Our executive staff consists of experienced professionals, many of whom are long-time members of CBS. Our administrative staff is actively engaged in overseeing the delivery of services and spends considerable time in our residential homes and at the off-site activities. They know our agency, the people whom we support, their families, and the community at large. Most of all, they share a deep commitment to providing each person with exceptional care.

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  • Vicki M. Sylvester Ph.D.

    Chief Executive Officer

    Vicki’s experience with CBS is vast. She started in 1981 as the agency was opening its doors and has worked in various jobs throughout the organization, including Chief Operating Officer, Director of Quality Assurance, and Associate Executive Director. In 1998 Vicki was named CEO and oversees the delivery of all administration and program services with the help of dedicated and talented staff. Vicki holds a Ph.D. in business administration and management along with undergraduate degrees in special education and psychology.

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  • Paulette Sladkus

    Chief Operating Officer

    Paulette has worked for CBS since October of 1983. She has held many titles during her tenure with the agency, including Director of Quality Assurance and Director of Residential Services. In 1999 Paulette was promoted to her present title of Chief Operating Officer. Paulette holds a master’s degree in public health (MPH) and a post-graduate certificate in gerontology.

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  • Christopher Laubis

    Chief Program Officer

    Chris has worked with residential and day treatment providers for people with developmental disabilities since 1985. He joined the CBS team in 2002. Chris directly supervises the Clinical Department, Day Programs and Family Support Services. Chris is also heavily involved with new program development and the implementation of CQL practices. Chris is chairman of the Agency Intake Committee and sits on the Family Advisory Board. He is the designated agency liaison for family contact. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Wagner College and a certificate in human resources studies from the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

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  • Rosemarie Stasiak

    Chief Financial Officer

    Rosemarie joined CBS in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the Fiscal Department. She graduated from Iona College with a BBS in Accounting, and is currently perusing a MS in Accounting from Post University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in public and private accounting, including agencies that serve the developmentally disabled community.

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  • Janice Davis

    Director of Human Resources

    Janice started with CBS in 1986 and has held several positions in the agency, including Support Secretary and Human Resources Coordinator. In 2003, Janice became the Director of Human Resources, in charge of recruitment, benefits administration, employee retention, and employee relations. Janice holds a bachelor of science degree in organizational management and a certificate in human resources studies.

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  • Roger Hof

    Director of Facilities and Grounds

    Roger has more than 25 years of experience in facilities engineering, planning, operations and project management. He joined Community Based Services in 1999 as the director of the newly created Facilities and Grounds Department. Roger’s responsibilities include supervision of maintenance activities, working with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to obtain renovation project approval and funding, and interfacing with each CBS department to provide safe and comfortable homes for our individuals. Roger earned a degree in architectural technology and design, and holds certifications in building systems technologies.

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  • Betty Rivadeneira

    Director of Day Programs

    Betty joined CBS in 2002 and brought with her 10 years of prior experience working with people with developmental disabilities. Betty has worked in both residential and clinical programs; holding positions as residential program coordinator and clinical program coordinator, as well as fulfilling responsibilities with Incident Review, Human Rights Committee and as Administrator-On-Call. Betty is an American Heart Association certified Heartsaver instructor and is a certified Incident Investigator. She is currently responsible for oversight of the CBS Day Habilitation Program, Vocational Services and ICF Day Services

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  • Cathy Mathes

    Director of Staff Development

    Cathy has over 28 years of experience working in the Human Service field in the Westchester area. Starting her career as a Human Resource Manager for another agency, Cathy joined CBS in 2005 and currently oversees staff development and training. Cathy is an OPWDD certified SCIP-R Instructor and an American Heart Association Certified Heartsaver and BLS Instructor. Cathy most recently acquired her certification as a CQL Trainer/Interviewer.

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  • Regina C. Filannino, R.N., BSN

    Director of Family Support Services

    Regina had over 24 years of professional and personal experience before joining the CBS team in 2014. Regina knows firsthand how difficult it can be navigating OPWDDs complex systems, as she struggled to meet the needs of her daughter. The difficulties that she has encountered has allowed her to be an effective resource for the hundreds of families that she has assisted and educated throughout the years. Coordinating services, empowering and educating parents has been the core manner in which she practices. At CBS Regina oversees Medicaid Service Coordination, Community Habilitation, Respite and Individualized Supports and Services. Regina graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of New Rochelle. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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  • Joann McAdam, M.S. Ed.

    Director of Clinical Services

    Joann has a dual Master’s Degree in Psychology and Special Education from College of New Rochelle. She began her career in 1990 as a teacher working with students with developmental challenges. Her experience included working with people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and people who are physically, developmentally and/or psychologically challenged. In 2013, Joann joined the team at CBS as the agency’s Clinical Program Specialist before becoming the Director of Clinical Services in 2015. She directly oversees all clinical services including physical therapy, speech, occupational therapy, counseling and psychiatry. Additionally, Joann is an active participant of the Human Rights Committee, and she is a Certified CQL Trainer/Interviewer. Joann is also responsible for residential habilitation in our IRA homes.

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  • Kelly Apfel

    Communications and Development Manager

    Kelly joined the CBS team in 2014 and oversees the marketing and communications department of the agency. Her role also involves the management of our social enterprise, Good Reasons. Kelly received her master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications from Marist College, and bachelor’s in Communications and Psychology from SUNY Purchase, as well as an associate degree in Hospitality Management from Scotland. 

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  • LeeAnne Jones

    Clinical Program Coordinator

    LeeAnne received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University at Buffalo and had over twelve years administrative experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in residential and day program settings before coming to CBS. In 2012, LeeAnne joined the CBS team and now supervises our Community Habilitation and Respite services for adults and children.

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  • Maureen Duffy

    Human Resources Coordinator

    Maureen has several years of experience in the human resources generalist function in not-for profit environments. She began working for CBS in 2011 and focuses primarily on recruitment and benefits. She is responsible for the on-boarding process for all new hires, and assists employees with any issues concerning their benefits. Maureen has a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Society for Human Resources Management.