Leadership & Structure


The Behavioral Health Infrastructure Project is supported by Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness and Staten Island Performance Provider System staff members.

Adrienne Abbate, MPA

Executive Director, SIPCW & Project Director, TYSA

With more than fifteen years as an ardent advocate for public health, leading, building and cultivating community collaboratives to address urgent health needs, Adrienne currently serves as Executive Director of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW) and project director for the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) coalition. Adrienne manages and develops a growing staff of employees and guides the strategy for the organization’s programs. Under Abbate’s leadership, SIPCW transitioned from a small membership organization to a dynamic public health entity, which serves as a model for organizations across the city and state. Because of her extensive knowledge on the topic, Adrienne served on opioid and heroin task forces for the Borough President James Oddo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo and has presented locally and nationally about using collective impact to address complex issues. She is a member of Steering Committees for New York City’s Population Health Improvement Project (PHIP), the Staten Island Performing Provider System and the Staten Island Childhood Wellness Coalition. Most recently, Abbate was named to Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Council with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH.) Prior to SIPCW, Adrienne worked as Borough Manager for Staten Island Smoke-Free Partnership, Senior Program Analyst for NYCDOHMH, and Program Manager at Public Health Solutions. Adrienne holds a Master in Public Administration degree in Health Policy from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Reed College.

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Maralie Deprinvil, MPH

Project Coordinator, BHIP

Maralie works as Project Coordinator for the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Project (BHIP) where she coordinates with the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SIPPS) and other community partners to strengthen the behavioral health infrastructure across Staten Island. Through BHIP, she helps to build the capacity of physicians to handle behavioral health issues and the Staten Island community though reducing the stigma of mental health and substance abuse. Prior to her role at SIPCW, Maralie worked with children and adults with mental health disabilities for five years. Maralie holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy with a concentration in health care from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master in Public Health Degree (MPH) with a concentration on health policy and management from New York Medical College.

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Nadeen Makhlouf

Sr Coordinator, Clinical Outreach & Education, BHIP

Inspired by medicine and helping people, Nadeen always knew she would pursue a career in healthcare. She currently serves as Senior Coordinator of Clinical Outreach and Education for the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Project. Her knowledge as a Doctor of Pharmacy combined with her passion for helping people led to continuing her education and pursuing a Master in Public Health Degree. Previously Nadeen worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as an infectious disease epidemiologist and a Zika testing call center supervisor.

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Marianne Howard-Siewers, RN

RN Consultant, SI PPS

Victoria Njoku-Anokam, MPH

Director, Behavioral Health Initiatives, SI PPS


The Behavioral Health Infrastructure Project’s various workgroups report to the Steering Committee and Executive Leadership.