Leadership Team

Pat Leone
Executive Director

Kim Pavlus
Director, Finance

Phyllis Crimi Cook
Director, Administration

Cheryl Giarrusso
Director, Crisis Intervention Services

Susan VanCamp
Director, School Services

Board of Directors

John Rey , President
Business Development Officer, Empower Federal Credit Union

Alan Andrews, LCSW, Vice-President
Alan Andrews & Associates, LLC

Linda Barbuto, Treasurer
Senior Budget Analyst, Office of Budget and Planning, Syracuse University

Paula Freedman , Corresponding Secretary
President, Freedman Associates, Inc.

William Blanchard , President Ex-Officio
Business Development, VIP Structures, Inc.


Dianne Apter
Retired, Apter & O’Connor Associates

Michelle Breidenbach
Reporter, The Post-Standard

Rachel Breslin 
Assistant Director of Special Programs, Syracuse City School District

Kortney R. Dale, MSW 
Vice President, Family Services, Liberty Resources, Inc.

Dr. Joseph T. Himmelsbach 
Associate Professor
SUNY Upstate Department of Psychology & Syracuse University Clinical Psychology

Rebecca Hoda-Kearse 
Associate Vice President – Student Engagement & Learning Support
Onondaga Community College

Helen Hudson
President, Syracuse Common Council, City of Syracuse

Eric D. Larison 
Retired, Assistant Superintendent, Solvay Union Free School District

Paul D. McGuire 

Anthony J. Meggesto 
Founder/President, Empowerment Associates

Dr. Maureen A. Patterson 
Director of Education Leadership Programs, Le Moyne College

Maria Rachetta Wheeler
Branch Manager, NBT Bank

Richard Riccioli 
OFM Conv., Assumption Church Syracuse

Dave Shaw 
Principal, Roxboro Road Middle School, North Syracuse Central School District

Neil J. Smith, Esq.
Attorney, Mackenzie Hughes, LLP

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