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.
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 joined LaSalle School team 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 leads performance and quality improvement initiatives including outcomes-oriented approaches to programs and works with agency staff to maintain compliance with best standard practices and regulations. He also serves as Compliance Officer.
Mark 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. He works closely with agency leadership and the Board of Trustees on strategic efforts related to emerging trends to create new opportunities for services and meaningful outcomes for youth and families.
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 in Albany, NY.
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 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.
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.
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.
Katherine Perez joined the LaSalle team in October 2022 as the Director of the Brothers House Unaccompanied Children Residential Program (UC). Katherine has a strong record of community involvement, especially with the Latinx and immigrant population from the Capital Region. This experience has allowed her to develop a unique understanding of the needs of this community and how best to provide the necessary support.
In her current role, Katherine is responsible for the development of a UC program, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. This program aims to provide short-term shelter and family reunification services to male youths between the ages of 12 and 17; who are under the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Along with these services, the program will provide educational, therapeutic, recreational, religious/spiritual, and medical services to ensure the comprehensive care of the children in their care. Overall, Katherine’s extensive experience and commitment to serving the needs of the community will undoubtedly be instrumental in providing high-quality services to the young boys in the UC program.
Katherine earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and her master’s degree from the School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany in 2016.
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.
Mariama Jalloh joined the LaSalle team in January 2023 as the Director of Staff Development & Diversity. In this role, Mariama is responsible for promoting the adoption and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles across all aspects of agency programming. She designs and delivers core agency trainings, coordinates the use of internal and external trainers, and maintains comprehensive training records to ensure compliance with all mandates and staff competency. She coordinates, supports, and indirectly supervises all agency staff serving as trainers, and participates in the preparation and delivery of presentations at statewide, regional, and national conferences.
As a member of the Restraint Reduction Committees, she monitors all restraint documentation, and supports agency efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of physical interventions. Mariama graduated from New York Medical College with an MPH in Health Policy and Management.
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.