Until 2015, FOR-NY consisted of a volunteer Board of Directors committed to raising awareness and support for Recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs throughout New York State. Today, with the support of a professional staff, the Board remains dedicated to advancing the FOR-NY mission and guiding the continued growth of the organization.

  • President: Chacku Mathai, CPRP, President and CEO for the MHA of Rochester and Monroe County
  • Vice President: Debra M. Rhoades, LCSW-R, CASAC, Associate Executive Director, Hope House, Albany
  • Secretary: Dona Pagan, CASAC-GS, NCAC 1, CRPA, Exponents/Center for Personal and Professional Development, New York City
  • Eric Dyer, J.D., M.B.A., Associate, Barclay and Damon, LLP., Albany
  • Laurie J. Lieberman, MPA, LMSW, CASAC-2, CRPA, Director of Recovery Services, Samaritan Daytop Village, Jamaica
  • Edward L. Olsen, LCSW, CASAC, I-CDAC, Director, United Veterans Beacon House, Northport Veteran’s Administration Residence.


In Memoriam

  • Past President, Charles J. Devlin, Vice President of Substance Abuse & Development, Brightpoint Health, New York City
  • Past President, Laura Elliott-Engel, MA, CASAC-G, LMHC