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SASi Executive Management

President & CEO: Anthony Annunziato
Executive VP of Operations & Day Services: Karen Gustina
Executive VP of Quality & Community Services: Barbara Lamoreaux
VP of Finance & Chief Financial Officer: Shawn Cunningham
VP Claddagh Division: Patrick Guerin
VP of Human Resources, IT & Training: Patty Watkins
VP of Program Services: Camille Putnam
VP of Community Services: Katie Siwek
Associate VP of Finance: Elaine Mendrysa

Anthony Annunziato: Mr. Annunziato has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He began his professional career in 1974 after receiving his BS Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gannon College in Erie Pennsylvania. His early employment experience included Inpatient Mental Health and Senior Services. He was hired at SASi in 1978 as a Personal Adjustment Trainer/Team Leader and has held various administrative positions over the years. In 1999 he was promoted to Associate Executive Director and took over the President and CEO position in 2012. During the past 30+ years, he has been involved to a great extent in program development and has played a leading role in SASi's growth.

In addition to his role at SASi, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Person Center Services of WNY (PCSWNY), Board of Directors of Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY (DDAWNY) and the Genesee Community College Arcade Campus Advisory Board. 
He is past Chairperson of the NYSRA Clinic Services Committee and Adult Day Program Subcommittee of DDAWNY.

Karen Gustina: Karen Gustina has worked in the Human Service field for over 30 years. In that time, she has worked at several WNY area agencies in a variety of positions starting out as relief staff at a residence and then moving to Day Services and on to Quality Assurance. Her career with SASi started in 2001 as the Director of Community Support Services which included oversight and guidance of residential supports, MSC and Community Services. In her current position of Executive Vice President of Operations & Day Services, she oversees the program services side of SASi as well as clinic, operations, SAGE, Moving Miracles and High Hurdles. Karen’s experience has encompassed working with people of all ages with a developmental disability. Karen noted that the one constant throughout all of the years has been the dedication of people working in the field to provide quality supports.

Barbara Lamoreaux: Barbara was hired by Claddagh Commission in 1982 as a part-time direct care worker. She has a BA from SUNY at Fredonia; and Master’s in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Starting in the late 1980s Barb held various leadership positions at Claddagh while the agency experienced significant growth in its services. During Barb’s tenure, Claddagh was recognized by NY State for their approach to person-centered services; and commitment to continuous quality improvement. “A quality environment is possible only when management has the courage to identify, and self-disclose its own internal weaknesses. Do not confuse quality with perfection. Quality is never truly achieved, but something that we must continuously strive toward.” When the merger between Claddagh and SASi was completed in January 2016, Barb was appointed SASi’s Executive Vice-President of Community Services and Quality. Barb’s new duties include her continued involvement with Claddagh Commission, as well as oversight of a number of the SASi programs and services.

Shawn Cunningham: Shawn has worked at SASi since1988, as the agency's Vice-President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer. He oversees and directs all financial activities of the agency. Shawn graduated from Gannon University in 1984 with BS/BA major in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to his career with SASi, Shawn worked as an auditor for OPWDD, Bureau of Management Fiscal Audit. 

He also serves as the Treasurer for Housing Options Made Easy and Treasurer for DD Awareness Day Conference Committee and has been nominated for Business First CFO of the Year in 2009. 

Patrick Guerin: Patrick has been involved in the Human Services field for the majority of his life. Growing up, his family took part in the Family Care provider program through OPWDD. That experience became the cornerstone in the foundation of his person centered approach to services.

Patrick’s professional career in the Human Services field spans over 20 years; he began his career at Aspire (formerly UCP of WNY) and then worked at People Inc. as a direct support staff member. Patrick was hired by Claddagh Commission Inc. in 2000 as a Medicaid Service Coordinator and has worked in a variety of other leadership positions in the agency. In 2014 Patrick was promoted to the position of Operations Officer, with oversight of Service Programs, Quality Assurance, and Property Management. Following the merger between Claddagh and SASi, he took the position of VP of the Claddagh Division. Patrick has a BS from SUNY Buffalo and a Masters in Counseling from Liberty University.

In addition to his role at SASi, Patrick also serves on the board of Camp Li-Lo-Li, a youth camp located in Randolph, NY.

Patty Watkins - Patty began her career with SASi in 1992 in the administrative offices. In 1998, the agency recognized the need to centralize their personnel functions, and promoted Patty to spearhead an HR department.  In this role, she oversees and directs all personnel-related functions for the agency, including the agency’s Affirmative Action Plan and all employment-related regulations and requirements for their State and Federal contracts.  She also has responsibility over the agency’s training and IT departments. Patty has served on several committees within the agency and is certified as a (PHR) Professional in Human Resources through (SHRM) Society for Human Resource Management.  


Camille Putnam: Camille has worked with SASi for over 20 years.  She started as a volunteer working the spaghetti dinners, Chinese auctions and assisting on the work floor. Her first paid position was working in the recreation/respite program.  Over the years Camille has worked as a supervisor in Day Programs that included Group Day Habilitation, Prevocational and Sheltered Employment.  Over the past 4 years she has been in her latest role as a division vice-president, overseeing all Program Services which includes Supported Employment.  Camille has known many of the individuals SASi supports for over 30 years. 

 

Katie Siwek: Katie is a division vice-president, responsible for residential services, family support services, community programs, Medicaid Service Coordination and Behavior Services. She is a member of the quality committee of New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA), and also serves as co-chair for the residential sub-committee of Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY).

Katie enjoys working for SASi because "I am proud to work for an agency that provides valuable quality services and that values its employees. There are a lot of great things that have happened over the years, but it's the people that make the difference."

Elaine Mendrysa: Elaine has worked in the not-for-profit field for over 25 years. Before being hired by Claddagh in 1997 as the Chief Financial Officer, she worked for the Blind Association of Western New York. She has a BS in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration degree, both from Canisius College. Since January, 2016, Elaine filled the role as Associate Vice-President of Finance with SASi.

Elaine enjoys volunteering her time for agency events and fundraising activities. “Being a part of these special times, reminds us all why we chose this career path and the wonderful people we support

Department Directors:

Steve Dietz - Director of Information Technology
Sheila Dollas - Director of Moving Miracles
Lynn Kelly - Director of Development
Dale Skoog - Director of Medical Services
Karen Vance - Director of Clinical Services

Directors:

John Bowles - Director of Quality Assurance & Incidents
Arlene Bloom - Director of MSC
Macie Case-Graves - Director of Residential Services, Cladadgh Division
Kelly Cline - Director of Residential Services
Scott Estee - Director of MSC, Claddagh Division
Kelly Fix - Director of Compliance & Incidents
Stacie Gura - Director of Residential Services, Claddagh Division
Diana Harenza - Director of Human Resources
Susan Hoff - Director of Claddagh Divsion
Amy Jaworski - Director of Program Services
Nick Kaitanowski - Director of Residential Services
Tracy Nelson - Director of Residential Services, Claddagh Division
Gary Nochojski - Director of Transportation & Facility Management
Leadlay Ogden - Director of Education & Training
Joseph Place - Director of Production and Service Operations
Harriet Preshoot - Director of Quality Management
Kimberly Ruppert - Director of Day Habilitation, Claddagh Division
Rebecca Uhteg - Director of Nursing