“Not only are you expert at what you do,
but you also care about us and accomplish
whatever is necessary.”
In the 1980s, American social worker Lucy Rosengarten worked briefly in Italy. She was astonished by the totality of care and made it her life’s mission to bring this model to the U.S. by founding COHME. Rosengarten’s vision and accomplishments continue to inspire us at COHME and are reflected by those that serve on the board of directors today.
Laura Radensky, LCSW
Executive Director (only the 3rd director in history)
As only the third Executive Director to lead COHME, Laura Radensky—a Licensed Clinical Geriatric Social Worker (LCSW) with training in Dementia Care—focuses on the emotional and logistical needs of both clients and aides. She helps secure funding for aide support programs, and oversees operations to provide ongoing high-quality care.
Before joining our committed team, Radensky developed business strategies and coordinated community-based programs for a large NYC nursing facility. She has overseen social work, telehealth, intake and volunteer programs for community-based geriatric services in addition to working as a legislative liaison.
With over 25 years of experience in home health care, she works to deepen the COHME legacy established by Lucy Rosengarten and Carol Kamine-Brown. Throughout her career, Radensky has applied abundant compassion and rigorous ethics to create the best solutions for clients and aides alike.
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Our Board of Directors
Denise Kellen, Chairman of the Board, is a former bond trader on Wall Street. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Melanoma Research Alliance and is a founding member of the Women’s Enterprise Action Loan Fund, which provides loans to women entrepreneurs.
Nancy Aikens has had a long career in finance and insurance at NatWest, Prudential, and TIAA. Now at Allstate, she handles elder-related issues, such as long-term health insurance and estate planning.
Leonard Bayer has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Goodstein Development Corporation, a real estate development firm founded in 1925, for over 30 years. Prior to that, he held several positions where his expertise in marketing, finances, and technology was highly regarded throughout the industry.
Dr. Rachel (Rosansky) Chalmer, MD, is a board certified Internist and Geriatrician in the Bronx, NY. She is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center as well as Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she is an Assistant Professor.
Sharon Goodstine, LCSW has recently retired from her position as the Associate Director of Social Work at NYC Health + Hospitals Home Care. This capped a long history of work in various Certified Home Health Care agencies spanning 42 years. She will be working as a consultant in home care going forward.
Laura Colin Klein, MBA, MS, is the Director of Volunteer Services at DOROT, an New York nonprofit working to address social isolation among older adults and promote intergenerational connections. Klein has had a long career in the nonprofit sector working with organizations including Children's Aid Society, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and TCC Group, a nonprofit and philanthropic advisory firm.
Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI has worked for over 35 years with elders, high-risk populations, and persons with chronic conditions as well as their caregivers in a wide range of community, research, and institutional settings. During this time, she developed a pioneering practice using mindfulness as well as other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities to improve the quality of life. She is currently a freelance author, teacher, and consultant.
Alicia Weissmeier is the Managing Attorney of Miller & Milone, P.C. in Garden City, NY. She has previously worked as a solo practitioner focusing on estate and trust litigation, estate administration, and residential real estate transactions; as Chief Miscellaneous Clerk in the New York County Surrogate’s Court; and as Managing Partner of a general practice law firm in Manhattan.
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David Ashenfarb, CPA, is a partner in Schall & Ashenfarb, CPAs, LLC, and the director of the firm’s not-for-profit services and quality-review divisions. Mr. Ashenfarb is a past chairperson of the NYSCPA’s Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee. He has published articles and speaks regularly on the diverse topics affecting not-for-profit organizations.
Lucy Rosengarten, ACSW, BCD, founded COHME, was its first executive manager from 1984-2002, and then continued to guide the agency as a board member. Under Lucy’s visionary leadership, COHME has been fulfilling its dual mission of providing superior care to our elderly clients and crucial support services for our health care workers for nearly thirty years. Her many articles appeared in leading social work and nursing journals, and her book Social Work in Geriatric Home Health Care: The Blending of Traditional Practice with Cooperative Strategies was published by the Haworth Press in 2000. Her vision and accomplishments will continue to inspire us at COHME in the years to come.
Carol Kamine-Brown (1950-2015), LCSW, Executive Manager oversaw COHME for over 14 years. During this time, she was able to build up the organization using the successful foundation that Lucy Rosengarten had established. Brown had extensive experience with the elderly and cognitively impaired population within the homecare as well as the hospital setting, bringing a wealth of skills and compassion to the agency.
Frank Rosengarten (1927-2014), Ph.D., was a professor emeritus of Italian and comparative literature of the City University of New York. Rosengarten authored and edited five books on 19th and 20th century Italian and French literary and political history.
Emma Shulman (1913-2017), LCSW, MPS. Until her retirement at age 97, Shulman was the senior counselor, gerontologist, and consultant at the Aging and Dementia Research Center at the NYU School of Medicine.