Outreach Leadership

Melvin Swain, LMSW, CASAC

Melvin Swain serves as Director of Outreach House I in Ridgewood, Queens where he manages staff, programming, and compliance, and oversees daily operations for the 30-bed drug and alcohol treatment program for adolescents.

Kelsey Silver, LMFT

Kelsey Silver is Director of Quality and Information, overseeing administration of the agency's AVATAR Electronic Health Record (EHR), and interfacing with multiple departments to support the agency’s vision.

Debra Pantin, MSW, MS

Debra Pantin joined Outreach in July 2018 as President and CEO – the second person to hold that position in the agency’s 39-year history. The industry veteran possesses more than 30 years of experience in the substance use and mental

Janet Walpole, LCSW

Janet Walpole, LCSW, joined Outreach in December 2017 as Director of the Greenpoint, Brooklyn outpatient program, where she oversees adult and adolescent outpatient services, which are offered in English, Polish, and Spanish. She is also responsible for the programmatic oversight

Kendra Chiu

Kendra Chiu oversees the research, writing and reporting of private and state grants, and is involved in most of Outreach’s programs through internal and external marketing, outcomes evaluation, and more. Chiu also consults with the President and Executive Vice President

Karen Muniz, LCSW-R

Karen Muniz is the Director of Bellport Outpatient Services, where she oversees staff and programming for its Day Rehabilitation Program for Women, as well as its Outpatient Program for adults and adolescents.

Krista Whitman, LCSW-R

Krista Whitman has over 15 years of experience in addiction treatment and management. As the Director of Outreach’s Brentwood Outpatient Services at Suffolk Avenue, she manages daily operations, program development and clinical culture.

David Vizzini, BS, CASAC

David Vizzini has spent the majority of his 20+ year career with Outreach. He has been Director of Outreach House II in Brentwood, Long Island since 2016.