Leadership

Who We Are

Led by the Lower Eastside Service Center (LESC), members of BHCC work together to share their insights and expertise and ensure that the organization works effectively and efficiently toward its goals.

Our Chair

Valerie Walters

LESC, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ms. Walters joined LESC in 1995 and continues to set the organization’s vision. As CEO, she has expanded LESC’s supportive housing capacity, increased the organizational budget, and launched numerous new programs to help New Yorkers address opioid dependency. With years of experience successfully delivering comprehensive, patient-centered care using Evidence-Based practices, Ms. Walters saw an opportunity to form the Behavioral Health Care Collaborative in 2018 using similar strategies with funding from Governor Cuomo. She looks forward to working closely with BHCC partners to continue improving the health and wellbeing of underserved New Yorkers.

Our COMMITTEE Members

Lolita Silva-Vazquez

LESC

Rachel Townsen

Educational Alliance

Ernesto Cosme, Jr.

LESC

Rosemarie Gooden

Unique People Services

Wellington Njoku

FedCap Group

Data Analytics

Compliance 

Lolita Silva-Vazquez

LESC

Rachel Townsen

Educational Alliance

Finance

Ernesto Cosme, Jr.

LESC

Rosemarie Gooden

Unique People Services

Wellington Njoku

FedCap Group