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.

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VIBS’ Leadership and 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 oversee 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 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 oversees the Community Education/Outreach Department as well as all aspects of development for the agency including: special events, grants, appeals, major gifts, volunteer management and communications. She spent the last two decades of her professional career working in higher education — with experience in enrollment services, career development and alumni relations, and is also a certified life and career coach.

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

Ms. Klein 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, 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.

Taryn Kutujian, Community Education Manager
Phone:  631-360-3730, ext. 117 | Email: tkutujian@vibs.org

Ms. Kutujian coordinates with schools, professional organizations, nonprofits and other agencies by raising awareness about the mission of VIBS throguh community outreach. A former AmeriCorps VISTA, Ms. Kutujian specializes in program development, virtual learning and volunteer coordination. Ms. Kutujian is a licensed social worker and has experience working with community members from all walks of life.

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.

Julie Marmol, Court Advocacy Manager 
Phone:  631-360-3730, ext. 222 | Email: jmarmol@vibs.org 

Ms. Marmol began as a Hotline Counselor at VIBS back in 2014. She provides crisis intervention and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, accompanying clients through the criminal justice system. She is also a Rape Crisis Counselor, providing emotional support and education to victims of sexual assault and rape. Ms. Marmol received her BS in Criminal Justice and is fluent in both English and Spanish, frequently assisting in community education/outreach in Hispanic communities.

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

Ms. Oprea 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. Ms. Oprea has a passion for guiding others and in the past, has created new company-wide strategies and procedures that have had immensely positive quantitative results.

April Zimmerman, Director of Adult Counseling Services
Phone:  631-360-3730, ext. 1342 | Email: azimmerman@vibs.org 

Ms. Zimmerman is the current Director of Adult Counseling Services at VIBS. She was an MSW intern at VIBS in 2007 and has been with the agency ever since. As director of adult counseling, she oversees all aspects of the adult counseling services program and provides clinical supervision to counseling staff and interns. As a licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Zimmerman maintains a clinical caseload and provides trauma-informed therapy and crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, elder abuse and human trafficking.

 

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