Leadership

The Board

Dara Caputo

Dara Caputo has been a supporter of ASK since 2012 and joined the Board of Directors in 2015. She is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working with adolescents and their families in Westchester County since 1993. Her Master’s Degree is from Hunter School of Social Work in NYC.

Ms. Caputo is employed at St. Christopher’s Inc. Residential Treatment Center, as the Director of Clinical Administration and External Affairs. She is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor since April 2014 and has been providing trainings for ASK as well as the rest of the county.

Ms. Caputo moved to Westchester in 1993 and currently resides in Yorktown with her husband and two daughters.

Tricy Cushner – President

Tricy Cushner has served as a member of The Alliance for Safe Kids Executive Board of Directors since 2006. She served her first year as Treasurer and each year since 2007 as President and CEO.
 
Mrs. Cushner has also been a member of The Yorktown Central School District PTSA since 2004 where she has served as both Treasurer and President. She has been active for more than ten years on the YCSD PTSA Council, Wellness Committee, Mental Health General Network, Foundation for Excellence and PS We Care Committee and more than 5 years participation with Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, Yorktown Organizations United, Social Action Committee for Temple Beth Am, Yorktown Lion’s Club and the Board of Visitors for the Triangle YMCA.
 
Mrs. Cushner holds a B.A. in Accounting from Columbia College, SC. She resides in Yorktown with her husband and three teenagers.

Debra Georger – Treasurer

Debra Georger is and active member of the Yorktown community. She has served as a member of The Alliance for Safe Kids Executive Board of Directors since 2011. Mrs. Georger has served a two year term as Treasurer of the Mohansic PTA. She also served a two year term as treasurer of the Yorktown Central School District PTSA.

Mrs. Georger’s other fundraising efforts include The Rosenthal JCC and The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. She was formerly a Senior Vice President at Young and Rubicam, a New York City advertising agency.

She resides in Cortlandt Manor with her husband and twin daughters.

Denise Kness

Denise Kness has been a supporter of ASK since 2009 and  joined the Executive Board of Directors in January 2013. As a Yorktown resident for the past 16 years, Denise has been an active volunteer for Lakeland Central School District for the past 7 years. She has also held the position of Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools PTA Co- President and is presently the President of the Lakeland Education Foundation.

Mrs. Kness has also worked closely with the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce for the past three years on its HealthYorktown 5K Walk/Run which brings both the Lakeland Central School District and the Yorktown Central School District together. The event promotes health and wellness for all our community kids and their families.

Denise has been married to a life long Yorktown resident and they have two children.

Karen Profita

Karen Profita has been a coalition member of The Alliance for Safe Kids since 2005 and has served as an Executive Board of Directors since 2006. She was active in the creation of Youth Court and has remained a member of that Advisory Board as well.  

She is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social worker and a New York State Certified School Social Worker who has been a District Social Worker in the Yorktown Central Schools since 2001, where she is also the Coordinator for PS We Care. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and a Post Master’s Certificate in Child and Adolescent Therapy from Fordham University.  

She and her husband have lived in Yorktown since 1983 and have raised their children, who are both young adults, here.

Mary Anne Ruvo – Secretary

Mary Anne Ruvo has been involved with the Alliance for Safe Kids as a volunteer for its various community events since 2006. She joined the ASK Board as Secretary in May 2015. Mrs. Ruvo has also been actively involved in both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts since September 2006 and a PTA member for 10 years.  

In addition to her current work in the community, Mrs. Ruvo served as the Correspondence Secretary of the Yorktown Central School District Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) from 2009 – 2011 and has also served as Sponsor Coordinator for the Yorktown Athletic Club’s softball program.

She attended Manhattan College where she earned her Mechanical Engineering degree and her Masters of Environmental Engineering degree. She resides in Yorktown with her husband and two children.

Staff

Erica Stanzione – Director of Communications and Partnerships

Erica Stanzione has been involved with the Alliance for Safe Kids since July 2011. After beginning her work with ASK as Coalition Coordinator, she has since changed roles, using her background and education in nonprofit management and fundraising, to keep the coalition moving forward in a strategic manner in order to continue empowering and educating Yorktown youth and their families. 

Before becoming part of the ASK team, Miss. Stanzione received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh, NY) and a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Baypath College (Longmeadow, MA). She worked with the Jorge Posada Foundation and the Johan Santana Foundation for three years before joining ASK as the Coalition Coordinator in 2011. In 2013, she pursued an opportunity to further her experience at Guiding Eyes for the Blind before returning to ASK as the Director of Communications and Partnerships in the summer of 2015.

Miss. Stanzione resides in Putnam Valley with her two dogs.

Liz Talbert – Executive Director

Liz Talbert joined the Alliance for Safe Kids in December of 2013 as the Coalition Coordinator. Ms. Talbert coordinates and facilitates the day-to-day operations of the coalition, engages community partners and provides leadership to ASK staff and volunteers. She is responsible for implementing proven strategies for positive community change, and managing all aspects of coalition building, including networking and community outreach.

Ms. Talbert is a dedicated member of the Yorktown community. Prior to joining the ASK staff, she was a key volunteer. She is involved with both the Yorktown Athletic Club and the Huskers Athletic Club, and remains active as a PTA committee chair and volunteer in the Yorktown schools. In addition to a background in sales and customer service, Ms. Talbert has professional experience working with school staff, students, and parents.

Ms. Talbert resides in Yorktown with her husband and two sons.

Abby Tinari – Administrative Assistant

Abby Tinari has been on staff with the Alliance for Safe Kids since March 2011. Her extensive background in administrative support and customer service has served to keep the coalition moving forward and focused on its mission of empowering and educating Yorktown youth and their families.

Ms. Tinari is a vibrant member of the Yorktown community. In addition to working and volunteering for ASK, she is a Girl Scout leader and PTA volunteer and class parent in the Yorktown schools. She has been involved with Destination Imagination and in furthering the arts in our town.

Before becoming part of the ASK team, Ms. Tinari worked for 18 years in commercial and corporate aviation where she excelled in both sales and customer service. Ms. Tinari resides in Cortlandt Manor with her husband and two children.

Program Directors

David Levin – Director of Video Project Team

David Levin received his Masters in Fine Arts from New York University’s Graduate Film program and began working as an editor which was quickly followed by a career in directing.  Mr. Levin has been directing since 1999, on 4 different continents, immersed in all aspects of production, from pre to post, always striving to better his skills and learn new ones.

Mr. Levin found opportunities (and in some cases created them) to teach workshops on storytelling, the production process, camera placement and coverage, directing actors, or to simply lecture on the filmmaking and creative processes. In 2013, in conjunction with Alliance for Safe Kids, he produced, directed and edited “Choices: What Will YOU Do?” a documentary on drinking, drugs, addiction and social status for use in High School health classes, assemblies and panel discussions.

Mr. Levin is a creative and critical thinker, well-read and open-minded, trained formally and informally, and has been studying, writing, teaching and making films since he was 9 years old. He is also a father, a husband, and a member of this community.

Nancy Rothenberg Levin – Director of Youth Court

Nancy Rothenberg Levin originally from Atlanta, Georgia, received her Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in the double major of Political Science and English and her Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  During her time in Law School she was awarded finalist in the National Moot Court competition and as a member of the Innocence Project, she was instrumental in the release of a defendant after years of unlawful imprisonment.
 
Nancy divides her time between practicing Special Education Law, and helping the community, as it has always been her ambition to use her legal training to help people, especially those that cannot help themselves. As the Director of the Alliance for Safe Kids' Youth Court Program, she designs the curriculum, teaches high school students all aspects of the court system, and oversees actual court cases involving youthful offenders.  As the Director of Youth Court, she is also a liaison to the New York Department of Probation, Yorktown Police Department, and Yorktown Judiciary.
 
She lives in Northern Westchester with her husband, two children, and three dogs.