Deborah Mayo Named Chief Operating Officer
Our sincere congratulations go to Deborah Mayo on her recent promotion to Chief Operating Officer of Opengate, Inc. Deborah replaces Randi Rios-Castro who has accepted a position outside of the agency. We all wish Randi well in her future endeavor and thank her for many years of service to Opengate.
12 years ago Deborah Mayo developed a working relationship with Opengate individuals attending her Day Program at the Keon Center. It was suggested she bring her expertise to our agency.
In 2006 Deborah served as Quality Assurance and Medicaid Service Coordination and was promoted to Program Coordinator in 2008. After 2 years she was named Director of Day Habilitation, then Director of Community Programs. With the addition of ICF residences she became Director of Programs and in 2017, Director of Day Services.
New Additions to Opengate Staff
Dr. Elizabeth Melnychuk is our new Medical Director. She received her doctorate in Osteopathy from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Melnychuk has many years of experience within the OPWDD service delivery system. She has been the Medical Director at both the Hudson Valley DDSO and Richmond Community Services. She was the attending physician at both the Westchester Institute for Human Development and St. Jude’s Habilitation Institute.
Ronald Ruphuy is our new Director of Day Services. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle. Mr. Ruphuy was most recently employed at Another Step Inc. where he held several titles including, Residential Director, Habilitation Director, and Medicaid Service Coordinator. He also worked in management at United Cerebral Palsy and Children’s Village.
Louis Nieves is our new Incident Management Specialist. He received his MBA at the New York Institute of Technology and his BS in Business at Nyack College. He was most recently employed at Innovative Resources of Independence as a Residential Coordinator and spent several years at the Andrus Children Center as a Business Manager and Residential Coordinator.
We would like to welcome Jijo Antony back to his previously held position as a Behavioral Intervention Specialist. Mr. Antony has his MSW from Meredian College and most recently worked at Rockland ARC as a Behavioral Intervention Specialist. He has also worked at Abbott House as a Behavioral Intervention Specialist & Assistant Manager and at St. Agatha’s as a Disability Specialist.
Internal Position Changes
Nadra Grandison (currently the Residence Manager at IRA East) has accepted the Residential Program Coordinator position and will be over seeing the residences at our Somers location.
Sandra Du-Barry (currently the Residential Program Coordinator overseeing the residences in Somers) has accepted the ICF Day Program Manager position.
William Hooke (former manager for the Auerbach ICF) has recently accepted the Residential Management position of the West IRA. Mr. Hooke will be responsible for the management of both the Auerbach ICF and West IRA. Effective 8/13/2018.
Charles Ngeri (currently the Lead Counselor at IRA East) has accepted the position of Residence Manager at IRA East.
Jelani Winfield (currently a Direct Support Professional at IRA East / Day Habilitation Program) has accepted the position of Assistant Manager at IRA West.
Jennifer Siano (currently the Residence Manager at Lissauer IRA) has accepted the position of Residence Manager at the Rivera IRA. Effective 8/24/2018.
Please join us in welcoming our new and returning employees to Opengate as well as current employees in their new positions. We wish them all much success in their new work assignments.