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Richard joined the Coalition team in January 2015, but he is not new to the adoption and foster care field. Richard is the former Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) in Ulster County. He is also a member of the board of directors of CASA of New York State. Prior to his work with CASA, Richard was the Executive Director of the Youth Resource Development Corporation in Poughkeepsie. Other work experience includes leadership positions with the American Civil Liberties Union, the YWCA, Head Start and Philadelphia’s William Way Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.
Richard, who is a Public Scholar with Humanities New York, is also an adoptive father. He and his husband Anthony live in New Paltz.