Port Washington resident Nicole Asselta will serve as executive director of the Port based nonprofit the Parent Resource Center, the organization announced on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Asselta will take on the role following the departure of Patricia “Trish” Class, who left the post to serve as executive director of Residents Forward of Port Washington.
A licensed clinical social worker who received a master’s in social work from Hunter College, Asselta also has a certificate in bioethics and medical humanities from New York University.
Prior to coming to the PRC, she was employed as a social worker for Montefiore Medical Center, the university hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, in its division of adolescent medicine and as a social worker with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
Asselta has been involved with the PRC for over 17 years, first as a board member, then as vice president of outreach, and later as a head teacher in the Outreach Program. She also used her experience as a social worker to facilitate the Mothers of Infants Support Group and Developmental Playgroup.
In her new capacity, Asselta will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programming, outreach, and strategic planning for the center, according to center co-president Kathryn Richey.
Outside of the PRC, Asselta is one of the co-founders and a past secretary of the Growing Love Community Garden of Manorhaven, a local not-for-profit community garden. She has also worked with people of all ages throughout Port Washington as a registered yoga teacher, including leading adults and young children in classes held at the Sands Point Preserve.
Asselta is an 18-year resident of the Port area and lives with her husband Joe and three children, Mikey, Joseph, and Arianna.
The PRC, which is in its 30th year of operation, is run by 400 volunteers and provides developmental classes, parenting workshops, social events, open play dates and summer camp to the youth and adults of the Port Washington area.