Ms. Saitowitz brings over thirty years of experience in clinical social work practice along with her executive management focusing on services to Children & families withing the child Welfare as well as children and families connected to the NYS Medicaid Healthcare systems. In her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Collaborative for Children and Families (CCF), Ms. Saitowitz oversees the largest designated Health Home Serving Children in the downstate region whose provider network includes more than 40 community-based agencies, over 2,000 care managers serving over 15,000 children monthly in the downstate New York region. CCF is also a designated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) provider agency and more recently has acquired the AsOne Healthcare, IPA where she serves as Interim Acting Executive Director and Board Vice Chair. Ms. Saitowitz continues to play an active role advocating for services to children & families throughout New York state. She has served on the board of the NYS Health Home Coalition representing sub-contracted provider agencies on statewide committees and is also the co-chair of the Federal CMS Integrated Care for Kids (IncK) pilot program in the Bronx with Montefiore Hospital System. Ms. Saitowitz has a long track record of leading organizations focused on service delivery in the behavioral healthcare arena, primarily operating in urban environments. Ms. Saitowitz started her career as a frontline case worker serving inner city youth towards the end of the crack epidemic in Ft. Collins, Colorado and later in Baltimore, Maryland as an individual and family therapist. Ms. Saitowitz has served as the Associate Executive Director for New Alternatives for Children (NAC), one of the city’s most specialized, non-profit child welfare agencies as well as the Director of the Bridges to Health (B2H) Medicaid Waiver Program for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services(ACS). Throughout her career as a licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Saitowitz has focused on special needs children & Families facing trauma and crisis. Ms. Saitowitz has worked as a psychotherapist in one of the largest residential treatment facilities in the state of Maryland. After moving to New York, Ms. Saitowitz was a member of the NY State Medicaid Redesign Children’s subcommittee and worked closely with state partners, advocates and providers to improve service delivery and supports for children and families with special needs. Ms. Saitowitz holds an undergraduate degree in social work from Colorado State University and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland.
McKenzie joined the AsOne team in February of 2019 after graduating with a Master’s in Public Health from New York University. She moved to New York City in 2016 and has had the fortune of working with FEMA, National Parks Conservation Association, and The Opportunity Agenda. Before moving to NYC, McKenzie lived in her home state of Wisconsin where she received a BS in biology from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and worked with the veteran community advocating for better services for the veterans and their families through a peer support model. McKenzie joined the AsOne team to help integrate the behavioral and mental health realm with that of primary care. In doing this, McKenzie hopes to create a positive impact in population health.
Melanie Hartzog was most recently New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, overseeing the city’s social service agencies. She previously served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw the largest municipal budget in the United States, responsible for funding all city programs and services for New Yorkers. Before joining the Office of Management and Budget, Hartzog served as Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund. Previously, she served as Family Services Coordinator for the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and Deputy Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services. She also led a social services unit in the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and was Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Human Services Council of New York City, Inc.
Hartzog holds a Master of Science degree from the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and Bachelor of Arts from Eckerd College.
Vicky Gatell has been a leader in the behavioral health industry for over 38 years in New York State. Vicky is currently the Vice President of Finance for Acacia Network, Inc. As Vice President of Finance, Vicky oversees and manages the financial activities of multiple behavioral health and substance use disorder clinics and residential programs including a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC), primary care clinics including FQHCs, daycare programs, as well as various affiliates operating program services for the senior and youth communities with a financial portfolio of over $200MM. Vicky is leading Acacia Network Value Based Payment initiatives. Vicky negotiated the first ever nonprofit capital loan project with Chemical /JM Morgan Chase in 1986. At her previous assignment, as the COO/CFO, she initiated the implementation of an evidence-based treatment modality “COPE” for the children population achieving the 2008 APA Bronze Award sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association. During her professional career, Vicky has made several conference panel presentations on strategic business planning and funding mechanisms impacting NYS behavioral health industry sponsored by NYS Rehabilitation Research and Training Institute, Cornell University and U.S. Department of Labor and Somos Uno Conference. Vicky has served in various behavioral health associations. She was the President of Bronx Behavioral Network Inc., 2011-2013, and she is the current Treasurer of AsOne, Inc. Vicky was the recipient of the Behavioral Health Industry Service Award in New York sponsored by Entre Nosotras Inc. at the 2019 Somos Conference of the NYS Assembly- Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force held March 2019 in Albany, NY. Vicky is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico. She has lived in New York since 1979. She is married and she is the proud mother of two daughters.
Robert M. Hayes has served as President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network (CHN) since 2015. CHN operates 14 federally qualified health centers in New City providing integrated care to 85,000 patients annually.
Mr. Hayes has deep experience in leading mission-driven organizations that advocate for and deliver, both locally and nationally, direct services to people in need. Mr. Hayes founded and led the National and New York Coalitions for the Homeless, winning the nation’s first Right to Shelter court ruling and battling to remedy many of the upstream causes of homelessness. This included leading litigation and other advocacy campaigns to address the shortage of supportive housing for people with mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Hayes’s advocacy also forced increases in protective and preventive services for families in need.
More recently, Mr. Hayes served as President of the Medicare Rights Center, a non-profit organization supporting consumer interests in national and state debates over issues of healthcare and aging. He also oversaw consumer protection for more than two million Americans with Medicare as the Senior Vice President for Health Quality at Universal American Corp. Mr. Hayes has also practiced law with firms in New York and Maine, including Sullivan & Cromwell and O’Melveny & Myers.
Mr. Hayes has an unwavering commitment to social justice and issues of equity. He is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and has been awarded honorary degrees by 11 colleges and universities. Mr. Hayes is a graduate of Georgetown University and the New York University School of Law.
Kelsey Louie is the new Chief Executive Officer of The Door. Before coming to The Door, Kelsey was the CEO of GMHC, the world’s first HIV and AIDS Service organization. In this role, Kelsey oversaw the agency’s $28 million budget and its strategy, operations, fundraising, policy, and programmatic initiatives. His approach combined a rigorous data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes, and commitment to staff development.
Kelsey was appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State, and he was a contributor to the last two updates to the White House National Strategy to End AIDS as well as serving on the steering committee of Act Now: End AIDS, a national coalition to end AIDS. He is an Advisory Board Member for the NYU College of Global Public Health and strategic advisor for the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.
Kelsey holds a master of social work from New York University and master of business administration from Columbia University. He presently is an adjunct professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, where he has taught for almost 20 years. Recently, he was one of 53 faculty members to successfully complete the Inaugural Antiracism Pedagogy Seminar and helped update the school-wide curriculum to reflect and promote racial equity, social justice, critical race theory, and anti-oppressive practice.
Jody Rudin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ICL. Ms. Rudin has over two decades of experience in the social services sector, working with nonprofits and in government. Before joining ICL, Rudin was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Project Renewal, where she led over 1,000 employees, administered a $120 million budget and oversaw a 15 percent increase in revenue. Prior to her work at Project Renewal, Rudin was Executive Vice President and COO at Damian Family Health Centers, where she led day-to-day operations for a multi-site health center network with 15 locations across the five boroughs. Rudin also had a distinguished 12-year career at the New York City Department of Homeless Services, culminating in serving as Deputy Commissioner, during which time she directed 500 employees and 150 contracted programs. Through her inclusive approach, the agency was able to help place more than 4,000 chronically homeless people into permanent housing, among other accomplishments.
Rudin began her career in public service as a legislative aide to Council Member Christine Quinn, then worked for Housing Works, an HIV and housing services organization. She is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta and has a Master’s in Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Since joining Rising Ground as CEO in 2009, Alan Mucatel has led the 188-year-old organization through a remarkable period of renewal and expansion. When he arrived at Rising Ground, Mr. Mucatel inherited a shrinking organization that was facing significant financial and programmatic challenges. Today, he is credited with transforming the organization into an innovative and effective provider of human services for children, families, and adults in the New York metropolitan area.
Since 2009, Rising Ground has undergone a tremendous transformation. It has launched more than $45 million in new programs and services; merged with Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families; renamed and rebranded itself to be more reflective of its work; and grown its budget from $56 million to approximately $130 million. In reshaping the organization, Mr. Mucatel brought in new senior managers, created a bold strategic plan, developed and applied new performance metrics, and led his team to identify new opportunities for services and design pioneering programs to support individuals with complex needs. The New York Community Trust awarded Rising Ground the coveted Gold Nonprofit Excellence Award in Overall Management in recognition of many of these accomplishments, and regulators frequently use Rising Ground as a model for other nonprofit agencies to follow.
In 2018, Mr. Mucatel was named to City & State’s 2018 Nonprofit Power 50. He is the Vice Chair and Founder of the Collaborative for Children and Families, a children’s Health Home providing services to 25+ human services nonprofit organizations and services and Treasurer of the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies. Prior to joining Rising Ground, Mr. Mucatel was the executive director of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ). He previously worked at the Coalition for the Homeless, first as its development director and then as deputy director.
Mr. Mucatel earned an MBA in Economics and an MA in Politics from New York University, and received a BA in Government from Wesleyan University.
David Woodlock’s career as a healthcare innovator and leader spans the private, non-profit and government sectors. He retired as President and CEO of ICL, and organization serving people with serious mental illness, substance abuse and development disabilities, in fall 2021. As Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Mental Health for children and families, David secured the largest annual appropriation for children’s mental health services in New York State history.
David is the author of the book, “Emotional Dimensions of Healthcare” that demonstrates the correlation between our emotions, behaviors and poor health outcomes and the services needed to best address this intersection.
He has received numerous awards including the National Council for Behavioral Health’s 2018 Visionary Leadership Award. Thanks to his leadership reimagining services through an outcomes-focused lens, ICL was one of three recipients from around the entire country of SAMHSA’s 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness awards for ICL’s commitment to whole person care.