James is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has been working successfully with children and families since 2000. During this time he has worked in the summer camp and social service industry helping in various aspects including, management, clinical and direct services. James’ vision is to maximize the focus on the frontline within social service agencies towards more effective and lasting impacts on lives.
James has been described by clients, employees, and leadership as a team player, who can easily cultivate solid rapport and facilitate success with most anyone. James also works as a Mental Health Clinician.
Maeling has been a Program Supervisor for Lodestar since December 2019. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, as well as a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. She has seven years of experience providing children’s mental health services, including clinical services for foster children and mental health services for autistic young adults.
Danielle W. holds two Master’s degrees, one in General Psychology and one in School Psychology, both from Adelphi University. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. She is looking to pursue her Doctoral degree in Psychology. Danielle has a strong passion for working with and helping children and adolescents. Aside from supervising she continues to love working in the field and providing PSR services. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her friends and family (including those with 4 legs), traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Assistant Program Supervisors
Emalee is a SUNY Oneonta graduate majoring in anthropology and a minor certificate in positive psychology from Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Netherlands. Emalee is looking to pursue a master’s in Mental Health Counseling in the Fall of 2021 to further her career and ability in helping children and adults.
Kayla earned her Master’s of Social Work from Stony Brook University in May of 2020. She has interned at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School in Shirley, NY and at Children’s Home + Aid in Bloomington, IL. Kayla also has experience working as a Youth Development Professional at the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington.
Dorothy graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from SUNY Farmingdale. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University. She provides PSR, RCS, and YPA for Lodestar. She has a wealth of experience with children with ID/DD and mental health difficulties.
Allison is a Stony Brook University graduate, majoring in psychology, currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Adelphi University. She grew up babysitting and caring for her niece and nephew, giving her great experience with children. She is passionate about mental health, physical fitness, and encouraging healthy behaviors.
Gina achieved a Master’s Degree in Special Education/General Education from Dowling College and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Dowling. Gina prides herself in her ability to think outside of the box. Gina loves to read and encourages others to do so. Gina also loves spending time with her husband, their two daughters, and their big, loveable dog Teddy.
Erik graduated from Adelphi University in 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. He is currently a full time Second Grade Teacher and Musical Choreographer for High School. Erik has always had a passion for helping and teaching others of all ages. He enjoys traveling, singing, dancing and being around friends and family.
Camilly is a NYC/Westchester Mental Health Counselor with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from CUNY Hunter College. She is continuing at CUNY Hunter College School of Education for her Masters of Education. She is hoping to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a therapist in the future.
Danielle P. received her B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University in May of 2018. During her time in university, and following her graduation, she worked as a tutor and teacher’s assistant in multiple locations, helping a wide age-range of students. She also worked as a one-on-one Community Habilitation Worker, providing home care and tutoring for a college-aged teenager. In her free time, Danielle loves to play video games, practice her violin and viola, travel, and play with her cat, Patches.
Danielle B. graduated from Syracuse University in 2020 with a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences. She minored in Disability Studies and did coursework on Child & Youth Development, Play-Development & Early Education, among other topics.
Kadin is currently attending Sarah Lawrence College to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. He is aiming towards a career in animation, but also enjoys film editing and graphic design. Kadin loves using his skills in visual arts to spread awareness for causes that he is passionate about. In his free time, he likes playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pokémon.
Vanessa graduated from SUNY Farmingdale and has a background in biology and psychology. Vanessa is currently a nursing student and is hoping to integrate psychology and nursing in her future career. She is passionate about helping others and has had great experience working with adults with disabilities as well as in the medical field.
Renata graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a Bachelor’s in Community Health and Human Services in 2014. She has had many years of experience in crisis intervention, teaching, tutoring and nannying. Renata wants to provide support and resources to children and families in need.
Darrell just recently graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, and is ready to pursue his passion of helping those with mental health needs. Darrell completed one hundred hours of community service advocating for social justice and helping to provide education, clothes, and food to those in need.
Eren graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s in Psychology in 2020. He strongly values mental health and loves being able to help others with it. His current plan is to continue his studies with a Masters program in the mental health field.
Narayana just recently graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is from Riverhead, NY and loves helping others and trying to make people smile!
Brianna is a Stony Brook University graduate who majored in psychology from Mattituck, New York. Brianna has spent many summers nannying and babysitting which helped her decide that she would like to work with kids in her career.
Nelly has a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She has had a successful career in database management for the government and has started working with Lodestar due to her passion for helping family.
Samuel has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts in Economics and Philosophy. He has lots of experience with children from mentoring, aquatic instruction, and assistant teaching.
Morgan has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has gained lots of social working skills from various internships, and has good management skills.
Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Andrew started working at Lodestar because he cares about helping children with mental disabilities as well as improving their educational experience.
Jocelyn has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. She is very skilled in communication, being fluent in English and Spanish, as well as knowing some Italian, Portuguese, and ASL.
Akilah currently has a Master’s degree from Fordham University. She is skilled in working with children who have special needs from previous experience.
Stephanie achieved a Masters Degree in Special Education from Queens College as well as a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She is passionate about working with children and she is most proud of her three beautiful children.
Tiffany has an Associates degree in Science from the Lincoln College of Technology. She is skilled in communication and building relationships with clients.
Jake has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He is skilled in working with children from past experience as a camp counselor. Jake enjoys working with children and families to make their life easier and more manageable.
Emma graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Relations with a focus in adolescence, and a Minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master’s at LIU in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has a passion for improving other’s mental health, and loves to go to the beach!
La Kesha studied Psychology at the University Of Maryland and then completed her BA in Psychology with a minor in Mental health at Southern New Hampshire university. She enjoys spending time with her children as well as working with children. La Kesha plans to start her Masters in Sociology in the spring of 2022 and eventually earn a PSYD or DSW.
Allison K. is a recent graduate from Messiah University and currently practicing Mental Health Counseling in the community working towards licensure. She has a passion for serving families across Long Island and especially loves her work with children and youth. A California native, she loves the outdoors and especially relaxing in the sun.
Kimberly is working towards getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from New York University. Kimberly has had experience working with children and did coursework on Child & Adolescent Pathology, Play & Development and Developmental psychology. She is also on a research team for children’s linguistic studies.
Lauren a certified teacher with 20+ Years of experience working with children with multiple ability levels. She graduated with her Child Study degree from St Joseph’s College, as well as a Masters degree from Stony Brook University.
Tanisha Lorquet is a Daemen College Alumni, Majoring in Health Care Studies – Community Health. Tanisha currently works in social services as a full time Senior Case Manager. Tanisha has a passion for working with children who are challenged by various circumstances. Tanisha loves working with children and enjoys helping children explore new experiences.
Adrianna graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. She is thinking about going for her Master’s in Social Work. Adrianna enjoys being active, listening to music and drawing.
Taylor has begun studying to become a Physician’s Assistant. She has taken this role because she loves kids and appreciates the important connection between mental health and overall wellness.
Sarah is working towards getting a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. Sarah has joined Lodestar because she has a drive for mental health advocacy.
Brianna is a graduate of Stony Brook University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Health and Wellness. She has years of experience working with children at the Stony Brook Child Care Center. She is looking to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to gain more skills and positive practices in helping children and families.
Daniella is finishing her last semester at CUNY Brooklyn College and will be achieving her B.S in Psychology. Since 2018 she has worked as an after school teacher, teacher’s assistant and a student mentor/intern and provided children of all ages a safe, friendly environment. Daniella cherishes the connections she has made with each of her students and ensures that they feel valued as individuals. Daniella is very passionate about helping children, mental health, and fitness.
Kenya is a Community Health Education major. She graduated from CUNY York College. Kenya has over five years of experience working with children with intellectual disabilities and behavioral needs. She joined Lodestar because she has a passion for helping others and making a positive change on our world.
Board of Directors
Christen Lambert, President
Christen is a business developer specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions, who brings professional knowledge of banking, capital raising, budgeting and forecasting to our team.
Her call to be a part of Lodestar comes form extensive experience working at and with non- profit organizations, particularly in the social service sector.
Jay Able, Treasurer
Jay is Director of Purchasing / Contract Administrator, leading comprehensive procurement activities for a major local infrastructure firm. His former skill set as a Director of IT and Corporate Assets Manager lends additional competencies.
He is an active community leader and committed to creating a top notch resource for children and families in need
Fred is an accomplished entrepreneur, CEO and CFO, with over 45 years of experience in identifying, executing and managing business ventures in a variety of fields.
As a father of four and a civically-minded citizen, he is vested in the idea of creating more opportunities for local youth to receive needed programs and services.
Kris is Lodestar’s newest board member and has been a financial supporter of the cause since inception. He is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual and is of an altruistic mindset in seeking to always help others. Among his civic-minded pursuits, he is currently on the Board of the Babylon Chamber of Commerce.
Hon. Clifton Nembhard, Secretary
Cliff is presently serving as a Judge in NYC’s Housing Court. He has been a member of the NY State Bar Association since 1999 and has extensive legal experience in public and private sectors.
He is passionate about making a positive impact in the child welfare system and improving the lives of families in his community.