The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development heartily thanks the numerous contributors to the development of Circles of Support: A DYCD Family Engagement Framework and this Digital Toolkit.   In our enthusiasm to recognize the valuable efforts of so many, we have chosen to distinguish categories of major contributors.   

Bill Chong, Commissioner

Denice Williams, Deputy Commissioner, Planning Program Integration and Evaluation (PPIE)

Meryl Jones, Assistant Commissioner, Capacity Building

Family Engagement Workgroup

  • Deborah Taylor, Chair
  • Kathleen Almanzar
  • Mary Benjamin
  • Tarsha Black
  • Mike Bobbitt
  • Paula Calby
  • Krystal Cason
  • Robert  Frenzel-Berra
  • Lisa Gulick
  • Yvonne Harris
  • Rosana Hirsch
  • Amy Latorres
  • Scott Leach
  • Patrice Louis
  • Yexenia Markland
  • Luis Osorio
  • Milagros Ramirez
  • Nancy Russell
  • Nara Sainthil
  • Randolph Scott
  • Nicole Sumpter
  • Jessica Vides-Hernandez
  • Cressida Wasserman

Children’s Aid National Center for Community Schools – DYCD TA Provider

  • Jane Quinn, Director
  • Janice Chu-Zhu   
  • Lissette Gomez
  • Gail Grandison


  • Global Family Research Group
  • National Center for Family Learning
  • Youth Development Institute (YDI)
  • Yael Bat-Chava
  • Vanessa Rios

Toolkit Consultation and Design

  • Jason Harrison, Jay Harry Media
  • Yexenia Markland
  • Carol Kelly
  • AJ Favors
  • Molly Stromoski