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Lead an Independent
and Fulfilling Life.

Where It All Began

In 1977, a group of parents came together with the common goal to ensure quality services would always be available for their children, no matter their ages. Today, CDS Monarch has grown to fulfill the needs of more than 1,700 people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Our Mission

Creating safe and nurturing environments for the people we serve, to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams.

Ready to make a difference?

CDS Monarch is always looking for compassionate and dedicated individuals to join our growing team.

Our Team

Meet Our Senior Leadership

  • Andrew Sewnauth
    Andrew Sewnauth
    Andrew Sewnauth, MBA, MDiv
    President & Chief Operating Officer, CDS Life Transitions, Executive Director, CDS Monarch
    Andrew Sewnauth joined CDS Monarch in 2005 when he began his career as a direct support professional and has served in numerous capacities since his start. He is the Executive Director of CDS Monarch, with responsibilities for all day-to-day operations as well as administrative functions. As Chief Operating Officer for CDS Life Transitions, he supports all affiliates with strategic relationships and planning.
  • Dr. Joel Haas
    Dr. Joel Haas
    Joel Haas, M.D.
    Chief Medical Officer, iCircle & Warrior Salute Veteran Services
    Dr. Joel Haas joined iCircle and Warrior Salute Veteran Services in 2018 with more than 30 years of experience as a practicing physician and retired Medical Director from the Rochester V.A. Dr. Haas is responsible for oversight of medical and clinical review, he chairs numerous committees, and he monitors quality improvement activities.
  • Ashley Leonard
    Ashley Leonard
    Ashley Leonard
    Senior Director of Operations
    Ashley will work closely with Senior Leadership to ensure that person-centered services delivered are of the highest quality. She will also direct daily concerns, coordinate operational outcomes, and ensure compliance with all OPWDD standards.
  • Emily Fisher
    Emily Fisher
    Emily Fisher
    Director of Person Centered Services
  • Jayme Sharpe
    Jayme Sharpe
    Jayme Sharpe
    Director of Person Centered Services
  • Bob Carello
    Bob Carello
    Bob Carello
    Director of Person Centered Services

Meet Our Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Carlson
    Jennifer Carlson
    Jennifer Carlson
    Chair
    Mrs. Carlson is CEO at FLACRA
  • Richard Yarmel
    Richard Yarmel
    Richard Yarmel
    Secretary
    Mr. Yarmel is a Partner at
    Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. He joined the Board in 2016.
  • Bill Woodard
    Bill Woodard
    William Woodard
    Mr. Woodard is a retired financial executive. He joined the Board in 2016.
  • Susan Travis
    Susan Travis
    Susan Travis
    Secretary
    Ms. Travis is a family member whose daughter lives at CDS Monarch’s Janes Road residence. She is the secretary to Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. in the New York State Unified Court System.
  • Richard Ferrari
    Richard Ferrari
    Richard Ferrari
    Corporate Chief Financial Officer
    In this senior executive role, reporting directly to the CEO, Richard has the responsibilities for financial operations across CDSLT, including iCircle. Richard comes to CDS after dedicating more than a decade of service as a board member and most recently as the Board Chair for CDSLT. Richard is a seasoned financial executive with a proven commitment to CDS Life Transitions’ perennial success and the individuals the organization serves.
  • Jean Lowe
    Jean Lowe
    Jean Lowe
    Ms. Lowe is the a retired nonprofit executive. She joined the board in 2016.
  • Jerry McCullough
    Jerry McCullough
    Jerry McCullough
    Business Developer
    Jerry McCullough has been involved with the CDSLT organization for almost fifteen years and has served on the Board of Directors for CDS Monarch, CDS Life Transitions, and CDS Wolf Foundation, as well as on many committees. He has been a big supporter the golf fundraiser for many years as well as donating to construct the Nucor house. Having an uncle with developmental and intellectual disabilities who lived where no programs for support inspired him to become part of the CDSLT Team. Recently Jerry joined the team as Business Developer at CDS Unistel to tell our story and promote growth within the Salute Seasonings industry.
  • David Phillip
    David Phillip
    David Phillip
    David Philip is successfully living in the community with the help of CDS Monarch’s community habilitation, supported employment and efforts on his own to progress in his career at Wegmans (where he has been employed for over 6 years).

The Time to Start Living an Independent and Fulfilled Life, is Now.

Join the CDS Monarch family and celebrate the everyday of life.