The Kelberman Center Announces Appointments of New Chief Financial and Operating Officers
The Kelberman Center, which provides programs and services for individuals and families affected by autism, announced that Maria Cappoletti, of Manlius, Onondaga County, recently began her new role as Director of Operations and Hiring of Wendy Sullivan as Chief Financial Officer.
Cappoletti has over 25 years of experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism. She brings in-depth knowledge of key systems including National Education, the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities and the Ministry of Health. In her new role, she provides leadership by overseeing Kelberman Center’s operations, programs and clinical services.
Cappoletti began her career as a board-certified music therapist specializing in I/DD with a focus on autism, beginning in the Rochester area, where she launched the first music therapy program for children with IDD at the Mary Cariola Children’s Center.
Cappoletti then held music therapy services in private practice, providing group and individual therapy in a variety of settings, including school districts, certified OPWDD residences, community settings, and private homes. Eventually moving to the Syracuse area, Cappoletti also worked at Upstate University Hospital as part of a multidisciplinary team within the Department of Child Life as a music therapist, providing therapeutic intervention to children receiving a treatment.
In 2006, Cappoletti began working at Advocates, Inc. She held several positions throughout her tenure, helping lead and grow the organization in a variety of areas including outreach, family education, coordination of services, person-centred planning and implementation of self-reliance. -directed services. She played a lead role in the self-directed services pilot program for people with IDD, and provided training and support to individuals and families.
Most recently, Cappoletti worked at LIFEPlan Care Coordination Organization (CCO) NY, LLC., first as Director of Program Development and Member and Family Relations. She successfully led the organization’s efforts to prepare for and achieve IDD Health Home Care Coordinating Organization designation, developing and implementing many of the organization’s key support services.
Cappoletti was promoted to Vice President of Quality and Program Management, where she led the organization’s overall quality management initiatives, including implementation of the quality management plan, functions quality assurance, compliance with program regulations, customer satisfaction, and learning and business development, to support service delivery for 18,500 people with I/DD in New York City.
Cappoletti received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Nazareth College, with minors in psychology and gerontology, and also completed a postgraduate internship specializing in autism and sensory integration.
Sullivan has over 27 years of experience in the accounting field, including 10 years in a not-for-profit environment. She will soon receive her PhD in Advanced Accounting from North Central University and has earned her Masters in Forensic Accounting from Jones International.
Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Utica College and SUNY Polytechnic Institute of Utica, where she teaches accounting and finance. In her new role, she facilitates and manages the establishment of the Kelberman Center’s finance team, directing financial activities, preparing reports, and developing policies and procedures related to the finance department.
The Kelberman Center is a leading provider of autism services for children, adults, and families in the Mohawk Valley and central New York.
It provides comprehensive programs and services to people at all stages of life, from infancy to adulthood, including: home and community, educational, clinical, residential and recreational, and camp.
The center’s goal is to meet individuals and families where they are in life and support them at every step of their autism journey. The expert staff of the Kelberman Center empowers the people we support with specialized and unique programs, resources, support and comprehensive services, creating an enriching and enriching experience for individuals and families.