TOUCH Staff Members
During the 1980’s while pursuing his degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY, Mr. Maher first became aware of the HIV epidemic that was occurring in NYC. Mr. Maher as a student and volunteer started the first HIV awareness project at Pratt Institute during this time. In 1991 Mr. Maher contacted TOUCH to volunteer his time and soon was elected to the Board of Directors of TOUCH. In 1993 he was then elected TOUCH’s Board President. In 2000 The Board of Directors of TOUCH hired Mr. Maher as the Executive Director. Over the years Mr. Maher was appointed by Mayor Rudolph Gullini to the NYC HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council. In 2003 Mr. Maher was awarded by the Rockland County Legislature the Pride of Rockland Award for Civic Leadership in Human Services. Mr. Maher is and continues to be involved in a number of community organizations, He founded and is President of The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain. Founded the Hudson Valley HIV Community Network, was Chairman of the Rockland Lake Fire District is a Commissioner on the Rockland County Human Rights Commission and serves on the Steering Committee of the Rockland County food recovery project. Mr. Maher is also an author of the history of Rockland Lake.
During the early 1980’s Dio pursed an education in Psychology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. In 1984 he was elected for one year as Vice-President of the Quisqueya Sports Club in Haverstraw, New York – the largest Dominican club outside of the Dominican Republic. In the early 1990’s Dio worked for Rockland County’s Department of Health and Rockland County’s Correctional Facility. Dio started out as a volunteer in Nyack for TOUCH. In April of 1994, he accepted a part-time position as a Clinical Coordinator and also served ON TOUCH’s Board. Dio began working full-time at TOUCH in 1998 as a Case Manager and accepted the position of Program Director in March 2015. Since February 2010, Dio has also been part of the Haverstraw Village Planning Board. Dio can be reached at (845) 268-8023 ext. 12.
Nutrition Program Director
Paula can be reached at (845) 268-8023 ext. 14.
Inin, a native of Haiti, started the first HIV support program for Haitians in Rockland County in 1996 while working with the Haitian Centers Council of Brooklyn in collaboration with the Haitian American Cultural and Social Organization. In 1998, Inin accepted a position as Case Manager with TOUCH. In this new role, she was able to help residents pass over the stigma surrounding HIV while also helping others to better understand Haitian culture. This passion for the Haitian community lead Inin to form the Haitian Conference Committee in 2000 that held conferences for three consecutive years working on ways to work within the Haitian community. Inin can be reached at (845) 268-8023 ext. 13.
Riana joined TOUCH in January 2016 as the Program Assistant and Media Director. Since 2006, Riana has worked as a freelance Web and Graphic Designer, working with small businesses and clients on an individual basis. She has also worked in the Non-Profit field as a Case Manager and Assistant Director for people with mental and developmental disabilities from 2011-2016. Riana maintains the TOUCH website and social media accounts. She can be reached at (845) 268-8023 ext. 15.
Alan Lee, RD, CDE, CDN, CFT is available for nutrition counseling and education to members of The Eating Well Nutrition Program at TOUCH for people living with chronic illness. He has been the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at TOUCH since 2001. He is a well-respected nutrition expert and has given presentations around the globe from London to Vancouver and the Caribbean. He did his dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital and graduated from New York University. You can also stay in touch with Alan via email anytime at AlanLeeRD@yahoo.com or by leaving at voicemail at (212) 229-2298.
TOUCH – Board Members
Ms. Dreichler has been on the Board of Directors of TOUCH for 5 years. She has been Treasurer for the last 3 years, and has recently been elected as President of the Board. Ms. Dreichler has over 30 years of experience managing large technology programs in the financial services industry, specializing in the analysis and implementation of complex business applications. With a degree in Computer Science, Ms. Dreichler’s career advanced quickly, becoming a Managing Director and President of a wholly owned subsidiary of a global financial institution. She then started her own consulting firm in 2001, Software Systems Strategies, Inc. Ms. Dreichler now dedicates much of her time and experience in management and finance to the non-profit arena. In addition to her dedication to TOUCH, she is the Coordinator of the Rockland Community Against Hunger, a non-profit coalition of pantries and feeding programs dedicated to helping those in need in Rockland County.
Joanne Goodman has been an activist in the helping professions since college. Her commitment to advocating for those marginalized by society has taken her from a career as a clinician to one as executive director of several non-profit agencies. Among these are organizations serving developmentally disabled children, formerly incarcerated women, and families in need of decent, affordable housing. Currently, Joanne serves as director of CANDLE, a Rockland-based non-profit committed to preventing substance abuse and violence among our youth and providing LGBTQ youth with a wide range of support services. Joanne has been a member of the TOUCH Board of Directors since 2013.
Mr. Singh is finishing his first year on the Board of Directors of TOUCH. He was recently elected as Treasurer of the Board. Mr. Singh has over 25 years of finance experience, most of which has been in the nonprofit sector. Mr. Singh currently serves as the Controller for the Food Bank for New York City, where he manages an operating budget of $80 million. Prior to that, he was the Controller for the Arcus Foundation and the Director of Finance for Amnesty International USA. Mr. Singh holds a Master of Business Administration and Taxation degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting degree, both from Baruch College.
Jessica DeStefano, Esq.
Jessica first fell in love with TOUCH in 1996 as a volunteer, and recently joined the Board of Directors. She is a Staff Attorney in the Housing Division at Legal Services NYC, where she advocates for low-income residents who are being wrongfully evicted from their homes. Jessica is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she focused on public interest law. During law school, Jessica clerked for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, The Trevor Project, and Whitman-Walker Health. Jessica is actively engaged in LGBTQ work as she manages social media and sits on several committees for Boston Pride in Massachusetts and InterPride, an international LGBTQ Pride association.
Dana Marlowe, LMSW, PhD
Dana Marlowe recently joined the board of TOUCH, but has a long history with the organization, dating back to 1998 when she was the Clinical Coordinator. Dana has been an Assistant Clinical Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service since 2005. Her professional practice has been in the field of mental health and health, specifically in the field HIV/AIDS. She began her clinical practice working in the field of substance abuse, primarily with children whose parents were substance abusers. Dana is an active member of the Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium, presenting at the national child, adolescent, and young adult behavioral health conference and speaking in two national webinars on evidence based practice implementation in 2015.
Donna Colon first became involved with TOUCH in 1992 when she established an Eating Well Nutrition Program providing daily hot meals, delivered weekly, to homebound individuals with HIV and AIDS. Donna is currently a Partner with Edgewood Management LLC, a large cap investment strategy advisory firm. She has been with the firm for 40 years. Donna serves as Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary and a member of the Risk Management, DR and IT Steering Committees. Donna also serves as Treasurer of the Tortuga Foundation which supports environmental, animal welfare and family planning interests. She specializes in organizing fundraising events.