McDermott + Bull Places Inaugural Chief Program Officer for Care for the Homeless

August 10, 2023 – Search firm McDermott + Bull has placed Jonathan Santos-Ramos as chief program officer for Care For the Homeless (CFH), which provides patient centered medical, mental, and behavioral healthcare to the homeless, in New York City. This is a new role created to strengthen the non-profit as it continues its strategic growth and expansion. The search was conducted by partner Sue Waterbury and executive recruiter Justin Melhado.

“This is a time of significant growth for CFH and adding Jonathan is an essential step in ensuring that we can take these expansions to their full potential,” said CFH president and CEO, George Nashak. “We could not have asked for a better person to fill the CPO role. Jonathan’s decades of experience and his passionate commitment to serving communities on the margins make him an exciting addition to the CFH family. We cannot wait to share the stories of his successes.”

Mr. Santos-Ramos brings decades of experience working with and delivering services to those who are unstably housed or living on the streets. Most recently, he served as interim executive director at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a global leader in LGBTQ health care. Prior to that, he served in several other senior roles, including senior director, organizational planning and sustainability, and director of community engagement and strategic initiatives. He has also held management positions at Community Healthcare Network and the New York City Department of Health.

Key Responsibilities

As CPO, he will be responsible for managing the strategic expansion and day-to-day operations of CFH’s healthcare and residential services in total. Mr. Santos-Ramos’ goals are to create and grow program initiatives that facilitate the organization’s strategy to ensuring that people experiencing homelessness in New York City have access to low-barrier, high quality healthcare, residential, and social services.

This addition to the executive team comes on the heels of the organization earning three new grants, totaling more than $20 million. One was awarded by the New York State Department of Health – Health Care Facilities Transformation Program III and two others by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds from these grants will be used to create new health center sites and develop more comprehensive care programs for New Yorkers without stable housing.

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Care For the Homeless, since its inception in 1985, has catered to the medical, mental, and behavioral health care needs of New York City’s homeless population. The non-profit’s expansive network, spanning 25 healthcare locations across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, often collaborate with other non-profit entities such as shelters, assessment centers, and soup kitchens, in their continuous efforts to serve those in need.

Proven Recruiting Firm

Irvine, CA-based McDermott + Bull provides mission-critical permanent executive placement and interim solutions for a range of domestic and global clients. The firm serves private and public companies, private equity firms and their operating companies across multiple industries, including technology, financial services, biotech and life sciences, and professional services.

Rod McDermott, co-founder and CEO, has worked with leading companies in financial services, healthcare, aviation and aerospace, and technology, including Honeywell, Bombardier, Boeing, Cirrus, Silverado Senior Living, Union Bank, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust (now Union Bank), and First Republic.

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Chris Bull, co-founder and managing partner of McDermott + Bull, brings over 20 years of experience in retained executive search. He has a track record of partnering with client organizations to deliver talent with private and public companies, private equity firms, and their operating companies.

Ms. Waterbury serves as a partner at McDermott + Bull in the New York office, where she leads East Coast business development, and executive search for the non-profit sector nationally. From large complex national and global organizations to small privately funded foundations and start-up non-profits, she has partnered with human services, medical research and advocacy, environmental, education, and primary healthcare organizations and foundations. This is highlighted through her partnerships with multiple organizations, including Girl Scouts of Greater New York, National Audubon Society, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, Make-A-Wish Metro and Western New York, and BronxWorks.

Mr. Melhado’s focus is on the non-profit sector, family offices, and foundations. In his role, he works to source and recruit top-level executive talent. Prior to joining McDermott + Bull, Mr. Melhado was a full-cycle recruiter for a series of largescale healthcare organizations, hiring nurses, assistive staff, administrative leadership, and more. He has a well-rounded professional background in the fields of healthcare recruitment, business management, and sales. He is also a certified diversity recruiter.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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