CP of NYS Affiliate Services Office
3 Cedar Street Extension, Suite 2
Cohoes, NY 12047
Susan Constantino was named President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS) in July, 2004 after serving one year as Deputy Executive Director. As President/CEO she is responsible for the programs and services operated by CP of NYS in New York City as well as the State Association, which offers its 24 Affiliates technical assistance and opportunities for training, information sharing and networking among Affiliate Executive Directors and staff. The organization works with legislative and governmental agencies to ensure that public policy has a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Ms. Constantino serves on many governmental task forces, councils and statewide committees representing the interests of CP of NYS, its Affiliates and the people we serve. She joined CP of NYS in 1989 as Special Assistant to the Executive Director, providing technical assistance to Affiliates in programs and funding.
Prior to joining CP of NYS, Ms. Constantino served as the Director of Children’s Services at Aspire of Western New York from 1984 to 1989. Under her direction Children’s Services expanded and improved. She was also active on many county and state committees dealing with children’s disability issues.
Ms. Constantino holds both a Bachelors and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the State University College at Buffalo and has done doctoral course work at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is certified as a Special Education Teacher and a School Administrator and Supervisor.
Ms. Constantino is regarded as a leader in her field by Affiliates as well as governmental and legislative leaders, and is known for her keen understanding of programs and services for people with disabilities and their families. She has received numerous state recognitions throughout the years and in 2008 received the outstanding service award from ACCSES.
DOH issues, advocacy, special projects, program issues
Executive Director – email@example.com
Mike Alvaro is the Executive Director of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS). Mr. Alvaro joined the Agency in October 2003 as Executive Vice President for Affiliate Services.
In his role as Executive Director, Mr. Alvaro directs the activities of the Affiliate Services office in Cohoes and works on regulatory and policy issues at the State level. The Affiliate Services Office of CP of NYS organizes and coordinates service to 24 Affiliates, including technical assistance on programmatic and funding issues, as well as legislative advocacy. Mr. Alvaro advocates for CP of NYS priority issues with regulatory and legislative leaders at the State and federal level, and he is responsible for coordinating various CP of NYS committees, the partnership with the NYS ELKS, and other activities to support Affiliates.
Mr. Alvaro has spent almost 30 years in the disability and health advocacy field. Prior to joining CP of NYS, he worked at the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS), the Hospital Trustees of New York State and, as Vice President at Iroquois Healthcare Alliance. While at Iroquois, he initiated cooperative efforts among hospitals, developed advocacy efforts on behalf of its 58 upstate hospital and health system members, and established one of the State’s first health information exchanges (HIXNY). He also has experience in staff development, fiscal management and governance issues, membership services and marketing.
Support, office financials, conference support
Executive Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Anderson joined the Affiliates Services staff in July 2018, bringing with her 20 years of professional experience as an administrative assistant for executive level staff in several different industries. Ms. Anderson serves as the initial contact person for most interactions with the Affiliate Services Office and acts as a liaison between Affiliates and Affiliate Services Staff, answering questions and directing requests as appropriate. She also handles scheduling and correspondence for Affiliate Services staff and assists with coordinating details for the CP of NYS Annual Conference and other meetings and trainings. She came to CP of NYS from Trans World Entertainment in Albany where she was the executive administrative to the CEO.
Support, office management, conference, publications & mailings
Office Manager – email@example.com
Cheryl Bradway has been with CP of NYS for over 16 years, currently providing office management and a wide variety of support for the Affiliate Services Office. She takes a lead role in organizing the Annual Conference, is responsible for the artistic design of all publications, and assists with website and social media administration.
She is a key liaison between Affiliates and Affiliate Services Staff, answering questions and directing requests as appropriate. She also coordinates the flow of information and mailings to the Affiliates. Ms. Bradway assists the Vice President of Government Relations tracking legislation, filing necessary lobby reports, and organizing lobby days and rallies. Prior to joining the CP family, she worked for over 15 years at the Healthcare Association of NYS providing support for their Government Affairs Division.
Advocacy, Government relations
Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations – firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Crosier is the Vice President for Advocacy & Government Relations at CP of NYS. She joined CP of NYS in December of 1994 after having worked for the Healthcare Association of NYS and the New York State Senate Finance Committee. Ms. Crosier is responsible for advocacy on behalf of and support to all of the CP of NYS Affiliates, staff, consumers and families regarding legislation and public policy, and serves as liaison between the CP of NYS Affiliates and the New York State Legislature, Governor’s Office, New York State Agencies and Congress. Ms. Crosier has almost 30 years of experience monitoring, analyzing and interpreting state and federal budgets and legislation; facilitating the development of legislative priorities and agenda, lobbying for or against and negotiating relevant legislation, organizing lobby days, rallies and other public education efforts, preparing and presenting testimony, position papers and policy analysis. She responds to legislative staff and member requests on a variety of issues including supports and services for people with developmental disabilities, special education, Early Intervention, Article 28, and various issues of interest and concern to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Ms. Crosier has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Policy from Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany.
Communications, advocacy, special projects, ELKS liaison, annual conference
Director of Communications and Advocacy – email@example.com
Bill DeVoe joined CP of NYS as Director of Communications and Advocacy in September of 2019. He oversees all internal and external communications as well as statewide advocacy efforts. Mr. DeVoe previously worked for the Capital Region BOCES where he was responsible for developing and implementing strategic, organization-wide communications for numerous school districts. He also spent almost four years as managing editor of the Spotlight Newspapers where he managed the newsroom, coordinated production schedules, edited copy and wrote a column and weekly editorials. He previously worked as a reporter at three news publications in the Capital Region. Mr. DeVoe also served three years in the United States Army as a tank gunner and platoon leader. He studied English and Journalism at the University at Albany.
MARY BETH DUROCHER
Accountant – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Beth Durocher joined CP of NYS in October 2018 in the accounting department. Ms. Durocher works on payroll, benefits, insurance plans, accounts payable and accounts receivable. She is responsible for submitting Financial Reports to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors. She previously worked at Iroquois Healthcare Alliance for 26 years in the accounting / HR department. Prior to that Mary Beth worked at General Electric in various accounting positions. She has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Siena College.
Centers of Excellence, online learning, special projects
Director of Special Projects & Online Learning – email@example.com
Tim Ferguson joined CP of NYS Affiliate Services in May 2018 as Director of Special Projects and Online Learning. He will continue to develop web-based learning tools for CP of NYS and its Affiliates as well as coordinate with CP of NYS and Affiliate staff on special projects, including the Centers of Excellence in the Care and Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Complex Disabilities project.
Mr. Ferguson comes to the Affiliate Services Office after serving as an assignment manager and web editor at WTEN/WXXA TV, the ABC/FOX Affiliate in Albany. Previously, Mr. Ferguson spent eight years as a middle school and high school teacher and academic advisor at school districts in central New York and the Capital District. He has both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from the University at Albany as well as a Master’s Degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
SED finance/program, general Finance issues, CFR/AHCF data bases
Vice President, Financial Management & Support – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Hamel is Vice President of Financial Management and Support. In that role he assists Affiliates on rate-setting and other education issues. Mr. Hamel has a wealth of knowledge and experience in education matters after more than 30 years at the State Education Department. He spent over 25 years administering the tuition rate process as chief of the department. Tom’s SED career included participation in many cross-state agency initiatives leading to a broad knowledge of staff and operations at those agencies. He has led numerous task forces on rate methodology, was the SED commissioner’s designee on the State Dormitory Authority Board and worked to help CP of NYS Affiliates finance education programs and activities that benefit children across the state. Mr. Hamel holds a B.S. Degree in Economics from Siena College and a MBA from the College of Saint Rose.
Project Director, Community Health Outreach Project – email@example.com
Cindy Morris serves as the Project Director for the Community Health Outreach Project, a grant funded by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. Ms. Morris oversees, coordinates, and is responsible all activities associated with the grant, both before and after the awards process. She established the protocols for proposal submissions and reviews all proposals for completeness while ensuring compliance with organizational standards. She is responsible for marketing, outreach, and customer service as it relates to the grant. Ms. Morris provides timely and accurate reports to the grantor, and seeks additional funding sources to support, expand, and develop new programming in alignment with the vision of the leadership team.
Prior to joining CP of NYS, Ms. Morris served as Executive Vice President of United Iroquois Shared Services (UISS), Inc., and United Iroquois Select, LLC, both of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of Iroquois Healthcare Association, from November 2014 through her retirement in May 2018. UISS is a group purchasing organization and supply chain resource for its 900 healthcare and non-healthcare members, and UI Select is a healthcare consulting firm. In her EVP role, Ms. Morris was responsible for providing oversight of marketing, business development, and strategic planning. She managed the day-to-day operations of the organization and served as the primary liaison to the board of directors. She worked closely with the contracting team to drive savings and value for the membership while maintaining a healthy profit for the organization. Ms. Morris negotiated and maintained valuable strategic partner relationships throughout her tenure. Ms. Morris led the UISS client relations team, which is charged with helping members find solutions to improve cost and quality, and was responsible for managing growth strategies.
Clinic/Medicaid issues, billing/claims issues, DOH advocacy
Vice President, Reimbursement & Regulatory Compliance – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deb Williams has worked for CP of NYS for more than 20 years and is currently the Vice President for Reimbursement and Regulatory Compliance in the Affiliate Services Office. Ms. Williams works with CP of NYS Affiliates on issues related to clinic services, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, Medicaid managed care, and other health care related issues. She works closely with NYS DOH staff on issues of concern to CP of NYS Affiliates.
Ms. Williams joined CP of NYS as the principal researcher on the Medicaid Managed Care Project, a grant funded by NYS DOH, where she conducted research on reimbursement and service utilization for people with developmental disabilities. Prior to joining CP of NYS, Ms. Williams worked for the NYS School Boards Association, conducting research on various education issues.
Ms. Williams received her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was a Public Policy Fellow at the Center for Women in Government at SUNY Albany.
*All listed above assist on specific issues, but these staff do so on a regular and ongoing basis.