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Our Mission


At CHDFS we are committed to providing a safe haven and caring space for those in need. We support individuals, families, and communities by helping them advocate for their needs, foster a community of inclusion, and provide comprehensive services that leads to a quality of life filled with dignity and meaning.

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Our Mission


At CHDFS we are committed to providing a safe haven and caring space for those in need. We support individuals, families, and communities by helping them advocate for their needs, foster a community of inclusion, and provide comprehensive services that leads to a quality of life filled with dignity and meaning.

MEET The Team


Meet some of the leaders who made CHDFS, Inc. the organization it is today. Without the spirit of teamwork we know that many of our accomplishments would not have happened. From dreamers, to organizers, to field workers, supporters, and more - Thank You For Your Support!

MEET The Team


Meet some of the leaders who made CHDFS, Inc. the organization it is today. Without the spirit of teamwork we know that many of our accomplishments would not have happened. From dreamers, to organizers, to field workers, supporters, and more - Thank You For Your Support!

Juan Villamizar

CFO & Co-Founder

Juan Carlos Villamizar is the CFO and Co-Founder of CHDFS, Inc. Through his career, Juan Carlos has dedicated his work towards advocating for the needs of children in various capacities. He has served government roles as a Developmental Sociologist, Sociology Consultant, and also has field experience in Family Support and Teaching capacities.  Juan Carlos holds a Masters of Social Work/SEA degree from Columbia University, a degree in Psychoanalysis, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Antioquia, Colombia. 

Julio Barros

CEO & Founder

Julio E. Barros, CSW, PhD, is the CEO and Founder of CHDFS, Inc. Dr. Barros' dedication towards advocating for the needs of people with special needs and those under the poverty line is backed by his work done in the field, which includes his roles as: Senior Director for Adoption , Project Director for OPWDD Programs, Foster Care Social Worker, Therapist, Case Manager, Teacher, and assisting Adoptive Parents of Special Needs Children. Dr. Barros holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Bedford University, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Adelphi University . He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at CUNY, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education at the University of Chile. 

He currently lives in New York with his two adopted son's. 


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Eric Marsh

Director of operations

Bio coming up soon.

Sobeida Valdez

Human Resources Director

Sobeida Valdez joined CHDFS, Inc. in 2014 bringing with her over twenty-nine years of experience in social work, case management, advocacy and other human service roles. Her experience includes serving numerous Director positions at RAIN Home Attendant Services, Tuerk House, The Dennelisse Corporation, and Bronx AIDS Services. She has also served as a consultant at Progressive Home Health Services and Public Health Educator for the Harlem Hospital Center.

Sobeida Valdez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the City College of the City of New York, a Masters and License in Social Work from Hunter College, and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from The New School for Social Research.


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Nancy Parker

Fundraising & Parent Advocate Director

Since 2013, Nancy Parker has served as the Director of the Parent Advocate Program at CHDFS, Inc. Her relationship with our organization goes back nearly thirteen years where she's fulfilled numerous supporting roles including serving on the Board of Directors. In the past, Nancy has worked as a Parent Advocate at NAMI NYC Metro, where she began and ran a support group for fourteen years, targeting parents of children and adolescents; dealing with the challenges of having kids suffer from emotional and mental disorders. 

Nancy is a state trainer of NAMI’s signature course, NAMI BASICS, and is a Family to Family teacher. Nancy also runs a volunteer social group for adults with mental illness called "Find Your Funny."  Currently Nancy attends Hunter College, where she is working on a degree in Social Work.  

Morris Sarju

hcbs cOORDINATOR

Bio coming up soon.


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Steven Merino

Health home director

Bio coming up soon.

Wendy Davis

Early Intervention Director

Bio coming up soon.


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aIVLYS CASTILLO

administrative assistant to the ceo

Bio coming up soon.

Tamara Maraboli

Front Desk Receptionist/Special PROJECT

Bio coming up soon.

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