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 will continue to inspire us at COHME in the years to come 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 in home healthcare, 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. Get in touch with Laura >
Our Board of Directors
Denise Kellen, Chairman of the Board, is a former bond trader on Wall Street. Kellen 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-CREF. Now at Allstate, Aikens 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. Before that, Bayer held several positions where his expertise in marketing, finances, and technology was highly regarded throughout the industry.
Frances Brennan, LCSW, served as the Director of Social Services at the Mary Manning Walsh Home from 2005 through 2011 and previously as Director of Social Work at the Jewish Home Lifecare, Manhattan Division since 1991. Brennan was a faculty member of the Mt. Sinai School of Community Medicine and an adjunct lecturer for the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Ann Burack-Weiss, Ph.D., LCSW, is a social work clinician, educator, and consultant. Burack-Weiss has taught two generations of students at the Columbia School of Social Work. She is now Adjunct Faculty in Columbia’s Program in Narrative Medicine.
Dr. Rachel (Rosansky) Chalmer, MD, is a board-certified Internist and Geriatrician in Bronx, NY. Chalmer is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center as well as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she is an Assistant Professor.
Patricia Mulvey LCSW has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and as a Private Geriatric Care Manager. Mulvey currently has a Geriatric Care Management practice, with clients in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester.
Alicia Weissmeier is the Managing Attorney of Miller & Milone, P.C., in Garden City, NY. Weissmeier 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, CPA’s, LLC, and the director of the firm’s not-for-profit services and quality-review divisions. Ashenfarb is a past chairperson of the NYSCPA’s Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee. He has published articles and regularly speaks 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 Rosengarten’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. Rosengarten’s 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.
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