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Marisa Geitner

Marisa Geitner

President & CEO

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Marisa Geitner started at Heritage Christian by working directly with people who have developmental disabilities and is now president and C.E.O.

Geitner has lead the agency through many firsts, including the launch of a new day program model and creating an organizational development department that today supports more than 2,500 employees. She worked to build the Pieters Family Life Center, a health and wellness center in Henrietta, NY, that is recognized nationally for its work in bringing people of all abilities together. Now, she is leading the $85 million agency as it expands its reach through in-home services, employment services and child care.

In addition to her work and family, Geitner invests time in her local and service community.  She currently serves as a Board officer or member for Mercy Flight Central, Person Centered Services Care Coordinating Organization and the National Council of Christians of Renewal and Compassion.  She serves as an Advisory Board Member of Home Care of Rochester and the UR Complex Care Center.  In addition, she shares her time with her local community by leading a Mobile Food Pantry in partnership with Foodlink and volunteering through her local church and food pantry.

Geitner graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in speech and language pathology. She has been recognized by the Rochester Business Alliance’s Women’s Council as an ATHENA honoree and by the Rochester Business Journal as a Woman of Excellence.

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Drew Bielemeier

Drew Bielemeier

Senior Vice President of Operations

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Drew Bielemeier started at Heritage Christian by working directly with people who have developmental disabilities and is now senior vice president of operations.

Bielemeier has overseen the quality of the agency’s day, residential and community services programs and helped lead the agency to become one of the top providers in New York. He works to make sure people with developmental disabilities get access to experiences like skiing and outrigger canoeing; the opportunity to work in careers that matter; and the chance to live in homes that are tailored to their staffing needs and their relationships.

In addition to his work at HCS, Bielemeier serves on the boards of directors for the Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester and for the Rochester Press/Radio Club. He also coaches through Lakefront Travel Soccer.

Bielemeier graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science. He was honored by the Rochester Business Journal as a Forty Under 40 class member.

Chuck Collard

Chuck Collard

Vice President of Western New York Operations

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Chuck Collard joined Heritage Christian as regional vice president for the agency’s Buffalo area operations.

In his time here he has overseen the growth of our services and strengthened our relationships in the Buffalo area. Before coming to HCS, he worked as vice president at Advanced Care Physical Therapy, where he opened new offices, grew the business and saw improved patient satisfaction. Before that, he led departments at Independent Health and in the telecommunications field. He also served as a business development consultant at Kinex Pharmaceuticals.

Collard earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services at Elon University in Elon, NC.

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David Desmond

David Desmond

Vice President of Residential and Respite Services

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David Desmond started at Heritage Christian as a service coordinator and is now regional vice president for the agency’s Rochester area operations.

Desmond has helped offer service coordination to more people than ever before and has led our residential and respite programs to adapt and grow during a time of great change in our industry. He also oversees the behavioral, nursing and dietician teams and works to ensure people served by HCS receive holistic supports. Before coming to Heritage Christian, he founded another nonprofit and served in ministry for the Newman Catholic Community at the SUNY College at Geneseo and at St. Margaret Mary Church in Rochester.

Desmond earned his bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation at Springfield College in Springfield, MA, and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester.

Anna Mulcahy

Anna Mulcahy

Senior Vice President of Finance and Agency Advancement

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Anna Mulcahy joined Heritage Christian as senior vice president of finance.

She has experience in both publicly traded and private companies – and spent time in a start-up entrepreneurial environment. She brings all of that experience to HCS, as well as her leadership, collaboration and project management skills. Before coming the HCS, she served as director of the global accounting office at Sutherland Global Services and worked as the chief financial officer for IVEDiX, Inc., and directed the finance function for global research and development at Bausch + Lomb Incorporated.

She also volunteers time by serving on the Cheers for Children Committee at Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

Mulcahy earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Nazareth College of Rochester and is a licensed New York State Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Mark Zawacki

Mark Zawacki

Vice President of Advancement, Executive Director of Foundation, CFRE

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Mark Zawacki joined Heritage Christian as the executive director of the Heritage Christian Services Foundation and vice president of advancement.

Prior to joining Heritage Christian, he worked at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, where he served as a major gifts officer and at WXXI in Rochester, where he managed corporate partnerships. Also, he served as a national sponsorship director at the PBS Sponsorship Group. Before that, he worked in television in local news and national broadcasting.

He draws on all of that experience to oversee assets within the Foundation, to build the endowment and to coordinate fundraising activities. In his time here, he has successfully expanded a variety of fundraising strategies – including the agency’s leadership giving and estate giving programs. He has also formalized a planned giving program and created the Heritage Hero 5K + Mile Stroll & Roll.

He also volunteers his time by serving as a member of Rochester Rotary, a committee member for the Seneca Park Zoo Society’s Planned Giving Committee, a board member for the Hoselton Foundation, a development committee member for the Charles Finney School and a board member for Friends of Sutherland Baseball.

Zawacki earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Emerson College in Boston and his master’s of business administration from the University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration in Rochester.

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Michelle Labossiere Hall

Michelle Labossiere-Hall

Associate Vice President of Customized Supports

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Michelle Labossiere-Hall started at Heritage Christian as the director of therapy services and is now associate vice president of customized services.

She has been instrumental in growing our clinical staff and securing business contracts that help us sustain that diverse, talented team.  Also, she was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Pieters Family Life Center and in leading the agency into providing home care and other community wide supports.

Labossiere-Hall earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in physical therapy at Springfield College in Springfield, MA.

Joanie Parker

Joanie Parker

Associate Vice President of Education and Employment

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Joan Parker started at Heritage Christian by working directly with people who have developmental disabilities and is now associate vice president of education and employment.

She served as the agency’s first special educator and helped plan and open the first HCS day program at Twelve Corners – a forward-thinking program that greatly influenced day programs throughout the state. She has also spearheaded our involvement with the Citizen Centered Leadership Development course through Cornell University and oversees the Center for Human Service Education and the Employment Alliance.

She also volunteers her time by serving on the ACCES-VR State Rehabilitation Council.

Parker earned her bachelor’s degree in education of the hearing impaired at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ, and her master’s degree in special education at Millersville University in Millersville, PA.

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