a current member and past secretary to the NCDSS Advisory Executive Committee. Ms. Teichner sits on many Nassau County committees and is considered an expert by her colleagues regarding accessing services for Nassau County Residents.
Lisa Stern has been with Family and Children’s Association since 2011 and is passionate about providing quality services for seniors living in Nassau County. Prior to joining the staff at FCA, Lisa worked as a Clinical Social Worker at the JCC of the Greater Five Towns for eight years. There, Lisa worked on program development, individual and group counseling, was coordinator of the bereavement program, organizing and implementing social programs for seniors.
Lisa earned her BA in Psychology from Clark University in 1983, and an MSW and a Certificate in Gerontology from Adelphi University in 1985, following which she was awarded her ACSW, LCSW and LCSW-R respectively. Lisa completed her SIFI certification at Molloy College in 2006. In 2011 she received a Post-Masters certificate in Spirituality and Social Work from NYU. In 2009 Lisa was recognized with the JCC of the Greater Five Towns New Leadership Award and the Town of Hempstead Citation for excellence in outreach service to the Five Towns community.