Leadership Team

Jodi Saitowitz

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Saitowitz brings thirty years of experience in clinical practice along with executive management focusing on services to Children in the child Welfare and Healthcare systems.  In her role as Chief Executive Officer of The Collaborative for Children and Families (CCF),  Ms. Saitowitz oversees more than 40 community-based, care management agencies serving the largest child-designated health home care management system in the downstate New York region and also is a designated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) provider agency.  Ms. Saitowitz continues to play an active role advocating for services to children & families. She has served on the board of the NYS Health Home Coalition representing sub-contracted provider agencies on statewide committees and is also the co-chair of the Federal Integrated Care for Kids (IncK) pilot program in the Bronx with Montefiore Hospital System.  Ms. Saitowitz has a long track record of leading organizations focused on service delivery in the behavioral healthcare arena, primarily operating in urban environments.  Ms. Saitowitz started her career as a frontline case worker serving inner city youth towards the end of the crack epidemic in Ft. Collins, Colorado and later in Baltimore, Maryland as an individual and family therapist.  Ms. Saitowitz has served as the Associate Executive Director for New Alternatives for Children (NAC), one of the city’s most specialized, non-profit child welfare agencies as well as the Director of the Bridges to Health (B2H) Medicaid Waiver Program for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services(ACS). Throughout her career as a licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Saitowitz has focused on special needs children facing trauma and crisis.  Ms. Saitowitz has worked as a psychotherapist in one of the largest residential treatment facilities in the state of Maryland.  After moving to New York, Ms. Saitowitz was a member of the NY State Medicaid Redesign Children’s subcommittee and worked closely with state partners, advocates and providers to improve service delivery and supports for children and families with special needs.  Ms. Saitowitz holds 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 Paulozzo

Chief Operating and Compliance Officer

Alyssa Paulozzo 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.

Health Home Serving Children Program

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Arjon Crawford

Administrative Clinical Director

Arjon Crawford joins CCF with an abundance of clinical experience. Arjon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has been practicing social work in child welfare in the nonprofit, health care and education sectors. Throughout her career in social work, she has supported families in Juvenile Justice, Preventive, Foster Care, Clinical and Care Coordination services, both as a direct service provider and in managerial roles including her experience as a Senior Family Therapist, Director of Evidence Based Practice and Training, Director of Care Coordination and Outreach, and Director of Model Implementation. Arjon has a strong belief in professional development, wellness and holistic care and has expanded that interest in becoming a certified yoga instructor, reiki practitioner, and professional development and wellness consultant.

Erik Nelson

Referral and Enrollment Specialist

Erik graduated with his Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Montclair State University, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Use Disorders from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He has an extensive background in conducting research, and has been involved in exploratory research to develop experimental designs which determine how children learn about leadership qualities and styles through their social environment. Erik also has several years of experience working in the policy department in the real estate title industry. While there, he developed new processes that streamlined production, and implemented improvements to the performance management system. He also took on a contract role to pilot test a new professional development coaching program design, which was heavily based on Goal-Setting Theory and Positive Psychology. He worked with his clients to develop individualized plans to reach their goals and curated a vast library of resources to ensure that his clients had all the information they needed to succeed.

Jakeina McDonald

Compliance and Billing Specialist

Jakeina McDonald, joins the CCF team with an extensive background in medical billing and Quality Assurance that she gained working as an Accounts Receivable/Billing Coordinator and a QA Billing Coordinator for Licensed Home Care Agencies (LHCSA) and Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHA) that provided skilled nursing to bed bound patients at home, and home health services in New York City.  Jakeina provided billing and accounts receivables for Managed Care, HMO’s and long-term care and Medicaid patients in both. Jakeina has also worked in Billing and QA in the hospital system including Metropolitan. Jakeina also has experience in the Early Intervention filed providing Case Management for Children and Families. Jakeina earned a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Media & Communications and American Studies from SUNY College at Old Westbury and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Public Administration program.

Melissa Bressler

Operations Coordinator

Melissa Bressler was born in South Africa and immigrated to Israel in 2011 where she served in the military for 2 years. Melissa’s international background offers a unique view of the communities we serve. She brings with her a positive attitude & organizational skills with attention to management, which aids to her ability to manage administrative projects. Melissa has a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Life Sciences.

Community Based Services Program

Melanie Neumann

Director of Community Based Services

Melanie joins CCF as the Director of Community Based Services.  Melanie began her professional career at one of CCFs owner agencies- SCO Family of Services and has more than 11 years of experience in both child welfare and behavioral health services.   Melanie has worked in multiple programs, including the former Bridges to Health (B2H) waiver program, Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and most recently, at their Community Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS).   Melanie was also a contributing member of the SCO Family of Services’ Medicaid Redesign team, assisting with the transition of over 500 children and youth in the 1915(c) Children’s Medicaid System.   Having worked both on the front lines as a provider and as a program leader, Melanie was instrumental in assisting with the development of policies, procedures and program improvement plans for the organization. With her proficiency in working with various automated technology platforms and electronic health records, Melanie has developed the skills necessary to analyze and collect data to track, monitor trends and patterns across programs. Melanie is compassionate and dedicated to providing therapeutic and local community resources to children and their families, she enjoys building programs from the ground up, while motivating and leading collaboratively with diverse teams of managers and specialized professionals to ensure that children and families have access to the full array of community-based services.

Briana Gilliland

Community Based Services Coordinator

Briana joins the team as the new Community Based Services Coordinator at CCF. Briana has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with concentration in childhood studies from Stockton University. Briana started her career as a childcare professional, working with underserved populations in an urban community and educational venue and expanded her vocational experience by becoming a Child Education Manager, overseeing Child Educators who provided instructive assistance to children by creating targeted developmental learning initiatives. Briana eventually found herself in corporate healthcare management, overseeing healthcare clients which include FQHCs and Managed Care Plans.  Her degree in Psychology and childhood studies, and background in childhood education, account facilitation and organizational management, have prepared her for the role of becoming the new coordinator for community-based services; a liaison between the vulnerable children and families we serve, and the Managed Care Organizations. Welcome Briana!