CDS Life Transitions Announces New Organizational Structure


Thursday, October 14, 2021 – After nearly two years of unprecedented challenges wrought by the pandemic, CDS Life Transitions and its human service affiliates have demonstrated resilience and renewed focus on the future welfare of the community.  The thread that connects all CDS Life Transitions affiliates is an unwavering commitment to underserved people throughout the region, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, veterans, the chronically ill, families, and seniors.

In order to serve its more than 15,000 constituents across New York State and to stay true to its mission, CDS Life Transitions’ boards of directors have adopted a governance and organizational structure that better integrates synergies between its businesses, aligns its mission driven strategies, and more effectively manages day-to-day operations.

“CDS Life Transitions has proven its ability to serve the community despite adversity and recognizes the need to expand its services to more community members. The organization is positioning itself to meet future demand by consolidating leadership and leveraging operational synergies across its affiliates” explained Greg Gribben, CDS Life Transitions Acting Board Chair.

To this end, Andrew Sewnauth, currently Chief Operating Officer of CDS Life Transitions and Executive Director of CDS Monarch, will expand his role and be named President & Corporate Chief Operating Officer (CCOO) for CDSLT effective January 1, 2022.  In this new role, Andrew will assume direct responsibility for operations of the managed care iCircle organization, as well as the human resources organization across CDS Life Transitions.

In addition, long standing board member, outgoing Board Chair, and seasoned financial executive Richard Ferrari, will join CDS Life Transitions as Corporate Chief Financial Officer (CCFO) on November 1, 2021.  Within the Finance team, 20-year veteran Judy Consadine has been promoted to Chief Accounting Officer (CAO). In this new role and as Executive Vice President of Finance, Judy will lead the financial operations of all CDSLT affiliates.

Jennifer Carlson, CDS Monarch Board Chair said “Andrew, Rich, and Judy have endless passion, tremendous experience, and enduring vision for a future that looks brighter than the present. These leaders will take CDS Life Transitions and its affiliates to the next level, welcoming more people on the margins into a compassionate, inclusive community.”

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the closing of some not-for-profit organizations and underscored the need for a more proactive strategy and nimble operations moving forward.

The organizational changes that CDS Life Transitions is making will ensure longevity in services that the community can depend upon.  Chief Executive Officer of CDS Life Transitions Sankar Sewnauth emphasized “I am very proud of the CDS Life Transitions leadership team and the plans we have solidified for the future. I am confident that CDSLT is well positioned to serve the community for many years to come.”