OUR MISSION AND VISION.

Our Mission:  Stand Tall, Inc. provides physical therapy and health related services to the homeless community.  We ensure that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect while treatments are focused on personal goals.  Working within the community and empowering the lives of others, serves as the foundation for improving quality of life.

Our Vision: To allow all individuals to reach their highest level of potential through physical rehabilitation leading to independent success.

OUR TEAM.

SAMUEL FLAX.
PRESIDENT.

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland and living in New York City for many years, Sam has been able to see first-hand the conditions that individuals who are homeless are forced to suffer through.  This motivated him to create Stand Tall Inc., and provide members of the homeless community with the necessary tools to change their movement patterns in order to reduce pain and improve necessary function for independent success.  Graduating from LIU Brooklyn, as a licensed physical therapist, Sam strives to provide all clients with the treatment and education necessary to achieve the highest level of functional mobility.  When you don’t find Sam working for Stand Tall, Inc.; you can find him either on the soccer field or at Recovery Physical Therapy where he is currently employed.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Our Board of Directors is an integral part to the success of Stand Tall, Inc.  Hailing from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds and geographic locations, Board Members share their knowledge, expertise and resources with other Stand Tall, Inc. personnel and the community at large.

TERESA ALPERT.
VICE PRESIDENT.

Teresa Alpert completed her orthotics and prosthetics course work at Northwestern University in 1987 where she was credentialed by the American Board for Certification as an Orthotist and Pedorthist. She had been in private practice for over 25 years prior to joining the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics  at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Teresa specializes in lower extremity biomechanics. She is a respected leader, lecturer and educator in her industry.  Ms. Alpert is the chairwoman for the Board of Orthotist, Prosthetist, Pedorthics Certification. Additionally, she is the education Chairwoman for the National Shoe Retailers Association. Currently she lives in Colorado and is the Director of Pedorthic Education for Foot Solutions of Aurora. Teresa is passionate about helping people each step of the way.

LESLIE GOLDBERG.
DEVELOPMENT.

Baltimore native Leslie Goldberg comes to Stand Tall, Inc. with over 30 years professional and volunteer development experience. Beginning her career as a graphic designer, Leslie received her first introduction to the homeless community while working at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. Freelancing for other homeless service agencies, she learned first-hand the problems and experiences of those in need. Her passion for volunteering and development would grow as she worked for several organizations that met the needs of the homeless and hungry. Leslie currently serves on the many Boards and continues to volunteer for numerous non-profits and causes. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys needlepoint, knitting, gardening and cooking. Her knowledge and expertise in fundraising and the homeless community make her the ideal Development Director for Stand Tall, Inc.

MELANIE HAAS.
SECRETARY.

Melanie was born and raised in New York. Her love for community service began in High School where she was apart of the Key Club, and continued as an undergraduate at the University at Albany where she joined the Red Cross Club and volunteered at Albany Medical Center. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at LIU Brooklyn in 2016 and is currently employed as an outpatient physical therapist in Manhattan. As a native New Yorker she has witnessed the harsh conditions that homeless individuals are forced to live in, and as a physical therapist she can understand the impact of those conditions on their physical well being and function. She is excited to be able to use her skills to help individuals, who are truly in need of physical therapy, maximize their quality of life and independence.

KADEEM HOWELL.
SOCIAL MEDIA.

Prior to receiving his doctorate, Kadeem Howell graduated from the State University of New York at Albany during which time he was an accomplished Division I Track & Field long jump athlete. During the offseason, Kadeem would spend his free time volunteering with U. Albany’s Sports Medicine staff to aid providing care for the university’s student-athletes.

After graduating from Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Mr. Howell, PT, DPT, now serves as Director at Physiofitness Physical Therapy located in SoHo, Manhattan. During his time as a graduate student, he had the opportunity to perform clinical rotations in orthopedics, inpatient/outpatient hospitals, sub-acute rehab, and sports medicine. Kadeem’s passion for movement, manual therapy and sports performance reflects his choices of continuing education with certifications in the Functional Movement ScreenTM, Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), and the Institute of Physical Arts. he is a member of NYPTA Minority Affairs Co therapy, he likes to maintain an active lifestyle by going to the gym, running and is committed to educating minority students throughout the tri-state area promoting physical therapy. He acts as the social media specialist for Stand Tall, Inc.

JOANN LEVY.
DEVELOPMENT.

Joann is the Chief Operating Officer for Strong City Baltimore, whose mission is to build and strengthen neighborhoods and people.  In this capacity, she serves as the internal leader and helps ensure Strong City Baltimore has the management and administrative foundation to sustain its further strategic growth.  Joann is directly responsible for managing organization building and strategic planning, as well as oversight of 4 program areas, and infrastructure development and support.  Prior to joining Strong City Baltimore, Joann was the Director of Neighborhood Development for Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. and the former Executive Director of the Women’s Housing Coalition in Baltimore.  She received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore (now Loyola University).

ROSA TORRES-PENCHAME.
ADVISOR.

Rosa E. Torres-Panchame, PT, DPT, OCS is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy with 12+ years of diverse clinical practice experience.  Rosa’s experience spans across inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings having worked within acute cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and stroke/brain injury teams at NYU Medical Center- Rusk Institute. In the more latter years of practice, she has focused on applying manual therapy and functional therapeutic exercises for optimizing outcomes within adult orthopedic rehabilitation during her tenure as a staff physical therapist and Clinic Director at Long Island University’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation (Brooklyn, NY).  Currently, Rosa continues sharing her passion for physical therapy as a faculty member at Long Island University while maintaining clinical hours within outpatient orthopedic settings in NYC.  Rosa is fluent in both English and Spanish languages. She enjoys traveling as well as spending time with family on her free time. Rosa joins Stand Tall Physical Therapy for the Homeless because she believes that individuals experiencing homelessness need holistic supports that include physical wellness to optimize their participation in life and personal goals.