MEET THE TEAM

Steven Vernikoff

Executive Director
Steven Vernikoff has been the Executive Director 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.

Barbara Greenwald

Associate Executive Director
Barbara Greenwald is the Associate Executive Director 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.

Ken Semple

Chief Financial Officer 
Ken D. Semple joined The Center for Family Support, Inc. (CFS), in July 2018. He currently oversees all financial aspects of CFS and its two subsidiaries, fleet management, facility services and finances.  The financial functions include the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting to Board Members, government funders, creditors and the public.  Mr. Semple brings well over two decades of financial management experience in both public and nonprofit industries, with a focus on developing policies and procedures to improve performance, productivity and greater collaboration between finance, general administration and program staff.

Jim Noriega

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.

Radhina Hernandez

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.

Sharon Lax

Director of Human Resources
Sharon joined The Center for Family Support in January 2007. She has over 40 + years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans both private and non-profit organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, and HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development and benefits administration.

Sharon earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brooklyn College and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University.

Linda Schellenberg

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.

Barry Haber

Director of Development
Barry Haber has been with The Center for Family Support since 2014, overseeing the organization’s fundraising program as well as its marketing and public relations efforts. Barry has a Bachelor’s Degree from Jacksonville University. He has 35 + years of experience in the fundraising profession, mostly within the healthcare field. Barry is a past officer of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has raised over $100 million during his career.

Donna Messina

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”.

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