Meet our Staff!
|Peter Dolan, MPA||Executive Director
I started my career working direct care in Long Island while finishing my undergraduate degree. I came to SDC as a Medicaid Service Coordinator in 2002. Each day working in this field brings a new experience and I have grown both personally and professionally along the way. I was promoted to MSC Supervisor, and later to Program Director. My first two mentors, Mary Bonsignore and Terry O’Neill, both former Executive Directors and founders of SDC, had a passion for serving individuals with developmental disabilities. I hope to honor them by continuing their vision as I lead SDC as a newly appointed Executive Director.
|Sarah Andrew, LMSW||Special Project & Clinical Coordinator
I joined SDC as a part-time employee in the Summer of 2012 providing grant support on special projects such as “The Green Roof Project”. A year later I was offered a full-time position with SDC as the Special Project and Clinical coordinator and I was thrilled to join SDC full-time. I have implemented a monthly training program for all staff, sought funding for all programs by writing and submitting grants, and provided clinical expertise during crisis interventions and through clinical coordination. I also provide therapy to individuals with developmental disabilities at a similar agency. I was attracted to working in this field having grown up with a close family member with a developmental disability. I enjoy promoting growth and development that leads to a more independent lifestyle in individuals with developmental disabilities. I am proud to be a part of the SDC family!
|Antonio Gianfrancesco||Chief Financial Officer
I started working with SDC in 2007 as the chief financial officer. During my time here, I have enjoyed learning about the field of developmental disabilities. It has been a pleasure working with both the staff and residents at SDC. My experience at SDC has been unique in that I have not only grown in the financial world but have also had the opportunity to get to know each individual personally. Getting to see the impact that our agency has on the lives of these individuals makes my job both rewarding and fulfilling.
|Anthony Niver||Quality Assurance Analyst
I have been with SDC since 2001. My previous work experience includes 7 years working preadolescents with ADD and 16 years with individuals with physical disabilities. I am currently responsible for Quality Assurance compliance. My focus is to make certain that every consumer, either residing in, or training at SDC is treated with dignity and respect in a safe environment. I firmly believe that when people are offered a structured, supportive environment which encourages good decision making and self advocacy, that they become more independent and less vulnerable. I look forward to my continued work with SDC.
|Crusita Ramos||Family Support Director
I have worked with SDC since 2000. I began as a DSP at the Fieldston Residence. At Fieldston I had the opportunity to assist each individual in reaching a personal goal, which was very rewarding for me. In 2005, I was given the opportunity to coordinate the agency’s family support program “We are Family,” which provides information and training to parents and individuals with developmental disabilities. This is very rewarding for me. It gives me the chance to meet exciting, new people each month. If you are a self advocate or have a member living with a developmental disability, please come join us at our monthly meeting.
|Luis Torres||Human Resources Director
I started my career in the field of developmental disabilities as a DSP in 1981. I remained in this field and have had the experience of many different positions such as Residence Manager, Medicaid Service Coordinator and my present position as Director of Human Resources and Staff Training at SDC. I feel I have a wealth of knowledge to share and my present position allows me to do so with all the direct support professionals at SDC. I look forward to helping advance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and to supporting our staff members who make a direct impact on the lives of our residents and participants on a daily basis.
Evening Respite Personnel
|Kebbi Almonte||Evening Respite Director
I began working with SDC as both a DSP and as an MSC. Being employed for these two positions granted me wonderful opportunities. As a DSP, I assisted the residents in Sylvan with their living skills in an effort to increase their independence. I also built a lasting relationship with each of them. As an MSC, I play a vital role in the advocacy of individuals. Every day is an interesting learning experience for me. I look forward to my future with this agency and to advocating for the families I serve.
|Genesis Flores||Direct Support Professional
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|Tomas Quezada||Direct Support Professional
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Medicaid Service Coordinator Personnel
Fieldston Direct Care Personnel
|Juan Moquete||Fieldston Residence Manager
I have been working at SDC since 2008. My experience with SDC began as a DSP, where I worked various shifts and got to know all of the individuals at the Sylvan and Fieldston residences. I became very knowledgeable of all the individuals and confident that I had what it takes to be a manager. When the Managers position at Fieldston became available, I applied and was given the opportunity to prove my worth. I give credit to administration, which acknowledges hard work and prefers to hire from within, which provides a career ladder and opportunity for growth in the field I love. I look forward to continuing my career with SDC.
|Deborah Agosto||Direct Support Professional and Chef
I am a graduate from Star Career Academy of Culinary Arts. I have been cooking at the Fieldston Residence since 2012. Healthy, healthy, healthy food is my motto. I love getting the individuals involved in planning nutritious food menus and assisting with shopping and preparation. SDC has been a very enjoyable workplace and I plan on making it a lifelong experience. Cooking has always been my enjoyment and the individuals at Fieldston are a pleasure to work with and cook for.
|Yvette Almodovar||Direct Support Professional
I have worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1984 and I began working with the residents in Fieldston in 2000. I started as a DSP with the female residents, who each had individualized needs. My current title is Assistant Manager/DSP and I also assist with our family support group, We are Family! Working in this field just feels right for me. As a mother of an adult son with a developmental disability, I understand the unique needs of this population. I care for my residents with the same quality of care that I expect to be afforded to my son. I plan is to stay with SDC until I am ready to retire.
|Margaret Alvarez||Direct Support Professional
I have worked with SDC as a DSP since its opening in 2000. I look forward to coming in to work each day to talk with and see the individuals in my care. Everyday I make a point to ask each of the individuals in my care how they are feeling and if there is anything that they want or need. I love each of them as a family member.
|Denise Carlos||Direct Support Professional
I started working in this field as a DSP in 2001. In 2004, I joined SDC also as a DSP. I have first-hand experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. My son is diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. Having a son with Downs Syndrome encouraged me to get involved as a professional in this field because I witnessed first-hand the negative experience that people with disabilities encounter on a daily level. I would like to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and specifically with the individuals I work with at SDC. I hope to surround them with a positive, supportive environment that builds confidence in their character and encourages them to be proud of who they are.
|Cheryl Jackson||Direct Support Professional
I have been working with SDC since 2000. I have over 20 years experience working in the field of developmental disabilities. I have worked with the women at Fieldston and through the years have gotten to know them as family. SDC is an agency that believes in each individual it cares for and all the employees they hire. Each individual and family member who resides in an SDC residence has the ability to voice their opinion and their opinions are heard. Each staff is given an opportunity to be a voice and their voices are the driving factor to most policy changes. My longevity speaks for my enjoyment working with an agency that cares about both the individuals who receive care and the staff who provide this needed care.
|Carolyn Nelson||Direct Support Professional and Chef
My name is Carolyn Nelson, I have been cooking at the Fieldston residence for 13 years. It is a joy to cook for easy to please individuals, and always a pleasure to see them ask for seconds. I have found a place to work where I appreciate the working environment and the individuals appreciate my cooking. I plan to work with SDC until I retire, but that wont be anytime soon as I am having too much fun to change my lifestyle at this time.
|Rafael Quezada||Direct Support Professional
I have been working at the Fieldston residence since 2012. It didnt take long for me to build close relationships with the individuals I work with as they were very receptive to me right from the start. The staff has also been very receptive to my involvement with planning and in taking my opinion into consideration when planning daily operations of the residence. I enjoy working at SDC and am appreciative that administration has been both supportive and encouraging toward my decision to continue my college education, by arranging my schedule around my class schedule. SDC understands that furthering my education will benefit the organization, as well as give me opportunities to expand my career within this field. SDC has offered me a supportive and enjoyable place to work, which I am grateful for.
|Eugene Sinlao||Direct Support Professional
I have been working as a DSP in the Fieldston Residence since 2001. My interest in the field of Developmental Disabilities started when I worked as a physiotherapist for individuals with cerebral palsy in my native home in the Philippines. It brings me much fulfillment to see the individuals in my care functioning at their utmost potential. Through my supportive guidance, I offer the individuals I serve a safe environment where they are never treated like they are different, so that they can grow as individuals and as members of their local community. Through my work, I hope to contribute pertinent information that can help improve this field in the future.
Sylvan Direct Care Personnel
|Michael Navarro||Sylvan Residence Manager
I have been with SDC since 2004. I started my career at SDC as a DSP working all shifts and learning as much as I could. I have utilized my knowledge and experience at SDC to further my growth by accepting the managers position at the Sylvan residence. I have been managing Sylvan since 2012. This opportunity has given me a chance to strengthen my managerial skills, as well as teach my staff what I have learned to provide the best care possible. I have enjoyed my experience with SDC and anticipate a long lasting relationship as both the agency and I continue to grow.
|Chris Almonte||Direct Support Professional
I have been working at SDC since 2010. I work during the evenings and weekends at the Sylvan Ave residence. I have gotten to know the individuals at Sylvan and feel there is a wonderful relationship between the residents and staff. I have been fortunate to work with the same staff for a long period of time so the comfort level for both residents and staff is excellent. The residence operates for the individuals and by the individuals. It is a very enjoyable place to work.
|Edna Josey||Direct Support Professional
I have been working with SDC since 2004 at the Sylvan Ave residence. I feel I have been given a chance to grow with SDC. I have made myself available to learn as much about SDC as I can and feel confident that it is growing in the right direction. I have learned a lot about the individuals at Sylvan and enjoy working with them every day. It has been an interesting experience getting to know the residents and although there have been trying times, the rewards have outweighed the difficult days. I enjoy my job and look forward to continuing my career with SDC.
|La-Tisha Lanclos||Direct Support Professional and Chef
I have been working at SDC since 2007. I work as the cook/housekeeper/DSP at the Sylvan residence. I enjoy cooking for the individuals at Sylvan and am proud of the assistance each of the individuals volunteer. The guys love to cook with me and participate in menu planning and grocery shopping. I particularly enjoy birthdays and holidays when the individuals plan a special dinner in the honor of the birthday boy or holiday. SDC has been a wonderful place to work and I feel good each and every time I come to work.
|Anthony Oduekun||Direct Support Professional
I have been working with SDC since 2001 as a DSP at the Sylvan Residence. I work the overnight shift, so I see the guys early every morning, and assist them in preparing for their daily activities. Based on my years of service, it is obvious that I not only enjoy the individuals at Sylvan, but I also enjoy working with SDC. I have enjoyed participating in the planning of how the residence is run and feel like an integral part of the individuals lives in my care. I intend to continue this journey for a long time to come.
|Carl Reid||Direct Support Professional
I have worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1982. I am also the father of an adult son with a developmental disability and I am very active in his life. I joined SDC in 2000 as a DSP and worked at Fieldston. I enjoyed becoming a part of this community and getting to know each of the individuals there by helping each achieve their goals. I then took the same energy to the Sylvan Residence, where I worked for five years. Having a son with a developmental disability along with my passion to serve this population has ultimately led to a very rich and rewarding experience for me. I plan to work with SDC until I am ready to retire.
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|Heidi Gonzalez||Sylvan Medical Coordinator
I have been working with SDC since 2007 as a DSP at the Sylvan Residence. I work the evening shift. Each person has their own routine and encouraging them to complete their routine is of the utmost importance during this shift. The evening staff have worked together for many years, and we have built an outstanding relationship with all of the individuals at Sylvan. This has made our job easier as we have been accepted by each individual at the residence. I enjoy working at SDC because I have a voice in the operations at Sylvan and in various agency policies. I feel like an integral part in the operations of SDC.
I have been working at SDC since 2009. I am a Registered Nurse and work with both the Fieldston and Sylvan residents. During my time with SDC, I have worked closely with each individual and all of the staff who provide care for these individuals. We emphasize promoting health and safety, as well as understanding the individual health and safety needs of each of our residents. I closely monitor all medical appointments as and believe that teaching staff to advocate during doctor visits, and understanding signs and symptoms of illness is key to a well-run medical program. The Agency allows me to take charge and views my opinion as instrumental in policy changes.
|José Sanchez||Fieldston Medical Coordinator
I have been working at SDC since 2009. I am the Medical Coordinator at the Sylvan Ave residence. I work directly under the R.N.s supervision and accompany every individual on their medical appointments. I am very active in each individuals health and encourage nutritious eating and exercise. Starting at SDC as a DSP gave me an opportunity to build a relationship with all the individuals, which helped when I was offered the Medical Coordinator position. I am presently attending college and plan on continuing my education with expectations of utilizing the SDC career ladder. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience working with SDC.
Day Program Personnel
|Hector Natal||Maintenance Professional
I joined SDC in 2012. In my younger years, I served as a communications equipment operator in the military for four years. Following this time, I worked in the engineering department at St. Luke’s Hospital for the 13 years, then joined the engineering department at Fordham University. Next, I joined the New York City police department as a police officer, and eventually retired from the NYPD as a detective. SDC has been a great opportunity following my retirement. The staff is a pleasure to work with, and I thoroughly enjoy serving the individuals who live in the residences I maintain.
Weekend Respite Personnel