Meet Our Experts

JCCA has a variety of experts in fields ranging from autism and abused children, to adoption, residential care, foster care, nonprofit management, and Jewish communal services. To reach any of our experts, please contact us. Our experts include:


David Goldstein, PsyD
Vice President, Child Health and Well-Being

Dr. Goldstein has been at the forefront of trauma-informed treatment for children in foster care for decades. He has worked for JCCA for 28 years and has extensive experience in community-based programs, residential programs, group programs and specialized services. He is also a recognized and respected expert in New York State on the care and treatment of children, young people and families in child welfare, and how managed care affects children’s behavioral health care. Dr. Goldstein was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – New York.


Ronald E. Richter
Chief Executive Officer

Ronald E. Richter has been working with New York’s vulnerable children, young people and families for more than two decades. Before joining JCCA, he was a New York State Family Court Judge for four years. He served as Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services from 2011 to 2013. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, he served as ACS Deputy Commissioner and as New York City’s Family Services Coordinator during Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration. He was also an attorney at the Legal Aid Society. Mr. Richter graduated from Tufts University and received a Master of Science and a law degree from Boston University.


Keturah Pierre, LMSW
Senior Vice President, Community Services

A Licensed Masters Social Worker, Ms. Pierre graduated from Lehman College, with honors, with a BSW in 1991 and from Fordham University with an MSW in 1993. In 1993 Ms. Pierre began her career at JCCA as a Social Worker in the Foster Home Services program. In 1997 she was promoted to Program Director of Foster Family Resources. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Richard Hucke, LCSW
Senior Vice President, Campus Services

Richard Hucke began his tenure at JCCA in 1994 as a Case Associate in the agency’s Foster Home Division. With the support and guidance of JCCA and UJA, he earned his MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in 2000. He later worked as a social worker in the agency’s Treatment Foster Care Program and then as Program Director for Foster Family Resources. He was promoted to Deputy Director of Foster Home Services in 2006 and later to Vice President of Coordinated Community Services in 2009. Mr. Hucke’s extensive managerial experience and clinical training provides expert leadership to the division of Coordinated Community Services, which is home to the some of JCCA’s larger community-based programs. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer for the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. Mr. Hucke earned a certificate in the Weiner Center’s series, “High Impact Strategies for the Advanced Manager.” He earned his LMSW in 2000 and his LCSW in 2006.


Kathleen Rivera, LCSW
Vice President, Care Management Services

Kathleen Rivera, who earned her social work degree at Hunter College, joined JCCA’s Foster Home Services division in 2006 and held various positions, including Director of Foster Home and Group Home Services. She became the Assistant Division Director for HCI Services in 2012, helping to develop the largest Bridges to Health program in New York. She has completed advanced management training and is certified to train Parenting Skills and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)