Laurel W. Eisner
(212) 349 – 6009 ext. 238
As Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families since June 2002, Laurel Eisner has strengthened the agency’s management, financial, and fundraising departments; diversified its funding portfolio; added several major new client service and outreach programs; and bolstered interdisciplinary collaboration among the shelter, legal, and counseling programs. In 2005, she and the Board of Directors led the creation and adoption of a revised mission statement and a 3-5 year Strategic Plan. In 2006, she initiated a two-year project to improve the agency’s human resources and program evaluation systems. Previously, Ms. Eisner served as General Counsel to NYC Public Advocate Mark Green and as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. A Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar at New York University Law School, Ms. Eisner holds Masters degrees in Social Work as well as in Public Law & Government, both from Columbia University.
Director of Human Resources
(212) 349 – 6009 ext. 339
Jill Fernandez came to Sanctuary in 2007 with over 30 years of experience in employee relations, recruitment, hiring, training and professional development, compensation, and benefits, as well as human resources policy development and implementation. At Sanctuary, she oversees all of these areas, and has focused on major projects including the development and introduction to all Sanctuary staff of a new performance management system. Ms. Fernandez has previously served as the Director of Human Resources at the Harlem School of the Arts and the Riverside Church, and worked for the American Red Cross for 23 years supervising an array of human resources, volunteer administration, and organizational development functions.
Tatyana Kopyt, CNAP
Director of Finance
(212) 349 - 6009 ext. 239
Tatyana Kopyt joined Sanctuary’s staff in 1997, as an Accountant in the Finance Department and Human Resources Manager. In the latter role, she enhanced and administered employee benefits and handled personnel matters until 2006. In 2004 she was named Controller, ensuring the accuracy, timeliness, and integrity of day-to-day financial operations and bearing overall responsibility for the fiscal books and records. In 2009 she was named Director of Finance. She provides direction and oversight of financial planning, accounting, budgeting, reporting, ensures the effectiveness of internal control procedures. Ms. Kopyt previously worked as Fiscal Manager at Citizens Advice Bureau. She holds a BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College, a BA in Mathematics from Polytechnic University in Russia, and a Professional Certification in Non-Profit Accounting.
Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Esq.
Director, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services
(212) 349 – 6009 ext. 252
Dorchen Leidholdt has served as Director of Sanctuary’s Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services since 1994. Under her leadership, the Center has grown from two to 23 lawyers, has greatly strengthened its advocacy on behalf of underserved populations, and has spearheaded major state and federal litigation on orders of protection and child welfare policy. Ms. Leidholdt is on the Board of Directors of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), which she helped found in 1988. An adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Law, Ms. Leidholdt lectures internationally on issues of violence against women. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and a law degree from the New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar.
Linda Lopez, Esq.
Deputy Director, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services
(212) 349 – 6009 ext. 247
Linda Lopez started as a staff attorney at Sanctuary’s Legal Center in 1994. In 2006, she was named Deputy Director of the Center, where she works with the Director to advocate on behalf of underserved populations. Ms. Lopez is founder of the Uncontested Divorce Workshop, through which she has trained over 600 students in five New York City law schools to help indigent battered women obtain uncontested divorces. She is an associate adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where she teaches Fundamental Lawyering Skills. A seasoned practitioner of family and matrimonial law with Spanish fluency, she earned her law degree from the City University of New York Law School, where she participated in the Battered Women’s Clinic.
Sarah Burke House Program Director
(718) 588 - 6494 ext. 234
McCourtney was appointed Family Services Director at the Sarah Burke House
Transitional Shelter in December 2006, and assumed management of all 40 shelter
staff in July 2008. He oversees clinical
counseling, case management, housing, daycare, educational services, and
security for New York
State's largest domestic
violence transitional shelter, which houses approximately 400 women and
children each year. He was previously
employed for five years at HELP Haven and HELP Harbor
domestic violence shelters, most recently as Director of Social Services. Mr. McCourtney earned a BA in Sociology and
Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and an MSW from Columbia University.
Director of Development & Communications
(212) 349 – 6009 ext. 274
Lisa Mueller has served as Sanctuary’s Director of Development since
September 2005, and assumed responsibility for agency communications in
2007. Prior to joining Sanctuary’s staff in January 2004, Ms. Mueller
was involved for nearly ten years as a volunteer, pro bono attorney,
and member of Sanctuary’s Legal Advisory Council. Ms. Mueller
previously worked as a corporate associate in the New York, Frankfurt,
and Hong Kong offices of the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb
Steen & Hamilton LLP. Ms. Mueller holds a BA from Yale University
and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. She was a
Fulbright Scholar in Frankfurt, Germany in 1993.
Shelly B. Rose, LMSW
Director of Operations
(212) 349 – 6009 ext. 292
arrived at Sanctuary in 2001 with 20 years of experience in non-profit
management, program development, operations, and human resources. As Director
of Sanctuary's Sarah Burke House (SBH) Transitional Shelter, Ms. Rose managed a
staff of 40 social workers, case managers, childcare specialists, and security
and facilities professionals. Since 2007, her role has been expanded to
encompass agency-wide oversight of administration including information
technology, shelter and office facilities, data management, and program
evaluation. Reflecting these increased responsibilities, she was named Director
of Operations in July 2008. Ms. Rose previously was a Division Director in
Volunteers of America's Greater New York office. She holds an MSW in social
work from Yeshiva University and a certificate in management from the
Center for Nonprofit
Allison R. Ross, LMSW
Assistant Clinical Director
(212) 349 - 6009 ext. 228
Allison Ross has been a staff member in Sanctuary’s clinical department since 2004. In 2008 she was named Assistant Clinical Director for Shelter Programs and Non-Residential Services, a role including oversight of Sanctuary’s crisis shelters, community outreach initiatives, African community initiative, post-shelter care services, and clinical administrative matters. Ms. Ross has also been a leader in establishing Sanctuary’s Mentors Program, a unique training opportunity for survivors ofdomestic violence to become community advocates. She earned her MSW degree from Columbia (September 2010) University School of Social Work, and is currently working towards a doctorate degree in Social Work from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services.
Beth Silverman-Yam, DSW, LCSW
(212) 349 – 6009 ext. 232
As Sanctuary’s Director of Clinical Programs since 1994, Beth Silverman-Yam oversees all clinical programs for clients at the agency’s Manhattan and Bronx offices. Under her leadership, Sanctuary has greatly expanded women’s and children’s counseling and case management and, most recently, added a program of counseling and case management services for French-speaking African women. A social work clinician, program developer, and administrator for more than 35 years, Ms. Silverman-Yam has worked with the New York State Psychiatric Institute; the British Government Department of Social Services; and as a founding member of the Union and Employee Assistance Committee on Domestic Violence in New York City. An adjunct associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work for over 20 years, she holds an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from the City University of New York, both in social work.