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Katherine Maciol, President/CEO

Katherine Maciol

Professional Experience

  • 30+ years of experience in human services
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Previously the Rensselaer County Commissioner of Mental Health
  • Adjunct Professor at SUNY Albany
  • Serves on the Board of Education for the East Greenbush School District

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

CEO is an amazing place to work. We serve over 13,000 Capital Region residents each year and we strive to provide the best service we can. Community Action is about taking action to improve the lives of others.  “Changing lives and improving our community” is at the heart of our mission… how can you not be passionate about such a great cause?

Why I Love My Job

I wanted to become a Social Worker since I was in high school. The work at CEO embraces the very core of social work values. Helping others, empowerment, respect and dignity, community action and advocacy. Not only do I fit into CEO but CEO fits me! I love the staff, the quality of our work, an amazing community and a great Board of Directors.


Sue Rosa, Chief Administrative Officer

Sue Rosa

Professional Experience

  • Graduate of Russell Sage College
  • BA degree in Public Administration
  • With CEO for almost 24 years and has spent the last 17 years as the Director of Human Resources

 

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

We’re constantly seeking opportunities to make a bigger impact on our community and improve the lives of our customers and staff alike.

Why I Love My Job

I love my job because of the variety of responsibilities my position at CEO offers me. At CEO, I’m provided an opportunity to utilize an array of skill sets that encourage and support me personally and professionally. I’m allowed to be creative and independent and  that promotes a workforce that is innovative.


Mary O’Grady, Chief Financial Officer

Mary O'Grady

Professional Experience

  • 30 years of professional experience
  • 10 years with CEO
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Previous experience as a research associate and an investment accounts performance analyst

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

Every year I am here at CEO, I see what an impact our programs have not just on the families but also our staff.  It continues to amaze me how much just a little guidance or help can influence an individual or family. I believe we make a difference in people’s lives and our community. Even during the toughest of economic times we manage to secure funding for our programs so that our families will be able to have the tools necessary to become self-reliant.

Why I Love My Job

I have always enjoyed working in Finance but really feel that I have found my “niche” at CEO. I am encouraged every day that what is done in the fiscal department ensures that the programs can be sustained and the individuals we are serving will flourish.


Kristin McGivern, Chief Compliance and Quality Assurance Officer

Kristin McGivern

Professional Experience

  • 20+ years of experience
  • 11 years with CEO
  • Extensive experience in program design and management, and operations with an emphasis on compliance and quality assurance

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

CEO recognizes the value in professional growth. The organization has provided me with many opportunities to learn, expand my skill sets, and hone my talents. From trainings and conferences to professional certifications to a Bachelor’s in Human Development, CEO has continuously encouraged and rewarded my efforts and accomplishments. I am passionate about CEO because it has not only provided me with a vehicle to make a difference; it has fueled my vehicle along my journey.

Why I Love My Job

I love my job because I am privileged to be surrounded by incredibly gifted people each and every day and blessed to be reminded daily of where I came from and have an opportunity to “pay it forward”. I love that everyday looks different and holds the promise of a brighter day for every person we serve.


Katie Fike, Chief Planning Officer

Katie Fike

Professional Experience

  • 8 years with CEO
  • Master’s Degree in Organizational Development
  • 2013 Graduate of the Rensselaer County Chamber’s Leadership Institute
  • 2010 Graduate of the New York State Community Action Association’s Emerging Leaders Institute

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

CEO strives to create real change in people’s lives, and that is what makes me passionate about our mission.  This is an agency that has never accepted “good enough” and we are constantly pushing ourselves to do better for our community.  We operate with the understanding that this is our responsibility to our customers and our funders, and we take it seriously.

Why I Love My Job

I love my job because I get to spend a vast majority of my time bragging about CEO’s accomplishments.  Whether it is in the grants we submit, through our marketing efforts or in engaging new and exciting relationships, I love to spread the word about CEO’s successes and how we are helping people improve their lives and their communities.


Erin Bradley, Program Operations Director

Erin Bradley

Professional Experience

  • 12 years with CEO
  • Began as an Assistant Center Manager and grew career extensively over time
  • B.S. in Community and Human Services
  • Graduate of the Emerging Leaders’ Institute for Training and Excellence

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

I have always wanted to work in a field that made a positive impact in people’s lives.  I get to come to work every day and contribute to something that helps such a large number of people, in so many ways.   I quickly fell in love with Community Action; its mission, history and vision for the future inspire me on a daily basis.  I have regularly seen CEO’s impact in people’s lives and believe strongly in our dedication to providing high quality services that meet the needs of our community.

Why I Love My Job

Each day is something exciting and new. I have the opportunity to develop myself professionally in a challenging and very rewarding field. I work with a great team of people, both internally and externally, towards common goals that are focused on changing lives and improving the community.  I also get to witness the passion and dedication of our staff, which makes me proud to be a part of this organization.


Morgan Storms, Early Childhood Services Director

Morgan Storms

Professional Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University
  • More than 5 years with CEO
  • Experience as an elementary school teacher in New York City

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

CEO Head Start works to engage children and families in the community who are most at risk.  By supporting and nurturing both young children and their families through education, partnership and advocacy, I truly believe that impacted individuals can rise out of poverty, close the achievement gap and have the opportunity to succeed and thrive despite the circumstances of their birth.

Why I Love My Job

The children, families and staff; their capacities, resiliency and dedication.


Brian Delaney, Facilities Director

Brian Delaney

Professional Experience

  • 6 years with CEO
  • 22 years of experience as a site supervisor for both commercial and residential construction

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

CEO offers opportunities for anyone in Rensselaer County who needs help, whether you’re a customer or an employee.  The best thing is, I get to be a part of it every day.

Why I Love My Job

I love my job because every day I am offered the opportunity to make a difference. New challenges come around every corner and I get to hit them head on and figure out ways to overcome the challenges.  I also get to work with the best team of people I have ever met.


Pamela Maxstadt, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Education

Professional Experience

  • Bachelors in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Reading
  • NYS Certified Teacher, Early Childhood
  • 10 years with CEO

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

I believe in providing the best possible education for children and that education starts in early childhood.  CEO provides high quality early childhood programming that supports the child and the whole family.  We never give up on a child and will do everything within our power to support them.

Why I Love My Job

It allows me to be creative, to plan and try new things.  I get to work with an amazing team of managers and staff.  My work makes a difference in the education of children, and has allowed me to learn and grow in my field and I continue learning every day.


Tia Henderson, Assistant Director of Center Based Operations

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Professional Experience

  • 12 Years in the Early Childhood Education field
  • 6 years with CEO
  • Started with CEO as a Head Start Center Manager

Why I am Passionate About CEO and its Mission

I am passionate about CEO and its mission because our main focus is to assist children and families in times of need. CEO’s services support customers, helps them learn how to access community resources, and empowers them to become self-sufficient.

Our programs make a lasting impact on customers and we truly make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.

Why I Love My Job

Every day I get the opportunity to be part of a program that has the charge of making a difference in the lives of our families and children. We have a huge responsibility and each day we come across challenges, but the end result of ensuring a child and family is safe, healthy, and ready for kindergarten is what matters the most. It is a privilege to be able to do what I do and come to work each day and be part of CEO’s EHS/HS program.

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