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WHO WE ARE 

our Financials and corporate compliance policy

Executive Staff

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Peter Newkirk
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
VOLUNTEER

Mr. Newkirk was named CEO in January of 2018. He holds a BA from Hamilton College and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. Prior to this position, he co-founded Newkirk Products, Inc., a tax and legal publishing company located in Albany, NY. After retiring in 2014, he has gained valuable experience volunteering with the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS) He established the Capital Region Furniture Bank and greatly expanded the weekend backpack feeding program for the Albany School District. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and being active.

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Jennifer Neifeld
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Treatment (Albany &
Glens Falls, NY)

Jennifer is a “Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Use Counselor (CASAC)” and a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach. She has worked in various positions within the agency since 2007. Jennifer was nominated as the Rural Health Champion of the Year in 2019. She is extremely integrated within her role promoting additional services that will benefit the communities and enhance services in the Capital Region.

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Peter Kelsey
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Housing (Albany, NY)

Mr. Kelsey holds an MBA, and has been with PYHIT for 35 years. He is an intricate part of the senior management team and is responsible for home meal, housing, and employment/ vocational programs. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and camping.

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Margie Reilly
EVENTS COORDINATOR
Peter G. Young Foundation (Albany, NY)

Margie Reilly has her BS Degree from the College of Saint Rose and has been with the organization for the past 8 years. She is in charge of all fundraising for the Foundation, including year-end letter, annual report for donors, craft fair, concerts and our biggest fundraiser, the annual Saratoga Gala. She was the former Director of Development for the Academy of the Holy Names.

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Becky Rosen
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Becky joined the agency in April of 2019. She has multiple degrees from SUNY Buffalo in Statistics and Sociology, and SUNY New Paltz in Accounting. With over 25 years’ experience in Accounting and a concentration in the non-profit and property management industries; Becky plays a key role in the agency’s financial processes by developing financial solutions to help the agency grow while continuing its mission. She enjoys talking with those that have gone through the programs and hearing how the program has helped them overcome their dependencies. In her free time, Becky values time with family and friends, loves animals, especially her cat Cocoa. She also enjoys crafting, in particular needlepoint, cross-stitch and latch hook and water activities.

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Erin Gardner
DIRECTOR OF RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Erin Gardner has a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Social Welfare at SUNY Albany. She has been with the organization for almost four years. Starting off with creating the monthly newsletter for the residents at the Schuyler Inn, her role has grown to encompass grant writing, interagency collaboration and coordination, website redesign, and fund management. She has extensive experience with federal, state, and local funding opportunities and the management of contracts with local, state, and federal entities. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks, meeting new people, and spending time with her dog, Ginnie Mae.

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PAM MASON
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Pam joined our team in January of 2018 as our Accounts Payable Manager.  She transitioned to our Director of Human Resources in September of 2018.  She brings 25 years of corporate management experience to the position.  With half of that time being dedicated to not-for-profit agencies.  Pam’s philosophy is to not only act as an agent of the agency but also the employee.  Historically, HR representatives concentrate more on the agencies needs and less on the employee’s needs.  Pam has been often found being the ear when someone needs to be heard and a strong resource for staff and managers who need assistance.  She is constantly finding new ways to help support the staff by offering updated benefit options and bringing back our retirement plan. Pam is very active with the youth in the community.  She has coached Pop Warner Cheer for over 21 years successfully bringing 4 teams to Nationals in the last 6 years.  She currently runs the cheer program here in Schenectady after coaching over 10 years in the city of Albany.

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Ricky Thompson
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)

Ricky Thompson attended SUNY Buffalo State College. After working with several different New York State agencies, he retired and found his calling with the Altamont Program, Inc. Over the last 8 years, he has engaged in many roles including Janitorial instruction and working within the Parole Diversion program. Currently, he oversees all Information Technology tasks and responsibilities. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, has a passion for sports, especially the New York Jets. He loves the mission of the agency and is gratified by all the success stories.

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Jerry Haldeman
FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Jerry is currently the Financial Consultant for the agency and was previously the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to that, he spent 8 years in the United States Air Force and was the Chief Financial Officer for a health care organization for 30 years. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, landscaping, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoys winter vacation in Florida and vacation in Maine in the Fall.

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Nicholas Kurtessis
CORPORATE COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Nicholas has over 35 years of experience working with an agency that is charged with ensuring the safety and well-being of children by assisting caregivers in developing a safe and stable environment for them known as Child Protective Services. He also worked at Saint Catherine’s Center for Children for four years as the Associate Executive Director in which he provided administrative oversight to the Foster Care and Residential Programs. He currently is responsible for ensuring that the organization is in compliance with both external and internal policies and bylaws.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kevin Luibrand

BOARD PRESIDENT

Kevin Luibrand is a Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Attorney who represents people whose civil rights have been violated or have been accused of wrongdoing. He has been involved with the Board for approximately three years.

William Hennessey

VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY

William Hennessey is currently a licensed Mechanical and Civil engineer who plans and supervises a variety of engineering projects throughout New York State. He plays an integral role in ensuring that our properties and buildings are up to code, safe, and healthy for the residents that we serve.

James Morrell

TREASURER

Chief Operating Officer and Principal Owner of multiple businesses including hotels, radio stations, and car dealerships.

Donna Langan

BOARD MEMBER

Donna is a retired New York State (NYS) legislative assistant for NYS.

James Stone

BOARD MEMBER

James is the former Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

    David champlin

BOARD MEMBER

Dave is a retired non-profit executive with over forty years of experience with the Salvation Army, primarily with assignments in upstate New York. Most recently, he was the Property Secretary where he was the primary contact between management, supervisors and various departments for the day-to-day coordination of facility related maintenance and property repairs. He is a U.S. Army veteran having served with the 101st Airborne Division.