CBS EXECUTIVE TEAM

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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 1981, and has held several titles during her tenure, including Director of Quality Assurance, and Director of Residential Services. In 1991 Paulette became the agencies Chief Operating Officer. Paulette holds a master’s degree in public health administration 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. As Chief Program Officer, Chris directly supervises the Clinical Department, Day Programs, Community Habilitation and Respite. Chris is also heavily involved with orchestrating 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 master of education in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University 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 a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in public and private accounting, including agencies that serve the developmentally disabled community.

  • Dawn Elmer

    Director of Nursing Services

    Dawn started at CBS in 1991 as a DSP/Shift Leader which lead to an interest in Nursing, particularly the healthcare needs of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. After completing nursing school, and working in various clinical settings, she returned to CBS. Dawn has over 12 years of experience in the specialty of DD Nursing. She is completing her BSN at SUNY Delhi, and preparing for certification as a CDDN. Dawn has held the title of Residence Nurse, Nursing Care Coordinator & Director of Nursing Services during her tenure at CBS. Dawn is responsible for oversight of the Nursing/Medical Department and is also an AMAP Instructor. Additionally, Dawn is a member of the agency’s Incident Review Committee, and the NYS ID/DD Nurses Association.

  • Pela Selene Terry

    Corporate Compliance Officer

    Pela began working in the disabilities field in the Midwest, serving as a residential Direct Support Professional in 1988.   Pela later served in program administration and training roles in both residential and vocational training settings under Medicaid HCBS Waiver services.  Pela has engaged in nonprofit program development, revenue diversification, grant writing, and contract compliance roles in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as for-profit education administration at a career college.  Pela returned to the I/DD sector in 2010 and began specializing in quality systems, evaluation, and corporate compliance officer roles.  Pela received her Master of Public Administration degree from The College of New Rochelle, and is presently an Ed.D. Candidate completing her dissertation at St. John Fisher College.

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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 in various roles. 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 a CQL interviewer and a certified incident investigator. She is currently responsible for oversight of the CBS Day Habilitation Without Walls Programs for Hudson Valley and Taconic, the Group Day Habilitation in home program in 6 of our IRAs, Comm Hab – R and Vocational 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 brings 28 years of both professional and personal experience to the CBS team with assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and complex medical needs. Regina has firsthand experience with navigating through complex systems in order to meet the needs of her daughter with a developmental disability. The difficulties that she has encountered have 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 a team of Service Coordinators, and will continue to lead them through the ever changing environment in order to ensure all individuals are maintaining and securing services in the most integrated setting. Regina graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of New Rochelle, and 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 holds a master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications, a bachelor’s in Communications and Psychology, and an associate degree in Hospitality Management from Scotland.