Our Board

We are fortunate to have a Board of Directors who are committed to our mission and provide thoughtful guidance to achieve it. Comprised of innovative, forward-thinking leaders from fields including finance, construction, the law, education, and health, our Board helps ensure that Friends of Karen is able to meet its goals and objectives.


Pam Hervey, President

Michael Cassidy, Vice President

Trish Lobenfeld, Vice President

Paul Smadbeck, Treasurer

Paul Barger, Secretary


Anne Angeles

Sara Colodner

J Durst

Jacqueline Holtzer

Beth Leventhal

Palma Patti

David Rosenberg

Laura Salerno

Steven Swirsky

Arnold Ursaner

Sharon Weiner



Our staff is made up of experienced social workers, skilled administrators and talented development professionals drawn from diverse career pathways. Friends of Karen was founded out of the kindness of one friend for another. Compassion for our Friends of Karen families is what continues to bind us together to bring them hope and help.
Jane Bishow-Semevolos, LCAT, ATR-BC
Licensed Clinical Art Therapist
Nancy Bloom
Grants Manager
Lydia Ceron
Finance Office and Development Coordinator
Sarah Coakley, LMSW
Social Worker
Judith Factor
Executive Director
Melinda Ferraraccio, LCAT-P, MA Expressive Arts Therapies
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
Beth Ferrari, BSW
Social Worker
Melissa Goldsmith, LMSW, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Kristi Hennessy
Major Gifts Program Manager
Sage Heyman, LMSW
Social Worker
Marla Krellenstein, MSW
Social Worker
Nancy Mariano
Director, Corporate Partnerships; LI Regional Director
Carolyn Miceli
Melanie Mouzakes
Administrative Assistant
Rebecca Mowl
Development Associate
Natalia RossEcheverri, LMSW, C-ASWCM
Social Worker
Rhonda Ryan, LMSW
Director, Family Support Program
Kathleen Ryan
Director of Individual Philanthropy
Gwen Salmo
Special Events Coordinator
Elvira Scollan
Case Manager
Terri Sorrentino
Director, Finance & Administration
Denise Tredwell
Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie Weeks
Family Support Administrator
Barbara Wilkov
Marketing & Communications Manager
Karen Wrubleski
Intake Coordinator
Diana York
Database and Development Coordinator
Stacey Zanoni, LCSW
Social Worker