Leadership

In 2016, VIBS became an affiliate of Independent Group Home Living, Inc. (IGHL) under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Walter Stockton. IGHL is recognized as a leader in providing services for people with developmental disabilities. IGHL is currently one of the foremost non-profit agencies in the Northeast who provide services to people who are developmentally disabled. IGHL provides a variety of services to more than 5,000 developmentally disabled adults, children and their families, through its system of over 80 group residences throughout Suffolk County, an extensive transportation network, several day service programs, and a staff of more than 1,600 (ranking it as one of eastern Suffolk’s largest employers). This affiliation has forged a new road for the future, using expertise of both agencies to help more victims of violence in the future.

VIBS Senior Management Team:

Reina Schiffrin, Executive Director
Phone: 631-360-3730, ext. 143 | Email: rschiffrin@vibs.org

Ms. Schiffrin received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University with a major in community services education, followed by earning a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. Reina has over 25 years of experience working in the health care field including holding administrative positions at the Jack D. Weiler Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and Columbia University Medical Center. From 2002 through 2016 Reina held the position of President and CEO at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic which provided healthcare services and education programs to over 60,000 individuals annually in four counties including Suffolk County.

Corien Bologna, Senior Director of Counseling
Phone:  631-360-3730 ext. 160| Email: cbologna@vibs.org

Ms. Bologna is currently the Senior Director of Counseling at VIBS Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center, overseeing all counseling services available to VIBS clients. These services include individual and group therapy to adults, children, teens, veterans, and elders. She provides leadership and supervision to a team of licensed mental health professionals, hotline counselors, reception, interns, and VIBS dedicated Childcare volunteers and staff. She is a Board-Certified Art Therapist and NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, seeing her own clients and representing the entire department at local events and presentations. Ms. Bologna ensures the agency is within compliance of necessary governmental standards and creates unique fundraising opportunities centered around the mental and physical health of all VIBS clients, using her passion for arts as a driving force. Ms. Bologna has received many professional certifications, including her most recent one certifying her as a Clinical Trauma Professional, and is a member of several associations that allows her continued success both professionally and personally. She is an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University which allows her to spread the knowledge and mission of VIBS to many new professionals in the field.

Paige Carbone, Director of Development & Education
Phone:  631-360-3730, ext. 144 | Email: pcarbone@vibs.org

Ms. Carbone is currently the Director of Development and Education at VIBS Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center, where she oversees the Community Education/Outreach Department as well as events, fundraising, grants and communications. She spent the last two decades of her professional career working in higher education — with experience in admissions, career services and most recently alumni relations. She is also a certified life and career coach. Ms. Carbone joined the VIBS team in August 2019 and is thrilled to be working for an agency with such a strong mission, connection to the community and dedicated professional team.

Loretta Klein, Director of Finance
Phone:  631-360-3730, ext. 136 | Email: lklein@vibs.org 

Ms. Klein is currently the Director of Finance at VIBS Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center, where she oversees the organization’s budget, various grants, financial reporting, billing, reimbursement and payroll of all employees. With over two decades of experience working for local not-for-profits and companies, she has established herself as a true asset to the community and has earned many successes including the creation of several financial programs and systems that increased efficiency and maintained overall organizational continuance.Ms. Klein displays professionalism and structure in every task and her managerial skills have helped VIBS thrive economically, allowing our team to continue bettering the lives of clients throughout Suffolk County. VIBS is humbled to have her as the backbone of all of our incredibly important services and we thank her for her hard work and dedication.

Judy E. Lukose, Esq., Director of Legal Services
Phone: 631-360-3730, ext. 140 | Email: jlukose@vibs.org

Ms. Lukose is a highly respected attorney that has handled many types of cases, including all major areas of family law and divorce law, and has won many trials in the areas of divorce, orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support and small claims. She has practiced in all five boroughs and in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. She is experienced and aggressive, yet known in the courts as reasonable. She is a former attorney for the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and continues to give a voice to those who need it most at VIBS. Ms. Lukose is a respected member of Queens Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and a member of the Queens County Arbitrator Panel.

Karen Oprea, Director of  SANE/SAFE
Phone:  631-360-3730, ext. 115 | Email: koprea@vibs.org

Ms. Oprea is currently the Director of SANE/SAFE at VIBS Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center, where she oversees the training, scheduling, and implementing of the SANE/SAFE program and volunteer rape crisis counselors (RCC) at four partner hospitals in Suffolk County. She has had over a decade of experience leading various teams to success and has even been voted as an “influential leader” at the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for her unique skills in the field of management. On both a local and international level, Ms. Oprea has truly exhibited a passion for guiding others and in the past, has created new company-wide strategies and procedures that have had immensely positive quantitative results.

 

VIBS Office: 631-360-3730  |  VIBS 24/7 Crisis Hotline:  631-360-3606