SAVE THE DATE!
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 www.wheretoturnithaca.org 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
www.wheretoturnithaca.org, call 607-273-7494, or clip the
form and mail to Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca ~
127 West State St. ~ Ithaca, NY 14850.
...at any age at every stage of life
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Ithaca, New York 14850
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Adults and Seniors
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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
R E T U R N S E R V I C E R E Q U E S T E D
PERMIT NO. 98
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 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
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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Campbell, Chair
Paul Wheeler, Vice-Chair of
Anne DiGiacomo, Vice-Chair
Pamela Swieringa, Secretary
Bob Sprole, III, Treasurer
Andrea J. Mooney, Member
David Shapiro, Interim President
Karen Schachere, PhD
Director of Clinical Services
Diana Levy, LMSW
Associate Director of Clinical
Kristen Nygren, MD
Marisa Matsudaira, LMSW
DAP Clinical Supervisor
Karen Fritz, LMSW
Jessica Gosa, LMSW
Senior Services Coordinator
Director of Development
Westhill Graphics, Inc.
David Campbell, Edie Jodz,
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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’
“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
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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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
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
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 www.wheretoturnithaca.org
Welcome New Board Members!
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.