The Support Team

Administration Team

 

Kevin Dahill-Fuchel – Executive Director

A nationally recognized leader in social work and school-based programming, Kevin has more than 20 years’ experience in working with children, families and school staff.
Kevin joined CIS in 1993 as a Counselor, and advanced to become a Supervisor, Trainer & Manager. Through his 23-year career at CIS, Kevin has led the process to evolve CIS’ service reach beyond counseling services to include a multi-dimensional and strength-based menu of services that support an entire school community. As a result, he became the first Executive Director of Counseling In Schools succeeding the Founder, Cindy Jurow.
In his current role, Kevin is committed to developing a team leadership model within the organization that embodies the non-oppressive, collaborative systems that are needed to effectively take on the complex challenges routinely faced in schools by children, families, teachers and administrators.

Kevin’s outstanding work has been acknowledged through accolades including: the Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the West Side Chamber of Commerce Award, and Hunter College’s Jacob Goldfiend Award.

Prior to joining CIS, he worked at the Sojourner House Family Shelter in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Kevin graduated from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

 

Jeanne Glassman Clair – Deputy Executive Director

 

Jeanne Glassman Clair received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 1996, changing careers after 15 years in the business world. She began her new professional life at a therapeutic pre-school in East Harlem where she worked with severely emotionally disabled pre-school children and their families.

In 1998, Jeanne joined CIS to pilot a counseling program at a high school in East New York, Brooklyn, where she provided direct service to students and families. She introduced a successful creative arts component including: yoga, drumming, drama, and art. In 2001 and 2002 Jeanne provided direct service and supervision to many individuals suffering from the traumatic aftermath of 9/11 through Project Liberty.

Since that time, Jeanne has devoted her professional life to supporting Counseling in Schools’ structural development and growth. As Deputy Executive Director for CIS, Jeanne continues to be involved in all aspects of program development, daily operations, professional development and staff support.

Jeanne is the co-author of “I am a Dot: A Tale about Punctuation and Purpose.”

Lewis Bader – Director of Finance

Lew Bader is a finance and operations professional with more than forty years’ experience in Fortune 500 companies.

Lew joined Counseling in Schools in 2015 and is focused on improving business processes, policies, and technology across the organization to better serve the communities where CIS works.

Prior to joining Counseling in Schools, Lew held various positions at Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, including SVP of North American Customer Service, SVP of Global Order-to-Cash and VP of North American Shared Services.

He has also served as VP of Accounting Services at Simon & Schuster, Assistant Controller at Macmillan Publishing Company, Director of Financial Reporting at CBS Educational and Professional Publishing and Manager of Royalty Accounting at Random House Inc.

Prior to entering the world of Finance, Lew taught third grade in the city of New York.

Lew earned his BA and MS degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York and his MBA from St. John’s University.  He is certified in Change Management, is a Six Sigma Black Belt and is CPA Qualified.

Paul Miraglia  – Human Resources Manager

 

Paul Miraglia joined Counseling In Schools in 2012. In his role as Development Manager, Paul has built the Human Resources department to an effective and cooperative department that fosters growth within CIS employees and the overall progress of the agency. Paul’s creative approach to HR management has set him as a recognized leader.

Elise-Christelle Woappi  – Development Manager

 

Elise Woappi received her Bachelor of Arts at the Pennsylvania State University in International Politics and Business. Elise’s passions for public service and nonprofit development stem for her childhood upbringing in Cameroon. Elise worked for other nonprofits and universities in fundraising, marketing, and data research. She possesses significant experience in donor engagement, cultivation, and retention.  Elise joined CIS in June 2016 as Development Manager, to diversify CIS’ funding sources. She is responsible for the growth of the organization’s funding and brand awareness.

Program Director Team

Janna Bruner, LCSW-R – Program Director

 

Janna Bruner, LCSW-R was raised in Brooklyn, New York and was educated in New York City public schools.  Janna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work in 1996. Janna came to Counseling In Schools in 2004 with significant experience in the fields of bereavement and loss, hospital social work, and providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

While at CIS, Janna has had an essential role in maintaining our high quality of program services; including being a school counselor, field instructor, clinical supervisor, and multi-program director. She is responsible for the growth of our CIS’ Social Work Internship program –providing field placements to over ten New York City social work, art therapy and mental health counseling graduate programs.

David Kener – Program Director

 

David Kener has enjoyed an expansive career in Theatre, Arts and Education, with a significant focus on underserved youth communities. David worked as an actor for many years following his graduation from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater.  He has appeared on many stages in the US and internationally including The Signature Theater and The American Place Theatre. David currently serves as Program Director for Counseling In Schools.

While working as a professional actor in all media, he began his teaching artist career and spent many years working in leadership roles for The Creative Arts Team, The Henry Street Arts Settlement, and Colors United. He then held the position of Executive Director of The Leadership Program, creating an arts-focused methodology and establishing partnerships with institutions such as New York University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Monique Howell – Program Director

 

Monique Howell was born and raised in Queens, New York.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. She has over ten years of experience in the field of mental health and education working to improve the quality of mental health services for New York City children and families.

Monique joined Counseling In Schools in 2011 as a Site Coordinator overseeing multiple attendance improvement and counseling programs at Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York. Since 2013, in her current role as Program Director, she is integral in maintaining a high standard of program services in multiple programs while collaborating with school administrators, and providing clinical supervision to CIS staff.

Selena Williams – Program Director

 

Selena Williams holds a Master’s of Science in Urban Studies from Hunter College and is currently earning a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center. Selena has worked for the Department of Education as a District Family Advocate. She facilitated the procedure and process of resolving disputes between schools and families by utilizing her skills as a trained certified mediator. Selena supported families as they navigated through challenging situations, and also worked at United Way as a Program Officer where she provided quality assurance for programs in New York City public schools. She has over ten years of experience building community, providing training, conducting workshops, and developing mentoring partnerships.

Selena Williams joined CIS in 2013. Her first involvement with the agency was as a family counselor, a workshop facilitator, and a program manager. She is now a Program Director where she ensures the delivery of quality social/emotional support for families and school staff.

Clinical/Professional Development Team

 

Robin Schlenger, LCSW – Clinical Director

 

Robin Schlenger, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who also practices Drama Therapy and Psychodrama.  She received her Master’s In Social Work from New York University in 2005 and has a Post Master’s certificate in Clinical Practice with Adolescents.  Before coming to CIS, Robin worked in a private psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents, residential facilities and a therapeutic day school. She also has had a private practice.

Robin began working for CIS eight years ago as a direct service staff at a High School in the Bronx.  She has been a Field Instructor and Clinical Supervisor, and is currently one of the Clinical Directors at CIS.  Robin supervises the direct service staff, helps develop and monitor agency documentation, and constructs clinical protocols and functions as a member to the Professional Development team.

She is very interested in the field of Complex Trauma and how it corresponds to oppression and Institutional Racism. Robin is also actively involved in ED-WARG NYC (European Dissent- White Anti-Racist Group) as a member.

Alexa Rodriguez  – Clinical Director

 

Alexa Rodriguez, LCSW received her BA in Psychology from St. Francis College in 1997 and her MSW degree from Hunter School of Social Work in 2004 with a specialization in case work and a concentration in children and families. Prior to obtaining her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work, her primary focus was working with perpetrators of sexual abuse (ages 18-70) on probation or parole. She specialized in working with victims of sexual abuse (ages 4-70).

Alexa has 21 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has worked in various settings from criminal justice, probation and parole, foster case, aftercare, mental health, PINS Diversion (Persons in Need of Supervision), and school-based systems providing therapy in both English and Spanish. She has also provided clinical services, staff trainings, clinical supervision, and consultation services to outside agencies and private clinicians.

Alexa joined Counseling In Schools in 2011 as a licensed counselor in a middle school. She then moved on to work as a counselor and site coordinator in a high school. Alexa was promoted to the position of Clinical Director in 2013.

 

Cynthia Santiago-Borbón  – Director of Staff and Professional Development

 

Cynthia Santiago-Borbón is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes in helping people tap into the unlimited possibilities of life to help them realize their personal and professional excellence. That commitment has guided her 25-year career, during which she has helped hundreds of people transform their personal and professional lives by supporting them in addressing their challenges, building their coping skills, and recognizing their inner strengths and resiliency.

As a skilled clinician, facilitator, and positive psychology and restorative practice practitioner, Cynthia has played a crucial role in supporting and training hundreds of professionals to effectively deal with the intensity of their work and find ways to flourish even in challenging work environments. She has conducted a wide range of professional development workshops that include leadership training, cultural empowerment and responsiveness training, and restorative practices training.

In 2011, Cynthia founded Restoring Every Aspect of Living (R.E.A.L, Inc.) where she offers coaching and therapy services, workshops, and self-development programs. With her visionary thinking, Cynthia is clear that helping people live in their authenticity and create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities is work that is critically important to humanity and the planet.