Our Leadership Team


  • Ivy Gamble Cobb
  • Ivy Gamble Cobb, one of the four founders of our agency, is the current Executive Director of The Family Center. Previously, she worked at the NYC Department of Social Services Division of AIDS Services as both a Family Case Manager and a Program Planner. She received her BS from New York University, her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work and has earned credits towards a Ph.D. in Social Welfare. Ivy is featured in the videos "Remember the Sun" and "A Gift for My Children: Families Talk about Custody Planning" and has co-authored articles on the issue of families affected by parental illness.
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  • Nasima Abdulalim is The Family Center’s Health Promotion Supervisor. Nasima joined The Family Center in 2021 and brought with her over 10 years’ experience in public health services and advocacy. Her professional background includes successful execution of program development for underserved populations. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Nasima was in Senior Management with HHC and implemented strategies to improve patient experience in various departments. She also spent a year as an adjunct teaching Health Education for undergrad students focusing on the social determinants of health. Nasima holds a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Health Education.
  • Caroline Bersak
  • Caroline Bersak is the Director of The Legal Wellness Institute at The Family Center. Caroline first worked with The Family Center as a law student intern in 2007, and then returned as a post-graduate law fellow in 2009. Prior to rejoining The Family Center as a Staff Attorney in 2010, Caroline was an associate in the Commercial Litigation Unit at Day Pitney LLP. Caroline has BAs in both Community Health and Public Policy from Brown University. Caroline worked as a research assistant on healthcare studies before attending law school, including studies on quality of end-of-life care in community hospitals and on management of cardiovascular disease. Caroline received her JD from NYU School of Law, where she was a member and then co-chair of the Health Law Society.
  • Amy Brouard

  • Amy Brouard is The Family Center's Behavioral Health Supervisor in our Healthy Branches program.  Amy completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, after obtaining her BA from NYU. She has 8 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, crisis intervention, structured outpatient programs, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and large nonprofits. At The Family Center Amy provides clinical and administrative supervision to social work students, interns, and professionals. She has worked with individuals and groups in areas of depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, behavioral and discipline challenges, self-harm behavior, trauma and abuse, suicide assessment and risk reduction, group psychotherapy and couple’s conflict. 

  • Lorraine Gotham
  • Lorraine Gotham is the Behavioral Health Compliance Manager in The Family Center’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in Brooklyn.  Lorraine joined The Family Center in 2019 as a therapist at the Irene LeeKong Health and Wellness Institute at The Family Center.  Prior to joining The Family Center, she was a Specialized Crisis Counselor at the Mental Health Association of NYC and a Recovery Specialist at Brooklyn Community Services.  Lorraine graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University as an undergraduate and earned her MS at Long Island University.

  • Lauren Groetch is the Assistant Director of The Legal Wellness Institute at The Family Center. Lauren first joined The Family Center as a post-graduate law fellow in 2014, and she has since served clients in both the Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney roles at The Family Center. Lauren received her BA in English with distinction from the University of Virginia, and her JD from NYU School of Law, where she was named a Hermann Biggs Health Policy Scholar and a Robert McKay Scholar.

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  • Linda High is The Family Center’s HR Director. She joined The Family Center in January 2022 after serving as Regional HR Manager for Charter Communications/ Spectrum. Linda also worked for ConEd of NY as a Sr. HR Business Partner and possesses many professional certifications.  Linda has exceptional experience in employee relations, creating policies and procedures, as well as an in-depth knowledge of employment laws.
  • Jan Hudis
  • Jan Hudis, another of our four founders, serves as The Family Center's Deputy Executive Director of Operations. Prior to founding The Family Center, she worked at the NYC Department of Social Services Division of AIDS Services as a Program Planner. Jan holds both an MPA and an MPH from Columbia University. She has also co-authored numerous articles on the issues faced by families affected by HIV/AIDS.
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  • Trish Jean-Louis is the Family Stabilization Supervisor at The Family Center. Previously, Trish worked as a Family Coordinator in our Caregiver Program providing case management services as well as facilitating various support groups. She also served as the intake specialist at The Family Center. Trish has extensive experience in both social services and education. She has worked as a trauma counselor, college advisor and an ESL teacher before coming to The Family Center. Trish has a BA in Sociology with specialization in Africana Studies, a BS in Human Development and an MS in Counseling. 
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  • James Learned is The Family Center’s Training Program Manager for our AIDS Institute-funded technical assistance and training program. James oversees the development and delivery of professional trainings on issues related to HIV and Older Adults and Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV/HCV Co-infection. James has worked at The Family Center since 2007 in a variety of roles, including: HIV/HCV Specialist and Counselor, Community Health Outreach Specialist, and Health Care Access Coordinator.  He has extensive experience in health education, curriculum development, training delivery, and program management with many non-profit organizations throughout New York. James is also a licensed therapist with a focus on people living with HIV. James earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. 

  • Laura Maxfield
  • Laura Maxfield, QA Data Report Manager, first joined TFC as a Data Coordinator in 2014. Currently she oversees data entry, analytics and the in house EHR Evolv. Surprisingly, her background is in Film, but this is where she honed her project management skills and her technical skills managing film shoots and post production. She has even used those skills to help the Development department create a few promotional videos for the agency.  Laura holds a BA from Drew University, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also received certificate from Brainstation for completing their Data Analytics Course in 2019 and completed 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2016.
  • Aileen Parker
  • Aileen Parker is The Family Center’s Director of Development & Communications, responsible for managing private contributions, communications, and volunteerism at our agency. Before TFC, she worked at Greenwich House, where she gained knowledge of local NYC philanthropy, and the March of Dimes, where she worked at the national level to develop volunteer resources. Aileen earned her BA and MSW from Fordham University.
  • Joan Salmon
  • Joan Salmon is the Deputy Executive Director for Behavioral Health Services at The Family Center. Joan is a LCSW-R with 20-plus years of experience working in behavioral health. She studied pre-medicine at Stony Brook University where she obtained her BS. Joan received her MSW degree from Fordham University. She has had the honor of being a consultant with Columbia University’s Opioid Response Network program providing technical assistance to programs around the opioid epidemic.
  • Nia Seda
  • Nia Seda is The Family Center’s Behavioral Health Intake and Outreach Supervisor. Nia first joined The Family Center in 2021 as a Behavioral Health Intake Specialist and was promoted in 2022 to her current role. She previously worked as an Independent Living Specialist at BRC and a Preventive Caseworker at SCO Family Services. Nia achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook in May 2015 and her Master of Public Administration from Long Island University in January 2022.
  • Kristen Wolf is The Family Center’s Child Trauma Program Manager in our LeeKong Health & Wellness Institute, where she initially worked as a therapist when coming to our agency in 2014. Prior to joining The Family Center, she worked as a Therapist at Brooklyn Men (K)onnect, a program at Bridging Access to Care, a Mental Health Counselor in K-8 schools for Comprehensive Psychological Services, and a Group Facilitator for the NYC Grief Connection. Kristen holds a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Syracuse University, and a Masters in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from NYU. She is a NYS-licensed Mental Health Counselor and certified in the delivery of many evidence-based therapeutic interventions.