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.
Dr. Vanessa McGann (President) 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).
John Clancy (Chairman) 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
Rosemarie Dackerman (Treasurer) 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 (Secretary) 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.
Anthony Cali is a Human Resources professional with over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is currently Vice President of Compensation for Private Banking Americas at Credit Suisse. 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.
Michael Fischer is a partner and certified public accountant with the international accounting firm, Ernst & Young. Michael serves a variety of global and high growth media and entertainment companies providing audit services. Michael spent several years working in Europe serving large dual listed companies in a variety of industries. Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and resides in Westchester. He joined the Board in 2012 and serves in memory of his niece who died by suicide in 2012 at the age of 28.
Dr. Michael F. Myers 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
Kerry Powers has over 15 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, educating physicians and marketing products developed to improve the health and well-being of people living with mental illness in the U.S. Ms. Powers is currently a Marketing Executive for the CNS product franchise at Forest Laboratories, Inc. She is an advisor on the Congressional Committee for Implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Powers comes from a family dedicated to health care with multiple family members who have become physicians. She is a member of the Women’s Affinity Network and Fordham Women in Business. Ms. Powers joined the Board of Directors for AFSP’s NYC Chapter in 2013. She recently graduated from Fordham University with her MBA in Finance and International Business, and is now completing an additional graduate certification in pharmaceutical marketing and management. Ms. Powers resides in Manhattan and has two dogs named Anabel and Maggie.
Joshua Rivedal wrote and developed the play, The Gospel According to Josh in NYC. In May 2011 at Baruch College, Josh launched a second version of The Gospel According to Josh accompanied by suicide prevention education, currently touring high schools and colleges in the U.S. and Canada. Josh has been a theatre, film, and voice-over actor in NYC since 2004. He has been published in Personal Branding Magazine with an article entitled The Art of Entrepreneurship vs. The Entrepreneurship of Art . Josh was also commissioned to write a new musical Sweet Hour of Prayer , which was produced in NYC in December 2012 and which will be produced in Mystic, CT in July 2013. Josh has a memoir in development entitledThe Gospel According to Josh.
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.