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NEW DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS ANNOUNCEMENT

Catholic Charities Disabilities Services (CCDS) is pleased to announce that Margaret (Peggy) Maliski has accepted the position of Director of Community Supports and Rowena Smith has accepted the position of Director of Quality Assurance. Additionally, Mark Keegan, formerly the Associate Executive Director of CCDS has taken on a new role and will serve as the Director of Quality Initiatives.

 

PEGGY MALISKI, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SUPPORTS
Peggy has been a valued employee at Catholic Charities Disabilities Services since 2006, first as a Community Supports Coordinator, then as a part-time Community Supports Professional (CSP) and finally returning to a full-time position as the Quality and Training Specialist in May of 2016. Prior to returning full-time to CCDS in May, Peggy served as the Director of Childcare and Camp at the Troy YMCA. CCDS feels fortunate to have Peggy grow within the agency and is confident that she will be a great asset to the leadership team.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University

 

ROWENA SMITH, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE
Since joining the Catholic Charities Disabilities Services team in 2011 Rowena has been a valued employee and has worked to develop the agency’s Quality Assurance department. She started as a SCIP-R Instructor, and quickly advanced into the position of Quality Assurance Manager/Trainer. Most recently she was the Associate Director of Quality Assurance. Rowena began her career working with individuals with intellectual disabilities in 2004, and has held several management positions in quality assurance and residential operations prior to coming to CCDS.

Education: Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Tiffin University & Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology, The State University of New York at Albany.

 

MARK KEEGAN, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY INITIATIVES
Mark Keegan has taken on a new role as Director of Quality Initiatives at Catholic Charities Disabilities Services. The focus of this part-time position includes leadership development, program development, and the continuation of the agency’s commitment to ensuring that Person-Centered Excellence values, endorsed by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) are put into every day practice.  While Mark held the role of Associate Executive Director at Catholic Charities Disabilities Services he championed the CQL initiative which lead to the agency earning their CQL accreditation. CCDS is grateful to have him continue to lead the agency as they work to strengthen their focus and commitment to the definition, measurement, and improvement of the quality of the services and supports they provide.

Education: Master of Social Work, The State University of New York at Albany & Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Psychology, Fordham University