About Us

Our Staff

Kathleen M. English

Executive Director

As the executive director for the Partnership for Palliative Care, Kathleen English brings more than twenty-five years of business and philanthropic expertise to her advocacy for palliative care access and availability. On a personal level, she believes passionately in the benefits of palliative care and wishes it had been available to her family during her’s mother’s illness. Prior to coming to the Partnership, Ms. English worked for Rockefeller & Company; most recently serving as the Director of Personnel and Office Services. Ms. English also served as the Company Liaison to the Rockefeller Family and Senior Advisor to several Rockefeller Family members.

Ms. English is a graduate of Felician College, earned her M.B.A at Rutgers University and is a designated Senior Professional of Human Resources by the Society for Human Resources Management.

McCarton Ackerman

Communications Associate

McCarton Ackerman is a writer, editor and communications coordinator with nearly a decade of professional experience. His work has been featured and redistributed in outlets including ABCNews.com, USOpen.org, Time Out New York, Salon, Daily Mail and Jezebel. He has served as a website editor for the United States Tennis Association and ATP World Tour, helping coordinate and create their content for the US Open and other major professional tennis tournaments. McCarton has also become an expert in the field of addiction and recovery, providing commentary and features for The Fix and Recovery Brands.

He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English. McCarton is also an active tennis player and has won several tournaments throughout New York City.

Sandra Costas


Sandra has worked in the nonprofit field for over 10 years. Prior to Partnership for Palliative Care, she worked for United Way of Hudson County, where she spent 7 years as their CFO.

Sandra holds a BS in Accounting degree for Mercy College and is presently pursuing her MBA degree from Keller Graduate School of Management.

She a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Jeri Klein

Social Media Manager

A classically trained ballerina turned writer, Jeri knows first hand how important movement, gesture, and expression are to storytelling. Whether she's crafting screenplays, producing feature films, or managing social media accounts, Jeri's goal always remains the same: engage her audience and bring them into the conversation. She has worked on numerous successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, most notably for Malevolent, the first U.S. made animated feature, starring William Shatner, Ray Wise, and Morena Baccarin.

Jeri holds a Bachelor of Science in Television/Radio/Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and has been practicing yoga for over a decade.

Annerys Diaz

Administrative and Communications Assistant

Annerys is new to the non-profit world. She has a background in writing and media. Annerys holds a BA in Mass Communication and an MA in Political Science.

Fiona Adams

Community Health Educator

Fiona brings nearly two decades of experience in corporate and nonprofit settings to her work as a Community Health Educator. She is passionate about promoting health and longevity among various audiences. As a family caregiver, she is especially inspired to help older adults maintain the quality of life they desire. From nutritional counseling to healthy meal preparation and fitness instruction, Fiona believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness. She is a Certified Health Coach, Community Chef and Group Fitness Instructor.

Krystal M. Infante

Health Educator

Krystal is a Health Educator teaching behaviors that promote wellness and encouraging people to participate in decisions about their healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science from Lehman College. In addition to leading Supportive Care workshops, Krystal works in the emergency department of a major NY hospital.


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