E218 Events Management, LLC – Founder and President
Community Board 4 Resident
Rhonda James, recently left her position as Director of Finance and Operations at Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) to establish an event planning company, E218 Events Management. A native of the Bronx, she learned about SSBx when she was looking to retrofit her two-family home to make it more energy efficient. She became a client of SSBx’s Bronx Energy Efficiency Program, and then an employee of SSBx. Working in environmental justice has made her more aware of the many needs and concerns, locally and globally. Rhonda has more than a decade of work as an independent business consultant for small and mid-sized businesses. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years providing administrative assistance to companies in various industries, including investment banking and legal services. Rhonda has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Touro College. She and her husband of 27 years have raised their three children in the Bronx community she grew up in.
Keith Cruise is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University. Dr. Cruise conducts research on the clinical-forensic assessment of youth within the juvenile justice system. Various research projects have focused on developing and validating specialized risk assessment protocols, investigating the utility of mental health screening instruments with justice-involved youth, and understanding the connection between trauma exposure, trauma reactions, and delinquent behavior. Dr. Cruise also conducts forensic evaluations of justice-involved youth including post-disposition assessments of risk and treatment amenability, providing expert testimony to juvenile courts, and providing technical assistance and consultation to local and state juvenile justice systems. Dr. Cruise is a Co-Principal Investigator on a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention investigating the impact of trauma screening on service delivery and legal outcomes for justice-involved youth and is a Co-Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice (CTRJJ), a technical assistance center that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
President, Bedford Mosholu Community Association
Parks Committee Chairperson, Community Board 7
Community Board 7 Resident
Barbara is a lifelong resident of the Bronx who has been active in community affairs for over 25 years. She is a long‐time member of Community Board #7 where she served as the Parks’ Chairperson for many years. Currently, she serves as the Treasurer of Community Board #7 and is still an active member of their Parks’ Committee. As the President of the Bedford Mosholu Community Association, a grassroots community organization in Bedford Park, she has organized many park clean‐ups and beautification projects to improve the appearance of the Bedford Park community. Barbara is also a Board member of both the Bedford Park Multi‐Service Center and the West Bronx Housing and Resource Center. She is also a member in the 52nd Precinct Community Council.
Sandra Lobo Jost
Executive Director – North West Bronx Community Clergy Coalition
Community Board 7 Resident
Before taking over as the Executive Director of the North West Bronx Community Clergy Coalition, Sandra had been the Director of the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice (formerly Community Service Program) since 1998 working to shift the focus of our programming and resources from charity to justice. During her tenure there, she oversaw the expansion of the CSJ from one to four full‐time staff members, the creation of the Service‐Learning Program, and the addition of the Lincoln Center office. Prior to holding this position she lived and worked in Newark, NJ running the after‐school program and senior center at the Ironbound Girls and Boys Club. She has volunteered with organizations in the Bronx and abroad in India, Jamaica and Ecuador, working with groups such as Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. She graduated from Fordham College with a degree in Urban Studies, and holds an MSW from Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service.
Sandra sits on the Board of Directors of Unitas Therapeutic Community and the Advisory Board of National Student Partnerships. A first generation immigrant from Portugal, Sandra is committed to working for peace and justice in our world and helping form change agents of our students.
Director , InterGroup/CAUSENY
Bob Kaplan is currently the founding Director of C.A.U.S.E. – NY, formerly known as the New York Center for Community and Coalition Building, a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC), the central coordinating and resource body for 62 major Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. As a liaison for more than 29 identified Jewish communities, Mr. Kaplan is involved in a variety of issues including coalition building, conflict resolution, ethnic media, interracial/inter‐religious relationships, combating hate crimes, and community building. Mr. Kaplan acts as a consultant to many community‐based organizations ‐‐ Jewish and non‐Jewish ‐‐ on the issue of intergroup relations and capacity building. Bob Kaplan is likewise the Executive Director of YouthBridge‐NY, a teen diversity leadership organization managed by the CAUSE‐NY/ JCRC. He also co‐directs the New York‐ Jerusalem Dialogue Project, a program of the UJA‐ Federation and the Jewish Agency.
Director of CSM Program – Montefiore Medical Center
Susan Lally is a highly respected clinician and administrator. She is currently the supervisor of the Vocational Services at University Behavioral Associates, a subsidiary of Montefiore Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. The program is a welfare‐to‐work initiative funded bythe NYC Human Resources Administration. More than 350 program participants document employment on an annual basis. She was formerly employed as Associate Executive Director of a multi‐million dollar nonprofit organization where she was responsible for development and overall management of the organization’s supported housing programs including those designed as an alternative to hospitalization and the organization’s rehabilitation program services including supported and transitional employment programs and VESID funded training licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS). These programs served the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, persons substance abusers, and formerly homeless adults.
Prior to her position as Associate Executive Director, the New York State Office of Mental Health employed Ms. Lally as Supervisor of Residential Services and Housing Development Program Specialist. During her tenure with the State, Ms. Lally coordinated development of all supported housing programs in New York City including those intended as an alternative to hospitalization and implemented the State’s new supported housing initiative by developing 650 units of permanent supported housing between 1990 and 1992. Ms. Lally also prepared the New York City portion of the State’s Shelter + Care application and established quality improvement and management protocols, developed monitoring tools, and developed measurable outcomes for use by voluntary nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Lally is experienced in working in behavioral healthcare services overseas. Her knowledge of psychiatric services for children, adolescents, single adults and families proved invaluable in working with new immigrants and their families, developing short‐ term treatment interventions and a family therapy module for victims of child and spousal abuse. While working overseas, Ms. Lally was also employed as a psychiatric consultant to hospitals, medical practitioners and school health programs, and to rural and urban mental health programs.