Monday Morning Manager

Monday Morning Manager: Julia De Brito, Project Coordinator, Center for Urban Community Services

I started my career as a Community Organizer for a drug-free communities coalition in the Bronx. I then moved on to become a Project Coordinator for the Center for Urban Community Services’ (CUCS) Rikers Island Single Stop (RISS). RISS’ goal is to empower clients re-entering their communities by exploring public benefits, housing eviction, and employment… Read more »

Monday Morning Manager: Elaine Congress, Associate Dean and Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

As Associate Dean, I oversee a Continuing Education program and serve as Educational Director of the Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders. The Fordham Center offers a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership degree program, an Executive Education certificate training program and a seminar series. I have written 7 books and over 40 articles/book chapters on cultural diversity,… Read more »

Monday Morning Manager: Darcella Anita Patterson Sessomes, Assistant Commissioner, State Government

Darcella Anita Patterson Sessomes, DSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University and her Doctorate of Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sessomes is currently serving in the capacity of Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Program and Community Services for the State of New Jersey, Department of Corrections…. Read more »

Monday Morning Manager: Cheryl Sharp, Senior Advisor for Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Cheryl Sharp holds the unique perspective of a person who struggled with severe mental health challenges, a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental health challenges, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 30… Read more »

Monday Morning Manager: Major K. Kendall Mathews, Administrator, The Salvation Army ARC St. Louis

Leadership is expressed in many different contexts, some faith-oriented, and this is one outstanding example: I began my career in the social work field with The Salvation Army back in 1985.  My duties during my career have included being a local caseworker and program director in Chicago for 4 years.  I then became a Corps Officer… Read more »

Monday Morning Manager: Gigi Tsontos, Executive Director, Women’s Transitional Living Center

Gigi Tsontos is a LCSW who earned a second Masters in Public Administration after ten years of working with child welfare programs. Her work in child welfare spanned from child protective services to foster family and adoption agencies and homeless services. Her area of specialization has been program development, with an emphasis on children and… Read more »

We Want to Highlight You on Our Blog

We’re looking for top managers, like you, to share your expertise in our Monday Morning Manager blog series. This weekly blog has taken off and is an awaited first read of the week that inspires new perspectives on professional development. To ensure we’re highlighting managers from diverse backgrounds, we’re looking to feature people with varied… Read more »

George Kurzawa, Executive Director

BIO: George Kurzawa, MSW, is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Niagara Branch in Ontario, Canada. He was brought into a newly amalgamated agency with union and non-union staff, which has grown from 23 to currently 85 staff and a budget of 2.3 million to currently 7.5 million. The Canadian Mental Health Association is an accredited agency... Read more »