Meet the Team
Message from Leadership
Each wave of COVID-19 teaches us more about the urgency and relevance of public health. There is no social practice, no hygiene habit, no assumption about how we lead our normal lives that has not been challenged or shattered. Still, in the face of isolation, fear, and mistrust, it is our role as community health workers to find solutions for connecting, educating, and alleviating anxieties that have been heightened by the pandemic.
Project Safety Net is proud to be the only organization in Suffolk County to continuously offer mobile HIV, Hep-C, STI, and substance abuse screenings over the past two years. Our flexible outreach techniques have helped identify new infections and new needs among the hardest hit neighborhoods, and our re-location to Patchogue Village has enhanced our ability to serve communities on the more rural East End.
In collaboration with local representatives and in partnership with our network of providers, we work every day to build community that uplifts the individual and contributes to the safety and wellness of families. We welcome peers and advocates to join us as we continue to grow!
Jane Bertsch-Wells, Managing Director
Colin Pearsall, Executive Director
Board of Directors
Jimmy Swift is the National Executive Director PLA University at Phalen Leadership Academies. PLA is a Non-Profit Organization that specializes in School Turnaround for K -12 Schools across the country in underserved communities and serves over 10,000 students. Jimmy’s role is to build and run the organization’s Workforce Development Program that is offered exclusively to PLA students’ families to help them acquire the skills needed to achieve gainful employment and move from poverty to prosperity.
Shaun Rasmussen is the Director for External Relations & Engagement for CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), a nationally recognized associate degree completion program serving 25,000 students. In this role, Shaun leads program marketing and citywide outreach efforts. In addition to his experience at CUNY, Shaun has held a variety of positions focused on the arts, education, and employment opportunities for young adults in New York City. Shaun holds a BA in International Criminal Justice and MS in Organizational Leadership.