Board of Directors


Mary L. Pulido, PhD
Executive Director
World Childhood Foundation USA



President Elect:

Leslie Schmerler
The New York Foundling’s Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection
590 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10011
(212) 660-1375

Vice President:

Lawrence Jay Braunstein, J.D.
Braunstein & Zuckerman, Esqs.
333 Westchester Avenue, Suite S. 302
White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 997-6220


Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.
Center For Family Development
5820 Main Street, Suite 406
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 810-0790


Eileen C. Treacy, Ph.D.
Consultation Services
91 Rolling Hill Road
Freehold, NY 12431
(917) 602-9355


  • Linda Cahill, MD
    Associate Professor Emerita
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    (646) 300-3632
  • Jack F. Coyne, MD, FAAP
    Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, SUNY at Buffalo
    Chairman of Pediatrics, Sisters Hospital of Charity, Buffalo N.Y
    Medical Director, Child Advocacy Center of Erie, Niagara, and Genesee Counties
    Director of Pediatric Medical Education, South Buffalo Mercy Hospital
    1215 Backus Rd, Derby N.Y. 14047
    (716) 479-9753
  • David Goldstein, Psy. D.
    Chief Operating Officer
    New Alternatives for Children, Inc.
    37 W. 26th Street, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10010
    (212) 696-1550 x265
  • Colleen Henry, Ph. D., MSW
    Assistant Professor, Silberman School of Social Work
    Hunter College
    City University of New York
    2180 Third Avenue, Room 422
    New York, NY 10035
    (415) 652-6408
  • Jamie L. Hoffman-Rosenfeld, MD
    Associate Clinical Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    (914) 500-3292
  • Ann Lenane, MD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Rochester
    Medical Director, REACH Program
    1 Mount Hope Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14620
    (585) 935-7832
  • Anne H. Meltzer, Psy.D.
    Forensic Child Psychologist
    15 Leatherstocking Lane
    Scarsdale, NY  10583
    (914) 722-0042
  • Melanie S. Francis, LCSW
    Psychotherapist in Private Practice
    33 West 19th Street, 4th Floor
    New York, NY 10011
    (212) 858-9101
  • Vincent J. Palusci, MD, MS
    Professor of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine
    Frances L. Loeb Child Protection and Development Center
    Bellevue Hospital Center, Room GC-65
    462 First Avenue
    New York, NY 10016
    (212) 562-6073
  • Mel Schneiderman, Ph.D.
    Retired Senior Vice President
    The New York Foundling’s Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection
    250 Schenck Avenue
    Great Neck, NY 11021
    (516) 660-7989
  • Dana Kaplan, MD
    Child Abuse Pediatrician, Director of Child Abuse and Neglect
    Department of Pediatrics Staten Island University Hospital
    Northwell Health Physician Partners, Staten Island
    500 Seaview Avenue, Suite 130
    Staten Island, NY 10305
    (718) 226-8063
  • Mandy O’Hara, MD, MPH
    Child Abuse Pediatrician
    New York, NY
  • Anthony R. Zenkus, LMSW
    Senior Director of Education and Communications
    Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk
    9 Springfield Avenue
    Greenlawn, NY 11740
    (631) 926-0993
  • Muna Heaven, Esq.
    Assistant Executive Director/Legal Counsel
    The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1401
    New York, NY 10018
    (212) 233-5500 x219