Leadership Team

Jodi Saitowitz

Jodi Saitowitz

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Saitowitz brings more than twenty-five years of experience in clinical practice along with executive management focusing on services to children in the child welfare 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 designated system in the downstate New York region.  Ms. Saitowitz continues to play an active role advocating for services to children by serving on the board of the NYS Health Home Coalition representing her contracted provider agencies on statewide committees.  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.  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 services 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 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.

Cynthia Schelmety

Training Manager CANS-NY

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.

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

Administrative Assistant

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.