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St. Catherine’s Center Announces Senior Staff Reorganization

St. Catherine’s Center Announces Senior Staff Reorganization

St. Catherine’s Center for Children, an Albany-based human services organization, has announced a reorganization of its senior management levels. The agency has appointed three new Associate Executive Directors to manage its programs, which last year served nearly 2,000 children and adults in 22 New York State Counties.

Brian Perrotto has been appointed to St. Catherine’s newly created position of Associate Executive Director for Community-Based Programs. Perrotto has worked at St. Catherine’s for more than 23 years, serving most recently as director of the agency’s therapeutic foster family and residential programs. In his new role, Perrotto will oversee community-based family services, prevention programs, health homes, and managed care transition. Perrotto has been at the helm of several agency initiatives, most notably planning and directing the recent launch of St. Catherine’s Health Home Care Management Services.

Louisa Marra has been appointed to the newly created position of Associate Executive Director of Homeless Services. For more than 21 years, Marra has served as Director of St. Catherine’s Marillac family shelter, serving homeless families in Albany County. During that period, St. Catherine’s homeless services program has expanded to include new regions and services, including Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supportive housing programs in Albany, Columbia, and Greene counties, homeless employment assistance programs, and numerous other initiatives. Most recently, St. Catherine’s—a longtime provider of services for homeless families—has extended its homeless outreach programs to serve homeless adults in Albany and Rensselaer Counties.  Marra has worked at St. Catherine’s for nearly 37 years.

Nick Kurtessis (pictured) recently joined the staff of St. Catherine’s in the newly created position of Associate Executive Director for Out-of-Home Care. Kurtessis comes to St. Catherine’s from the Albany County Department of Children Youth and Families.  In his new position, he will direct residential and foster care programming in the multi-county region served by St. Catherine, as well as oversee the agency’s centralized intake program. Kurtessis has more than 30 years’ experience working with vulnerable populations. He has led multidisciplinary teams, chaired numerous committees and workgroups, and has extensive experience in the fields of child protective services and foster care.  

 “We are very excited about the new structure of St. Catherine’s, and the direction we are headed,” said Executive Director Frank Pindiak. “Our senior staff reorganization not only recognizes our program growth in recent years, but also takes into account such expanded initiatives as  New York State’s Medicaid Health Home program for people with chronic health needs. Brian, Louisa, and Nick are human service professionals with many cumulative years’ experience in field. In their new roles, they will be great assets in our mission to do more for the children, adults and families who look to St. Catherine’s in time of need.”