Life Is Fulfilling through Education

A Forum for LIFE, Inc.

A Forum for LIFE, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit New York & California based corporation & public charity.


A Forum for LIFE, Inc. was founded in 2004 to provide developmentally appropriate education and training programs designed to enhance individual's economic, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. This unique public charity provide a health, safety & wellness curriculum to the ethnically and economically diverse cities of New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.

In Community Partnership with organizations such as the Administration for Children Services, the Department of Youth & Community Development, the Department of Homeless Services, the Agency for Child Development and Head Start, we offer vital financial support for Staff Development and free workshops to parents of young children.

As an Authorized Provider for the Emergency Care & Safety Institute, A Forum for LIFE provides all levels emergency response training such as CPR with A.ED. & First Aid certification. Community based organizations, schools, daycare centers, individuals of low to moderate income, women in need, and at risk youth are among those who benefit from our mission.

Board of Directors 

Michell Reyes, MT, CIC, MPH has nearly two decades of experience in the field of Infection Prevention, Microbiology and quality improvement. He is currently an Infection Control Specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He has lectured in the community and nationally on a variety of patient safety and Infection Control topics. He has published several peer-reviewed journals in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and the Clinical Microbiology Newsletter. He is a Professional Affiliated to Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) and American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Michell Reyes works as a national and international senior consultant with Schlesinger Associates Marketing Research Corporation. He is a two-time recipient of the “Star Award” for providing patient efficiency and safety at The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. He participated in the development of Policies and Protocols to provide care for patients with presumptive Ebola disease. He also worked with Dr. Mark Methner from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The New York State Department of Health Officers and Mount Sinai leadership to develop work flows when taking care of patients with presumptive Ebola disease. He was a vital member in the creation of a state-of-the-art Bio containment Unit to take of care patients with presumptive Ebola disease or any highly communicable disease.

Michell Reyes has a degree in Nursing from Queensborough Community College, a Bachelor of Science in the field of Microbiology from York College of the City University of New York and a Master of Public Health from Walden University.

He has been certified in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. since 2008.

Melodee Armstrong, RN 

Rebecca Pfaffenbach, MA received two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from American University in Washington, DC concurrently in Psychology and in Law and Society.  She was also a student athlete excelling in Field Hockey and Softball.  During her undergraduate years, Rebecca started her full-time career in the health field working in pharmaceutical development.  Although she began in Sleep Medicine, she moved to Chemotherapy Development for End of Life patients where she stayed for 7 years.  During this time though, her entrepreneurial and travel spirit grew and after receiving her Master of Arts in Psychology in Education from Columbia University in New York City, she moved to Europe.  In Spain, she founded a tour company which expanded into Portugal where she opened a beachfront restaurant.  Upon her return to the United States, her lifelong passion for fitness and nutrition combined with a desire to improve people's quality of life gave birth to This coaching company allows Rebecca to help motivate and teach people the best way to succeed in their health goals by creating solutions to overcome obstacles, designing nutrition plans and fitness plans on an individual level and being a health educator in a corporate setting.  She also shares her knowledge with personal trainers, gyms, and studios so they are able to provide their clientele with a more well-rounded approach.   She recently partnered with Shaklee, the country's leading nutrition company to provide optimal supplementation to her clients.  She is now growing a team of wellness advocates and product users who are committed to sharing Shaklee's message of helping others with the safest and most effective products available  Now, every day, she has the opportunity to use her experience supporting people to help them reach goals of a happier and healthier life. 

Leandro Ramirez, MD  accepted his M.D. from the Iberoamerican University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Along with dedicated roles in volunteer services like Shriner’s, Operation Walk, and World Pediatric Project, Leandro completed his United States Medical Licensing Exams to acquire Board certification while graduating cum laude. He served as one of the founding members who developed the university’s orthopedics interest groups and served as the student ambassador to welcome the Medical Board of California, whom would eventually provide accreditation to the university as the last of the remaining states to accept international medical graduated from the institution.

As a board certified doctor of medicine, Leandro Ramirez will begin his medical residency in 2018 and is currently completing his masters in health care administration with Walden University. In order to improve his profile for his upcoming residency, Leandro seeks to work as a health advocate and contribute to organizations that can serve to bring ideals of health services into fruition. Having been born and raised in New York City, he plans his future around joining the uncertain yet hopeful health providers, to develop positive outcomes for the populations served.

Adam Johnson, MD - from Southern California, and oldest of 4 siblings. Graduated University California Santa Barbara after doing premed. Always knew I wanted to be a doctor and help others. It brings me the greatest sense of fulfillment teaching others and knowing you might have helped saved a life.

Recently graduated medical school from American University of the Caribbean and spent the last 2 years completing clinical rotations in New York. 2 years in St. Maarten + 2 years in New York. I was in the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan.

Throughout Medical school I was a pharmacology, anatomy and pathology tutor and loved educating others and passing on the knowledge. I knew I wanted to be an educator through these experiences and always volunteered for experiences where I can help and educate others.

I am very involved in medical organizations, volunteering in medical tents at sporting event in New York and enjoy always staying up to date on medical research and CPR/first aid guidelines.

During medical school I was top of my class, received Honors in all of my clinical rotations and obtained high marks on all skills including procedural, exam and knowledge based. With the ability to learn quickly, enjoying a teamwork atmosphere, excelling in procedural skills and enjoying a diverse popular I chose to apply for residency, I start Emergency Medicine Residency in California July 1, 2016.

Future goals at to become a working ER physician and educator, and have a family.

Cathy Ward, MD is a licensed, board-certified pediatrician with 19 years of clinical experience who has been practicing on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for the past twelve years. She graduated from college in 1989 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1993. She completed her internship and residency program at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore in 1996. Upon graduation, Dr. Ward toured the country for a year as a traveling pediatrician for a locum tenens company, working with the Amish, the military, teen clinics, and on Indian reservations. She then settled back into a well-respected private practice in Baltimore where she treated patients and served as a mentor for interns and residents at Johns Hopkins Medical School. She moved to New York City in 2001 to continue her career and has now set up her own private practice.

Dr. Ward has been interviewed several times as a pediatric expert by major news media, including NBC, News Channel 4 and Fox5News in New York City. She's has been quoted in Parents magazine, Ser Padres, and HOY newspaper and has given many presentations for local school children and parent organizations. She was honored for seven consecutive years with the "Patient's Choice Award" for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and also received the "Compassionate Doctor Award" for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Her research experience includes the "Hot Baby Study- Febrile Infants Less Than Eight Weeks of Age," in 1996.

Dr. Ward was a captain in the United States Air Force. Her passions include sports, animal fostering and rescue, comedy clubs, and playing the drums.

Edemar Arbuzow, President 
Roman Matthews, CEO 

All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Key facets that foster self-actualization include family stability, solid academic background, career goals, healthy lifestyle and mental hygiene. Participants gain strong core values and solid foundations for productive living through these programs:

  • Academic Tutoring & Mentoring Programs
  • Adult CPR with A.E.D. & Advanced First Aid
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer with A.E.D.
  • Pediatric & Adult CPR with A.E.D.
  • Culinary Arts & Nutrition Classes
  • Early Childhood Development Programs
  • Fatherhood Initiatives
  • Financial Planning
  • Heart Health - Lowering High Blood Pressure
  • Lifeguard Certification & Water Safety Training
  • Literacy
  • Medication Administration Training
  • Pediatric CPR
  • Sports & Recreation Programs / Golf Lessons
  • Stress Management

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First Responder Proposal.pdf