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Astor Services for Children & Families Announces Three New Board Members

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Growing the nonprofit organization’s leadership, Astor Services for Children & Families ( is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members: Dr. Michael Birnbaum, Geoffrey G. Schmitz and James M. Raimo Sr., who is rejoining and has previously served as chair of Astor’s board. They have all been appointed for a three-year term.

“Our board of directors is comprised of a dedicated team of community and business leader volunteers, committed to the work Astor does to help make children, adolescents, adults and our communities stronger,” said Yvette Bairan, CEO of Astor Services. Therese Lack, Ph.D., chair of Astor’s board of directors, added, “We are thrilled to welcome Michael and Geoffrey, and to welcome Jim back, and look forward to working with these talented individuals to help further our mission.”

Dr. Michael Birnbaum, of Rhinebeck, New York, is an attending physician in the Department of Psychiatry at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York. He works as program director for Northwell Health’s Early Treatment Program, a clinical and research initiative for adolescents and young adults in the early stages of psychosis. Dr. Birnbaum received his BS in Psychology and Doctor of Medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He completed his Child and Adolescent psychiatry fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai West.

Geoffrey G. Schmitz, of Rye, New York, is vice president in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring Group, where he works on a wide range of domestic and cross-border in-court and out-of-court restructurings, financings and other distressed situations. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Schmitz worked in the valuation and strategic analysis group at Providence Equity Partners, where he worked with the private equity and credit teams. He received an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was an Investment Fund Fellow, and a BSBA in Accounting from Bucknell University.

James M. Raimo Sr., of Hyde Park, New York, has re-joined the board of Astor Services for Children & Families after recently retiring from the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus, where he was the executive director. He previously was employed at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY for over 21 years, serving as the executive director, vice president for facilities & operations, vice president of auxiliary services and acting president.

About Astor Services for Children & Families

Since 1953, Astor Services for Children & Families has been providing behavioral and educational services in a caring environment where children and their families find strength, healing, hope and trust. The organization, which has been accredited with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, now serves more than 10,000 children and families annually in more than 70 locations. Astor’s range of services in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties) and the Bronx include: Residential Programs; Early Childhood Programs; and Community-Based Behavioral Health and Prevention Services. Visit the organization online at To learn more about Astor’s programs and services, visit,

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