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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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Deena Conley

Deena Conley joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2019.  She is the Administrator of Clinton Crest Manor in Penn Yan, where she has been employed since 1995.  Deena has dedicated much of her professional life to advocating for the rights of older adults and ensuring their highest quality of life. 

Deena was born and raised in Yates County, where she still resides today with her husband and son.  She graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1987.  She then went on to receive her Associates Degree in Human Services from Empire State College in 2000 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Management from Empire State College in 2003.  She also completed the Lifespan/St. John Fisher College Certificate Program in Gerontology in 2009. 

In addition to her work with Safe Harbors, Deena has also volunteered her time serving on the Board of Directors for Child and Family Resources and The Yates County United Way, and also volunteers with the Yates County Humane Society.  Deena has known since her childhood that she wanted to make a difference by helping. 

In her down time, Deena enjoys spending time with family, canoeing and kayaking in the Adirondacks, flower/hardscape gardening, wine tasting, and reading.  She loves animals, especially dogs, and feels that pet therapy is the best therapy ever.  Deena believes everything happens for a reason, so better things can happen. 

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Tim Partington

Tim Partington joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2019.  Tim started career in the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department after graduating from Community College of the Finger Lakes with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science.   In 1984, he transferred to Town of Webster Police Department as a uniform officer and was later promoted to Criminal Police Investigator. While in that position, Tim received numerous trainings in child abuse investigations and domestic violence.  He retired from the Webster PD in 2004.  From 2006 to 2019, Tim  worked for the Society for the Protection and Care of Children in Monroe County in the position of supervisor of security.  This entailed overseeing court ordered visitations between child and parent and supervision of staff consisting of current and retired law enforcement officers. 

Tim was raised in Victor, New York and graduated from Victor Central Schools. He has two grown daughters. His hobbies consist of golfing, boating, skiing and vacationing in the Adirondacks.         

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Regis McDonald

Regis G. McDonald is an accomplished social service executive with decades of experience in managing and developing cutting edge programs and services to meet the ever changing needs of youth and families involved with the child welfare, juvenile justice, child mental health and immigration systems. Mr. McDonald at the time of his retirement was Senior Vice President for Programs at The Children’s Village (CV) in Dobbs Ferry, New York.  CV was founded in 1851 in Lower Manhattan as the New York Juvenile Asylum. Today, CV is a nationally and internationally respected multi-service human service organization with a staff of over 1,500 and a annual budget exceeding $91M. Mr. McDonald’s work at CV positively impacted and enriched every aspect of the organization, including its work to address Undoing Institutional Racism and provide shelter and staff secure care to unaccompanied immigrant children. He is particularly proud of his contributions to the program serving unaccompanied immigrant children. It is one of the most respected programs in the country.  At the invitation of the First Lady of Guatemala Mr. McDonald participated in two Central America Regional Child Migration Forums. One in 2013 in Antigua, Guatemala and the second in 2016 in Washington, DC. He served as a member of the United States Department of Justice Interagency Working Group on Separated & Unaccompanied Children in 2014. In 2016 Mr. McDonald was a member of the USCRI delegation to El Salvador to attend the first graduation for participants in its Livelihoods Program.

Mr. McDonald received an Associate in Arts degree from Wentworth Military Academy & College. He is the recipient of the Ted Messmore Honor Graduate Award, Wentworth’s highest award.  Mr. McDonald was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State College and a Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University School of Social Work. Mr. McDonald has a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Adelphi University. He received a Certificate - Seminar in Field Instruction from Columbia University School of Social Work. Mr. McDonald is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State. In 2017 he received from the Consulate of El Salvador in New York an Award for Extraordinary Dedication to the Unaccompanied Immigrant Children from El Salvador. Mr. McDonald is a Subject Matter Expert in Child Welfare & Immigration.

Mr. McDonald is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wentworth Military Academy & College in Lexington, Missouri. In his hometown of Geneva, New York he is a member of the Hobart & William Smith Colleges Center for Community Engagement & Service-Learning Advisory Council, Finger Lakes Community College Geneva Campus Center Advisory Board, Geneva Family YMCA Capital Campaign Steering Committee and the Geneva Public Library Building Committee. Mr. McDonald is active in the Historic North Neighborhood Association.

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Pete Bekisz

Pete Bekisz lives in Branchport and joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2019. He studied communication and media arts at Monroe Community College and organizational management at Keuka College, where he currently works as the associate vice president for advancement, communications, and technology. Prior to Keuka College, he held positions at Messenger Post Media, America Online, and Ignite Worldwide.

Pete's interests include new media marketing, fundraising, leadership development, blues music, cajun food, and Finger Lakes beer and wine. In addition to his work at Safe Harbors, Pete is also on the Board of Directors for the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc.