A leader is a dealer in hope
– Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman
Meet our board, leadership and program teams.
BFL Holding Directors
Gerald A. Francese, Esq. – Chairperson
Dr. Randolph Mowry, PhD, CRC – Secretary
Malcolm Wattman, Esq. – Treasurer
Daniel O’Connor, CPA
Frank Ikonero Mugabi, Esq.
Robert C. Foote III, Esq.
John F. Fritts, Esq.
Freedom House Directors
Sally N. MacNichol, MDiv, PhD – Chair
Trisha Choi – Secretary
- Paul B. Feuerstein – President/CEO
- LeShan Gaulman, MSW – Chief Operations Officer
- Cynthia Amodeo, LMHC – Chief Program Officer
- Yueqin Li – Director of Finance/Accounting
- Scott Hess, MFA – Director of Communications
- Aeilushi Mistry – HR and Organizational Development Manager
- Laura Fidler, MPH – BFL Project Director/OVW Collaborative
Freedom House Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter for People with Disabilities
- Myra Ricard, LMSW – Freedom House Program Director
- Julissa Vasquez, LMSW – Director of Social Services
- Sara Eldridge, LMSW – Assistant Director of Social Services
- Maritza Gomez – Freedom House Coordinator
- Linette Holmes – Resident Aide Manager
Secret Garden Community Based Domestic Violence Program
- Jules Perkel, LCSW – Secret Garden Program Director
- Gabrielle Witte, LMSW – Secret Garden Assistant Program Director
Supportive Housing (BFL Apartments, South Bronx)
- Julie Pena, MSW – Program Director Barrier Free Living Apartments
- Rodney Jean, MPH – Director of Social Services Barrier Free Living Apartments
- Edwin Nolasco – Resident Aide Manager Barrier Free Living Apartments
Deaf Service Initiative/CJII Collaborative
- Myra Ricard, LMSW
- Jules Perkel, LCSW
- Cynthia Amodeo, LMHC
- Laura Fidler, MPH
BFL Leadership Changes In 2018
Barrier Free Living has had leadership changes in 2018.
LeShan A. Gaulman, LMSW, formerly Program Director at BFL’s Transitional Housing program became the agency’s Chief Operating Officer.
Cynthia Amodeo, LMHC, formerly Director of Social at BFL’s Freedom House domestic violence shelter became the agency’s Chief Program Officer.
Other staff changes include Rodney Jean, MPH joining Barrier Free Living Apartments as the Director of Social Services, and Sara Eldridge, LMSW formerly a social worker at Freedom House taking on the role of Assistant Director of Social Services there.