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Onondaga Community College awards honorary degree to Elmcrest Executive Director


Elmcrest Executive Director Joseph J. Geglia

Joseph J. Geglia, Executive Director of Elmcrest Children’s Center, received an honorary degree from Onondaga Community College (OCC) on Saturday, May 15th.  Joe has held the position of Executive Director since 2010.  

“One of our primary initiatives at Elmcrest is the education of the children in our care. We have our own K-12 school and an Early Education Center on our Salt Springs campus,” according to Geglia. “We serve children with special needs in two area school districts and boys and girls with developmental disabilities at Casey’s Place and in our community-based programs.”

Elmcrest is entering its 176th year of providing residential and community outreach programs for children challenged with difficult home environments and behavioral issues. They provide a safe environment and opportunities for education, scholarship programs, preparation for job training, and the development of social skills.

Geglia credits the growth and Elmcrest’s ability to serve more children and families to the work of his exceptional Board and outstanding and dedicated staff. Their hard work has enabled Elmcrest, Geglia says, to increase our capacity to care for the children and families of our community. “I am pleased to accept this honorary degree on behalf of all of them and the 2500 children from our community we are honored serve at Elmcrest each year.” Joseph Geglia holds a degree in Sociology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He and his wife Mary Ellen have six children, two of whom earned a degree from OCC.