Meet Our Executive Team


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Christine Moulton

Vice President of Strategic Growth
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 Strategic Growth, Chris is responsible for prospecting new business opportunities and then taking new programs from idea to implementation. She oversees the agency’s Treatment Family Foster Care programs in Florida and in Delaware, and supervises the Strategic Initiatives and Training Departments. Chris has attended Lafayette College and Empire State College.


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.


Diane (Dee Dee) Schenck

Vice President of Community Partnerships
315-253-5383, Ext 1117

Dee Dee has worked at Cayuga Centers for over 20 years in numerous positions.  She graduated from Keuka College with her Master's in Management. Some of her responsibilities included overseeing the day-to-day operations of multiple support departments throughout Cayuga Centers.

In her new role as Vice President of Community Partnerships, Dee Dee oversees the communications, development and marketing department.  She supports community engagement, engages with community-based organizations and associations, networks and fosters relationships.   

Dee Dee serves on the Compliance Committee for the CNY Care Collaborative.  The goal of this collaborative is to improve the coordination of healthcare services, enhance the quality of performance outcomes, and create an overall better system of care for patients. She also serves on the Board of the Auburn Local Development Corporation (ALDC).