As CEO of Albany Community Action Partnership, Neenah Bland’s primary responsibility is to champion our mission of moving families towards economic security and an improved quality of life. Ms. Bland is working with her staff and the community to ensure all families are provided with opportunities that support the experiences they need to compete in a global society. Ms. Bland has over 25 years of experience working with children and families in the Albany area. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from The College of Saint Rose, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University at Albany and a host of experience in the fields of executive management, counseling, group facilitation, program design and development, staff development, cultural diversity and grant writing.
Director of Technology & Energy Services
Tracy is a graduate of the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and holds a Master of Business Administration with concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development from American Inter-Continental University. Although not obvious from the title, in her current capacity Tracy oversees Program Evaluation, Marketing, and Facilities in addition to those of Technology & Energy Services. She has been with Community Action for nearly a decade and has received certification as a ROMA (Results-Oriented Management and Accountability) trainer; a nationally recognized certification designed to provide CAAs and other eligible entities receiving CSBG funding the framework for implementing a performance-based management system of accountability.
Director of Community & Career Services
Jessica DeJesus has been employed with Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) since 1998 and is currently the Director for Community & Career Services. Jessica has over 25 years working with nonprofits and specializes in community building & program planning. Jessica is also a graduate of the University at Albany Social Welfare Program as well as a field supervisor for SUNY Albany’s Social Welfare Program, HVCC Human Services department and 2 other local colleges. As a certified Family development credential instructor Jessica embraces the strength based model and has a passion is in knowing that her day to day work benefits not only individuals and families but the community as a whole.
Director of Early Childhood Education
Terry has thirty plus years management and senior management positions with not for profit organizations. He has been the Director of Early Childhood Education with Albany Community Action Partnership since 2008; as well as the Director of Day and Residential programs with Liberty Enterprises for more than 25 years providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Terry has a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Director of Finance & Administration
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Suzanne has had a long career in Business Management with a concentration in financial and strategic management. She holds a BA in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance through The College of Saint Rose. When Suzanne is not working, she is all about her family, scuba diving and international travel.
Assistant Director of Human Resources
Melissa has over 20 years of management experience in both EarlyChildhood Education and Human Resources. She started her career as an Infant and Toddler teacher and has been committed to working with staff, children and families her entire career. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She started at ACAP in 2017 and her passion is to care for the employees that care for our customers.
Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education
Nerissa is a native of the city of Albany and graduated from the Albany City School system. She currently is the Assistant Early Childhood Program Director. Her educational background includes a Masters of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in School counseling and a BA in Sociology. She has worked in the education and community service fields for over 25 years, with over 20 of them working for ACAP. She has had experience in the areas of counseling, supervision, group facilitation, compliance, curriculum planning, training, program development and design. Nerissa’s goal is to educate families and her staff. She is dedicated to making education and learning a positive meaning experience that individuals can use and relate to their everyday lives. She accomplishes this through providing positive guidance, access to knowledge and information that will help others make informed decisions and by sharing her own passions and experiences.
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