Who We Are

Christine Schuch, Executive Director

In her role as NYCCLS Executive Director, Ms. Schuch manages all aspects of the initiative including program development activities, policy research and advocacy, coalition building, and grant writing. In addition, she works on developing sustainable partnerships with community-based organizations, program and service providers, elected officials, city agencies, and private sponsors.

Prior to her role as Executive Director, Ms. Schuch was the Director of Policy at CLS for five years. Before joining CLS, Ms. Schuch worked for six years at the law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as a Litigation Document Analyst. Ms. Schuch has a Bachelor’s from Knox College and earned her JD from City University of New York School of Law.

CLS Board of Directors:

Karen Alford, VP of Elementary Schools, UFT

David Appel, MD, Director, Montefiore School Health Program

Reverend Henry Belin, Bethel AME Church

Kathleen M. Cashin, PhD, Member of the Board of Regents at New York State Education Department

Reverend Matthew Heyd, Church of Heavenly Rest

Caitlin Lucchino, Partnership for New York City

Kimberly Williams, President and CEO, MHA-NYC


CLS Staff:

Wanda Torres-Mercado, Director of Strategy and Operations
Giovanna Romero, Director of Program Support
Lila Ezra, Director of Mental Health
Marisol Pena, UFT Education Liaison
Theresa London-Cooper, UFT Education Liaison
Taryn Cheeks, Program Manager
Tenisha Swift, Program Manager
David Ng, Administrative Assistant

CLS Community School Directors:

Allison Brown
Altovise Green
Amy Kui
Carly Ayala
Charlene Corbett
Cindy Lomonaco
Frank Cutrone
George Yates
Katie Savage
Laurel Girvan
Makeda Peters
Mia Martinez
Ramon Lopez
Rasahn Staley
Robert Perkins
Sandra I Perez
Savanity Davis
Shell Lewis
Tanish A’see

CLS Social Workers:

Doreene Ng
Jarrod K. Alexander
Keeshan Defay
Tamika Abdullah