Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, is the Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of
Social Work and Social Policy at Hunter College School of Social Work
in New York City. Professor Abramovitz’s areas of interest and
expertise center around theories of the U.S. welfare state and how
welfare reform policies impact low-income women. She is widely
published; her most recent book is entitled Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States NY: Monthly Review Press, (2nd rev Ed), 2009.
Tosin Akinsiku is 19 years old and her involvement started at
her youth center and school. Now she is a board member of Fritidsforum,
The Swedish National Association of Youth Centers, a non-governmental
organization. She currently works with children of all ages including
children with disabilities and children in early education.
Lena Alhusseini is the Executive Director of the Arab-American
Family Support Center in New York City. With over 21 years of
experience, she is an international expert on developing culturally
appropriate social welfare programs, policies, training, research and
evaluation, and cutting-edge initiatives to prevent and respond to
domestic violence and child abuse & neglect. Her current
organization is the United States’ second largest and most successful
social service organization for the Arab-American community, and one of
the newest members of UNH.
Antonia Beck, Executive Director of South Burnaby Neighbourhood House (SBNH), began
her career as a NH Program Director before moving to South Burnaby in
1992. In 1996, she helped to form the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Society and became a founding member. She became Executive Director in
2002. She also sits on the Burnaby Intercultural Planning table and is
an active member of the Edmonds Business and Community Association and
the Kingsway Imperial Neighbourhood Association.
Jennifer Blevins is currently the Director of the Brian Coyle
Community Center at Pillsbury United Communities. She spent several
years as the Director of Community and Systems Change at Family and
Children’s Service in Minneapolis and has over 20 years of professional
experience in community-based organizations. She has a Master of Social
Susanne Burkhardt is the Director of Development and Community
Engagement at Scadding Court Community Centre in Toronto. Much of her
work emphasizes links between on-the-ground service provision and
social change, particularly through community engagement on policy
issues. Susanne holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a
Bachelor of Science degree from Ryerson University,and a Masters in
Public Health from Columbia University.
Catherine Campbell has been facilitating art projects with
University Settlement programs since 2007 and is currently curating a
project as part of that organization’s 100th Anniversary. She has been
an art and drama teacher, working with all kinds of children and adult
students, for fifteen years.
Humberto Carolo is the Director of Programs at the White Ribbon
Campaign in Toronto, Canada. He works collaboratively with local and
international partner organizations to develop educational strategies
to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality and ending violence
against women. Over the past year, Humberto worked with the Cape
Verdean Institute for Gender Equality and Equity and Sri Lanka’s Women
Defining Peace to increase the capacity of civil society in both
countries to engage men and boys in gender equality.
Paula Carr, from Vancouver Canada, is the Executive Director of
Community Development for Collingwood Neighbourhood House and has had a
rich experience working in a neighborhood that encountered dramatic
changes, moving from a predominantly Caucasian, English-speaking
neighborhood to one where the majority of residents are a visible
minority and only 27% of its residents speak English.
Mischelle Causey-Drake is the Chief Operating Officer &
General Counsel of Jane Addams Hull House Association (JAHHA). In her
capacity as the COO, she is responsible for an operating budget of
approximately $28 million and oversees 2 community centers,
thirty-seven satellite programs and over 300 employees. She has
previously served as the Chair of the Women’s Advisory Council of the
City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, as a member of the
Wheaton College National Advisory Council for the Center for Applied
Christian Ethics, a Commissioner for the City of Chicago Commission on
Human Relations, and a 2003 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.
Robert Chazin, Ph.D, is a Professor at Fordham University
Graduate School of Social Service in New York City. He has more than 35
years experience as a therapist, teacher, trainer, and organizational
consultant. Robert has a strong interest in international social work
and has coordinated projects in the Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Viet
Nam, and the Salama Center in Tanzania, Africa. He currently serves on
the International Consortium for Social Development 2010 Symposium
Organizing Committee, and on the Advisory Editorial Board of the
Journal of Global Social Work Practice.
David Chen is the Executive Director of the Chinese-American
Planning Council, Inc.(CPC), the largest not-for-profit social service
agency serving the Asian American population in the greater New York
metropolitan area. As the chief administrator of CPC, Mr. Chen oversees
42 programs in childcare, home care, low-income housing, employment and
training, youth, children and family services, client advocacy,
translation, and senior citizen services. Mr. Chen holds a MPA in
Public & Not-for-Profit Management, MA in Social Service
Administration and a BA in Economics.
Merial Clark has over 20 years of professional experience in the
community sector, most recently for nine years as the Executive Officer
of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres. Merial
is currently the Regional Networker for the Network of Inner East
Community Houses (NIECH) based in inner Melbourne, Australia, providing
support, advice and training to 28 houses and centers. She is also a
current committee member of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and
Centres Association which is actively working on behalf of more than
1000 neighborhood community organizations.
Elizabeth Coker, Ph.D. is the Director of Research &
Evaluation at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in New York City. Liz is
the first individual to hold such a position as the Research &
Evaluation Department was created in 2009. Prior to joining the
Neighborhood House, Liz spent a decade at the American University in
Cairo chairing and teaching in the community psychology department.
Maureen Fair is the Executive Director of St. Christopher House.
She is an active participant in local, national and international
forums and networks and is currently the President of the Board of the
Canadian Association of Neighbourhood Settlements (CANS). Maureen has
co-led a six-year CURA-funded project “Neighborhood Change; Building
Inclusive Communities from Within,” which has resulted in significant
media and political attention and the creation of the Toronto
Neighbourhood Research Network.
is the Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall, a position he has held since
November 2008. Graham’s career combines work in both the advice and
legal services sector and the cultural sector. Prior to joining Toynbee
Hall, Graham was the Chief Executive of MLA London, the strategic
regional development agency for museums, libraries and archives and the
Director of London Libraries Development Agency, the strategic
development agency for London’s public libraries.
Alison Fleminger is the founding program curator of The
Performance Project @ University Settlement. Her vision for this
comprehensive arts program arises out of 15 years of experience
designing and implementing arts curricula for theaters, schools, camps,
after school programs and adult literacy and staff training programs.
The Performance Project offers a cutting edge public presenting series,
an artist –in-residency program and carefully crafted collaborative
experiences between artists and University Settlement staff and
Emmanuel Folarin Ero-Phillips Sr., MSW, and Ph.D. candidate, was
previously the Executive Director of the African American Relief &
Development Initiatives based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is now the
Chairman of Ero-Phillips Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria as well as the
current President of the Rotary Club of Jos South, Nigeria, and a
member of the IFS board.
Laura Fortinsky has been working at the Salama Center as a
representative for Better Future International (BFI) since June 2009.
Laura spent three-months volunteering in Tanzania with Cross-Cultural
Solutions (CCS) in October 2005. At this time, she worked with a
primary school, a local NGO providing sexual health education in
primary schools and a full-care orphanage. She met Luka Ndalima during
her volunteer program and heard his dream of starting a program to help
orphaned children. After returning to the U.S, Laura worked for two
years with CCS in New York as a Tanzania Program Manager and during a
brief visit to Tanzania in 2008, Laura reconnected with Luka. From this
serendipitous connection, a partnership between BFI and KAFAO was born.
has been the CEO of Cambridge House for 7 years and has overseen its
growth and repositioning as one of the leading community anchor
organizations in England. The White Paper ‘Real People, Real Power:
Communities in Control’ was launched at Cambridge House. Cambridge
House delivers its own direct services predominantly in the London
Borough of Southwark and also supports smaller community organizations.
Clare is a member of the Southwark Alliance (the Local Strategic
Partnership,) a Trustee of bassac and the International Federation of
Settlements, and is also an independent member of the Office of the
Third Sector Advisory Body.
Juliane Gobes is the Deputy Managing Director of MITTENDRIN in
Hellersdorf and has a background in employment services. She has a
degree in Public Administration from the German Federation University
of Applied Science Department of Labor Administration and a Master of
Arts in Social Management from the University of Applied Science at
Ursula Gobes is a clinical psychologist who has spent 20 years working on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Ursula is the Founder and Managing Director of MITTENDRIN in Hellersdorf, which today employs 60 individuals. She completed her academic studies at Humbolt University of Berlin.
Marta Henzler is a social animator (similar, but not exactly the
same as “community organizer”), certified community trainer, and
facilitator of social process working in the community development
field and is responsible for the education and development of other
community trainers in Poland. She is the program director of CAL , an
NGO initiating and implementing educational programs to support
community activism and development of local communities.
Kelli Holsopple is a co-artistic director of Phoenix Theatre
Ensemble, with 10 years of experience as an actor and teaching artist.
As a teaching artist, she has worked with CLIMB Theatre in St. Paul,
MN and the Creative Arts Team in NYC. On behalf of the Phoenix, Kelli
also designed and implemented the InFlight Educational Program, a
teaching artist residency program that brings theatre arts into the
classrooms of K-5 students at the East Village Community School.
Rob Howarth is the Executive Director of the Toronto
Neighbourhood Centres, an association of thirty–two multi-service
community agencies located across the city of Toronto. For the past
twenty years, through his work and his varied community research,
facilitation and mobilization activities, Rob has helped to articulate
the opportunities and challenges facing Toronto’s non-profit sector,
and has advocated for reforms to strengthen the sector’s capacity.
Ben Hughes has led a wide range of community and voluntary
organizations since the mid 1980’s spanning environmental, community
arts and more recently advice and legal services. In 1999 Ben joined
bassac as CEO; bassac is a membership group of over 100 organizations
serving disadvantaged communities across the United Kingdom. He has
been involved in a broad range of policy initiatives with government
around community issues including ChangeUp, Community Work Forum,
Active Communities Partnership, and has advised government ministers on
the development of new third sector/ NGO funding programs and
David Hulchanski, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Research
of the Cities Centre at the University of Toronto. He also teaches
graduate courses and supervises dissertation research on housing
policy, social welfare, community development and human rights in the
Faculty of Social Work. His work focuses on housing policy and related
urban social and economic issues, including poverty, the relationship
between health and housing, discrimination in housing markets, social
housing programs, and homelessness. His current research is focused on
homelessness, the housing needs of immigrants and refugees, affordable
rental housing and neighborhood planning issues.
Bonnie Hunter has been with North York Community House for six
years and is currently the Director of Human Resources and
Administration. After working in human resources in the private sector,
she earned her Masters of Social Work degree and has been in the
non-profit field for 15 years, working in women's shelters and other
local community organizations.
Michele B. Ivory, LMSW has been a staff member at Goddard
Riverside Community Center for 10 years. She is the director of The
Bernie Wohl Center, a hub of community center programming for families
and children on Manhattan's Upper West Side. As the agency liaison for
IFS, Ms. Ivory has been involved with international exchanges
with Berlin, Mexico and Venezuela.
Suzanne Koepplinger, M.A., is the Executive Director of the
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. She has a background in
international project development, communications, domestic violence
advocacy, and fundraising. Suzanne serves on Boards for the American
Indian Community Development Corporation Board, ArtSpace, and the
Greater Twin Cities United Way. Civic activities include serving on the
Steering Committee of the Sheila Wellstone Institute and the FBI Civil
Rights Advisory Group. Suzanne is of European and Canadian Mohawk
ancestry, holds a Masters degree in the Art of Leadership from Augsburg
College. She is the recipient of the Minneapolis FBI Director’s
Community Leadership Award, the 2008 Sheila Wellstone Gold Watch Award
from WATCH, and the 2010 Ruby Award from Soroptimist International.
Karen Larcombe, Executive Director of South Vancouver
Neighbourhood House (SVNH), British Columbia, Canada, has been working
in the community development field for 22 years. Karen is a member of
the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC Senior Management Team
and recently led the ANHBC toolkit project for developing and
sustaining neighborhood houses. Karen has a Bachelors and Masters
Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia.
Barbara Levy Simon, Ph. D., has taught at Columbia University’s
School of Social Work since 1986. Her research interests include the
history of social work, social welfare, and human service and urban
professions. She applies frameworks of analysis from women and gender
studies to applied professional settings and postcolonial contexts of
social work practice
Elizabeth Lightfoot, Ph.D., is currently the Doctoral Program
Director in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.
She recently spent a year at the University of Namibia as a Faculty
Fulbright Scholar. In 1998 she earned a joint Ph.D. in Public Policy
through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the
Department of Political Science at Indiana University.
Luka Ndalima is co-Director of the Salama Center. He trained as
an artist with his father and studied art at Bagamoyo in Dar Es Salaam,
receiving an Advanced Certificate in Art in 1999. Luka also has a great
deal of experience volunteering with NGOs. He taught traditional art
and carving to disadvantaged youth at the Moshi YWCA, and volunteered
with a local street-children’s organization, Mkombozie Center for
Street Children, and joined their foster-care program in 2006. In 2006,
he joined co-Director Justas Mollel to start Kilimanjaro Aid for AIDS
Orphans (KAFAO). A chance meeting with American Laura Fortinsky led to
collaboration with BFI and the development of the Salama Center.
Rachael Neff, LMSW, is the Assistant Executive Director at Lenox
Hill Neighborhood House in New York City. Rachael, who has had
leadership experiences in Settlement Houses in both Philadelphia and
New York, was a part of creating the Research & Evaluation
Department at the Neighborhood House – which provides services to
20,000 New Yorkers – and works in guiding the overall department in
conducting research and evaluation throughout their many departments.
Lambrina Nikolaou is the Director of Community Programs at St.
Christopher House. She has Bachelor of Science in Biology and
Psychology. Prior to her current position, Lambrina spent twelve years
in the community mental health sector. At St. Christopher House
Lambrina is responsible for a range of adult services and programs
including: adult literacy, high school equivalency, academic upgrading
and computer literacy; youth and adult employment and skills
development programs; and services and supports for homeless and
Mark Parker is currently serving as bassac’s Head of Policy and
has worked at bassac for over eight years. bassac is a membership group
of over 100 organisations serving disadvantaged communities across the
United Kingdom. Mark has been involved in capacity building with bassac
members throughout that time, managing several programs including work
on community impact, diversity and multi-racial partnerships, regional
work and more recently on sustainable development.
Upendo Parsons began working as Case Manager at the Salama
Center in February, 2010. As Case Manager, she is responsible for the
majority of outreach programming, including home visits and school
visits. She also leads group activities for the children in the
after-school program and leads workshops for the caregivers. After
completing secondary school, Upendo dove into community development
work, especially related to youth and sexual health education.
Patrick Pesch, Manager of Youth and Fundraising, graduated
last year as a social worker and began working for the
Nachbarschaftszentrum in der UfaFabrik in Berlin. During his studies he
was an elected member of the student council (University of Applied
Sciences Lausitz). Part of his job in the council was to lead the
department for higher education policy. Special projects at university
included evaluations, international exchanges, symposiums, public
relations and fundraising. He now focuses on
fundraising/Social-Marketing, international exchanges, and youth work
as part of UfaFabrik.
Hilde Reints, who holds a Master degree in social geography and
public administration, is a management consultant specializing in
public sector challenges. Hilde has worked on a variety of issues in
the sector which range from welfare to care, local government to
regional marketing and development and governmental organization
Irma Rodriguez is the Executive Director of Queens Community
House, a traditional settlement house with 21 sites in 11 different
neighborhoods in New York City’s borough of Queens. Queens Community
House has developed a method for working very locally while also
developing a borough-wide infrastructure with a strong staff
understanding of and connection to a unified mission and practice. Irma
has 30 years of experience in community organizing and is particularly
interested in connecting social services and social justice work.
Donna Rooney, Ph.D. is currently a researcher/lecturer at the
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Her 2007 doctorate investigated
learning in neighborhood centers, and this interest continues to shape
her post-doctoral research. Prior to joining UTS, Donna worked in
various capacities in the adult community education and the community
development sectors. Her last position was with a state association
where she managed adult learning programs in centers across New South
has been the Director of NYSASDRI for more than 25 years and has
successfully led numerous initiatives that have had a positive impact
on 1,000 remote and inaccessible villages in 16 districts of Orissa. He
has led a community development program that lobbied for the rights of
displaced tribal peoples exploited by mining companies; an advocacy
campaign regarding the sexual and reproductive health rights of youth;
and an initiative for the legitimate rights of tribal villagers. He has
written 20 books on community development. Sarang holds a Masters
Degree in Social Work and a Master of Arts in History from the Utkal
Herbert Scherer, Ph.D., has worked as a Lecturer at the
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, and then moved into youth work as
both social worker and managing directors before beginning work with
Berlin Verband fur Sozial Kulturelle Arbeit Landesgruppe, the
federation for socio-cultural work (the umbrella organization of
Neighborhood Centers in Berlin). He has now been Managing Director of
this federation for nineteen years.
Debra Shime is Executive Director of University Settlement,
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada), which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary
during 2010. Prior to this post, Debra was Senior Vice President at
Safe Horizon in New York City, the largest crime victim assistance
organization in the United States, where she worked for a decade.
Line K. Sidenius is the Center Director for Methods, Development
and Quality at Askovgarden in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her
Master in Educational Psychology at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
She is a member of the Danish Council of Crime Prevention. Some of her
areas of interest include working with vulnerable youth, working with
young adults with eating disorders and practicing social work in local
William Sinclair, MSW, from Toronto, Canada who is the Associate
Executive Director of St. Stephen’s Community House. He oversees ten
community based programs at nine different locations throughout
Toronto. He will be joined by Rick Eagen who is the Community
Development & Special Projects Coordinator with St. Christopher
House in Toronto. Rick brings expertise in the area of facilitating and
supporting the organization in outreach, planning, evaluation and
community development capacity.
Brian Smith has been the President and CEO of WoodGreen
Community Services since 1978, a multi-service community agency with
just over 500 staff, 1,000 volunteers and an annual budget of $28
million. Brian was educated in Quebec and Ontario and holds a Masters
of Business Administration Degree from the University of Western
Ontario, an Honors Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management from York
University, a Bachelor Degree in Sacred Theology from Trinity College
in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from Bishop’s University in
Lennoxville, Quebec. He is the Immediate Past President of IFS.
Judi Snively is the Co-coordinator of the Adult Learning
Programs at St. Christopher House (Toronto). She has 10 years
experience working in adult education and community development as both
a volunteer and a staff person. Judi manages a range of adult services
and programs including: adult literacy, high school equivalency,
academic upgrading and computer literacy.
Susan Stamler is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at United
Neighborhood Houses of New York, the federation of 39 settlement houses
that serve more than half million New Yorkers each year. In her
position she analyzes government policies and budgets, mobilizes
grassroots support and lobbies on both the State and City level to
increase funding and improve the delivery of critical human services
programs. For nearly thirty years, Susan has organized grassroots
support around social justice, environmental and health issues.
has been involved in various activities at SEED for the last 18 years
and is currently working as its Chair. She also represents the Board of
the Kalinga Eye Hospital by supervising the implementation of various
projects, monitoring performance, providing staff training, and
operating as the liaison with funding partners, national and
international agencies. Sabita holds a M.A in Social Work and a Masters
in Economics from the Utkal University.
Natalie Taylor is the Neighbourhood House Liaison for
Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC). In combination with
years of volunteer work in the community with youth and individuals
living in poverty, Natalie started as an intern and has since moved
into the role of Neighbourhood House Liaison working on NH development
strategies and supporting the multiplicity of projects supported by
Carine Thesingh has been managing director in the Care and
Welfare department of DOENJA Dienstverlening since 2005. She is
educated as social worker and specializes in working with multi problem
families. Prior to joining DOENJA, she worked for 7 years with young
criminals where she initiated a multidisciplinary intervention
Annemiek van Vliet, who holds a Master degree in International
Politics, has been the managing director of DOENJA Dienstverlening, a
social welfare organization based in Utrecht, the Netherlands since
2007. Prior to joining DOENJA, Annemiek was a management consultant in
the banking sector. This deliberate change of work-environment enabled
her to adjust a more businesslike view to the day-to-day challenges
facing the social sector.
Paul Vlaar started his professional career as a community worker in 1976, and now works as the Senior Project Leader for MOVISIE, the Dutch National Institute for Community Development. Paul specializes in community development and is involved in national programs dedicated to professionalizing field workers in the areas of care and welfare. He works together with vocational education programs to organize post-initial training for professionals and to create standards for improving professional quality.
Renate Wilkening has been the Chief Executive of the
neigborhood center Ufafabrik in Berlin since 1999. From 1988 to 1999
she operated the Family Education Center, a neighborhood center of
Ufafabrik. She holds a Diploma in Social Work and Social Education from
the Alice-Salomon-University in Berlin. She has also worked as a Bank
Manager. For the past ten years she has served as a board member of the
German Federation of Social-Cultural Work and a member of the Youth
Committee of the local government of the Berlin district
Tempelhof/Schöneberg. Renate is a board member of an association for
education in Berlin and lecturer for experts and managers of
social-work and education. She has served on the IFS Board of Directors
Michael H. Zisser, Ph.D, Executive Director, of University
Settlement Society of New York, has been in his current position since
1988, and has successfully shepherded the Settlement through a period
of tremendous growth and development. He is also Chief Executive
Officer of The Door, and oversees all operations of both organizations,
as well as the interface between the two.
Adam Zucker is an independent filmmaker whose documentary
Greensboro: Closer to the Truth screened at over 30 festivals in the
U.S. and abroad, and received the Audience Award for Best Feature at
the Rome International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Dead
Center Film Festival. In addition, the film has been shown at numerous
universities and educational settings, including the United Nations.
Adam is also an award-winning editor who has cut dozens of
documentaries for PBS, HBO, NBC and other outlets.
Shelly Zuckerman has been the Executive Director of North York Community House since 1992. Before that she was involved in increasing the organizational capacity of various organizations ranging from the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Regent Park Community Centre Project, and the Edmonton Social Services, Glengarry Center. She has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and a management certificate from York University.