Allison Weingarten, Interim Executive Director, Director of Policy
Prior to joining FOR-NY, Ms. Weingarten served as an Empire Fellow at both the New York State Division of Budget (Nonprofit Coordination Unit) and the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. She was the Program Director for the After School Enrichment & Summer Discovery Day Camp at the Queens Community House (QCH) in Forest Hills, New York. Prior to working for QCH, Allison served as Legislative Director of the NYS Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety under its Chair Assembly Member Rory Lancman (now, a New York City Councilman). Allison’s achievements have resulted in several honors including being named one of New York State Nonprofit News’ “40 Rising Stars under 40” (2016) and New York State News’ “40 Rising Stars under 40” (2010).

Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Masters in Social Work; Community Organization, Planning and Development from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Theresa Knorr, Director of Recovery Education & Training
Theresa comes to FOR-NY with 30 years of experience in counseling, coaching and case management, specializing in addiction & mental health treatment and recovery. She has been teaching, training & developing curriculum focused on wellness, staff and client self-care, relapse prevention and personal growth for more than 15 years. Prior to joining FOR-NY, Theresa was the Clinical Supervisor/Program Director of a chemical dependency residential treatment facility and is the owner of BALANCE Recovery Consultation | Tai Chi for Recovery. She is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor in Arizona and retired CASAC in New York. Ms. Knorr’s previous employers include Pahl, Inc., Hope House, Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center, Equinox and Transitional Services Association, Inc. – Hedgerow House.

Deborah Brosen, Office Manager
Debbie comes to FOR-NY with over 30 years of experience in office management and organization. During this time, Ms. Brosen worked in the private, non-profit sector, as well as in state and county government positions. Ms. Brosen effectively managed programs and oversaw technology and training areas. During her tenure as District Clerk of the Hyde Park Central School District, Ms. Brosen organized the creation, implementation, and on-going review of Board policies. Debbie’s organizational talents enabled more efficient work processes to be put in place, thereby leading to an increase in productivity. She assisted in budget development and hosted all budget votes. Through Debbie’s strong commitment to the District Clerk profession, she became the Chairperson for the District Clerk Strand of the New York State School Boards Association for over six years, where she worked with a team of volunteers to bring training to District Clerks from across New York State.

Shannon Schielke, Constituent Data Analyst
Shannon joined FOR-NY in September through the Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Program. The Americorps Program is our nation’s domestic Peacecorps; its members are committed to living in and supporting their local community to help alleviate this nation’s most pressing issues. Shannon has a passion for community service and involvement and comes to FOR-NY with experience in data analytics, community engagement, and communications. Shannon is a recent college graduate of Binghamton University (B.A.) and has previously worked for the United States Geological Survey.