Mission and Philosophy


Elmcrest is a community of caring professionals providing services to children with a variety of emotional, behavioral, and developmental limitations in order to help them overcome barriers to success in their homes, in their schools, and in their communities.

The Elmcrest experience focuses on developing meaningful relationships in a teaching and learning environment that will enable children, regardless of age, gender, or circumstance to reach their optimum potential, point toward a productive future, and contribute to the success of their community.

In the early 1800s, when Syracuse was still a village of fewer than 5,000 people, the education of children was a luxury afforded only to those who could pay the tuition for a private school. A group of churchwomen became interested in educating children who were less fortunate. In 1835, a group of churchwomen interested in educating children who were less fortunate established the Syracuse Free School in a rented room behind the village store.

In 1841, the same group of women turned their attention to children who were parentless or abandoned and being cared for in the County Poor House.

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The “Association for the Relief of Destitute Children” was formed with the sum of $427.38. The efforts of the women resulted in the incorporation of the Syracuse Orphans’ Asylum. It opened its doors to 10 boys and five girls on May 10, 1845.

By 1847, the house had expanded to serve children throughout the county. To accommodate the needs of more children, the home was relocated several times. In 1922, it moved for the last time to what was then the outskirts of the city, a 146-acre farm on Salt Springs Road. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1945, the name was officially changed to Elmcrest Children’s Center.

Elmcrest continued to function as an orphanage into the 1960s. With changes in social policy and a decrease in the population of true orphans, Elmcrest turned its attention to serving the needs of “troubled youth.” In 1980, Elmcrest began to refocus its efforts to provide services to children with emotional as well as behavioral issues and began to increase its services to children with special needs. In the more than three decades since, Elmcrest has established itself as a leader and innovator in serving the children of Central New York.

Today, Elmcrest Children’s Center is a multi-service residential treatment and education center for children with emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric challenges; a respite center for children with developmental disabilities and serious medical conditions; and an early education center and Universal Pre-K (UPK) program. Elmcrest serves more than 2,500 children and their family members yearly in more than 20 different programs. At any given time, Elmcrest is home to 130 youngsters, with another 150 preschoolers being served in its early education facility. Elmcrest provides supportive services, counseling, education, and training to another 80 families at risk of having their children removed from the home.

Our Officers

“Once you have a Mission, you can’t go back to having a job.” – Shai Agassi


James R. Muldoon, Esq.
President

Dana C. Loucks
Vice President

Dennis T. Cleary
Vice President

J. Bradford Mann, CPA
Treasurer

Joseph J. Geglia
Executive Director

Jennifer Young
Vice President

Merry Bhattacharjee
Secretary

Board of Directors


  • David Aiello
  • Jodi Bobbett
  • Eric M. Brown
  • David M. Capriotti, Esq.
  • Sean Dougherty
  • Shynique Gainey
  • Frank J. Lazarski
  • Thomas McGuire
  • Alison K. Miller
  • Samuel D. Rowser
  • Janette Van Wie
  • Bruce Williams, Jr.
  • Jeffrey S. Wittig

Board of Advisors


  • Jane Amico
  • Charles W. Beach
  • Steven Bergstraesser
  • Gary Bobbett
  • James V. Breuer
  • Amy Carr Burns
  • Donald E. Burns
  • Mary Beth Carmen
  • Kevin D. Delaney
  • Margaret L. Dudarchik
  • Andrew M. Eassa, CPA
  • William F. Edwards
  • Twiggy M. Eure
  • Charles L. Falgiatano, Esq.
  • Joanna Ferguson
  • Patricia H. Hale
  • William J. Hanna, III
  • Scott R. Hatz, Esq.
  • Matthew G. Holt
  • Matthew Huber
  • Russell A. King
  • Jonathan K. Leister
  • Douglas J. Linquest
  • Yvonne Annese LoRe
  • F. Jasper Massey
  • Matthew A. Morgan
  • Gary R.M. Payne
  • Anne M. Reagan, PSY.D.
  • Joseph O. Reagan, M.D.
  • Hugh Roszel, Sr.
  • Bridget Ruane
  • Raymond B. Ryan
  • Theodore J. Scallon
  • Matthew N. Schiro
  • Lorraine B. Schunck
  • Hon. Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.
  • Anne T. Smith
  • Paul M. Snow
  • Terrence M. Tormey, CLU
  • Arthur W. Wentlandt, Esq.
  • Mary Anne Winfield
  • Daniel Young
  • Thomas G. Young

Leadership


Our staff focuses on developing meaningful relationships in a teaching and learning environment that will enable children, regardless of age, gender, or circumstance, to reach their optimum potential, point toward a productive future, and contribute to the success of their communities.

Each day, Elmcrest Children’s Center’s 500 highly dedicated full and part-time staff members, along with volunteers and interns from local universities, help to bring compassionate assistance and services to children and families living in Central New York. Our staff consists of skilled professionals with a variety of academic and employment backgrounds who work tirelessly to respond to the needs of those seeking our help.

Leadership Team

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller

Joseph Geglia
Executive Director
jgeglia@elmcrest.org

David Hubbard
Director, Support Services
dhubbard@elmcrest.org

Marcus Gillespie
Director, Continuous Quality Improvement

mgillespie@elmcrest.org

C.J. Young
Director, Developmental Disability Services
cjyoung@elmcrest.org

Patrick Casey
Associate Executive Director, Clinical & Residential Services
pcasey@elmcrest.org

Tyrone Dixon
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
tdixon@elmcrest.org

Heather Hunter
Director, Early Education & OPWDD Services
hhunter@elmcrest.org

Shereen Webb
Director, Residential and Community Operations
swebb@elmcrest.org

Terri Tulowiecki
Associate Executive Director, Finance
ttulowiecki@elmcrest.org

Ashton Nelson
Director, Human Resources
abnelson@elmcrest.org

Aaron Schioppa
Director, Risk Management
aschioppa@elmcrest.org

Fostering Leadership Partners

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” – Jim Rohn


Thank you to our Fostering Leadership partners for their significant investments toward a brighter future for the 2,500 children and family members we serve each year.

m&t bank
United Way
Strata Mia
tops
Jim and Juli foundation
Limited Auto Supply
Harris Beach
ACTC Foundation
Triad Foundation