Barry Chaffkin, LCSWCEO
Jaclyn Kodosky, LMSWDirector – Training & Coaching
Gabrielle Aiosa-Perrin, LMSWDirector – Children's Corps & Racial Equity
Erika Suarez, LMSWProgram Specialist
Latisha Blackburn, MSWSupport Specialist
Deidra NesbethSupport Specialist
Jose ChuchucaSupport Specialist
Gabrielle Goedecke, LMSWSupport Specialist
Kristle Grimm, LMSWSupport Specialist
Abby SohnSupport Specialist
Donny DugganSupport Specialist
Morgan KolbSupport Specialist
Daniel TobarSupport Specialist
Barry Chaffkin, LCSW, is CEO and co-founder of Fostering Change For Children. He has worked in child welfare for over 31 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 named 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.
Jaclyn Kodosky, LMSW
Jaclyn Kodosky, LMSW is the Director of Training & Coaching with Fostering Change for Children. She completed a BA in Psychology at Fordham University, and began working in child welfare while completing her MSW at NYU Silver School of Social Work. Jaclyn has over 13 years of experience in child welfare including direct practice with youth and families, training/coaching, professional development, curriculum design and development, and program implementation. She has also completed post-graduate work in Parent Education and Parent Guidance through Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting.
Gabrielle Aiosa-Perrin, LMSW
Gabrielle Aiosa-Perrin, LMSW is the Director of Children’s Corps & Racial Equity with 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.
Erika Suarez, LMSW
Erika Suarez, LMSW is a Program Specialist for Children’s Corps. She received her MSW from Columbia and her BA from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont with a concentration in elementary education. She worked in public schools for many years focusing on grades K-3 and supporting children with a diverse range of special needs as well as trauma-based behavioral needs. Erika is a member/alumna of the 2019 Children’s Corps class, where she worked in the Bronx providing bilingual family therapy to a range of families with the goal of increasing skill building and fostering more harmonious relationships. When she’s not spending free time with her wife and daughter, Erika enjoys baking and tending to her large plant collection.
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.
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.
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 Goedecke, LMSW
Gabrielle Goedecke, LMSW is a Support Specialist of Children’s Corps at Fostering Change for Children. She earned her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and is an alumna of the 2014 Children’s Corps class. She worked as a socio-therapist in foster care during her two-year commitment and, now, works as a supervisor in preventive services. Gabrielle is excited to provide support to Corps members as they become agents of change.
Kristle Grimm, LMSW
Kristle Grimm, LMSW is a Support Specialist of Children’s Corps at Fostering Change for Children. She obtained a MSW from Fordham University and is an alumna of the 2016 Children’s Corps class. Kristle also represents the inaugural class of Children’s Corps BSW Scholars. She worked as a foster care caseplanner during her two-year commitment and is, now, a foster care supervisor. Kristle is excited to give back by supporting new Corps members as they support children, youth, and families.
Abby Sohn is a Support Specialist of Children’s Corps at Fostering Change for Children. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and an alumna of the 2017 Children’s Corps class. Abby worked as a foster care caseplanner during her two-year commitment, and currently attends the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in pursuit of her MSW. Abby plans to be a clinical social worker in mental health services.
Donny Duggan is a Support Specialist of Children’s Corps at Fostering Change for Children. He graduated from Binghamton University and is an alumnus of the 2014 Children’s Corps class. He continues to work at his original agency, and is pursuing a MPA from Baruch College. Donny enjoys being a Support Specialist because it allows him to support frontline workers in their efforts of helping young people and families affected by NYC’s child welfare system.
Morgan is a Support Specialist of Fostering Change for Children (FCFC) and an alumna of the Children’s Corps Summer Class of 2017. During her two years in the Children’s Corps program, she worked in the Family Connections Preventive Services program at Catholic Guardian Services.
She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Brandeis University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health, Policy, and Management at CUNY School of Public Health. She remembers the support she received from the FCFC staff as a corps member and is excited to provide that same unwavering support to future corps members!
Daniel is a Support Specialist of Fostering Change for Children (FCFC) and an alumnus of the Children Corps Class of 2017. He completed his two years of service at The New York Foundling, as a Treatment Family Foster Care Case Planner. Currently, Daniel works as a Data Analyst in the New York Foundling’s Mental Health Services Program.
Daniel is pursuing his Master’s in Social Work at Rutger’s University, where he also completed his Bachelor’s of Arts. Daniel is excited to embark on his journey as a Support Specialist because he remembers how instrumental the support he received from the FCFC team was for him. He hopes to provide the same level of support to new corps members while continuing to make a meaningful impact in the Child Welfare System.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David CoquilletteBoard Member
Theonilla Lee-ChanBoard Member
Ronald KlempnerBoard Member
Melissa PotterBoard Member
Gregory JayBoard 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.
Melissa Potter 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.
Greg Jay, CPA is a Partner at KPMG who specializes in Risk Management – Tax. Originally from Hawaii, Greg lives with his wife in Brooklyn. He has served on FCFC’s Board of Directors since 2014.
Adam works for Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) in its partnerships function and previously held roles in sales operations, business development, corporate finance and product strategy. Adam holds an HBA degree from Western University Ivey Business School and an MBA from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. Adam currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son and has lived in NYC since he moved from his hometown Toronto, Canada. Adam is an avid traveler having visited over 35 countries. Adam previously served as a Kid Coach for Future Possibilities for Kids and joined Fostering Change for Children’s Board to support today’s youth and make a difference in the community in which he lives.