Executive Staff/Program Staff
Diane E. Russo, MS, CASAC
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Russo is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization, corporate development, business operations and strategy. She earned her MS from Long Island University School of Education, and is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). She has been active in the field of social work for over 30 years, and has been with CoveCare Center since 1998.
Cynthia J. Ott
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Ott oversees all Business and Technology services at CoveCare Center, and is responsible for the overall financial operations of the agency. She earned her BS from Pace University, and has over 22 years of experience in the not-for-profit arena.
Jonathan Bauman, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Bauman is responsible for the hiring and supervision of CoveCare Center’s medical staff, and for coordination of medical services across all agency departments. He is a member of the Critical Incident Review and Quality Improvement teams at CoveCare. Dr. Bauman earned his degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry. His key interests are in adult and adolescent psychiatry.
Alison Carroll, LCSW-R
VP, Strategic Initiatives
Ms. Carroll is responsible for developing and implementing new services and business strategies, including writing grants and procuring new program licenses. She received a BA from SUNY Binghamton and an MSW from NYU. She has over 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in the field, and is passionate about her belief in recovery and the application of rehabilitation principles in behavioral health services.
Liza Szpylka, LCSW
VP Behavioral Health Services
Ms. Szpylka has been active in the field of social work in both direct practice and administration for over 25 years. She has oversight of all clinical and community based services within the organization. She earned her B.A at Baruch College and her M.S.W from Columbia University.
Mark Stumacher, MD
Medical Director of Substance Use Treatment & Prevention
Dr. Stumacher oversees psychiatric care and medication management under CoveCare’s Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment programs, and administers the Suboxone treatment program. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Psychiatry) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. His key areas of interest are in psychopharmacology, addiction medicine and adult psychiatry.
Krista Zanfardino, LCSW
Associate Vice President
Ms. Zanfardino is responsible for data collection and analytics for the agency, along with oversight of several agency recovery programs. She earned her BS at SUNY Fredonia and her MSW at Adelphi University. Special areas of interest include teaching workshops, especially in the topics of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Brief Action Planning, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered Treatment Planning and Measuring Program Outcomes.
Jane Amsden, LCSW-R
Program Director, Mental Health Counseling & Treatment Services
Ms. Amsden oversees the management of the Mental Health Clinic, including clinical and administrative oversight of the staff, records, related policies, procedures and projects. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University, is a certified graduate field instructor, and has been working in community clinics since 1990. She serves on the Children Advocacy Center’s Management Board and holds a seat on CoveCare’s Continuous Quality Improvement Team.
Arlene Seymour, MA, LCAT, CASAC
Program Director, Alcohol & Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Services
Ms. Seymour manages CoveCare’s non-intensive outpatient clinic for clients with a substance use issues, providing group, individual, psychiatric, and medication treatment. She is also responsible for the Prevention Education program, promoting behaviors and attitudes that support healthy choices in area schools and camps. She is a member of Putnam County Drug Treatment Court, Communities that Care and the Youth Bureau. Her key area of interest is finding creative solutions to treatment.
Mariel Roth, LCSW-R Program Director, Community-Based Services/Care Management mroth@CoveCareCenter.org
Ms. Roth oversees the Adult Care Management department, Senior Partnership Services and Student Support Services. She earned her BS in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta, and MSW from Fordham University. Her areas of interest are in behavioral health and expanding integrative services to assist those in need.
Melissa Marino, LMHC
Program Director, PROSper Rehabilitation Services
Ms. Marino is the Director of the PROSper Program which provides recovery and rehabilitation services for adults living with serious mental health conditions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing. Her areas of interest include trauma-informed treatment, and integrating creative arts as a tool for mental wellness.
Christina McGuigan, MHC
Program Director, Children’s Community-Based Services
Ms. McGuigan is responsible for the oversight and supervision of the Family and Children’s Community-Based Programs. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Law Administration, as well as a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Western Connecticut State University.
Raju Alengadan, BS
Director of Information Technology
Mr. Alengadan brings over 18 years of experience in technology management and consulting to his role as Director of IT at CoveCare Center. After receiving a BS in Physics, he worked in various computer database management and network administrator roles before forming RNS Associates, Inc., providing consulting services specializing in small business support. Mr. Alengadan has been with CoveCare Center since 2009.
Director of Development
Ms. Edelstein is responsible for all Development activities in support of CoveCare Center, including communications and public relations, fundraising, social media and marketing. She has a Master’s Degree in Management and Administration from New York University and over 20 years of professional experience in all aspects of non-profit management.
Director of Administrative Services
Ms. Conlon joined CoveCare Center as Office Manager in 2015, and now serves as Director of Administrative Services. She is responsible for planning, direction, and coordination of all supportive services across the organization. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.