Koved Care LLC
Care With Honor

Who We Are

Compassion & Experience


Koved Care helps clients and their families navigate behavioral health care systems addressing the abstract and practical components of psychiatric treatment. Founded in 2005, Koved Care was created to provide clients with greater hope and purpose in their daily life. “Koved” means “honor” in Yiddish and we strive to honor clients by seeing our clients not as patients, but whole human beings and tailoring care plans accordingly. We believe psychiatric treatment is more effective in concert with care which meets social, vocational, educational, psychological and biological needs. 

Health care delivery today has many gaps, especially for those who need psychiatric care. Primary care physicians can no longer be expected to coordinate a team of specialists and in-patient and out-patient treatment providers in the care of a client. In addition, the financial and legal aspects of care are rarely coordinated with clinical services.

Koved Care weaves a safety net of services for its clients by providing strategic, detailed care plans and collaborating closely with clinical, legal and financial management professionals.


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Our Team

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Founder and CEo

Steve Horen

In 2005, Steve Horen founded Koved Care to enhance the quality of life for individuals with chronic mental illness. His business is personal. As a young child, Steve watched his mother take on the roles of de facto care manager, hands-on care giver and physical therapist for his father.

Later, in 1970, his family was included in the exploratory study that led to the creation of the Connecticut Hospice, the first in the U.S. It provided care for his mother, who was a terminal cancer patient at that time. When he was subsequently invited to serve on the Hospice’s Building and Site Selection Committee, he had the opportunity to observe first-hand how a new health care service product was designed from the ground up.

When Steve decided to become an entrepreneur -after many years as a venture capitalist and investment banker focused on technology companies- he harnessed his passion and experience to build Koved Care. Embedded in its culture and its service model are the attributes he came to value during that formative time: advocacy-driven, holistic and highly coordinated care across the entire continuum of services.

Steve holds a joint MBA/MA in East Asian studies from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and he received a BA in economics from Beloit College.



Director of Services

Jaclyn Ghamar, Psy.D.

Jaclyn Ghamar, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in New York City.  She received a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2011 from St. John’s University, a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in forensic psychology in 2005 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in 2003 from Union College.  Her educational training focused on the manifestations of behavioral dysregulation, which culminated in a doctoral dissertation on adolescent psychopathy, under the guidance of Raymond DiGiuseppe, PhD.

She offers her clients a collaborative, compassionate approach. She is particularly interested in the management of medical, behavioral, and learning challenges. She has utilized these skills with a variety of populations, including individuals with special needs, learning and behavioral challenges, brain injuries, and chronic medical conditions.  She enjoys collaborating with other providers to ensure Koved Care’s clients benefit from a cohesive approach.  She uses warmth, humor, and sincerity to create a comfortable and safe environment for Koved Care’s clients.



Carson Gleberman, MBA

Carson is Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for Koved Care, LLC. She has previously served as Director of Strategic Planning and Programs at the New York Blood Center, a conference organizer for the International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease, and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. In addition to a BA from Yale, she also holds an MBA from University of Virginia's Darden School. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Keshet, which works for the full inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in Jewish organizations, and Page 73 Productions, which supports early-career playwrights toward New York City premiere productions.



D. Joshua Horen

Josh has been President of Koved Care since 2014. Under his direction, Koved Care has evolved from a home health care model to a provider of concierge Transitional Consulting and Recovery Services. Prior to joining Koved Care, he worked in market research and brand strategy consulting. His personal and professional experience inform Koved's Care's mission of providing novel, compassionate support to clients. Josh has taken on the role of care giver, advocate and trustee to family members with medical and mental illnesses, and has shaped Koved Care's culture and services based on his lived experience.

Josh cares deeply about the wellbeing of Koved Care's clients and advancing the field of community-based recovery. Josh is intentionally authentic, curious and collaborative. He is an active member of the NYPLA and the non-profit Spark NYC. Outside of work, you can find Josh cooking Szechuan food and listening to podcasts.


Career Coach

Kelley A. Joyce, MBA, CPC

Kelley is the founder of The Truth at Work, Inc., a coaching firm dedicated to radically changing your relationship with work. She helps you discover your career path and land your dream job. Kelley draws on her 2 decades of corporate communications expertise to best position your skills and experience to the marketplace as a potential employee, entrepreneur, student, or active citizen.

Kelley specializes in career coaching people suffering from anxiety and depression, substance and mental health recovery, ADD/ADHD, executive functioning, and on-the-job drama and trauma. Her private and corporate clients come from Fortune 100 companies like Goldman Sachs and PepsiCo and growing brands like Crabtree & Evelyn and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Villanova University and an MBA in Management Systems and Marketing from Fordham University. Kelley is a graduate of the Coaching for Transformation program, an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited coaching certification offered by the New York Open Center, a CCAR Recovery Coach, and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessor.



Maggie Shaw, MA

Maggie is a classically trained chef and social justice entrepreneur with a Masters' Degree in Food and Nutritional Studies from New York University. She has spent her professional and academic career researching cooking as a community health intervention. Maggie recognizes the need for improved mental health supports that allow people to become more self-reliant and improve real-life coping skills. She has worked in various capacities of the food world including but not limited to: kitchen management, food consulting, and most recently as a therapeutic chef and community organizer at a community based program for adults with severe mental illness. Maggie has close to 10 years of experience and has received a number of accolades for her work during graduate school including receiving an award for Outstanding Service and Leadership to the Food Studies Community from the NYU Food Studies program.


Family Therapist

Kristin Thomson Bader, MA, LMFT

Kristin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a background in both inpatient and outpatient treatment of dual diagnosis and substance abuse issues. She has extensive experience in working with families coping with mental health issues. Previously, she ran the Family and Intensive Outpatient Program and engaged families, couples and individuals addressing recovery and co-occurring disorders at New York Center for Living and Daytop Village. Additionally, she facilitated numerous outpatient groups at The Addiction Institute of New York at St. Luke’s / Roosevelt Hospital. Kristin completed her traineeship at Summit Malibu, an inpatient treatment facility serving patients with dual diagnoses issues and their families. Kristin practices from a family systems perspective and integrates psychodynamic, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing in working with clients and their families. She earned her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University.


Advisory Board


Dr. William H. Braun, PsyD

A clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice, Dr. Will Braun works with adults, children, and adolescents. He is an Assistant Attending in the Department of Psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital and on Faculty at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute where he is the Director of Training for the Clinical Psychology Internship and Externship Programs. Dr. Braun is also the psychological consultant for George Jackson Academy and Hunter College High School, and he is Chairman of the Committee on Public Information for the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Braun holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University, a MEd in Sport Psychology from Boston University and a BA in Music, Piano Performance from University of Central Florida.

Samuel L. Sharmat, M.D.

Samuel L. Sharmat, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist well-known for his abilities as a psychiatric diagnostician, treatment planner, and addictionologist. He sits on the Executive Council of the New York City District Branch of the APA and on the Clinical Advisory Boards of The Caron Foundation and Promises Treatment Centers. Additionally, he serves as a diagnostic consultant and provides the pharmacologic aspect of care for patients of area mental health professionals.

With a Family Practice background as well as involvement in a diverse range of both clinical and non-clinical interests, Dr. Sharmat has built a reputation for treating the patient as a whole.

His integrative approach to treatment and his experience with a wide range of people in the entertainment, corporate and creative communities have characterized Dr. Sharmat as a preeminent physician able to relate to a wide variety of patients and people.

Alex Spiro, Esq.

Mr. Alex Spiro has been an Attorney at Brafman and Associates in New York City since July 2013. Mr. Spiro has handled an array of complex litigation and internal audits and investigations. Prior to his joining Brafman, from September 2008 to July 2013, Mr. Spiro worked for federal and state law enforcement, most recently as a Manhattan Prosecutor. Mr. Spiro served as the director of an autism children’s program at McLean Hospital, Harvard’s psychiatric hospital. Mr. Spiro has been an Independent Director of Imation Corp. since August 26, 2015. He has been published and has lectured on a variety of subjects related to psychology and the law. Mr. Spiro is a graduate of the Harvard Law School where he remains on the adjunct faculty.