Patient Profiles

Patient/Resident Committees

Angelica meets with patient/resident committees at each of the facilities that we serve on a regular basis. The committees set priorities, generate new ideas and plan our events. We are grateful to these committee members who play a vital role in helping us achieve our mission -- it is a joy to work with them.



Angelica has gathered profiles of some of the patients we have served over the years.


Danny is a native of New York City.  He’s 24 years old and has lived at Coler-Goldwater for the last 11 years. He has two brothers and a half brother who live in the city.

Danny graduated from high school in 2005. He hopes to go to college to study psychology. Danny speaks Spanish fluently and would like to learn to speak Filipino so he could better communicate with some of the patients in the hospital.

Among Danny’s many interests, playing games may be his favorite thing. He excels at Uno, Connect 4, Battleship and dominoes. If you ever play a game with Danny, you can expect to lose!

Another interest is baseball – Danny is a huge Mets fan. He also enjoys watching wrestling on television. Movies are another passion. Danny has a very large case filled with DVD’s. He gets copies of some of the newest releases and especially likes action/adventure movies. His musical preference trends towards music with a Latin beat, and Bachata music is Danny’s favorite type of music.

Danny has a very special friend who he met at the hospital about eight years ago. Maggie is a nurse in the hospital who has become like a second mother. She visits Danny three or four times a week when her nursing shift ends. Danny is also close to Maggie’s son Anthony who visits every Thursday. Maggie has become quite good at all games, but she still isn’t quite as good as Danny!

Another good friend is a new friend, Kareem, who is Danny’s roommate. You can probably tell that Danny is a very social person! 

Some of Danny’s requests for Angelica are: better food (and especially Spanish food), movie nights with new releases, Latin music performances and trips to restaurants, movies, Mets games and Broadway shows. Danny saw “Mamma Mia” on Broadway several years ago and he loved the experience.


Tjader Fogle has been both a patient and a staff member at Goldwater Hospital. His greatest loves are wheelchair basketball, singing and God. He is an inspiration to younger patients in the hospital who admire his athletic ability and strong work ethic.

Tjader was born in Orlando, Florida and raised in Jacksonville, Miami and New York City. He has lived in New York City since 1950 and considers himself a New Yorker. His Mom lives in Astoria and his sister lives in Orlando where she raised Jader’s three nieces and one nephew.

Tjader first came to Goldwater Hospital for rehabilitation after an accident in 1973. He got involved with wheelchair basketball and track and field events early on, playing and coaching in the Eastern Wheelchair Basketball Conference (EWBC) of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). He taught other aspiring basketball players at Goldwater when there was a wheelchair basketball program at the hospital. Tjader hopes the hospital will have a wheelchair basketball program again in the near future.

One of Tjader’s goals is to have a closer walk with God. He says that walking with God takes courage and that you think you might miss something – but he has found that he doesn’t miss anything.

As previously mentioned, Tjader loves to sing. He enjoys most types of music – especially soul music. He likes singing so much that he’s a member of not just one, but three, church choirs. Christmas carols are a favorite since Tjader was born on Christmas Day.

Tjader is very proud of his involvement with Wheelchair Charities. Wheelchair Charities was founded by Tjader’s best friend, Hank Carter, after Tjader’s accident. The charity purchases motorized wheelchairs, buses and other equipment for Coler-Goldwater. Hank and his enthusiastic board have raised millions of dollars over the years and all the funds have gone towards things that improve the quality of life of the patients and residents.

We asked Tjader for his ideas for Angelica – one is starting a GED program and another is restarting wheelchair basketball and other Paralympic sports. Tjader says that he knows that Angelica cares about the patients – and he loves the Sweetheart Ball!


Tony is one of Angelica’s favorites as he is always eager to get involved in our activities. He is 24 and has been at Goldwater for the last 7 years. He shares his poetry and song writing skills with fellow patients and friends. In fact, he has won several awards at our sponsored events for his abilities and is willing to serenade his visitors with a song. 

Tony is originally from Queens and often hosts his mother and cousins for visits at the hospital. He especially enjoys bringing them as guests to our festivities. But what Tony is most proud of is his high school diploma which he received five years ago.

A new adventure for Tony is working as a DJ at the Goldwater radio station. He started volunteering in the radio station in 2009 and enjoys every minute he spends there. He plays hip hop music and his radio handle is TST Tiger Claws. You go Tony!

This poem was written by Tony for the Sweetheart Ball:

Please click here to read the wonderful poem written by Lisa in honor of Tony!
My name is Sterlie Wilson, I am a resident on the Coler Campus of Coler- Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility.
At the age of 12, I became an epileptic.
I initially worked with Shearson and Lehman Brothers in the commodities trading business. I left and moved on to work for the disabled community. Our goal was to build independence, to have the residents lead a more mainstream life and to go through the routine of daily life independently.
Changing my field from business to healthcare, working with these residents, seeing them live independently in the community, seeing a person's life change, gave me tremendous sense of fulfillment. Then in February 1995, on the way to work, I was injured in a hit and run accident that left me in a wheelchair as a C-6/C-7 quadriplegic.
While I was still in the Hospital, I got enrolled in Human Services Assistant training program at ICD (Innovative Careers Directions). This program prepares individuals to work as paraprofessionals. Training included both classroom and internship experience. I interned at Barrier Free Living, NY (assistant case management) and the Vocational Placement Department, ICD, NY (preparation placement program) and gained valuable experience.
I have been an active member of the Coler community. I am the Chairperson of the Patient Care Committee (Sub Committee of the Coler Community Advisory Board), a member of the Coler Community Advisory Board and Resident Council.
I was given the opportunity to participate in Disability Mentoring Day 2005 as a Mentee and became a Committee Member in 2006. As a Sub- Committee member of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities/Public Relations I was given the task of forming an e-mail list of Disability Web Groups for newsletters and other promotional material.
I see an abundance, of real life opportunities for people that have a disability. However in order to take part in these opportunities one must be medically stable. When I am asked to travel to Albany, NY to rally for health care issues; I think about my experience with Disability Mentoring Day 2005.
Sterlie Wilson(Resident A-41, Coler Campus)
Member of the Coler Resident Council
Member of the Coler Community Advisory Board
Chairperson Sub. Committee on Patient Care
MOPD/DMD Committee Member: Public Relations
Sterlie Wilson, after arriving at the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital following a hit and run accident in February 1998, has become a committed advocate for the disabled. He is particularly focused on creating opportunities for the disabled and empowering them to take such opportunities. Although he majored in accounting in college, he went back to school and attained a degree in human services to further improve his ability to help and advocate for the disabled. Currently, he serves on the disabilities relations board in the New York City Mayor’s Office. In his interactions with various media personnel and politicians, through his position on the board and other advocacy positions, he continues to emphasize the need to create opportunities for the disabled to achieve fulfilling goals and for access to quality healthcare for the disabled. Wilson, in addition to filling several advisory positions including the Angelica patient committee, also serves as a deacon at a local Manhattan church.
Wilson’s personal experiences as an individual with a disability and as a resident of the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital have informed his beliefs and advocacy work. After his accident, he reflected a considerable amount on his options for the future and eventually came to realize that, despite being in a wheelchair, there are a multitude of possibilities still available to him; during his time in a long-term care facility he has re-learned how to set goals and actualize these possibilities. Moreover, he draws inspiration in his daily life and for his advocacy work from an observation from his son, who said that an obstacle is an opportunity for growth. He is also motivated by the saying “before you quit, try; before you die, live”; this quote reflects his personal growth while in the long-term care facility. During his time at the hospital, the “dis” in disability has become minimized so that he only sees the “ability” to achieve his goals, despite the disability. He uses this outlook to inspire other patients and residents and to inform them about the possibilities open to them because, according to Wilson, having a disability is not the end, only the beginning of a new chapter.
Through his experiences, he also has learned the importance of keeping one’s mind sharp while in a long-term care facility; Wilson views the Angelica Patient Assistance Program as playing a critical role in helping to keep the patients’ minds continuously moving, open, and sharp with the organization’s programs and events. The Angelica Patient Assistance Program truly adds a new dimension to the lives of the patients and residents with their programs that, according to Wilson, allow patients and residents a restful night sleep after a busy day!
Issac Richardson
Issac Richardson, a carpenter before coming to the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, has been at the facility for three years following a stroke that paralyzed him on the right side. During his time at the hospital he has tried to make the best of his situation, participating in all possible programs and activities, which he believes are interesting and beneficial for the patients. He particularly enjoys the art-related programs, as he is a highly skilled artist. In addition to participating in the programs and activities, he also serves as the vice president of the Resident Council.
The most serious aspect of coming to the long-term facility for Richardson has been learning what it meant to be disabled, learning about how his life and his options have been affected by his disability. Moreover, he believes reintegrating into society after his stroke and stay at the hospital will be hard since being in a wheelchair makes things both different and harder; he says he has been and will have to continue to re-learn how to get around with a disability. Through his experiences with a disability and at the facility, he recognized the need for the wider public to be more attentive to the needs of the disabled because it is hard to truly understand being disabled without having experienced it. He believes the needs of the disabled are not necessarily met the way they are supposed to because people often have trouble relating to people with disabilities; more empathetic understanding for people with disabilities would therefore be beneficial.
Richardson attested to the value of the programs held by the Angelica Patient Assistance Program and is thankful for all that the organization puts into the facilities, the gifts, and the inspiration they provide for the patients and residents.
Carlene Hamilton
Carlene Hamilton has resided at the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital for the past two and a half years, following a total hip replacement. Over the years she has become a very active member of the hospital community, serving as the president of the resident council at the Coler campus. She keeps herself busy, as she enjoys a challenge and working towards a goal; sitting in bed all day would, according to Hamilton, drive her crazy. She has shown particular interest in pursuing interests that help other people because she finds fulfillment in seeing people feel good about themselves and change their lives for the better. Before her arrival at the hospital, Hamilton was a drug counselor in Westchester County; she plans to pursue a career in the field of drug addiction upon her departure from the hospital, although she will enjoy any job that involves helping others.
Hamilton sees the Angelica Patient Assistance Program as a vital part of the Coler-Goldwater community. The organization, according to Hamilton, provides the patients with items and activities to which they otherwise would not have access. Moreover, the Angelica Program engages patients and residents that otherwise would not participate; it means a lot to the patients to leave their rooms, engage in dance, get dressed up, participate in activities, and, most significantly, feel important again. Through her experience at the hospital, Hamilton has learned to take care of her health and is thankful to all individuals who helped her during her time at the facility, including the staff and volunteers at both the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and the Angelica Patient Assistance Program.
Theresa Williams
Theresa Williams has been at the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital since 2003, although she has just recently moved to the Coler campus due to the planned closure of the Goldwater campus. Williams has been adjusting to the move from the Goldwater campus, although she admits that the transition has been hard. As a student studying business administration at LaGuardia Community College, she keeps busy during the day doing homework in the computer lab, studying in the library, and playing games in her free time.
Williams believes that recreational activities and programs are critical in ensuring a good quality of life for the patients and residents at long-term care facilities. A lot of patients and residents cannot leave the hospital and the activities and programs available at the hospital therefore improve the patients’ lives and enable them to become less depressed and destructive. The Angelica Patient Assistance Program has, according to Williams, made a huge difference in the lives of the patients and residents because the organization has provided a lot of which the hospital cannot. Budgetary constraints have often made it difficult for the hospital to provide many recreational activities and the Angelica Program has stepped in to compensate for this. The organization has made the lives of the patients and residents easier because their activities and events, including the Spa and Beauty Days, have made them feel better and more empowered. Williams has emphasized the need to involve patients and make the activities challenging and engaging, and the Angelica Program has helped with this. Moreover, according to Williams, the Angelica Program has really helped her change for the better; through her experiences with the organization, she gained the skills and sense of empowerment that have helped her speak her mind more freely and help her implement her ideas. She emphasized how grateful she is for the Angelica Program and would like the people who support the Angelica Program to know how meaningful the work is that the Angelica Program accomplishes.
Lisa Enem
Lisa Enem, in her interview, emphasized the commitment and vision of the Angelica Assistance Program as well as the quality of the organization’s events and activities. She believes that the Angelica Program has made significant contributions of a permanent and long-term nature to the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and in this regards has become like a permanent institution in the facilities. Enem remarked that one of the most notable aspects of the Angelica Program is the way in which the organization works with the patients and opens a genuine and interactive dialogue with them. The Angelica Program does not impose their will on the patients and residents, but rather lets the patients themselves choose and help implement the programs, which enhances the patients’ sense of self-worth and empowerment, engages the patients, and stimulates their minds. The relationships that the Angelica Program has developed with the patients and residents are deep and long-term, and in their work the Angelica Program has set a standard for full, caring, and whole-hearted giving that other organizations simply would not be able to meet. Moreover, according to Enem, the quality of the events hosted by the Angelica Program are remarkable; the organization spends money and organizes activities and events that create the right memories for people. The Angelica Patient Assistance has gone far beyond any ordinary philanthropic organization and Enem hopes that the Angelica Program will continue to do excellent work and engage with the patients and residents.