Our Founders

  • Danielle Bruschi, CASAC-T
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/CO-FOUNDER

    Danielle Bruschi is the Co-Founder and CEO of New Hope Rising. She co-founded the organization in 2014 to provide safe, supportive and structured recovery housing on Long Island. Under Danielle’s guidance and with her vision, New Hope Rising has become the premier, leading model for recovery housing on Long Island, offering a higher level of individualized care and supportive services. Danielle continues to advocate for greater access to safe and supportive housing for women and men with substance use disorders. While “sober homes” are not currently regulated in the State of NY, she has been actively involved in the process of creating standards for recovery housing in Suffolk County through the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board and National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR).

    Through her management and progressive efforts, Danielle grew the organization into a multifaceted community resource, expanding the agency’s services in June 2017 to include New Hope Rising’s Therapy and Wellness Center with the focus on ensuring behavioral health care services are accessible and affordable on the East End of Long Island. Since the very beginning, Danielle’s vision for the organization has been to increase access to quality care for all who call Long Island home. That vision is fulfilled in New Hope Rising’s comprehensive approach to strengthening communities and ensuring behavioral health care services and recovery housing are available to those in need.

    Prior to co-founding New Hope Rising, Danielle worked at the largest single men’s homeless shelter in Suffolk County providing case management services and linkages to permanent housing. She quickly realized that a high percentage of the shelter residents had a history of substance use disorders and how it contributed to their chronic homelessness. While attempting to refer her clients to recovery housing she found a severe shortage of safe, supportive options on Long Island. In her search for community resources, Danielle found that there was an even more significant shortage of safe recovery housing options for women, and she began planning for the creation of New Hope Rising’s first recovery housing program for women.

    Danielle’s struggle with substance use began at the early age of 12. After being in and out of institutions throughout her youth, she first discovered recovery as a teenager. It was her dream and passion to create a safe haven where all services were provided under one roof. This idea, based on the love and compassion that she found in recovery, led to the formation of New Hope Rising. Today she is a person in long-term recovery who has dedicated her life to helping others to recover and find the light that was lost in the darkness of addiction and breaking down barriers to access care that they need.

  • Lauren McNamara, MSW
    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER/CO-FOUNDER

    Lauren is a Master of Social Work with a degree earned from Boston University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Stony Brook University with a concentration in women’s studies and sociology.  Ms. McNamara has been working in the social service field for the past 10 years in a multitude of different arenas and has experience with alternative healing methods as well, and is a Reiki II practitioner. She is also an NYS Department of Labor Offender Employment Specialist.

    With a combination of conventional treatment and holistic healing Lauren continues to dedicate her life to helping individuals heal. Learning firsthand from a young age that addiction is a family disease, Lauren’s passion for helping addicts and alcoholics and their families to heal was realized through the founding of New Hope Rising.

Board Of Directors

New Hope Rising, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is comprised of business and community members from Suffolk County, Long Island who are responsible for oversight of the organization’s operations to include the execution of the mission and purpose, providing adequate resources for programs and administration, financial oversight and ensuring legal and ethical integrity.
  • Alexandra Halsey Storch, Esq.
    President of the Board
    Alexandra is an associate attorney with the law firm Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP. Alexandra has a general practice with a focus in matrimonial and family law. Alexandra received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster in 2008 and her Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2013. While in law school, Alexandra participated in the Children’s Rights and Family Law Clinic where she represented low-income clients in family court proceedings and worked for the Urban Justice Center in Manhattan where she assisted victims of domestic violence throughout the course of child custody and support proceedings and orders of protection proceedings.
  • Patricia Tully, PSEG
    Vice President of The Board
    Patricia has worked in Customer relations for 33 years with PSEG. With the help and guidance of PSEG, she developed and became President of an Electric Business Resource Group (EBRG) called H.E.L.P., which stands for Helping Eastern Long Island People. Patricia has a strong background in volunteerism, dedicating her time to helping local nonprofits across Long Island. She brings her years of extensive experience with organizing fundraising events and volunteer work to New Hope Rising.
  • Jessica McNamara, BA, CASAC-T
    Secretary of The Board

    Jessica earned her Bachelors in Psychology from SUNY Albany, her CASAC-T from Suffolk Community College, and is currently enrolled in Stony Brook University working towards her Masters in Social Work. Jessica is dedicated to serving those struggling with addiction is currently employed at the Long Island Center for Recovery. In addition, Jessica has experience with directly working with New Hope Rising residents and her passion for our mission has led her to joining the team in a different capacity.

    Jessica also has personal experience with addiction and struggled many years to find recovery. She started using at the age of 13, went in and out of institutions and sober living environments, and eventually found recovery at 25. Her lived experience with the depravities of addiction, and also the lack of services available, fuels her passion to make a difference in the community.

  • Leah Maldonado
    Treasurer of The Board
    Local community member and real estate agent, Leah, brings her experience of having a loved one struggle with addiction and mental health to the board. She has turned her experience into a passion for carrying forward New Hope Rising’s mission to help other individuals and their families. She has a special interest in fundraising and raising community awareness.
  • Charlene McAleavey, LCSW CASAC
    Board Member

    Charlene has been working in the field of addiction treatment and social work for the past 16 years. In addition to her CASAC certification she is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is currently the Program Director at Long Island Center For Recovery after a long career there as a counselor and clinical supervisor. She is also in private practice as a psychotherapist. Charlene has been part of New Hope Rising since the very conception and remains passionate about ensuring our mission and vision is carried forward.

  • Millie Fellingham
    Board Member - Local Business Owner
    Millie joins the NHR board with years of experience as a small business owner and directorship of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce. She brings with her a strong background in fundraising, community activism, marketing, management, and administration.