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Kaitlyn Laskoski, MS LMHC, President

Kaitlyn Laskoski joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2014 and became Board Treasurer in 2015. She works as Senior Mental Health Clinical Therapist at Seneca County Law Enforcement Center.  Prior to working for Seneca County she worked as a Community Mental Health Professional for Wayne Behavioral Health Network Satellite Department at Wayne County Jail for 2 years.

Kaitlyn grew up in Wayne County and graduated from Newark High School in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. John Fisher College in 2008 and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from St. John Fisher College in 2010. She currently resides in Seneca County with her husband and son.

In addition her work at Safe Harbors, Kaitlyn is also a member of Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council for Finger Lakes Library System since early 2015 and is also a Suicide and Crisis Intervention Instructor for New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services since 2013.

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John Cleere, Vice President

John Cleere joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2013. He is Undersheriff for the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to this, he served for the Sheriff’s Office as a uniform officer, an investigator, and then as Chief Deputy. Prior to this, he served for the Sheriff’s Office as a uniform officer and then as an investigator. John holds certifications as a police instructor with a specialty in domestic violence; police supervision; crime scene technician; homicide, and all types of child abuse. He is also an Advanced Juvenile Officer and a DARE Officer.

John has received special congressional recognition for a child predator case, as well as recognition from the Seneca County Board of Supervisors for taking down a multi county child sex ring. He received Sheriff’s Department Personnel of the Year Award, and numerous other commendations on child abuse and major crime cases. He has appeared on three national television network TV shows related to cases that he has solved: 20/20, Dateline, and True Crime with Aphrodite Jones.

John was born and raised in Waterloo, NY and resides today in Seneca Falls, NY. He is a graduate of the Police Academy, as well as the FBI National Academy. He has been married 28 years and has raised 4 children, now grown. He enjoys family activities, exploring civil war battlefields, camping, hiking, bicycling, and reading.

In addition to his work at Safe Harbors, John volunteers for the Seneca County Youth Bureau, Boy Scouts of America, Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition, and numerous other school and youth programs. He considers victim advocacy a crucial weight in balancing the scales of justice in our legal system.

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Patty D’Amico, Treasurer

Patty D’Amico joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2016. Prior to her retirement, Patty worked as the Director of Ontario County Youth Bureau for fourteen years. Patty has spent much of her career working within the county systems, with several years as an E & T Counselor for both Ontario and Seneca County Workforce Development, and as a Social Welfare Examiner for Seneca County Department of Social Services.

Patty was raised in Geneva, NY, where she still calls home today. She received her Associates Degree from Finger Lakes Community College, and completed social work classes at The State University of New York at Brockport. Patty is the recipient of the Legal Assistance Partnership Award, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Collaboration Award, and the Ontario County Service Excellence Award.

In addition to her work at Safe Harbors, Patty is a member of the Geneva Boys and Girls Club Program Committee and spends much of her time mentoring. Patty’s hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, photography, drawing, painting, and design. In her free time she enjoys volunteering in the community, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and hiking the Finger Lakes waterfalls.

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Deb Rickerson, Secretary

Debra Rickerson joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2016. She works at Seneca County Probation, and has been employed by the county for 29 years.

Deb is originally from Seneca Falls and currently resides in Clifton Springs with her husband, Brian. They have two beautiful children, Morgan and Christopher, and an exchange daughter whom they hosted 10 years ago and still maintain a loving relationship with today.

Deb graduated from Mynderse Academy and went on to receive her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Onondaga Community College. She has volunteered on the Board of the Phelps Community Center and currently serves on the Salt and Light Committee for St. Peter’s Parish.

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Rebecca Polmanteer

Rebecca Rouland Polmanteer joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2016. She lives in Clifton Springs, New York, a community she also grew up in. Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Keuka College. She is also a Primary Therapist at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, an affiliate of the Rochester Regional Health System. Rebecca is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in the State of New York. Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She has her Master’s degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College and is a doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Rebecca is a member of the Phi Alpha, Psi Chi, and Phi Theta Kappa national honor societies. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, National Rural Social Work Caucus, and Geographic Health Equities Alliance. Rebecca actively engages in research and has several published journal articles. Her research interests include perinatal health, mental health, and well-being and health disparities with a focus on geographic disparities including rural social work. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cats.

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Matthew Turetsky

Matthew Turetsky joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2017. Matthew grew up in Clifton Springs, NY and currently resides in Stanley, NY with his fiancé, Jenna. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University at Buffalo in 2011, and his Juris Doctor from SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2014.

Matthew is an attorney and works as Assistant Public Defender with the Ontario County Public Defender’s Office. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys restoring classical cars and sp

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Deb Jansen

Deb was born and grew up in Geneva, New York. After graduating from Geneva High School, she attended design school in Arlington, Texas. The beauty of the Finger Lakes, and a longing for friends and family drew her back home though, where she married and raised her family. She later continued her education by earning a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Sociology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.

Deb has been active in the community her whole life. She has been a volunteer with Habitat of Humanity of Ontario County, Women Sanctuary of Rochester, Phelps-Clifton Springs School District and served as Sunday School Superintendent, new member liaison, worship leader and vocalist in her church.

Deb currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Contact Representative, as well as running her own Consulting business. In her consulting capacity she has worked with a variety of organizations on fundraising, marketing and public relations strategies, and presented various enrichment workshops throughout the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions.

Evelyn Deb Jansen has written and published poems, essays, one play and is working on her second eBook. She has written articles and shot photos for Messenger Post newspapers and Our Home in the Finger Lakes magazine, Life in the Finger Lakes magazine and various other periodicals.

Evelyn lives in Manchester, has two grown daughters and one four year old granddaughter that inspire her daily.

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Kipp Goodman

 Kipp Goodman joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2017.  Starting his career with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 he currently serves as the Sheriff’s Office’  Chief Deputy.  Kipp started his career as a uniformed patrol officer.  In 1993 he was promoted to the position of Investigator, a position he held until being promoted Chief Deputy in 2016.  While serving as Investigator he specialized and received training in crimes against children, sexual assaults and domestic violence.  Kipp is a certified police instructor, DARE Officer, crime scene specialist, advanced juvenile officer, and hostage and crisis negotiator. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards.  In 2013 Kipp received special congressional recognition for his work apprehending child predators. 

Kipp was born and raised in Waterloo where he still resides with his wife of 27 years. Kipp and his wife raised two children who are now grown.  He attended Waterloo High School, Finger Lakes Community College and the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, reading (especially forensic science and American History), exploring Civil War Battlefields with long- time friend, John Cleere, listening to music, a good game of cards and more recently traveling with his wife.

Working on crimes that typically fall under the umbrella of domestic violence Kipp is dedicated to helping victims of domestic crimes, believes we need to do a better job and is committed to find funding and resources committed to that end.  He looks forward to working with Safe Harbors and community partners to make this happen.