Cayuga at Twiligh t 2012 - Family & Children's Service of Ithaca

Cayuga at Twiligh t 2012 - Family & Children's Service of Ithaca


Cayuga at Twiligh t 2012

September 9, 2012 (3:30-7:30)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for F&CS’s 15th annual, Cayuga at Twilight gala event! The benefit will be held Sunday,

September 9, 2012. Guests will tour the Cornell Plantations’ Nevin Center followed by four lovely homes in the Forest

Home area. Each location will feature delicious food from a local restaurant/caterer including Taverna Banfi, Boatyard

Grill, Heights Café & Grill, Northstar House, and Serendipity Catering. Each home will also feature a local vintner,

florist, artist, and musician. All money raised goes to benefit Family & Children’s Service. The event is sponsored by

Warren Real Estate and additional corporate support is provided by Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney,

Tompkins Trust Company, and True Insurance. For more information or to purchase your tickets for Cayuga at Twilight,

visit or call 607-273-7494.

Invites You to Europe!

Family & Children’s Service & Tauck World Discovery are pleased to

present a chance to win a European trip for two! Choose from

hundreds of trips throughout Europe; includes airfare from the U.S.

valid for use anytime in the next two years.

The drawing will take place at Cayuga at Twilight on September 9,

2012. You need not be present to win. Tauck tickets are $25 each

or 5 for $100. 100% of your ticket price goes to benefit Family &

Children’s Service. To purchase your tickets visit our website at, call 607-273-7494, or clip the

form and mail to Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca ~

127 West State St. ~ Ithaca, NY 14850.

5 any age at every stage of life

127 West State Street

Ithaca, New York 14850

(607) 273-7494

Serving Children, Adolescents, Families,

Adults and Seniors

Mental Health Services

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Spring Events Raise Funds and Awareness

for Mental Health and Youth Programs

On Friday, March 23rd the DAP Program hosted their annual Spaghetti

Dinner, raising funds and fun for the Dispositional Alternatives


F&CS staff members Esther Boring and

Donna Lodge enjoying the Annual








Franziska Racker Centers Executive Director, Roger Sibley with

2012 Agda Osborn Award recipients Peggy & Dave Dunlop and

F&CS Board member Anne DiGiacomo.

Our Annual Celebration, sponsored by Kionix, was held on Wednesday, May

30th. The event gave us the opportunity to acknowledge Tauck World Discovery as

our Family Partner of the Year for all their hard work and generosity. We also

welcomed new board members, and announced Dave & Peggy Dunlop as the recipients

of the Agda Osborn Award. Special thanks to Kionix for sponsoring the event!

Special thanks to Chemung Canal Trust Company for sponsoring our annual

Spring Fling event held on Saturday, June 2nd.

Many guests gathered to enjoy food and wine at

Treleaven/King Ferry Winery in support of F&CS.


Vol. 16 No. 2

Dispositional Alternatives Program

Summer Fun!

Summer is an especially fun time for Family & Children’s Service’s Dispositional Alternatives Program (DAP), and this

summer has been no exception! DAP has included lots of fun plans in their program, including a nature immersion day,

field trips, cooking day, weekly fishing and sports, and even a Cayuga Lake Eco-cruise! Also underway is DAP’s gardening

project at the Ithaca Community Gardens. Thanks to support from Sustainable Tompkins, DAP’s garden plot has received

some much needed improvements including raised beds! The garden project offers youth the opportunity to learn about

where healthy food comes from and how it tastes, how to grow vegetables, the self-sufficiency of growing your own food,

and healthy living practices. Additionally, by participating in this project, DAP youth

are given the opportunity to improve their social skills and sense of confidence by

working together toward a common goal. DAP is also implementing a container

gardening project which has given youth a vegetable plant to care for, cultivate, and

share with their families. And at the end of the summer, DAP youth will have the

opportunity to participate in a cooking class with Chef Renee Senne of Wegmans,

who will cook with the harvest from the DAP garden! v

The Dispositional Alternatives Program is a community based, family centered

program that provides comprehensive, supportive services to at risk youth,

aged 7 to 18 who are at risk of out of home placement.

Top Left: DAP Caseworkers Jeci Brown & Nancy Webster pose for a photo with

youth enrolled in the DAP program at the Ithaca Community Gardens

Left: DAP youth enjoy an afternoon of fishing

Above: Chef Renee Senne of Wegmans conducting a cooking class with a focus

on healthy eating for the DAP program

mission statement

Family & Children’s Service of

Ithaca is dedicated to providing

affordable, professional services

that support children,

families, and organizations

in finding solutions to the

challenges of life today.

Family & Children’s Service is

a private, non-profit human

service agency supported

through funding from the United

Way of Tompkins County, public/

private service contracts, client

fees, insurances, grants, and

tax-deductible contributions.


David Campbell, Chair

Paul Wheeler, Vice-Chair of


Anne DiGiacomo, Vice-Chair

of Development

Pamela Swieringa, Secretary

Bob Sprole, III, Treasurer

Andrea J. Mooney, Member

at Large

David Shapiro, Interim President


Elizabeth Bergman

Laura Bronstein

Marie Cope

Linda Crumb

Steve Fontana

Ken Harris

Beth Prentice

Beth Putnam

David Shapiro

Marty Turnbull

Lindy Williams


Karen Schachere, PhD

Director of Clinical Services

Diana Levy, LMSW

Associate Director of Clinical


Kristen Nygren, MD

Medical Director

Marisa Matsudaira, LMSW

DAP Clinical Supervisor

Karen Fritz, LMSW

Contract Manager/Mental

Health Consultant–EAP

Janice Streb

Finance Director

Jessica Gosa, LMSW

Senior Services Coordinator

Katie Foley

Director of Development

Ray Durkin

Business Manager

Steven Callan

Management Information

Systems Manager


Edie Jodz


Westhill Graphics, Inc.


David Campbell, Edie Jodz,

David Shapiro

Printed on recycled paper with

soy-based ink.

Meeting Needs

A Message from Interim President

& CEO David Shapiro

If you looked back on the history of Family & Children’s Service

(F&CS), you would learn that one of our agency’s greatest

strengths has always been the ability to change and adapt to the

needs of our community. From our early start as the Ithaca

Children’s Home, where we provided shelter and care for children,

to our decision to merge with the Family Society, when we expanded our services to

include adoption and counseling, we changed, we grew, and we evolved.

Today, F&CS serves children, families and organizations through our Mental Health

Clinic, Employee Assistance Program, Senior Services and our Dispositional Alternatives

Program. We truly have become where to turn… at any age… at every stage of life.

Change, however, is constant, and we must continue to meet the needs of our community.

I have been at F&CS for seven months and in my short time here I have witnessed

many of the demands placed upon our agency.

It saddens me to say that we have seen more children and adolescents than ever before

asking us for support this year. The situations and presenting problems that they face are far

more serious in nature than in years past. Children have always been at the heart of our work

and we have always made it a priority to provide early intervention. We are committed to

serve the growing needs of these children, while ensuring that our fiscal foundation stays


We made some critical decisions early this year to meet the needs of the community and

to ensure the financial security of the organization. We asked our therapists to serve more

clients. We hired more staff and made more appointments available to the community whenever

we could. We opened our doors wider and what we found was that more people turned

to us for support.

As I set forth on the second half of my tenure, I must consider how to meet increasing

community needs while securing resources and support for our hard working staff. It is our

responsibility to maintain the financial stability of F&CS to guarantee that we are here for

years to come. It is a fine balance, and one that I will need your support for. I look forward

to working with our staff, board, volunteers and community supporters as we work together

to make sure that all those who need our support are able to receive it. v

New Faces at F&CS!

There are quite a few new faces at Family & Children’s Service lately! Pictured from left to right

are therapists Erika Busch, PsyD, Michelle Russo, LMSW, Flannery Hysjulien, LMSW, Lezlie

Namasté, LMSW, and Amy Jacobs, LCSW. We are so pleased to bring these new members

aboard our clinic team!


Couples Therapy Integral to F&CS’

Clinic Services

“Relationships aren’t born of love, but of need; real love is born in relationships,”

says Harville Hendrix, PhD, creator of Imago Relationship Therapy and a

source of insight for F&CS therapist, Dwight Myers, LCSW-R.

Dwight specializes in couples therapy and

has worked in various clinical settings in

addition to leading weekend workshops for

couples. He explains that couples therapy is a

process that does not involve problem solving,

but rather a structured intentional

dialogue which slows down the argument

and facilitates understanding of the differences

between two people. In Dwight’s

approach, when couples are able to develop a

genuine understanding of each other, reactive

and defensive behaviors fade away and

true love and empathy are born.

For many couples, counseling is often

the last effort made to save a relationship,

Dwight explains. He aims to give them the

tools they need to set them on the right

path, which can have positive results if, in

fact, they are truly committed to improving

their relationship. For the work must also

be consciously applied to life outside of the

therapist’s office. This journey involves: an

examination of the childhood issues we bring

to our adult relationships and how we continue

to attempt to get our partners to meet

those old needs; new skill building around

how to consciously communicate through

positive exercises which encourage healthy

communication; restructuring destructive

forms of communication by replacing criticism

with teaching the couple how to

communicate their needs, wants and desires

directly; and re-visioning the future.

To steer each couple in a positive direction,

Dwight structures sessions by starting

with an appreciation dialogue in which each

person takes a turn to say something positive

about the other. Sessions continue with an

intentional dialogue with the focus on creating

curiosity and listening skills. Many of


Sandy Lundy

On Wednesday, June 6, our

hard-working and dedicated

administrative assistant and

receptionist, Sandy Lundy passed

away. Sandy had worked closely with

F&CS psychiatrists and at the front

desk for 13 years. She had

established a close rapport with

clients and staff alike, and is

greatly missed by both.

the challenges that couples face in therapy

include recognizing the impact they have on

their partner, and being able to take ownership

of their own behavior. As Dwight

explains, how each partner views the other is

often different from how they view themselves.

Overcoming these challenges is

integral to the important work that couples


Dwight points out that the interactions

we have with people everyday can affect us

positively or negatively, with their impact

deepened by their level of intimacy. As one

of over thirty-five caring and committed

therapists on staff at F&CS, we are fortunate

to have Dwight’s skills to encourage our

clients to cultivate healthy intimate relationships.


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Board Chair,

David Campbell

F&CS is proud to announce that David

Campbell will serve as Board Chair for

2012-2013 after serving the last six years as

a member of the Board of Directors. David

is Chair and Associate Professor of the

Department of Public Administration at

Binghamton University, where he has

taught since 2005. His area of expertise is

nonprofit management and leadership, and

he conducts research on a range of topics

affecting nonprofit organizations, including

philanthropy, performance measurement

and strategic alliances. Prior to coming to

Binghamton, he worked in senior leadership

roles in prominent social service organizations

in New York City and Cleveland. He

has devoted a considerable

part of his

career to working

in family services,

and has served in

volunteer leadership

positions with

both the national

and New York

State family service

organizations. In addition to his service on

the F&CS board, David is also a member of

the board of the United Way of New York

State and serves on the professional advisory

committee for Charity Navigator, the

national nonprofit ratings service. He holds

degrees from Bates College, Yale University

and Case Western Reserve University. v

Geriatric Care


Are you caring for an Elder? Do you need

help locating community resources?

Our Geriatric Care Management program can help with

• In-home assessments and consultations

• Coordination of services for Elders

• Assistance with out-of-home placements

For more information, please call us at (607) 273-7494

or visit us at

Welcome New Board Members!

New Board


Marie Cope,

Ken Harris,

and Elizabeth


ELIZABETH BERGMAN . . . is Assistant Professor at the Ithaca College Gerontology

Institute. Her teaching and research interests include Aging Studies, Counseling the Older

Adult, and Stress and Coping in the context of the aging family. Elizabeth and Ed moved

here from Florida in 2008 and have two young children.

MARIE COPE . . . is a Client Services Consultant at Concept Systems, Inc. and assists with

public sector planning, evaluation, and research, primarily with public health agencies. Marie

previously worked as a social worker, providing crisis and counseling services to young adults

and families. She holds a Master of Public Health degree and Master of Social Work degree

from the University of Michigan. Her husband, Josh Cope, was born and raised in Ithaca

and they relocated to the area over a year ago to be near family.

KEN HARRIS . . . is the Practice Administrator at Guthrie Medical Group in Ithaca, where

he has managed their large medical practice since 2004. He had previously worked in the

health insurance industry and this knowledge will be very helpful to us. Ken is active in a

number of local health related organizations, and is a board member of Math and Movement.

Elizabeth, Marie and Ken will bring significant experience and knowledge to our board, each

having a strong desire to support the agency’s mission. v

Grandparents Support Group

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca offers a supportive,

educational support group for grandparents

who are raising their grandchildren.

The service is offered FREE of charge, child care provided if

requested. Facilitated by a Family & Children’s Service (F&CS) therapist,

the group addresses unique challenges, issues, and solutions

for grandparents. Please register before attending by calling

F&CS at 273-7494. The group meets from 6:30-8:30pm at F&CS

at 127 West State Street in downtown Ithaca on the following Mondays:

September 24, October 22, and November 26.


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