It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our colleague, Gabriel Gherasim. Gabriel had been with CIDNY since 2017 and most recently served as the Borough Manager for Manhattan for the NY Connects program.
Gabriel was born in Romania and came to the United States from Italy as a refugee. After graduated high school, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Portland State University and a Master’s degree in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from California State University. Gabriel also received a Substance Abuse Counseling Certification from the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.
For more than 20 years, Gabriel has worked with a number of non-profit organizations, service-first government agencies and as an educator at the Long Island Business Institute. Gabriel has also authored 10 books (available from Vervante Press here). More of his writing is available on his website at http://gabrielgherasim.com. Gabriel’s dedication to helping others, especially people with disabilities, was paramount.
Gabriel once said that life, freedom, health, employment, and just every day are gifts. Let us continue to honor him with the work that we do each day. Gabriel, you will be missed.