Mimi Clarke Corcoran
President and Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining ANDRUS, Ms. Corcoran spent four years as the Director of the Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation at the George Sorosâ€™ Open Society Foundation. Ms. Corcoranâ€™s extensive leadership experience in the public and private sectors also includes seven years as Executive Director of the Beginning with Children Foundation, as well as Director of Special Projects at the Open Society Institute with the Soros Foundation. Her career has included consulting services for nonprofit and philanthropic institutions, including strategy, program design, finance and fundraising. Ms. Corcoran holds a B.A. from Yale University and a M.P.A. from New York Universityâ€™s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She currently sits on the board of the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, The After School Corporation and CIVIC Builders.
Mr. Murphy oversees the day to day operations of the Campus Division, Orchard School, Residential, Clinical and Health Center Services, MIS, Facilities and Operations, and Compliance. Before his current role, he served as Vice President for Campus Programs and Operations at ANDRUS. Prior to joining ANDRUS, Mr. Murphy was associated with the Baran Education Group as the Senior Vice President.Â Â Mr. Murphy has nearly 20 years experience in similar capacities in the higher education and non-profit arenas.Â He has worked at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, ASPCA Headquarters, St. Francis College and Mt. Alvernia.Â Additionally he was a substitute teacher at St. Francis Prep and St. Anthonyâ€™s High Schools where he also directed many student activities.Â In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Murphy spent 20 years in the fire service, serving a number of fire departments as a Chief and Chaplain. He is also an Honorary Chief in the FDNY.Â Mr. Murphy attended Immaculate Conception Seminary, were he studied Theology and then entered St. Francis Novitiate.Â He took his religious vows as a Franciscan Friar in 1990. In late 2001, after requesting release from the Franciscan Order he was granted release by the Holy See, in Rome.
Ms. Vargas most recently served as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at ANDRUS. During her tenure with ANDRUS Ms. Vargas has led the Yonkers Early Childhood Initiative, managed ANDRUSâ€™ early childhood program and mental health division, led the development of the Andrus Center for Learning and Innovation and the Sanctuary Institute. Â Â In 2009 Ms. Vargas co-edited a book with Dr. Sandra Bloom, entitled Loss, Hurt and Hope (Cambridge Scholars Press, UK) focusing on trauma and bereavement in children.Â Prior to coming to ANDRUS, Ms. Vargas served as the Associate Education Analyst for the Chancellor of New York City Public Schools. She has also conducted research for the New York State Governorâ€™s Office and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.Â Early in her career, Ms. Vargas managed and evaluated programs for the Childrenâ€™s Aid Society in New York City as well as other nonprofits in Detroit, Michigan.Â Â Ms. Vargas earned her BA in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Education Administration and Policy, both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ms. Vargas also completed a certificate program on nonprofit management at Columbia University.Â Named a â€śRising Starâ€ť by the Business Council of Westchester, Ms. Vargas serves as a member of the Westchester Fair Campaign Committee and as a regional representative of her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College.
Prior to joining ANDRUS, Mr. Kolleeny was Vice President of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the worldâ€™s leading cause of preventable blindness.Â Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer for the Greyston Foundation, a network of community development agencies and social venture enterprises, consisting of a $5 million gourmet bakery, a Medicaid reimbursement-based Adult Day Health Care Center, supportive housing projects financed by low income tax credits, a childcare center and various real estate development projects. Mr. Kolleeny holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, where he majored in Comparative Study of World Religions.
Ms. Norman leads the Mental Health Division and Community Services Division.Â Since joining ANDRUS, she has played an instrumental role in developing our work to provide trauma informed professional development to organizations; expanding our school based mental health program throughout Westchester County, enhancing child and family programs and promoting community services using the Sanctuary Model.Â Ms. Norman has extensive experience in child welfare in Westchester County and New York City.Â Prior to coming to ANDRUS in 2012, she was the Director of Child Welfare for the Westchester County Department of Social Services overseeing child protection, prevention and foster care for the City of Yonkers and formerly was a Deputy Director of Child Protection for the NYC Administration for Childrenâ€™s Services.Â Ms. Norman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a recipient of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities Diversity Award and the Unsung Hero Award from the Westchester Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Mr. Del Pilar joined ANDRUS in 2005 as a consultant for the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute, where he assisted in the design and creation of the training course that is now offered as the centerpiece of the Sanctuary Institute. He became Andrusâ€™ Director of Training in 2006 and then Director of Workforce Development, overseeing both the Human Resources and Training departments. Following college, Mr. Del Pilar spent four years in the Peace Corps/VISTA programs working with impoverished youth. He spent the next twenty years working at a residential treatment center for troubled youth where he rose to become an executive administrator and campus director.Â Â In 2000, he became the Associate Director and Director of Training and Recruitment for Family Focus Adoption Services in New York City. In that position he was director of the â€śStrong Caseworkers for Strong Familiesâ€ť initiative for New York Stateâ€™s Office of Children and Family Services.Â Mr. Del Pilar designed the curriculum and conducted sessions across New York State on foster care and adoption dynamics, educating hundreds of caseworkers, social workers, and therapists over a three-year period.Â He has successfully keynoted and presented at many child welfare and adoption conferences.Â In 2006, the North American Council on Adoptable Children presented Mr. Del Pilar with their Adoption Activist Award at their annual conference in California.
Ms. Bautista, LCSW, has 25 years of experience working with families and children in multiple settings, primarily working in community based organizations and hospitals, and specializing in mental health and counseling services.Â Ms. Bautista holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York and an MSW from New York University. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in Clinical Work with Adolescents. She has also completed extensive training in management including â€śEmerging Leaders for Middle Managementâ€ť.
Director, Community Services Division
Prior to coming to ANDRUS, Ms. Lurry worked as a teacher in the early childhood field and utilized these skills to help develop the foundation for her career. Throughout her tenure at ANDRUS, Ms. Lurry has contributed to the growth of Community Services, working initially as a home visitor followed by several promotions, first as the Program Supervisor, then as the Clinical Coordinator for the division, serving thereafter as the Program Manager of Healthy Families, our largest Community grant funded program.Â Ms. Lurry is motivated by her passion and care for supporting families in order to ensure that children are given the opportunity to develop through nurture and positive parental interaction. Ms. Lurry holds a Bachelors of Science from Marist College and a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from Iona College.
Ms. Cordero has extensive experience in early childhood education and child development. Prior to joining ANDRUS in 2008, Ms. Cordero had worked at other child care centers, teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten and overseeing program operations. Ms. Cordero has taught Child Development courses at Westchester Community College.Â She was the recipient of the Child Care Councilâ€™s prestigious Joey Award in 2009. Ms. Cordero earned her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and School Building Leadership at Mercy College. She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Education from Mercy College as well.
Sarah M. Yanosy, LCSW, has been a clinical social worker for over fifteen years and has used the Sanctuary Model with her treatment team in that capacity.Â She has collaborated with Dr. Sandra Bloom and colleagues to establish the Sanctuary Institute and develop the curriculum, training materials and manuals for the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute training, and has overseen the implementation of the Sanctuary Model for over 200 organizations across the United States and in five other countries.Â She has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally as an expert in trauma-informed care.Â Her most recent publication is an article co-authored with Landa Harrison entitled â€śTraumatic Reenactment: How This Triangle Can Sabotage Intervention and Treatmentâ€ť The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) (2011).
Frances Clayton, LMSW
Director of Residential Services
Ms. Clayton has been with ANDRUS since 2010. Before becoming Director of Residential Services she was a residential social worker, providing individual and group therapy and assistance in program development. Prior to joining ANDRUS, Ms. Clayton served as the Assistant Director of Camp Green Cove, a girls’ residential summer program in North Carolina.Â During her time at Green Cove she developed an interest in working with children who struggled to fit into the mainstream programming.Â Previous experience also includes internships at an elementary school focusing on children with language-based learning needs and at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.Â Ms. Clayton earned her Master’s in Social Work at NYU and completed coursework for a Master’s in Child Development at Sarah Lawrence College.Â She received her Bachelorâ€™s Degree from the University of Virginia.
Ms. Masterson, LCSWR, has more than 20 years of experience serving children and families in a range of settings, including with Dr. Sandra Bloom and her team at the original Sanctuary unit.Â She continues to collaborate with Bloom and colleagues to develop materials such as the SELF curriculum for children and â€śCreating Sanctuary Within,â€ť a program developed with the Garrison Institute. Prior to coming to Andrus, Ms. Masterson served as the Director of Training for a childrenâ€™s psychiatric hospital and developed trauma informed programs for an Office of Mental Health initiative.Â Before earning her MSW, Ms. Masterson spent several years working as a legislative advocate for children and families. Ms. Masterson holds a Bachelors degree entitled â€śSocial Issues and the Mediaâ€ť from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Smith College.
Director of Quality Assurance & Compliance
Mr. Mabuchi is responsible for overseeing ANDRUSâ€™ Compliance Program, as well as our Quality Assurance and Data Collection efforts. Mr. Mabuchi started with The Center for Preventive Psychiatry (now the Andrus Mental Health Division) in 2000 as a Staff Psychotherapist. Â He held various clinical and administrative positions in the agency prior to his promotion to become Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance.Â Mr. Mabuchi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Brandeis University, a Masters of Social Work and Certification in Family and Marital Therapy from Boston University. He also completed a Post-Masters program in the Treatment of Interpersonal Trauma at Fordham University and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association.
Ms. Glanzman has had extensive experience working in healthcare and hospital settings. Prior to joining ANDRUS in 2012, sheÂ worked as a staff nurse in various high intensity medical centers including Hurtzel Hospital, the Respiratory and Infectious Disease unit of University of North Carolina Medical Center and the Intensive Care Unit of Marquette General Hospital. Ms. Glanzman received her Bachelorâ€™s Degree from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Nursing Education from Pace University.
Karl Kessler, MD
Since graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Kessler has had a variety of duties and positions in child psychiatry, including directing hospital inpatient units for children and adolescents, teaching medical students and residents and a private practice. Prior to coming to ANDRUS in 2012, he was psychiatrist for the children, families and soldiers at the US Army Post in Vilseck, Germany. Dr. Kessler received his training in general psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine and his child psychiatry training at Cornell Universityâ€™s Westchester Division, in White Plains, NY. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Effinger is a career special educator who has served as a teacher, dean of students, staff developer and school administrator.Â In 1990, he left the classroom to become the Assistant Principal of the Lehman High School Special Education Department where he led a team of educators who provided instruction to over 500 special needs students. In 2000, Dr. Effinger became Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at the Mount Pleasant Cottage School UFSD, where he worked to develop and implement evidence based teaching strategies for the purpose of helping students in care meet the New York State Standards. Dr. Effinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the City College of New York and a Masters of Science degree in Teaching Emotionally Disturbed Children from Brooklyn College.Â He also has a Professional degree in Educational Administration from SUNY New Paltz.Â Dr. Effinger earned his doctorate from Fordham University in Educational Leadership. Dr. Effinger is currently serving as an adjunct professor at Lehman.
Assistant Principal, Orchard School
Ms. Heid oversees the Early Elementary, Elementary and Middle School clusters which consist of students in grades K- 7 and their classroom staff. Â Prior to joining Andrus, Ms. Heid was employed by the New York City Public Schools for nearly ten years. During her tenure at CES 73 in the Bronx, Ms. Heid was a classroom teacher for Grades 3-5 and also worked as a Lead Teacher, providing mentoring for new and experienced teachers alike.Â Â Although her primary focus during this time was Literacy, she also worked with teachers on behavior management and providing high academic standards to students with limited English proficiency.Â Ms. Heid earned her Masters degree in Elementary Education from Lehman College and also went on to obtain an advanced certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.Â She holds advanced certificates in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership from the College of St. Rose in Albany.