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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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  • Brian Scully

    Vocational Manager

    Brian began his career working with individuals with developmental disabilities as a Direct Support Professional in 2003. Since then, he has held many roles working in the field. Brian’s vocational service background spans over 13 years. In addition to working closely with Access-VR as an Intensive Case Manager, Brian is a certified Vocational Evaluator, trained in conducting Diagnostic Vocational Evaluations and Situational Assessments. He is also a trained investigator who has served as the Chairman of an Incident Review Committee, overseeing incidents involving allegations of abuse neglect and mistreatment. Brian is currently responsible for overseeing our Supported Employment and Pathway to Employment programs.

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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. 

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