Staff

Jim Coder, MSW, LCSW-R
Chief Executive Officer
Jim Coder began his career in 1973 as a youth counselor with the agency. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and his master’s degree in social work, both from the University at Buffalo. His professional interests include trauma treatment and group therapy.

Michael C. Angelucci, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Angelucci worked at First Niagara Bank and Cornerstone Credit Union before joining our agency in 1996. He attended the University at Buffalo, where he received his bachelor’s in economics and his MBA with a concentration in corporate finance.

Lea Anne Cali, RN, BSN
Health Services Director
Lea Anne Cali started her nursing career in 1974, working as a charge nurse in a hospital and a supervisor in a nursing home before joining the agency in 1977. Her professional interest is in working with disadvantaged and at-risk youth. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University at Buffalo.

Julia Fierle, MSW, LCSW
Director of Niagara County Community Based Services
Julia Fierle joined New Directions in 2001 as the supervisor/social worker for Titan House. She specializes in trauma treatment for youth. Ms. Fierle trained with Dr. Ricky Greenwald and was instrumental in bringing his trauma treatment model to New Directions. She has completed the requirements for certification in EMDR (a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach). She received her master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo, where she also completed a certificate in trauma counseling. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and EMDRIA.

Joseph X Gallagher, BS
Information Technology Director
Joseph X Gallagher is a graduate of Buffalo State University and started with the agency in 1992. In 2005, Mr. Gallagher left the agency to serve as a senior business analyst with New York State’s “Connections” project before re-joining the agency in 2007 as the Information Technology director. A life-long resident of Western New York, Mr. Gallagher currently lives in East Aurora with his wife, Mary, and his two children where they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities accompanied by their black lab, Lucky.
                   
Ed Gargala, MSW, LCSW
Director of Residential and Educational Services at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children
Ed Gargala has worked for our agency for more than 20 years, starting as a youth counselor at Wyndham Lawn in 1978. During his career, he also worked at other agencies as a psychiatric social worker and as director of a residential program before returning to direct Wyndham Lawn in 2002. He holds a master’s degree in education from Buffalo State College and a master’s in social work from the University at Buffalo.

Narda Gatgen, MSW, LCSW-R
Clinical Director, Residential and Community-Based Residences
(Randolph Children’s Home and Group Homes)
Narda Gatgen joined our agency in 1992 as a social worker in the residential program at Randolph Children’s Home. She helped develop our Zafron Home for Parenting Teens and was one of the initial trainers for our Normative Culture and Guided Group Interaction (GGI) initiatives. She has also been the supervisor of Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care South and clinical director at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children. Her professional interests include grief and loss, group work and child and youth mental health. She received her bachelor’s in social work from Mercyhurst College and her master’s in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael D. Griffin, Ph.D.
Curriculum Coordinator, Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School
Dr. Michael D. Griffin joined New Directions in 2002 as the school psychologist at the Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School. He later supervised the Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment Services Unit. Before coming to New Directions, Dr. Griffin worked with children and adolescents in public school, residential treatment settings, and was an adjunct instructor at University at Buffalo. He also conducted research in child and adolescent life satisfaction. Dr. Griffin received his bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in school psychology from the University at Buffalo and his doctorate in school psychology from the University of South Carolina (USC). He is a licensed psychologist in private practice as well, and specializes in cognitive-behavioral and family therapies for disruptive behavior and mood disorders.

Patricia McMahon
Principal of the Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School
Patricia McMahon joined New Directions in 2003 as a youth counselor at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children, where she created a life skills program. She moved to Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School where she served in the roles of career and finance teacher, life skills coordinator and school counselor. She was named principal in 2008. Mrs. McMahon attended Niagara University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work in 1999; her master’s in education, school counseling in 2002, and her certification as a school building leader in 2008. She is permanently certified in school counseling.

Ian Moore, MSW
Assistant Director, Residential and Community-Based Residences
(Randolph Children’s Home and Group Homes)
Ian Moore joined New Directions in 2001 as a foster care social worker. In 2002, he helped open the Chautauqua Group Home and became its director. From there he became assistant director of Residential and Community-Based Residences. Before joining New Directions, he worked as a community mental health technician in the Orange, Person and Chautum County Mental Health Program in North Carolina and was a case manager in the Franciscan Center in West Seneca. He received his associate’s degree in applied sciences from Jamestown Community College, his bachelor’s in social work from Buffalo State College and his master’s in social work from the University at Buffalo. He is an officer in the American Legion and a member of the Elks in Jamestown.

Brad Sande, MA
Development Director
Brad Sande started his career as a youth counselor at a children’s home in Anchorage, Alaska. He joined our agency in 1977 and has been Development director since 1988. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and his master’s in community counseling from St. Bonaventure University. His professional interests include program development, fund raising, grant writing, school governance and education.

Leslie Shellenbarger, MSSA, LCSW-R
Clinical Director for Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care South
Leslie Shellenbarger began with our agency in 1992 as a social worker for the residential program at Randolph Children’s Home, and in 1994 became social work supervisor. She moved to the Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care Program in 1996 as a social worker. In 2000 she became clinical director for Global Village South and in 2006 assumed supervision of the post-adoption program in the Southern Tier. She received her bachelor’s in social work from Edinboro University in 1988 and her master’s of science in social administration from Case-Western Reserve University in 1991. Her professional interests include permanency for children.

Lynn M. Siradas, MS, CASAC
Therapeutic Foster Care Director
Organizational and Staff Development Director
Lynn Siradas joined the agency in 1982 as a youth counselor at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children and later became a supervisor. She worked for seven years at the Alcoholism Council in Niagara County as an addictions counselor, then rejoined our agency as a social worker in the new Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care program. She moved into training and staff development, implementing the Normative Culture initiative. She returned to Global Village in as director, and continues in her staff development position as well. She completed the Managing Organization Change Certificate Program of the University at Buffalo and the Institute for Nonprofit Agencies. Her professional interests include addictions, trauma treatment and agency culture.  

Julie Tomasi, LCSW-R, ACSW
Performance & Quality Improvement Director
Julie Tomasi joined our agency in 1998 as a residential social worker at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children and Avenue House. Before that she was a clinical social worker for Child and Adolescent Treatment Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social science from the University at Buffalo in 1991 and a master’s in social work with a concentration in family mental health from Syracuse University in 1993. She belongs to the Academy of Clinical Social Workers.

Chuck C. Wagner
Campus Life Director, Wyndham Lawn Home for Children
Chuck Wagner started with the agency in 1984 as a youth counselor and later became a cottage supervisor. In the community, he is president of the Lockport Midget Baseball League.

Mark Wickerham, BA
Director of Residential Program at Randolph Children’s Home
Director of Community-Based Residences
Mark Wickerham joined our agency in 1992 as an assistant childcare coordinator at Randolph Children’s Home. He developed and directed New Directions’ non-secure detention program and group homes program. Before joining our agency, he was a teacher-counselor at a wilderness rehabilitation program, district executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Pittsburgh, supervisor of a group home and a foster care social worker. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Thiel College. His professional interests include child care practices.

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