SIPCW Staff

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 Initiatives

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.

Omolara Johnson, MPA

Manager, Child Health & Wellness Initiatives

Omolara is a Staten Island North Shore native and serves as the Manager of Child Health and Wellness Initiatives (CWI). Omolara’s passion is to address health disparities and mortality rates among minority youth, women, and infants. Through CWI, Omolara works with community stakeholders to adapt solutions to reduce and prevent future childhood obesity and non-communicable diseases. Prior to her role at SIPCW, Omolara worked extensively to increase reproductive and sexual health access in Southern regions. Her focus included strengthening partnerships between medicals schools and health clinics to reduce provider gaps in high-need areas. Omolara also led HIV/AIDS initiatives to increase the number of individuals who know their HIV status and the number of HIV-infected individuals linked to medical and social services. Omolara holds a Master in Public Administration from CUNY John Jay and a Bachelor in Public Policy and Management from SUNY Albany. In her spare time, she provides wellness coaching and fitness instruction.

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, MSW

Youth Empowerment Coordinator

D’Arcy is a Staten Island native and a Community Organizer passionate about youth empowerment and using creative arts as a vehicle for social change. Working across initiatives, D’Arcy is predominately focused on Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA), an issue that is close to her heart. Previously she was a macro social worker that worked with the urban American Indian community in Detroit. She also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in her former high school (Curtis), where she was able to give back to her community through promoting the School-Based Health Center and developing leadership skills in high school students. She operates from a social justice lens and believes in embracing diversity and exploring connections through dialogue and building relationships. D’Arcy believes in the feminist principle that the personal is political and wants to help empower people to tell their story and fight for change. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan in Social Work, where she was a Detroit Community-Based Initiative Scholar with a focus on Community Organizing and Communities and Social Systems. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English (Creative Writing) from SUNY Geneseo.

Jordan Lowmark, MPH

Peer Integration Coordinator

Jordan Lowmark works as Project Coordinator for the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Project (BHIP) where he coordinates with the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) and other community partners to strengthen the behavioral health infrastructure across Staten Island. Through BHIP, he helps to build the capacity behavioral health providers and local hospitals to integrate substance use and mental health peers into their continuum of services. Prior to his role at SIPCW, Jordan worked with both Senator Andrew Lanza and the NYC DOHMH. Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Health Science from SUNY Oswego and a Master in Public Health Degree (MPH) with a concentration in health policy and management from the CUNY School of Public Health.

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.