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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2023
Springbrook Announces New Board of Directors Members
Oneonta, NY: In December, the Board of Directors at Springbrook was joined by new members, Dr. Alberto J. F. Cardelle, current president of the State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta), and Mary Ann C. Krisa, an attorney based in Rochester, NY. Dr. Cardelle and Ms. Krisa have been advocates for diversity and inclusion across disciplines over the course of their respective careers. Thomas Maggs, president of the board of directors, said, “We are honored to add these esteemed colleagues to the board at this time of growth and expansion of possibilities for the people we support and our employees.”
Dr. Cardelle was the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fitchburg State University (FSU). Previously, Cardelle started his career in academia at East Stroudsburg University (ESU), where he worked as an assistant professor of public health in 1999 and later became department chair in 2001. Over the span of a 15-year career at ESU, he also served as vice-provost, dean of the Graduate College, and dean of the College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Cardelle has a background in public health policy and higher education that will provide an opportunity to “strengthen the health services offered to Springbrook, and create strong training opportunities for Springbrook providers through higher education.” He looks forward to serving the Springbrook community and the region by helping leverage resources across the community.
Ms. Krisa offers her time and professional development as a practicing attorney and long-time professional in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Krisa has supported efforts to create more diverse environments as an active member of several committees, including her role as chair of the Diversity Committee at Cornell.
Krisa had this to say about her first impressions on a visit to Springbrook: “When I visited Springbrook, I was very impressed by the level of care, engagement, and thoughtfulness of how people think and work. I’m looking forward to learning about how Springbrook came to be the way it is today, how decisions are made, and how people collaborate and work together in sometimes difficult situations.”
Krisa looks forward to using her experience of working in colleges, universities, and the law to collaborate with the board on future projects and using her background to expand Springbrook’s diversity and inclusion across the community. Krisa is a practicing attorney in New York State. Before law school, she worked in the field of higher education for ten years. Krisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Smith College, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cornell University, and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School.
Members of the Springbrook board are engaged across disciplines and work toward a common goal: the betterment of the people Springbrook supports. Moreover, the board oversees projects and initiatives that directly impact the lives of the people supported by Springbrook. The board members work to enhance high-quality programs, seize opportunities, and ensure Springbrook’s long-term success. CEO Patricia Kennedy commented: “Having Dr. Cardelle and Ms. Krisa on the board is a wonderful opportunity for the Springbrook community. They will both add valuable knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion to our operations to support our mission and vision and offer new perspectives from their experience working in their respective fields.”
Springbrook provides at-home care, residential and educational services, day services, and clinical, therapeutic, and behavioral support to over 1,100 people with developmental disabilities across New York State. The organization is Otsego County’s third-largest employer, with more than 1,300 employees.