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- Executive Vice President-Developmental Disabilities Services Louis Cavaliere
GARETH OLD is a partner in the New York office of Clifford Chance, concentrating on derivatives and structured finance. He is admitted to practice as an attorney in both New York and England & Wales. Mr. Old joined Clifford Chance in London in 1997, and prior to moving to New York in 2004, also worked in Hong Kong and Frankfurt. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Old taught English at high schools in Kawasaki, Japan and worked for an auto-parts manufacturer in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Old was appointed to the Services for the UnderServed, Inc. Board in June 2010. He has served as Chair of the Board since June 2015.
Jen Press Marden
JEN PRESS MARDEN began her career at Adrienne Vittadini and Vogue. While raising her children, Mrs. Marden immersed herself in her local community by chairing annual benefits, auctions and fundraising events. Mrs. Marden was co-host and producer of A Fashionable Life, a weekly hour radio show on WGCH/Greenwich. She was a TV fashion/lifestyle reporter for ABC News Now, where she covered fashion and red carpet events as well as the first Obama inauguration. She now works as a freelance writer.
Mrs. Marden was appointed to the Board of Services for the Underserved, Inc. in January 2014. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board since June 2015. She co-founded the affiliate group Women for SUS, which works to unite established and emerging business leaders across generations of women motivated by the values of an inclusive society, supportive networks and a philanthropic impact.
EDWARD (“Ed”) HUBBARD has a broad background in the banking and financial guarantee insurance sectors, with experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Marine Midland Bank (acquired by HSBC), Capital Markets Assurance Corporation, MBIA, and XL Capital Assurance/Syncora. At Syncora, Mr. Hubbard was a senior member of the team that founded the company, and later, played a key role in assisting with the company’s initial public offering.
Mr. Hubbard is now an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School in New Jersey where he teaches courses on finance, business policy and strategy for the school’s undergraduate and graduate business programs. Mr. Hubbard serves as the Board Chair for the Equality Charter School in the Bronx and has also served in other Board roles for Equality including Vice Chair and Treasurer.
Mr. Hubbard is a graduate of Brown University (BA, Mathematical Economics, magna cum laude) and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA, with distinction).
Mr. Hubbard was appointed to the SUS Mental Health Services, Inc. Board in April 2010 and to the SUS, Inc. Board in January 2013. He also has served on several of the Board’s ad hoc committees, including the Managed Care Committee and the Merger Committee (in connection with SUS’ merger with Palladia). He currently serves as Treasurer of the SUS Inc. Board and Chair of the Finance Committee, and serves on the Behavioral Health and Homeless Services boards.
Michelle S. Ballan
MICHELLE S. BALLAN, PhD is an Associate Professor at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work where her research, teaching and service are dedicated to individuals with disabilities. Dr. Ballan joined Silberman after over a decade on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a published author and expert in the field of developmental disabilities. Dr. Ballan focuses on sexual health prevention and treatment interventions for children and adolescents. She is the recipient of several awards, is a mentor for the international human rights disability advocates affiliated with the Institute of Human Rights, and is the international lead consultant for a project with Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped, and also serves on the Editorial Board of Social Work.
Dr. Ballan received her PhD from the University of Texas. She has worked as a practitioner and educator in various community settings with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including the New Jersey Brain Injury Association, Women Helping Women, Safeplace, and schools. She was appointed to the SUS Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. board in April 2011 and also serves on the board’s ad hoc Managed Care Committee.
JOSH BIDER is an agent in the non-scripted television and branded lifestyle departments at WME. WME is an American talent and literary agency representing artists across all media platforms, including movies, television, music, theatre, digital and publishing. WME spans the nation and beyond, with offices in New York, Beverly Hills, Miami, Nashville, London and Sydney. Born and raised in LA, Josh now resides in Manhattan with his wife Natasha Louise King. He was elected to the Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. board in January 2015, and to the Services for the UnderServed, Inc. board in January 2017.
Amelia Wright Brewer
AMELIA WRIGHT BREWER is a management professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, strategy, operations and product management. Her current position is Vice President in the Global Commercial Card Partnerships & Business Strategy Team at JP Morgan Chase. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Ms. Brewer was at American Express as a Director of Marketing, both in the Global Merchant Services Group and the Global Commercial Card Group. Before her time at American Express, Ms. Brewer assumed the role of Manager of Product Strategy and Development at PwC’s PRTM Management Consultants as well as Technical Sales Representative at Texas Instruments.
Ms. Brewer earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
In December of 2009, Ms. Brewer was appointed to the Mental Health Affiliate board. She continues this service on the Behavioral Health and Homeless Services boards.
Earl D. Brown
EARL D. BROWN is the former Executive Director of Partnership for a Healthier New York City. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Brown served as the Deputy Borough President of the Bronx, and before that as Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations at the New York Botanical Garden. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the City University of New York with a Master’s in Public Administration. He has dedicated his entire professional career to the improvement of New York City communities, working with the Manhattan and Brooklyn Borough Presidents’ Offices, the City Council President and the New York City School Construction Authority. Mr. Brown has also served as a mentor to teenagers through the New York Youth at Risk Program. Mr. Brown joined the SUS, Inc. Board in March 1998, serves on the boards of each program affiliate.
CHRIS CHENEY is a Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Securities, where he is responsible for the firm’s relationships with a broad range of industrial corporate clients. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Chris was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he held multiple roles, including running the firm’s investment banking business in KSA.
Chris attended Bates College and Columbia Business School. He resides in New York with his wife and three children.
SCOTT DREVNIG is an experienced marketing, fundraising and communications professional with comprehensive business development and branding experience. Mr. Drevnig is the Deputy Director of the Philip Johnson Glass house in New Canaan, CT. As part of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mr. Drevnig works to spread the word about one of the world’s most celebrated works of Modernism. In this role, Mr. Drevnig manages all development and fundraising worldwide for this renowned site, while building and growing strategic support networks and partnerships. Mr. Drevnig was elected to serve on the Behavioral Health and Homeless Services boards in September of 2010. Mr. Drevnig is passionate about making a difference in New York City and volunteers his time with various other nonprofits in the New York area. Mr. Drevnig holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business of New York University.
SHERRIE DULWORTH is a healthcare executive who has worked with insurers, employers, hospitals and integrated delivery systems to help improve their clinical operations and adoption of industry best practices. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also has a graduate degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has published in the areas of clinical best practices, evidence-based medicine, international healthcare, healthcare quality, risk management, and managed care. She has been a frequent guest lecturer. Ms. Dulworth was appointed to the SUS, Inc. board in January 2013 having previously served in the SUS-Mental Health Programs, Inc. board since September 2010. She is currently a member of the Compliance Committee and Chair of the Managed Care Committee.
PETER FRIEDLAND joined the SUS, Inc. board in the spring of 2009.
LARRY HAMDAN was elected as Director of Palladia Board of Directors in 2007 and elected to the SUS Board of Directors, Inc. in January 2015. He is Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Americas at Barclays, which he joined in 2010. He previously worked for more than two decades at Credit Suisse where he was Vice Chairman of Global M&A and also had served as the Global Co-Head of the General Industrial & Services Group.
Mr. Hamdan has advised on $500 billion of transactions including US Airways’ $30 billion merger with American Airlines. That representation of US Airways along with his advisory work for TRW in its $12 billion hostile defense and sale to Northrop Grumman are the subjects of Harvard Business School finance cases.
He received an AB degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University; a JD degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School; and an MBA degree with high distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
JACQUIE HOLMES, President, Kiwi Partners Inc., launched the firm in 1998 to provide outsourced accounting services to the nonprofit community. Ms. Holmes began her career at Coopers & Lybrand as an Auditor. She then served as a consultant to the Boston Federal Reserve Bank in the aftermath of the savings and loans crisis. Prior to incorporating Kiwi Partners, Ms. Holmes held the post of Chief Financial Officer of the American Horse Shows Association, a nonprofit with 80,000 members.
Ms. Holmes is passionate about the work of her clients within the nonprofit community and contributes both her time and resources to their unique missions. Ms. Holmes was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in September 2006 and currently serves on the Finance Committee as well as the HR/Compensation Committee. Ms. Holmes also serves on the Board of the Port Washington Library Foundation and Mixed Breeds in Need, is a member of the Women Presidents Organization and speaks regularly at nonprofit seminars and workshops, assisting board members with their treasurer responsibilities.
Ms. Holmes completed her undergraduate studies in New Zealand and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Stern Graduate School of Business of New York University. She is also a Harvard Business School alumnus, having completed the Harvard Business School’s OPM Executive Program. Ms. Holmes is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
ANDREW HURWITZ is a partner in the Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. He has represented award-winning entertainment talent and leading media companies for almost 20 years, and is widely considered one of the nation’s top film and television industry lawyers. Mr. Hurwitz has taught the entertainment law seminar at New York Law School as well as motion picture business classes at Yale University and the Czech film school FAMU in Prague. He is a frequent panelist at industry and continuing legal education events.
Mr. Hurwitz is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD, cum laude, 1988) and is admitted to practice in New York. Mr. Hurwitz was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board of Directors in January 2011, and served as Chair of the Board from January 2013 through June 2015.
JOSHUA D. LISTON
JOSHUA D. LISTON is a partner at Beys Liston Mobargha & Berland LLP. He represents clients in civil litigation, regulatory matters, and arbitration. He has defended clients in cases involving a wide range of allegations of securities fraud, breach of contract, antitrust violations, breach of fiduciary duties and professional malpractice. He also has conducted internal investigations and represented public and private companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, accounting firms, law firms, real estate developers and individuals in complex civil litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings before the SEC, FINRA, and other agencies.
Mr. Liston received a BA from Harvard College, and received his JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. After serving as law clerk to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Mr. Liston practiced for eight years in the litigation department of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
Mr. Liston was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in August 2011. He also serves on the Governance Committee.
JOHN A. McKESSON
JOHN A. McKESSON, Vice President, Credit Risk Management, JP Morgan, has been part of the banking industry for over 25 years. Mr. McKesson is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, with a degree in International Economics. Mr. McKesson joined the SUS, Inc. Board in January 1992. He is a past Board Chair, previously served as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee. He currently sits on the boards of SUS Home Attendant Program, Inc. and SUS Home Care Services, Inc. as on the Finance Committee and as Chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee.
LINDA NGUYEN is the Program Manager, Text to Speech at Google, where she manages text to speech supplier operations and oversees text to speech client integrations and relationships across Google. Linda specializes in program management, coaching, career development, operations, and vendor and relationship management. Prior to her current role, she has held several other customer support operations roles at Google. Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and was appointed to the S:US board in September 2018.
CAROLYN P. POWELL
CAROLYN P. POWELL, President/CEO CP Integrated Solutions (CPIS), provides strategic and organizational optimization consulting to executive and board leadership. She is the former Chief financial and Administrative Officer of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national nonprofit organization that supports the development of affordable permanent housing for persons at risk of homelessness.
Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Powell had over three decades of management experience leading marketing, financial, administrative and human resources teams at for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Her previous for-profit experience consists of marketing management for an ethical pharmaceutical line at Sterling Winthrop – a Division of Eastman Kodak; business management for a special products group at Union Carbide Corporation – where she progressed rapidly through various levels of the organization; and an internal financial consultant for Avon Products.
Ms. Powell is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Services for the Underserved (SUS) and is currently Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Affiliate. She serves on the boards of SUS-Home Attendant Program, Inc. and SUS–Home Care Services, Inc. Additionally, Ms. Powell serves on the Finance, Corporate Compliance and Managed Care Committees and chairs the HR/Compensation Committee of SUS. Ms. Powell is active in other non-profit organizations as well, as a member of the Governance Committee of the Board Directors of Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and the Finance/Audit Committee of the Board of Directors for Broadway Housing Communities (BHC). Ms. Powell is an advisor to the Board of Directors’ HR Compensation Committee of the United Way of New York City. She is a member of: Gray Matters New York City (pro bono advisory and consulting group), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the Blue Hill troupe, LTD.
Ms. Powell holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Columbia University.
JOANN SACKS, PhD is a psychologist and research scientist who has spent the past 35 years working in the public and private nonprofit mental health and substance use service sectors. She has been the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH-funded research projects focused on treatment alternatives for women and men with substance use and with co-occurring mental conditions, including those in the criminal justice system. Her particular areas of research interest have centered on the specialized challenges faced by women as they addressed their own issues of addiction, mental health, and trauma while also raising families, often as head of household. The majority of her publications are related to this body of research.
Dr. Sacks also is an expert in training, technical assistance and implementation of evidence-based practices for persons with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. She has been involved at both the state and agency level, nationally and internationally, in the design, implementation and evaluation of integrated treatment models for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Her consultation in program development includes specialized housing, rehabilitation and outpatient services. Dr. Sacks recently retired as Executive Director of National Development & Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), a private not-for-profit research agency with a history of scientific leadership and innovation in research in the areas of behavioral health and related public health challenges. Dr. Sacks was appointed to the SUS, Inc. Board in June 2006. She chairs the Behavioral Health and Homeless Services boards and serves on the ad hoc Managed Care Committee.
Phillip A. Saperia
PHILLIP A. SAPERIA served as Executive Director/CEO of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies for over 21 years, overseeing the Coalition’s program of education, advocacy and technical assistance to the diverse community-based behavioral health providers of New York City. At the Coalition, Mr. Saperia was immersed in mental health and addictions public policy and community-based service programs, government support of community behavioral health, the evolution of managed care programs for people living with mental illness and substance use disorders, the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice, and the emerging area of rehabilitation and recovery for people with behavioral health disabilities—among the many populations affected by these disorders.
He has worked in community and government relations for over 30 years. Before joining the Coalition, Mr. Saperia was a consultant to several not-for-profit agencies on matters related to community siting of special care housing and on the development of local community advisory boards. He currently serves on the Behavioral Health Advisory Board of Health First and on the Advisory Board of Healthix.
Mr. Saperia graduated with a B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University. He holds an M.A.T. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education where he was elected to Phi Delta Kappa, the National Honorary Education Society. Mr. Saperia was appointed to the Behavioral Health and Homeless Services boards in 2018.
DEBORAH WOLFE is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC in the Corporate & Finance Group. She advises on complex mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, private equity investments, joint ventures, and the structuring, formation, financing, operation and purchase and sale of assets and entities across many sectors, with particular focus on the media, entertainment and advertising industries. She has particular expertise advising innovative start-ups and young companies on matters ranging from retaining and incentivizing key employees to obtaining financing and forming structuring strategic alliances. Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Wolfe was a partner at Hogan Lovells (and its predecessor firms) where she practiced for nearly 25 years.
Ms. Wolfe was elected to the SUS, Inc. Board in June 2015. She is a founding member of Women for SUS and has helped shape and grow the group since its inception in February 2014. Ms. Wolfe also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Foundation of Music and Healing, a non-profit organization founded initially to serve children who had lost a parent in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. She is pro bono counsel to Youth Call an End Inc., an organization working to create a global network of youth groups dedicated to the eradication of gender violence. She also serves on the President’s Advisory Counsel of the Women’s Venture Fund and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
ANDREW ZIMMERN, television personality, chef and food writer, was appointed to the Board of Directors of SUS, Inc. in May 2012. Mr. Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winner who is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the culinary world. The creator, Executive Producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World and the new Bizarre Foods America, Mr. Zimmern explores cultures in more than 63 countries as he shines the spotlight on impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. As a freelance journalist, his work has also appeared in numerous national and international publications including Food and Wine and Saveur.
George C. Biddle
George C. Biddle is the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Executive Vice President and provides executive oversight to the IRC’s U.S. programs, international programs and advocacy departments, which combined operate in 42 countries worldwide and in 23 cities across the U.S. Prior to joining the IRC in 2000, Mr. Biddle was Vice President of the International Crisis Group and President of the Institute for Central American Studies. He serves on several non-profit boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an A.B. degree from Harvard and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins.
Robert B. Catell
Robert B. Catell is Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook. Mr. Catell was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union. He is Chairman of Alberta Northeast Gas Ltd. and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and is Vice-Chairman of the National Petroleum Council’s Natural Gas Committee. Mr. Catell serves as a Member Emeritus of the Brooklyn Law School and is a member of the Board of Directors of KEYERA Energy Management Ltd. and several other business organizations. He is also Chair of the Leadership Advisory Cabinet to the Long Island Regional Planning Council for the LI 2035 Regional Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for SUNY Farmingdale and the President’s Advisory Council at Adelphi University. Mr. Catell received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Alice Korngold, President and CEO of Korngold Consulting LLC, is the author of “A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and “Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses” (Jossey Bass, A Wiley Imprint, 2005). Ms. Korngold consults to the boards of directors and C-suite executives of multinational corporations and nonprofits on board governance, sustainability/CSR, corporate-nonprofit partnerships, and measurement and rankings. She also trains and places business executives on nonprofit boards. Ms. Korngold is a featured speaker at global conferences and guest lectures to graduate business students at Harvard, the University of Michigan, and Oxford. She is an advisor to The Drucker Institute and FullSky Capital.
Saundra Thomas is Vice President for Community Affairs at WABC-TV, where she manages all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community projects for the tri-state. Ms. Thomas acts as a liaison between the public and the TV station, recommends news and programming coverage of important topics and is responsible for the station’s charitable contributions.
An active board member and committed to serving her community, Ms. Thomas, a recent candidate for New York City Council, is the Chair Emeritus of Dancewave and current chair of Council for Unity. Her board membership includes: Co-VP of Scholar Relations on the New York Women in Communications Foundation board, Open House NY and Brooklyn Book Festival. Ms. Thomas also sits on the advisory boards of The Grace Institute and on the Communications Committee for YMCA of Greater New York.
Ms. Thomas has been the recipient of numerous awards including from the New York University College of Dentistry, Medgar Evers College, a Black Achievers in Industry award from the Harlem YMCA and various corporate honors.
Ms. Thomas is a recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letters from St. Francis College (Brooklyn), and holds an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School and a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University.
Elaine Weinstein brings a unique combination of finance and energy sector experience which has provided the companies for which she has worked with a seasoned and strategic human resource executive. Ms. Weinstein served as Executive Vice President at Mullin & Associates and was Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Chief Diversity and Ethics Officer for KeySpan Corporation. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College and holds an honorary Ph.D. from St. Joseph’s College.
DONNA COLONNA joined Services for the UnderServed in 1997 and was appointed President/CEO in January 2002. Ms. Colonna has spent her 41 year career working both in State government (OPWDD and OMH) at the NYC regional level, and in positions at various nonprofit organizations. She has served in industry leadership positions in statewide and NYC trade associations and on numerous government committees that have shaped policy and program implementation. Ms. Colonna serves as a member of the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team’s Behavioral Health Reform and Affordable Housing Workgroups. She is a founding member and Board Chair of Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC) Health Home and IPA, a citywide consortium of community behavioral health providers; and serves on the Steering Committee of various PPSs representing CBC. Ms. Colonna is a member of the DOH & OPWDD Joint Advisory Council, charged with advising New York State with respect to the oversight of managed care for people with developmental disabilities. She is also a member of the New York State Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council and the OPWDD Transformation Panel, as well as the State Health Innovation Plan (SHIP) Council, charged with identifying and stimulating the spread of promising innovations in health care delivery and finance that result in optimal health outcomes for all New Yorkers. Throughout her career, Ms. Colonna has been a vocal advocate for the rights of, and services for, individuals with disabilities.
PERRY PERLMUTTER joined SUS in April 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of finance experience.
Perry started his career in public accounting, and then worked for Reliance Group Holdings, a $15 billion property & casualty, life and title insurance company for 18 years. Perry spent the last 11 years as Chief Financial Officer at FOJP Service Corp and Hospitals Insurance Company, a risk manager and insurer for hospitals, nursing homes and social service organizations in metropolitan New York City.
For the last two years, Trish has worked as the Executive Director for the Mayor’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, working out of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. There she oversaw the implementation of the task force action plan, seeking to better serve people with behavioral health issues who come into contact with the criminal justice system. For 14 years prior to that, Trish worked in multiple capacities at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), eventually serving as Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health, where she managed the development, implementation, and oversight of contracted mental health programs as well as policy and programmatic initiatives. Trish also served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Early Intervention Program, a multi-million dollar federal entitlement program for children ages birth-3 with delays and disabilities; and was the Director of Project Liberty, New York City’s mental health response to 9/11. Before joining DOHMH, Trish directed service programs for New York City residents who were homeless, justice-involved and/or had a mental illness for organizations that included Legal Aid and the Urban Justice Center. Trish earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University.
LOUIS CAVALIERE joined SUS in May 1987 as the Psychologist for the Valentine Avenue ICFs. Subsequent promotions led to his appointment as Associate Executive Director for the Developmental Disabilities Division in 1997 and additionally as the Associate Executive Director for AIDS Services in 2001. Currently, as the Executive Vice President for Developmental Disabilities Services, Mr. Cavaliere has supervisory responsibility for ensuring that quality housing, clinical and support services are provided in accordance with all applicable regulatory, funding and agency requirements. He is also responsible for the development of budgets and the monitoring of resources. Mr. Cavaliere spearheaded SUS’ early efforts to monitor quality through the development of agency-wide committees such as Policy & Procedure, Training & Education, Incident Management and Quality Assurance.
Mr. Cavaliere has dedicated his entire professional life to providing services and advocating for people with disabilities. He began his career in the disabilities field as a paraprofessional working with adolescents with autism. Before coming to SUS, he was an Educational Therapist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, working with people with addiction challenges and people with HIV/AIDS. He holds a BA in Psychology and MS Degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University. As part of an initiative by the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD), he contributed to the development of a training manual to guide staff training in the field of dual diagnosis. He currently serves as the First Vice President on the Board of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies, a statewide membership organization, and is Co-Chair of the Residential Committee of the InterAgency Council. Mr. Cavaliere served as the Chair of the CDCH Preschool from 2010 to 2015. He has participated in the Developmental Disabilities Provider Council Centers of Excellence for Dual Diagnosis and the Urban Institute for Behavioral Health. He has volunteered with the NYC HIV Prevention Planning Group, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.
Having served as the head of fundraising for the United States’ largest nonprofit home health care organization, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), Stacey Weston joined the executive management team at Services for the UnderServed to usher in a new era of enhanced and targeted fundraising to help sustain and grow the work of creating opportunity for vulnerable New Yorkers.
Weston brings two decades of successful nonprofit experience to the task, with a significant background in building boards with major gift capacity, creating and launching operating and capital campaigns, developing and managing donor relationships, and identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and institutional funders.
Prior to her tenure at VNSNY, Weston served as Vice President for Development at the League of American Orchestras, NY, and as Associate Vice President for Corporate Relations at the New York Botanical Garden. She received her formal education at the University of Oregon (Master of Music) and at Humbolt State University (Bachelor of Arts).
JUDITH JACKSON, Chief of Staff, joined SUS in July 1990. Ms. Jackson began her employment during the organization’s fledgling years and as such, was tasked with helping to raise SUS’ visibility in the public space and to bring a sense of wholeness within the organization through marketing, communications and special events activities. Ms. Jackson earned progressively responsible positions over the years. In her current position, she works closely with the CEO to support the Board in its governance role. She is also charged with coordinating and managing SUS’ marketing and communications efforts; oversees SUS’ Volunteer and Community Relations activities, as well as the management of the Human Resources function. Supervision of SUS’ innovative Urban Farms initiative rounds out her portfolio of responsibility. Prior to joining SUS, Ms. Jackson worked in Development at The Door, the National Audubon Society and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Ms. Jackson received her BA from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and her MS in Social Sciences from Long Island University, NY. She volunteers with Mustard Seed Communities USA, an organization dedicated to improving economic and social conditions in the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. As the legal guardian and sibling of an individual with a developmental disability she is a staunch disability rights advocate.