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Board of Directors

Karl G. Wellner


Vice President
Elizabeth Mayhew


Mark S. Weiss


Frank E. Sommerfield



Amelia Berkowitz
MaryKate Boylan
Rosario Coniglio
Neil Friedman
Maarit Glocer
Valesca Guerrand-Hermès
Holly M. Kelly
Federico G.M. Mennella
Tatiana G. P. Perkin
David R. Stack

Honorary Director
Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr.


Executive Director
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

About Mary

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first child protection agency in the world. She has held senior management positions at the Child Protection Center of Montefiore Medical Center (a Child Advocacy Center), the Children’s Village, and at Covenant House/Under 21.

Dr. Pulido’s protocol for crisis debriefing following child fatality and critical incidents is utilized throughout the New York City Child Protective Services system. Dr. Pulido is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Dr. Pulido to the New York City Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) where she served until 2015.

She serves on the National Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and on the NYS Chapter Board of APSAC and is Chair of their Public Policy Committee, and is a member of the World Childhood Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Pulido holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has published in the areas of detection and prevention of child abuse and neglect, child sexual abuse prevention, providing supervised visitation services, crisis debriefing, and preventing secondary traumatic stress.

Director of Government Relations and Administration
Stephen P. Forrester, Esq.

About Steve

Steve ForresterFor over 22 years, Stephen Forrester, Esq. has provided key management assistance to The NYSPCC’s Executive Director, and heads The NYSPCC’s legal programs as well as provides management oversight to The Training Institute. Steve is an attorney and headed both the Guardian ad Litem program (1991-2005) and Child Permanency/Custody Mediation Programs (2003-2012) for The NYSPCC. He was formerly an Assistant General Counsel for New York City Administration for Children’s Services. While in that position, he prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases and related proceedings, and supervised a staff of attorneys also engaged in that work. Steve has trained over 7,000 professionals on their legal obligation to identify and report child abuse and neglect. He serves on the New York City Family Court Child Protection Sub-Committee of the Advisory Committee to the Administrative Judge.


Director of Clinical Services
Amy Pumo, LCSW

About Amy

Amy Pumo, Director of Clinical Services, is providing oversight for all of The NYSPCC’s clinical programs. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, Amy served for over 13 years as the founding Program Director for the Bronx Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program, a project of the Center for Court Innovation. The program, located in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, provides trauma-focused support services to youth exposed to violent crimes. Amy has 20 years of experience providing social services to vulnerable populations and 16 years of experience supervising staff and social work students. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University and her Master of Science in Social Work, from Columbia University.  Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.


Assistant Director of Clinical Services
Luisa Nannini, LCSW

About Luisa

Luisa Nannini is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, Luisa worked at Counseling In Schools (P.S. 049 – Willis Avenue), as a Bilingual English/Spanish Counselor in the “Healthy and Ready to Learn” program in partnership with Children’s Health Fund. Prior to that time, Luisa worked as the Senior Staff Training Consultant and Psychosocial & Educational “Child-Friendly Spaces” Coordinator at Save the Children in Rome, Italy. She received her Masters of Social Work from Hunter College and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 


Director of the Training Institute
Annie Costello, MPH

About Annie

As Director of the Training Institute, Annie is working to make sure that NYSPCC’s expertise and best practices are shared with others in the child welfare field and helping to expand child abuse education and prevention services to children and families. Annie has over 10 years of experience working in the health and social service industry in both the public and private sectors. She started her career out as a Child Protective Service worker for the County of San Diego, helping families achieve a life of stability free of abuse. Prior to joining the NYSPCC she worked for a health consultancy firm, managing and supporting healthcare access and prevention initiatives and overseeing the development of health education materials and curriculum. Annie received her Masters of Public Health degree from Boston University and her undergraduate degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University.


Development Officer, Institutional Giving
Beverly Orth Geoghegan

About Beverly

Beverly serves as the primary liaison to corporate and foundation partners, actively strengthening existing relationships and establishing new ones in support of The NYSPCC’s priorities and programs. She has worked in the non-profit and philanthropic community for more than a decade at organizations like Children’s Health Fund, National Audubon Society, and Right To Play. Beverly received her master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from the City College of New York. She is proud to be able to put her knowledge, skills and experience to work for The NYSPCC.


Clinical Department Educational Coordinator
Jessica Hong

Executive Assistant & Assistant Secretary
Sandra Singh

About Sandra

Sandra SignhExecutive Assistant Sandra Singh has over two decades of not-for-profit, administrative and human resources experience. Prior to joining The NYSPCC in 2002, Sandra worked as a Human Resources Associate for The Children’s Health Fund and several locations of Montefiore Medical Center. Currently as Executive Assistant, Sandra supports the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director to ensure smooth and effective operation of the NYSPCC. Sandra also handles all confidential personnel matters regarding hiring, compensation, benefits administration and recordkeeping. Additionally, Sandra serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors, scheduling the Board of Director meetings, preparing the meeting minutes, and handling other items needed to ensure efficient functioning of Board related matters.


Director of Research and Evaluation
Jacqueline L. Holloway, Ph.D.

About Jacqueline

Jacqueline HollowayJacqueline L. Holloway, PhD, is the Director of Research and Evaluation at The NYSPCC. As Director, Jacqueline is actively engaged in executing federally funded research initiatives as well as advancing The NYSPCC’s ongoing programs through rigorous evaluation. Before joining The NYSPCC, Jacqueline was the director of research at a health-tech start-up company, where she managed a team of grant writers and supervised NIH funded research projects across domains including culturally competent nutrition education, health literacy, and language learning tools. Prior to that position, Jacqueline worked for many years at the Stress and Motivated Behavior Institute based at the East Orange VA Hospital, examining the psychophysiological bases of behavior, learning, and memory in both clinical and non-clinical populations, while receiving her degree in Integrative Neuroscience from UMDNJ. It was during that time, under the direction of Dr. Richard Servatius, that Jacqueline developed her skills and passion for understanding the impact of stress, trauma, and resilience on the development of psychopathology. At present, in collaboration with The NYSPCC’s clinical, research, and executive teams, Jacqueline aims to apply her background and experience to expanding The NYSPCC’s research program, cultivating partnerships and funding, and advancing the critical work of the Society through comprehensive mixed-methods research.


Director of Archives
Joseph T. Gleason

About Joseph

Joseph T. Gleason is the NYSPCC’s Director of Archives. His career includes positions in secondary education and administration, juvenile supervision and counseling law enforcement and child protection. Joining The NYSPCC in 1974, he served as Officer-Investigator, Criminal Court Investigator, Family Court Representative, Senior Investigator, Field Supervisor and Training Supervisor before undertaking his present duties. Since 1990, his responsibilities have included management of the archival holdings of The NYSPCC, which document the history of the NYSPCC and the origins of child protection. During that period, he has responded to more than 500 inquiries, prepared over 350 family history reports and has assisted researchers preparing doctoral dissertations, published articles, videos, text books, biographies, films, and histories of child protection in America. Additionally, he oversaw a five-year archival preservation project that included the digitization of all archival materials, the conservation of its bound volumes and hard-copy files, and the preservation and museum-mounting of Mary Ellen’s dress at the time of her rescue. An acknowledged expert on the history of The NYSPCC and the origins of child protection, Joe addresses genealogical societies and human services organizations, is consulted by professionals, authored The NYSPCC History Journal, and is a member of the New York Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York.


Anne and Bob Arns
Emma Bengtsson
Regina Calcaterra
Vicky Cornell
Victor de Souza
Michael Ferraro
Aaron Fisher, Dawn Hennessy, & Michael Gillum
Kimberly Guilfoyle
Sophie B. Hawkins
Daniel M. Healy
Tania Higgins
Dr. Thomas Kelly
Hon. Joseph M. Lauria (Ret.)
Anita Lo
Eric MacLeish
Deborah Norville
Kelly Rutherford
Costas Spiliadis


MaryKate Boylan

Vice President
Lea Kadish

Alexandra Rak

Oerta Trepca

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