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People news: Cayuga Centers appoints Sheedy as COO

By Journal Staff


AUBURN, N.Y. — Cayuga Centers President and CEO Edward Myers Hayes announced the appointment of Ann Sheedy as chief of operations for Central New York. This completes the human-services agency’s restructuring of its leadership team, begun earlier this year.

Sheedy will oversee out-of-home care, community-based interventions, and services for people with developmental disabilities’ departments, as well as facilities operations —including health and wellness, maintenance, and food service.

“As we have grown our programs we have added structure as well as resources to our organization. Dr. Sheedy’s role will help maintain the high quality of our interventions and services, which differentiates us from other organizations,” Hayes said in a news release.

For Sheedy, it’s a home-coming of sorts. She first worked for Cayuga Centers in 1991, when as supervisor then as director, she was instrumental in starting the agency’s family preservation program. The home-based program was the beginning of numerous other community-based programs, which resulted in the agency’s development of the community-based initiatives department, the agency said. Before leaving in 2002 to pursue work in other human-services agencies and a return to academia, she had advanced through several agency positions including deputy chief executive officer.

With a master’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in children and family studies from Syracuse University, Sheedy held a faculty position at Cazenovia College before returning to Cayuga Centers.

The Auburn–based nonprofit says it offers a variety of evidence-based programs, residential and foster-care treatment, and services for persons with developmental disabilities. Cayuga Centers employs more than 500 people and has a $47 million budget. 

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