Board of Directors list and leadership staff biographies.
Board of Directors
Chair: Delise DuPont Blenman
Vice Chair: Surjit Chana
Secretary: Daniel Baldwin*
Treasurer: Timothy Q. Karcher
Counsel to the Board
Alfred B. Arterburn, PhD, JD
Lloyd E. Bailey, MD
Amanda Fialk, PhD, LCSW
Robert L. Heckart
Mariya Kamenetskaya, LMSW
Athea Long, LCSW
Frances Melendez, PhD
Jane C. Parker
Pamela T. Riley, MD, MPH
Edward Summers, PhD, M.Phil, MPA
Harry K. Thomas Jr.
George Nashak joined Care For the Homeless (CFH) as President & CEO, on October 16, 2017. He came to CFH from HELP USA, where he served as Executive Vice President and supervised operations of the organization’s $100 million portfolio of housing and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. Before joining HELP in 2012, George spent 8 years at DHS. He began as the Assistant Commissioner for Housing and Program Planning and worked on the New York/New York III Agreement. Later, as Deputy Commissioner for Adult Services, he oversaw the single adult shelter system, the street homelessness, and the re-housing of homeless adults’ services. In conjunction with his duties at CFH, George serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Homeless Services United as well as being a member of the Boards of St. Francis’ Friends of the Poor and Gateway Housing. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.
William C. Herl joined Care For the Homeless (CFH) in January of 2014. Bill brings over 20 years of experience in management, health care finance, and data analytics to CFH. Prior to CFH, he served as the Director of Finance at Public Health Solutions in New York City. Before that, Bill spent 17-years with the Continental Bank of Chicago, where he was Vice President and Controller of Latin America. He holds degrees from Southern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago.
Ronald R. Lawson joined Care For the Homeless (CFH) in October of 2016. He has 20+ years of experience in the non-profit landscape, serving several senior management positions. Prior to his time at CFH, he worked as the Director of Finance and Administration for the National Winter Activity Center. Previously, he served as the Managing Director of Lawson Consulting Associates (LCA), a provider of financial and strategic planning as well as board development and fundraising. Key clients included Columbia University, the Archdiocese of New York, and One Hundred Black Men Inc. Other past credentials include serving as the Assistant National Executive Director of Operations at the YWCA National Office, and as the Director of Finance Administration for former NYC Mayor David Dinkins’ re-election campaign. Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Heinz College at Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Certificate in Professional Accounting from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. A passionate alumnus, Ron sits on the Board of the Holy Cross Alumni Association.
Regina Olasin joined Care For the Homeless (CFH) in March of 2016. Prior, she worked for ten years as the Medical Director of The Center for Discovery, a residential facility for developmentally disabled and medically frail individuals. Dr. Olasin’s other credentials include serving as the Senior Vice President/Director of Medical Affairs for the Catskill Regional Medical Center from 2002-2005, and as the Medical Director for the Laurel Health System from 1996-2002. Regina holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fordham University, a Master of Public Administration from New York University, and a Doctor of Osteopathy from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was a National Health Service Corps Scholar.
Cathy J. Sharp achieved the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential and joined Care For the Homeless (CFH) in January of 2015. She has extensive experience serving in management and senior administrative roles as well as overseeing fundraising and communications efforts. She brings broad experience in multiple areas of fundraising, ranging form government and foundation to corporate and individual donors; including major gifts and planned giving. Additionally, Cathy has raised over $25 million for annual, capital, and project-focused campaigns. She has also taught classes in Grant Proposal Writing as an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. Cathy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Speech from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Simone Thompson joined Care For the Homeless (CFH) in March of 2015. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker with over 25 years of experience, the bulk of which was spent at Covenant House New York – a human services organization that specializes in bringing amenities to homeless and vulnerable youth. Beginning as a Resident Advisor, Simone gradually worked her way up, eventually becoming Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York, a Master of Public Affairs and Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York, and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College. Simone has also completed a Certificate in Advanced Practice in Residential Services for Mentally Ill Persons from Fordham University as well as a Certificate from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Executive Level from Columbia Business School.