Daniel Lipka, Executive Director

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Dan came to Making Headway with 25+ years of experience in non-profit management, fundraising, communications, and a passion for helping people. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID, where he was responsible for all organizational activities, including events, development, financial management, community programs, and a staff of 12. Prior to that, Dan served as the Executive Director of the Port Chester Council of Community Services, Director of Special Projects at the Westchester Children’s Association, and National Grants Manager at the International Rescue Committee. Dan earned his Master of Public Administration of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dan is very active in the community, serving on several Boards, including Hope’s Door and 100 Donors. Dan currently lives in White Plains with his wife and two daughters.


Maureen Isaia, Family Liaison

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JMaureen is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who came to Making Headway after 19 years of working in hospital settings. She specializes in supporting children and families throughout difficult medical situations. She has extensive healthcare experience in care management, discharge planning, insurance, and utilization management. Prior to Making Headway, Maureen spent 14 years as Senior Social Work Care Manager at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY. Maureen received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Salisbury University and earned her Master in Social Work, with clinical track specialization with families and children, from Fordham University. Maureen is compassionate, caring, and is dedicated in helping children and families navigate the difficult and challenging road that comes with a pediatric brain or spinal cord tumor.


Jennifer Samuels, Office Manager

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Jennifer spent her childhood in Europe and moved back to the United States in 2003. She went to Blessed Sacrament High School in New Rochelle, and then on to Iona College. After college, Jennifer started working as an office administrator almost immediately, first in New York City and then in Westchester. She has worked in many different sectors, with the latest being a leading cookie company and an energy company. She is embarking for the first time in the wonderful, fulfilling world of non-profit organizations. In her spare time she bakes, cooks, and does an array of different arts and crafts. She lives in Hartsdale with her husband and their daughter.

Ongoing Care Team

Ms. Vicki Beckerman, LCSW: Psychotherapist, New Jersey  Resume
Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, PhD: Psychologist, NYC  Resume  Bio  Website
Ms. Colleen Marie Cavanagh, MS, LCSW, New Jersey Resume Bio Website
Dr. Jean Donnelly, PhD: Psychologist, NYC  Resume
Ms. Carol Greenberg, MA: Educational Advocate, NYC  Resume  Bio
Dr. Marcia Greenleaf, PhD: Psychologist, Clinical Director and Family Adviser, NYC  Resume  Bio
Dr. Amy Gross, PhD: Psychologist, Hudson Valley  Resume  Bio  Website
Dr. Lincoln Hess, MD: Adolescent and Pediatric Psychiatry, NYC
Dr. Ruth Lax, PhD: Psychologist, Long Island  Resume  Bio
Dr. Susan Leslie-Greisman, PhD: Neuropsychology Consultant/Educational Advocate, Connecticut  Resume
Dr. Daniel Mason, MD: Psychiatrist, Connecticut  Resume
Dr. Katelyn McGee, Psy.D, NYC  Bio  Website
Dr. Jessica Nowillo, DO: Psychiatrist, Hudson Valley  Resume  Bio
Dr. Mark Owens, DO: Psychiatrist, NYC  Resume
Dr. Lisa Parsonnet, LCSW, PhD: Psychologist, New Jersey  Resume  Bio
Ms. Katie Passman, MS Ed: Educational Advocate, New Jersey  Bio  Website
Ms. Jennifer Polidoro, LCSW, Long Island Website
Ms. Autumn Potter, MPS, Creative Arts Therapist  Bio  Website
Dr. Marian Rissenberg, PhD: Neuropsychologist, Hudson Valley  Resume  Bio  Website
Ms. Jennifer Kahn Ruoff, LMSW, MS Ed: Educational Advocate, Hudson Valley  Resume  Bio  Website
Ms. Sallie Sanborn, MS, CCLS, Psychotherapist, New York City  Resume  Bio
Dr. Mark Sandberg, PhD: Clinical Psychology, Long Island  Resume  Bio  Website
Ms. Erica P. Sandoval, LCSW-SIFI, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, NYC  Resume  Bio  Website
Long Island Advocacy Center, Educational Advocates, Long Island  Website
Susan Luger Associate, Educational Advocates, New York City  Website