Jim Purcell, President & CEO
Jim is COFCCA’s leading representative in all areas of work, supervises COFCCA staff and coordinates the organization’s work. He works directly with the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall effectiveness, organization and financial health of COFCCA and focuses on the areas of policy, funding, government partnerships, leadership development, and member development.
Kathleen Brady-Stepien, MSW, Associate Executive Director, Upstate
Kathleen is responsible for analyzing policy and developing positions relating to child welfare and juvenile justice, and leading COFCCA’s statewide budget and legislative advocacy efforts. She is the primary contact for COFCCA’s upstate member agencies. Kathleen serves as liaison to state government entities for COFCCA members; she is also the coordinator of the activities of the NYS Coalition of 853 Schools.
Lisa Gitelson, Associate Executive Director, Downstate
Lisa is responsible for bringing private foster care, juvenile justice, residential care and preventive services agencies together to collaborate, share best practices, and coordinate efforts to improve the child welfare and juvenile justice system in New York City, as well as advocates for COFCCA member agencies in discussions with the Administration for Children’s Services, the New York City Council and the Office of Children and Family Services.
Mary Jane Dessables, LMSW, Director of Information, Research and Accountability
Mary Jane coordinates all data gathering and analysis efforts. She is responsible for scans of research results and media coverage of child welfare, juvenile justice, health, poverty, and other fields intersecting with child and family safety and well-being. She serves as the primary contact for media inquiries and manages COFCCA’s traditional and social media activities. Mary Jane staffs the Upstate IT, Upstate QA/QI, Downstate Risk, and Foster Care Accountability Committees, the Information Systems Consortium, COFCCA East, and various subcommittees and workgroups.
Sophine Charles, Ph.D, Director, Preventive Services, Policy and Practice
Sophine executes the overall coordination of COFCCA’s statewide advocacy efforts on child welfare prevention services. She works in collaboration with the leadership of nonprofit member agencies and government partners to deliver quality programs that keep children safely in their homes and out of foster care. Under COFCCA’s Center for Excellence in Child Welfare, she organizes forums on emerging issues in the field and convenes implementation workgroups for evidence-based programs. Her responsibilities also include the execution of COFCCA’s efforts to advance racial and gender equity in child welfare policy and practice in New York State.
Bruce Carmel, Training Support
Bruce is responsible for overseeing the training contract for COFCCA. He has spent his 25 year career focused on adult education, youth services and workforce development. His career has been dedicated to helping individuals and families find pathways out of poverty. Bruce truly believes in the power of education to bring transformative change.
Agnes Radford, Executive Assistant
Agnes supports the work of the President & CEO and of other members of the team. She maintains the master COFCCA calendar and is responsible for the Weekly Update for all of our members.
Yolanda McLeod, Administrative Assistant, Training
Yolanda is the administrative point person for the NYS OCFS Training Contract. She creates and effectuates the annual training calendar, including all administrative responsibilities. She is the point person for all training needs.
Dominique McLeod, Administrative Assistant
As the COFCCA Administrative Assistant Dominique works directly with all staff members. Her responsibilities include office support, arrangements for special events, support for the Coalition of 853 Schools, support for meetings, and assisting with survey and report work.
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