Central Administrative Staff
Ronald E. Richter, Chief Executive Officer
Jacqueline Sherman, Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel
Raye Barbieri, LCSW, Chief Program Officer
Joanna Kibel-Gagne, PhD, LCSW, MPA, Deputy Chief Program Officer
Natalie Fein, Chief Operating Officer
Charles M. Figliozzi, Chief Financial Officer
Tanya Hackel, Chief Development and Communications Officer
Ingrid Walker-Descartes, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Medical Officer
Trevor M. John, Senior Vice President, Campus Services
Lorraine Stephens, Senior Vice President, Foster Home and Prevention Services
Dina Cicillini, RN, Vice President, Clinical Operations
Antonio Garay, Vice President, Information Technology
Ronald E. Richter has dedicated his career to serving at-risk children and families with compassion and respect. Driven by the belief that every child is unique and has the right to realize their full potential, Richter has fought tirelessly to bring life-changing therapeutic services, educational opportunities, and community-based supports to children and families in need across New York. A former Legal Aid attorney, New York City Family Court judge and Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Mr. Richter has worked for three decades to create a more just child welfare system by placing the utmost value on the wellbeing of each child and family. 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.
Joanna Kibel-Gagne, Deputy Chief Program Officer, has 25 years of experience serving clients and families in almost every corner of JCCA. 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. Before transitioning to Deputy Chief Program Officer, she served as Senior Vice President of Practice Improvement and Professional Development. Dr. Kibel-Gagne studied at Columbia University where she received her BA, MSW, and MPA, and completed her PhD in Social Welfare in 2017 at CUNY’s Silberman School of Social Work.
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.
Dr. Ingrid Walker-Descartes is a pediatrician and the Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Pediatrics, at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She is also the Program Director for the Pediatrics residency training program as well as the Child Abuse fellowship. Dr. Walker-Descartes completed her residency at New York Methodist Hospital, followed by a fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Her academic appointments include an HRSA Clinical Research Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she also is an instructor. Dr. Walker-Descartes is the Co-chair for the Child Protection Committee and Co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapter 2 Committee on the Prevention of Family Violence. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. She is an APA New Century Scholar Junior Mentor, part of the AAP Special Interest Group on Child Abuse and Neglect, and a Faculty Scholar at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Office of Ethnic and Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Walker-Descartes has been the recipient of numerous honors, such as the Woodward Scholarship of the Office of Ethnic and Multicultural Affairs, the Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award, the Fannie Henry Rice Scholarship, and the Rochester Prize Scholarship. She is involved in community service including the Organization for International Development, which provides medical outreach to underserved communities in Jamaica without access to healthcare.
Trevor M. John, Senior Vice President for Campus Services, has worked in child welfare for more than two decades. Beginning in 2005, he joined the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, where he managed the operations of the Children’s Center from 2011-2014 and served as the Assistant Commissioner for Foster Parent Recruitment before joining JCCA in 2021. He also was an adjunct professor at both Adelphi University’s Graduate School of Social Work and Monroe College of Criminal Justice. Mr. John obtained his Master of Social Work from Fordham University.
Before joining JCCA, Lorraine served as the Deputy Commissioner of ACS’s Division of Family Permanency Services, and later became the first Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. Most recently, Lorraine was Vice President of Strategic Planning, Government Relations, and Special Initiatives at New York Women’s Foundation. Lorraine received her MSW from Fordham University, and has a Post Graduate Certificate from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Dina Cicillini, RN, Vice President of Clinical Operations, oversees medical services on campus, nursing services in the community, and JCCA’s psychiatry and psychology services. Before JCCA, Ms. Cicillini worked at Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill, where she was Director of Quality Management and Program Safety. From 2017-2019, she was the Chief Nursing Officer at Northwell Health’s Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center. Ms. Cicillini holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University in 2011.
Antonio joined JCCA in 2014 as the Director of Information Technology and was promoted to his role of Vice President in 2019. Before joining JCCA he worked for two information technology consultancies, first as IT Director of T-Square Express, Inc., and then President and Founder of NetCore Consulting Group, Inc. Antonio has a BBA in Technology Management from SUNY College of Technology and an MBA from Clarkson University.