Heather Gay has worked at the Ali Forney Center since 2007, providing services to homeless LGBTQ youth, aged 16-24. Heather began at Ali Forney as the Mental Health Specialist, providing direct-care mental health services. Currently, she is the Deputy Executive Director of Programs, overseeing all mental health, drop-in, and housing program services.
Heather received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University in 2007. Additionally, Heather completed a two-year psychotherapy training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and she is an Adjunct Professor in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, as well as NYU.
Ms. Gilmore has extensive experience working in healthcare as a clinician, manager, and administrator with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has also worked as a manager in the nonprofit field in the antipoverty sector.
Her areas of interest include substance abuse, mental health, and medical care. Program management, staff supervision and training are also areas of expertise.
Ms. Gilmore holds a BA in Psychology from the City College of New York, an MSW with a concentration in Group Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and an MS in Health Care Management from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. She also has a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Westchester Community College.
Ines Gonzalez is a LCSW graduate from NYU Silver School of Social Work and is a Licensed Psychoanalyst graduate from the Harlem Family Psychoanalytic Institute. In her career that spans for more than twenty years, Ms. Gonzalez has worked as a private practitioner, an administrator and a clinical supervisor . She has done extensive trainings and strategic planning for several agencies including Good Shepherd Services Training Institute and Planned Parenthood. In her leadership role for the New York State Chapter of the North American Family Institute, she helped to create evidence-based programming and wraparound services for Westchester County youth previously served in restrictive residential settings. As the founding Family Center Director at Neighbor’s Link, a community center for immigrant families in Mt. Kisco, NY, she oversaw several programs for youth and for families with children of all ages. Currently, Ms. Gonzalez works for the NYC Department of Education and is an adjunct at Columbia University's School of Social Work.
Melissa Goodman, LCSW, serves as the clinical supervisor of the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program. She also provides short-term psychotherapy at Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and commercial sexual exploitation. A trauma specialist, Melissa earned her Master’s Degree in social work at New York University in 1994. She cut her social work teeth at Elmhurst Hospital in emergency psychiatry by working on a mobile crisis unit before transitioning to SAVI in 2000. She subsequently earned a certificate as a Geriatric Scholar, and one in Executive Leadership in the Not-For-Profit Sector. She received a Declaration of Honor from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall for “exemplary leadership” in raising awareness and improving services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families in October, 2010. More recently, she was awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year award by The Zonta Club of Greater Queens.
Melissa transitioned to social work after a successful career as a medical writer/editor. She earned her first master’s degree in journalism (science communication) from Boston University. In that career, she traveled around the world covering medical conventions and reporting on developments in medicine. She won the Vincent Downing Award for Excellence in Medical Communications and ended that career as a Vice President and Editorial Director.
As an adjunct assistant professor at the Silver School of Social Work, Melissa teaches “Clinical Practice with Survivors of Intimate Partner violence.”
Dr. Gottlieb is the founder of Talking Changes, an anti-oppression training and bias-awareness consultancy. Workshops are largely targeted toward clinicians and social service professionals and address issues ranging from self-care to cultural competence. More information can be found at http://www.talkingchanges.org/
Dr. Gottlieb’s primary areas of teaching and scholarship are in direct practice, theory, and pedagogy, particularly with an anti-oppression and social-identity lens. Her dissertation research measured the impact of self-compassion and self-awareness on the ability to work successfully within a cross-cultural dyad. Her teaching style is collaborative and highly interactive.
Dr. Gottlieb's areas of scholarly interest are the role of self-compassion in social work pedagogy and practice; the optimal methods for teaching cultural competence in social work education; structural racism, historical trauma and the role of white-Europeans in reparations to these injustices; and on the construction and validation of a social identity-informed cultural competence scale.
Dr. Gottlieb earned her PhD and MSW from NYU, and her BA from Brown University.
Fanny Gutiérrez-Meyers is Visiting Clinical Instructor of Social Work at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was a personal counselor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and a BA in Psychology from Haverford College.
Ms. Gutiérrez-Meyers’s clinical interests include adolescent development and group therapy. She is a licensed clinical social worker who for the past 12 years has provided individual, group and family therapy for adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including outpatient, school, residential, and partial hospitalization programs. In addition to her clinical experience, Ms. Gutiérrez-Meyers was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guayaquil, Ecuador as family educator with Fundación Junto con los Niños, a program serving street working children and their families.