Meet Our Passionate Board of Directors
Mitchell S. Iden is a partner at Graubard Miller. Mr. Iden specializes in corporate law representing numerous privately held companies in all commercial and business matters including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder and employment relationships, secured transactions, licensing, and real estate transactions. Prior to joining Graubard Miller in October 1, 2010, Mr. Iden was a partner at Tannenbaum Dubin and Robinson, LLP.
Mr. Iden lives in East Hampton with his wife and two children. His son Sam, is autistic. Mr. Iden also serves as a trustee and vice president of The Jewish Center of the Hamptons.
Lisa Cataldo M.Div., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. Lisa completed the Master of Divinity and Ph.D., from Union Theological Seminary in New York specializing in Psychology and Religion. Lisa is also a faculty member and supervisor at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies in Manhattan, and is on the faculty of the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational studies.
Lisa is the author of several scholarly articles, and her reflections on psychology and the spiritual life have been published by the Huffington Post and the Henri Nouwen Society. Lisa lived in the L’Arche Daybreak community in the summers of 1995 and 1996, and has remained a friend of the community for 20 years, often returning to teach or lead retreats. She serves on the L’Arche USA Spirituality Team, and her interview with Jean Vanier on the occasion of his receipt of the Templeton Prize appeared in several online sources, including the L’Arche International and L’Arche USA websites and the Huffington Post. Lisa has a private practice in psychotherapy in Manhattan.
Stephen Smith is Managing Partner of Stephen M. Smith & Company, L.L.C., Stephen has over 30 years experience in public accounting and advising clients in financial matters; particularly, in the entertainment and media services industries. Stephen received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Chuck Cary is an honorably retired Presbyterian Pastor who has served churches on Long Island, Naples, Florida, and Illinois. He currently live in East Quogue with wife Millie, trying to figure out how to live in both New York and Florida and see his children and grandchildren often ( all of whom live in the northeast). His journey to L’Arche began with by reading of Henri Nouwen when he taught in the ministry field at McCormick Seminary in Chicago. His inspired leadership was and is contagious. We are committed to its vision of inclusion and empowerment. When not serving on the board or tending to a church where there is temporary need, we are caring for the nine chickens in our back yard. Rev. Cary was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee where he graduated from Maryville College (1972). His seminary work culminated in advanced degrees from McCormick (1975 and 1984). Rev. Cary is grateful to serve and look forward to the continued growth and success of L’Arche New York.
Rev. Chuck Cary
Joseph Gartner MD is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist currently working as a consultant to Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education (ESBOCES) doing on-site psychiatric evaluations at schools throughout Suffolk County, and also providing weekly ongoing program development consultation to the Islip Academic and Career Centers.
He also works for Maryhaven Center of Hope (a part of Catholic Health Services) -caring for folks with developmental disabilities living in residence. He trained at SUNY-Stony Brook (Adult Psychiatry), and UCLA (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), and worked in various programmatic positions with the University of Chicago, before returning to Stony Brook as the Medical Director for Child Psychiatry Inpatient Services.
He worked for the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities from 2004-2014 while continuing with ESBOCES. He continues to enjoy learning and mentoring others as voluntary faculty with the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook. He enjoys reading (a lot of newspapers and sometimes novels) each day, as well as working out, and traveling as often as possible (mostly to my small farm in Nebraska to make sure it continues to thrive).
Sunanda Mehta is currently Nursing Quality Analyst for Stony Brook University Medical Center. She previously served as the administrator for the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities multidisciplinary clinic. She is also one of the founding members of MUSKAAN, a vocational training center for adults with mental disabilities in New Delhi, India. Finding few services in India for children with developmental disabilities such as her son, Ashvin, Ms. Mehta and other parents started the Center in 1989. Ms. Mehta served as Executive Director from 1989 to 1999. The Center started with 2 clients in a garage, and under Ms. Mehta’s tenure, grew and developed into a professionally run organization supported by parent volunteers, private donations, and government grants. Ms. Mehta’s son now lives in a group home for adults on Long Island.
Joy is currently the Director of Emerging Services at East End Disability Associates, Inc For 30 years Joy has been dedicated to supporting and advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Joy began her career as a Direct Support Professional in a Day Treatment Program in 1984. Her work is her passion.
Joy is active in the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) community for many years tand is currently the Representative for the Long island Region. Joy is the Chairperson for the Long Island Family Support Services Network. She volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors for the East End Special Players.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Education, from SUNY New Paltz; a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies and Advanced Certification in Health Care Management from Stony Brook University.
Dr. Thomas Preston is the director of the Neuropsychology Service at Stony Brook University Hospital and is on the Neurology faculty there. Dr. Preston earned his PhD at Vanderbilt University, and completed graduate and postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and the University of Rochester. He has 25 years’ experience working with developmentally disabled individuals and their. families, and has had a special interest in the rights of the disabled and in the complex emotional, social, vocational, and housing issues they face.
Dr. Preston is married and has two adult children. His wife, Kim, is a teacher of the deaf. In his spare time, he likes to ride a bike, paddle a kayak, and bang on a guitar.
Paul Rogers is and architect and has been a partner in Chaleff and Rogers Architects for thirty years. He lives in Water Mill, NY, is married and has three children. He has been the president of East End Special Players for the past 10 years. This is a theater group for adults with developmental disabilities. Paul is an elder in the Southampton Presbyterian Church.
Elizabeth Shane, M.D. is Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine for Clinical and Epidemiological Research at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City and Attending Physician at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research focuses on various causes and therapies for osteoporosis. She is PI on several NIH grants, and serves on the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. She has served on the Council, as Program Chair for the 2001 Annual Meeting, and as President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
Robert Schwartz is President of American AWS Corp a remodeling company that specializes in making homes more energy efficient.
Having cofounded the company in 1986 and has led the company overseeing the many transitions that have led the company to its current status.
Robert has spent many years working with nonprofits to help make their homes less expensive to operate as well as being healthier and more comfortable.
He is very proud to have completed L’ARCHE’s first home on Long Island
He resides in the Village of Lake Grove where he also serves as the Chairman of the Planning Board.
Jean Lanier has been in business in the financial industry of insurance and banking since 1970.
He was until 2004 CEO and founder of Euler Hermes a publicly listed company, the world leader in trade credit insurance. Since 2005 he has been an independent director serving on the board of banks and insurance/reinsurance companies. Jean and his wife Judith have been involved with L’Arche since 1992.
They have been friends with home of L’Arche in Paris and in Trosly (France) and share a special Friendship with Alain a core members of L’Arche in Paris.
Jean has been director then chairman of the board of the French Foundation “les amis de L’Arche”.
Since 2009 he has been a director on the board of the International Foundation of L’Arche chairing it since 2012. He is also a board member of l’Association Jean Vanier.
Jean Lainer passed away on July 19th, 2017. On September 23, 2017 the Board of Directors of L’Arche Long Island unanimously voted to name the first L’Arche Long Island home Jeans Cottage located in Rivehead New York