TOUCH Board Members

Miguel A. Ortíz-Crane

President

Miguel joined the Board of TOUCH in summer 2019. As a higher education administration professional at NYU School of Professional Studies, Miguel focuses on developing professionally-oriented non-credit education programs and public events in partnership with local industries.  He has extensive experience in project management; process and workflow improvement; and data management and analysis both in higher education and publishing. Miguel is also an advocate for creating inclusive climates grounded in community service. He has volunteered extensively in service to the homeless and underserved youth. He also serves on the diversity and inclusion committee of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and in UPCEA’s Community and Economic Engagement Network as a Vice Chair. Miguel lives in Nyack, NY with his husband, Benny, and their young daughter Candis Ariela.

Joe Falco, LMFT

Vice President

Joe Falco joined the board of TOUCH in the winter of 2020, but has a robust history of helping college students and their families with their health and human services challenges and food, housing, technology, and transportation insecurities.  As the Executive Director of Student Success at Rockland Community College (RCC), Joe oversees Academic, Career, and Transfer Advising, Job Placement, Personal Counseling, TRiO, and Accessibility Services.  Prior to becoming Executive Director, Joe was the Coordinator of the Connection Center, which serves as a resource brokerage hub that helps students and their families negotiate and access appropriate health and human services community resources, in order to keep them enrolled at the College and complete their desired credential(s). Joe has taught as an adjunct in the psychology and sociology departments at RCC since 2008, has been a professor of mental health counseling, school counseling, and marriage and family therapy graduate students at Long Island University, for almost a decade, and maintains a private psychotherapy practice, serving clients in Rockland and Orange Counties. Joe lives in Newburgh, NY, with his husband, David and their 3 dogs, Layla, Milo, and Molly Bea.

Karin Baere

Treasurer

Karin joined the Board of TOUCH in summer 2021.    She retired as CFO of Comunilife and also served as CFO of The Bridge;  both are NYC not-for-profit agencies which provide services and housing for the homeless and those living with mental illness and/or HIV/AIDS.   In Rockland County, she has also been employed by St. Dominic’s Home and Rockland ARC in the same capacity.   She volunteers in the county as Treasurer and Board member of the Nyack Center and Treasurer of Grace Church, Nyack.   Her passion is gardening, which she indulges in at her church, at her home in Upper Nyack, and at the Children’s Garden at Marydell Faith and Life Center.

Rachel A. Adler

An expert in all things digital, Rachel Adler brings more than ten years of experience to Arch Street Communications, a New York-certified Women’s Business Enterprise with a long history in planning, developing and executing practical and pragmatic marketing campaigns for energy and economic development programs across the country. She volunteers her time with various organizations that help economic development, housing, human rights, and animal rights. Rachel is a graduate of SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Direct and Interactive Marketing.    When not working or volunteering she enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking with her partner, Eric, and her little dog, Cabbage.

Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins, M.D., M.Sc.

Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins, M.D., M.Sc. was born and raised in New York City.  She has been a baker, a bike messenger, and an elementary school teacher, but her greatest love is practicing medicine. While practicing and teaching Adolescent Gynecology at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (2004-2012), Dr. Lorde-Rollins also conducted clinical research on projects studying the vaginal microbiome and human papillomavirus. Dr. Lorde-Rollins has taught Health and Human Rights at Mount Sinai Medical School and Creative Writing at Hunter College. Since completing her residency at Columbia-Presbyterian’s Sloane Hospital for Women in 1997, she has also seen patients in private practice, concentrating on Adolescence, Menopause, Sexual Health for Women, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  Currently, Dr. Lorde-Rollins is completing a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at New York’s Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and practices Obstetrics and Gynecology on a locum tenens basis in New York and New Jersey.  She lives in Staatsburg, NY with her partner Judy Boals and their son, Matthew Boals.

Scott Young                                                    

Scott joined the TOUCH Board in the summer of 2021.  As the VP of Development and Communications at Citizens Committee for New York City, he acts as a fundraiser and storyteller and amplifies the work of the organization’s grantee partners, and raises funds necessary to achieve the mission of CitizensNYC.  With 15 years of development experience at organizations including New York City’s LGBT Community Center, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and Walnut Street Theatre, he is dedicated to providing opportunities for donors who want to make an impact.  Intentional fundraising, strategic messaging, grassroots change, and the resilience of New Yorkers are just some of his passions. Scott holds a BA from Southern Utah University, and lives in Nyack, NY with his family.