Deidra NesbethSupport Specialist
Jennie Morrison, MSWCommunications Specialist
Latisha Blackburn, MSWSupport Specialist
Jose ChuchucaSupport Specialist
Gabrielle Aiosa-Perrin, LMSWProgram Specialist
Michelle RolfsmeyerProgram Coordinator
Bryan Hill, LMSWCOO
Barry Chaffkin, LCSWCEO
Deidra Nesbeth is a Support Specialist of Children’s Corps at Fostering Change for Children. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and an alumna of the 2016 Children’s Corps class. Deidra worked as a case planner at JCCA for the duration of Children’s Corps commitment. Following her two-year commitment, she continues to work at JCCA as a Youth Services Manager. She works directly with teens and young adults to build life and career skills. She is committed to improving outcomes for young adults after they leave the child welfare system.
Jennie Morrison, MSW
Jennie Morrison, MSW, is a Communications Specialist at Fostering Change for Children. She received a BA from Kenyon College in Ohio and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia School of Social Work. She began her work with children, youth, and families in public school and afterschool program settings in Seattle, Washington and moved to New York City in 2017 to attend graduate school. Jennie began her time at FCFC as a social work intern, primarily supporting the Children’s Corps program.
Latisha Blackburn, MSW
Latisha Blackburn, MSW is a Support Specialist of Children’s Corps with Fostering Change for Children. She is a Brooklyn Native, who enjoys being active outdoors and watching crime series. As an Alumna of the 2015 Children’s Corps class, Latisha began her journey advocating for children, youth and families impacted by the child welfare system as a case planner with HeartShare – St. Vincent’s Services. After completing her 2-year commitment, she went on to complete her Masters of Social Work at Columbia School of School Work. Latisha is dedicated to decreasing barriers that effect marginalized populations.
Jose Chuchuca is a Support Specialist of Children’s Corps at Fostering Change for Children. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany and an alum of the 2016 Children’s Corps class. Jose worked directly with families in the child welfare system at the New York Foundling’s Bronx STEP-S Prevention Program. He supported families through difficult times with the goal of keeping them out of the foster care system. Jose spent two years with Bronx STEP-S and was an acting supervisor for the program. Jose continues to work at the New York Foundling and currently with the Court Ordered Supervision (COS) program as an intake coordinator. In his free time, Jose likes to attend concerts, go for hikes, play soccer, and work on his photography skills by trying to capture the beauty of NYC.
Gabrielle Aiosa-Perrin, LMSW
Gabrielle Aiosa-Perrin, LMSW is a Program Specialist at Fostering Change for Children. She received her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work, and her BA from Boston University. Gabrielle is also a member/alumna of the 2015 Children’s Corps class, where she worked with adolescents and families affected by the child welfare system. She is committed to creating a more equal and just society. Additionally, Gabrielle is an adventure and food enthusiast and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Michelle Rolfsmeyer is the Program Coordinator of Children’s Corps at Fostering Change for Children. She is a graduate of Creighton University, committed to working with marginalized populations, and has held various positions in social services since moving to New York. Michelle is also a member/alum of the 2012 Children’s Corps class, where she worked directly with families in the child welfare system. Additionally, Michelle is an avid sports fan (of all things Nebraska) and wannabe athlete. She enjoys traveling around the city, and other locales, in search of food and adventure.
Bryan Hill, LMSW, is the Chief Operating Officer at Fostering Change for Children. He is a child welfare professional with 19 years of human service experience. He is responsible for FCFC’s fundraising efforts as well as its operations. Additionally, he is a trainer/coach for the Children’s Corps and Child Welfare Training & Coaching programs and works very closely with the UpFront program. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor with the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Bryan is proud to be a birth father in an open adoption as well as a step-father.
Barry Chaffkin, LCSW, is CEO and co-founder of Fostering Change For Children. He has worked in child welfare for over 25 years, directly supervising the reunification of over 900 children with their families as well as finalizing adoptions of over 900 children from the New York foster care system. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer that was name Adoption Activist of the Year in 2005 by the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Barry also serves as an adjunct lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work in New York City and has guest-lectured in family counseling at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. Barry strongly believes that every child deserves a safe and permanent family, and has dedicated his life to finding new and creative ways to achieve this. Barry has two wonderful children of his own with whom he loves to spend time.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Theonilla Lee-ChanBoard Member
Ronald KlempnerBoard Member
Robert ChirlianBoard Member
Melissa Potter FordeBoard Member
Dorathy SunshineBoard Member
Adam JenahBoard Member
Theonilla is an officer in Institutional Supervision at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which she joined in 2008 at the start of the financial crisis. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve she has worked in the financial services private sector at Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and American Express. She holds a B.B.A. in Public Accounting from Baruch College, CUNY, and an M.Sc. in Statistics and Operations Research from New York University. Theonilla is an adoptive mother of a senior at Bronx Science and Lives in Jamaica Estates, Queens. As an adoptive parent with a vested interest in child welfare, Theonilla hopes to make a contribution toward the valuable work that Fostering Change for Children carries out in its mission.
Ron is our Board Chairperson. Ron is Senior Counsel over Collective Bargaining for the National Basketball Players Association, the certified labor union for all players in the National Basketball Association and Women’s National Basketball Association. Ron has championed the rights of the players against management through five separate rounds of collective bargaining, including through the six-month owner-imposed lockout in 1998, and has represented NBA and WNBA players in every discipline and contract case brought since he joined the union staff in 1993. Ron graduated from Binghamton University in 1984 and Hofstra Law School in 1987, and previously served as a law clerk to the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and a litigation associate at the firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Through his work with Fostering Change for Children, Ron hopes to help create a supportive environment for children in need similar to what he was lucky enough to receive when many friends, neighbors and family members stepped up to help raise him after the passing of his mother. Ron is married with two children.
Bob, a NYC native, was a political science major at Manhattanvile College in Purchase, N.Y. He has owned and operated Going Places, Inc., a corporate travel management company in Manhattan since 1986. On Valentine’s Day 2003, Bob, an adoptee, was united with his younger biological sister Rosemarie after a search for his birth family which had transpired over many years. He was involved in Big Brothers & Sisters when he was in his early twenties and has been engaged as a mentor in the Adoptment program since its inception in 2004. Bob continues to draw on the journey of his adoptive experience to help imbue his mentees with the ideas and tools to meet the challenges found within our complicated world of today. The mission and vision of Fostering Change for Children is a welcome beacon in the fields of foster care and adoption. Bob has been married to Gail Pudaloff since 1989.
Melissa Potter Forde
Melissa Potter Forde is a results-focused leader in public relations and strategic communications with more than 10 years of experience driving and supporting the public relations needs of nonprofit organizations and boutique agencies. She received a BS in Sociology from Northeastern University and a MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University.
In her current role as Director of Communications and Marketing with Boys & Girls Harbor, Melissa is known for leveraging expertise in strategic and crisis communications planning, event management and branding, to optimize the organization’s presence across emerging media platforms. Melissa has a deep passion for youth and community development and resides in Bronx, NY.
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Dorathy Sunshine joined Morgan Stanley in 2017 as Vice President of Product Operations and Services for Wealth Management Operations. In her role, Dorathy is responsible for driving the implementation and strategy for the Morgan Stanley Service Network (MSSN) a strategic platform for servicing the field. Dorathy oversees the division’s strategic Knowledge management infrastructure, a support strategic solution for the Wealth Management Financial Advisors and their support staff by providing by providing a tactical solution to deliver accurate and comprehensive knowledge in a itmely manner resulting inreduced time spent identifuying information and increased self-service. As part of her role, she partners with business unit leaders and other key stakeholders to drive chnage and implement new business processes in the broader WM initiative and startegically align content management, governencen framework. Prior to joining Morgan stanley, Dorathy was at Combs Enterprises a company owned by renowened entertainer Sean “Diddy” Combs focusing on improving business operations, implemented operational changes to drive efficiencies. In 2003, Dorathy began her career working as a Relationship Manager for Ultra Hiugh Network Individuals in the Private Banking division at United Bank for Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. Since she relocated to New York, she has worked in business Operatiojns Primerily. Dorathy received her B.S. in Communications from Madonna University, and MBA from KEller Graduate School of Management in NYC. Dorathy currently resides in Westchester with her husband and two children. In her spare time enjoys spending time with family as well as traveling and hanging out with friends.
Adam holds an HBA degree from Ivey Business School and an M.B.A from the University of Toronto. Adam joined Thomson Reuters in their Management Associates Program after completing his M.B.A. Adam is from Toronto. Canada and lived there before moving to New York. Prior to completing his M.B.A., Adam worked in supply chain, predominantly with the Home Depot in Canada. Adam is an avid traveler and enjoys engaging with people from all around the world. Adam has served as a Kid Coach for Future Possibilities for Kids. Adam joined Fostering Change for Children’s Board to support today’s youth and make a difference in the community in which he lives.