Service Program for Older People

Key Staff

Nancy Harvey, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Catherine Thurston, LCSW
Chief Program Officer

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.

Stephen Beramsingh
Senior Vice President for Administration

Stephen Beramsingh has over 10 years of experience specializing in team management, hardware risk management, and infrastructure operations in for-profit and non-profit settings.  He has particular expertise in network infrastructure, security compliance, and cyber risk prevention and remediation.  He is a graduate of DeVry University.

Carola Chase, LCSW
Director of Bereavement Support Services and Training & Education

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.

Arianne Dunstan-Halliday, LCSW
Senior Vice President for Intake and Admissions

Arianne Dunstan-Halliday manages SPOP’s Intake Department and oversees all referrals and admissions.  She is a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and has over nine years of experience working in aging and mental health.

Janet Rosenberg
Senior Vice President for Development

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 is a graduate of Trinity College.

Alexandra Webb, LCSW
Senior Vice President for PROS

Alexandra Webb is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and has spent her career working with adults with severe mental illness.  She joined the SPOP staff in 2016 as Assistant Director of PROS; her prior work was primarily within the New York City Health + Hospital system, including placements in inpatient psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center and the psychiatric emergency program at Jacobi Medical Center.  Allie has a particular interest in improving access to and quality of services for vulnerable populations.

Geordana Weber, LCSW
Senior Vice President for Clinical Services

Geordana Weber oversees the Mental Health Clinic at SPOP, including program development, community outreach, homebound service, and clinic sites co-located at senior centers and other organizations.  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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