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Meet the Staff

Deborah Martinez
Executive Director 

Deborah W. Martinez has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the New York State Psychological Association’s (NYSPA).  She will officially begin on June 2, 2017.  

Ms. Martinez has an extensive background in the nonprofit management arena with over 20 years of experience..  Previous positions include  executive director, advisor and senior management.  Her work focused on establishing management and organizational structure with clear governance protocols, building fundraising relationships, developing strong corporate and community partnerships, and creating educational and collaborative opportunities with underrepresented and mainstream populations.

Prior to joining NYSPA she served as the Managing Director of Covenant Business Solutions in Washington, D.C., a disabled veteran owned business who provides management services to non-profits, government and for profit companies.   In addition, Ms. Martinez  served as the Executive Director for the International Ultraviolet Association a non-profit in Washington, D.C. focused on the use of ultraviolet technology for public health and the environment.   She also served as the Director of Programs for Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math and Science, Inc., where she was responsible for collaborating with grant organizations to advance STEM educational opportunities for under-represented and disadvantaged students.  She has managed several major grants from National Nuclear Security Administration, NASA programs, and Department of Energy to name a few.  She has also held positions with Howard University, the American Dental Education Association and the American Cardiology Association (SGC).

A native of Washington, D.C., Martinez’s career has spanned the nonprofit education and healthcare sectors.  She holds certifications and training in nonprofit management from ASAE and Howard University.



Jerry Grodin, PhD
Director of Professional Affairs 

Dr. Jerry Grodin has a long history with NYSPA, being a member since 1991, serving as President of NYSPA in 2010, and leading many initiatives and projects as a committee chair, regional association leader and active mentor.
Jerry works with the Executive Director, the Legislative Committee Chair and our lobbyist to build relationships with legislators, their staff and state agency officials. He is available to participate in hearings, testify on behalf of the profession and serve on active committees to be sure that psychology is "at the table." Jerry produces a bi-weekly newsletter for members, the DPA Dispatch.

Diane "Dee" Fisher-Golden
Associate Director

Dee has been with NYSPA for over 25 years and has held numerous roles with the organization including membership, communications, information technology and public affairs.

As Associate Director, Dee reports to the Executive Director and maintains governance structure and communications.  She oversees staff and manages the day-to-day operations of NYSPA.



Lori Coté
Executive Assistant

Lori provides administrative support to the Executive Director and Associate Director. She processes membership and event registrations, manages NYSPA list serves, and maintains NYSPA databases.




Sara Wheeler
Membership and Communications Specialist

Sara is responsible for assisting the coordination of NYSPA's social media profile, digital and printed communications as well as membership recruitment and retention.