Leadership Team

Damyn Kelly speaking to LSSNY’s Leadership and Management.
Cecilia Aranzamendez, Antonnette Taylor and Rachel Kornfeld at LSSNY’s 2016 Staff Christmas Party.
President & Chief Executive Officer - Damyn Kelly, J.D.



Damyn Kelly, J.D. 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 - TBD
General Counsel - Wanyong Austin, Esq.
wanyong-austinMs. Wanyong Austin has been LSSNY’s General Counsel since 2009. She is responsible for providing legal guidance on laws and regulations governing service provision within all programs, supervising legal work done by the agency, fostering sound corporate governance practices and overseeing the agency’s Human Resources Department.

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 - Antonnette Taylor
antonnette-taylorAs the Executive Director for Children’s Services, Antonnette Taylor is responsible for the development, operation and delivery of key programmatic services within the agency’s foster care program, LIFE Care Medical Center and Health Home Care Management services.

In addition, Ms. Taylor oversees the Kinship and Family Treatment Rehabilitation Preventive programs and is responsible for the Discrete Medicaid Program at LSSNY, which was created to enhance medical, mental, developmental and substance abuse health services to appropriately meet the special needs of the children and adolescents served.

With LSSNY since 1995, Ms. Taylor has a comprehensive knowledge of the needs of the families we serve, and she works       diligently—and with a tremendous amount of expertise—to connect children with loving homes. She has a B.A. and J.D. from CUNY Law School at Queens College.


Executive Director for Community Services - Cecilia Aranzamendez, LMSW, Esq.
cecilia-aranzamendez-v2Cecilia 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 Education Services/Principal - Christine Amodeo
Executive Director for Information Technology - Sasha Hill

Before joining LSSNY over three and a half years ago, Sasha Hill worked in Information Technology at Leake and Watts Services, Inc. and The Children’s Village. At LSSNY, she works tirelessly to support our staff, implement new technologies, and look for ways to innovate and make the environment more user-friendly. She is a technically gifted, hardworking individual who always goes above and beyond to make sure that we have the best technological ability to serve our clients. Sasha is an expert in Office 365 and Cisco Meraki networking technology. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology – Old Westbury.


Executive Director for Residential Services - Rachel Upbin Bleecker