Meet The Team

TINRC Advisory Council Members

NYS TINRC’s Advisory Council prioritizes creating space for collaboration and sharing of stories and concepts that reflect the network’s mission, vision, and values. The Advisory Council is a representative of diverse identities and experiences to ensure multiple perspectives inform the work of the TINRC.

Tom Andriola

Director of Program Budgets and External Partnerships, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Youth Justice

Chrys Ballerano

Consultant

Dr. Andrew Bell

Program Director, Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health

Clarencetine Brooks

Assistant Director, Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Alicia Evans

Mental Health & Wellness Program Coordinator, Common Ground Health

Kahshanna Evans

Trauma Informed Resilient Communities Consultant
Founder and Senior Strategist, Kissing Lions Public Relations

Amy Gaddor

Director of Human Resources

Jaydn McCune

Founder, From Here to There Consulting

Dr. Sharon Melisse McLennon-Wier

Executive Director, Center for Independence of the Disabled of New York (CIDNY)

Dr. Robin Ortiz

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health
Faculty member, Institute for Excellence in Health Equity at New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Dr. James Rodriguez

Senior Director, Clinical Initiatives at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research

Bouakham Rosetti

Senior Project Manager, Care Compass Network (CCN)
Program Director, CCN Regional Trauma-Informed Care Network (RTIC)

Meg Spagnola

Assistant Director, MHANYS Family Mental Health Programming

TINRC Advisory Council

Charmaine Swearing

Coming Soon

Thomas-Andriola

Tom Andriola

Director of Program Budgets and External Partnerships, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Youth Justice

Tom Andriola serves as the Director of Program Budgets and External Partnerships for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Youth Justice. In that capacity, he is responsible for developing partnerships with organizations serving at risk youth and young adults, facilitating the progress and implementation of various juvenile justice reform initiatives authorized by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) as New York State’s Juvenile Justice Specialist, and advising the Division on other key public safety and cross systems initiatives. He also provides data and analytical support on programmatic budgets for the SNUG Street Outreach program and Project RISE. Mr. Andriola currently leads the New York State Trauma Champions Collaborative comprising professionals from more than a dozen state agencies, and has represented the Division on the New York State Children’s Justice Task Force, the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, and the New York State Interagency Task Force on HIV/AIDS. Previously, Mr. Andriola served as a member of the Mohonasen Board of Education in Rotterdam, New York, as Director of Policy and Implementation for the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, as Assistant Chief Budget Examiner for the New York State Division of the Budget, and as Deputy Budget Director for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. He also spent some time working in the private sector prior to joining public service. Mr. Andriola received an M.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany in 1996 and a B.S. in Economics in 1993 from Siena College, which included a semester abroad at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Chrys Ballerano

Chrys Ballerano

Consultant

Chrys Ballerano uses her counseling, public speaking, training and advocacy skills as an independent consultant. She brings her passion as a survivor, artist, parent and social activist to all the work she does in the violence prevention and social justice movements. For over 20 years Chrys co-led Building Connections: the Sexual Assault and Mental Health Project, a collaboration with MHANYS through her employment with NYSCASA, Inc.  (NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault). Chrys is also a singer, guitarist, songwriter and percussionist, and member of SJAC (Social Justice Artists Collective) within Creative Works Unlimited, centered in NYS’ Capital Region. A certified IIN Holistic Health Coach Chrys received her certification as a Yoga Instructor in 2009 and in 2020 was certified as a meditation teacher through the Chopra Center. Chrys is frequently invited to present on the therapeutic effects of drumming; trauma-informed practices for working with survivors, and self-care practices for those who identify as or work with survivors of trauma. She enjoys working with groups to co-create effective ways to transform oppressive systems, cultivate resilience strategies and effectively develop healing approaches in order to transform harmful approaches or structures. Chrys can be reached at cbdooly@gmail.com or found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chrys.ballerano/ or through her consulting business, Chrys Ballerano Consulting.
Andrew-Bell

Dr. Andrew Bell

Program Director, Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health

Dr. Andrew Bell is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and M.A. from New York University. His work in community mental health spans a variety of settings and roles, including outpatient therapist, inpatient psychologist, child psychiatric ER director, director of two school-based crisis programs, and co-developer of a multi-site school-based crisis initiative in the Bronx. Since 2009, he has been Program Director for Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health where he oversaw Children’s Mental Health for 10 years, and now leads DCMH’s efforts toward trauma-informed systems change. Andy has published peer-reviewed empirical research on dreams, personality disorders, and public health strategies to avert preventable ER visits and psychiatric hospitalizations. He received Family Ties’ Champion of Children award in 2014 and was recognized in 2015 by Fordham University’s Children and Families Institute for Research, Support, and Training.

Clarencetine Brooks

Clarencetine Brooks

Assistant Director, Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Clarencetine (Teena) Brooks, Teena is the Assistant Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. OCA works to ensure that the consumer/peer perspective informs the Divisions policy development and community engagement work. Previously, she worked for thirteen years with the Urban Justice Center, an innovative nonprofit that serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. In this position she worked to support the development of impact litigation and public policy strategies to address the criminalization of people with mental health conditions. She is also a lecturer and adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Social Work and has taught social welfare policy at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Touro School of Social Work. Teena is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in the Social Welfare program. She also serves as Chair of CTIPPs DEIJ committee and is Vice- Chair of their Board of Directors.
Alicia-Evans

Alicia Evans

Mental Health & Wellness Program Coordinator, Common Ground Health

Alicia Evans is the Mental Health & Wellness Program Coordinator at Common Ground Health. She has deep community connections and is a proud parent of 3 RCSD Graduates. Evans was previously at the Metro Council for Teen Potential, where she built partnerships and oversaw work around health education in the Rochester City School District and many community-based organizations. In addition to her new appointment at TINRC She serves on the board of the Healthy Baby Network and Youth Services Quality Council. Evans earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, she is a certified birth doula, and is an artist who brings both passion and creativity to her work.

Kahshanna-Evans

Kahshanna Evans

Trauma Informed Resilient Communities Consultant
Founder and Senior Strategist, Kissing Lions Public Relations

Kahshanna Evans has been a leading strategic thinker in various industries, including communications, tech, professional services, wellness, and the nonprofit sector. Kahshanna brings her passion for community building through communications strategy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and uniting people through stories to her role as Trauma Informed Resilient Communities Consultant and Founder and Senior Strategist at her independent consultancy Kissing Lions Public Relations. Throughout her career of firsts across a variety of sectors, Kahshanna has prioritized the pursuit of continued learning, indigenous cultural studies, trauma-informed practices, leadership development, and volunteerism. As a lifetime student of human nature, interconnectivity, and play, Kahshanna studied the performing arts in New York City, traveled extensively during her early career, and immersed herself in various modalities of whole-person wellbeing. Kahshanna maintains an evergreen affinity for human rights, the freedom of expression, and the regenerative power of transformation as a vehicle for a better world.

Amy-Gaddor

Amy Gaddor

Director of Human Resources

Amy Gaddor is a clinician turned HR professional with a passion for supporting individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. She began her journey into being Trauma Informed while working as a clinician as a means to support the staff who provide direct care. Through this journey she has increased her education and awareness and is actively involved within her organization and community to continue Trauma Informed Initiatives. Amy has presented at conferences throughout the country on working with individuals in the criminal justice system in a Trauma Informed way and as an HR professional now is focused on employee and organizational practices. She has her Master’s in Forensic Psychology and has been working in the field of service delivery for 13 years.
Jaydn-Mccune

Jaydn McCune, LCSW

Founder, From Here to There Consulting

Jaydn McCune, LCSW, is the founder of From Here to There Consulting where she thrives on helping people and organizations create paths to their preferred futures. With funding from the NYS Office of Mental Health and the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Jaydn is currently offering professional development and coaching on the topic of Reflective Supervision and Leadership across New York State.  She is also a Trauma Informed Care Trainer and a Restorative Justice Educator and facilitator. With over 40 years of experience working with individuals, groups, schools and human service organizations, Jaydn is honored to have been part of the birth of the Trauma Informed Network and Resource Center and is delighted to be on the TINRC Advisory Board.
Dr.-Sharon-McLennon-Wier

Dr. Sharon Melisse McLennon-Wier

Executive Director, Center for Independence of the Disabled of New York (CIDNY)

Dr. Sharon Melisse McLennon-Wier has been working in the field of rehabilitation counseling and mental health for over 27 years.  Dr. McLennon-Wier received her Ph.D. degree from Seton Hall University in Counseling Psychology in 2012.  She obtained a US Law and Methodology Certificate from New York University’s School of Continuing Education in 2003, her MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Hunter College, City University of New York in 1998, and her BS degree in Biology from Syracuse University in 1993.  

Dr. McLennon-Wier is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  Currently, she works for the Center for Independence of the Disabled of New York (CIDNY) as the Executive Director. Her employment history includes working for Berkeley College as the Director of Disability Services for their New York and New Jersey campuses, District Manager for the Harlem Office for the New York State Commission for the Blind, and as a Rehabilitation Consultant for Ultimate Consultation and Evaluation just to name a few

Dr. McLennon-Wier taught as an Adjunct Psychology Professor for over 15 years.  She provides training and presentations regarding psychological topics associated with the aspect of disability.  She has presented at numerous conferences through Division 22 and Division 33 of the American Psychological Association, the Learning Disability Association of America, the National Rehabilitation Association and City University of New York (CUNY).  Her research interests are in the areas of sexuality and disability.  She has published several articles and book chapters regarding this subject matter.  In addition, she has served the rehabilitation professional community by her service to the National Rehabilitation Association’s Metro New York chapter.  She is a current board member and Past President of the Metro New York NRA Chapter 2001 to 2002 and was the co-chairperson for exhibits of the NERA conference held in New York in 2003 and 2013.  Dr. McLennon-Wier is a current board member for the Lavelle Fund.  Dr. McLennon-Wier is a disability rights advocate and believes that access to one’s environment is crucial especially in the voting booths and the world of work.

Robin-Ortiz

Dr. Robin Ortiz

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health
Faculty member, Institute for Excellence in Health Equity at New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Dr. Robin Ortiz is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health and a faculty member in the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity at New York University Grossman School of Medicine. She is a physician-scientist who is triple board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, and lifestyle medicine. She practices clinically at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Ortiz is working to support her belief that the attainment population health and health equity depends on amplifying and supporting health for adult caregivers of children in order to create a generation of healthy children that will be future caregivers themselves. Her ongoing research portfolio is focused on the mitigation of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impacts on life course and intergenerational health, as well as prevention of chronic disease through harnessing the power of individual resilience, interpersonal relational health, and community-engagement especially inclusive of immigrant and Latino communities. She also has years of experience working closely with immigrant and Latino communities and as a scientific advisor to the ACEs Aware Initiative (California). She enjoys yoga, plant-based cooking, dancing, and time with her dogs and family.
James-Rodriquez

Dr. James Rodriguez

Senior Director, Clinical Initiatives at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research

Dr. James Rodriguez is the Senior Director of Clinical Initiatives at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Trauma Informed Services. He is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in mental health services to children, youth, and families. His experience includes direct practice, training and research primarily in the area of trauma treatment and services. His work at the institute includes the development and dissemination of training materials to promote trauma informed care in diverse service settings. He is an advocate for trauma responsive and resilience informed care and co-led the development of the Tending the Roots training, a curriculum that is currently being disseminated throughout New York State to promote trauma and resilience informed care in diverse service settings. He maintains a private practice and is Adjunct Faculty at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He currently teaches a course on culturally responsive care, which he sees as intersecting with trauma informed care.

Bouakham-Rosetti

Bouakham Rosetti

Senior Project Manager, Care Compass Network (CCN)
Program Director, CCN Regional Trauma-Informed Care Network (RTIC)

Bouakham Rosetti is the Senior Project Manager with Care Compass Network (CCN) and the Program Director for the CCN Regional Trauma-Informed Care Network (RTIC) which formed under her leadership in April 2019. Bouakham’s dedication and passion for trauma-informed care stems from the small acts of kindness and compassion she experienced as a frightened refugee child arriving in a foreign country, with no knowledge of the English, wearing only a short-sleeve shirt and shorts. These moments plus others have helped to guide, heal, and save her. It has further strengthened her deep commitment to cultivating a more inclusive and resilient community where positive social connections are leveraged to enhance belonging, empathy, health, and social equity.

Through Bouakham’s expertise and leadership, the RTIC team’s enduring impacts are the creation, development, implementation, and management of the Annual Partnering for a Resilient Community Learning Symposium, CCN RTIC Trauma-Informed Care Pilot program, three Practical based TIC Implementation Framework Toolkits, and four successful TIC pilot transformations including primary care, schools, and a community-based organization across the Southern Tier region in 2020-2024.

Bouakham was recognized as a 2022 Unsung Hero at the “Let Us Dream Conference” by Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs for her dedication and trauma-informed care community work while spreading love, compassion, and empathy to make the world a better place. In June 2024, she was appointed to serve on a fifteen member New York State Trauma Informed Network and Resource Center Advisory Council (TINRC) which is funded by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH).

As a first-generation Laotian refugee immigrant, Bouakham is the first in her family to earn a college degree, fulfilling both her long-time aspiration and her parents’ dreams. Bouakham has earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Ithaca College, a Certificate in Integration of Behavioral Health in Primary Care from The University of Massachusetts Medical School, a Certificate in Practical Change Management from SUNY Corning, and the HANYS Healthcare Executive Leadership Program from Cornell University’s SC Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Visit us at https://care-compass.org/about-us/ccn-collaborations/ to learn about the CCN RTIC team and/or to request access to any of our TIC resources, programs, reports, and toolkits!

Megan-Spagnola

Meg Spagnola

Assistant Director, MHANYS Family Mental Health Programming

Meg Spagnola is the Assistant Director of MHANYS Family Mental Health Programming. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam. Meg’s career has been in substance abuse counseling spanning the continuum of care from detoxification, inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment facilities in NY. Meg began her work with MHANYS with a belief that there are alternative ways to support individuals and their families in their journey towards recovery and wellness especially through non-clinical, holistic programming. Meg brings her clinical background to this human-centric, relational, wellness oriented program in order to improve systemic gaps in care through providing engaging and exciting trainings and programming to professionals and paraprofessionals across New York State.

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