Dr Gary Altheim

Gary Altheim, Psy D

Executive Director/Director of Programs

Dr. Gary Altheim is a New York State licensed Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience in working therapeutically with emotionally challenged children, young adults, seniors, and families. 

Email: drgaryaltheim@excelgds.org

Theonyl Cuevas

Theonyl Cuevas, LCSW

Program Administrator/Quality Improvement Consultant

Theonyl A. Cuevas, LCSW, has over 20 years of experience in providing quality therapeutic services to children, families, and adults. In 2010, she joined the GDS team to work directly with the teens and families and improve overall program performance.

Email: tcuevas@excelgds.org

Lenishemarie Lopez

Program Coordinator

Lenishemarie Lopez coordinates GDS’ youth programming with a particular interest in youth wellness, mental health, and addressing adversity through the artsAs an alumna of Camp Excel and GDS, she returned as Program Coordinator to help the next generation reach their potential  – just as GDS has helped her in the past. Lenishemarie contributes to GDS with her ability to organize and delegate, lead youth programs, and train youth to work with seniors in the community.

Email: llopez@excelgds.org

Zadie Adams

Zadie Adams

Community Liaison

Zadie graduated with a degree of Global Public Health and Social Work from NYU. She is dedicated to creating a more equitable environment by expanding access to educational and mental health services. 

Email: zadams@excelgds.org

Boo Boafo

Health and Wellness/Activity Specialist

Email: boo@moreofthisandlessofthat.com

Molly Felth

Molly Felth

Development Associate

Molly Felth serves as Development Associate at GDS, playing a significant role in fundraising and writing grant proposals to support youth programming. 

Email: mfelth@excelgds.org

Julia Chait

Julia Chait

Youth Worker/Community Advocate

Julia Chait, recently earned a BA in Psychology and will continue her interest in Psychology, mental health, and supporting youth as she attends graduate school this upcoming year to pursue a Ph.D. in School Psychology. 

Email: jchait@excelgds.org

Sheila Oranch

Sheila Oranch

Leadership and Communication/Activity Specialist

Sheila Oranch has had a variety of occupations in many industries. Experiences have included professional secretary, office manager, executive director of administration, marketing manager, investment advisor

Email: sheila@coppertoppe.com

Briana Trinidad

Community Outreach Specialist

Email: btrinidad@excelgds.org

Nathan Wakhloo

Nathan Wakhloo

Social Justice Advocate

Nathan is a senior at Sarah Lawrence with a focus on Latin-American history and Law. His focus lies in historical research and practicing critical thinking, and to one day work as a criminal defense attorney for marginalized communities. 

Email: nwakhloo@excelgds.org

Ohave and Nehri

Ohave and Nehri

Therapy Dogs

Ohave means love and Nehri means light. Ohave is 14 years old and a Champion Labrador Retriever. Nehri is 12 years old, a beautiful rescue dog who is a Labrador and shepherd mix. Nehri and Ohave work with the youth and staff bringing love and light to our program and team.