TOUCH Staff Members
Julian became TOUCH’s Executive Director in the fall of 2018 with over 25 years of experience in leadership positions in the non-profit community. He served as Executive Director of New York State Common Cause and Communications Director for the National Center for Children in Poverty, based at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In 2002 he launched a consulting business focused on helping organizations meet their key challenges in the areas of development, communications, advocacy and strategic planning. Julian moved to Rockland County in 1997 and has worked with several local organizations, including the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) and Keep Rockland Beautiful. He also managed the Rockland Community Capacity Building Initiative in 2010 and was a member of the Leadership Rockland class of 2016. Julian is also a certified parent group facilitator with EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) and was a CYO youth basketball coach for eight seasons. Julian was the lead author of “The Changing Face of Child Poverty in California” and co-author of “Living at The Edge: America’s Low-Income Children and Families.” He received his MPA from the Kennedy School of Government and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Julian can be reached at JPalmer@touch-ny.org
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 Klein loves to volunteer and has been involved with feeding programs in Rockland County since the early 90’s when she became a volunteer at a local food pantry as a Girl Scout leader. Paula still runs the North Rockland food pantry as a volunteer, which led her to become a founding member of Rockland Community Against Hunger along with other local agencies, including TOUCH. Paula was invited to join the TOUCH board of directors in 2014, but she quickly realized her passion was in feeding people, not meetings. In May of 2015, Paula joined the TOUCH staff as pantry manager and currently oversees the Nutrition program. Paula can be reached at 845-268-8023 x 20
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Kleinman, RDN, CDN, CLC is a public health nutritionist for the Rockland County Department of Health for the past 17 years. She is a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of New York, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Michelle has an associate degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University, in Providence, Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY. In October 2008, she was a recipient of Rockland County’s 40 Under 40 award. In June 2013, she received Certificate of Completion as a Lifestyle Coach for the NYS Diabetes Prevention Program. Michelle, as part of her position for the health department, is one of the members of the Rockland Community Against Hunger. Michelle has a passion for volunteering and helping other in Rockland. She is a representative for Felix Festa Middle School as part of the Clarkstown PTA Council. In addition, one Sunday a month you will find Michelle and her family at the Rhoda Bloom Kosher Food Pantry at Rockland Jewish Family Services in West Nyack.