Meet Our Executive Team

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Edward Myers Hayes

President and Chief Executive Officer
315-253-5383, Ext 1116

Ed has been President and CEO of Cayuga Centers since 1995, growing it from a limited program agency serving only Cayuga County with a $2 million annual budget to a multi-service provider that operates programs throughout Central New York State, New York City, Florida and Delaware. 

Ed has a Master's in Public Administration from Russell Sage. He has been a prime mover in the growth of evidence-based practice throughout New York State. A frequent conference speaker, and organizer for the initial Global Implementation Conference, he was a co-founder and first President of Advancing Evidence-Based Practice. Ed is a past member of New York State's Family and Children's Services Board.

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Troy Brathwaite

Chief Operating Officer - New York City
718-860-1656, Ext 1608

Troy has been a social work professional for over 20 years. His experience includes work as a discharge planner for HIV/AIDS infected patients at Stony Brook University Hospital, and as an adoption advocate and case worker in New York City.

Troy oversees ACS contracts for the Treatment Family Foster Care program and the federal contract for Transitional Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children.

Troy grew up in Brooklyn and is a proud product of the City of New York public school system. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a Master's in Social Work.

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Elizabeth Palin

Chief Fiscal Officer
315-253-5383, Ext 1010

Beth joined Cayuga Centers as Chief Financial Officer in 2012. She oversees the HR, Finance and IT Departments. She comes from a not-for-profit background as Director of Finance. Beth received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Institute of Technology and after college worked in public accounting obtaining her Certified Public Accountancy license. She is a member of the NYS Society of CPAs.

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ann sheedy

Chief Operating Officer - Central New York
315-253-5383, Ext 1013

Ann began at the agency then known as Cayuga Home for Children in 1991, starting Family Preservation, which initiated the agency’s Community-Based Interventions department before leaving in 2002 to pursue work in other human services agencies and a return to academia.

She rejoined Cayuga Centers in 2016 and oversees the Out-of-Home Care, Community-Based Interventions, and Services for People with Developmental Disabilities departments, as well as facilities operations including health and wellness, maintenance and food service.

With a master’s degree in social work and a PhD in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University, Ann has held a faculty position at Cazenovia College in human services.

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Nate Spieker

Chief Quality Officer
315-253-5383, Ext 1213

Nate has worked at Cayuga Centers since 2002 in multiple positions including Group Care Worker, Overnight Supervisor, Case Manager, and Home Finder. As Chief Quality Officer he oversees compliance, outcome and performance measurements, and investigations.  Nate received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Keuka College, and his Master's Degree in Management from Keuka College in 2014. He sits on the Surgical Technology Advisory Committee at Onondaga Community College.

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Shannon Abate

Vice President of Services for People with Developmental Disabilities
315-253-5383, Ext 1235

Shannon began working at Cayuga Centers in 1997 as a Day Habilitation Counselor.

She became a Medicaid Service Coordinator, and the Co-Director of the former Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Program, which evolved into Services for People with Developmental Disabilities (SPwDD).

As Vice President for SPwDD, Shannon oversees a team providing Early Intervention Service Coordination, Habilitation and Respite programs in Cayuga County, and Medicaid Service Coordination in Cayuga, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Seneca Counties. Shannon received a Bachelor's in Human and Community Services from Empire State College and a Master's in Management from Keuka College.

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Melinda Jimenez

Vice President of Transitional Foster Care
718-860-1656, Ext 1883

Melinda Jimenez is a licensed clinical social worker with 17 years of experience in service delivery. She obtained her BSW from Lehman College and went on to complete her Masters in Social Work at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Work. Her desire to "pay it forward" led her to obtaining her SIFI, allowing her to provide clinical supervision to interning social work graduate students. Melinda comes to Cayuga Centers following a career centered on health care and family services, focusing on people and program development.

 

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Melody Johnson

Vice President of Human Resources & Training
315-253-5383, Ext 1118

Melody joined Cayuga Centers as Director of Human Resources in 2015. She oversees a team of 13 HR staff and 9 trainers. Melody holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Vassar College. Her previous work with the Center for Alternative Sentencing & Employment Services (CASES), the Food Bank for New York City, and The Fortune Society has given her sensitivity to the nonprofit world and the needs of staff members working in the human services field. 

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Laura manley

Vice President of Out-of-Home Care Clinical Treatment
315-253-5383, Ext 1130

Laura joined the Cayuga Centers team in 2011 as a Residential Clinician and later was promoted to Director of Clinical Services.  A Syracuse University graduate, she received her Master of Social Work in 2011, achieving LCSW licensure in 2015.  As Vice President of Out-of-Home Care Clinical Treatment, Laura oversees the clinical and psychiatric component of Residential Treatment and CNY Treatment Family Foster Care, bringing new clinical interventions and practices to the  agency.

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Christine Moulton

Vice President of Development
315-253-5383, Ext 1145

Chris joined Cayuga Centers in 2013 as the Fundraising Specialist. She has spent almost two decades of her professional career dedicated to non-profit management. She has also chaired or served on several non-profit boards of directors. In her role as Vice President of Development, Chris is responsible for overseeing grant writing, fund raising, communications, marketing, and new business creation.  Chris has attended Lafayette College and Empire State College.

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Cindi Pagan

Vice President of Community-Based Interventions
315-253-5383, Ext 1243

Cindi directs the Community-Based Interventions programs that include Family Resiliency programs, Functional Family Therapy, and Multisystemic Therapy located in Albany, Monroe, Cayuga, Ontario, Oswego and Oneida Counties. Cindi received her master's degree from the Syracuse University School of Social Work, and has been at Cayuga Centers since 1999.

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Lorraine SáNCHEZ

Vice President of NYC Operations and Community Relations
646-760-9100 Ext 1881

Beginning as the NYC Office Manager in 2013, Lorraine’s duties have increased as the NYC office has expanded to 4 locations to meet incredible agency growth.  As Vice President of NYC Operations, she will oversee the administrative staff and further work with the expansion team and cultivate relationships with local politicians and business leaders.

Lorraine received a bachelor degree from Syracuse University in English and Textual Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Kelly Ware

Vice President of Residential Treatment
315-253-5383, Ext 1131

Since beginning her career with Cayuga Centers as a Group Care Worker in 2006, Kelly has held numerous positions in the Residential Treatment Center, including Unit Manager, Case Planner and Director of Case Planning and Aftercare.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, and became Director of Residential Operations before being promoted to Vice President of Residential Treatment.  In this role Kelly will provide oversight for and management of the Residential Treatment Center.