Leadership Council

Young professionals play a role in our future.

FCA’s Leadership Council is a growing group of young professionals who are passionate about our mission to protect and strengthen Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors and communities.

The Council
From fundraising to volunteering to increasing awareness for FCA, the Council plays a strategic role in support of FCA’s mission.

Benefits of Service
Among many benefits, Council members:

  • Develop leadership skills and resources to affect change in the community, while working in a cooperative and supportive environment
  • Interact with the staff and Board of Trustees of FCA – one of Long Island’s largest human service organizations, respected as the standard bearer of the work that we do for those in need
  • Gain hands-on experience volunteering, planning service days and organizing fundraising events
  • Enhance their resumés through Council activities and regular volunteerism
  • Network with other civic-minded young professionals at FCA’s events and social gatherings


Current Members


Patricia Craig, Associate
Saundra M. Gumerove & Associates Attorneys at Law


As an AssociatePatricia-249x300.jpg, Patricia brings expertise in handling all types of Special Education and Special Needs matters. In her position she expertly drafts Due Process Complaints, represents clients at Committee on Special Education meetings, conducts client meetings, establishes Guardianships, and assists clients in establishing and administering Supplemental Needs Trusts. She also works with clients to create Estate Plans, particularly in regard to family members with disabilities.

Patricia’s interest in Special Education Advocacy and Special Needs Law stem from growing up with a sibling who experienced learning disabilities. This experience enabled her to see firsthand how successful an individual with disabilities could be if provided with the appropriate educational supports and services. Patricia has devoted her career to advocating for students with disabilities and working on their behalf and on behalf of the families of individuals with disabilities.

Patricia earned her B.A. in History at Hofstra University. She was on the Dean’s List for all four years, and was a member of PHI ALPHA THETA – History Honor Society. She also served as Vice President/Co-Founder of the Hofstra University History Club. She went on to earn her J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center. During her time at the Touro Law Center she interned with the Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC) advocating for students with disabilities to acquire access to the services and supports they needed to be successful in the school setting.

In her free time Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, reading novels, horseback riding and golfing.

Professional Affiliations: Member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association Education Law Committee, the Nassau County Bar Association Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee and the Counsel of Parent and Attorney Advocates (COPAA).

Stephanie D'Angelo, Esq.

D'Angelo Law Associates, PC


D05A7977.jpgStephanie A. D’Angelo, Esq. is an Attorney admitted to practice law in New York. She is the Owner and Managing Attorney of D’Angelo Law Associates, P.C., a law firm that focuses on Wills, Trusts, Estates, Elder Law, Real Estate, and Asset Protection. D’Angelo Law Associates, P.C. recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

Stephanie attended Fordham University School of Law. While there, she was an Executive Board Member of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocates, Fordham’s nationally ranked trial advocacy program. She was also an Associate Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and the recipient of the Fordham Law Merit Scholarship.

Stephanie has a deep passion for advocating for the underprivileged and disadvantaged. During her time at Fordham, she participated in the Women’s Law Project, a not-for-profit national program that provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. She strongly believes in FCA’s core values of providing help and hope to the people of Long Island.

Michael Pernick, Associate
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP


pernick_m_web.jpgMichael Pernick is an attorney at a major New York City law firm, where his practice includes commercial litigation and voting rights.  Michael’s voting rights work includes cases involving gerrymandering and voter ID laws, and his work has been cited and relied upon by numerous courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  Michael also speaks and publishes on voting rights issues.

In addition to his role on the FCA Leadership Council, Michael is civically engaged in a number of leadership roles.  In 2018, Michael was nominated by the Nassau County Executive and unanimously confirmed by the Nassau County Legislature to a seat on the Nassau County Board of Ethics.  Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Adult Congenital Heart Association, the leading national organization serving the millions of Americans, including Michael, born with congenital heart defects.  Michael is also an Executive Board Member of the New York Chapter of the New Leaders Council and is a Senior Fellow on the Millennial Policy Initiative Commission on Democracy & Voting Rights.

Michael attended Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law.  Before becoming an attorney, Michael managed political campaigns on Long Island.  Michael grew up in Nassau County and lives in Rockville Centre.

Ken Ronzetti, Sales Associate
Macy’s, Inc.



Ken Ronzetti joined the Leadership Council in January 2017. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and International Affairs from Wake Forest University. Upon graduation, Ken spent a year at Hofstra University in the Paralegal Studies Program. Ken currently works at Macy’s, Inc. and volunteers for FCA in the Friendly Visitor Program for Seniors. Ken has also volunteered at Old Town Elementary School tutoring students for whom English is a second language, and at Habitat for Humanity helping provide discounted resources including home appliances and other goods to local homeowners.

Arakel Torosian, Senior Analyst
Goldman Sachs



Arakel spent time during his youth growing up in Franklin Square, NY, where he engaged with FCA programs and nurtured his drive to succeed in life.

As he continued his studies at Columbia University after high school, Arakel went on to become a senior analyst for Goldman Sachs.

Arakel shared of his experience being part of the FCA family, “As a former client I know the capabilities and incredible talent that FCA has to offer to Long Island’s disadvantaged communities and less fortunate individuals. I know the volunteers who show up every day and expect nothing in return. I’m aware of the immense potential to change thousands of lives in the near future and I know that this place is serious about changing people’s lives. It’s embedded in the organization’s culture and I want to be a part of it.”

Interested in Being on the FCA Leadership Council?

Please email your resume to:
Dana Jarrett, Development Associate, FCA
In the subject line, write “Leadership Council”

FCA has served Long Islanders since 1884 through some difficult and challenging times and we continue to do so today in ways that limit health risks to clients, staff, volunteers and vendors. We recognize that in times of crisis, community needs increase and we are called to do even more. That's why all of our programs remain open and our staff are working hard to support kids, families and seniors through these unprecedented times.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to fine tune our response in the days and weeks to come. We are receiving daily bulletins from the state and county health departments, from NYS OFA, OMH, OASAS, OCFS and CDC. Based on what we have heard from them, we have listed below the current modifications to our normal programs. Also, the full FCA COVID-19 Statement is available on our homepage or in the Press Release section of our site.


Family Treatment and Recovery Centers remain OPEN

  • Hempstead and Hicksville will be open with virtual services for normal business hours
  • Hempstead will have limited staffing onsite 9:00 – 5:00, Monday – Thursday; Hicksville will have limited staffing onsite 9:00 – 5:00 Monday – Thursday and 9:00 – 3:00 Friday
  • 1:1 counseling and group counseling available via phone and ZOOM, please work with your primary counselors to coordinate participation or contact the site directly
  • We are encouraging individuals to utilize phone sessions in order to reduce the number of individuals on site.
  • Peer Recovery Advocates and Care Coordinators will be available for peer support and to provide assistance with coordinating any community-based needs.
  • For Health and MAT appointments call the office to schedule an in person or telehealth appointment with the Doctor

Hempstead Family Treatment & Recovery Center (516)486-7200

Hicksville Family Treatment & Recovery Center (516)935-6858

Prevention Services

  • Prevention team is available for individual counseling via phone. Please email to schedule a session with one of our counselors today.
  • Educational and support materials are being posted on the Prevention Facebook page at
  • Please contact Hempstead Family Treatment & Recovery Center at (516)486-7200 to speak with an onsite clinician for immediate assistance.


  • Sherpa teams will be working remotely at this time.  We will continue taking community and hospital referrals via phone.
  • Certified Recovery Peer Advocates are available to provide recovery support assistance and linkage to treatment and support services remotely.

Please contact Sherpa at (516)592-7385.

THRIVE Everywhere/THRIVE Nassau/THRIVE Suffolk

  • Both THRIVE Nassau and Suffolk sites remain open but with limited staff available
  • THRIVE will be moving services primarily to remote, virtual platforms - all upcoming groups and activities will be posted to THRIVE's Facebook page
  • Visit for updated information
  • Limited staff sessions available:
    Suffolk 2-8 ( on site)
    Nassau 12-4 ( onsite)

Please contact THRIVE Nassau or Suffolk with any questions.

THRIVE Nassau (516)765-7600

THRIVE Suffolk (516)631-822-3396


The following modifications have been made to service delivery within our Care Management, Health Home Care Management, Children & Family Treatment & Support Services (CFTSS), HCBS Children’s Waiver, Youth & Family Integration (Y-FI), Family Center Family Support and Family Center Respite programs.

  • All staff are working remotely.
  • Telehealth services are being used in place of face to face contact. This includes telephonic and video.
  • Group events will occur digitally. Families should continue to RSVP to events and further instructions will be provided by Family Peer Advocates.

For questions on any services or to reach your counselor of advocate call 516-485-5976 As always, if you are experiencing a mental health emergency please call 911.


  • FCA’s 31 Main Street location is not currently accepting walk-ins. Client meetings will be taking place via scheduled appointments only.
  • All Lutheran Church Pantry referrals can call (516)485-4600 ext. 1221. All calls will be answered within 24 hours. Lutheran Church currently accepting electronic referrals only. At this time, the pantry is stocked and FCA is in daily communication. Should the status of the pantry change, FCA will be notified.

Credible Messenger:

All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with the youth.  All youth have access to contact their FCA and CCMI workers Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516) 644-7528

Family First:

Clinicians are working remotely providing services and resources to students and families in the Great Neck North and Great Neck South High Schools and North Shore School District. Clinicians are working with the mental health teams of each school district to strengthen information being sent to parents and to connect school districts with FCA programs and services. Family First’s clinical psychotherapy services are being provided via telehealth and emergency appointments will be made with the approval of the Clinical Director, Marc Fernandez at 516-804-1010. Se habla Español.

Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op:

  • The Coop Nursery is closed until April 1as per the rest of the Nassau County Executive and the NYS Governor.
  • Staff are available to parents via phone to disseminate information and assess for needs. Ana Arriaza, Nursery Co-op Program Coordinator (516)213-0005 Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528


All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with families with focus on parenting stressors and prevention measures in dealing with COVID-19. Monica Chuchon, Program Coordinator (516)329-5275 (Hablo Española)
Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528


The SNUG Team are providing virtual individual sessions with all participants with focus on prevention measures in dealing with COVID-19. Lionel Charles, Program Manager (516)293-4194 Desann Brown, OVS Supervising Social Worker (516)712-4718 Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528

Step Up to Opportunity

All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with the youth.  All youth have access to contact their SU2O worker. Donna Teichner, AVP (516)485-4289 ext. 1223
Messages responded to daily.


The Residential Services division continues to work together to ensure only essential staff is on site and that all programs are fully equipped with supplies

Detention Diversion

Program continues to provide services via telehealth.

Margaret Doherty, Program Coordinator (516) 221-1310

Lakeview House

  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Sarah Constantinou, Program Coordinator (516)678-5991

Nassau Haven Emergency Youth Shelter – remains OPEN

  • Our Emergency Youth Shelter continues to operate and is screening all youth for COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines prior to entry into the program.
  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site.
  • Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures in the program and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Margaret Christy, Program Coordinator (516)221-1310

Walkabout for Young Men and Women

  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures in the program and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Andrea Kerr, Program Coordinator (516)379-8251

West Nassau Residence

  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on recreational activities on site to keep residents engaged. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Cheryl Jenkins, Program Coordinator (516)285-1151


The FCA Senior Division is deeply concerned for the community at this time and are dedicated to supporting older adults throughout this crisis. We will continue to provide services in a modified way that protect the safety of each senior. Although we will not be physically in the office we will be responding to messages in real time, offering phone support and assisting with resources whenever available and possible. We will continue to provide up to date information and guidance.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Program

All support, counseling, education and services will continue via telephone or teleconference. If you need assistance or information please contact the program at: 516.292.1300 ext. 2264 or contact Regina Anderson, program coordinator via email at:

EISEP Case Management and In-Home Assistance Program

  • Clients should continue to call the regular EISEP phone number 516-292-1300 and either dial their case manager's extension or for new clients they can leave a message by dialing “0”. Calls will be returned as soon as possible between 9AM-5PM.
  • Although there will be no face-to-face visits, FCA Case Managers are conducting regular phone calls and will continue to make appropriate referrals as indicated.
  • FCA is working with the Home Delivered Meals programs to continue providing service. If someone needs Home Delivered Meals or shelf stable food a case manager will perform a short phone assessment to confirm eligibility. Call the number above.
  • Every effort is being made to work with home care agencies and the Nassau County office for the Aging to provide in home services and support to the seniors of Nassau County.

Friendly Visiting

Friendly Visiting volunteers will continue to offer telephone assistance to clients. If you are in need, or know someone in need of social support, please contact Jessica DiCarlo at (516)743-2389 or


The HIICAP hotline and volunteer counselors are available to provide information on all aspects of health insurance including Medicare Parts A, B, C & D and EPIC.

Pauline Andrews, Coordinator Phone: (516)485-3425 ext. 2322, Email:

Barry Klitsberg, Assistant Coordinator Phone: 516-485-3425 x 2324 (516)485-3754

Should you not be able to immediately reach HIICAP personnel, your call will be returned within 24 hours.

Ombudservice Program

  • COVID-19 has had major effects regarding Long Term Care Ombudservice Program (LTCOP) ability to provide advocacy services to our residents. In order to protect our volunteers and the residents we serve in long term care facilities, LCTOP has decided to have all volunteers cease visits to their assigned facilities until further notice.
  • FCA Ombuds staff will continue to take calls and manage information, assistance and any grievances as usual.  If you have any questions or need to speak with the Ombudsman office for any reason, please continue to call (516)466-9718 ext. 1 or ext. 2.
  • In addition, it is state law that every facility post the NY State Ombudservice program number 1-800 855-582-6769 for assistance.

OMH Linkage Project

The following program modifications have taken affect:

  • Client assessments are being completed over the phone
  • Intakes are being completed over the phone
  • RN Nursing Assessments will be conducted over the phone
  • Providing case management & counseling via phone

Please contact Melissa Vasquez, Program Coordinator, at (516)292-1300, ext. 1245. Should you not be able to immediately contact our staff, please leave a message and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

Senior Financial Services

Any questions regarding senior financial services should be emailed to Messages left on our voicemail will be returned within 24 hours. Although there will be no in person meetings, we will be able to answer questions and offer guidance via phone in regard to taxes, budgeting, reverse mortgage and other financial concerns.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) staff helps Nassau County seniors and persons with disabilities to apply for federal home heating grants. Eligibility for this once-a-year assistance is based on household income. Each year, benefit amounts and income guidelines are determined by the New York State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance. The program runs from mid-November until funding is exhausted. Cooling assistance is offered during the summer, based on funding, for income-eligible households with a medical need for air conditioning.

Clients in need of home energy assistance can continue to contact our phone number and a case coordinator will return your call within 24 hours (516) 227-7386.

SOS Elder Abuse Prevention and Support Programs

If you have been the victim of a scam or think you might be a victim of financial exploitation or crime please contact Manda Kristal at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2333 ( FCA’s Safe Observant Seniors Program staff will continue to provide uninterrupted assistance to victims of elder abuse. Although services will not be conducted face-to-face to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients, our staff will be available to provide support, education, guidance and connection to available resources by phone and email. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call Nancy Burke at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2332 (, or Anne Kilarjian at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2228 (