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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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Susan McGowan, LCSW-R

Susan McGowan joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2014. For the past eight years, Susan has been employed by the Geneva City School District as their District Social Worker. Prior to this, Susan worked at the John D. Kelly Behavioral Health Center and Rochester General Hospital. Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Public School Teacher Certificate in School Social Work. In 2014, Susan received the Rosa Blue Humanitarian of the Year award and was also nominated for the Athena award. In 2006, she co-created the Regional School Social Work Committee.

Susan grew up in Rochester, NY and currently lives in Geneva, NY with her two children, Carolyn and Benton. She received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Nazareth College in 1989 and went on to receive her Masters of Social Work degree from University at Buffalo in 1992.

In addition to her work at Safe Harbors, Susan is a member of the Community Services Board and a vestry member of St. Peters Episcopal Church. She loves spending time with her family and friends, scuba diving, and practicing yoga.

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Kathleen Bremer, LCSW-R

Kathleen Bremer joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2014.  Kathleen is the District Social Worker for Waterloo Central School District, where she has worked since 2005.  Prior to this, Kathleen was employed at Crestwood Children’s Center/Hillside Family of Agencies as a Day Treatment Therapist.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Public School Teacher Certificate in School Social Work.  In 2000, Kathleen received the NYS Chapter Western Division Special Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers. In 2006, Kathleen co-created the Regional School Social Work Committee.

Kathleen comes from Wayne County, NY and currently resides in Ontario County with her husband, son and daughter. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Niagara University in 2000 and went on to receive her Master of Social Work degree from SUNY Albany in 2001.

In addition to her work at Safe Harbors, Kathleen has volunteered for Compeer, Inc. and is currently an active member of her children’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA). With her family, she loves to take walks and go on hikes in the Adirondack and Finger Lakes regions. Together, she and her husband are thrilled to be attending their children’s activities and sporting events. Kathleen also appreciates the opportunity to ski, practice yoga, and scrapbook.

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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.