People on the Move - Promotions at Cayuga Centers

Sep 02, 2015

Auburn, NY – Cayuga Centers President and CEO Edward Myers Hayes announced several promotions within the human services agency which serves children, families and individuals as they grow into independent, healthy and productive citizens through quality counseling, residential and support services.  The promotions are to newly created positions within the agency, to meet the demands of recent growth.

Christine Moulton of Union Springs, NY, was recently promoted to Director of Strategic Initiatives.  Moulton attended Lafayette College and Empire State College and previously served as the Fundraising Specialist at Cayuga Centers, where she successfully ran Golf Tournament and Casino Night fundraising events, in addition to annual appeals in which more than 60% of agency employees made a contribution. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. Moulton said, “My passion is non-profit work and I have never met a more dedicated, committed group of people than those I work with at Cayuga Centers.  It is a privilege to be part of a family of individuals that live the agency’s mission day in and day out.  I look forward to helping steward the agency’s growth and building awareness of the successful work we do to change children’s and family’s lives.”

Kate Weidman, of Syracuse, NY, previously Contracts Manager for the agency, has been promoted to Director of Strategic Initiatives along with Moulton. She holds a master’s degree in organization management from the Sage Colleges in Troy, NY. Weidman said, “I’m excited about building the agency and Cayuga Centers’ brand not only here in NYS but nationally.” As co-directors, Moulton and Weidman will be responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, implementing new programs, and identifying and planning for new trends and developments in the human services field.

Hayes said, “Kate Weidman and Chris Moulton were instrumental in opening a 300-bed unaccompanied child foster care program in New York City.  Kate has played a lead role in starting the Palm Beach County Treatment Family Foster Care program. All of this was done while they carried out their other responsibilities.  We are excited by the possibility of focusing their time on agency growth and adaptability that will serve more families in a high quality manner.”

Alexandra “Lexie” Shutter, of Auburn, NY, has been promoted from Manager of the agency’s Respite Programs for the Services for People with Developmental Disabilities (SPwDD) Department, to the position of Director of SPwDD Support Programs.  In addition to respite programs, she will also oversee Day Habilitation programs, which provide individuals with support necessary to engage in activities that help them achieve their valued outcomes. Shutter holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and began her work with this population while serving as a Special Education teacher assistant. 

Respite programs include In Between, which gives respite care and support during late afternoon weekday hours – “in-between” the end of the school day and the time when the parent or guardian can pick up the individual to return home.  After 5 is held weeknights during early evening hours, allowing a break for caregivers, offering homework assistance and recreational activities to consumers.  Weekend Respite serves a rotating group of consumers once every 6 weeks for a weekend getaway that not only engages individuals in wholesome activities with peers, but gives a needed break to their caregivers. These programs provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. 

Hayes said, “Lexie has guided our respite programs to increase its support to high need individuals.  She has done this while building program quality. As we work to create increasing respite support for families.  I am pleased she will play the lead role in expanding opportunities.”

 Cayuga Centers, headquartered in Auburn, NY, serves children and families throughout New York State and Florida, offering a variety of evidence-based programs, residential and foster care treatment, and services for persons with developmental disabilities. Cayuga Centers, with over 450 employees, has a $40 million budget.


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