Adrienne Abbate, MPA

Executive Director

With more than twenty years as an ardent advocate for public health and an innovator in leading, building and cultivating community collaboratives to address urgent health and social needs, Adrienne currently serves as Executive Director of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW). 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. SIPCW has built a strong roster of initiatives that utilize the collective impact and shared leadership of the many partners working across the borough and city beginning with the nationally recognized Tackling Youth Substance Initiative founded in 2011. Because of her experience in aligning sectors and systems to address complex issues such as substance misuse, Adrienne served on the 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 harnessing the collective passion to advance policy and address complex social issues. She is an active member of steering committees for New York City’s Population Health Improvement Project (PHIP), the Staten Island Performing Provider System,  the Staten Island Childhood Wellness Coalition, and the Equity Alliance of Staten Island that is working to address inequities in the NYC public school system. Abbate also served on the Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Council with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) under Commissioner Bassett’s leadership. Adrienne is an executive board member of the Staten Island Not for Profit Association. Prior to SIPCW, Adrienne worked as Borough Manager and Community Organizer for NYC Smoke Free, 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.

Joe Belan

Chief Financial Officer

Iris Kelly

Executive Assistant / Special Projects

Iris serves as Executive Assistant and manages Special Projects for the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness. With a strong background in organizational development, Iris joined SIPCW in 2016. Throughout her career, she has managed a plethora of programs for a variety of organizations within the staffing, insurance and finance industries. Out of all of her tasks, Iris enjoys project work and implementing new systems the best. Iris holds a bachelor’s degree from City University of New York’s Baruch College.

Jazmin Rivera, MPH

Director, Behavioral Health & Evaluation

Jazmin has a background in health disparities in gender and sexual minority populations and promoting the inclusion of women and minorities into clinical research.  She has an interest in the intersection of behavioral conditions, mental health and social determinants with a particular focus on women’s issues. Jazmin has a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from New York University, with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to pursing her graduate degree, Jazmin spent time teaching English in Thailand. Jazmin is also invested in overall wellness and health promotion. In her spare time, she is a personal trainer in New Jersey.

Maralie Deprinvil, MPH

Senior Coordinator of Behavioral Health Initiatives and Contracts

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.

Steven Chan, MPH

Evaluation Coordinator

Steven serves as the Evaluation Coordinator at SIPCW, working across projects to strengthen and support SIPCW’s data & evaluation capacity. He is passionate about applying evidence-based research to inform best practices that improve the health and well-being of marginalized communities. Steven has a strong non-profit background, having previously interned with various non-profit organizations including the New York Academy of Medicine, Sesame Workshop, and Global Health Corps. Steven earned his Masters in Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with focuses in the Sociomedical Sciences and Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research.

D’Arcy Hearn, LMSW

Youth Empowerment Coordinator

D’Arcy is a Staten Island native passionate about working towards social justice through consciousness raising and shifting power dynamics for lasting change. After 2 years as the TYSA Coordinator at SIPCW, she is now the Youth Empowerment Coordinator under the Child Wellness Initiative, where she has the privilege of supporting youth-led student wellness councils as they identify and address health inequities in their schools.

Prior to SIPCW, D’Arcy was a macro social worker at American Indian Health & Family Services in Detroit, which included supporting social-emotional learning for youth ages 8-18 through culturally-based programming. While in Michigan, she also worked in the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, utilizing a restorative justice model to mediate student conflict. Before graduate school, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in her former high school (Curtis), leading youth development and outreach for the School-Based Health Center.

D’Arcy holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she was a Detroit Community-Based Initiative Scholar with a focus on Community Organizing. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English (Creative Writing) from SUNY Geneseo.

Sarah Blas

Child Health & Wellness Initiatives Coordinator

With more than a decade of dedication to the non profit world, Sarah Blas is now the Coordinator of the Child Health and Wellness initiatives and Staten Island Asthma Coalition.

Sarah is the founder of Richmond Terrace Therapeutic Garden. Using gardening as a medium to advocate for suitable living conditions she is creating safe therapeutic spaces for families to thrive while connecting them to community resources. This initiative has provided Sarah with a platform for public speaking in and out of the media. She is recognized as a community leader with a passion for social advocacy and community empowerment.

Sarah attended the College of Staten Island and her previous employers include Volunteers of America and Dove’s Community Outreach.

Abigail Batista, MSW

TYSA Coordinator

Abby serves as the TYSA (Tackling Youth Substance Abuse) Coordinator where she supports the TYSA coalition and its partners. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Management of Human Services, from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Abby has previously worked in healthcare, reducing the health disparities among people living with HIV and LGBTQ+ identified individuals. She has an extensive background serving youth. Abby is passionate about food and water justice, social entrepreneurship, and ensuring that all people are treated justly.

Sean Ghazala, MPA

TYSA PAX Field Coordinator

Sean (he, him, his) is the PAX Field Coordinator for TYSA. His background is in providing college preparedness instruction, and interpreting public history with a focus on serving New York City youth and people of color. Sean obtained a Master of Public Administration at Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Labor Studies at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. His interests include public history, cycling, and worker-owned cooperative enterprises. In his spare time, he is active in community organizing on Staten Island.

Christina Williams

Coordinator for the Youth WINS Network

Although a Brooklynite, Christina is proud to serve in Staten Island. Over the course of the years she has been able to develop professionally in the field of Youth Development across the boroughs of New York City. Her work has specifically focused on the city’s Out-of- School, Out-of-Work population with a deep concentration on youth ages 15-24 involved in the criminal justice system. Christina comes from a professional culture of trauma-informed and culturally competent service. Aside from her work in social services, Christina is also a member of BombaYo, a Bronx-based Afro-Puerto Rican performance collective which focuses on social justice, cultural awareness, and collective healing through the practice of Bomba.