Michael Kass, Board Chairman
Mr. Kass brings more than 30 years of government and investigative experience to his role as Board Chairman, including two decades of service at the New York State Division of Parole. He began his career at the agency as a Parole Officer and was later promoted to Supervisor. Mr. Kass’ service to ILA spans more than 25 years, working closely with the agency’s late founder, John P. Welch, to ensure high quality care for ILA’s Individuals. Today, he continues to meet that mission, collaborating regularly with ILA’s Board and executive team to make sure the agency functions effectively. Mr. Kass holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College.
Carlton Butler, ESQ., President
Carlton Butler’s distinguished career spans more than 20 years of service in managerial and attorney positions. For six years, Mr. Butler served as Assistant Commissioner, Criminal Investigations in the Office of Tax Enforcement at the New York City Department of Finance. Prior to that position, he worked for the Department of Sanitation, Department of Consumer Affairs, the Board of Education, and the Brooklyn and Queens District Attorney Offices.
Most recently, he worked as Managing Attorney for the Consumer Complaints Prosecution Unit at the Taxi and Limousine Commission. After retiring in January 2016, Mr. Butler, a graduate of Columbia University Law School, is now pursuing a number of personal interests and activities in addition to his role on ILA’s Board of Directors – a position he has held since 2004.
Marvin O. Holloway, Jr., LCSW, ACSW, DCSW, QCSW, Recording Secretary
Mr. Holloway brings decades of experience in the human services field, including 15 years working for the Child Welfare Administration (CWA), where he served as Director of Centralized Services overseeing recruitment efforts in the Division of Adoption and Foster Care Services (DAFCS). He was later named Borough Director, Manhattan/Staten Island for Adoption and Foster Care Services.
Prior to working at CWA, Mr. Holloway served as an Associate Director at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Mental Health Center, where he oversaw day-to-day clinical operations, supervised social workers and organized community outreach and educational programs. Other leadership roles include serving as Director of Social Services at Hall-Brooke Hospital in Connecticut and as an Administrator at Arthur C. Logan Memorial Hospital in New York. He later started a private practice in psychotherapy.
After retiring from CWA in 1999, Mr. Holloway began a part-time position at the Bergen County Community Action Partnership, providing therapeutic services to individuals with substance abuse issues. He holds a B.S. from Florida A&M University and an MSW from NYU’s School of Social Work.
Ernest L. White, CSW
A “social worker at heart,” Ernest L. White was recruited by longtime ILA board member Marvin Holloway, Jr., who is a former colleague of Mr. White at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).
As a caseworker at ACS, Mr. White investigated reports of child abuse and neglect, helping to ensure the safety and well-being of hundreds of New York City youth. For the last eleven years, he has worked as a certified mental health counselor at the New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center in Brooklyn.
Mr. White’s commitment to high quality, compassionate care echoes ILA’s mission to provide exemplary service to Individuals and families served. His biggest goal is to make people feel safe and secure and considers human services to be one of the most rewarding fields there is.
Mr. White holds a Masters of Science in Social Work from Adelphi University.
Lola Simpson, MPA
Lola Simpson has led an esteemed career in the public and private sectors improving data management, conducting program evaluation, and administering contracts. In January 2015, she joined The Fund for NYC Health and Hospitals, and within five months successfully streamlined contracts and fiscal procedures for the Cure Violence Initiative (valued at $9M), served on the evaluation committee for uninsured populations, and improved procedures across 11 hospitals to recoup lost revenue from insurance denials for medically necessary procedures. She now works as Senior Director for OneCity Health Services, a subsidiary of NYC Health and Hospitals, where she oversees Operations, Purchasing, and Contracts.
Prior to joining Health + Hospitals and OneCity, Ms. Simpson was a Senior Associate for Metis Associates, a national research and evaluation firm, where she consulted with clients in government, nonprofit, and foundations, and applied solutions to common organizational, technical, and programmatic challenges. Ms. Simpson, a recipient of the LaGuardia Management Fellowship, holds a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management from the New School University.
Rita Derman came to the United States from Russia in 1979 with her husband. During her distinguished career as a Systems Analyst, she held a 20-year position as a Senior Lead Design Specialist at Securities Industry Automation Corporation, where she was responsible for the design, development and maintenance of Equities Market Data Systems and other sophisticated information systems.
Ms. Derman received a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1971 from the prestigious Lviv Polytechnic National University in the Ukraine, and later augmented her training and education at Brooklyn College, where she completed courses in Data Structure, Algorithms Analysis and Computer Architecture.
Now retired, Ms. Derman enjoys devoting her time to serving on the ILA Board and contributing to a “truly worthy cause.”