Our affinity groups

Building bridges between Sanctuary’s work and New York’s many resources

CAREER ADVANCEMENT NETWORK

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The Career Advancement Network (CAN) is a volunteer group that supports Sanctuary’s innovative Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) by providing an array of career readiness resources and serving as a network for participants and staff. CAN is dedicated to ensuring every EEP graduate has the opportunity
to build a successful and secure career.

Joan Lipton
Co-Chair

Karaugh Brown
Co-Chair

CLINICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Clinical Advisory Council (CAC) is comprised of social workers,
psychologists, psychiatrists, academics and other supporters of Sanctuary who focus their expertise and interest on Sanctuary’s Clinical programming. Members identify and develop resources to support our social workers and utilize their experience to advise the Clinical Department.

Dr. Lori Pellegrino
Co-Chair

Brandi Beck
Co-Chair

FAMILY COUNCIL

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The Family Council provides parents and children with opportunities to support Sanctuary’s work as a family.  Members host an annual Thanksgiving celebration, create Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day Care packages for clients living in shelter, organize clothing drives for infants and children, and plan other family-friendly events.

Iris Chiu
Co-Chair

Anastasia Danias Schmidt
Co-Chair

LEGAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

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The Legal Advisory Council (LAC) supports and promotes the work of Sanctuary’s Legal Center. Many, but not all, members are lawyers or legal administrators who participate in regular meetings, pro bono legal work, event planning, law firm relations and special projects.  The LAC also hosts Sanctuary’s annual Abely Awards.

Tonia Klausner
Co-Chair

Ron Neumann
Co-Chair

PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL

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The President’s Council (PC) provides a leadership role for past members of Sanctuary’s Board who seek continued involvement in the organization, and other interested individuals. Members of the PC serve as “ambassadors” for Sanctuary and devote efforts to fundraising and advocacy on behalf of the organization.

Stephanie Ferdman 
Co-Chair

William F. Gorin
Co-Chair


President’s Council members are invited at the discretion of the Board.

President’s Council Membership List

PRO BONO COUNCIL

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The Pro Bono Council (PBC) engages young professionals in serving Sanctuary’s clients and ending gender violence. PBC members provide pro bono legal representation in connection with Sanctuary’s Legal Center, and plan children’s events, special service projects and in-kind drives.  The PBC also hosts Sanctuary’s annual Above & Beyond Benefit.