Hamilton-Madison House’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Mark Handelman, L.C.S.W., as the House’s new executive director at the November 2009 meeting. Mr. Handelman will replace Frank T. Modica, who will be retiring on January 15, 2010, after 34 years as the House’s executive director.
Upon naming the executive director, Board President Cao K. O stated that “he and the board appreciate Frank’s 34 years of stewardship and many accomplishments on behalf of the residents of lower Manhattan’s Two Bridges/Chinatown Community and Asian New Yorkers citywide. Frank transformed Hamilton-Madison House from a small neighborhood agency with a $1.5m annual budget to a $15m agency that includes citywide Asian American behavioral health services. The board enthusiastically welcomes Mark to the House and looks forward to his leadership in taking the House to the next level. “
Mr. Handelman began his professional career as a director of youth work at the Educational Alliance, another Lower East Side Settlement House. He obtained his Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University, in 1973, and taught at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. He worked at several other agencies, most notably as the president/CEO of the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), the largest refugee resettlement and immigrant services agency in the United States. Upon his acceptance of the executive director position, Mr. Handelman said that “For thirty four years Frank Modica has excelled as the executive director of Hamilton-Madison House, and it is a great honor to have been selected by the HMH Board to continue his important work. I am also very grateful for the opportunity to “come home” again to the Lower East Side community where I began my professional career."
Hamilton-Madison House is a 111-year old settlement house that provides services to 17,000 children and adults annually at 21 sites, 18 of which are located in lower Manhattan and 3 in Jackson Heights and Corona, Queens. Each year children as young as 2 months old to seniors well into their 90’s come to the House for programs that include early childhood education, youth and teen programs, adult education classes and immigrant services, behavioral health clinics and senior services. Programs are provided in 9 languages and dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Spanish. Speaking on Hamilton-Madison House’s future, Mr. Modica said that "I am delighted by the HMH Board of Director's choice of Mr. Mark Handelman as my successor. He brings a wealth of experience and creativity in human services to his role as the next executive director of Hamilton-Madison House. I feel confident that he will lead the Agency into the future to provide more services to even more people.”
Mr. Handelman will assume his responsibilities as the executive director of Hamilton-Madison House on January 18, 2010. He comes as a highly respected executive in human services and the Board, staff and community of Hamilton-Madison House are looking forward to his leadership to move this renowned social service agency into the future.