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Youth an Family Counseling Agecy of Oyster Bay - East Norwich Logo

The Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich is a not-for-profit 501C-3, non-sectarian, community-based organization. YFCA was established in 1969 when a group of residents saw a need for a social service agency to benefit the community. Since its founding, YFCA has been an unwavering advocate for families in need, helping those most challenged to overcome adversity with privacy and dignity. Today, the YFCA is one of Long Island's leading community-based social service agencies, providing a full breadth of services from youth summer camps to supportive counseling and substance abuse programs.



Barbara Rakusin, LCSW, CASAC

Executive Director

Barbara Rakusin is a licensed clinical social worker with over thirty years experience in the provision of clinical and administrative services in the not-for-profit sector.  She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University School of Social Work, a Certificate in Psychotherapy from The Post Graduate Center for Mental Health and a Certificate in Non - Profit Management from Columbia University Business School.  In addition to expertise in administration, Ms.Rakusin's areas of expertise include psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and AIDS services.


Ms. Rakusin joined YFCA as Executive Director in 2006.  She currently serves as Vice-President of the Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services (NAFAS) and volunteers as a Panel Member of the Surrogate Decision Making Panel for the Protection of People with Special Needs under the auspices of the NYS Justice Center.


Susan D'alesandro, LCSW, CASAC

Clinical Director

Susan D'alesandro is a licensed clinical social worker with over thirty years of clinical and supervisory experience specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders.  She holds a BA and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University School of Social Work, advanced training in psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Practice as well as an NYS CASAC credential.


Melanie Paez, LCSW

Director - Parent Child Home Program

Melanie Paez is a licensed clinical social worker.   She holds a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University School of Social Work.  In addition to her skills in working with toddlers and their families, Ms. Paez has a passion for and great skill in providing services to troubled youth.  Ms. Paez is fluent in Spanish and enjoys using her language skills professionally.


Meredith Matteo, LCSW

Staff Social Worker

Merredith Matteo is a licensed clinical social worker.  She holds a Master's Degree in Social from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has over twenty years experience in the provision of substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment.


Ingrid Morales, BS

Bilingual Outreach Coordinator - Coordinator of Special Programs

Ingrid Morales holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She is skilled in working with youth and special populations.  She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in American Sign Language.


Katherine Samodulski

Job description

Katherine Samodulski is a licensed mental health counselor earning her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Queens College and her Masters degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She has experience working with foster children, as well as teenagers involved with the criminal justice system. Additionally, she has worked with the reunification of families using the multidimensional family therapy model. Mrs. Samodulski is a first generation Dominican-American and speaks fluent Spanish. 


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Stephen H. Watters

Vice President

The reverend Dr. Jeffrey drew prey


Alice Smith

Recording Secretary

Matthew Brown, LCSW

Catherine Drabin  

Rhonda Hargrove

Regina LaFaire

Donald McKenzie, Esq.

George Sheehan, DDS

Kristin Thomas 

William Sheeline

Marie Webel

Beth Vendryes Williams

Founders Emeriti

Abby* and George O'Neill*



Robin G. Senior


YFCA receives support from the State of NY, local community organizations, and donors like you. 

Many thanks to:

Community Foundation of Oyster Bay

United Way of Long Island

Christ Church of Oyster Bay

The First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay

St. Dominic’s Parish

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund

St. John's Church of Cold Spring Harbor

Coudert Foundation

Masonic Lodge

Oyster Bay VFW

Nassau County Dept. of Mental Health

Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities

Nassau County Youth Board

New York State OASAS

New York Office of Children and Family Services

Community Supporters like You

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