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.

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  • Simone Lawrence

     

    Director of Nursing Services

    Simone joined the CBS team in December, 2017.  She has over 20 years experience in the residential setting in a variety of roles including a Residential Supervisor, Residential RN and Nursing Supervisor.  Simone received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Lehman college.  Simone is responsible for overseeing the Nursing Department at CBS.

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  • Latoya Hopkins

     

    Director of Workforce Development

    Latoya joins the CBS team bringing more than 25 years of service to the developmental disabilities community. She began her career in 1994 as a Direct Support Professional in Putnam County and has held numerous positions including House Manager and Assistant Psychologist. Latoya’s vast experience within the OPWDD field has overlapped with Traumatic Brain Injury adults as well as Child / Family Services. Latoya moved her career into Training / Organizational Development and Quality Improvement in 2011.  Latoya received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Supervisory Management from Western Connecticut State University.

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  • Christopher J. Barron

    Director of Human Resources

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  • Bill Lloyd

     

    Director of Facilities and Grounds

    Bill started his own construction and remodeling company in 1998 where he has over 25 years of experience in the industry with extensive residential project management. He joined CBS as an independent contractor in 2012 where he maintained residences fostering a strategic environment of teamwork and integrity. In 2019, he was appointed Director of Facilities and Grounds. Bill’s responsibilities include: supervision of maintenance activities, working with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to obtain project approval and funding, and interacting with each CBS department to provide safe and comfortable homes for our residents.

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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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  • Allan Katz

     

    Director of Food Services

    Allan is a CIA trained restaurateur/chef with over 35 years in the food service industry.  He joined CBS in 2007 as a Director of Food Services to initiate the concept of a Commissary to provide the CBS community with menus and recipes abiding by specific nutritional and varied dietary needs.  The Commissary ultimately has encompassed a general household supply needs venue.  Three years ago Allan suggested a startup Dog Treat Company “Good Reasons” to employ the individuals in the care of CBS, as well as offering employment opportunities to individuals in programs from within the community of those with developmental disabilities.  Allan currently overseas the management of the Commissary and the Good Reasons Dog Treats production facilities.

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  • Avinash Samaroo

    Director of Vocational Services

    Avi joined Community Based Services in July 2020 as the Director of Vocational Services. He brings over 15 years of vocational, day habilitation, and residential experience. Avi received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University. He has an MBA with a concentration in Business Management along with a Post Master’s certificate in Business Continuity and Risk Management, from Iona College. As the Director of Vocational Services, he oversees all aspects of vocational services including Supported Employment (SEMP), Employment Training Program(ETP), Acces-VR, and is charged with developing and rolling out our Community pre-voc program.

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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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  • Melissa Zambri

     

    Corporate Compliance Officer

    Melissa is the Agency’s corporate compliance officer.  She is a practicing attorney, focusing her practice on corporate and regulatory compliance for the health care industry.  She has been practicing law for over 20 years and has been counsel to many providers in the developmental disability field.  Melissa is also an adjunct professor of management at Clarkson University’s Capital Regional Campus, teaching Legal Aspects of Health Care, and at Albany Law School, teaching Health Care and HIPAA Compliance.  Melissa is a graduate of Albany Law School and Union College, where she concurrently received her JD, cum laude, and MBA in health systems administration.  She is also a graduate of Siena College, where she graduated summa cum laude in finance.  She was named as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Health Care Law from 2013-2020.

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