Faculty and Staff

Daniel S. Gardner, PhD, LCSW
Interim Director


Daniel Gardner has been a faculty researcher at Brookdale and an Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College since 2012. Dr. Gardner has over 25 years of clinical, administrative, policy, and research experience in health and mental health, specializing in social work practice with individuals, families, and communities living with chronic and advanced illness. His scholarship primarily explores adaptation to serious illness in later life, with the goal of improving palliative and end-of-life care interventions for underserved older adults and their caregivers. Dr. Gardner’s current community-based research examines access barriers to pain and symptom management among low-income, minority elders in East and Central Harlem, NYC.

Dr. Gardner has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, or monographs. His work has been funded by grants from CUNY, the American Cancer Society, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the National Institute of Aging (NIA), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He is a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work, a founding board member of the Social Work in Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), Research Director of the Hartford-Silberman Center of Excellence in Gerontological Social Work at Hunter College, and a Fellow of the Social Research, Practice & Policy Section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Dr. Gardner holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University, an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Social Work from Columbia University.

Jerry Antonatos

Jerry Antonatos, MPA
Director of Finance and Administration


Jerry Antonatos has been a CUNY staff member since 1988. Prior to joining Brookdale in 2006, Jerry was Director of Finance for the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and before that, held various finance positions within the Research Foundation of CUNY. His longstanding contacts within CUNY and deep knowledge of the University’s systems make him a valuable member of the Brookdale team.

Jerry is an active member of the Army National Guard unit 4th Financial Management (Fighting Finance). He was called to serve in Afghanistan in 2008-2009 and again in 2014. He was the Deputy Disbursing Officer of Jalalabad in the East, and Disbursing Agent of Kandahar in the South and controlled all financial activities in those regions of Afghanistan.

Jerry received his Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College in Accounting and has a Master’s in Public Administration with a specialty in fiscal policy analysis and oversight from John Jay College.

Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD
Senior Research Scientist


Mark Brennan-Ing conducts psychosocial research on factors affecting coping and adapting to chronic conditions among vulnerable older adults, including people with HIV as well as sexual and gender minorities. Prior to his appointment at Brookdale, Dr. Brennan-Ing was a Senior Research Associate at the New  York City Department for the Aging and Lighthouse International, and was the Director for Research and Evaluation at ACRIA, an HIV research and education organization.

He is a past president of the State Society on Aging of New York (SSANY), a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and past chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Sexual Minority and Gender Diversity. He was an invited member of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Working Group on HIV and Aging. Dr. Brennan-Ing has been recognized for his work by the Brookdale Center, Pride Senior Network, and the New York State Office for the Aging. In 2017, he received the SSANY’s Walter M. Beattie Award. Dr. Brennan-Ing was the lead editor on Older Adults with HIV: An In-depth Examination of an Emerging Population (2009), and HIV and Aging: Interdisciplinary Topics in Gerontology and Geriatrics (2016), which received a “High Commendation” from the British Medical Association. He has authored over 100 peer-review journal articles, chapters and books.

He received his BA in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his MA and PhD in applied developmental psychology from Fordham University.

Paul G. Fleishmann
Logistics Coordinator


Paul Fleishmann joined Brookdale in 1993.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of communications, media, print and electronic publishing, website design and management, and special events and conference planning logistics. Prior to joining Brookdale, Paul spent nearly a decade in the radio, television, video and advertising industries where his work included writing, producing and directing commercial and public service announcements, video editing, producing multi-media productions and managing the distribution of syndicated network television programs.

Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Television and Radio Broadcasting from SUNY College at Buffalo and an Associate in Applied Science in Broadcasting from Suffolk County Community College.

Jamie Frankenberg, LMSW
Research Associate


As a research associate, Jamie Frankenberg supports Brookdale’s research scientists by managing research projects, especially data collection, analysis, interpretation, and writing and disseminating the results. She is currently focused on a study of how scientific research affects policy making.

Before joining Brookdale, Jamie was living in Melbourne, Australia, working as a housing support case manager and drug and alcohol counselor to support homeless adults. Prior to that, she worked as a geriatric social worker and mental health clinician in New York City. She also held research assistant positions supporting Fordham University faculty who were investigating aging.

Jamie is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications from Boston University.

Angela Ghesquiere, PHD, MSW
Program Manager, Sadin Institute for Law and Public Policy


Angela Ghesquiere has been on staff at Brookdale since 2014, and joined the Sadin Institute in 2017. She manages the daily operations of the Sadin Institute and helps develop and oversee research and evaluation projects related to older adult health, mental health, and policy. She oversaw the analysis portion of Sadin’s review of guardianship cases in New York State.

Prior to joining Brookdale, Dr. Ghesquiere was a fellow in geriatric mental health services research at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Ghesquiere has also worked on several federally-funded intervention studies in the fields of grief, loss, trauma, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder at both Columbia University and the University of Washington.

Angela received her PhD in Social Work from Columbia University, and has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Smith College and a Master’s of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Sheryl Grant
Finance Administrator


Sheryl Grant joined Brookdale in 1988. Sheryl handles a wide array of key tasks, from providing information to all new employees, to overseeing timesheets, to facilitating the timely payment of all invoices. Her knowledge of and long-standing relationships with key personnel at Hunter College and the CUNY Research Foundation are invaluable.

Sheryl attended York College and majored in Accounting.

Caitlin McAfee, LMSW
Research Associate


Caitlin McAfee joined Brookdale in 2015. She assists with data collection, coordination of research projects and data analysis. She is especially active in outreach efforts for Brookdale’s work in community-based palliative care.

Prior to joining Brookdale, she worked as a geriatric social worker providing case management services to older adults. She has presented at national conferences on topics such as ethical conflicts in care management.

Caitlin has a Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University with a specialization in gerontology and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Texas Christian University.


Theresa Montini, MSW, Ph.D
Director of Research


As the director of research, Theresa Montini plans and conducts research to broaden scientific knowledge to improve the lives of older adults.

Prior to joining Brookdale, Dr. Montini worked as a researcher at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF, as a NIH-CSR review officer and a NIH-NIDA program officer, and as a senior researcher at the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.  Since returning to the New York City in 2008, she has worked as a senior researcher at the NYU College of Dentistry and an assistant professor at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.  Dr. Montini’s research funding has ranged from public sources (NIH R21 AA012621 and R03 HG004040) to private foundations (Risk Management Foundation).

Dr. Montini received her doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco  (1991), her MSW from the University of California, Berkeley (1984), and her BA from Rutgers College (1979).

Alicia J. Murray, MBA
Project Coordinator


Alicia J. Murray joined Brookdale in 2016. As a Project Coordinator she provides training that blends traditional classroom instructions with distance learning technologies for management and frontline human services professionals. Prior to joining Brookdale, she worked as a  Project Coordinator at The College of State Island STEM program where she helped a number of students from under-represented  groups pursue professional licensure in the STEM fields.

Alicia has a Master’s of Business Administration from Metropolitan College of New York  and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing  from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Geoffrey L. Rogers
Director of Learning and Development


Geoff Rogers has more than two decades of professional experience helping individuals and organizations learn, manage, change and seize new opportunities. Prior to joining Brookdale in 2007 as Director of Learning and Development, Geoff was Director of Operations for the New York City Home Energy Assistance Program. He has also worked in advertising, publishing and marketing and served as a Director of Special Projects, Director of Training and Director of Operations for New York City Adult Protective Services.

Geoff’s unusual background spanning creative industries, public administration and management consulting informs his work at Brookdale to develop learning opportunities that engage a diverse array of human services professionals.

Geoff has a Bachelor of European History and English from Colby College.

William Seals, MPS
Research Associate


As a research associate, William Seals supports the community-organizing component of Brookdale and Osborne’s joint project to improve social support for older adults returning home after incarceration.  His work centers on integrating and strengthening the communities of the South Bronx and East Brooklyn, so that members will be better able to receive their returning citizens.

Before joining Brookdale, William worked as the Program Director for the Bachelor of Science Organizational Management program at Hudson Link/Nyack College Beacon Campus.  As Director, he was instrumental in expanding the Nyack College curriculum to include associate degree opportunities.  In a cooperative effort, he established the Alumni Learning Exchange DSST preparatory program, providing opportunities for students to satisfy required accredited courses through DSST proctored exams.  Prior to that, he worked as a mental health clinician in Ossining, NY, assisting returning citizens.  He remains an advocate for older adults living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other chronic illnesses.

William received a Master of Professional Studies from New York Theological Seminary with an Urban Ministry focus, and a Bachelor of Science from Mercy College.