Board of Directors
- Kristen N. Gizzi, Esq., President
- Elizabeth Zimmerman, Vice President
- Blakely Brodbeck, Secretary
- Julia Peloso-Barnes, Treasurer
- Pamela Ashford
- Silvana Bajaña
- Jill Deitch
- Laura Rose Holdgrafer
- Gina Jackson
- Monica Martínez-Hess
- Martha Obler Kohn, LMSW
- Dan Schorr
- Sheryl Dale, Co-chair
- Martha Obler Kohn, LMSW, Co-chair
- Gloria Basem
- Patricia Carrera, CFP®, CDFA, Financial Professional, AXA Advisors, LLC
- Jean Marie Connolly, Senior Director, Altium Wealth Management, LLC
- Tom Gardner
- Wendy Gardner
- Gerard A. Klingman, President, Klingman and Associates, LLC
- Penney J. Klingman
- Jeffrey Kohn, Managing Partner, New York, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
- Sonia Lopez Gonzalez
- David M. Ryan, Chief of Police Pound Ridge
- Ira M. Schulman, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Joel Seligman, President & CEO, Northern Westchester Hospital
- Michael A. Stillman, MD
- Helen Williams
- Irina Zhabinskaya, MD, Medical Director, Pediatrics, Northern Westchester Hospital
CarlLa Horton, MPA, Executive Director
CarlLa Horton was appointed Executive Director of Hope’s Door in 1997, three years after receiving her graduate degree from the School of Business and Public Administration at Bernard Baruch College where she graduated first in her executive MPA class. Horton grew up in a family plagued by poverty and domestic violence and sees her work as an outgrowth of her social justice and feminist principles. During her tenure at Hope’s Door, the agency’s annual revenues grew from $560,000 to more than $2.3 million while the annual number of victims served grew from 250 to 765. Horton serves on the Advisory Committee to the New York State Senate Task Force on Domestic Violence, the Westchester County Domestic Violence Council, the Westchester Women’s Agenda, the Legislative Committee of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and as a member of the New York Women’s Equality Coalition, among other activist work.
Phillip G. Morton, BS, Chief Financial Officer
Phillip G. Morton joined Hope’s Door as Comptroller in 2008 after 25 years of work in both the private sector and nonprofit fund accounting field. Prior to Hope’s Door, Morton worked at Abbott House, Kaiser Permanente and Waldenbooks. Morton received his BS degree in Accounting with a minor in Psychology from the University of New Haven and serves as the Treasurer of the Tarrytown YMCA.
Dianne DeFilippis, MS, Director of Administration
Dianne DeFilippis joined Hope’s Door in 2008 as a Domestic Violence Counselor and Teen Educator, and now serves as Director of Administration. Her duties encompass facilities management at our sites in Hawthorne and Ossining, human resources administration, volunteer management, and oversight of IT needs. DeFilippis has a BS from Mercy College and a MS in Counseling from Pace University.
Barbara Turk, BA, Director of Development & Community Relations
Barbara Turk joined Hope’s Door in February 2019 as Director of Development and Community Relations. As a member of our Senior Management Team, she designs and executes development initiatives and public relations campaigns. This includes our gala, luncheon, annual appeal, major gifts, newsletters, ads, annual reports, and press releases. Additionally, she oversees our online and social media presence, including our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-In accounts. Prior to Hope’s Door, Turk served as Vice President of Marketing and Community Development for 17 years at the Family YMCA at Tarrytown. She earned her BA in Communications from the University of Michigan.
May Krukiel, MA, M.Ed., Director of Residential Services
May Krukiel joined Hope’s Door in January 2015 as the Director of Residential Services where she oversees service delivery in our emergency shelter program. She is responsible for client services, staff development, volunteer coordination, facilities oversight and grants management. Client services include survivor empowerment, safety planning, danger assessments, counseling, advocacy, support groups, life skills, court preparation, economic empowerment, and a 24/7 crisis hotline program. Krukiel is highly regarded for her work against gender-based violence. Prior to Hope’s Door, she served for eight years as the Director of Victims Assistance Services at WestCOP, a primary provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services, and for eleven years at the Rockland Family Shelter as their Director of Sexual Trauma Services. Krukiel is a current board member and past chair of the Westchester Women’s Agenda. She has served on the Westchester County Domestic Violence Council, the Westchester County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the board of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She founded and co-chaired the Westchester LGBTQ Task Force and has been an active member of New York’s LGBTQ DV Network, among other activist work. Krukiel earned a BA from Douglass College of Rutgers University, an MA in Clinical and School Psychology from Adelphi University and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.
Director of Community Services
We are currently in process of filling this position.
Stacey Neumann, Esq., Director of Legal Services
Stacey Neumann joined Hope’s Door in 2018 as Director of Legal Services. Neumann provides legal representation and advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking. She is responsible for recruiting, training and overseeing staff attorneys, pro bono attorneys and paralegals. As part of the Senior Management Team, Neumann’s duties include coordination with partner agencies to assure trauma-informed support services for survivors. Prior to Hope’s Door, Neumann spent 17 years at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney where she investigated and prosecuted crimes of intimate partner violence and elder abuse. While at the District Attorney’s Office, she was promoted to First Deputy Bureau Chief. In 2006, she was named Employee of the Year by District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. Neumann received her B.A from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993 and a J.D from Brooklyn Law School in 1996.
Gay French-Ottaviani, LCSW-R, CP, Senior Domestic Violence Counselor
Gay French-Ottaviani, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a member of AGPA and NASW, and a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, joined Hope’s Door in 2001. French-Ottaviani serves as our Senior Domestic Violence Counselor, specializes in individual counseling and support group services for adult survivors of abuse, and provides supervision for the Hope’s Door counseling staff and interns. A graduate of New York University’s MSW program, Professor French-Ottaviani has taught Intimate Partner Abuse at Long Island University and Pace University and has run psychodrama groups for court adjudicated youth, dual diagnosis adults and adolescents at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital. She is Co-Chair of NEWDAA, a consortium of DV experts, clergy, police and other first responders with common purpose to raise Domestic Abuse awareness in NE Westchester. She has a private practice in Pound Ridge.
Maya Lloyd, BA, Acting Assistant Director of Community Services and Senior Domestic Violence Counselor & Outreach Specialist
Maya Lloyd is Acting Assistant Director of Community Services and a Senior Domestic Violence Counselor and advocate at Hope’s Door, as well as a Master of Public Health student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. For the past 3 years, Lloyd has supported survivors of domestic abuse through advocacy work and individual counseling, most recently becoming the facilitator of a support group for male survivors. Utilizing her educational background in Public Health, Maya also works with surrounding communities to raise domestic violence awareness through education and networking as the agency’s Community Outreach Specialist.
Mia Pergolizzi, Esq., Attorney, Hope’s Door Legal Center
Mia Pergolizzi, Esq. joined Hope’s Door Legal Center in December 2018. She provides direct representation to clients in family offense petitions, custody and child support matters and in divorce cases. Prior to Hope’s Door, Pergolizzi was in private practice handling family law and matrimonial cases. She received her J.D from Touro Law Center in 1991 and her B.A in Business Administration and Economics from the College of Mount St. Vincent in 1986. She is a member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Westchester Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is also admitted to practice law in New Jersey.
- Coco Kausar Alvi, LCSW-R
- Christopher Barrera, BA
- Juana F. BS
- Brenda Rodriguez, MS
- Yanira Villaman, BS
- Stephanie Aguayo, BA
- Jessica Beladino, BA
- Emily DePauw, BA
- Brittany H., BA
- Alexa Kauffman, MA, EdM
- Maya Lloyd, BS
- Brittany Miraldi, BA
- Anna N., MA
- Daniel P., BA
- Sophia P., BA
- Rachel S., MHC
- Tami Shimkin, BA
- Kayla Stephens, BA