David Wallace joined LaSalle’s staff in 2004 and is currently serving as executive director. While at LaSalle. Mr. Wallace has served as director of clinical services and associate executive director for Program Development until his most current appointment in February 2018.
With over 20 years of experience in child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice, Mr. Wallace is a nationally recognized expert in treating youth and families who have experienced sexual abuse and complex trauma. As an active trainer, Mr. Wallace has presented to audiences throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on the topics of trauma, clinical best practices, and behavioral health policy. Mr. Wallace 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.
He earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany, and 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 with psychotherapy privileges.
The first licensed clinician to serve as LaSalle’s executive director, Mr. Wallace is the 24th executive to serve in this position following 22 Christian Brothers and immediately succeeding Bill Wolff, AFSC, the agency’s first lay executive director.
Andrew Joslin joined LaSalle’s staff in 2017. He is currently LaSalle’s associate executive director for Finance. Mr. Joslin 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, Mr. Joslin 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, Mr. Joslin 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. Mr. Joslin’s efforts were recognized by his peers and the Albany Business Review in 2013 with the CFO of the Year award.
Andrew 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’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. Mr. Silverbush 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. Mr. Silverbush 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, Mr. Silverbush 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.
He 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.
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.
Ms. McManus currently maintains a private practice in Albany, NY. In addition to her work as a therapist, Ms. McManus provides training and consultation services regionally and nationally on trauma informed care, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), sexually harmful behavior, vicarious trauma and self-care. Ms. McManus 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, Ms. McManus worked with St. Anne Institute’s community based services program providing specialized treatment for children, adolescents and adults affected by trauma and sexual abuse.
Ms. McManus earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany, NY.
Marilyn Saunders joined LaSalle’s staff in 2008, and is currently the Director of Educational Services. While at LaSalle, Mrs. Saunders 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, Mrs. Saunders 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.
Mrs. Saunders was named 2019 Lasallian Educator of the Year at the Founder’s Week staff and student awards assembly on May 14, 2019.
Jessica Repko joined LaSalle’s staff in 2005, 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, Ms. Repko is responsible for making clinical assessments and placement determinations for all residential and day education admissions, supervising three full time licensed social workers in the Aftercare program, managing the residential and day education census, participating on LaSalle’s Service Management Team and Clinic Supervisory Team.
Before her current position, Ms. Repko worked as a Community Connections social worker prior to supervising the program which supports youth and families participating in residential and day education programming. Her knowledge and experience has grown to include outpatient and inpatient substance abuse counseling as well as work as a private mental health practitioner. Ms. Repko 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.
She 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 joined LaSalle’s staff in 2019 with over 15 years of professional fundraising experience. She is currently LaSalle’s director of Development graduating from The College of Saint Rose in 2003 with a degree in Public Relations. Katie started her fundraising career at her alma mater in 2004. 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 and individual donors.
Camela Hughes joined LaSalle’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. Dr. Hughes actively presents on these topics at regional and national conferences for organizations including the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and the American Society of Criminology. She represented LaSalle School in the ‘Change in Mind’ brain science cohort sponsored by the national Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.
In addition to her work at LaSalle, Dr. Hughes is an adjunct professor in the University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice, and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She is the data and research analyst for ‘1Life2Live,’ a program run by Youth Life Support Network, Inc. in Schenectady, NY.
Dr. Hughes earned bachelor 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.
Ian Spencer joined LaSalle’s staff in 2013, and is currently the director of the Juvenile Reporting and Family Center. He 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 a youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system while maintaining the youth’s connection to his or her community.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Spencer was a program director for six years with the Boys and 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. Mr. Spencer received a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in History from Brock University.
He is currently serving on the Juvenile Justice Steering Committee for Albany County as well as the Alternative to Detention work group. As a member of the executive committee of the Capital Region Youth Juvenile Justice Team, Mr. Spencer serves on the Restorative Justice and Disproportionate Minority Contact work group, and is co-chair of the Youth and Family Engagement work group. He also serves on New York State’s After-Hours Detention Risk Assessment subcommittee.