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April 16, 2020

We recently sent a get well video card to our favorite newscaster, Bill Ritter WABC-TV News who was recently diagnosed with a mild case of the COVID-19. He graciously thanked us for the good wishes on his news program - here was his response.

(It appears about 30 seconds in on the segment.)

Bill Ritter's Response

Dear Bill,
We are sorry to hear that you are not feeling well.

We just heard about your coming down with the virus. Everyone is praying for your speedy recovery! You are the best and are a beloved icon to us and the entire New York community.
See our team video well wishes below  - "Play Video."

Play Video

March 18, 2020


We would like to share with you the White House Coronavirus Guidelines that were released on March 17, 2020. This is an evolving flow of information and will continue to develop rapidly. As new information is forwarded to us, we will send out updates to you. We are urging our staff, their families and our partners to follow these guidelines in hopes of stemming the spread of COVID-19.

  • Listen to and follow the directions of your STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE SICKkeep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS TESTED POSITIVE for the keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • IF YOU ARE AN OLDER PERSON, stay home and away from other people.
  • IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A SERIOUS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITION that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), ​stay home and away from other people. 


  • Work or  in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible.
  • IF YOU WORK IN A CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INDUSTRY, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow  to protect your health at work.
  • AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts­
  • AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. 
  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface. 
  •  Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

    School operations can accelerate the spread of the Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas. Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states. In addition, state and local officials should close schools where  has been identified in the population associated with the school. States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children. Older people are particularly at risk from the All states should follow  and halt social visits to nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities. In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed. 

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March 4, 2020

Whether cooking a meal at home, rapping at our day habilitation program or exploring the community with a "day on the town," the individuals we serve   Network enjoy the freedom to define their goals and engage in meaningful activities to help them achieve them. 


Assisting Some 700 Individuals Live with Greater
Independence and Dignity


March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.


Each day, more than 700 people live with dignity and as independently as possible through family support and entitlement and eligibility programs throughout New York City.


Offering a Continuum of Residential Services

Our homes integrate care into the community and celebrate residents’ cultures and traditions. Using a person-centered approach,  Network’s housing and residential programs cover a broad array of alternatives, from 24-hour staff supervised residences to serve those with the greatest needs, to apartment living with ongoing supports for those able to live more independently in the community.


Network’s model of care focuses on assisting residents to develop daily living skills, integrate within the community where they live, receive necessary medical care, develop pre-employment skills and become more self-reliant.


Each day, more than 400 individuals live with dignity in our housing alternatives. Residents have an active role in decorating their bedrooms with motifs of their choosing. Fred enjoys being surrounded by superheroes and his favorite sports teams.


Day Habilitation Programs Help Individuals to Flourish and Grow

At our day habilitation programs, Network recognizes that every individual is unique — having different strengths, challenges, and interests. We help individuals, with intellectual/ developmental disabilities, flourish where they can learn and grow while doing something that truly interests them. Network’s Community and Day Habilitation programs are structured around those principles.


This year individuals in our day habilitation programs raised more than $21,000 to purchase food for WellLife's four food pantries to provide Thanksgiving and holiday meals for some 500 indigent individuals on Long Island.


Whether activities take place in their home or in one of our five-day programs, we help adults with I/DD, reach their greatest social, educational, life and community potential by offering them a variety of activities that stimulate their interest and growth. We offer learning experiences through theater arts, computer skills, cooking classes, basic nutrition and wellness, physical fitness, preparing for work and helping others through volunteering. We assess each individual’s strengths and needs and help them to select activities that will help them achieve their goals and track their progress in the program.


Our programs are approved for service by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the New York State Department of Health.

March 3, 2020

2019 Honorees prepare to enjoy their Employee of the Year celebration cake: (L-R) Tavia Davidson, Crystal Morgan, Maria Feleppa, Carlos Vazquez, Brittney Herbert, Nadia Sterling, and Faridulla Niazmand.


Network honored 12 loyal employees who have gone above and beyond in performing their job responsibilities at its Annual Staff Employee of the Year Luncheon on February 28, 2020. The assembled staff brings more than 54 years of program and support services – ranging from residential, day habilitation, quality assurance, case management, infrastructure services and more. This event was organized by WellLife's Human Resources Department and the Employee Engagement Committee.


Twelve Employees Who Embrace Our Mission

Each honoree brings to the workplace their passion and compassion for the people we serve. “Working at Network for many years is like working with family. Together, we work in unison to make a difference,” said Nadia Sterling, Program Director, Horizon Residence. Other award recipients include Tavia Davidson, HCBS;  Prince, Consumer Service Coordinator; Naheed Wali, Assistant Payroll Manager; Jessica Thomassen, Clinical Supervisor; Crystal Morgan; Luis Vanegas, Facilities Supervisor; Faridulla Niazmand, IT Support Engineer; Carlos Vasquez, Messenger; Mohanlal Bisram, Transportation Coordinator; Maria Feleppa, Residence Manager; Brittney Herbert, Jr. Benefits Administrator; and Nadia Sterling, Program Director, Horizon residence.


Sherry Tucker, CEO thanked each staff member for their loyalty and dedication and going the 'extra mile' to carry out WellLife's mission. "You make a difference in the lives of 2,500 individuals and families we serve each day Thank you for your special talents and passion." 

Honorees received a Certificate of Appreciation and a beautifully detailed pin recognizing their achievements. They then spoke of their journeys at Network and how their efforts made a steadfast impact on the people we serve each day.


Join us in congratulating the award winners. Write to

February 18, 2020



 The Eagle Has Landed at Network

Boy Scouts Beautify Grounds at PROS Great Neck 

In the fall of 2019, Gabriel Stewart of Troop 71 wrote Network if he could initiate an Eagle Scout Service Project for one of our programs. An Eagle Scout Service Project provides the opportunity for a scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project which benefits the community.


After research and interviewing staff at, Gabriel selected our PROS program in Great Neck as the site of his project. He submitted a detailed plan to Sherry Tucker, CEO, Network and worked closely with her and Carolyn Dornstauder, Director, PROS to enhance the landscaping of the PROS facility with planters and perennial shrubs.


Gabriel's proposal went on to explain, "One requirement to become an Eagle Scout is to plan and execute a service project that benefits the community. I have participated in many local charitable projects. I have also earned the importance of giving back and recognizing the needs of others. My project is to beautify the Campus in Great Neck. This project will benefit adults with disabilities who take classes and receive services on this campus."


Gabriel and his volunteers till the soil for the planting beautification.

The Transformation Begins

On a sunny, chilly morning in February, Gabriel and his volunteer  began their beautification project. With shovels in hand, the scouts quickly dug planting holes, aerated the soil, added compost and planted the colorful perennial shrubs both in planters and around the perimeter of the campus.


The results were amazing and highlighted how neighbors and caring Scouts can truly make a difference in the lives of others. Network thanks Gabriel for his leadership, patience and entrepreneurial spirit for raising the monies to fund this project and the fellow scout members of Troop 71 who helped him to make it a reality.

PROS - A Recovery-Oriented Program

The PROS (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services) program Network is a recovery-oriented program that offers rehabilitation, support, and symptom management, along with art therapy and pre-employment training, to assist individuals with severe and persistent mental illness engage in the process of their recovery.

Volunteers Make It Happen

More than 125 people donated their time and professional and personal skills to Network last year. Volunteers and student interns make a significant and valuable contribution to our organization. If you are interested in volunteering your services, contact Joe Ferrara, Sr. Director, Development at 


For more information on PROS please contact Carolyn Dornstauder, Director, PROS.


February 18, 2020

Please join me in congratulating Jianwei Chen, Senior Controller, ReyChu Liu, Controller and Cleyvis Maldonado, Director-Contracts the Finance Department on their recent promotions at WellLife Network .

Jianwei Chen

Senior Controller, Finance


Please join me in congratulating Jianwei Chen on his promotion to Senior Controller of the Finance Department. In his new role, Jianwei will be spearheading the unification of WellLife Network’s Finance Department. He will continue to oversee the Accounting and Contracts Department and is also responsible for overseeing the Accounts Payable Department.

He has been employed by Network for sixteen years and has more than 23 years of experience in the field. He has used his knowledge and experience in accounting and finance to streamline processes at WellLife Network. The Finance Department plays a vital role in many of WellLife Network's programs

Mr. Chen received his Undergraduate Accounting Degree from Queens College at CUNY and earned a Masters Degree in Finance from St. John’s University. Prior to his employment with WellLife Network, Jianwei spent seven years working for a Banking and Security Brokerage Firm as a Senior Accountant at Wall Street and the Midtown Financial District. He will be reporting directly to Lori Alameda, Senior Vice President & CFO and will be based at the Executive Offices in Flushing.

Join us in congratulating Jianwei on his promotion.

Mr. Chen can be contacted at:


  ReyChu Liu

Controller, Finance

Please join me in also congratulating ReyChu Liu on her promotion to Controller. In her new role, Ms. Liu will be responsible for the accounting operations of the company that includes generating periodic financial reports, maintaining our accounting records, and overseeing the Accounting Department.

Rey Chu has been employed at  Network for eight years and has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting field. She has used her knowledge to ensure the accuracy of financial reports in a timely manner. The Accounting Department plays a vital role in Network's infrastructure. Reychu’s strong organizational skills, keen attention detail, combined with solid judgment, results in keeping our finances in check.

ReyChu received an undergraduate degree from CUNY Queens College and a CPA license. Prior to her employment with Peninsula Counseling Center, Ms. Liu spent two years as an Accountant. She will be reporting directly to Jianwei Chen, Senior Controller and Lori Alameda, Vice President, CFO and will be based at the Main office in Flushing.

Join us in congratulating ReyChu on her promotion.

Ms. Liu can be contacted at:


  Cleyvis Maldonado

Director of Contracts, Finance

We also congratulate Cleyvis Maldonado on her promotion to Director of Contracts. In her new role, Cleyvis compiles our Consolidated Fiscal Report and guides the Contract team to manage the agency’s $20+ million funding from New York State, New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Ms. Maldonado has worked for WellLife Network for sixteen years. She began her career in the Accounts Payable department as a filing clerk and developed her career path in the Finance department.

Ms. Maldonado has an undergraduate degree from CUNY Hunter College. She reports directly to Jianwei Chen, Senior Controller and Lori Alameda, Vice President, CFO and will be based at the Main office in Flushing.

Join us in congratulating Cleyvis on her promotion.

She can be contacted at:

February 18, 2020

2020 Workshops Overview

We are pleased to present the Network 2020 Schedule for its Training Workshops. These training/workshop opportunities support the development of community connection, inter-agency and internal collaboration, basic and advanced assessment and intervention skills.

Workshops are custom designed for community stakeholders, clinical/non-clinical staff, educators, families, students, and other concerned citizens​

Be sure to Mark Your Calendar or REGISTER NOW to participate in these contemporary and informative workshops.


  • February 25 – Hoarding
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

Register Now



  • March 3- Workplace Burnout
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • March 17 - Grief and Loss (Adults)
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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  • March 31 - In Pursuit of Happiness
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • April 20
    Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment 
    (Youth Version)
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

Register Now

  • April 28
    Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment 
    (Adult Version)
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • May 22 - Interfacing with Difficult People
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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  • May 26 - Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment for Youth
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • June 2 - Eating Disorders
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • June 17 - Suicide Postvention is Suicide Prevention
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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  • June 23 - Loneliness: A Culture of Disconnected and Lonely Individuals
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • July 13 - Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment  (Adult Version​
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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  • August 4 - Engaging and Working with Individuals with Suicidal Thoughts
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • August 12 - Creating Suicide Safer Schools
    Huntington 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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  • September 10 - SafeTALK in Honor of World Suicide Prevention Day
    Huntington 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

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  • September 22 -  Mental Health Awareness
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • October 6 - Hoarding
    Flushing 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

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  • October 27 - How to Work with At-Risk Kids at School
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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  • November 3 -  Motivational Interviewing
    Coram 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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  • November 11 - SafeTALK
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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  • November 16 - In the Pursuit of Happiness
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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  • November 24 - Interventions with Individuals with Self-Destructive Behavior
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • December 1 – Trauma-Informed Care
    Flushing 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

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  • December 11 - Compassion Fatigue
    Huntington 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

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Location Guide:

Flushing: 142-02 20th Avenue, 3rd. Floor, Flushing, NY 11351
Huntington: 55 Horizon Drive, Huntington, NY 11743
Coram: 3600 Route-112, Coram, NY 11727

CEU Credits

Most Workshops offer CEU credits if applicable: ​WellLife​ Network is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, MHC-0074; Licensed Social Workers, #SW0451

For questions and additional information, please contact Dr. Max Banilivy:




M. , Ph.D.  a clinical psychologist and the Director of Network’s Clinical Training, Education and Field Placement services.

February 18, 2020

Please join me in congratulating Aldkida Jones-Philbert, Vice President, Human Resources and Veronika Omole, Director, Community-Based Services on their recent promotions at WellLife Network.



Vice President, Human Resources


Congratulations to Aldkida Jones-Philbert on her promotion to Vice President of Human Resources. In her new role, Aldkida will be spearheading and implementing the human resources strategic plan, including talent management; staffing and retention; diversity; cultural development; employee relations; compensation and benefits; and a marketing approach for enhancing the role of human resources as a key component of the infrastructure Network.


Ms. Jones-Philbert has been employed by  Network for fourteen years and has many years of experience in the field. She built her career in Well Life through a variety of positions, including Benefits Administrator, Assistant Director, Deputy Director, and most recently Human Resources Director.


Aldkida received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State. She will be reporting directly to Sherry Tucker, CEO and will be based at the Executive Offices in Flushing.

Join us in congratulating Aldkida Jones-Philbert on her promotion.

Congratulate Aldkida



Veronika Omole

Director, Community-Based Services


Please join me in congratulating Veronika Omole on her promotion to Director of  Community-Based Services. In her new role Veronika is responsible for Bridger, Pathway Adult Home Plus, Behavioral Health Adult HCBS (NYC and on Long Island), Bed & Respite (Short-Term Crisis Respite), NYC and Long Island Recovery Coordination and Long Island Supported Housing.


Veronika has been employed by Network for over eighteen years and has almost 25 years of experience within the field. Through Veronika's leadership, several programs Network as "top providers" in New York State. In 2019, one of her programs was recognized for its performance and provided with Infrastructure Funding for over $1.1 million dollars. Veronika also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Community Living (ACL) where is a voting member.
Veronika received her undergraduate degree from the College of New Rochelle and Masters Degrees in Social Work from New York University. She also holds certifications in  Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) from CUNY Hunter College School of Social Work and Social Sector Leadership from the University of California - Berkeley (Haas). She will be reporting directly to Rebecca Costa, Vice President, Children and Family Services; Addiction Recovery Services and -Based Services.


Join us in congratulating Veronika on her promotion.


Congratulate Veronika

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