Steering Committee

Dart Westphal

Organizational Development Consultant

The Support Center for Non­Profit Management
Community Board 8 Resident

Dart Westphal is an organizational development consultant with 30 years of experience in helping community organizations achieve their goals. He has been instrumental in developing the Bronx River Alliance, developed new funding methods for supportive housing, created a Business Improvement District and started a nonprofit newspaper. In addition, Dart provides consulting and coaching services to numerous collaborations and organizations including environmental organizations, social services organizations and faith‐based and cultural institutions.

As part of the Support Center’s team, Dart is collaborating on the development of the Trajectory Leadership Project and is part of a multi‐disciplinary team developing a new corporate structure for the Helen Keller National Center. Dart is actively engaged in developing the Harlem River Working Group, a new environmental collaboration, and a strategic plan for the Bronx Jewish Community Council.

Dart has an MA from Catholic University has been an adjunct faculty member for the Columbia School of Social Work, Lehman College and Manhattan College.

Barbara Stronczer


Bedford Mosholu Community Association
Community Board 7 Resident

Barbara is a life‐long 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 grass‐roots 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

The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice – Rose Hill and Lincoln Center
, Fordham University
Community Board 7 Resident

Sandra Lobo Jost has 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 here, she has overseen 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.

Robert G. Kaplan


Bob Kaplan is currently the founding Director of C.A.U.S.E. – NY, formally know 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.

Brandy Cochrane
Brandy Cochrane

Founder, Program Director
Friends of the Woods
, Community Board 7 Resident

Brandy Cochrane has a wealth of experience in coordinating marketing‐related activities both in the nonprofit and private sector. She most recently started Sustainable Initiatives, a business development consulting focused on growing and developing small and new businesses. Prior to starting Sustainable Initiative, Brandy worked at GPN where she assisted them in building a growth capital marketplace for the nonprofit sector and assisted in planning the first Social Impact Conference on Scaling held in 2010. She also worked in the marketing department at Massey Knakal, a New York‐based commercial real estate firm. There she oversaw meeting and event planning, materials presentation, website content and a database of more than 900 properties. She also developed a program that increased web traffic and monitored its effectiveness. Prior to Massey Knakal, Ms. Cochrane worked in various capacities at other organizations, including the Jeanie Bird Foundation, where she was responsible for customer relationship management, report and presentation development, systems improvement and inventory control.

Ms. Cochrane is also very involved in community‐based activities. She founder and is currently the acting program manager at Friends of the Woods, a nonprofit organization for which she recently helped secure a $500,000 allocation in the New York City Parks and Recreation budget. Ms. Cochrane is also the recipient of the 2011 New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Award. In addition, she serves as a mentor with the Jeanie Bird Foundation and on the boards of The Bronx News Network, The West Bronx Community Coalition, The Bronx Community Coalition and Girls Empowerment Movement.

Susan Lally

Supervisor of Vocational Services 
University Behavioral Associates 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 oversees, 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.

Shara Perlman

Non- Profit Consultant 

Shara Perlman is a senior level manager and change leader with 12 years of experience and expertise in youth development, camping, sustainability, and yoga. Shara has mentored and groomed over 200 young professionals providing guidance in both career development and professional growth through nurturing individuals’ strengths and exploring each individuals’ vision. Shara fosters internal and external relationships, which yielded increased enrollment and revenue up to 20% year after year at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood. Shara designs creative and innovative programs and events including urban rooftop gardens, Earth Week Events and recreational youth programs for long standing organizations as well as start up companies from the ground up. With a Masters of Social Work degree, she brings her interpersonal skills, training and respect for people together in all of her work. Her entire career has focused on empowering youth and families in disadvantaged neighborhoods beginning her work in Brownsville, Brooklyn in 2000.