Deborah Katznelson , the Chief Social Services Officer has held a variety of other supervisory positions within the agency. She is a licensed social worker and also holds an MA from Teachers College of Columbia University in Family and Community Relations.
Although involved in a variety of service areas, her main, and on-going interest, is adult programming with an emphasis on geriatric services. She has been involved in both the development and supervision of social service programs. Among the programs she has developed are VENTURES, a comprehensive program for Baby Boomers, SHARED CARE, a support service for caregivers, Partners In Caring (a synagogue based support program) and The Hudson Community Project: Safe At Home. She was part of the team which created and successfully secured funding for the Center For Adults Living Well, an innovative senior center funded by the NY City Department For The Aging. She has also created numerous linkages with community providers and medical institutions to supplement agency programs. She currently supervises staff providing direct service as well as social work students, interns from Jewish Theological Seminary and other volunteers involved in program services.
Building on a deep interest in environmental issues she has led agency greening efforts since 2010. She was instrumental in establishing a Community Sustained Agriculture Program (CSA) which enables members to receive regular deliveries of fresh produce while supporting the work of a local farmer.