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MOD has three full-time staff—an Executive Director, Social Worker, and Facility Manager—as well as a breakfast cook and part-time program assistant. Interns and volunteers assist the staff with other services such as custodial work, painting and minor repairs, collecting material gifts, and providing special meals and celebrations.

Susan Attzs-Mendoza

Executive Director Susan Attzs-Mendoza

Susan holds an Advanced Level Certificate from the University of Cambridge and is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. She holds certifications in Leadership, Fundraising and Proposal Writing and is a trained and successful Special Events Coordinator. She has over twenty years of non-profit management experience. In April 2007, Susan received the “Woman of Excellence” award in recognition of her sacrificial and dedicated service to the disabled community.


Social Worker Gloria Berrios, MSW

Gloria holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle. She also has a certificate from the Seminar in Field Instructions (SIFI), Columbia University. In addition, she has completed certificate programs in Domestic Violence, Supervision in Social Work Practice, Crisis Intervention, Substance Abuse, and Criticism and Discipline. She has over 25 years experience working with families, children, and youth in need. She is an active volunteer in her community and church.

Michael Ralling

Facility Manager Michael Ralling, AA

Michael holds an Associate in Arts degree from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has also participated in a number of human services training programs and workshops in the following areas: group counseling, conflict resolution, office management and technology, and dealing with substance use and chemical dependency.

Maureen Panes

Cook Maureen Panes

Maureen “Moe” Panes graduated in 1992 from the Art Institute of New York with a certificate in Culinary Arts. She has several years of on-going experience preparing, cooking and serving healthy, nutritious meals for large and small groups of individuals in both facility and private settings. She prepares breakfast six days a week for MOD’s clients, providing variety and accommodating special health conditions.