Elizabeth is a nonprofit executive who is driven by mission, innovation, and excellence. Prior to becoming CEO for Living Resources on September 1, 2020, she was Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Directed Choices, Inc. (CDChoices); an Albany-based nonprofit that assists more than 1,100 individuals with disabilities live independently through consumer-directed home care.
As CEO, Elizabeth led CDChoices to become one of the largest, most-respected fiscal intermediaries for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance in the Capital Region. She helped the organization successfully navigate Medicaid’s transition to managed care, which dramatically changed the industry landscape. She oversaw the expansion of CDChoices’ service area from only 5 to 19 counties throughout the Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, and Mid-Hudson Valley. Over the course of her tenure, CDChoices’ revenues have nearly tripled from $12.5 million in 2012 to $36.4 million in 2019.
Elizabeth resides in Delmar, NY, with her husband, Jason, and two daughters, Jane and Allison.
Fredrick Erlich is founder and CEO of Living Resources. Fred founded this agency in 1974 as an organization committed to maintaining a continuum of services that addresses the full range of needs experienced by individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and individuals aging at home. Fred became CEO of Living Resources in 1981. Under his guidance the organization has grown into a business that serves over 2000 individuals and employs over 800 staff.
Earlier in his career, Fred served as Assistant Director for Program Development for the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, as well as Executive Director for the NYS Chapter of the National Society for Autistic Children. Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in social welfare, and a master’s degree in business administration all from the State University at Albany. He was named as a Distinguished Alumni and served as an adjunct professor at the School of Business where he taught human resources and organizational management classes.
Fred has received numerous awards and accolades in the fields of non-profit management, promoting independence and creating services for individuals with disabilities, and lifetime achievement.
Nadine is the Executive Assistant to our CEO. She assists the CEO with scheduling, board meetings, client meetings, staff meetings, current projects, and much more. She is instrumental in ensuring that our CEO is kept current with organizational needs. Nadine has been with Living Resources since 2017 and has over 30 years of experience in the administrative field supporting executives in many different areas such as education, engineering, construction, and health care.
Outside of work, Nadine resides in Clifton Park and loves to spend time with her family and friends. She has two daughters and a beautiful granddaughter. She also enjoys local events and festivals, Saratoga, and day trips.
Steve Klein is the Associate Executive Director for Program Services. He is responsible for the oversight of program operations which includes residential, day, and community programs that serve individuals with disabilities on a daily basis. Steve previously worked as Chief Program Officer for a large community mental health agency in Vermont and has held executive leadership positions at other organizations in the Capital District and New York City.
Steve earned a BA in psychology from Queens College and a MS in public administration from Sage Graduate School. He has also served on a variety of boards including the Albany and Schenectady Chambers of Commerce, New Choices for Recovery, Annie Schaffer Senior Center, and the NYS Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA).
Joe Morelli started his career at Living Resources in 1992 and has held a variety of positions in the organization. Joe currently serves as an Associate Executive Director and is responsible for developing and overseeing operational systems such as our Electronic Health Records and Medicine Administration systems. He is also responsible for Corporate Compliance and Individual Benefits, as well as providing executive support to Quality Assurance and Information Technologies. He provides support to many of the corporate operation functions.
Joe has been blessed with many opportunities to serve his community. He is a founding member and sits on the board of St. Luke’s Recovery Resource Center and a vestry person for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Additionally, Joe volunteers with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit organization that makes and delivers beds to children in need. Joe also has past service with the Boy Scouts of America and coaching a number of youth teams.
Joe and his wife Tara and have two beautiful children and live in Joe’s hometown of Mechanicville. When not taken up with work, family, or volunteering Joe enjoys cooking, brewing beer, and roasting coffee.
Judi started her career at Living Resources in 1986 and has held a variety of positions in the organization. Currently she serves as an Associate Executive Director and has been in this position since 2013. In this position she works with HR, payroll, and administrative staff to keep all of the pieces working together.
Judi has a BA in political science from Siena College.
Jen is the Assistant Executive Director for the College Experience and CareerNext programs in addition to the Employment Services Department.
Jen has been employed with Living Resources since 2001. She became Director of the College Experience in 2007, then was promoted to the Director of all Program Services for Living Resources in 2010. She was promoted to Assistant Executive Director in 2016.
In 2018, Jen was awarded the Champion of Character Civic Leadership Award.
Clare has been Living Resources’ CFO since January 2018. As CFO, she is responsible for managing the agency’s finances. This includes financial planning, management of financial risks, record-keeping, and financial reporting, and more. Clare has over 30 years of experience in the financial field, including numerous years of experience as director of finance for another not-for-profit organization. She began working for Living Resources in 2016 as a financial controller and was later promoted to CFO.
Outside of work Clare enjoys entertaining her friends at her home, which includes cooking for them. Clare has been married for over 33 years and has one son who is a recent graduate from the New York Institute of Technology’s architecture program.
John Breitenbach began his career at Living Resources in 2011 and has held a variety of positions in the organization. John currently serves as the Director of Community Living and is responsible for overseeing Community Habilitation programs in the Capital Region along with After School programs, Individual Support Services, Family Support Services, and a Supportive Apartment program. The mission of the Community Living Program is to provide reliable and effective services to individuals living in the community in their own homes or with family, outside of residences certified by OPWDD.
He grew up in Ticonderoga, NY and received both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Albany, NY. He currently lives with his wife in their home in Nassau, NY.
Colleen DergositsDirector of Admissions The College Experience at The College of St Rose & CareerNext at SUNY Schenectady
Colleen started for Living Resources working with The College Experience in 2009 as a QIDP teaching classes and overseeing student service plans. In 2010, she was promoted to Coordinator of Student Life and Admissions. In 2019 Colleen was prompted to Director of Admissions for both The College Experience at the College of Saint Rose and CareerNext at SUNY Schenectady. Today Colleen works closely with students, families, teachers and educational consultants in her role as Admissions Director giving presentations about post-secondary college options and screening students for admissions for both college programs. Colleen also assists with program development for future College programming.
Colleen graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and from Dominican College with her Master’s degree in Special Education and Teacher of Severe and Multiple Disabilities. Prior to joining Living Resources, Colleen taught special education for a local area elementary school.
Meredith started her career at Living Resources in 2003 and has held a variety of positions in the organization. Meredith became the Director of Quality Assurance in 2018 and is grateful for the opportunity to continue growing and learning in her career. In this position she oversees Quality Improvement initiatives and Incident Management. In June 2018, Living Resources’ Basic Assurances accreditation was recommended for continuation by the Council on Quality Leadership. Meredith attributes this to the hard work of her team, as well as many others at the Agency, who also value continuing improvement and evaluation of services.
Originally from Brooklyn, Meredith is glad to call the Capital Region home and credits her career at Living Resources with giving her a greater appreciation of all this area has to offer.
Jeffrey Hallenbeck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor currently working as Director of Clinical Services at Living Resources. He oversees behavioral health services for a large number of individuals living with ID/DD in both residential and day program settings, many with co-morbid psychiatric issues and histories of extensive trauma.
Jeff has worked in the field of developmental disabilities as a clinician for over 30 years and has presented at numerous conferences on issues related to dual diagnosis and autism both here and in the People’s Republic of China. He completed his graduate work in counseling psychology at Northeastern University in Boston where he worked for a number of years with homeless individuals living with chronic mental illness. Upon returning to this area in 1985, he began working with individuals with ID/DD and founded Choices Counseling Group, which was the only provider of behavioral health services to the LGBTQ community at that time.
Jeff has been married to his husband for over 24 years and has three sons and two grandchildren.
Jennifer was promoted to Director of Residential Services in the Summer of 2019. She began her career at Living Resources in 1998 as a Direct Support Professional. Throughout her years at Living Resources, Jennifer has held various managements roles in the residential program and as a Senior Behavioral Specialist in the Clinical department.
As the Director of Residential Services she is responsible for the oversight of program operations in Residential Services. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from SUNY in Albany, NY, and her Master of Science degree in Psychology from Sage Graduate School in Albany, NY.
Jennifer has one beautiful daughter (who also works for Living Resources).
Joe Lamalfa started his career with Living Resources in 1999 and currently serves as Director of Human Resources. Joe is responsible for the functions of HR including recruitment, training, benefits administration, and employee relations. He graduated from the College of Saint Rose with Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentration in Human Resources. In 2007, Joe was certified as Professional in Human Resources through the Society of HR Management. He is also a member of the Capital Region HR Association and graduate of their Leadership program in 2009.
When not spending time with his wife and son, he enjoys baseball and golf.
Ian J. Mott
Ian J. Mott currently serves as the Director of Employment Services at Living Resources. He’s responsible for overseeing The Employment Department, Brain Injury Program, and Veterans Services Program. Employment staff provide an array of vocational and educational services, including classroom instruction and internships experiences for students of The College Experience Program at The College of Saint Rose. Dedicated and talented staff in the Brain Injury Program provide Service Coordination and Structured Day Program. The Veteran Services Project is a growing program that aims to satisfy the unmet needs of Veterans in the Capital District.
Ian joined Living Resources in January 2019. Prior to his tenure as Director of Employment, he held several positions with The State of Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, most recently as District Supervisor for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Southwest Colorado. Ian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Connecticut College, Master’s Degree in Counseling from Hunter College, and is a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
When free from work and familial obligations, Ian devotes much of his time to creative musical endeavors. He happily resides in Delmar, NY with his wife and two sons.
Deneen currently serves as Director of Philanthropy for Living Resources. In this position, she is responsible for leading all fundraising efforts including donor development, as well as, marketing, communications, and public relations. Her career has also included a tenure as an operations manager and communications specialist assigned to the GE Power Executive Team and as a paralegal with the law firm of Harvey & Mumford.
Deneen has served on numerous boards of directors including Family & Child Service of Schenectady, Schenectady County Long Term Care Council, City of Schenectady Civilian Police Review Board, Association of Junior Leagues International Governance Board, Junior Leagues New York State Public Affairs Committee, Advisory Council Member for the Hotel, Culinary Arts & Tourism at Schenectady County Community College, and YWCA Nominating Committee. She has also served as president for both the Junior League of Schenectady & Saratoga Counties and the Rotary Club of Schenectady.
Deneen has three beautiful granddaughters, she loves to share pictures, and if you ask her where her home is, she beams, “IT IS SCHENECTADY AND I LOVE IT!”
Frank has been working with Living Resources since 2001. Currently, Frank works as Living Resources’ Director of Day Services. In this position he is responsible for the Day Community Opportunity programs, Site-Based Day Habilitation programs, and Living Resources’ Art programs. Frank is very proud of the fact that his programs are able to serve people from the New York City/New Jersey border all the way to Lake George. He has been instrumental in the creation of Day Habilitation without walls throughout New York state.
Frank has been a lifelong resident of Colonie, NY where he raised his three children and two grandchildren. Frank is very involved with his local community. He currently serves as a trustee for the Pinegrove Methodist Church. He is also a current member of the Village of Colonie Zoning Board of Appeals and the Village of Colonie Board of Ethics. Additionally, he is the chairman of the Village of Colonie traffic committee and serves as the Commissioner of Elections for the Village of Colonie. Frank is also a past member of the Town of Colonie Planning Board. Additionally, he was the President of the Colonie Little League, a past secretary for the Colonie Little League, and coached baseball for over 15 years.
David Putman has been employed with Living Resources since 1994. He previously was the Director of Residential Services until 2009, before moving into his current role as Director of Facility Management. He is responsible for overall maintenance of all agency properties. This includes ensuring buildings are safe and compliant with all rules and regulations. David also oversees the acquisition and renovation of new buildings. Additionally, he is responsible for the oversight and safety of the agency vehicle fleet.
David holds a BS in health science with a concentration in administration from SUNY Cortland. Outside of work, David likes to go golfing and hiking.