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Family Ties is proud to be one of the few independent, family-run organizations in New York State and the only one in Westchester County. Our passionate and dynamic board and staff reflect the rich diversity of our County and our ongoing commitment to mobilizing the voices of family members to impact systems for the better.


Board of Directors


Myra Alfreds
Consultant to SAMHSA/CMHS,
Former Director of Children’s Mental Health Services, Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health


Vice President

Carol Feldman
Former Director of Pupil Services,
New Rochelle School District



Ann Spindel
Educational Consultant,
The Scarsdale Group



Ruben  Medina
Principal, RC Solutions



Rita Amaya-Oates, LMSW
Social Worker, Bronx Prep Charter High School

Gloria Basem
Former Chief People Officer, Media Math

Cheryl Burton, DSW, LCSW-R
Chief Executive Officer, Cheryl A. Burton Consulting; Psychotherapist, Private Practice; Coach, Trainer, and Speaker, The John Maxwell Team

Wendy L. Hufford
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Chico’s FAS

Lee Newell

Ayanna M. Woods, MPH
Deputy Director of US Advocacy Relations, Bayer

Executive Staff

Kerry Whelan-Megley, MS, LMSW
Executive Director

Lisa Shaw
Director of Finance

Madeline Lombardi
Director of Administrative Services

Tamara Fertko, MS Ed.
Director of Program Development

Carol Armas
Director of Contracts and Grant Management

Patricia Killeen, MSW, MPA
Program Administrator, Every Kid Counts


Resource Center & Program Staff

Kaveen Bartlett, MSW
Program Administrator – Family Peer Support Services, Yonkers

Aro Edwers
Mount Vernon

Celia Loja

Alephia Acciaro


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Our Locations