January 19, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Scott Hess [email protected]


NEW YORK, NY, January 18, 2024  – Barrier Free Living (BFL) has announced the promotion of  Diana Turner to the position of Chief Program Officer.

In this new capacity Turner will be responsible for strengthening and developing programming with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for survivors with disabilities.

Turner began with BFL in 2019 as the Program Director of Barrier Free Living Apartments. In June, 2023 she was promoted to Quality Assurance Specialist.

“During her tenure Diana has proven to be a mission driven and client centered leader,” said BFL Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Amodeo. “At the forefront of her work is ensuring that our clients are receiving quality services.

Amodeo noted that during her time with BFL Diana has gained the trust and respect from agency staff and funders. In her Quality Assurance role, Diana learned about the contractual requirements at both Freedom House Secret Garden.

“I am excited and humbled to continue my journey working with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and to support the strengthening of BFL programs,” said Turner. “I look forward to fostering and engaging in a positive change for the agency as a whole and collaborating with our program teams.”

Gerald Francese, Board Chair of BFL, added “The organization is extremely proud of Ms. Turner for the great work she does for our community, the growth of her career, and the strength of our entire team who serve the needs of one of New York’s most vulnerable communities. It is truly an honor to support the great work of Barrier Free Living and its incomparable staff.”

Barrier Free Living, Inc. is a nonprofit serving domestic violence survivors with disabilities and those who are D/deaf in New York City. The agency has three programs including a safe and fully accessible domestic violence shelter, a community based program that offers counseling, support groups, advocacy, and safety planning, and apartments offering permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities.

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