SIPCW Staff

Adrienne Abbate, MPA

Executive Director

Adrienne Abbate is an ardent advocate of public health and social justice issues, with over 20 years of experience that span the private, public, and the government sectors. Adrienne is the founding executive director of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW), a nonprofit working to create a healthier Staten Island through cross-sectoral partnerships that address emerging health needs. Under Ms. Abbate’s leadership, SIPCW transitioned from a small membership organization to a dynamic public health entity addressing the Island’s critical issues such as chronic disease prevention, mental health, substance misuse, and health  inequities. SIPCW currently oversees several collaborative initiatives including the Child Wellness Initiative and Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA), a coalition that has affected systems-level change and has been heralded as a model for communities around the country.

Ms. Abbate has been appointed to several advisory committees at the local, city, and state levels for Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Governor Andrew Cuomo. She also serves on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Council, the NYC Population Health Improvement Program Steering Committee, and the Test and Trace Community Advisory Board. In addition, she is currently the Board Chair of the Staten Island Not for Profit Association.

Her interest in systems-level work and passion for education and public health have allowed Ms. Abbate to combine her professional and personal interests. Since 2018, she has served as a member of the Curtis High School Community School Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Equity Alliance of Staten Island, a Pre K-12 initiative established to address educational disparities for Black and Brown students in the borough. Adrienne holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Health Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and is a doctoral candidate in the inaugural Community Based Leadership EdD program at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She lives, works, and loves in Tompkinsville, and is a proud mother of two NYC DOE students.

Joe Belan

Chief Financial Officer

Jazmin Rivera, MPH

Deputy Executive Director

Jazmin Rivera is a public health professional with a background in Women and Gender Studies, English Literature, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, bringing an analytical, social justice lens to her work. As the Deputy Executive Director at the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, Jazmin serves as the director of TYSA, a collective impact initiative focused on youth substance use prevention and mental health promotion, and also oversees all the organization’s evaluation efforts. Under her guidance, TYSA underwent multiple, in-depth strategic planning processes, most recently focusing on bringing an Anti-Racism approach to behavioral health systems. Jazmin is also leading multiple evaluation projects aimed at building community power among youth and young adults.
After becoming a mother, Jazmin became deeply invested in social and emotional learning and culturally responsive schools that center healing, especially for Black and Latinx youth. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the College of Staten Island, CUNY in the Community Based Leadership in education program to build a research base on topics of racial equity and whole-school healing centered transformation. Additionally, Jazmin is passionate about maternal and child health, and is a fierce advocate for birth justice.

Maralie Deprinvil, MPH

Manager of Projects & Contracts

Maralie Deprinvil works as the Project and Contracts Manager, where she helps to manage project strategies and contract deliverables across the organization. Through the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Project (BHIP), Maralie worked closely with the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) and various community partners to build the capacity of clinicians to handle behavioral health issues, reduce the stigma of mental health and substance use, and build and strengthen the peer workforce across Staten Island. As a public health professional, Maralie manages projects that seek to strengthen communities, reduce health disparities, address the physical and behavioral health needs, and raise awareness on the many issues impacting Black and Brown communities.

Prior to her role at SIPCW, Maralie worked with children and adults with mental health and developmental disabilities for five years. She 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

Senior Lead for Evaluation & Special Projects

Steven Chan serves as the Senior Lead for Special Projects & Evaluation at SIPCW, working across projects to strengthen and support SIPCW’s data & evaluation capacity. He has a range of experiences in quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination of findings to wide audiences. He is passionate about applying evidence-based learnings that inform best practices to 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. Steven earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College with a major in Science, Technology, and Society, and correlates in Molecular Biology and Chinese Language.

D’Arcy Hearn, LMSW

Youth Action & School Support Lead

D’Arcy Hearn 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 and 2 years as the Youth Empowerment Coordinator, she is now the Youth Action & School Support Lead, working collaboratively with students, school administration, and community leaders to create change in schools and communities. 

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

Community Impact and Equity Lead

Sarah Blas serves as the Equity and Community Impact Lead. Sarah is a NYC resident, mother of six children, seasoned community engagement professional and public speaker. Sarah has over 10 years experience in the non-profit world and several years in the private sector in branding and communications. Her previous employers include Volunteers of America and Dove’s Community Outreach. She serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for SIWWM and the Director of Health and Wellness for Baituljamaat, House of Community. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Staten Island Therapeutic Gardens, the only “healing hub” that addresses health disparities in communities of color through sustainable healing programming and food sovereignty. In her spare time, Sarah can be found volunteering for non-partisan voter registration drives and with community gardens.

Sean Ghazala, MPA

Behavioral Health Lead

Sean Ghazala (he/his) is the Behavioral Health Lead. 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 a Master of Arts in Labor Studies at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. His interests include public history, cycling, and worker-owned cooperatives. As cofounder of Plea for the Fifth, he is active in uplifting stories that empower Staten Islanders.

Christina Williams

Youth WINS Coordinator

Although a Brooklynite, Christina Williams is proud to serve in Staten Island. Over the course several 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.

Jason Pisano, CRPA/CARC

Peer Workforce Lead

Jason Pisano serves as Peer Workforce Lead at SIPCW, where he coordinates with the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) and behavioral health partners to build and sustain the recovery peer and community health worker workforce on Staten Island. Prior to his role at SIPCW, Jason worked at Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI), where he was able to develop professionally in the field of peer recovery. Shortly after working as a recovery coach/peer advocate, he assumed the role of coordinator for an opioid overdose response and prevention program. Jason also served as director and trainer for a recovery peer training institute. Jason is a dually certified addiction recovery coach (CARC) and recovery peer advocate (CRPA).