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Penny Rosenstein

Penny joined Felicity House as a Program Manager in 2022.  Previously, Penny worked as an English teacher for the Department of Education (DOE), where she obtained experience in teaching diverse populations, including emergent language learners and neurodivergent students, and learned inclusive practices such as Universal Design for Learning. Penny most recently…

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Ervica Timot

Ervica joined Felicity House as a Program Manager in 2022. Previously, Ervica worked as a Program Director for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp’s JobPlus program working with local NYCHA residents to gain self-sufficiency through Financial Counseling, Mental Health Coordination, Education & Training and Employment Services. Ervica has 10+ years working in performance…

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Tracy Kernan

Tracy Kernan, LCSW joined Felicity House as an Outreach Consultant in 2018. Prior to joining Felicity House, Tracy served as the Director of Information and Outreach at YAI, where she managed their information and referral department, oversaw annual Latino and Autism Conferences and developed their volunteer department. Tracy holds a…

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Tanja Mrdjen

Tanja joined Felicity House in 2021 after working for the Foundation for a Just Society (FJS). At FJS, she managed finances and grants of the Nick Simons Foundation and MJS Foundation. Before FJS, Tanja spent five years working at the Simons Foundation. Tanja has a Bachelor of Science in Finance…

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Sharon Valencia

Sharon joined Felicity House in 2014 after serving as the Program Associate at the Simons Foundation, an affiliated organization with a mission to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics, autism and basic sciences. One of Sharon’s main projects at the Simons Foundation was to establish a pilot group for…

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Sam Diaz

Sam Díaz joined Felicity House in 2021 after working in program development for eight years in New York City public schools. In her previous work, Sam focused on bringing inclusion to school cultures through their daytime and after-school programs. Sam has experience working with students who are neurodiverse, including those…

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Marisela Huerta

Prior to joining  Felicity House, Marisela was an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. She holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She brings over ten years of experience working with adults on the autism spectrum….

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Lauren Summerill

Lauren joined Felicity House as a Program Manager in June 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. During her MSW program, Lauren worked with the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), where she co-facilitated social and support groups for…

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Julia De Brito

Julia De Brito, LMSW joined Felicity House as a Program Associate in 2015.  Prior to coming to Felicity House Julia has worked in the nonprofit sector for over eight years and has versatile experience working with different populations, primarily women. Julia worked as a Project Coordinator for the Center for…

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Alice DePietro

Alice DePietro, LCSW, joined Felicity House as a Program Manager in 2020. Previously, Alice worked as a Program Supervisor in Community & Family Services at YAI, where she managed YAI’s Camp & Travel programs. In this role, Alice led trips to destinations near and far, with customized vacation itineraries that…

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