Founders

Howard Josepher, LCSW

Co-founder/Chief Clinical Officer

Howard Josepher, LCSW, is the co-founder and now the Chief Clinical Officer of EXPONENTS. He has been in the substance abuse treatment field for more than forty-five years and has been a pioneer in the development and implementation of both therapeutic community and harm reduction programs. At EXPONENTS, Mr. Josepher has created and implemented evidenced-based, peer-driven programs addressing drug addiction and other chronic health conditions. Mr. Josepher helped pioneer low-threshold, harm reduction services at the height of the AIDS epidemic and continues to advocate for compassionate, non-punitive substance abuse services.

Mr. Josepher served as the inaugural President/CEO of EXPONENTS until stepping down in June 2018, on the NYC DoHMH, Mental Hygiene Advisory Council is a past chairman of the Substance Abuse Committee of the city’s HIV Prevention Planning Group and is currently a member of the NYS, OASAS Recovery Implementation Team. He is a past recipient of the National Association of Social Workers’ Diego Lopez Award for his work with people living with HIV/AIDS. Mr. Josepher is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a recovering person, having overcome his own addiction to drugs many years ago.

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Judith Loeb Chiara 

Inaugural Chair

 

When Howard Josepher, Maria (Sam) Josepher, and Joseph Turner founded EXPONENTS in 1988, the late Ms. Chiara became the first Chairperson, a role she played until her passing on Sunday, November 14, 2010. 

Ms. Chiara was committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with HIV/AIDS, helping to launch New York City’s first counseling program to assist AIDS patients. As a committed member of EXPONENTS’ team, she helped steer the agency through its early growth and development and did not miss a single board meeting. 

It gave Ms. Chiara, great joy to know that through her efforts, many seriously challenged individuals were given an opportunity of a better life and today her legacy of giving continues through the Judith L. Chiara Charitable Fund, Inc.

We are truly grateful for her unyielding support.

 

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