MEET THE TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
Steven Vernikoff has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Family Support since 1993. He has worked in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in senior leadership positions for 40 years. Mr. Vernikoff earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The New School for Social Research in 1974. Steven is currently the Board President of two provider collaboratives in New York; Advance of Greater New York and Advance Care Alliance. He is also the past President of the Board of the Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities, a provider association in New Jersey.
Chief Operating Officer
Barbara Greenwald is the Chief Operating Officer charged with overseeing all program services in New York and New Jersey. She has worked for CFS since 1993. Ms. Greenwald has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has over 40 years of experience in working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
Chief Technology Officer
Jim Noriega is the Chief Technology Officer and HIPAA Security Officer for The Center for Family Support. Upon joining CFS in late 2008, he quickly worked to upgrade and enhance the agency’s IT infrastructure. Jim is a seasoned, well-respected management and technical professional expert with over 25 years of hands-on experience in networking, security, systems management, personal training and community involvement. Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. He is currently working on attaining his CISSP certification. Jim is a member of the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board for the City of Yonkers and volunteers at his local church as lector and youth minister. Jim is a proud Persian Gulf War Veteran of the United States Army.
Corporate Compliance Officer and HIPAA Privacy Officer
Radhina Hernandez joined CFS in 2003 as a Residential Habilitation Supervisor. In 2005, Radhina transitioned into the Quality Assurance department and is now the Corporate Compliance Officer and HIPAA Privacy Officer. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from MCNY.
Annise Valdez-Godek, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Director
Annise Valdez-Godek joined The Center for Family Support in May of 2019 as the Director of Human Resources. She has over two decades of HR management experience, working in both the Non-Profit and For-Profit sectors. She oversees all areas of HR including employee relations, benefits, performance management, recruiting, information systems, compensation, compliance and policy design.
Annise has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University, as well as a Bachelor’s in Communications and holds a SHRM-CP certification.
Annise has a passion for animals. She volunteers at her local animal shelter where she walks, trains and socializes dogs to prepare them for adoption, uses social media to find homes for the rescues, and plans fundraisers for the shelter.
Director of Community Services
Linda Schellenberg is the Director of Community Services. She began working for The Center for Family Support in 2000.Linda is an LMSW and has a Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University. She began working in this field in 1995 as a Direct Support Professional. Ms. Schellenberg is a leader in the field in self-directed and individualized services.
Director of Program Services in New Jersey
Donna has worked for CFS since 1999. Ms. Messina has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Donna is the Director of both Residential and Day programs services where 220 individuals are supported throughout eight counties in New Jersey. She describes her work at CFS as “a tremendously rewarding experience, assuring the provision of the highest quality person centered services”.
Director of Residential Services
Tranet Hymon has over 3 decades of experience working with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Tranet Hymon joined CFS in 2003 as a Day Habilitation Supervisor. In 2004, Tranet transitioned into the Residential Department, she has held several roles in the department each with more responsibility. Tranet is passionate about supporting her staff to enhance their strengths and creating a culture where the people supported live a life that is meaningful to them.