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Kaitlyn Laskoski, MS LMHC, President

Kaitlyn Laskoski joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2014 and became Board President in 2017. She works as Senior Mental Health Clinical Therapist at Seneca County Law Enforcement Center.  And Assistant Outpatient Treatment Coordinator for Seneca County Mental Health.  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, son, and daughter.

In addition her work at Safe Harbors, Kaitlyn is also a chair of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board in Seneca County, Suicide and Crisis Intervention Instructor for New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services since 2013, and certified Instructor for Fundamental Crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement since 2018. 

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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 serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Ontario County and is a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for Geneva Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Patty’s hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, photography, drawing, painting, and crocheting. 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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Rebecca Polmanteer, Secretary

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 Nazareth 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 her Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Welfare from 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 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 also serves as a Councilor on the Council on Social Work Education's Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity. 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 locally in Ontario County. 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.

Currently, Matthew is an attorney working as an  Assistant County Attorney with the County Attorney's Office in Ontario County.  Prior to this Matthew worked as Assistant Public Defender for the Ontario County Public Defenders Office.  

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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.    

 

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Tanya Baker

TanyaBaker joined the SHFL Board in 2018.  She is currently is employed through Wayne Behavioral Health Network in Wayne County as a staff social worker. Prior to working for Wayne County she worked for over twenty years as an nurse in the medical field for various employers including Wayne Finger Lakes Boces, NYS DDSO, WARC - RCC, Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic and Phelps-Clifton Springs School District. 

Tanya was raised in Branchport, Yates County and graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1990. She received her License as a Practical Nurse in 1991 from Finger Lakes Career and Tech Center where she became licensed by NYS. She returned to college, receiving her AS in Human Services from Finger Lakes Community College in 2013 and continued on to receive her Bachelors in Social Work in 2016 with an advanced standing Master of Social Work in 2017. She became licensed by NYS as an LMSW social worker in 2017 and continues to work towards earning her clinical certification as a social work professional. Tanya received the RACCE outstanding adult student award for the Rochester Area and MSW outstanding student of the year award through Keuka College.

In addition, Tanya has volunteered for various agencies in the Finger Lakes including Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc where she was honored with a certificate of recognition from Seneca County United Way. She has also volunteered hours for the Partnership for Ontario County, Catholic Charities  and prior sports activities for youth through high school at Phelps-Clifton Springs School District. 

Tanya resides in Phelps, Ontario County where she lives with her husband of twenty five years and raised their son and daughter. She enjoys spending time with her grown children and two granddaughters. She also enjoys time with extended family, friends, viewing the scenic beauty of the Finger Lakes Area, photography, reading and travel.