Liz Northcutt, LMSW/ Executive Director & Founder
Liz has worked in child welfare in different capacities for over a decade. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and her Masters in Social Work from New York University, working within the child welfare system while in school. Liz interned with New York Foundling, focusing on child welfare policy, and then became a caseworker for St. Vincent’s Services, where she worked with medically fragile children, trying to preserve families and prevent children from entering foster care. Liz joined Court Appointed Special Advocates as Brooklyn Advocate Supervisor and then Brooklyn Borough Coordinator until 2014. While raising her family, Liz worked part time at Comprehensive Family Services, advocating for young clients who are dealing with the Family Court System, many of whom are youth in Foster Care. She also served on the Board of igotITtoo, a nonprofit organization which works to bring technology to under-served populations. Liz has long worked to support youth aging out of Foster Care, coordinating friends and family to provide donations and assistance to former clients. In September 2015 Liz made her mission official, founding City Living NY as a not-for-profit organization with the vision of creating a stable home for young adults aging out of foster care.
Board of Directors
Dorina Link, LMSW/ President
Managing Director for DSL Associates in NYC, she performs independent consultant work for social work programs with an emphasis on children, homelessness, program development and business planning. She is an LMSW and MBA Professional with extensive public sector and nonprofit experience, having obtained her B.S. in Biology and Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University, her MBA from University of Pittsburgh, and her Master of Social Work from Columbia University. Following a career in the private and public sector, she turned her focus to child welfare through her work as Brooklyn Advocate Supervisor at Court Appointed Special Advocates and policy/advocacy work. Dorina is also a board member of New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), a nonprofit which works in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to improve the lives of youth in foster care. She has previously served as a board member for the Joyce Theater Foundation, the Legal Aid Society, and the United Way of Greenwich, and also as board President of Gateway School in Greenwich, CT.
Susan Bush/ Co-Treasurer
A procurement professional with more than 25 years experience in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. She holds masters degrees in sociology and religious studies from Florida International University and an MBA from Western Carolina University. As an adjunct professor, Susan has provided instruction in sociology and college skills courses at Florida International University, Miami-Dade Community College, Brevard Community College, and North Carolina University-Asheville While living in North Carolina, she was a member of the Rotary Club and served as board member for SAFE, a domestic abuse shelter. Susan is currently the Director of Contracting and Procurement at JASA, a large nonprofit organization providing a continuum of services for aging New Yorkers.
Matt Bursic, CPA/ Co-Treasurer
Mr. Bursic is the Accounting Manager at Flatiron Health in New York, where he has responsibility for ensuring proper accounting treatment and processing for a healthcare technology company that focuses on accelerating cancer research. Before joining Flatiron Health, Mr. Bursic had over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry as controller of corporate finance at Apollo Global Management and as audit Manager in the Hedge Fund Practice at Ernst & Young LLP. Matthew received his Bachelors in Accounting from Marist College.
Samantha A. Fried, LCSW/ Secretary
Samantha Fried, LCSW , began her career as a therapeutic case planner at New Alternatives For Children and then spent four years as a Forensic Social Worker at the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice. Samantha is currently with the Center for Court Innovation as a Project Coordinator overseeing a $2.5 million grant to create a package of interactive educational materials to facilitate the provision of effective, developmentally appropriate court support to empower children involved in criminal and civil/family court cases. Samantha is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law’s Family Advocacy Clinic and at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service and an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Samantha holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Science in Social Work with a Minor in Law from Columbia University.
Lizbeth Adams/ Board Member
Lizbeth Adams received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Boston College.She began her career as a psychologist but early on segued into the securities industry where she held positions in Human Resources and Sales.Lizbeth served as Board President of Our House Foundation which provides housing and employment placement of developmentally disabled adults. She additionally served on the Board of Youth Communication, an organization that provides powerful, teen-written stories and professional development to help educators and youth workers engage struggling youth. Lizbeth currently serves on the Board of the Foundation for Justice through Education, which has funded unique educational programs at universities in the United States and England.
Tamesh Bahadur/ Board Member
With a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Tamesh has spent the last 20 years in the Information Technology world working with both for and non-profit organizations. Tamesh's time at these organizations has been spread across various industries and has resulted in implementations ranging from interactive art displays to workflow optimization to enterprise level security upgrades. He currently serves as Director of IT at JASA in New York City, ensuring that the technologies used by staff to provide services to New York City's aging population are optimal and secure for their current and future needs.
Rinku Bhattacharya, CMA/ Board Member
Currently Interim CFO at WestCOP in Ossining NY, Rinku has served in a variety of financial leadership roles in the non-profit space throughout her career. She was formerly the Director of Finance at JASA, Vice President/CFO at Birch Family Services, Director of Finance at Andrus Children’s Center and CFO at Westhab, Inc. Rinku holds an MS in Public Administration from New School University and MBA in Finance from the University of Bridgeport and attended an Executive Level Program at Columbia University. Rinku is a Founding member of IMA Global Initiative where she still serves, current Board Member and Treasurer at CLUSTER, Inc. and former Board Chair of Literacy Volunteers of Westchester and Rockland.
Geraldine Hansell/ Board Member
Associate Director at Apollo Global Management, a leading global alternative asset manager, where she focuses on strategic initiatives and profitability assessment for Apollo's Credit, Private Equity and Real Estate businesses. Previously, Geraldine held an analyst position at the global macro hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation and also worked on the Institutional and Retail strategy teams at TD Ameritrade. Geraldine has extensive experience in financial analysis, investment management and strategic planning. Geraldine obtained her Bachelor's degree in Finance from Boston University's Questrom School of Business. She currently serves as a volunteer for the Robin Hood Foundation and is based in New York.
Christina Holdrege/ Board Member
Adjunct lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work and a nonprofit consultant. She is a longtime member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners, and also chairs the Incarcerated Mothers Committee. Christina previously served as the Brooklyn Borough Coordinator at Court Appointed Special Advocates, NYC (CASA), which provides advocacy for children and youth in foster care, and as Program Supervisor at the Incarcerated Mothers Program of Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, a preventive services program. She was also Program Director of COCOA House, which provides free after-school and enrichment programs for under served children in Schenectady, NY. Christina holds a Bachelors of Science in Social Welfare degree from the University at Albany and a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University.
Mari Kent/ Board Member
Senior Director of Academic Operations for Kaplan Test Prep. Mari obtained her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, and has work experience in management, human resources, and talent acquisition. She began teaching for Kaplan in 2008, and has taught test preparation courses for numerous standardized tests, including the MCAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, and ACT. Mari taught for the Health Care Opportunity Programs (HCOP) at the UConn School of Medicine and Dental Medicine from 2009-2011, instructing students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in American health care professions in intensive preparation for the medical and dental school entrance exams. Through HCOP she also taught a weekend science class for underrepresented Hartford Public School System sophomores interested in pursuing the sciences. Mari has a certification in Leading Operational Excellence from completing an Executive Education Program with MIT Sloan School of Management.
Kelsey Kovas/ Board Member
Kelsey Kovas is an Events Coordinator and Community Outreach specialist at First Republic Bank. She received her bachelors of arts in Business with a focus in media and arts management from Marymount Manhattan College. Having worked closely with public schools teaching financial literacy and in childcare for many years, Kelsey has had ample opportunities to work with the youth of New York.
Charell Star/Board Member
Charell Star is a journalist and online media personality, contributor and featured lifestyle expert for on-air, on-camera and online video shows and segments. She has contributed to broadcast and digital media outlets such as Marie Claire, Fox 5 - Good Day New York, NBC 4 New York Live and Second Look TV. She is also the founder, publisher, and writer of “Not Just a Girl in a Dress”, a highly popular lifestyle blog which shares inspiring stories and trending news that help women readers define their own versions of success. In 2015, she was awarded Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Follow-Worthy Blogger of the Year, named to Quirky Brown Love’s list of “Most Amazing Bloggers,” and featured as “Hot Topic Blogger Host of the Day” on the Wendy Williams Show. Charell is also a former foster care youth, and knows first hand the challenges facing the foster care population. She has been passionate about partnering with organizations, advocates, and brands that provide foster youth needed services, support and encouragement over the years.
Michael Stoller, Esq./Board Member
Michael brings with him extensive experience serving New York’s diverse and vulnerable communities through leadership roles in government and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Prior to that, he served as Chief, Government and External Relations at JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging), where he was instrumental in partnering with government to best serve the needs of older adults. Earlier in his career, Michael served as Executive Director of the Human Services Council of New York for over a decade where he grew the community agency to a robust 160+ partner organization. In addition, Michael spent sixteen years working for the City of New York, and was a member of the boards of United Way of New York State and of charitySTRONG. Michael earned a BS from SUNY College at New Paltz, a JD at SUNY Buffalo School of Law, and a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University Business School.