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FALL 2011




College Experience Program Class of 2011 graduates Dan Peterson, Jessica Lewis, Tony Baris and Connor McEvoy take steps out of college and into independence.

Jessica Lewis, Dan Peterson (back row) Connor McEvoy and Tony Baris hosted a celebratory backyard barbeque, inviting all of the CEP students, alumni and staff for an afternoon of friendship and fun.

Meeting Life’s Challenges


Recently, our agency experienced the first major revenue reduction by New York State. As NYS is attempting to balance its budget this year, it has made rather significant cuts to our program and to many others statewide. Over the next year, our organization will be facing unprecedented financial challenges in regard to meeting needs due to this revenue reduction.

Living Resources has been conducting its Annual Family Survey for over 20 years now. The answers provided give me a true reflection of how families feel we are doing at caring for, supporting, and helping their loved ones to lead full and productive lives. We just We are committed to continuing with completed our most recent the services we presently provide as survey, and it is clear that we look for more efficient ways to do we have been successful in all that is required of us. However, doing our jobs. Some of the meeting the needs of people that are comments that we received not currently receiving services is a from families on our Annual far greater challenge. I am greatly Survey include: “We are so concerned about our ability to happy with the care and life advocate for families and children that Living Resources provides who are looking for services and for its consumers (I think family Fredrick W. Erlich support now and in the future. Chief Executive Officer is a better term),” and “As we continue to fill out these surveys, We need to stick to our mission and be a true partner it becomes difficult to find new ways in meeting the needs of the 1,237 individuals we are to say ‘Bravo’ and ‘Well done’.” helping and also to be a good employer for our 700+ staff. As a mature organization established in 1974, In reading the survey results, speaking to families, we have accomplished many great things and have visiting with the individuals we serve and staff always looked for the support of private and members, I feel very good about our programs and community partners to assist us in accomplishing accomplishments: our mission and opening doors for individuals in need. Ultimately, this is who we are. More than ever • We continue to vigorously pursue the College we need your support. Experience Program, a partnership with the College of Saint Rose. Every year we graduate Your belief in us is demonstrated by your positive students who receive a two year certificate and comments and praise for our programs and services, become independent, employed, and develop and through your generous gifts of your time, talent, friends for life. and treasure. We thank each and every one of you for being a part of our continuing success. • Our smart house for physically disabled and elderly individuals is nearing the end of the design phase, and we will be breaking ground and begin construction within the next several months. • In this newsletter and in our 2010 Annual Report you can read some wonderful stories about the individuals we are honored to serve.



Friends and Family “Living Resources is truly a jewel that enhances the lives of all that live in our community. You can depend on them for creative, innovative and cost-effective programming to provide the model for extraordinary human service for our Capital Region.” — John Murray President and CEO Rose & Kiernan, Inc.

John Murray and Rose & Kiernan are longtime friends and supporters of Living Resources.

Participants in Living Resources After School Program celebrated the end of the school year with their annual picnic, held at Cook Park in Colonie. Program coordinator Kathy Condon presented each of the kids with a certificate highlighting their accomplishments. Here, Willie Simms Wilday is all smiles accepting his certificate.


LIVING RESOURCES — Friends and Family

Rose & Kiernan, Inc. were the winners of the Living Resources 2011 Golf Tournament. The trophy will be engraved with their names and displayed at Rose & Kiernan’s offices until next year’s tournament. (L-R) Jim Lozano of CFO for Hire; Brennen Parker and Jason Ellis of Rose & Kiernan and Ken Stall of Columbia County ARC. LIVING RESOURCES 2ND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT The Helderberg Mountains provided a beautiful backdrop as 144 golfers headed out to the links for Living Resources 2nd Annual Golf Tournament, held at the Orchard Creek Golf Course in Altamont, NY on June 17th. This year’s event raised over $31,000, an increase of nearly $11,000 from last year, with all proceeds going directly to Living Resources programs and services. Thank you to this year’s sponsors, including Title Sponsor Ameriprise Financial, Matching Gifts Sponsor Marshall and Sterling and Corporate Challenge Sponsor Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Channel 13 Anchor Benita Zahn was the emcee for the 2011 Capital District Brain Injury Awareness Day, held at Tawasentha Park in Guilderland this August. Bob DeSormeau of the Living Resources Brain Injury Program IAM group (Injury Acceptance Maturation) shared hosting duties.


LIVING RESOURCES — Friends and Family

Carriage House Artist Heidi Schroder received two special honors for her artwork this summer. First, her painting “Porcupine” won the Spirit Award at Voice! 7, a prestigious statewide competition for artists with disabilities, then, her artwork, “Squirrel” (shown here) was selected by the Down Syndrome Footprint Foundation to be reproduced on greeting cards sold in their online store. Congratulations, Heidi!

Maria Seebacher donned her clowning gear to become her alter-ego “Goofball” (in blue and yellow striped shirt) at a behindthe-scenes meet and greet with the clowns of the Ringling BrothersBarnum and Bailey Circus this spring.

LIVING RESOURCES NAMED 2011 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR BY THE TECH VALLEY NONPROFIT BUSINESS COUNCIL The Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce’s Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council has selected Living Resources as its 2011 Nonprofit of the Year in the 75+ Employees category. Chosen from a broad field of Capital Region nonprofits, Living Resources is honored to receive this award, which will be presented at a luncheon at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany on Tuesday, November 22nd.


LIVING RESOURCES — Friends and Family

FOREIGN EXCHANGE In 2010, Living Resources CEO traveled to China to speak to disability service agencies about ways to improve and modernize their services. In September, a Chinese delegation came to Living Resources to learn about creating employment programs for individuals with disabilities. (L-R) Junjuan Zou, Guanyi Tang, Fred Erlich, Xiaogeng Wang and Jinshui Zhang , Director of International Business Development at NYS Small Business Development Center in Albany.

Angie Longo, who lives in one of Living Resources’ residences in Westchester County, celebrates her birthday with staff members Deserene Carroll and Ginger Levner.

Friends Elizabeth Ryan, Phoebe Hester and Danielle Livingston strike a pose at the Valentine’s Dance in February.


HONORARY AND MEMORIAL GIFTS TO LIVING RESOURCES January 1, 2011 - August 31, 2011 The following donors have chosen to pay tribute to a loved one through a gift to Living Resources. Thank you, family members and friends, for your vote of confidence in our services and for honoring our work with your generous contributions. Only with your help can we continue to meet the challenges facing individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries. GIFTS MADE IN HONOR OF: Matt Antonucci’s birthday from Carolyn & Anthony Antonucci Jeanne Conboy’s 80th birthday from The Chmuras Janet E. Hans Jay & Cathy Hans Jim & Kim Hans The McCutchen Family Ed & Chick O’Haire The Wasserbach Family Kim Del Signore’s birthday from Bob & Kathy Del Signore Andrew Draffen from Jack & Barbara Draffen Mark Eberhard from Christa & Roland Eberhard James Kenneally from Thomas Ciampa Christopher Long’s 29th birthday from Lynne & Michael Long Chris Malossi from Dolores Malossi Denise K. Martinez from Darlana C. Martinez & Sally M. Kipper John James Murphy from Carmella Murphy Judy Navickas’ birthday from Richard A. Fuerst, Esq. Dottie Stevens’ birthday from Richard A. Fuerst, Esq. GIFTS MADE IN MEMORY OF: Louis Bonan from Albert & Dolores Bonan Nancy Helene Dixon from Estate of Katherine P. Dixon Derek Kuhland from Lester & Sally Perlee Grace “Dolly” Marrazzo from Mayor Robert M. Blais Ellen Bombard Rich & Anne Boyle

Dr. & Mrs. Dennis W. Cronin Lorraine Cummings The Dalsey Family Tony & Katie DeCrescenzo Department of Teacher Education at The College of Saint Rose Betty Dewey The Dillon Family Eileen Donohue Deb Duell Bob & Joan Gress Tom & Terry Haggerty Gail Greet Hannah Tina Harding John & Carol Hausen Dave & Ellen Hoover Josh Kelly Katie Kelly Tom & Kathy Kinsella Maggie Kirwin Drs. Stephen & Katherine Lobban Phil & Marguerite Lodico Joseph & Carol Marrazzo Ron & Sharon McBride John & Joan McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. Richard Michel Dave Morrissey Sandi Olson John & Kathy Reyen Louis & Margaret Ricci Jane Riek Fred & Sheila Silber Toby Slyman Patti Turner Tim & Bonnie Unser Anna Verdichizzi David & Joan Wiedeman Eileen Wigley Stanley & Constance Wilczopolski Richard & Kathie Wunderlich Kevin J. O’Brien from Margaret A. Tucker

Dr. James Otto from Jeanne & Jim Conboy Lee Ann Stenard from Marianne & Andrew Cook Mr. and Mrs. Nakalma Bob & Keiko Stenard Robert & Elsie Stenard Martha Stenard from Burnt Hills Day Care Susan Hoetker Mary Ann Krieger Grace N. Thayer Nadia Trinkala from Joan Marie Alix Michael & Christine Antonio Lois & Bruce Bailey Martin Benjamin Diane M. Deacon Robert H. Enman Martin Lewis Grace Hilt Mack & Thomas Mack Steven & Susan Moore Jennifer J. Stah Kevin Walsh Edward W. Wray from Lyn, Bruce, Cheryl & Brian Perry

A listing of all donations received by Living Resources is published yearly in our Annual Report, available on-line at To view, click “Publication Archive” under Quick Links.



GE Matching Gifts GE Employees, retirees, surviving spouses and Directors can have their gifts matched dollar-for-dollar. Visit or call 800-305-0669 for more information.

Meeting Life’s Challenges

300 Washington Avenue Extension Albany, NY 12203-7303

PAID Albany, NY Permit No. 950

State Employees Living Resources participates in the State Employees Federated Appeal. Our code number 5000202 covers all counties in the Capital Region.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers John S. Delaney,* President Bonita Sanchez,* Vice President Richard T. Cody,* Treasurer Rowie Taylor, Secretary

FOUNDATION DIRECTORS Officers John G. Walsh, President Richard A. Fuerst, Esq., Vice President Peter J. Cornell, Treasurer Drue Sanders, Secretary

Board Members Vladia C. Boniewski* Robert Bylancik William Davies Sara Erickson Judy Fruiterman Dr. Philip Fusco Christopher Greagan Kristen McVeigh-Parente Jim Riccardi Elizabeth Squires John Sullivan Paul C. Valente* Robert Wakeman Patricia Williams

Board Members Raymond A. Bleser, Jr. Jill Braverman-Panza, M.D. Maggie Kirwin, Ed.D. Robert W. Lazar Robert H. Ormerod Carolyn Peterson-Vaccaro John J. Puig Michael A. Quaranta Daniel Round Alta Schallehn Justin J. Spraker Jeffrey H. Stern, Ph.D., M.D. Catherine J. Stevens Dorothy S. Stevens Susan Thrasher, M.D., Ph.D. Christopher D. Ward Sanford J. Zimmerman

*Also on Foundation Board

HONORARY BOARD Bishop Howard J. Hubbard Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Karen B. Johnson Dale L. Miller, CMC, WGMC, AAC Sandra V. Nardoci Rabbi Scott Shpeen

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Sharing the Journey is published three times yearly by the Development and Public Affairs Departments of Living Resources. Color printing courtesy of Benchemark Printing, Inc.

Fall 2011 Newsletter  

Living Resources

Fall 2011 Newsletter  

Living Resources