Fall Cohort 2015
Alexander (Alex) Joseph is an Education Coordinator at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) located at and partnered with SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. As AAIUH’s Education Coordinator for its STEM pipeline program, the Health Science Academy (HSA), Alex oversees a health science centered STEM curriculum used to promote career exploration among middle school students in Brooklyn. As Education Coordinator, he develops engaging interactive lessons used to captivate students, as well as training and supervising other HSA staff and Activity Specialists (often HSA alumni) to teach the modules. Alex teaches the introduction to anatomy and physiology curriculum during HSA’s spring semester’s 9th Grade Bridge Program for freshmen who apply for AAIUH’s three-year HSA high school program. He also teaches the health disparities classes during the summer institute. He is responsible for training and supervising a group of 6-10 interns and volunteers. His previous work experiences included youth development in afterschool programs.
Alex is currently working on the HSA alumni engagement project and is analyzing over 300 alumni enrollment and graduation records obtained from the National Student Clearinghouse, in addition to other data, to document HSA’s impact. This project also includes outreaching to the alumni to assess their interest in creating an Alumni Association.
Alex received his B.A. from CUNY Brooklyn College in Health Sciences and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Community Health Education, also at Brooklyn College.
Angela Attanasio is the Associate Vice President of Harm Reduction and Addiction Services at Community Health Action of Staten Island, Inc. As a member of the senior management team, Angela is a key advisor to the Executive Director, COO and Senior Vice President, overseeing all of the harm reduction and addiction treatment services of the organization. Angela has worked for the past 27 years in the behavioral health sector for non-profit agencies within the five boroughs and outer counties of New York State. She is the Co-Chairperson for the Staten Island Council of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and Co-Chairperson for Continuum of Care work group for Tackling Youth Substance Abuse and a Member of the Coalition of Behavioral health Agencies, Inc. . She is also a member of the Italian American Women Organization of New York. She has spent countless hours educating the Staten Island Community on the dangers of addiction. In addition, she has informed the public of essential resources available via media and public forums.
Angela received a B.S. in Human Services from Empire State College from the State University of New York. She also holds a State Certification as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. Angela will be pursuing a Masters in Public Health/Administration.
Annie Garneva is the Policy and Program Manager of the NYC Employment and Training Coalition. In this capacity Annie develops programs and events that help the Coalition’s 150 member organizations ensure that every New Yorker has access to the skills, training, and education needed to thrive in the local economy and that every business is able to maintain a highly skilled workforce. Working with this diverse membership, Annie keeps the community informed and engaged through the Workforce Weekly newsletter and a variety of educational, advocacy and networking events. Through her work, Annie focuses on fostering collaboration and partnerships within the workforce community to create a stronger system for a 21st century workforce. She oversees advocacy and legislative efforts on issues such as equal opportunity in hiring, improving job quality through responsible workplace practices, connecting economic and workforce development initiatives, and increasing resources for employment and training programs and services.
Annie holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, where she interned at Jobs with Justice Boston, participated in the Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) initiative, and studied and interned in Madrid, Spain. Annie is trilingual in Spanish, Bulgarian, and English.
Anthonine Pierre is committed to building powerful communities to transform the world we live in into one sustained by justice, equity and dignity for all people. She loves developing meaningful relationships, strategizing, and winning. Since 2011, Anthonine has been the Lead Organizer for the Brooklyn Movement Center, developing the capacity of Central Brooklynites to drive social change through education, anti-street harassment and police accountability campaigns.
Prior to working at BMC, Anthonine was at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office where she was the community liaison responsible for Central and West Harlem. She has also held youth organizing positions with the Children’s Defense Fund and Prospect Park Alliance. Anthonine currently sits on the boards of Families for Freedom, the Advocacy Institute and the New York Social Justice Political Action Committee, and is a member of the 2015 cohort of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD).
Anthonine studied Urban Studies at Hunter College and she is a lifelong Brooklynite, foodie and enthusiasm enthusiast.
Anthony Fortenberry has been with Callen-Lorde Community Health Center for over four years. In his current role as Director of Nursing, Anthony coordinates clinical operations and oversees the implementation of clinical quality initiatives. Callen-Lorde is a federally qualified health center that provides primary care and specialty services for over 15,000 New Yorkers.
Anthony has created a robust health education program at Callen-Lorde that includes monthly workshops lead by Registered Nurses on topics including Living with HIV, Women’s Health, Transgender Safe Hormone Self-Injection, and Job Readiness. He has also increased capacity for providing trainings to external health organizations on LGBTQ sensitivity and best healthcare practices.
Prior to joining the team at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Anthony worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and as a consultant for New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation providing training and assisting with quality initiatives during electronic health record upgrades.
Cathleen Carr serves as the Program Director for Opening Act, an arts education non-profit that brings free, after-school theater programming to New York City’s most under-resourced high schools. Cathleen began as a Teaching Artist with Opening Act in 2008 at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn where she still teaches today. Prior to becoming Program Director for Opening Act, Cathleen facilitated the creation of 3T, an after-school creative writing program produced by Naked Angels Theater Company. Cathleen has taught Leadership and Managerial Improvisation at the Duke Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School with Business Improvisations. As a performer specializing in improvisation, Cathleen has appeared Off-Broadway and on television.
Dorella Walters is the Senior Director of Program Services at God’s Love We Deliver, the only agency in the New York City metropolitan area that provides medically-tailored, home-delivered meals to meet the individual needs of men and women living with over 200 life-altering illnesses including HIV/AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and more. Dorella currently oversees establishing and maintaining partnerships with Managed Long-Term Care agencies, client enrollment, care management, contract management and agency outreach efforts. She is responsible for the planning and evaluation of services for all current and potential clients. She has worked in the non-profit arena of nutrition services for over 17 years. Dorella is currently on several advisory boards including the Science-based Translation of Effective Program Strategies to Care (STEPS to Care) a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and led by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a program led by the NYC Ryan White Care Coordination Program and funded by the National Institutes of Health called “HIV Care Coordination: Comparative Effectiveness, Outcome Determinants and Costs”, and the advisory team of Research to Inform Advocacy Advisory Group for the CHAIN Study, a longitudinal study of people living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. She was also previously the Community Co-Chair of the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York City and has previously served as chair of its Rules and Membership, Policy and Executive committees as well.
Dorella received her B.S from Long Island University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College.
Doug Becht is a Senior Program Director at Common Ground. In this current capacity he oversees the Street to Home: Brooklyn/Queens and Street to Home: Manhattan programs at Common Ground which provides outreach and case management services to the street homeless in Brooklyn, Queens and Midtown Manhattan. These two programs have found permanent housing for over 140 chronically street homeless individuals for each of the past 4 years. Doug has been working with the chronically street homeless population for the last 8 years.
Doug earned his MSW at Columbia School of Social Work and his BA at Manhattan College.
Gilberto Agosto, Jr. is the Assistant Director of the Youth Services Division at Union Settlement Association, which is the largest department at Union Settlement. The Youth Services division provides after-school services to various elementary and middle schools, work force development to young adults ages 18 to 24, GED preparatory classes, and college readiness to high school students from within the East Harlem community and various other high schools outside of East Harlem as needed. Previously, he held the position of Program Director for a national pregnancy prevention program with The Children’s Aid Society, and is a trainer in Adolescent Development and Sexuality Education.
Gilberto received a BA from the College of New Rochelle with a concentration on Psychology, and an MPA from Walden University. He also participated in the New York City Comptroller’s Office Task Force on Teen Pregnancy Prevention.