Anne Spisiak has been appointed the new executive director at Cantalician Center. Spisiak had been serving as interim executive director and has been a member of the executive team at the agency since 2009 serving as the director of community services.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors of Cantalician Center, I am pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Anne Spisiak as our new executive director," said Andrew Constantino, Chair of Cantalician Center Board of Directors. "Spisiak is a proven leader who is highly respected in the community. We've already seen great things from Anne, including her hard work to ensure our organization was one of the first in New York State to integrate prevocational services into the community, and we're excited about her vision for Cantalician Center's future."
As executive director of Cantalician Center, Spisiak will oversee a wide range of services for individuals with disabilities, including school age education programs, work opportunities as well as Day Habilitation and Medicaid Service Coordination. Cantalician Center's administrative offices and academic campus are located on George Urban Boulevard in Depew. The agency's employment services operate as Diversified Labor Solutions, and just re-located to the Tri-Main building on Main Street in Buffalo. The Hertel Avenue site is in the process of being sold with those services being relocated into the community.
"I'm committed to the mission of the organization and appreciate the opportunity to lead our wonderful, dedicated team and serve our valued families and care providers," said Anne Spisiak. "Together, we will continue providing each and every one of our individual's meaningful opportunities to be become integrated and productive members of the Western New York community like we have been for nearly 60 years."
Prior to working with Cantalician Center, she worked as the associate director of the Model Transition Program at the University at Buffalo, which developed and implemented curriculum for students with disabilities within 180 school districts across New York State, was the director of OMRDD planning and development at Heritage Centers of Buffalo, which delivers services to people with developmental disabilities, and was a vocational trainer at People Inc. Spisiak studied Psychology at the University at Buffalo. In 2010, she was a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.