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MEET THE TEAM

Steven Vernikoff

Executive Director
Steven Vernikoff has been the Executive Director of The Center for Family Support since 1993. He has worked in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in senior leadership positions for 40 years. Mr. Vernikoff earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The New School for Social Research in 1974. Steven is currently the Board President of two provider collaboratives in New York; Advance of Greater New York and Advance Care Alliance. He is also the past President of the Board of the Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities, a provider association in New Jersey.

Barbara Greenwald

Associate Executive Director
Barbara Greenwald is the Associate Executive Director charged with overseeing all program services in New York and New Jersey. She has worked for CFS since 1993. Ms. Greenwald has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has over 40 years of experience in working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

Michael Mazzocco

Assistant Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mazzocco has been with The Center for Family Support since 2008, overseeing the support functions of Finance, Information Technology and General Services. Mike has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Marymount University. He has 40 + years of experience in finance and operations in healthcare and social services fields, including 29 + years as a Chief Financial Officer. He has held certifications as a Healthcare Financial Management Professional from the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Certified Home Health/Hospice Executive from the National Association for Home Care, and Certified Financial Manager from Merrill Lynch.

Sharon Lax

Director of Human Resources
Sharon joined The Center for Family Support in January 2007. She has over 40 + years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans both private and non-profit organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, and HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development and benefits administration.

Sharon earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brooklyn College and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University.

Barry Haber

Director of Development
Barry Haber has been with The Center for Family Support since 2014, overseeing the organization’s fundraising program as well as its marketing and public relations efforts. Barry has a Bachelor’s Degree from Jacksonville University. He has 35 + years of experience in the fundraising profession, mostly within the healthcare field. Barry is a past officer of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has raised over $100 million during his career.

Jim Noriega

Chief Technology Officer
Jim Noriega is the Chief Technology Officer and HIPAA Security Officer for The Center for Family Support. Upon joining CFS in late 2008, he quickly worked to upgrade and enhance the agency’s IT infrastructure. Jim is a seasoned, well-respected management and technical professional expert with over 25 years of hands-on experience in networking, security, systems management, personal training and community involvement. Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. He is currently working on attaining his CISSP certification. Jim is a member of the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board for the City of Yonkers and volunteers at his local church as lector and youth minister. Jim is a proud Persian Gulf War Veteran of the United States Army.

Linda Schellenberg

Director of Community Services
Linda Schellenberg is the Director of Community Services. She began working for The Center for Family Support in 2000.Linda is an LMSW and has a Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University. She began working in this field in 1995 as a Direct Support Professional. Ms. Schellenberg is a leader in the field in self-directed and individualized services.

Omayra Andino

Director of Residential Services
Omayra Andino has worked to support people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for more than 28 years. In 1989, she began her career as a “Direct Care Worker” and she never looked back. Serving people has become her lifelong work. Omayra is now the Director of Residential Services, where 165 people are supported through various housing options. She works daily to remind staff to treat those we work with as people and not people with disabilities. Omayra believes that only through listening will we understand how to best support a person’s dreams and goals. Omayra holds a Master Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources.

Donna Messina

Director of Program Services in New Jersey
Donna has worked for CFS since 1999. Ms. Messina has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Donna is the Director of both Residential and Day programs services where 220 individuals are supported throughout eight counties in New Jersey.  She describes her work at CFS as “a tremendously rewarding experience, assuring the provision of the highest quality person centered services”.

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