Welcome. We are the New York City chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.
Meet Our Board Members
Anthony Cali (Chairman)
Anthony is a Human Resources professional with over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is currently a Vice President at HSBC. He received his BS in Finance from Montclair State University. He has been a longtime volunteer at homeless shelters and food pantries across Northern New Jersey. He has been an active participant in several professional diversity and inclusion networks including those supporting LGBT and multicultural employees in the workplace and working parents. Anthony joined the Board of Directors of AFSP’s NYC Chapter in 2013.
Ran Fan (Treasurer) joined AFSP’s NYC Chapter Board of Directors in 2014. She currently manages business planning and strategic projects at American Express, supporting a $218B portfolio comprised of the largest 90 global merchant accounts. In her previous role, she advised the CEO and senior executives on corporate strategy projects. Additionally, Ran is an active advocate for LGBTQ rights, especially dedicated to strengthening the voice of Queer Asian Pacific Islanders (QAPI). She received her BBA from the University of Michigan and now lives in Brooklyn with her partner.
Katie Koprowski (Secretary) joined the AFSP’s NYC Chapter Board of Directors in 2014. She works within Human Resources as a Campus Recruiter in the Financial Services industry. Kathleen also manages several experiential learning program partnerships and serves as her team's Diversity & Inclusion liaison. Kathleen is a dedicated advocate for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Awareness, and Gender Equality; and is a member of the NYC National Committee for UN Women.
Roy Bejarano is President of Frontier Healthcare Holdings, formally joined the firm in September 2011 after serving as the Company’s strategic advisor during its initial founding. In his role as President of Frontier, Mr. Bejarano is directly responsible for Frontier’s operations as well as its strategic development. Mr. Bejarano provides over twelve years of investment banking, private equity, corporate development, strategic consulting, and asset management experience. In his prior roles, Mr. Bejarano completed over forty advisory and capital related transactions, representing over $2.5 billion in aggregate transaction value. As founder and CEO of a boutique advisory firm, he advised numerous companies across a broad spectrum of industries. Mr. Bejarano previously spent five years within Corporate Finance at Houlihan Lokey as an M&A investment banker and corporate development officer, and four years at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup. Mr. Bejarano holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Manchester, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Mr. Bejarano is an active board member and volunteer at the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention (New York City Chapter), the country’s leading non-profit focused on suicide prevention, and has previously volunteered at Junior Achievement where he taught an introductory economics course to New York public school students.
Bret Brintzenhofe, J.D. is President of Coalition Strategies, a consulting firm whose focus is helping organizations find and collaborate with others to make shared policy goals a reality. Prior to founding CS, Bret was Vice President at The Corkery Group, a New York-based public affairs firm. There, he worked closely with prominent pharmaceutical, United Nations and U.S. Government clients to build broad-based support for advancements in human health and well-being. Bret has also worked as a communications consultant for Microsoft, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and holds a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School. He lives in Manhattan with his partner, Jon.
John Clancy has been involved with the AFSP since 2005, after he lost his daughter, Lisa Clancy Webb, to depression. He volunteered with the “Survivor’s Committee” which at that time, produced the Chapter’s annual Walk and Survivor’s Day events. He was later invited to join the Chapter Board, was elected Treasurer in 2009 and Chair in 2012. He has been an Outreach volunteer since 2007, visiting over 20 newly grieving survivors. He also currently runs the NYC Outreach program. John is a retired CPA who has served as Chief Financial Officer for national commercial and residential real estate brokerage firms after 15 years at Ernst and Young. He lives in NYC and Cold Spring, NY with his wife Maureen. He has four daughters including Lisa, Laurie, Janine and Kim
Tyler Crocket J. D.
Rosemarie Dackerman has over 30 years of senior, nonprofit executive experience, including 10 years as an Executive Director (The Single Parent Resource Center; Bronx Independent Living Services; After-School All-Stars of NY; USO of Metropolitan NY; and The Valerie Fund). She currently serves as Executive Director of The Single Parent Resource Center. In addition, Rosemarie has 19 years of experience as a nonprofit consultant, and is the President of Dackerman Consulting, which specializes in interim executive management; nonprofit turnaround; fundraising; finance; executive search; grant making; strategic planning; program development, and education.
Stephanie Kraut serves as a branding consultant for Jack Nadel International focusing on design of marketing materials for the following industries: publications, hospitality, and non profits. In this role, Stephanie develops programs for clients to increase the presence of their brand while also creating cost conscious suggestions to increase their bottom line. She is currently is on the board for AFSP and Elijah’s Journey. Stephanie received her BSBA from Boston University. She is currently obtaining a MS in communication design from Pratt Institute.
Jacky joined the Board of the New York City Chapter of the AFSP in 2014. A healthcare actuary by profession, Jacky is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. His areas of expertise include service delivery in operations, strategy, and technology in the healthcare sector. Jacky is also actively involved in a number of industry initiatives at the Society of Actuaries. Jacky lives in New York City with his wife Hye Ra.
Tricia Lynch J.D.
Dionne is a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase as well as the Executive Director of The Siwe Project, a mental health organization named after her late daughter, Siwe. She lost Siwe to suicide at the tender age of 15y in 2011 and has been a dedicated mental health advocate since. She has also working as a certified life coach with individual and group clients for over 10 years. She believes that self-awareness and self-care are crucial to living a conscious, joy-filled, healthy life. Dionne passionately connects people to their joy by assisting them with the assembly of their self-care toolkits. She actively provides a platform for self-care by working as a Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher; yoga and African dance are big parts of her self-care toolkit.
She believes that telling her story continues her healing and keeps her daughter’s memory alive. As such, Siwe Lives was a featured article in the January 2014 issue of Essence Magazine on her journey with mental illness as a care provider for her daughter. She was also guest on *exhale* TV show in May 2014, Exploring Mental Illness. She lives and works in Manhattan with her 2 sons, ages 21y and 17y.
Michelle A. Nicholas
Michelle A. Nicholas joined the Board of Directors of the AFSP NYC Chapter in 2014. She is a development professional with over 12 years of experience building cultivation and solicitation strategies for the creation of government, corporate and foundation relations. Michelle currently serves as the Manager, Corporate Relations and Annual Giving for HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN).
Michelle is a certified NY State Rape Crisis Hospital Advocate and an Associate Board member of the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault. She is a volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross, a member of Big Brother Big Sister, UN Women New York Metro Chapter, Rotary Club of Wall Street and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Citizen’s Academy. Michelle resides in Westchester with her son, Michael.
Kerry Powers works in the life sciences industry marketing products developed to improve an individual's overall health and well-being. Ms. Powers currently works as an Account Manager for Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Ms. Powers is actively involved with STRIVE International’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative; an organization that helps people acquire the life-changing skills and attitudes needed to overcome challenging circumstances and become valuable contributors to their communities. She is a member of the Women’s Affinity Network and Fordham Women in Business. Ms. Powers has been an advisor for the Congressional Committee on Implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Ms. Powers graduated from Fordham University with her MBA in Finance and International Business, and has completed an additional Graduate Certification in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management. She joined the Board of Directors for AFSP’s NYC Chapter in 2013. She currently resides in Manhattan.
Amber Roberts has more than ten years of public relations experience. She leads the east coast office of LANE PR, a strategic public relations, investor relations and digital agency headquartered in Portland, OR. Amber graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Marketing. She is a member of Financial Women’s Association (FWA) and National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). Amber joined AFSP’s NYC Chapter Board of Directors in 2010. Her with AFSP is in honor of her brother, Keith, who died by suicide in 1995 at age 14.
Dr. Morisa Schiff Mayer is a psychiatrist practicing in New York City and Long Island, specializing in the treatment of Women’s Issues; specifically Eating Disorders. She was formally the director of The Eating Disorder’s Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, in addition to having served as the Chairperson of the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Women, New York County District Branch for over a decade. Dr. Schiff Mayer is on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is an Attending Physician at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where she has the pleasure of teaching and supervising the Psychiatry Residents.
Dr. Vanessa McGann (Emeritus)
Vanessa is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City and is also a counselor at the New School for Social Research. After experiencing the loss of her sister to suicide in 2004., Dr. McGann has dedicated most of her clinical work to those bereaved by suicide, including adults, children, and mental health professionals. Dr. McGann has also been published in two chapters on clinicians and postvention in “Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors” (Jordan and McIntosh, Eds., Routledge, 2011).
Dr. Michael F. Myers (Emeritus) is the Vice-Chair of Education, Director of Training and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Myers two most recent books are “Touched By Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss” and “The Physician As Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals.” His videotape “When Physicians Die by Suicide: Reflections of Those They Leave Behind” won the 1999 American Psychiatric Association Psychiatric Services Award. www.michaelfmyers.com