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.


Richard Sgaglio, President
Laura Salerno Evans, Vice President
Tom Jocelyn, Treasurer
Pamela Hervey, Secretary
Paul Smadbeck, Immediate Past President

Directors Emeriti

J Durst
Beth Leventhal

David Rosenberg

Arnold Ursaner

Sharon Weiner


Francisco Barrenechea
Sarah Colodner
Steven Connolly
Arlene del Mundo
Dr. Gina Lodolini
Jonathan Malawer
Louis Meltzer
Mike Nieves
Dr. Sarah Norris
Evan Schreiber

Steven Swirsky


See Board of Directors profiles here.


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.
Leslie Bellissimo
Regional Director
Theresa Alari
Assistant Controller
Melissa Baguzis
Social Worker, LMSW
Jane Bishow-Semevolos, ATR-BC, LCAT
Creative Arts Therapist
Kelly Campion Socol
Data Analyst
Siobhan Casey, ATR-BC, LCAT
Creative Arts Therapist
Estel Cintron
Intake Coordinator/Case Manager
Suzanne Cohen
Grants Manager
Jennifer Costa, MSW, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Gabriella DiSisto
Sr. Philanthropy Manager
Liz Espinal
Family Support Assistant
Judith Factor
Executive Director
Beth Ferrari, BSW
Social Worker
Alyssa Freeman
Social Worker, LMSW
Melissa Goldsmith, LMSW, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Amy Hosmer
Development Assistant
Marla Krellenstein, MSW
Social Worker
Lexi Latino
Philanthropy Manager, Long Island – Metro NYC
Jonathan Lewis
Marketing Manager
Carolyn Miceli
Finance and Administration Specialist
Melanie Mouzakes
Administrative Assistant
Jackie Nunez, MSW
Social Worker
Natalia RossEcheverri, LMSW, C-ASWCM
Social Worker
Rhonda Ryan, LMSW
Director, Family Support Program
Gwen Salmo
Special Events Coordinator
Terri Sorrentino
Director, Finance & Administration
Denise Tredwell
Volunteer Coordinator
Allison Watson
Board and Development Assistant
Debbie Weeks
Family Support Administrator