George Nashak joined Care For the Homeless (CFH) as Executive Director on October 16, 2017. He came to CFH from HELP USA, where was Executive Vice President, overseeing the operations of the organization’s $100 million portfolio of housing and supportive services for homeless people. Before joining HELP in 2012, he spent eight years at DHS, first as Assistant Commissioner for Housing and Program Planning, working on the New York/New York III Agreement and other permanent housing initiatives for homeless clients. Then, as Deputy Commissioner for Adult Services, he was responsible for the single adult shelter system, street homelessness services, and the re-housing of homeless adults. Prior to his stint at DHS, Nashak served as Vice President of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and directed the Strategic Planning Bureau of the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services. Nashak holds a Bachelor’s from Columbia University, and pursued doctoral studies in political science and public policy at City University of New York Graduate Center. He is an active volunteer for homeless services organizations, currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of Homeless Services United, the trade organization of homeless service providers in NYC, and as a member of the Boards of St. Francis Friends of the Poor, and Gateway Housing. Read more about George, here.
William C. Herl is the Chief Financial Officer of Care For the Homeless having joined the organization in January 2014. Bill brings to CFH more than 20 years of management, healthcare finance and data analytics expertise. He brings an array of experience having held financial roles in hospital systems, manages care insurers and provider based organizations. Most recently he was Director of Finance at Public Health Solutions in New York City. Bill spent 17 years in the financial services industry with Continental Bank of Chicago where he was Vice President and Controller of Latin America. He attended Southern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago.
Ron Lawson has spent over 20 years of his professional career serving in a variety of senior management positions in the nonprofit arena, most recently the Director of Finance and Administration for the National Winter Activity Center. Previously, Ron was Managing Director of Lawson Consulting Associates (LCA), a provider of financial, strategic planning, board development, fundraising and operations consulting to nonprofit organizations; clients included Columbia University, the Archdiocese of New York, Newark Public Schools, One Hundred Black Men, Inc, Garth Fagan Dance, the American Indian Community House, and the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. Previous work experiences include serving as the Senior Director of Business Affairs for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Assistant National Executive Director of Operations of the YWCA National Office, as well as Director of Finance Administration of New York Mayor David Dinkins’ re-election campaign. In the corporate sector, Ron held management level positions with Chase Manhattan Bank, Solomon Brothers, Deloitte & Touch and Ernst & Young. Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross, a master’s of science in Public Policy and Management from Heinz College at Carnegie-Mellon University and a certificate in Professional Accounting from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Ron sits on the Board of the Holy Cross Alumni Association and is a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Council of St. Charles Borromeo Church, the largest Catholic Church in Harlem.
Regina Olasin is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is experienced in leading interdisciplinary clinic medical teams caring for underserved populations. For the past ten years, she has been the Medical Director of the Center for Discovery in Harris, New York, a residential facility for 315 developmentally disabled and medically fragile individuals from ages 5 to 73. At Discovery House, she led the introduction of an EMR (eCW) and subsequent upgrades. She also led the effort that resulted in the clinic receiving PCMH Level 3 designation, and a resulting 64% increase in Behavioral Health, Dental, and Primary Care visits over five years. Prior to her tenure at Discovery House, Dr. Olasin was the Senior Vice President/Director of Medical Affairs for the Catskill Regional Medical Center, where her duties included Medical Director of the affiliated Family Health Center and Skilled Nursing Unit. Dr. Olasin served for ten years as Medical Director in the Laurel Health System, which was a rural 330 FQHC in Pennsylvania, and which won national recognition for excellence in Diabetes Care under her leadership. Dr. Olasin graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx with a B.S. degree, from New York University with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was a National Health Service Corps Scholar.
Jeff Foreman comes to CFH with an extensive background in state and local government, business and law, as an organizer and advocate and in academia. He has graduate degrees from Penn State (MA, American Studies), Temple University (MS, Ed.), University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute (MGA) and Widener University School of Law (JD), where he was valedictorian. Jeff was a Toll Fellow at the Council of State Governments, an Education Fellow at the Educational Policy Leadership Center, and is a certified Mediator. He serves on the Policy Committees of Homeless Services United, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, New York Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, and the Coordinating Committee of United to End Homelessness. Jeff is active in his community, serves as Secretary of the Friends of Hunters Point Library and previously served on the Board of his neighbordhood organization in Queens.
Cathy J. Sharp, CFRE, has over twenty years administrative and fundraising experience ranging from a small, community performing arts company to the fund development department of a national office for the largest girl-serving organization in the country. As a generalist in the fund raising sector, her experience has encompassed the creation of annual funds, special events management, foundation, corporate and government grant writing, oversight of a multi-million dollar capital campaign, individual and major gift programs and board development. She is a member of Women in Development and has served various leadership roles on the board of the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for over ten years, including Vice President, Professional Advancement, co-chair, Membership Committee, nomination committee and Fundraising Day in New York, the largest one day professional education conference for fundraisers in the country. Cathy was recently appointed as an Adjunct Instructor at the NYU School of Professional Studies, teaching grant proposal writing.
SHELTER DIRECTOR OF SUSAN'S PLACE
Simone Thompson is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has 25 years of experience working with multidisciplinary teams for housing programs in New York, especially at Covenant House New York, a social and human service organization providing services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. She began as a Resident Advisor and moved up progressively to senior management level positions, including in overseeing Crisis Services, a Drop-in Center, a 24-Hour Crisis Shelter, and outreach services and interacted extensively with various state and city agencies. Simone holds a B.S. from the State University of New York, a Master in Public Affairs and Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York, and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College. She also completed a Certificate in Advanced Practice in Residential Services for Mentally Ill Persons from Fordham University and recently earned a Certificate from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Executive Level at Columbia Business School.