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Leadership

Executive Officers

Maria Cristalli

Maria Cristalli

President and Chief Executive Officer

Maria has held a variety of leadership positions since joining the agency in 1991. She is responsible for the overall leadership and administration of a team of nearly 2,000 individuals working for youth and families in New York and Maryland. Hillside is one of the largest family and children’s services agencies, and the most diversely funded and geographically diverse agency of its kind, in New York State.

Maria Cristalli

Elizabeth Nolan

Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth provides leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that Hillside has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and systems in place to insure growth, financial strength and operational efficiency.

Maria Cristalli

Cindy Odom

Chief Advancement Officer

Cindy owns executive-level responsibility for Hillside’s philanthropy and organizational positioning. As the leader of the Hillside Foundation and the agency’s Communications & Marketing team, she develops and executes wide-ranging programs that drive community engagement and secure ongoing support for Hillside’s mission.

Maria Cristalli

Christopher Peterson

Chief Financial Officer

Chris’ responsibilities include providing comprehensive fiscal analysis and oversight for Hillside. As a member of the Chief Executive Team, he plays a lead role in charting the organization’s future and fiscal wellbeing.

Maria Cristalli

Darlene Ryan

Chief Performance Officer

Darlene’s responsibilities focus on the models, practices, supporting tools and processes that drive positive outcomes for youth and families served by Hillside. She also leads Hillside’s Practice and Performance Excellence Group, which includes the Research, Business Intelligence, Quality, Risk Management and Data Integration teams.

Our Boards

Our Board members provide essential governance and input, informed by years of experience in leadership and community advocacy. We deeply appreciate their dedicated service.

HILLSIDE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

OFFICERS

Richard J. Gangemi, MD
Chair

Jill Knittel
Vice Chair

James C. Haefner
Treasurer

Monica L. Monte
Secretary

Edward White
Past Chair

Maria E. Cristalli
President & CEO

GOVERNORS

Virginia Biesiada O’Neill

H. Todd Bullard

Nancy L. Castro, EdD

Caroline A. Critchlow, EdD

Christopher B. Eckert

Richard Feldman, PhD

Melissa N. Gardner

Cecilia Griffin Golden, PhD

Portia Y. James

Anne L. Komanecky

Duncan T. Moore, PhD

Richard C. Notargiacomo

Christopher J. Richardson, DO, FACOS

Leonard J. Shute

GOVERNORS EMERITI

Roger B. Friedlander

Robert B. Stiles

HILLSIDE FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

OFFICERS

Anne L. Komanecky
Chair and Treasurer

Richard J. Gangemi, MD
Vice Chair

Maria E. Cristalli
Secretary

Regional Advisory Councils

With Hillside’s broad geographic reach, community-based perspectives are essential. Our Advisory Council members help us remain responsive to the diverse needs of the communities we serve.

BINGHAMTON

Tracey Fish
Melissa Hardesty
Jeffrey Jacobs
Suzanne McLeod
Carla Murray-Scott
Nicole Rouhana

GREATER BATH

Sergeant Michael Buchinger
Brooke Bradt
Deborah Daum
Edna Kayes
Tracey McCaughey
John McNelis
Jo Slovak
Teresa Stever
David Sutton

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

Gable Barmer
Kirk Blackman
Gloria Brown
Henry Davis
Ayana Douglas
Mike Gorski
Howard Stone, Jr.

SYRACUSE

Jaime Alicea
Maritza Alvarado, MD
Amy Kremenek
Robert Linn
Vincent Love
Tim McDevitt
Lisa Mondello
Virginia Biesiada O’Neill
Jonathan Stadin

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