Michael Bellotti, LMHC
Michael Bellotti joined Concern as Associate Executive Director in 1994. As Associate Executive Director, Michael manages and oversees our Licensed and Apartment Treatment Programs. Michael is responsible for Concern’s continued CARF Accreditation. Additionally, Michael has implemented and oversees Concern’s Wellness Initiative and Vocational Program, including the supervision of our Employment Specialist and the initiation of our Culinary Arts Program. Michael has over 30 years of clinical supervision experience. Michael is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and earned his BA in Psychology from Queens College and his MS in Counseling from Long Island University.
Sandra Carrasquillo joined Concern in 2011 as the Director of Human Resources. She has over 15 years experience in various office management roles, including accounting, Human Resources policies and procedures, and payroll and benefits administration. Sandra maintains the personnel files of over 200 part-time and full-time individuals employed by Concern, as well as all per diem employees. She is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources functions as well as payroll within the agency. Sandra earned her BS in Organizational Management with a Certificate in Human Resources from St. Joseph’s College.
Debbie Debek joined Concern in 1996 in our Accounting Department and has served as the Property Manager for twelve years. Debbie supervises two Assistant Property Managers as well as all maintenance staff, including the Maintenance Director, Maintenance Supervisor, nine Maintenance Mechanics and six Custodians. The ultimate goal of the Property Manager is to ensure that all of the properties managed by Concern are safe and well maintained. Debbie earned her BA in accounting from Dowling College.
Denise Duncan, LMHC, CASAC, NCC
Denise Duncan has served as the Director of Supported Housing since 2005. She is responsible for the oversight of 27 staff in the day to day operation of Concern‘s Supported Housing Program. She joined Concern in 1991 as a Case Manager in the Apartment Treatment Program and then transferred to our Supported Housing Program in 1994. Denise earned her BA in psychology from Stony Brook University and has a dual Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from Long Island University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, and holds National Counseling Certification through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Ralph Fasano, MA, MED, CRC
Ralph Fasano has been the Executive Director of Concern for Independent Living, since 1993. Concern is the largest provider of Supportive Housing on Long Island and one of the largest in NYS. The organization houses over 1,000 people in over 240 different sites. In the past eight years Concern has raised over $200 million in funding to develop new housing. Mr. Fasano is the current President of the Association for Community Living, a statewide association representing 130 housing agencies. He served as the Chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless for four years until February, 2,000. He has over 30 years experience developing and operating residences for formerly homeless individuals and families. Mr. Fasano is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from New York University. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Bay Ridge Prep, the Long Island Residential Association and was the Chair of the Brookhaven Service Advisory Council. He was a member of the Suffolk County Task Force on Homelessness and was the Chair of its Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Committee. He serves on the Suffolk County DSS Commissioners Advisory Council and was the Chair of the Suffolk Housing Work Group. He has served on the Supportive Housing Network’s Steering Committee and is currently its Treasurer. He recently received “The Benefactors” award from the Long Island Chapter of the AIA and the 2012 “Visionary” award from NAMI for his work in developing housing. Governor Cuomo appointed him to serve on the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Committee in 2014.
Elizabeth Lunde, LMSW
As the Senior Associate Executive Director of Concern, Elizabeth is responsible for the development and operations for over 650 housing program beds, as well as the supervision of the Directors of Supported Housing and CR-SRO Programs. Elizabeth joined Concern in 1989 and has served in several roles in both the licensed supervised and supported housing programs. She has over 25 years of experience in mental health housing. Elizabeth earned her BA in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work from Stony Brook University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker.
James Mutton, LMSW
Prior to joining Concern in 2013, Jim worked for 17 years at Project Renewal as Director of Residential Services, where he oversaw multiple supportive housing programs in Manhattan and the Bronx, developing experience and expertise in all aspects of program start up from construction, relocation and financing to day-to-day operation, He has been the NYC Regional Co-Director for the Association for Community Living (ACL) for a number of board terms over the past fifteen years and more recently served as Conference Chair at the annual ACLAIMH conference for five years. During the past decade Jim has also volunteered locally as co-chair of the Evaluation Committee for the New York City Coalition on the Continuum of Care, comprised of some 260 homeless programs, and for the past decade has served on the Board of Director’s at Care for the Homeless, a state-of-the-art homeless healthcare organization in New York City. Holding a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College, Jim is originally from Northampton, England.
Carolyn Varajao joined Concern as Chief Financial Officer in 2013 and is responsible for the accounting and financial functions of the agency. She has over 25 years of financial management experience, with significant experience in both real estate and non-profit industries. Carolyn holds a BS in Accounting from the New York Institute of Technology, an MBA in Finance from Hofstra University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Elizabeth Weinbaum, LCSW
Elizabeth Weinbaum is the Associate Executive Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance and oversees all compliance related activities, including reviewing and evaluating management practices and consumer service delivery. Elizabeth is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years experience in organizational management including strategic planning, regulatory compliance, administrative investigations, quality assurance, and corporate compliance. Her experience includes policy development in all aspects of agency operation and management oversight of programs funded by the Office of Mental Health, Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and Department of Health. She has also provided technical assistance to other organizations that had regulatory compliance and licensing issues. She earned her BSW in social work and her Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University.