Who We Are

Chong H. Park, MSWChong H. Park, MSW

Chairperson of the Board

New York State Certified Social Worker. Received a Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 1969. Received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Korea University, 1959. Co-Founder of New Beginnings Family and Children’s Services, Inc.


Timothy Sutfin, Esq.Timothy Sutfin, Esq.

Executive Director

Received Jurist Doctorate Degree from Albany Law School, Albany, NY, 1996. Received a Masters of Art in Political Theory from the State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY, 1990. He has been with New Beginnings since 1997.

 


Liz Westermann photo for websiteElizabeth Westermann, LCSW*

Director of Social Services

Received a Masters of Social Welfare from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 2006. Received B.A. in Economics and Business from Lafayette College, Easton, PA 1984. She has been a New Beginnings Consultant and Social Worker since 2006.


Pauline Park, Esq.Pauline Park, Esq.

Program Director

Received Jurist Doctorate Degree from Albany Law School, Albany, NY, 1996. Received Masters of Arts in International Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1991. New Beginnings employee since 2002.

 


MariaIsabel AlonsoMariaIsabel Alonso

Administrative Assistant

Completed the program for Bi-lingual Secretary at the Latin American Institute, New York, NY, 1980. Complete the requirements for English as a Second Language at Queens College, Flushing, NY, 1978. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. A New Beginnings employee since 1986.


Barbara GraffeoBarbara Graffeo*

Regional Director—Florida

Received a Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Empire State College, Old Westbury, NY, 1997. Co-Founder of New Beginnings Family and Children’s Services, Inc.

 


Pooja Park, MSWPooja Park, MSW

Director of Program Development

Received a Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 1972. Received a Bachelor of Social Work from Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea, 1960. Co-Founder of New Beginnings Family and Children’s Services, Inc.

 


Maureen Reichardt, M.Ed.Maureen Reichardt, M.Ed.*

Adoption Consultant and Social Worker

Received B.S. Ed. from St. John’s University, Queens, NY 1969. Received Masters of Education form Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 1974. New Beginnings caseworker since 2000.

 


Faye Hosien-Caperna, BSWFaye Hosien-Caperna, BSW*

Adoption Consultant

Received BSW for Stony Brook School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook, NY, 1982. Direct Superior for DowneySide from 1988 to 2003. A parent of one biological child and seven adopted children. A member of New Beginnings from 1985 to 1988 and since March, 2003.


Other Members of New Beginnings

Henry Deni, EdD, LCSW* Regional Coordinator – Pennsylvania
Patricia DeMatteo, LMSW Social Worker
Antoinette Gauthier, LMSW Social Worker
Barbara Tomko, LMSW* Social Worker
Gregory Sutterlin, LMSW* Social Worker
Diane Hall, LMSW* Social Worker
Sue McNerney, LMSW Social Worker
Jeryl Skinner, LMSW Social Worker


New Beginnings’ Board of Directors:

Chong H. Park, Chair
Faye Caperna-Hosein
Judith Flynn
Patricia L. Hawxhurst
Joan Lazarus
Andrew Park, Esq.
Dr. Donald Peterson

* Adoptive Parent


To Our Prospective Adoptive Families:

As an adoptive parent, my work at New Beginnings is especially gratifying. Being part of the adoption process, I see the compassion and professionalism displayed by my co-workers. New Beginnings is a small agency, but the professionalism in services is outstanding. The approach we take with our families is one of mutual respect and cooperation. We know our families personally and they know all of us. If there is a problem or a concern, we will take what ever time is needed to have it resolved. We share the joy of adoption with each of our families. We pride ourselves in providing support and information to our families before and after placement.

The fact that I am part of bringing children into healthy, caring families where they can grow and reach their full potential is very rewarding.

Kindest Regards,
Elizabeth Westermann, LMSW