Patricia Dellatto, NP – Co-Founder, Board of Directors – Chairperson

Patricia Dellatto is a licensed nurse practitioner, HIV specialist, and primary care provider with her own private practice, Your NP in Family Health, in East Meadow. In 2009, Pat founded the Nassau Inmates Advocacy Group (now Second Chance Reentry), to support the formerly incarcerated, provide Opioid Overdose Prevention training, and advocate for improved conditions inside Long Island correctional facilities.

Pat completed the Nicholas A. Rango Clinical Scholars Fellowship at NYSDOH- AIDS Institute, and in collaboration with AIDS Institute and the Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition, started the first Expanded Syringe Access Program on Long Island. Throughout her professional career, including employment at Nassau University Medical Center, Nassau County Jail, and Lenox Hill Hospital, Pat has always been committed to improving the health and quality-of-life of substance users and people with histories of incarceration. pat@secondchancereentry.org

Pam Neely – Co-Founder, Board Member

Pam Neely is a social service professional and long-time advocate for criminal justice, seeking to diminish the negative impact of mass incarceration on inmates, recently released individuals, their loved ones, and society.  Pam’s professional experiences include Prevention and Grant Funded Case Management, and HIV/AIDS Pre & Post Testing and Counseling,.  I am familiar with utilizing information for monthly report.

I have several years of college and endless training from ‘Working with difficult clients” to “Doing Proper Outreach”.  I am a strong advocator, speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves.  Helping others is my life and I believe in what I do, we all at some point in our life needed a Second Chance. pam@secondchancereentry.org

Tina Wolf – Board Member

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Community Action for Social Justice (CASJ)

Tina Wolf is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Community Action for Social Justice (CASJ), one of only two waivered Harm Reduction & Syringe Exchange Programs on Long Island.  She is responsible for design, implementation, and reporting for all programs, and is the agency’s primary liaison with funders, elected officials, the Suffolk County Department of Health, the Suffolk County Police Department, external evaluators, and media. She supervises CASJ’s Assistant Director, Harm Reduction Coordinator, and Peer Outreach Workers, but also continues to provide direct service including syringe exchange transactions, risk reduction counseling, overdose prevention training, and harm reduction training for other CBOs throughout New York State.

Tina has been working with people who use drugs since 2003 when she trained and led a group of four participants from CitiWide Harm Reduction (now BOOM! Health) in a participatory action research project to explore cycles of risk behavior among SRO residents in the Bronx and Manhattan. Her experience with this population in Long Island began in 2004 when she worked as an ethnographer for Health Research, Inc. to define communities of interest and identify methods of accessing the injection drug user population in Nassau and Suffolk counties for the CDC’s National HIV Behavior Surveillance (NHBS) Study. Tina served as Coordinator of Harm Reduction at AIDS Center of Queens County from 2008 to 2012, where she managed nine contracts with a $1.3 million annual operating budget. In 2012, She became Director of Harm Reduction at the Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition (LIMAC) where she implemented the first Syringe Exchange Program on Long Island.

Tina also served on the Integration of Care Committee of the NYC HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council and on the Advisory Board of NDRI/NYU’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) from 2008-2012, 2015-present. twolf@nysocialjustice.org

Jashawn K. Frederick – Board Member

Jashawn is a Program Evaluation & Analytics Manager for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development.  He serves as a strategic thought partner to senior leadership and leads the implementation of new policies and programs stemming from the Division of Economic Opportunity & Regulatory Compliance.  As an aspiring political leader, he is a strong proponent for public policy as a tool for societal enrichment, as opposed to being used an instrument of degradation.  Previously, Jashawn has held positions with the United States Congress and the New York City Department of Finance. Jashawn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the City College of New York’s School for Civic and Global Leadership. During his free time, Jashawn enjoys scenic photography, reading, music, and unapologetically rooting for his sports teams.

Barbara Sisti – Board Member

Barbara is a RN for 39 years; she uses her knowledge and skills to make a difference in the Correctional System and the community.  A Nurse Educator at Hunter Business School and a Visiting Professor for Devry University’s BSN online program, and volunteers at the Nassau County Jail’s DART program for the past ten years brining AA meetings to jailed individuals to speak about alcohol and drug addiction each Friday evening.

My past experience in nursing has afforded me a well-rounded exposure to the disease processes and community problems which must be dealt with on a daily basis. The communicable diseases of today must be addressed and support given to assure compliance in care and on-going treatment. As a coalition, the many challenges seen on a day to day basis surrounding the incarcerated individual and the newly released individual needing support is a huge obstacle and one we hope to tackle.  Delinquent medical care seems to be a common theme and a problem which must be addressed before more damage occurs.

Since becoming more involved in community events, I hope to bring about awareness and seek changes in the system.   As I believe the increasing problems with addiction and mental health have led to increased incarcerations and therefore increased recidivism without tackling the underlying problems of treatment, guidance and the issues the individuals struggle with when they are released into society.

Susanne Marra – Board Member

Susanne is a former Correctional Officer with the Suffolk County Department of Corrections, is personally and professionally committed to social and criminal justice.

Emily A. Klein – Board Member

Emily is a NYS licensed LMSW currently residing in Long Island, New York. She has worked in various social services positions including South Oaks Hospital and SCO Family of Services. Emily currently holds a full-time position as an LMSW in the field of substance abuse at Seafield Services, where she counsels individuals who are suffering from the debilitating disease of addiction.  Her passion is helping people. Emily is currently pursuing her CASAC at Suffolk Community college, which is where she met and joined Second Chance’s own Sandy Guillaume and immediately jumped on board to help with the grant writing project for Pathways to Success. Emily sees the population in need of reentry services as a population of importance, as well as an opportunity to rehabilitate and build stronger, independent, self-sufficient individuals with lower rates of recidivism and higher rates of economic success

Barbara Allan – Board Member

Barbara was a schoolteacher, wife and mother who had no contact with the criminal justice system until 1966 when her husband was imprisoned. As she tried to cope with her feelings of isolation and confusion, she became aware of a new organization whose goal was to disseminate information about a prison system that succeeded by its failures.  Barbara wrote a letter to this organization, the Fortune Society. In it said that she was a woman who was doing her time on the outside and that she would like to help in some way. They answered. Her life was changed forever.  Through her involvement with the Fortune Society, by relating to visitors who shared her trauma as they waited together in prison visiting rooms, and the word that was spreading through the prisons, a network of families grew. As a result Barbara and two other women decided to form a support group, which they called Prison Families Anonymous.

A source of pride for Barbara was the work she did to institute contact visits in her own county jail and in the prisons of New York State. She spoke on this topic before legislators, Senate committees and commissioners. She wrote articles on the subject and saw one printed in the Congressional Record.  Barbara continued working as a teacher as she raised her two daughters, facilitated support groups for her prison families, and tried to improve conditions for those who had a loved one involved in the criminal or juvenile justice system.  She networked with and sat on boards of many criminal justice agencies. She spoke before civic, religious, educational, and social organizations, helping to inform the public about the effects of incarceration on families. Numerous organizations around the country have emulated Prison Families Anonymous and Barbara hopes that her vision will continue to touch many more lives.

Upon retiring from teaching, Barbara moved to Broward County, Florida, where she immediately started a PFA group, volunteered with Women in Distress, a domestic violence agency, and won their volunteer of the Year Award. She volunteered as a victim’s advocate for the Lauderhill Police Department and served on the advisory board of the Broward County Correctional Institution, a maximum security facility for women.  Barbara is now back in New York, She continues to facilitate prison families support groups, represents PFA on 2 reentry task forces and the Suffolk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and is on the board of Directors of NYADP.  She is presently working with Prisoner’s Family and Friends United, a national organization working to end mass incarceration.

Some of Barbara’s awards:

The Fortune Society’s Karl Menninger Award ● Induction into the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame ● Long Islanders Who Have Made a Difference – presented by The Long Island progressive Coalition ● Citizen of the Year presented by the National Association of Social Workers, Suffolk County ● Advocate of the Year presented by The National Association of Hispanics and Puerto Rican Social Workers