Central Administrative Staff
Ronald E. Richter, Chief Executive Officer
Jacqueline Sherman, Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel
Raye Barbieri, LCSW, Chief Program Officer
Dr. Karen Jill Browner-Elhanan, MD, Chief Administrative Medical Officer
Natalie Fein, Chief Operating Officer
Charles M. Figliozzi, Chief Financial Officer
Esther Bergman, Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Tanya Hackel, Chief Development and Communications Officer
Richard Hucke, Senior Vice President, Campus Services
Kathleen Rivera, Senior Vice President, Care Management Services
Antonio Garay, Vice President, Information Technology
Joanna Kibel, Vice President, Practice Improvement and Professional Development
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. In 2016, he was appointed to the NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board by Mayor de Blasio. Read more >
Jacqueline Sherman has 20 years of experience in city government and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining JCCA, she was Associate Commissioner for Planning, Policy and Performance at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. Previously, Ms. Sherman served as General Counsel for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. She also served as Director of the Center for the Courts and the Community at the Center for Court Innovation and as Counsel to the New York City Council’s Committee on General Welfare. Ms. Sherman has extensive experience in legal and policy analysis, program development and operations and complex project management. She graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Amherst College.
Prior to joining JCCA in 2018, Raye Barbieri worked at the Center for Court Innovation, where she served as the Senior Director of Youth and Community Justice Programs and Planning, following roles including Director of Implementation and Director of Clinical Programs. From 2012-2014, Raye left the Center to serve as New York City Administration for Children’s Services Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Youth and Family Justice, where introduced trauma-informed treatment to New York City’s juvenile detention system. In every position she has held, Ms. Barbieri has been an exemplary leader, planner, colleague and project manager. Ms. Barbieri earned her Master of Social Work from Columbia University and completed her Bachelor’s at Wheelock College.
Dr. Browner-Elhanan is board certified in pediatrics and in the subspecialty of adolescent medicine. Most recently, she has served as a practice consultant at Gramercy Pediatrics where she led efforts to systemize and upgrade office procedures, administrative functions, and EHR protocols. In addition to her decade-long consultancy at Gramercy Pediatrics, she founded and served as director of Adolescent Medicine Specialty Divisions in Reno, Nevada, at the Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, and at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Browner-Elhanan completed medical school at Tel Aviv University and residency training in Israel. Her exposure to healthcare disparities as a pediatric emergency room physician in Israel propelled her to a career in pediatric advocacy. Dr. Browner-Elhanan completed a second residency at Maimonides Hospital as well as fellowships in community pediatrics and in Adolescent medicine at Montefiore University Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has conducted extensive research in both adolescent medicine and community pediatrics.
Natalie Fein has over 15 years of operations, finance and consulting experience across a variety of industries including nonprofit, health care and financial services. Ms. Fein, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and an Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, comes to JCCA from 32BJ Benefit Funds, where she served as the Director of Internal Business Consulting. In this position, Ms. Fein partnered with senior management to improve operational effectiveness and quality of service organization-wide.
Charles M. Figliozzi, CPA, comes to JCCA from the Westchester Medical Center Health Network where he served as Vice President for Network Financial Operations. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Finance at New York-Presbyterian, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Having managed budgeting, forecasting, and strategic planning for multi-site hospital systems with billion-dollar budgets, he brings to JCCA a wealth of financial leadership skills, expertise, and knowledge, particularly about Medicaid Managed Care. Charles holds a B.S. in accounting from Long Island University and currently serves on the Board of the Eye and Ear Foundation.
Tanya Hackel brings more than 20 years of experience in donor cultivation and solicitation, board engagement, program development, event planning, communications, and marketing. Before joining JCCA, Ms. Hackel was Director of Development at The Hebrew Free Loan Society, where she expanded the organization’s private support and donor base, secured operating support from multiple foundations, managed all marketing and communication efforts, established an annual gala, and launched a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Prior to that, she served as Major Gifts Officer at the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter and as a development executive at UJA-Federation of New York. Ms. Hackel received a Master of Public Administration from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Williams College.
In addition to his position at JCCA, Richard Hucke is also an Adjunct Lecturer for the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. Mr. 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-Federation, 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. 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.
Ms. 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). Prior to joining JCCA, Ms. Rivera worked on behalf of individuals with HIV.
Joanna Kibel came to JCCA in 1998 as Administrative Supervisor in the Foster Boarding Home program and was promoted to the Director of Therapeutic Foster Care in 2005. In 2007, she became Director of Permanency for the Westchester Campus and later brought her clinical expertise to the position of Director of Social Work Practice and Staff Development. She is now responsible for incorporating evidence-based and promising practice models agency wide, as well as creating and implementing training and professional development initiatives. Ms. Kibel received her Master in Public Administration and Master of Social Work from Columbia University in 1996.