Camille Gallo, Executive Director - was introduced to the special needs community in 2006. Inspired by her godson Anthony, she was touched by the love, devotion and fortitude of his mom Lori. Camille founded Special Needs Lifeline in 2010 during her graduate program in Management and Systems at NYU SCPS. With the help of her team, this nonprofit site has been created. Camille is a management professional and an interior design contractor for commercial facilities throughout New York City. It is her vision to introduce Universal Design and bring programs of “Recreation and Respite Infused with Beauty and Culture” to the special needs children and young adults within New York City facilities. Her hope is that guests will connect with each other on this web-based platform and share their experiences within our community blog. She truly believes it will be through this positive heartfelt connection that we will help each other build accessible special needs communities throughout NYC. Solution based suggestions to our Special Needs Lifeline family will create positive change.
Lori Silano, Community Outreach Manager - is the mom of a very special boy named Anthony. During the eighth month of a very uneventful pregnancy, it was discovered that Anthony had a stroke in utero. Anthony required a VP shunt at birth. There have been several hospital stays and operations since his birth in 2003. Lori has implemented the techniques of several traditional and alternative therapies, in order to help Anthony reach his fullest potential. She continues to advocate for Anthony. She acts as the voice of her son, in order to allow him to receive every possible opportunity he is entitled to. As the mother of a special needs child, Lori was inspired to help develop this online support network for parents to communicate and receive information. She recognizes the importance of having a shoulder to lean on through difficult times, and the value of reaching out to families to exchange information on a regular basis. It is her desire to help others in similar situations, and to make a difference in the special needs community.
Evan Rosenberg, Disability Specialist – is a graduate of New York University and a chess instructor in New York City. His parents have valiantly supported the special needs population in the fields of special education administration and education law, and he is proud to bear the torch for the next generation. Evan has a M.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a dual concentration in general and special education from NYU, and he is currently pursuing a M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics & Advocacy. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and a United States Chess Federation National Master.
Karim Nizarali Motani, Program Manager - is a graduate of New York University. As a child, Karim was diagnosed with a speech impairment and a learning disability. Throughout his educational experience, Karim was faced with many challenges but it was through the support of his parents and teachers that encouraged and enlightened Karim to be successful. Karim graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in Management and has successfully completed his Masters degree in Management and Systems with a concentration in Risk Management from NYU. Karim is an actively involved Alumnus with Students in Free Enterprise and is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. Through his educational background and life experiences, Karim Nizarali Motani is a valuable team member in our organization.
Nouhou Toubali, Senior Information Systems Advisor – Nouhou comes to SNLLC with more than 13 years of experience in information systems management. Currently, he works as the Senior Information Systems Manager at Helen Keller International (HKI) Headquarters, where he oversees IT strategy and operations at HQ and in 22 country offices located in Africa, Asia and Europe. Before HKI, Nouhou was the Information Technology Specialist at Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa for five years where he managed the information systems and provided support to Peace Corps staff and Volunteers across the country. Nouhou holds a Masters of Science in Management and Systems earned at NYU where his final project was the redesign and development of this Special Needs Lifeline.org website. He also holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Uyo in Nigeria.