STAFF

Vidhya R. Kelly, LMSW, Executive Director

Vidhya joined CBSBB in 2017. She is a LMSW, receiving her BA from Lehigh University and her Masters for NYU. Ms. Kelly has spent her entire career in youth development, most recently as Chief Program Officer at Harlem RBI, where she supervised Harlem RBI’s East Harlem and South Bronx kindergarten through college continuum. Prior to Harlem RBI, Ms. Kelly spent 15 years at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City, rising to Deputy Executive Director where she developed specialized programs to serve the city’s most vulnerable youth, including teen mothers, new immigrants and children with disabilities, and opened up satellite offices in the South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and East New York, Brooklyn. Ms. Kelly has testified extensively at government, corporate and professional conferences as a recognized leader in the field of mentoring. Vidhya is a first generation American from India, where she often travels and has been involved in supporting the educational needs of impoverished children and adults living in the villages of south India.

Ryan Sheppard, Senior Director of Community Engagement and Quality Assurance 

Since joining CBSBB, Ryan has designed and implemented skills learning/college bound programs to provide our Littles with the correct tools for future success. In addition, Ryan conducts academic counseling for families and matches, to ensure that Littles are in supportive schools, on track to graduate from high school and go on to college or career training.  Ryan also oversees the organization’s family and volunteer recruitment efforts.

Ryan grew up in California and graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology.  Prior to joining the CBSBB team, Ryan spent over three years as the Life Skills College Bound Coordinator at a college prep organization in New York City.  Before that, Ryan served as a Mathematics and Physical Education teacher at Tutorial Academy in New Amsterdam, Guyana.

Susan Varghese, MSW, Senior Director of Mentoring Programs and Support Services 

Susan Varghese has her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She is an accomplished program and volunteer manager, with extensive experience in developing and supporting mentoring programs that exceed national retention norms. She was previously the Program Director and the Mentoring Program Director at Girls Quest, a youth development program for girls from lower-income families. Susan joined CBSBB as the Transition Director for GQ’s merger with CBSBB in July 2012 and became our Program Director in November 2012. She is a certified Mentoring Supervisor/JP Morgan Chase Fellow and is a member of the New York Association of Volunteer Administration as well as a co-chair of the Provider Council of the Mentoring Partnership of New York. 

Fun Fact: During my trip to South Africa, I went shark cage diving in the middle of the Indian Ocean!

Robert Watson, CPA, Director of Finance and Operations

Tamanna Vaswani, Development Director

Jessica Castillo, Research and Data Analyst/Administrative Assistant

Fun Fact: I used to be a little!

Dilim Dieke, MSW, Program Manager of Mentoring Services  

                                     

Dilim serves as Program Manager of Mentoring Services with CBSBB. She conducts and oversees the family and volunteer intake process, supervises the mentor/mentee matches, supports in event planning, and serves as the field instructor for MSW interns. Dilim brings to CBSBB over five years of experience in youth development, social services, student affairs, and nonprofit management. After her undergraduate studies, Dilim embarked on a rigorous education fellowship within the Southside of Chicago. From there, Dilim moved to NYC where she worked for two social services organizations while attending graduate school at New York University. Dilim also work as a Senior Resident Assistant during her undergraduate and graduate studies. Prior to joining CBSBB, Dilim worked for Harlem RBI as the Academic Program Coordinator where she managed an afterschool academic enrichment program for middle schoolers, conducted academic interventions, and supervised volunteer tutors.Dilim is a graduate from Arizona State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Global Studies and Economics with a minor in international business. In 2015, Dilim obtained her Masters in Social Work from New York University and is working to obtain her LMSW certification.Aside from her education and professional career, Dilim is a social entrepreneur and advocate for access and equity. She is the Co-Founder of The Women of Color LIT (Learn Innovate Transform) Network. The LIT Network first ever women of color young professional network of emerging leaders nationally to inspire multicultural women through education and training on self awareness, personal enlightenment, leadership development, and career advancement.

Joshoan Lamourt-Rivera, MPA, Coordinator of Mentoring Services

Lilli Lawner, MSW, PT Social Media and Recruitment Specialist 

Lilli enjoyed an 11 year career at Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of New York City where, in 2002, she initiated a program for children who lost a parent in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. As a Senior Director at BBBS, she oversaw multiple specialized mentoring programs, including the Young Mothers Program for teen moms, the Incredible Kids program for youth with disabilities, and the Education Initiative. She also managed the Lindsey Morehouse Scholarship Fund and spearheaded several special events and public relations efforts, including serving as the department head for the annual fundraising event, Race for the Kids. Prior to her work at BBBS, Lilli worked at the Jewish Child Care Association as a Social Worker in their Preventive Services Department and at the Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center as a Social Work Intern for an Inpatient Adolescent Unit. Prior to her work as a consultant for CBSBB, she held a short term contract with the Robin Hood Foundation where she managed relationships with 40 grantees affected by Hurricane Sandy. Lilli holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont and an M.S.W. from New York University, and currently serves on the board of Animal Welfare Trust. Lilli resides in New York City with her husband Kevin and is the mother of two children, Leo (3) and Lucy (5).

Kathryn Harter, Associate Manager of Community Engagement

                                                 

Kathryn is thrilled to join Catholic Big Sisters Big Brothers as the Associate Manager of Community Engagement. She brings a strong background in community outreach, volunteer recruitment, and organizational relationship-building to CBSBB. As a former AmeriCorps member, Kathryn currently serves on the Professional Development Committee for the New York Association of Volunteer Administrators (NYAVA) as well as Villanova University Club of New York Philanthropy Chair.

Fun Fact: Kathryn has worked in France, Haiti, Denver, and New York but loves NYC most of all!

Ana Melo, MA, Coordinator of Mentoring Services

                                               

Ana joined CBSBB a year ago and in addition to making and supervising new matches, Ana works on family intake and family engagement. Previous to this position, Ana was the Family Engagement Manager at the youth development organization Harlem RBI and before that, was Associate Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. 

Ana is originally from Ecuador, and attended Oberlin College for her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies, then moved to New York and worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for the non-profit Learning Leaders, before attending graduate school at Tufts University and receiving a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School.   

Ana’s favorite thing about working at CBSBB is making matches!  

Fun Fact: Ana has been playing violin since age 8 and currently is a member of the Jackson Heights Orchestra.

Diane Rubino, LCSW, Clinical Associate 

Diane Rubino is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who trained at the NY Institute for Psychotherapy in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence. Diane has worked with children and adolescents for over 20 years. She began in San Francisco at a Youth Crisis Shelter and a Free and Confidential Teen Clinic. She then worked in The Bronx as a Social Worker at a shelter for pregnant teens in foster care, and then as Program Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters Young Mothers Mentoring Program. She is currently in private practice providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families, and clinically supervises aspiring therapists. Diane joins CBSBB as our part-time Clinical Associate and will be conducting professional development training's to our team over the course of this year.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joseph A. Pollicino, Jr., President

Joseph is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank. He has served as a Board member for 20 years in different roles including a term as President of Catholic Big Brothers, now CBSBB. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the David Rockefeller Fellows Program. He and his wife Maureen live on Long Island with their two children.

Mark Kelly, Vice President

Mark is a partner in the law firm of Kelly & Roth. He has his BA and JD from Boston College. He also serves as the Chairman of The Renaissance Project in Elmsford, New York.

Judith Donahue Lafranchi, Vice President

Judy received her BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and her MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. She is a retired Senior Generalist Salesperson in the Fixed Income Currency and Commodities Division at Goldman Sachs & Co., Inc. Judy currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents for Georgetown University, where she is Chair of the Career Committee, a member of the Student Affairs Committee, and is Class Chair for the Georgetown Scholarship Program. Previously she served on the Fundraising Committees of Saint David's School in New York City.

Joseph Lipari, Vice President

Joseph is an attorney with the law firm Roberts & Holland. He received a BA from Columbia University and JD magna cum laude from Boston University, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Joe joined the Board of Catholic Big Sisters in 2001 and served as its President from 2004 to 2006. During his tenure as President, he led the successful efforts to merge the organization with Catholic Big Brothers. Joseph now serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Bradley Robins, Vice President

Brad is the North American Head of Financing Advisory & Restructuring at Greenhill & Co., an independent investment banking firm.  He joined the CBSBB Board of Directors in 2007. He has a BA from Middlebury College and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Brad lives in New York City with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.  In addition to his work with CBSBB, Brad is a Trustee at the Convent of the Sacred Heart School in New York.

John Shaughnessy, Vice President

John Shaughnessy is COO and Co-Founder at 14th & Boom, a results-focused marketing agency helping launch and grow consumer lifestyle brands. Prior to 14th & Boom, he held positions at J.P. Morgan and Booz Allen Hamilton. John received a B.S. from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Virginia. John is an active CBSBB mentor, serving as a “Big” to Sergio, who will study engineering at City College this coming fall

Andrew Bogart, Treasurer

Andrew is currently employed as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Capstone Investments Advisors, LLC. His experience in the financial sector is highlighted by positions previously held at Diamondback Capital, LLC and Nomura Securities International, Inc. Mr. Bogart received a BS from Providence College in 1998 with a concentration in business management and finance. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Elsa and their daughter Cleo.

Patricia Moran, Secretary

Patricia Moran is a Managing Director and the Chief Legal Officer at Greenhill & Co. Inc., a global independent investment bank.  Before joining Greenhill, she was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.  Pat is a former Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Scranton, and holds a B.S. degree from the University of Scranton and a J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law.

George Diskin

George is a graduate of Fordham University and received a BS in Marketing/Management. George retired from Con Edison in 2012 after a successful 35 year career in their Customer Operations, Law and Energy Supply Departments. George served on the Board of Catholic Big Brothers for five years and is now an active member of CBSBB Board. In addition to his years of Board service, George has served as a Big Brother for over 40 years. He and his wife, Maryanne, live in Port Chester, New York.

Alexia M. Fernandez

Alexia received her Bachelor of Science degree from Marymount University, and her Masters in Spanish Literature from Temple University. She is a member of the Headmistress Council of Marymount School in New York City. Alexia is an active volunteer at Trinity School. She is married to Henry and has three children.

William Henry

A former military officer, William is the president & CEO of Access Millennium, Inc.  He is also a visiting assistant professor in the Graduate Facilities Management Program at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture in addition to being an adjunct lecturer at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York.  William has a BA from New York University and is a graduate of the Advanced Information Systems Institute at MIT. He served on the Catholic Big Brothers Board for 15 years prior to the merger with Catholic Big Sisters and is now an active member of CBSBB. William is married to Jennifer and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Justin Ifill

Justin Ifill is the founder and president of Ifill Events, LLC, an event planning company that provides services to individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations. Raised in Queens, New York, Justin is a 2006 graduate of Columbia University. Justin is the President Emeritus of Columbia College Young Alumni and is a member of the Columbia College Alumni Association. He is also on the board and executive committee of The Columbia University Club of New York and serves as co-chair of its Young Alumni Committee. 

Blanche Johnson

Blanche has a BA from Stony Brook University and a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. She has worked in social work for over 29 years, with a focus on people with disabilities, children and public policy. She currently sits on several nonprofit boards. She is married to Peter Johnson Jr., President of Leahey and Johnson, and has two daughters.

Nicholas F. Langan

Tara Liddle

Tara received her BS and MA in Physical Therapy from New York University and has worked as an active pediatric physical therapist since 1984. Tara is a volunteer for numerous charitable organizations in New York City and in the Westhampton/Quogue areas. She resides in New York City, is married to Jeffrey Liddle and has two children, Alexa and Harry.

Mary Claire Lagno

Mary Claire Lagno retired after 27 years as a senior executive, most recently as Aetna Inc.’s Senior Vice President for local and regional business, managing a unit that generated $18 billion in annual revenue. Mary Claire has been named to Crain’s NY Top 100 Women in Business.

Mary Claire serves on Loyola School’s Board of Trustees as vice‐chair. She also serves on the Board of Gettysburg College and is an active volunteer at St. Stephen of Hungary School. She is a graduate of Penn State. Mary Claire and her husband Chris are the parents of two children and reside in New York.

Cathy Dougherty 

Jacqueline Morriss

Camila Pastor

Susan Sigda

Susan Sigda received a BA in Political Science from Amherst College and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Susan has over 20 years’ experience in finance, focusing primarily on corporate restructurings and structured credit products. Most recently, Susan successfully restructured a $500 million credit portfolio for ABN AMRO Bank N.V. following the 2008 financial crisis.

Susan is an active alumna of Amherst College, which she has served in various capacities. Past board memberships include GirlSpace Harlem and St. James Church, New York City, where she was a member of the Investment Committee. Susan and her husband Alexander Lotocki de Veligost are also members of the Parents Council of Northfield Mount Hermon School. Together with their daughter Isabelle, they reside in New York City.

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan has been the Executive Director/CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York since 2001. He had been Chief Operating Officer for five years and in other leadership positions for more than 17 years. Catholic Charities is a federation of more than 90 human service agencies providing $750 million of service annually to those of all religions. He represents Catholic Charities in various public forums and policy discussions related to immigration, economic security, job development, and children and families.

Monsignor Sullivan served on Mayor de Blasio’s Transition Committee; New York City Council Speaker’s Commission on Homelessness; NYC Mayor’s Commission for Economic Opportunity; the Public Policy Committee of the New York State Catholic Conference; and the Board and Social Policy Committee of Catholic Charities USA. He has provided expert testimony about human service issues before Congressional, State and City legislative committees.

After the 9/11 attacks, Monsignor Sullivan, as Chair of the 9/11 United Services Group, led the coordinated assistance to victims by New York charities. He now Chairs the Disaster Preparedness Division of the NY Human Services Council, of which he is a Vice-Chair. Under his leadership Catholic Charities managed the professional case management response to Super Storm Sandy providing assistance to more than 8,000 households in 13 counties.

During the 1970s and 1980s, when Monsignor Sullivan served as a parish priest at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Washington Heights, he co-founded the Washington Heights-Inwood Coalition and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, two neighborhood development organizations that continue to thrive. While at Catholic Charities, Msgr. Sullivan has continued to assist at parishes, celebrating the sacraments and preaching.

He was a Board member of many healthcare organizations, including St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, the Carmel Richmond Housing Corporation, and the St. Vincent de Paul Residence. During the 1990s, he served as Co-Chair of the Partnership for the Homeless.

Monsignor Sullivan received a Master’s Degree in public administration at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University, and a doctorate in Public Administration from New York University. His dissertation on assessing the effectiveness of non-profit organizations was submitted by the faculty for national competition. He has taught in graduate programs at the Mendoza College of Business, and the University of Notre Dame where he was a consultant to the dean regarding the College’s Master’s program in non-profit management. He has taught at New York University and the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School University.

Monsignor Sullivan was born in the Bronx and raised in Yonkers. He graduated cum laude from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception and studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Seminary, graduating with a M.Div., and was ordained in 1976 and named Monsignor in 1999.

David F. A. Walker

David F. A. Walker has over 25 years of experience raising funds for not-for-profit organizations both in the United States and internationally. Additionally, he serves on several boards and has been a consultant to numerous organizations.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Lorraine Burgio

Christopher Cox

Henry Fernandez

Curry Ford

Margaret Grace

Laurie Lapeyre

Terence S. Meehan

Marie W. Powers

Michael Stafford

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