There are a few new faces in the office at FOR-NY! We have added four new members to the FOR-NY team. Over the past few months, we have been excited to welcome two new additions to our staff and two new members of the board.

New Board Members

Eric Dyer is an attorney with the law firm Barclay Damon LLP in the firm’s health care practice group. Eric graduated from Albany Law School and Clarkson University in 2016 with a Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration in Healthcare Management. Prior to graduate school, Eric attended Union College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013. Eric grew up outside of Boston, MA and now lives in Albany, NY. Eric is proud to be a person in long-term recovery.

Ed Olsen graduated from the Institute for Alcohol Studies at South Oaks Hospital 1982. He received the CAC Credential in 1984. Ed graduated from Adelphi University in 1990 with an MSW. He is currently a Program Director for the United Veterans Beacon House in Long Island, President of the Long Island Recovery Association, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Education and Research Foundation for the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. And Ed is proud to be a person in long term recovery.

New Staff Members

Debbie Brosen is the new Office Manager with FOR-NY. Debbie comes to FOR-NY with over 30 years of experience in office management and organization. During this time, Ms. Brosen worked in the private, non-profit sector, as well as in state and county government positions. Ms. Brosen effectively managed programs and oversaw technology and training areas. During her tenure as District Clerk of the Hyde Park Central School District, Ms. Brosen organized the creation, implementation, and on-going review of Board policies. Debbie’s organizational talents enabled more efficient work processes to be put in place, thereby leading to an increase in productivity. She assisted in budget development and hosted all budget votes. Through Debbie’s strong commitment to the District Clerk profession, she became the Chairperson for the District Clerk Strand of the New York State School Boards Association for over six years, where she worked with a team of volunteers to bring training to District Clerks from across New York State.

Shana Kaplanov, the new Development & Communications Manager joined FOR-NY with a background in fundraising, grant-writing, event planning, communications, and volunteer management. Previously to FOR-NY, Shana worked as the Volunteer & Parish Relations Manager with Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia. She also has experience in behavioral health related public policy and advocacy through her work in the Ohio State Legislature and with the Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services. Shana holds a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University.