Winston Long is the Coordinator of Professional Staff Development for Abbott House. Winston has been with the agency for 10 years but has been in the field for more than 43 years. In addition to his current position at Abbott House, he is CEO/CFO and Co-Founder of T.O.O.L.S. Training Associates, LLC. Certified as a Trainer/Instructor in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Strategies in Crisis Intervention/Prevention – Revised (SCIP-R), Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP), Parent Skills Training (ABC), Mandated Reporter Training and American Heart Association CPR/First Aid (Both Heart Saver Level, and most recently, he has completed the Crisis Behavior Management, Training of Trainers’ Curriculum for Foster Parents. Winston has National and International Experience as a trainer, educator and lecturer.

Shawn P. Carlson is the Abbott House Director of Quality Assurance. Since joining the agency in 1995, he has worked in various capacities including position with the Services for People with Developmental Disabilities (SPDD) program and later with Quality Assurance. Shawn is currently certified to teach OPWDD Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention – Revised (SCIP-R); and, has been a SCIP-R instructor since 1999. Mr. Carlson is also a certified instructor for the American Heart Association’s First Aid and CPR Course, both at the Heart Saver Level. He brings over 17 years of experience in the human services industry to his work at Abbott House.

Monique Johnson is the Westchester Day Habilitation Manager for the Abbott House Services for People with Developmental Disabilities (SPDD) program. She is certified to teach Strategies in Crisis Intervention/Prevention – Revised (SCIP-R), Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and the new TCI (Edition VI) Curriculum. Joining Abbott House in 2005, Ms. Johnson brings over 20 years experience in the human services field to her position at Abbott House.

Dr. Judith Steinhart is an independent consultant specializing in Health and Sexuality. Before working independently, Judith most recently worked at Columbia University as a health educator, coordinating events and projects such as Sex Awareness Week and programs for New Student Orientation. Judith also co-created and worked on Columbia’s popular and perhaps oldest interactive health Q&A service, “Go Ask Alice!” for 13 years. She has worked with, taught, and learned from thousands of students and their families at schools such as Brooklyn College, Stony Brook University, Indiana University, Nassau Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University, College of New Rochelle and New York University.

Sabrina St. John is well known in the field of professional development training for human service providers. Sabrina is currently The Executive Director of Leadership Enrichment Project a non- profit entrepreneur program for youth and young adults. She is also CEO & President of St. John’s Institute for Training and Seminars. She is devoted to training, empowering and developing individuals to be the best at whatever they are passionate about.  Sabrina has over 20 years in the field of human services and has a passion for lifelong learning. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from York College. She is currently enrolled in the M.B.A. program at St. Joseph’s College.  Sabrina is a volunteer at several substance abuse programs for women where she conducts free seminars and workshops.  Sabrina has a wealth of experience in conducting professional development training, health education programs, and motivational seminars.

Roberta Herche, MSW, LCSW is an executive, management and personal coach and maintains a private psychotherapy practice. After 25 years in nonprofit leadership in international and local organizations, she is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, teaching graduate classes in social welfare policy, advocacy and non-profit management.

DeShannon Bowens, MS is therapist, professional development trainer and founder of ILERA Counseling and Education Services. ILERA is an organization committed to raising awareness about sexuality and sexual abuse through innovative educational programs and healing services. Through ILERA, she has implemented workshops and programs at various agencies focusing on: vicarious trauma & wellness, sexual abuse, domestic violence and sexuality & religion. DeShannon is also the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks Their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse.

DeShannon Bowens received a BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a MS in Counseling from Pace University. In 2009 she received the Bill T. Jones Scholarship Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists. For more information about DeShannon or ILERA visit

Ann Marie Linden, LSW has worked in the Employee Assistance field for over 25 years. She has worked both as an employee and a consultant to numerous corporations and government agencies such as American Express, GE Capital, Pitney Bowes and The New York City Department of Transportation. In her role as an Employee Assistance professional, she provides organizational consultation, counseling, and referral services to a consortium of local nonprofit agencies including Abbott House and other nonprofit agencies. In addition, she provides health and wellness workshops and seminars on a variety of topics.