Leadership Team

Jodi Saitowitz

Jodi Saitowitz

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Saitowitz brings more than twenty-five years of experience in child welfare to her role as Chief Executive Officer of CCF 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.

Ms. Saitowitz is a trauma, risk, and crisis management expert, certified in human resource management and clinical social work. As a clinician for many years, Ms. Saitowitz worked as a psychotherapist in one of the largest residential treatment facilities in the state of Maryland. She is also a member of the NY State Medicaid Redesign Children’s 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.

She has an undergraduate degree in social work from Colorado State University and a Masters in clinical social work from the University of Maryland.

Alyssa Tosi, Compliance and Quality Improvement Officer

Alyssa Tosi

Chief Operating and Compliance Officer

Alyssa Tosi comes to CCF with more than 15 years of compliance and quality assurance experience in the child welfare and behavioral health industries. As an Executive Management staff for several non-profits serving children and families, she has been directly responsible for the development, implementation, and over site of a comprehensive system of quality assurance and improvement for all programs and operations. Alyssa has led many Electronic Health Record implementation projects and has ensured companies are in compliance with contracts, federal and state regulations, and accreditation expectations including The Joint Commission Accreditation, Council on Accreditation, and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. As the designated Privacy Officer for these organizations, Alyssa also ensures compliance with HIPAA, FERPA, and HITECH expectations.

With her Masters in Psychology, and Six Sigma background, Alyssa implements CQI methodology to ensure effective program functioning and identifying operational areas of improvement in effort to obtain positive outcomes for the children and families we serve.

Lisa Peterson, CCF Health Home Operations Coordinator

Lisa Peterson

Operations Manager

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.

Candy Guerrero

Compliance and Billing Specialist

Candy began her career in the medical field as an Accounting Clerk for Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Her responsibilities included billing primary and secondary carriers, verifying insurance and also providing financial assistance to patients. She then transitioned into the mental/behavioral health field where she was a Medicaid Compliance Analyst for Astor Services for Children and Families. During her time at Astor, she was responsible for ensuring that all service areas throughout the agency were in compliance with state and federal regulations. Candy was promoted twice during her six years at Astor and became the key compliance point person for the Outpatient Clinics, the Day Treatment programs and Care management as the Supervising Compliance Coordinator. Candy is currently attending Monroe College and plans to continue to pursue her education with goals of obtaining her Master’s in Public Administration.

Gerda Duroska

Referral and Enrollment Specialist

Gerda Duroska has over ten years of progressive experience in Customer Relations and Healthcare Management Services. Gerda has worked as a Lead Business Operations Specialist at United Healthcare where she utilized her investigation skills to analyze how information is recorded, and how processes can be improved to better service members.  She also held an Operations Project Specialist position with one of the leading MLTCs to track, maintain, and reconcile data for weekly reports. Gerda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Health Care Management

Cynthia Schelmety

Lead CANS-NY Training Coordinator

Cynthia comes to CCF from the Coalition of Hispanic Family Services (CHFS).  She has a BA from CUNY Brooklyn College in Psychology.  She began her career in direct care as a case planner at Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (CHFS) in New York, was promoted as a trainer of trainers for four years under Child Success NYC (CSNYC).  CSYNC is an innovative, cohesive family foster care model linking together evidence based/evidence-informed interventions, which integrated ACS permanency planning policy and utilizing concurrent planning strategies in casework activities.  In this role Cynthia was responsible for training new hires in the evidence based models.  She also coordinated group and provided coaching, facilitation of staff, foster parents and birth parents.  She has a strong background in monitoring documentation to ensure fidelity of the evidenced bases models and we are confident that she will carry these skills forward to her role here with us at CCF.

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