Members of Our Board of Trustees
Sandra Bernabei, LCSW
Sandy is a NYC metro area community organizer, and private practitioner with a focus on depression, anxiety and addictions. She has taught social justice at Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service.
She presently serves as NYC Chapter President of the National Association of Social Workers. She is a founding member of the Antiracist Alliance, whose purpose is building a movement to undo structural racism in human services and to bring an analysis of structural racism as outlined by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond to social work education and practice. Sandy currently serves as a member of the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond leadership team, Westchester County Human Rights Liaison Committee for Town of Greenburgh, NY and on NASW Council for Chapter Presidents.
Sandy has received the Social Worker of the Year Award for NASW Westchester Division (2012); a recognition award for establishing the Rockland County Drug Court (2008); the NASW NYC Social Work Image Award (2008); and the 2007 WestCOP Community Service Award for her steadfast commitment to focus on undoing racism for low income and at-risk populations in Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY.
Lila Cabbil, MA
Lila was born in Durham, North Carolina and raised in Detroit and had the honor of working personally with Rosa Parks as the program director in the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute, the organization founded by Mrs. Parks to honor her husband (an activist). Lila has worked in the tradition of Mrs. Parks for over 40 years, and is now President Emeritus of the Institute. She’s currently organizing celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Mrs. Parks’ birth, Feb. 4th. Lila has worked on racial justice, environmental justice and food justice for decades in Detroit, and wants to remind us that on that fateful day on the bus so long ago, Rosa Parks always corrected the story to say that she wasn’t tired, she was tired of the way she was being treated.” Lila co-edited the book Accountability and White Anti-racist Organizing: Stories from Our Work, published by CDD Books in 2010.
Bonnie Berman Cushing, LCSW
Bonnie Berman Cushing is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an anti-racist organizer and educator. She has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years as a family-systems therapist. She informs both her own — and others’ — clinical practice with an analysis of the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression. To this end, Bonnie has trained and/or supervised therapists and other human service practitioners throughout the tri-state area — including JBFCS, JCCA, the Ackerman Institute, the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and NYU, Fordham, Columbia, Hunter and Rutgers Schools of Social Work.
In 2004, Bonnie co-authored a chapter with Monica McGoldrick for the book Human Development and Faith by Chalice Press. In 2010, she was the Lead Editor of the multi-authored book Accountability and White Antiracist Organizing: Stories From Our Work, published by CDD Books and served as editor for Living in the Tension: the Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice, by Shelly Tochluk, published by CDD Books in 2016.
Bonnie is a Core Trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and a facilitator with Border Crossers, an organization that trains educators on how to work with issues of race and racism in the classroom. She is a member of both the People’s Institute Northeast Leadership Collective and European Dissent NJ, and co-founder of the North Jersey Chapter of the AntiRacist Alliance. In addition to her services as a board member, Bonnie also develops curriculum and co-facilitates workshops for CSWAC.
Charley Flint, PhD
Activist, educator, and scholar, Charley Flint is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey. Dr. Flint is also the Coordinator of Internships in Criminal Justice; has served as the Director of the Race and Gender Project; and was the founder of ALANA, a program of and for women of color in higher education in New Jersey.
Charley was the first black woman to receive a PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University in 1981, where she was an active participant in the development of the Women's Studies Program. She has published and presented on a range of subjects including the reintegration of incarcerated females, poverty and teen pregnancy, the intersectionality of race, gender and class in political attitudes as well as issues of whiteness and white privilege. She has contributed to several publications, serves as peer reviewer for the Journal of Violence Against Women and has been interviewed on CBS, NBC, FOX, BET and in several print media outlets on issues of race, ethnicity, criminal justice, and gender.
Charley is also past Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association on Corrections, past President of The New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators, and past Board President of the YWCA of Eastern Union County. In addition to her services as a board member, Charley also designs and co-facilitates workshops for CSWAC.
Diana Melendez, LCSW
Diana Melendez currently works as Psychiatric Emergency Services Supervisor at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in elizabeth, NJ. She graduated from the MSW program at New York University following her dual degree in Social Work and Psychology from Seton Hall University. She has served on the Board and committees of her professional organization and has experience working within the education system, child welfare system, and juvenile justice system.
Diana is on the faculty of the Institute for Family Services (which follows the Cultural Context Model), and is an adjunct professor in the Undergraduate Social Work Program at Seton Hall University. Her interests in working toward ensuring individual, institutional and systemic interactions with the community are framed by social justice and accountability.
As a graduate of the People’s Institute Undoing Racism and Community Organizing Workshop, Diana is a member and organizer with the Women of Color Collective of NYC and the Antiracist Alliance, NJ.
Robin Parker, JD
Robin Parker is Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center (BDRC) where he has built his reputation on a personal commitment to craft innovative diversity programs. His work is grounded on the idea that we can build a more inclusive society through diversity education. Before joining BDRC, Robin served as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, and Chief of the Office of Bias Crime and Community Relations.
He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois Law School. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the World of Difference Award from the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith, the Rachel Davis Dubois Human Relations Award from the International Institute, and a New Jersey Senate Citation for Excellence in Human Relations.
Along with Pamela Smith Chambers, Robin is the co-author of the books, The Anti-Racist Cookbook and The Great White Elephant. He is also the author of published articles on diversity issues, hate crime, and human sexuality.