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David Wallace, LCSW-R
Executive Director

Dave Wallace joined LaSalle’s staff in 2004 as a social worker and has served in many roles including Director of Clinical Services and Associate Executive Director for Program Development. In 2018, he became LaSalle’s 24th Executive Director and the first clinician to serve in this role.

With over 20 years of experience in child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice, Dave is a nationally recognized expert in treating youth and families who have experienced sexual abuse and complex trauma. As an active trainer, he presented to audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, on the topics of trauma, clinical best practices, and behavioral health policy. He also serves on a number of state and national associations, boards, and committees, all dedicated to the improvement of treatment services to youth and families with complex mental health and behavioral needs.

Dave earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Binghamton. He is licensed by the State of New York as a clinical social worker.

Andrew Joslin, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR
Associate Executive Director of Finance

Andy Joslin joined LaSalle’s staff in 2017. He is currently LaSalle’s associate executive director for Finance. Andy is responsible for providing oversight and leadership of all financial, human resources, facility and other business affairs of the organization.

Before joining the staff at LaSalle, Andy worked as the chief financial officer of Equinox, Inc.; assistant director of finance for Vanderheyden Hall, and finance manager at the Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region, Inc. Along with sitting on the board of directors for Vanderheyden, Andy provides consulting services for a number of local non-profits and was treasurer for the Town of Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. where he currently serves as deputy chief. He has been dedicated to utilizing his education and experience to continually improve the financial strength of these agencies and thereby ensuring the continuation of the services that they provide to adults, children and families in the community. Andy’s efforts were recognized by his peers and the Albany Business Review in 2013 with the CFO of the Year award.

Andy earned a master’s degree (MBA) from the Sage Graduate School, a bachelor’s degree in accounting (BS) from the Sage Colleges and an associate’s degree in accounting (AAS) from Hudson Valley Community College. He also holds the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation and is a member of the Healthcare Finance Management Association.

Mark Silverbush, LCSW-R, ACSW
Associate Executive Director of Quality, Strategy & Compliance

Mark Silverbush joined LaSalle’s staff in 1991, and has extensive experience in children and family services in various treatment and leadership roles. He is currently the associate executive director for quality, strategy and compliance. Mark oversees outcome oriented approaches to programs and services to achieve outcomes and maintain compliance with best standard practices and regulations.

He promotes effective data-driven and performance based models of quality improvement and works with agency staff and leadership to achieve the essential components of an integrated, overarching quality improvement program. Mark also works closely with leadership and the Board of Trustees on strategic planning to identify emerging trends and to create new opportunities for services and programs and meaningful outcomes for youth and families.

In April 2015, Mark was responsible for coordinating, organizing, and implementing the process resulting in LaSalle receiving high marks in all compliance standards identified by the national Council on Accreditation (COA) as being necessary for an agency’s excellence. This outcome resulted in COA’s expedited reaccreditation of LaSalle’s programs and services. COA is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization founded in 1977.

Mark earned a Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany, School of Social Welfare and Master of Science in Organization Management and Human Resources Certificate from Sage Graduate School, Albany, NY.

Camela M. Hughes, PhD
Assistant Director of Performance & Quality Improvement

Cam Hughes joined LaSalle School’s staff in 2012 and is currently the Assistant Director for Performance and Quality Improvement. Her research interests include evidence based practice, trauma informed care, and the linkages between client characteristics, treatment interventions, and outcomes for youth in treatment. Cam actively presents on these topics at regional and national conferences for organizations including the Association of Children’s Residential Centers and the American Society of Criminology.

In addition to her work at LaSalle, Cam is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Saint Rose in the School of Criminal Justice.  She is also a Data and Research Analyst for Ocean Tides in Rhode Island.

Cam earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice and Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno, and continued her work in Criminal Justice at the UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice. She was introduced to LaSalle through her graduate work with the University’s Service Outcomes Action Research (SOAR), a project designed to aid LaSalle in the development and testing of a theory of change to help determine what methods work best with which clients.

Connie DiNovo
Manager of Health Services

Connie DiNovo joined LaSalle in 1990 as a part time nurse. In 2001, she accepted the position as Nurse Manager and has been an integral part of caring for the boys at LaSalle for the past 30 years. Connie attended Maria College for nursing where she attained her associate’s degree. In 2015, Connie earned her Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2019. She joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2020 as Manager of Health Services.

Connie lives in Colonie with her husband of 33 years and has three grown children.

Dina McManus, LCSW-R
Director of Clinical Services

Dina McManus joined LaSalle’s staff in 2005, and has been a therapist in the field of sexual abuse and trauma for nearly 20 years. She is currently the Director for Clinical Services and oversees clinical staff of LaSalle’s Specialized Treatment Services Program which includes both residential and outpatient programs. Many of the youth participating in these programs have engaged in sexually harmful behavior and suffer from complex trauma and mental health issues.

Dina currently maintains a private practice in Albany, NY. In addition to her work as a therapist, Dina provides training and consultation services regionally and nationally on trauma informed care, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), sexually harmful behavior, vicarious trauma and self-care. Dina worked with Forensic Mental Health Associates in Albany, NY providing individual and group treatment for adult sexual offenders. She has been a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) both nationally and in New York State since 2005 and currently is member of the Board for NYS ATSA.

Prior to joining LaSalle School, Dina worked with St. Anne Institute’s community based services program providing specialized treatment for children, adolescents and adults affected by trauma and sexual abuse.

Dina earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany, NY.

Edward Carroll
Director of Residential Services

Ed Carroll joined the LaSalle team in 1994 as a Youth Development Specialist. During his tenure at LaSalle, Ed has held the positions of Dorm Coordinator and Residential Supervisor. In 2013, he became Director of Residential Services where he is responsible for overseeing the residential services department, in which his team of dedicated staff provide 24/7 supervision, safety, daily living skills, normative experiences and emotional care and support for up to 48 youth in care. In 2003, Ed received LaSalle’s Educator of the Year award nominated by his fellow colleagues for his dedication and service to LaSalle’s staff, youth and families.

Ed earned his Associates Degree from Hudson Valley Community College in Criminal Justice and is a 2016 graduate of the John Johnston Lasallian Leadership Institute.

Ian Spencer
Director of Alternative to Detention Services

Ian Spencer joined LaSalle’s staff in 2013 and is currently the Director of Alternative to Detention Services. Mr. Spencer is responsible for overseeing interagency alternative detention programs for youth ages 9-17 of both genders based in JRFC programs at LaSalle School, St. Catherine’s Center for Children, and St. Anne Institute. The purpose of the Juvenile Reporting and Family Center during our three-month intervention with a family is to provide a holistic approach to build and enhance the protective factors for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system while maintaining the youth’s connection to his or her community.

Before his current position, Ian was a program director for six years with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady working with youth and families in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood. He worked on average with 85 children a day at the Mont Pleasant Clubhouse site implementing a diverse program meeting the needs and interests of community youth, and helping members acquire the capacities in the following youth development outcomes: positive self-identity, competencies, community and civic involvement, health and well-being and moral compass. Ian received a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in History from Brock University.

Ian is currently serving on the Juvenile Justice Steering Committee for Albany County, has also served on a subcommittee for Alternatives to Detention. As a member of the executive committee of the Capital Region Youth Juvenile Justice Team, Ian serves on the Restorative Justice and Racial and Ethnic Disparities workgroup and Youth and Family Engagement workgroup. He currently represents the Capital Region Youth Justice team as a liaison to the state level Partnership for Youth Justice (PYJ). Working on PYJ sub-committees for Transition Aged Youth and Electronic monitoring. He has served on New York State’s After-Hours Detention Risk Assessment subcommittee.

Jessica Repko, LCSW-R
Director of Admissions

Jessica Repko joined LaSalle’s staff in 2006 and is licensed by the State of New York as a clinical social worker with psychotherapy privileges. She is currently LaSalle’s Director of Admissions. In that position, Jessica is responsible for making clinical assessments and placement determinations for all Specialized Residential, and Therapeutic Day Education admissions, and is the gateway for outpatient & community-based clinical treatment referrals. As part of the Senior Leadership team, she supports partnership & inter-departmental collaboration, managing the residential and day education census, and is a member of our Clinic Supervisory Team.

Before her current position, Jessica started as one of our Community based social workers prior which supports youth and families transitioning home from either residential and day education programming. Her knowledge and experience has grown to include outpatient and inpatient substance abuse counseling as well as her decade of work as a private mental health practitioner. Jessica has presented on creating a trauma-informed continuum of care at the National AACRC and at the New York State Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders.

Jessica earned a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the State University of New York at Albany, and her bachelor’s degree (BS) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Katie Genovese
Director of Development

Katie Genovese joined LaSalle’s staff in 2019 with over 15 years of professional fundraising experience. She is a 2003 graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a degree in Public Communications. Katie began her fundraising career at her alma mater in 2004 as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving. She has successfully raised over 12 million dollars for universities, arts institutions, and human services organizations within the local community. Through her positions, Katie has gained substantial leadership, development, major gift fundraising, campaign and grant writing experience. She is ecstatic to join the LaSalle team and looks forward to helping to market LaSalle School to local corporate, individual and community partners.

Marilyn Saunders, CASAC
Director of Educational Services

Marilyn Saunders joined LaSalle’s staff in 2008, and is currently the Director of Educational Services. While at LaSalle, Marilyn has served as a substance abuse counselor, school psychologist, IEP Coordinator, most recently as the Associate Director of Educational Services. She was appointed to the director position in January 2019.

In her current capacity, Marilyn is responsible for management and oversight of the junior-senior high school, supervises the Educational Leadership Team, and is a member of LaSalle’s Service Management Team. In addition, she is an active member of the agency wide Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies (PBIS) committee and is also a member of the local 853 coalition.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from the State University of New York at Albany. In addition, she earned her master’s degree in Education with a concentration in School Psychology from The College of Saint Rose. Currently she is completing her School Building and District Level Administration degree, with a Certificate of Graduate Studies from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Marilyn was named 2019 Lasallian Educator of the Year at the Founder’s Week staff and student awards assembly on May 14, 2019.

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