Backbone Staff

TYSA is supported by backbone staff members from the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness.

Adrienne Abbate, MPA

Executive Director, SIPCW & Project Director, TYSA

Meet Adrienne

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.

Anna Bledsoe, MPH

Project Coordinator, TYSA

Meet Anna

Anna serves as a Project Coordinator for TYSA in which she handles projects related to the Drug-Free Communities grant, focusing primarily on alcohol use. While she has always been interested in behavioral health issues, it was while working closely with a small Mental Health Unit there that she decided she wanted to pursue work in this field, especially with marginalized populations. Before joining TYSA, Anna consulted for the Children’s Defense Fund while interning with Mt. Sinai’s Eating and Weight Disorders Program. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Anna relocated to NY for graduate school and received her Master in Public Health (MPH) degree from NYU in May 2016. Prior to pursuing her MPH, she lived in Ghana where she worked as a teacher and project coordinator in which she developed and implemented health-related initiatives in the community.

Jazmin Rivera, MPH

Project Coordinator, TYSA

Meet Jazmin

Jazmin leads the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success grant as Project Coordinator for TYSA. Her background is 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.

Executive Leadership

TYSA’s Steering Committee is lead by five executive board members.

Chair: Jackie Filis, YMCA
Vice Chair: Stephen Bennett, United Activities Unlimited
Executive Member: Michael McBrearty, Northwell Health
Executive Member: Everett Miller, Bridge Back to Life
Executive Member: Patricia Tooker, Wagner College