Emory X. Brooks, LCSW
President & CEO
Emory X. Brooks is the President, CEO and Founder of Community Counseling & Mediation, best known as CCM. He created CCM in 1982 in response to the overwhelming problems facing poor, minority and disadvantaged children and families in New York City. CCM was one of the first minority led agencies in the City, operating under the premise that cultural sensitivity coupled with strong programs can make a significant difference.
Under Mr. Brooks’ leadership, CCM has grown into a multifunctional organization built around a strong mental health core. It currently provides a holistic range of services – mental health, social support, health, youth development, youth employment, education, child abuse prevention, family counseling and supportive housing in some of Brooklyn’s most troubled neighborhoods.
Mr. Brooks, a licensed clinical social worker, is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work and received a certificate from the Harvard Business School’s executive management and leadership course in nonprofit management. He is also a graduate of Columbia University’s Nonprofit Management Program and has attended post graduate studies at Teachers College (Doctoral Program) and the William Allison White Institute.
Mr. Brooks received the Rudin Award from New York University for dedication and leadership in the field of mental health. He is a member of Black Agency Executives, a board member of Black Equity Alliance, a member of the Supportive Housing Network of New York State, a former board member of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies and a former member of the Council of Voluntary Childcare Agencies.
Mr. Brooks was born in San Angelo, Texas, is a former US Army officer, a professional saxophonist at 15, a husband, the father of three children, stepfather of two a and grandfather of seven. He resides in New York City.
George Daniels, MSW
Chief of Program Operations
Mr. Daniels is the Chief of Program Operations and has been with CCM since 2008. He has over 30 years of experience working with at-risk youth and is in charge of supervising all program staff for CCM. Mr. Daniels has been in an executive position for 13 years. He holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from Yeshiva University, and a Post-Graduate Degree from Columbia University's Institute of Non-Profit Management for Jewish Communal Service.
John Borrillo, MPA
Director, Quality Assurance and Training
John came to CCM in 2010. As CCM's Quality Assurance Director, he has broad responsibility to ensure that the performance of our programs and the agency as a whole meets the expectations of our funders and the regulatory agencies that oversee the work that we do. Having worked as an educator and manager in universities and nonprofits for more than two decades, John brings a wealth of experience. John earned his Bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and his Master's in Public Administration from Baruch College, where he also taught in the School of Public Affairs.
As CCM's Controller, Size is in charge of the Fiscal Department and oversees budgeting, financial reporting, audit preparation, and all other fiscal functions. He graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai China with a B.A. in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting from Tulane University New Orleans.
As CCM's Development Director, Sondra is responsible for developing and implementing new programs and services, writing proposals, implementing and managing contracts, and coordinating the development of promotional and marketing materials. Sondra is a former Peace Corps volunteer, and has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Anthropology.
Gary Siegel, LCSW-R
Director, Clinical Services
Director, Hoyt Clinic
As the Director of Clinical Services, Gary is responsible for overseeing all of CCM's clinical staff at each of CCM's clinics. A graduate of Adelphi University Masters of Social Work Program, Mr. Siegel brings 30 years of experience in the health care field including inpatient psychiatry, outpatient residential treatment programs for clients with mental illness, medical social work, home health care and private practice. In addition, Mr. Siegel has held various leadership positions for St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers and community based organizations.
Latoya Reid, LMSW
Latoya leads CCM's MOCHA program. She brings to CCM over four years of clinical and behavioral health expertise, as well as a background in program management. Latoya has dedicated part of her career to targeting epidemics in the Bronx and Brooklyn, working with numerous health providers and clinicians to increase awareness among the NY population and increasing connections to services. Latoya has a BA in Public Health from Liberty University and a Master's in Social Work from Touro College.
Edward J. Williams, MSW
Director, Crown Heights Multi-Service Center,
Director of Mental Health Clinic, School-Based MHC, and ASAP
Ed started at CCM 10 years ago, and throughout his time with CCM has been the Director of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP). With 11 years of experience working with chronically mentally ill individuals, Ed continues his commitment to making a lasting difference in the lives of CCM clients. Ed graduated with an undergraduate degree from Hunter and a Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University.
Berena Wasserstein, LCAT, ATR-BC
Director, Livingston Clinic
As the Director of CCM's Livingston Clinic, Berena manages clinic operations, supervises therapists and facilitates individual and group psychotherapy. Berena has 11 years of experience in mental health services. Previously, she worked at Bellevue Hospital, University Hospice and Lutheran Medical Center. Berena holds a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University, a Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development (MPS) from Pratt Institute, received training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) from New York Insight Meditation Center and Psychoanalytic Fellowship program from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION STAFF
Director, Work, Learn & Grow Employment Program (WLG)
Director, Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
Director, School's Out New York City (SONYC) Program
Naphtali began with CCM 14 years ago as a volunteer through Americorps and is currently the Director of three of CCM's Youth Programs. He has 18 years of experience in youth development, and excels at locating Youth Development program opportunities on behalf of CCM. Naphtali holds a B.A. in Accounting from Suny Westbury.
Lana Cherry, MSW
Director, Preventive Services
Lana began at CCM in 2000. She has 35 years experience working with children and families, and is currently the Director of CCM's Preventive programs. Prior to CCM, Lana was with Child Welfare, now Administration for Children's Services (ACS), for 30 years. She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University and holds a Master of Social Work from Adelphi.
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING STAFF
Douglas Brooks, MS, LCSW-R
Director, Ruby's Place
Doug is an Executive Manager and has been with CCM for a total of eight years. He has 25 years of social service experience working in the fields of child welfare, early childhood education and mental health, and currently serves as the Director of Ruby's Place. As an agency executive, he has managed programs and services to help strengthen families, to help young people reach their full potential, and to help adults with disabilities lead meaningful productive lives. Doug earned his MS of Social Work from Columbia University in 1994. He also completed Columbia University’s Non-Profit Management Program and Harvard University’s Executive Leadership Program.
Gerard Van Sluytman, MSW
Director, Rico's Place
Gerard started with CCM nearly 21 years ago directly out of college as a caseworker in the Preventive Program. He is currently the Director of Rico's Place. Gerard has 25 years of progressive experience in the social sciences. He graduated from Colgate University with B.A. in Education and holds a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work.