Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Robert Siebel has announced the promotion of Donna Corrado, Ph.D, to Executive Director of Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Inc. (CCNS), effective Nov. 4, 2013.
An affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, CCNS is one of five corporations that provide integrated services to the community under the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens umbrella. CCNS is comprised of five service areas that deliver programming for persons with developmental disabilities, older adults, persons challenged with mental illness, early child development centers and family and youth services. Sister corporations under Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens provide affordable housing development and management, neighborhood-based community centers and community development services, home care and a nursing and rehabilitation center.
“Donna has risen in the ranks of Catholic Charities over a 21-year period. Her mastery of so many aspects of human services delivery is recognized both internally and externally,” remarked Siebel. “I look forward to the contribution she will undoubtedly make in this new leadership role.”
Dr. Corrado, who is going on her 22nd year with Catholic Charities, will continue to provide executive leadership to CCNS’ programs serving vulnerable populations across the continuum of care in the agency’s five service areas. Beginning her career with CCNS in 1992, Corrado’s previous position was Chief Operating Officer.
“I am excited to continue my work leading Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services,” remarked Dr. Corrado. “Over the past decade, we have taken CCNS to new heights on many levels and I look forward to our renewed commitment to preserving dignity and creating hope for our neighbors in need.”
Dr. Corrado started her career with CCNS as a Program Director for older adult programs. Later, serving as the Director of the Office of Government Relations and Public Policy, she developed a broader understanding of policy issues and expanded her knowledge and expertise of CCNS' diverse service areas and funding entities. From there, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, where she played an integral role in expanding the agency service portfolio, developed new and innovative programming, diversified funding entities, staffed and developed the Board of Directors, co-led agency-wide strategic planning efforts which led to a major agency reorganization and heightened expectations for creating an organization of excellence.
Corrado also actively serves on several local and national committees and professional associations. In 2010, she received the Reverend Robert V. Lott Humanitarian Award presented by the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. and in 2005 she was elected a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
She holds a Doctorate and Masters of Philosophy degrees in Social Policy and Administration from the Graduate Center of
City University of New York, a Master of Social Work degree from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor degree from St. Joseph's College.
Dr. Corrado succeeds Thaddeus Taberski, who held the position of Executive Director for 14 years. Taberski will continue with Catholic Charities in a part-time position as Special Assistant for Agency Integration.
“Ted has done a remarkable job building a strong foundation for CCNS during his 14 years of dedicated service and leadership,” remarked Siebel. “I personally want to thank him for his deep commitment and effective leadership. We are happy that he will still be a part of the CCBQ family in his new role.”