President & Chief Executive Officer - Damyn Kelly, J.D., PhD.
Damyn Kelly, J.D. PhD. is the president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY), a leading social service agency serving more than 7,000 New Yorkers every day. Mr. Kelly oversees a $60 million annual budget and nearly 650 highly-qualified employees in the delivery of quality human services for the benefit of all New Yorkers, especially those most in need.
Mr. Kelly is a skilled strategic leader who has worked for more than 18 years as the chief executive of organizations serving many disenfranchised members of the community. His work has improved the lives of the formerly incarcerated; those living with mental illness, developmental and intellectual disabilities; and the homeless. He has leveraged his experience, industry knowledge and strong commitment to community advocacy, to bolster the business practices and financial success of several social service agencies. As CEO of Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Mr. Kelly had great success managing a multi-service agency serving more than 6,000 children and families in a variety of educational, vocational and behavioral treatment programs across 11 facilities.
Mr. Kelly has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Adelphi University and a Juris Doctor from the Antioch School of Law. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Newark Emergency Services for Families and Congregations Linked in Urban Strategy to Effect Renewal (CLUSTER, Inc.). He and his wife, Diann, an Associate Professor and Chair of the BSW Program at Adelphi University, have two children.
Chief Program Officer - Kerron Norman, LMSW
Ms. Kerron Norman is the Chief Program Officer and a critical member of the senior leadership team at Lutheran Social Services of New York. Since joining LSSNY in the spring of 2018, she helps articulate and implement the strategic vision and leadership of the agency. Additionally, Ms. Norman oversees a portfolio of programs and related services that include early childhood education, educational services, foster care, housing services, immigration legal services and community services.
Prior to joining LSSNY, Ms. Norman was Vice President and Chief Program Officer for ANDRUS. Her former roles include Director of Child Welfare for the Westchester County Department of Social Services and Deputy Director of Field Operations for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Binghamton University. She is the proud recipient of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission’s Diversity Award, which honors individuals who work diligently to promote diversity and equality in systems.
Chief Financial Officer - Rinku Bhattacharya
Rinku Bhattacharya has more than 25 years of financial and administrative experience in areas of financial management, information technology, strategy and infrastructure building with a specialty in the non-profit sector.
Rinku has worked in various dimensions of the non-profit sector managing budgets ranging from $5 to $75M, most recently serving as the CFO for Westchester Community Opportunity Program. Rinku is also an adjunct professor of Accounting at Manhattanville College.
Rinku serves on the Global board of the Institute of Management Accountants, and also on the boards of Cluster, Inc. and the First Lego League of Hudson Valley.
Ms. Bhattacharya has a doctoral degree in Accounting (DPS) from Pace University, an MBA in Finance from the University of Bridgeport, and an MS in Non-Profit Management from the New School University. Rinku is an avid cook, and particularly enjoys cooking for and with her two children.
Executive Director of LSSNY Family Child Care Network - Jenifer Barriteau
As Executive Director of LSSNY Family Child Care Network (FCCN), Ms. Jenifer Barriteau leads the delivery of high quality early care and education services, ensuring a holistic and integrated approach that meets the needs of children and families in home based settings.
Ms. Barriteau comes with more than twenty years of experience in the early childhood field as a health manager and program director of Early Head Start and Family Child Care programs. She helped to spearhead one of the first Early Head Start Family Child Care Networks in New York City. Her expertise in change management and program development have been vital in strengthening and enhancing the LSSNY FCCN that has resulted in significant expansion.
Ms. Barriteau holds a MPH from New York University and a MA in Organization Leadership from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Her passion for her work is driven by a vision of building thriving communities where families are fully engaged, empowered as leaders and advocates, staff and providers are experts in their field of practice and children are filled with endless possibilities, ready to succeed in school and life.
Office Address: 61 Claremont Avenue; New York, NY 10027
Chief Financial Officer - TBD
General Counsel - Wanyong Austin, Esq.
Ms. Austin began her legal career as a corporate litigator with various New York law firms before becoming a staff attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation B. At Brooklyn Legal Services, she litigated family law individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of indigent clients for seven years. In 1993, she moved to Hong Kong with her family and worked with Pam Baker & Co. where she represented Vietnamese boat people held in detention in Hong Kong. Upon her return to the United States, she worked at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. Ms. Austin has worked at LSSNY since 2001, first as the Supervising Attorney of the Immigration Legal Services Program and later the Director of the Immigration and Refugee Services Program. She received her A.B. from Harvard Radcliffe College and her J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Executive Director for Children's Services - Margarita Marriaga
Margarita Marriaga is the Executive Director of Children’s Services at LSSNY. She is a social justice leader specializing in models, programs and partnerships that improve the lives of children and families in marginalized communities. She has successfully rolled out new initiatives and best practices in government and nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA degree in psychology from Hofstra University and a Master of Science degree in nonprofit leadership from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and the Gabelli School of Business. Margarita works from the tenet that all children deserve and can have an environment where they are safe and able to fulfil their potential.
Site Address: 75 W 125 Street, New York, NY 10027
375 Kosciuszko Street; Brooklyn, NY 11217
1361 Virginia Avenue; Bronx, NY 10462
89-64 163 3rd Fl; Jamaica 11432
Dean Street; Brooklyn, NY 11216
Funders: Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
Executive Director for Community Services - Cecilia Aranzamendez, LMSW, Esq.
Cecilia Aranzamendez, the Executive Director of Community Services, oversees the agency’s immigration legal program, disaster case management and hunger prevention programs. She brings considerable experience as both an attorney and a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) to the division. Ms. Aranzamendez has over 16 years of experience working with immigrants, both in a legal and case management context. Among the programs she oversees at LSSNY is the Safe Haven for Children program, which provides residential, educational, vocational and legal services to unaccompanied children.
Ms. Aranzamendez has a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and an MSW from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.
Executive Director for Early Childhood Education - Beatrice Hutcherson
Beatrice Hutcherson is currently the Executive Director for Early LIFE Services, and oversees 6 program sites.
She has over 25 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Beatrice holds a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from Adelphi University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from CUNY York College. She is certified by the NYS in Early Childhood Education Birth- Grade 2 and Students with Disabilities, Birth- Grade 2. Beatrice also holds CLASS Reliability Certifications in Preschool, Toddler, and Infant. Prior to joining LSSNY, she served in many capacities which includes Early Childhood Site Director, Education Director, Disabilities Coordinator, Eligibility Coordinator, Clinical Director, etc.
Early LIFE Early Childhood Education program has a commitment to provide superior early childhood education experiences in our center-based and home-based environments within the New York City area. Early LIFE offers traditional child-care, Early Head Start and Head Start and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs. Rooted in New York City Urban communities, Early Life is committed to building partnerships with families and communities to support the health, education, and well-being for children and families. Early LIFE provides all children with developmentally and age appropriate experience in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment to ensure they reach their full potential in school and life.
Site Address: 1175 Gates Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11221
1951 Park Avenue; New York, NY 10037
510 West 145 Street; New York, NY 10031
2125 Watson Avenue; Bronx, NY 10472
888 Westchester Avenue; Bronx, NY 10459
80 East 181 Street; Bronx, NY 10453
Funders: Department of Education (DOE)
Executive Director for Residential Services - Rachel Upbin Bleecker
Director of Human Resources - Estephanie
Estephanie Betances has been LSSNY’s Director of Human Resources since 2017 and has been with the agency since 2012. She is responsible for the oversight of all administrative aspects of the HR program including benefits administration, accurate record keeping, worker’s compensation, safety, and onboarding. She is also responsible for employee relations including resolving staff complaints and workplace investigations.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Estephanie was primarily responsible for the creation of a Return-to-Work action plan that outlines safety precautions as well as staff rights and responsibilities as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also managing all COVID-19 related sick leave in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.
Estephanie started off her career working at Lutheran Social Services as a Special Project Assistant, quickly making her way into the Human Resources Department. Estephanie has always had an interest in non-profit work and serving children and families, as evidenced by her work at Brick City Development Corporation in Newark, NJ, and the NYU Child & Family Policy Center prior to joining LSSNY. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and achieved her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification in 2016, which she still maintains today.