• 700 Lakeland Ave. Suite 2D
    ​Bohemia, NY, 11716

OUR STAFF

Founder/Executive Director

James is a Licensed Social Worker successfully working with children and families since 2000. He has worked in the summer camp and social service industries 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 is described by clients, employees, and fellow leaders as a team player, who easily cultivates solid rapport and can facilitate success with most anyone. He is also a practicing psychotherapist.

Program Supervisors/Coordinators

Danielle B. is our Engagement Coordinator. She 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.

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. has been a Program Supervisor since spring 2021. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in General Psychology and one in School Psychology, both from Adelphi and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. She was recently selected for the Psychology Advanced Standing Doctoral program at Hofstra. Danielle has a strong passion for working with and helping children and adolescents. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her friends and family (including those with 4 legs), traveling, and 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.

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. 

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.

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.

Anthony earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry Education from Manhattan College and his graduate degree in Special Education from St. Peter’s University. He am currently a full-time high school Chemistry Teacher and part-time Adjunct Professor. Anthony love working with his students and their families, travelling, and trying new foods. 

Program Assistants

Alyssa graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2020 and is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program for Mental Health Counseling. She has a passion for helping others and has been working with children for many years as a babysitter, and field worker and is also a mother of two daughters.

Stephanie achieved a Master’s 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.

Kadin is currently attending Sarah Lawrence College to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. He is working 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.

Field Workers

Cyla recently graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Forensic Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. She is passionate about advocating for others’ mental health and enjoys working out and being active!

Tiffany has an associate’s degree in Science from the Lincoln College of Technology. She is skilled in communication and building relationships with clients.

Darrell recently graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is ready to pursue his passion for 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.

Lotouria earned her Master’s of Social Work from Long Island University Post in May of 2006. She has several years of experience in upper management and counseling in the non-profit sector. Lotouria has a strong passion for mental health. She has a wealth of expertise and experience involving families, children, substance abuse/alcohol, mental health, and gerontology.

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! 

Katerina received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queens College in December of 2020. She worked for two years as a babysitter at LA Fitness, supervising infants, toddlers, and young teenagers while their parents went to the gym. She prides herself on her ability to work well under pressure and multitask efficiently.

Chantel currently has her Master’s in Social work from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. For two years, she has worked as a Youth Care Associate, member of the Race Equity Committee, and social worker for JCCA. In the past, she has also worked as a Residential Counselor for adolescents and a Rehabilitative Aide for people struggling with addiction. She also worked as a Human Services Specialist, conducting monthly in-home safety visits and helping families receive treatment services.

Akilah currently has a Master’s degree from Fordham University. She is skilled in working with children who have special needs from previous experience.

Heidi has a Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College. While her degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies, her academic studies concentrated on Health and Healing. Heidi’s strengths lie in Holistic approaches. She is a certified yoga instructor and massage therapist and continues to work as a community leader for Breast Cancer Action. In the past, she has also worked with children as a school bus attendant.

Tricia earned her BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2019. She is
currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in social work and public health at Stony
Brook University. Tricia has many years of experience working with children including
in daycare settings, babysitting, working with children with special needs, and being a
foster parent to vulnerable children. Outside of work, Tricia’s passions and hobbies
include wellness, mental health, fitness, cooking/baking, being active outdoors, and
going to the beach.

Brianna J. earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stony Brook University in May of 2021. Currently, she works with children ages 3 to 5 as an Educational Replacement Staff at Stony Brook Childcare Services. She also completed an internship at the Developmental Disabilities Institute in early 2021. In college, she was an active member of the Women’s Lacrosse Club and the Psi Chi Honor Society.

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 others’ 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.

Renata graduated from St’ Joseph’s College with a Bachelor’s in Community Health and Human Services in 2014. Even before then, she had a passion for working with kids, shown by her experience as both a Teacher’s Assistant and a Childcare Provider. She currently works as a Family Advocate alongside her work at Lodestar, providing resources and support to those who need it.

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.

Theodhora received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CUNY York College. She is skilled in providing mental health interventions in a trauma-informed and culturally competent manner. She has experience working with pediatric and homeless populations. She is passionate about breaking the stigma associated with mental health issues within immigrant
communities. She hopes to go to graduate school to support the integration of mental health into medical care.

Tanisha 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.

Taylor has begun studying to become a Physician’s Assistant. She has taken this role because she loves kids and appreciates the vital connection between mental health and overall wellness.

Daniella is finishing her last semester at CUNY Brooklyn College and will be achieving her Bachelor of Science 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 in our world.

Emilysia graduated from Adelphi University with a Master’s degree in School Psychology in 2021. She has worked with children of many different age levels as an assistant teacher, a camp counselor, and even a dance teacher! She also completed an internship at a school’s psychology department helping with counseling and consultations.

Joseph completed his Bachelor’s in Social Work at Long Island University in December of 2020. While working at Lodestar, he also works as a counselor at NYSTART and a Resident Support Specialist at Community Housing Innovations. In the past, he has worked as a lifeguard and an emergency room technician. Joseph is also a published author, having published How to Be Mediocre: The Best that Never Was, Curveball, and Shots with Mom and Dad!

Gabriela earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Stony Brook University and is continuing her education there to receive her Master’s in Social Work. She has had multiple jobs and internships working with youth, including work with preschoolers and developmentally disabled children. She is also fluent in Spanish!

Lovejeet graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2019. After graduating, he worked as a Youth Development Specialist, helping youth aged 12-18 with daily living and coping skills. Currently, along with his work at Lodestar, he works as a Family Specialist , creating discharge plans and delivering counseling services to those in need.

Jolie is currently working towards her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology at Stony Brook University. She has over four years of experience working with babies, toddlers, and young children as a caregiver. She also has experience working with children with developmental disabilities.

Alexander graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. He is currently continuing his studies at Stony Brook University with the hopes of graduating with a Masters in Social work in 2024. Alexander is an animal lover, having worked as a kennel assistant and obedience trainer and currently working as a veterinary assistant alongside his responsibilities at Lodestar!

Kate recently graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is currently working toward getting her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Kate has a passion for working with children as she has experience
working at a daycare and as a behavioral technician. Kate loves the beach, trying new
foods, and advocating for mental health.

Raina is a recent college graduate from St. Joseph College where she earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors as well as holding a position as secretary of the Psi Chi National Honors Society. During her college career, Raina became a mother to her beautiful son Koda who was gifted with an extra chromosome. When she was informed of her son’s diagnosis it became her mission to spread awareness and advocate and support those with special needs. She does this by sharing her son’s journey on social media with the hopes of eliminating the negative stigmas surrounding Down Syndrome and other various types of special needs. Some of Raina’s favorite things to do are to go on long walks, visit local farms and zoos with her son, and cook fun, toddler-approved nutritious snacks and meals that both her son and she can enjoy together.

Lindsey has her Bachelor’s from SNHU in Psychology with a specialization in childhood and adolescent development. She is working towards her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Lindsey has worked in daycares as a lead teacher and knew that she wanted to work with children since she was 5. She enjoys reading, music, hiking, yoga, and meditation.

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