Service Program for Older People

Key Staff

Nancy Harvey, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer
nharvey@spop.org

Nancy Harvey was appointed Executive Director of SPOP in 1990 and became CEO in 2014. She is responsible for overall agency management including finances, human resources, fundraising, and program development.  Prior to this position Ms. Harvey was the Acting Executive Director for the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults and the former Director of the JSPOA Friendship Center.  She received her Masters of Social Work at the State University of New York at Albany and her B.A. at the State University of New York, New Paltz.


Dan Del Bene, LCSW
Chief Administrative Officer
ddelbene@spop.org

Dan Del Bene oversees the administration of all SPOP programs and activities.  He was formerly associated with The Bridge, Puerto Rican Family Institute, ANDRUS, and the Greyston Foundation, and has taught social work research at the NYU Silver School of Social Work since 1997.  He received his Masters of Social Work from Columbia University.


Catherine Thurston, LCSW
Chief Program Officer
cthurston@spop.org

Catherine Thurston oversees the SPOP Clinic, PROS/Personalized Recovery Oriented Services Program, Bereavement Support, community outreach and other program initiatives.  She has over 29 years of prior experience in geriatrics which includes serving as Chief Services Officer at SAGE/Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders and as Director of Alzheimer’s Programs at the Cobble Hill Health Center. She received her Masters of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work.


Eeva J. Mikkola, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Eeva Mikkola received her medical degree (Licentiate in Medicine) from the Faculty of Medicine of Helsinki University, Finland.  She did her psychiatry residency and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.  She is fluent in English, Spanish, Finnish and Swedish.


Carola Chase, LCSW
Director of Bereavement Support Services and Training & Education
cchase@spop.org

Carola Chase received her MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work and received analytic training at The Contemporary Freudian Society.  She was the 2009 recipient of the Anna Freud Award from the Anna Freud Foundation for a paper that was later published in The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child.

 


Robert Franco, MA
Senior Vice President for PROS
rfranco@spop.org

Robert Franco oversees the PROS (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services) Program at SPOP. He received an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University and has devoted his entire career to adult mental health care.  Before joining SPOP, he served as Clinical Manager at Riverdale Manor Adult Home and as Director of Congregate Programs at Beacon of Hope House, residential programs in the Bronx.


Kathleen Cullen-Kortleven, RN, NPP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
kcullen@spop.org

Kathleen Cullen-Kortleven is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who worked for many years at New York Presbyterian, Westchester before joining the staff of SPOP.  She currently is a candidate in the psychoanalytic program at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis.


Janet Rosenberg
Senior Vice President for Development
jrosenberg@spop.org

Janet Rosenberg manages all external communications and donor relations, including foundation, corporate, government and individual support.  Her previous experience includes annual and capital fund raising at the Council on Foreign Relations and DOROT.  She has a B.A. from Trinity College and M.A. from the University of Connecticut.


Geordana Weber, LCSW
Senior Vice President for Community Services
gweber@spop.org

Geordana Weber manages SPOP’s community outreach and clinic satellite sites co-located senior centers and other organizations, including those that serve specialized populations.  She has over ten years of experience providing and supervising community mental health and family services, formerly associated with Catholic Charities, Child Center of NY, and Brooklyn Community Services.  She has also developed community-based volunteer programs for seniors through NYC Department for the Aging and brought mental health treatment to non-traditional sites.  She is a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work.

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