Jim has been a Center director since February 2013. He also has served on the Center’s Prospect Center since 2008, including a term as President of the Board, and serves on Finance and Nominating committees and as a Liaison between the two boards. He and his wife Deborah are members of the Center’s Guardian Circle.
Charles Pinckney is an Administrative Vice President and Senior Group Manager at M&T Bank. Charles oversees the Commercial Real Estate and Healthcare & Not For Profit Lending groups in the Capital Region. Charles has held various positions in M&T’s Commercial Bank since 2008. He is a graduate of Union College where he majored in Managerial Economics. Mr. Pinckney is the Chair of the Center’s Commercial Services Advisory Board and a member of the Center’s Governing Board of Directors.
Milton C. Hall, III has been involved with and a supporter of the Center for Disability Services for over twenty years. He is currently Chairperson of the Center’s Governing Board as well as Chairperson of the Center’s Endowment Investment Committee. In addition, Milt also serves on the Executive and Audit Committees and served as vice chair on the Center for Disability Services Foundation, Inc. Board prior to becoming a member of the Governing board. Milt joined the Northwestern Mutual after graduating with a degree in Political Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1971.
Gregory J. Sorrentino is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Disability Services. He began his tenure in the position January 2, 2019, and is responsible for the oversight of the Center and its four divisions: St. Margaret’s Center, Prospect Center in Queensbury, Life Quality Solutions Incubator and Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center. He has been an executive with the Center for 25 years.
Brian T. Cregin is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Disability Services. Prior to his appointment in June 2018, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Arc of New York. In his current role, Brian is responsible for the oversight of many of the Center’s support operations and functions. These operations include oversight of processing and reporting functions relating to the Center’s $137 million budget.
Joe joined the Board in 1990 as a Board Member of Residential Opportunities Inc. then merged in 1998 with Center for Disability Services. In Center for Disability Corporation Governing Board Directors, he also served on the Commercial Services Board. Joe has also served on the Board of Directors of the Albany Food Bank Association.
Fred Bodner is an attorney at Hinman Straub P.C. in Albany. He is the chair of the firm’s Health Insurance and Life Insurance Departments. Mr. Bodner’s practice is focused on insurance regulatory and corporate law, including life insurance law, health insurance law, administrative law and Governmental Relations. He provides various services to the insurance industry including design, filing and obtaining approval of insurance products; representation before insurance regulators; opinions on the legality of insurance company practices; interpretation of law and regulation; obtaining required licenses; and provision of advice and assistance with regard to advertising and marketing issues, examination issues, market conduct issues, enforcement actions, policy replacement issues, premium rate and compensation issues, and related insurance matters.
Ken has been a Center director since 2004 and currently serves as Chairperson of the Center’s Audit Committee. Originally from Connecticut, Ken came to the area in 1980 after receiving his degree in accounting from Bryant College in Rhode Island. Ken spent ten years with Urbach Kahn & Werlin P.C. in Albany rising to the position of principal. After a few years in the insurance and manufacturing industries, Ken returned to public accounting joining Cusack & Company, CPA’s LLC in 1997, where he is currently a partner. Throughout his career, Ken has specialized in non-profit and government auditing and consulting which comprises the majority of his current business.
Bob has been a director on the Center’s Governing Board for over 25 years and is a past chairman of the Governing Board. He also serves on the Life Quality Solutions Incubator board, the Executive and Audit Committees, and the Endowment Investment Committee, which he formerly chaired. Bob also serves as a director on the board of Lifeplan CCO NY, a care coordination company affiliated with the Center.
James Coleman has been on the Center’s Governing Board of Directors since 1991 and a member of the Center’s Executive Committee since 1992. James also serves on the Center’s Combined Program Services Committee/Human Resources Board and the Quality Assurance Committee.
Bob Crandall is Area President for the Latham, New York Branch of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The Latham Branch includes 140 employees located in Latham, Syracuse and Queensbury. He is actively involved as a Board Member of the Donna Crandall Foundation which supports Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families. He is also a board member of the Saratoga Senior Center. Bob also serves on the Board, and Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee, of Ameritas Life Insurance Company of New York.
Kate received her J.D. from Albany Law School, which she attended as a Leopold Schepp Foundation Academic Fellow. Her undergraduate education was at St. John's University in New York City, where she received a B.A. in English, cum laude. Kate is currently in private practice, concentrating in trusts and estates, guardianship matters, and real estate transactions. She worked as an Albany County Assistant County Attorney, Albany County Assistant District Attorney, and she served as Chief Clerk of the Albany County Surrogate's Court for twenty years. Kate was elected Surrogate's Court Judge in 2000, and served until 2014, during which time she also served as an acting Supreme Court Justice. She has also served for many years as a faculty member of Maria College and Albany Law School.
Stan has served on the Center’s Board of Directors since its merger with Residential Opportunities Inc. in 2000. He is a member of the Quality Assurance and Incident Review Committees and, serves as President of the Family Group which provides Center families with guidance and support, provides financial assistance for special needs and, supports the direct care staff by underwriting recognition events and education.
George R. Hearst III is the publisher/CEO of the Times Union, the Capital Region’s largest multimedia company. A California native, Hearst came to the Times Union in 1989. He is a director of the Hearst Corporation, a global communication company with more than 20,000 employees, which was founded by his great-grandfather, William Randolph Hearst. He is also a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust. George Hearst has emerged as one of Upstate New York’s most notable philanthropists and community leaders and is the recipient of many community awards for civic involvement.
Jeff Killeen has been a Center director since 2004, and has twice served as the Chairperson of its Governing Board – initially during 2013-2015 and then again during 2018-2020. During 2016-2017 he led the development of the new CFDS strategic plan as a special advisor. He is currently also Chair of the Advisory Board of the Center’s Life Quality Solutions Incubator division, Chair of the Governance & Nominating committee, serves on the Executive and Audit committees and on the Commercial Services and Foundation boards.
Doug has been on the Centers Board for over the past 24 years, serving as Chairman of the Board for two terms. Doug ,as a member of the Centers Executive Committee played a significant role in the merger of ROI and the Center for Disabilities bringing together two large agencies to provide services to hundreds of individuals.
Terry O’Connor is a 1980 graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. In pursuing his undergraduate degree, he also studied in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Karen has been a member of the Governing Board of Directors since the Center’s merger with Residential Opportunities, Inc. She has served on various committees including the Executive Committee and is a member of the Endowment Fund, Inc. Board of Directors. She also is a member of the Family Group, Inc. Board of Directors. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wake Forest College and Emory University and was a biology professor at SUNY Empire State College for over 40 years.
Piel Pavlin is a Relationship Officer for KeyBank, Commercial Bank in Albany, New York who has held various positions within retail banking, prior to transitioning to the middle market commercial space. She has been actively involved with the Center for Disability Services since 2020. She is currently on the Center’s Governing Board of Directors and Program and Support Services Committee. Piel is a graduate of the City University of New York SPS. She majored in Disability Studies with a BA Concentration: Autism Spectrum Disorders and is fluent in Spanish.
Bill joined the Center’s board of directors in 2013 and is a board liaison to Prospect Center in Queensbury. He has served on the Prospect board since 2010.
Rosemarie Vairo Rosen has over thirty five years' experience in Government and the not for profit sectors. Her field of expertise is finance and human services. She served in executive positions under five governors in various agencies including as Deputy Commissioner in the former Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. There, part of her responsibility was overseeing the building of homes to move thousands of people into the community after the closing of Willowbrook. Her last Government position was in the Office of the State Comptroller under Carl McCall. As Assistant Deputy Comptroller over the Municipal Affairs Division, she worked to ensure the ten thousand units of local government in NYS had assistance in meeting their financial responsibilities.
Ned is a member of the Center for Disability Services Holding Corporation & Center for Disability Services, Inc. Board of Directors, he is also a member of the Executive Committee and member of the Audit Committee and former Chair. Ned was also a formal member of the Board of Directors for The Academy of the Holy Name and Albany Police and Fire Foundation.
Rosemary has been a member of the governing Board since 2005. She is also a member of the Center’s program committee. She is a board member with the collaborative venture between the Center and Rifton with MOVE® (Mobility Opportunities Via Education/Experience).