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Senior Leadership Team

Safe Horizon is managed by fiercely dedicated individuals who bring expertise, compassion and thought leadership to our work.

Senior Leadership Team

Nancy Arnow Vice President, Child Advocacy and Mental Health Treatment Programs

Nancy Arnow joined Safe Horizon in 1988. Nancy has over twenty-seven years of experience working in various programs and in a variety of leadership positions. She currently oversees Safe Horizon’s five Child Advocacy Centers, the Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center, and our Counseling Center. Nancy is also Safe Horizon’s compliance officer. She has devoted much of her professional career to developing programs and enhancing services to child and adult victims of crime, abuse and trauma. Nancy serves on the Board of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies. She received an MSW from Columbia University and a BA in Counseling from Kent State University.

Kelly Coyne Vice President, Domestic Violence Shelters

Kelly Coyne first joined Safe Horizon in 2013 as the director for Prelude House. She became vice president of domestic violence shelters in 2015. Kelly was previously with the Safe Alliance, a multi-service victim advocacy agency in North Carolina, where she provided leadership for a domestic violence shelter and ran a program for incarcerated women. During that time, she led the development, from the ground up, of a new shelter facility. Prior to joining the Safe Alliance, Kelly coordinated a violence against women program located on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was a program coordinator in a domestic violence shelter located in Boone, North Carolina. Kelly is a trainer with the North Carolina School Health Training Center and is a Nationally Certified Trainer in the ASIST suicide intervention curriculum. She received an MBA from Queens University, a MS in Higher Education Administration and a BA in Public health from Appalachian State University.

Maureen Curtis Vice President, Criminal Justice and Court Programs

Maureen Curtis is responsible for the development and oversight of Safe Horizon’s Criminal Justice Programs, overseeing staff of more than 100 in 25 locations citywide. Ms. Curtis has worked for more than 25 years in the field of victimization. Her work with senior level staff in the NYPD and the New York City Housing Authority has led to changes in policies that impact victims citywide. Ms. Curtis has designed and provided training for law enforcement and community members on the topics of victim safety, offender accountability, housing options, and the criminal justice response to domestic violence. She has been instrumental in creating and introducing new practices for Safe Horizon staff in their work with clients, including training for supervisors in the implementation of client-centered practice, and providing support and guidance to help staff develop their skills and enhance their knowledge. Ms. Curtis is a licensed social worker and also holds a Master's in Public Health.

Barry Gendelman Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities

Barry Gendelman has been with Safe Horizon since 2012, and is responsible for the management of more than 50 agency facilities, including nine residential shelters, over 30 individual residential units, and multiple office sites. Mr. Gendelman negotiates and administers lease agreements and manages capital projects for the construction and renovation of office space and residential shelter facilities. Prior to joining Safe Horizon, Mr. Gendelman worked for 11 years as Assistant Commissioner for Property Management and Leasing and Asset Management at the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. He also served as Senior Director for Real Estate in the Office of Facilities Development for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Mr. Gendelman earned his master’s degree in City Planning from San Diego State University.

Denise Hagley Vice President, Finance and Controller

Denise Hagley joined Safe Horizon in December 2000. In her role as Finance Controller, Ms. Hagley oversees the agency’s accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and grants management operations. She is responsible for the day to day financial activities of the organization, including the production of periodic financial reports, maintaining the accounting records system, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to reduce risk, enhance the accuracy of the agency's reported financial results, and ensure that the reported results comply with accepted accounting principles. Before joining Safe Horizon, Ms. Hagley filled a similar role at the College of Insurance (now St. John’s University) and Power of Attorney. She graduated from Bernard Baruch College and the New York City College of Technology.

Michael Polenberg Vice President, Government Affairs

Michael is responsible for directing the agency's legislative and budget advocacy on both the state and local levels. He also oversees Safe Horizon’s legal services programs, including the Domestic Violence Law Project and the Immigration Law Project, which together provide expert legal assistance to many hundreds of crime victims each year. Michael draws on his twenty years of advocacy work in New York to ensure that our laws explicitly help victims of crime find safety and begin to heal. He also fights for millions of dollars in public funding to sustain programs helping victims of child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. Michael's connections in and out of government increase Safe Horizon's profile and raise public awareness of the needs of crime victims. Michael has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin/Madison.

Carolyn Strudwick Associate Vice President, Streetwork Youth Programs

Carolyn Strudwick oversees Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project for homeless youth. Ms. Strudwick began her career in social services at Safe Horizon in 1993 as an outreach worker and case manager at Streetwork. She has worked with street-involved youth in many capacities, including group facilitation, clinical case management, and shelter supervision. Ms. Strudwick is a seasoned and leading expert among youth providers in New York City. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work at the City University of New York.

Wendell Thomas Vice President, Information Technology

Wendell Thomas has been with Safe Horizon for over ten years. As Vice President of Information Technology, he is responsible for developing and implementing information technology and telecommunications initiatives across the organization. Wendell promotes and oversees strategic relationships between internal IT resources and external entities, including government, vendors, and partner organizations. He ensures IT system operation adheres to applicable laws and regulations and participate in strategic and operational governance processes of the organization as a member of the senior management team.

Juanito Vargas Vice President, Community Programs, Hotlines, Project SAFE and ATP

Juanito Vargas joined Safe Horizon in 2012. Juanito is responsible for the overall management of Safe Horizon's Anti-Trafficking Program, Community Programs, Hotlines. He is a New York State licensed social worker with 20 years’ experience in the social service field. Juanito’s career encompasses a wide range of experiences including working with adults with chronic mental health issues and survivors of childhood sexual abuse to call centers, substance abuse and mental health clinics as well as psychiatric mobile crisis teams and in behavioral health managed care.