Medical Director and Co-Founder
Dr. Thomas is the Medical Director and Managing member of HOHA. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is a Board Certified Internist and addiction specialist who has also completed post-graduate training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. His areas of special interest are primary care services, addiction medicine and health policy.
Dr. Thomas has served as a consultant Medical Director for several New York City agencies that provide care services to the homeless, to individuals receiving addiction recovery services and to those receiving HIV related services.
In addition to his many clinical and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Thomas is also an educator. He has served as an instructor of medicine at the Downstate Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also has to his credit many publications in professional and academic journals.
Dr. Thomas has been a member of numerous professional committees and task forces, including a Governor's appointment to the New York State Task Force of Life and the Law. He has also served on the board of directors for several community based organizations.
Ramon Welsh was born and raised in the Republic of Panama and migrated to the United states as a teenager in 1987. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Empire State College State University of new York in 2008 and went on to graduate from the Hunter College School of Social work in 2011. Additionally, Mr. Welsh became a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor with a specialty in Gambling treatment (CASAC-G) in 2007.
Ramon's work experience in the human services/behavioral health field stretches beyond twenty years. From 1997 to 2003 he worked with adolescents who were impacted by addiction and criminal justice issues as a substance abuse counselor at an alternative to incarceration program. From there he moved on to a new role as a senior counselor residential treatment program for adults who were affected by addiction, mental health and criminal justice issues. During his tenure at that program he was promoted to the position of Clinical Supervisor, and was responsible for the coordination and implementation of behavioral health services.
Several years later, Ramon was offered the opportunity to become a Clinical Coordinator for counseling and criminal justice services at an outpatient program for adults who were in need of addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration. In the following years Mr. Welsh became the Clinical Director for New York Foundling, an outpatient program that provided mental health and substance abuse services. Most recently he was the Director of Social Services at the nursing home where his career began.
Chief Executive Director and Co-Founder
Mrs. Booker is a graduate of Stony Brook University's School of Social Welfare Masters Program. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker, a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse counselor, is certified as a Field Educator for State University of New York. She is also a veteran and specializes in treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her areas of interest are treatment and advocacy for criminal justice clients, alternative to incarceration and treatment of the mentally ill and/or chemically addicted.