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Diane Arrick—Office Assistant

Diane keeps the office organized and greets the families as they arrive.  She is responsible for all the communication between Sunshine and other agencies and schools as well as keeping the stats for grants and filing registration information

Amber Carter—Youth Leader/Program Assistant

Amber is a graduate from Briarcliff College with her BS in Criminal Justice.  She shares her experiences growing up at Sunshine in a variety of ways.  She is a presenter in schools and agencies, networks with other agencies, assists in creating the puppet programs and scripts.   Amber  also co-facilitates the Teen Leadership, Teen Support, Jr. Leadership, SafeKids and other programs at Sunshine

Meet Our Staff

Sunshine is staffed with a wide array of professionals who each bring with them creativity, uniqueness, diversity, and compassion.

Dr. Carol Carter -C.P.P. CEO/Co-founder

It was, and is, Carol’s belief that prevention should be the first step in the war against drug and alcohol abuse for our children.  Carol became a co-founder of Sunshine Babes, Inc. due to her personal experiences with the affects of alcohol and drug addiction on her family and to be an

advocate for the children facing these problems. 

Carol completed her graduate work in October 1998 through Nova Southeastern University earning a Masters of Science.  She majored in Youth & ChildCare Administration with her primary emphasis concentrating on the needs of those most at-risk.  She received her B.S. degree from Empire State College majoring in Community and Human Services with a concentration on children and families.  She also received her degree as an alcoholism counselor in 1994.  November 2000, Carol earned her C.P.P. Credential (Credentialed Prevention Professional) through OASAS (NYS Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services).  Carol was one of the few to be Grandfathered in under the new credential after working over 10,000 hours in the field of prevention (volunteering her time over ½ of the hours).  2008 Carol won C.P.P. of the year 2008 through NYS for her dedication to the field of prevention.

Carol is currently the Administrator and CEO of the Sunshine Prevention Center for Youth & Families.  Besides performing the administrative duties, Carol coordinates, directs, and runs programs for children and families.  She is also deeply involved with Outreach Services, special projects and the hiring and training of all staff while lending her expertise to grant writing, letter writing, advertising, public relations and fund raising.  Carol recently completed her doctorate earning an Ed.D through Nova Southeastern University and is concentrating on Curriculum Development and Family Services. 

 

Carol is also founder of Prevention Through Puppetry, Inc. which designs and creates products and curriculum materials for educators to utilize in the area of substance abuse, violence prevention and character education.  Carol is also the published author of two children’s books. 

 

As a wife and mother and Grandmother of three girls, Carol also brings the experience, drive, and reality of raising a family to her work.  While running two thriving businesses, her priority continues to be her family, who she believes will one day be leaders at the center.  Carol utilizes the challenges and obstacles she goes through as stepping stones to her destination.  Her life has been a journey of discovery.   

 

Her mission is to let others know that though their days may be dark and lonely and they feel they can not go on -  All they need is a little hope – because

 

One Day the Sun will Shine again!

 

Holly Colomba– Education Director

Holly is a NYS Certified Special Education Teacher with concentration on Adolescence at Risk.  Holly wears many hats at Sunshine.  Her greatest love is running the SafeKids and JLC groups.  Holly also coordinates fund-raisers and community events.  Her daughter Kylah is a part of Sunshine as well and Holly is teaching her to become a future leader here.

Nancy Foresterrio - Prevention Educator/Parent Support

Nancy is a drug and alcohol counselor and is involved in a variety of programs at Sunshine.  She performs outreach, facilitates the Jr. and Teen Support Groups, Anger Management, and PNS programs.  Nancy works closely with the families to advocate for them and find them  a variety of services for their individual needs.

Welcome back to Co-founder Dr. Tamara Pelosi who will be the Site Director/Assistant Principal for the JDRC Transitions Program.

We are so thankful to have you back and to share this new adventure with you!!!!