Suzanne Kornblatt, LMSWDirector SIBSPlace / Child & Family Life
Suzanne Kornblatt received her graduate degree from Adelphi University and is a licensed social worker. She has been the Supervisor of SIBSPlace for South Nassau Communities Hospital since 2004. Ms. Kornblatt monitors overall operations of the SIBSPlace program including supervising the creation of the children's monthly therapeutic curriculum, planning and facilitating on-site and off-site special events and providing support and guidance to program participants. She serves as a liaison to families providing information and referrals and facilitates a weekly parent support group. In addition, Ms. Kornblatt offers staff and volunteers supervision and in-service training. She maintains the SIBSPlace website and creates quarterly newsletters to sustain public relations, increase community awareness and facilitate agency networking. Ms. Kornblatt co-facilitates community education trainings on siblings' response to illness and anxiety management in children. She has lent her expertise to SNCH's World Trade Center Family Center by facilitating events, maintaining the website and providing administrative support. Ms. Kornblatt co-authored poster presentations for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Conferences : 2005 in Toronto, Canada and 2006 in Los Angeles, California. In 2011 Ms. Kornblatt co-authored Staying Afloat- A Support Guide to Help Parents and Well Siblings Cope with Family Illness. Ms. Kornblatt was also honored in 2011 with the Town of Hempstead's Pathfinder Award in the category of Health Services.
Joanna Formont, LMHCCoordinator SIBSPlace
Joanna Formont is a licensed mental health counselor and has been the Coordinator of SIBSPlace for South Nassau Communities Hospital since 2004. Ms. Formont graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked with children and families in crisis for over 10 years. Ms. Formont coordinates the development and implementation of an activities based curriculum for children's programming. She co-facilitates the verbal activity groups and started a teen support group to help address the needs of the older sibling. She contributes to planning and co-facilitates on and off site activities and events and provides support and guidance to program participants. Ms. Formont maintains participant and volunteer records, completes intake, and manages monthly outreach. She assists Supervisor in format development of quarterly newsletter and with additional administrative tasks as needed. Ms. Formont assisted the World Trade Center Family Center by providing client and outreach services. She co-authored poster presentations for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Conferences: 2005 in Toronto, Canada and 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Formont also co-facilitates community education trainings on siblings' response to illness and anxiety management in children. In 2011 Ms. Formont co-authored Staying Afloat- A Support Guide to Help Parents and Well Siblings Cope with Family Illness.
Kristin Dugan-Reilly, LCSWAssistant Coordinator SIBSPlace
Ms. Kristin Dugan-Reilly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters in Social Work in 1996 from Adelphi University. Ms. Dugan-Reilly joined South Nassau Communities Hospital staff in 2005 as a team member of the World Trade Center Family Center program. For over ten years she has worked with families who are in crisis. As Assistant Coordinator, Ms Dugan-Reilly works with the children and their families at SIBSPlace. She assists with the implementation and development of the SIBSPlace therapeutic activity-based curriculum.
Kerri L. Wagner, MAChild & Family Life Specialist SIBSPlace
Kerri L. Wagner, MA Creative Arts Therapies, comes to SIBSPlace with a diversified background in art therapy and Child-Life programs. Her professional experiences at Bellevue Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan prepared her for joining the SIBSPlace team. Ms. Wagner’s skills enhance the therapeutic curriculum developed by the SIBSPlace staff for their program participants. Additionally, she provides Child & Family Life services throughout many departments in the hospital to support patients, families and staff.
Aspee ChowdhuryCounselor SIBSPlace
Aspee (Ashfi) Chowdhury is a counselor at SIBS. Ms. Chowdhury started with the program in January 2008 as a high school volunteer and has recently become an employee of SIBS/SNCH. Ms. Chowdhury is a graduate of New York University where she earned her BA in physics. She plans on pursuing a career in the medical field. In her role as counselor, Ms. Chowdhury assists the professional mental health staff in providing support to the children during programming, as well as performing other essential organizational tasks.
If you are interested in learning more about SIBSPlace, please contact
Suzanne Kornblatt, LMSW, at (516) 374-3000.
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