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Leadership

Staff

 

Experienced, diverse and culturally competent, The Liberty Fund staff team are New York State certified case managers, licensed New York State bail bond agents and led by following senior professionals:

 

David S. Long, Esq.

Executive Director 

 

Dave Long has over 30 years of experience dedicated to public service.  He began his career as an NYPD police officer which led him to pursue his law degree.  As an attorney, he specialized in criminal justice and worked towards the advancement of social causes.  He worked for several governmental agencies including the New York City Probation Department; New York City Housing and Preservation Department; New York City Department of Education before becoming Deputy Director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center and Director of the QUEST Alternative to Detention program for juveniles for the Center for Court Innovation and Senior Director of Programs for the Fortune Society. Most recently, he was the Program Director for the School of Criminal Justice at Monroe College until he was named the Executive Director of The Liberty Fund.

 

Using a problem-solving approach, Dave specializes in working with at-risk populations to overcome societal and personal hurdles to become more productive individuals and citizens.  Dave is a certified mediator and a former arbitrator for Small Claims Court in New York City. Additionally, he is currently an adjunct professor at Monroe College. Dave earned his JD from Fordham University and his BS/Magna Cum Laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

 

 

Lisa A. Whiteside, MSW, MPA

Director of Social Services – Brooklyn

 

Lisa Whiteside has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal justice. Her work has been in the areas of corrections (most notably the New York City Department of Corrections), academics and currently with court-involved individuals. She retired from the New York City Department of Corrections and takes great pride in having worked the front lines and providing a myriad of program services when possible.

 

Lisa has taught in higher education for 15 years in the areas of corrections, diversity, policing, juvenile delinquency and social sciences. In addition, she has held mid-management positions in criminal justice and human services academic programs. Lisa completed her Bachelor (Deviant Behavior) and Masters (MPA) degrees at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and (MSW) from Fordham University.

 

 

Yolanda Seltzer, LMSW

Director of Social Services – Manhattan

 

Yolanda Seltzer has over 30 years of experience working in criminal justice and the social work field. She worked at the New York City Department of Corrections and retired as a Correction Captain. Her criminal justice experience also includes working as the Facility Coordinator at the GEO Group, a Federal Prison. Yolanda worked in various service agencies advocating for individuals and families. She owned and operated an early childhood education business. 

 

Yolanda received her Masters of Social Work from Stony Brook Graduate School and her Bachelor in Human Service from Empire State College. She holds the following New York State Licenses (NYS): NYS License Master Social Worker; NYS Bail Bonds Person License and NYS Child Care License.

 

Board of Directors

 

George T. McDonald, Chairman

Founder and President, The Doe Fund

 

Alexander Horwitz

Executive Director, New Yorkers United for Justice

 

David Howard

Senior Vice President of Research, Covenant House Int’l

 

Rev. Alfonso Wyatt

Advocate, Educator, and Community Organizer