Jodi Saitowitz, Executive Director
Jodi brings more than twenty-five years of experience in child welfare to her role as Executive Director of the CCF Health Home. Most recently she has served as the Associate Executive Director of one of the city’s most specialized non-profit child welfare agencies. In addition, Jodi served as the Director of Bridges to Health (B2H) for the Administration for Children’s Services(ACS). B2H is a Home and Community-Based Waiver Program for children in foster care with severe disabilities. Similar to the Health Home model, B2H enhances children’s health and wellbeing by coordinating custom care among specialized community providers and by preventing crisis or institutionalization.
In addition, Saitowitz is a trauma, risk, and crisis management expert, certified in human resource management and clinical social work. As a clinician for many years, Saitowitz worked as a psychotherapist in one of the largest residential treatment facilities in the state of Maryland. Saitowitz is also a member of the NY State Medicaid Redesign Children subcommittee and closely partners with the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to improve supports for children with special needs.
Saitowitz is an accomplished public speaker and trainer on child welfare, adoption, and mental health issues for children & families. She has an undergraduate degree in social work from Colorado State University and a Masters in clinical social work from the University of Maryland.
Lisa Peterson, Operations Coordinator
Lisa began her professional career at the Mental Health Association of Connecticut doing residential case management for adults diagnosed with serious mental illness. Most recently, Lisa worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center doing clinical research in the Health Behavior Change and Risk Reduction Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The studies she worked on focused on quality of life in lung cancer patients, and clinical trials that aimed to determine the most effective strategies for helping newly diagnosed cancer patients quit smoking. During her time at MSK, she also earned her Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification.
Lisa graduated from Muhlenberg College with dual bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Spanish.