Board of Directors

Karen Howard, J.D.

Board Member

Ms. Howard has over 20 years of experience in the legal, policy and advocacy arenas. She is currently a member of the leadership team at First Focus, serving as the Vice President of Early Childhood Policy. In that capacity, Ms. Howard is responsible for leading the organization’s work in cross-cutting policy initiatives that impact the early health, development and well-being of children, with specific emphasis on children at risk of significant health, educational and economic disparities.

Sherry Perlstein, MSW

Board Member

Sherry Perlstein, is a clinical social worker with over 35 years of experience as a mental health clinician and senior manager. She is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City with a focus on trauma and life transitions, and provides executive coaching for senior leaders of non-profit human services agencies.

Sally Sharp Lehman

Board Member

Sally Sharp Lehman is the Founder and Principal of Sharp Lehman Consulting, LLC, and has over twenty years of consulting, funding, operational and executive leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Richard Ostuw, M.S.

Board Chairperson

Richard Ostuw has been an active volunteer since he retired. In addition to Child First, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, the Board of Commissioners of Charter Oak Communities, and the Human Resources Committee of Building One Community (previously Neighbors Link Stamford). He has also served as a volunteer with Junior Achievement and was on the Board of the Darien/Stamford chapter of the American Red Cross.

Subscribe to RSS - Board of Directors