Bios

 

Tiffany Challe, Development Associate

Tiffany is originally from France and grew up in a multi-cultural environment. She has lived in New York for eight years now, working as a singer and recently completed a Master’s degree in Sustainability Science and Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has previously volunteered and worked for non-profit organizations that support underprivileged children and families. She is passionate about children, protecting the environment, and giving a voice to the vulnerable and strongly believes that music is one of the powerful ways to achieve this. She is thrilled to have joined New Yorkers for Children as Development Associate and looks forward to contributing to the programs that benefit youth in foster care.

 

Cassandra Rosser, Administrative Assistant

 

Cassandra Rosser has been with New Yorkers For Children since May 2014 and is responsible for all administrative tasks.  Prior to that, she was employed in various positions in higher education.

Subash Midha, Controller

 

Subash Midha has been with New Yorkers For Children since 2014 and is responsible for all financial activities of the organization. He came to NYFC from the American University in Cairo– the New York office. He has over 35 of years of experience working for different nonprofit organizations, universities, colleges and schools. He has also been teaching on a part time basis for the last 35 years in the areas of Finance and Accounting. He holds a M.Sc. from Delhi University and MS and MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Erin Kuchar, Director of Development

 

Erin Kuchar has been with NYFC since 2014 and the Director of Development since 2015. Her work includes managing and developing NYFC’s fundraising efforts to support the organization’s mission of improving the lives of youth in foster care and engaging New Yorkers in that effort. She holds a Masters of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology from Villanova University.

Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Manager

 

Catherine loves and is honored to work with young people. She has worked with youth for seven years, and with children and families in the foster care system for the past four years. In her current role as Youth Program Manager with New Yorkers For Children, in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), she has the opportunity to gain a more macro view of the systems and issues that impacted her day-to-day work in direct service. She is especially passionate about youth development, social justice, social welfare policy, workforce development and increased college access for disconnected youth in foster care, the Sanctuary Model and trauma-informed practice, and criminal justice reform.

Amy McFarland, Director of Development

Amy McFarland’s involvement with New Yorkers For Children goes back to 2003, when she joined the Friends Committee and served as Co-Chair of the Program Committee. When she became Director of Development in 2006, she brought her extensive experience in marketing, public relations, and corporate partnerships to New Yorkers For Children (NYFC).  Prior to her involvement with NYFC, Ms. McFarland was Director of Marketing and Communications for fashion designer Zac Posen, where she developed strategic co-branded partnerships and was responsible for all marketing, events and public relations initiatives.
 
In 2002, she formed SNAP Public Relations, a full-service communications and product placement firm serving high-profile clients such as TUMI, Zac Posen, Escada, New York City Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and American Ballet Theater.  She conceptualized and directed strategically tiered campaigns and expanded client opportunities through advantageous partnerships. Ms. McFarland also founded Chopper Films in 2001, where she developed and produced commercials and videos for clients such as British Airways, MTV, TNN, New York Lottery, and Dylan’s Candy Bar.  She was responsible for the financing, production, marketing, and distribution of documentaries such as “Haunted” and “Rolling Thunder.”
 
As an Account Supervisor and Producer at Ruder Finn Public Relations, Ms. McFarland worked with Schering Plough, Miss America 2000, and Veterans Aimed Towards Awareness (VATA) to create and implement events across the country educating veterans about their risk for hepatitis C (HCV) and encouraging testing. As a result of the campaign, nearly 70 million Americans were educated about HCV through stories appearing on major networks and in key print publications.
 
Ms. McFarland also has a notable background in advertising. During her tenure at DDB Worldwide, she served as both an Account Supervisor for the New York Lottery and a Producer in the commercial production department, where she worked on projects for Sephora, Ralph Lauren, Clean & Clear, Pfizer, and Dial. While at BBDO Advertising, she managed the creative process and TV production of Visa’s Super Bowl ’97 spots. At Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Ms. McFarland oversaw accounts for General Mills and Johnson & Johnson, creating and producing award-winning television and print campaigns for Cheerios, Kix, Trix, and Tylenol.
 
Amy McFarland graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University, where she earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she moved to New York City to attend high school at the Professional Children’s School. She currently resides in Chelsea.

 

Susan L.Magazine, Executive Director

 

Susan L. Magazine joined New Yorkers For Children as Executive Director in February of 2003 and has successfully expanded the organization’s programming for youth in foster care. In June 2008, Ms. Magazine was instrumental in issuing NYFC’s first Request-for-Proposals, which provided over $800,000 in funding to foster care agencies, supportive programs, and community-based organizations serving young people in foster care. In 2006, she oversaw the founding of the Guardian Scholars program, aimed at providing academic, financial, and emotional support to youth in foster care enrolled at Hunter College. The program has since grown to include John Jay College and Kingsborough Community College. During Ms. Magazine’s tenure, New Yorkers For Children has also reached increased numbers of youth through its Back-to-School Package program, Network to Success panels, Educational and Vocational Conferences, and Wrap to Rap events.

A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Magazine has devoted most of her career to the issues of adoption, foster care and child and family welfare. Prior to 2003, she served as Assistant Commissioner for Family Assistance for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where she developed and coordinated services for FDNY families who experienced loss in the line of duty on 9/11.

Ms. Magazine joined the New York City Administration for Children’s Services in 1997 first serving as Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development, working with at-risk communities on child welfare issues.  In 1998  she was promoted to the Director of the Office of Interagency Affairs working with city agencies on child welfare, and finally as the Director of Policy and Planning for the Office of Youth Development, overseeing the policies for youth aging out of foster care.

In 1990, Ms. Magazine was appointed Chairperson of the Adoptive Parents Legislative Awareness Committee where she recruited and managed volunteers to lobby the New York State Legislature on adoption and related bills. Ms. Magazine was appointed as the Legislative Aide to the Chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families, responsible for all legislation on adoption and foster care in 1992.

She holds a BS from Boston University and is a graduate of the New York City Leadership Institute’s Management Academy.

 

President

                

Nicholas Scoppetta, Founder and President of Emeritus

After nearly five decades of service to the City of New York, Nicholas Scoppetta retired from his position as the 31st Fire Commissioner in January of 2010. Mr. Scoppetta was appointed Fire Commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on January 1, 2002. As Commissioner, Mr. Scoppetta headed a Department with an annual budget in excess of one billion dollars and with more than 16,000 Fire, EMS and civilian members. The Department encompassed fire services and Emergency Medical services. Mr. Scoppetta has now returned to the private practice of law at the firm he founded in 1980, Scoppetta, Seiff, Kretz and Abecrombie.

Prior to his eight-year tenure as Fire Commissioner, Mr. Scoppetta served as Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). In January 1996, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced the creation of ACS, the City’s first independent agency devoted entirely to services for children and families, and appointed Mr. Scoppetta as the agency’s first Commissioner. During his term from 1996 to 2001, ACS engaged in a comprehensive reform of the City’s child welfare system which won praise from national child welfare experts and the media. While serving as head of the ACS, Mr. Scoppetta also founded New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), a non-profit organization which funds and supports programs for children in foster care. For the past fourteen years, Mr. Scoppetta has remained deeply involved with NYFC and serves as the President of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Scoppetta was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1932. The youngest son of Italian immigrants, he was placed into foster care when he was only five years old and lived in various institutions until he was twelve. Growing up, he attended public schools in Manhattan, including Seward Park High School, from where he graduated in 1950.

After serving two years in the Army, Mr. Scoppetta attended Bradley University on the G.I. Bill and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Engineering. In 1959 he was awarded a New York State Regents Scholarship and attended Brooklyn Law School at night while working in the criminal courts during the day assisting in the investigation and prosecution of cases in which children had been abused or neglected. He graduated from law school in 1962 and shortly after admission to the bar was appointed an Assistant District Attorney in New York County by District Attorney Frank S. Hogan. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office until 1969.

Over the next decade, Mr. Scoppetta served in numerous civic capacities for the City of New York, including positions as the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Investigation, Associate Counsel to the Knapp Commission, which investigated corruption in the New York City Police Department, and as Deputy Independent Counsel in the investigation and prosecution of a former Special Assistant to President Richard M. Nixon.

Mr. Scoppetta left public service in 1978 and joined the faculty of New York University School of Law, where he was a Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Judicial Administration. In 1980 he founded the law firm of Scoppetta & Seiff, where he engaged in the private practice of law until assuming his role as Commissioner of ACS in 1996.

Over the years, Mr. Scoppetta also served on numerous boards of not-for-profit institutions and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. From February of 1994 to January 1996, he was Chairman of the five-member Commission to Combat Police Corruption which was created by Mayor Giuliani to monitor the New York City Police Department’s anti-corruption efforts. Additionally, Mr. Scoppetta is a past President and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society, a not-for-profit social service agency which annually serves more than 200,000 needy children in New York City. He was a member of that Board for sixteen years.

Mr. Scoppetta lives in New York City with his wife, Susan, a psychotherapist. They have two grown children, Andrea and Eric.