Bruce Garcia, CEO

“If it’s to be, it is up to me.” William H. Johnsen

bruce-2Bruce Garcia is the Chief Executive Officer at JCEO of Clinton and Franklin Counties, Inc. Bruce joined the Management Team in 1996 after spending 18 years with the Committee for Economic Improvement in Essex County. In 2003, Bruce met the requirements established by the Community Action Professional. Bruce’s personal quote, “If it is to be, it is up to me,” gives us a sense of his determination and hard work. He assumed his current position in 2009. As Chief Executive Officer, Bruce is responsible for much of what makes this non-profit organization run successfully. He oversees and monitors all programs provided by JCEO related to fiduciary responsibilities and service provisions and keeps involved with in his community. Bruce is a proactive board member on the Membership and Development/Community Action Organization as well as Friends of the North Country. He is on both the Clinton County Red Cross and the Perkins Vocational Education Advisory Committees. In addition, Bruce Garcia is a part of the Thrive Leadership Coalition and the Plattsburgh Rotary Club.

Jacqueline Skiff, Director of Head Start and Early Head Start, Chief Administrative Officer

“There is no limit to what you can do, when you focus oJackieopt-140x150n your strength.” Lailah Gifty Akita

Jacqueline has been with JCEO since January of 1990. Prior to coming to JCEO Jacqueline spent 6 years working at Clinton County Advocacy and Resource Center. She worked in various departments starting in residential services and ended as the Competitive Employment Coordinator.

As Chief Administrative Officer since 2013 and Head Start Director since 1990 Jacqueline is responsible for the overall operation of the Head Start Program of Clinton and Franklin Counties and for providing administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer.

Jacqueline is a strong advocate for community action and early childhood education. She takes an active role in the community by working with local Universal Pre-K and THRIVE advisory committees. Jacqueline is an active board member of The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwani’s Club, as well as an advisory member of the Adirondack Health Institue (AHI).

Rebecca Murphy, Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca-Opt-122x150“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” –Vivian Greene

Rebecca Murphy is the Chief Financial Officer at JCEO. She oversees the Fiscal Department which handles $7.1 million in federal, state, and local grant funding. Some of Rebecca’s responsibilities include overseeing reports to funding agencies, monitoring program budgets, overseeing all purchasing and payroll activity, preparing monthly financial reports for the Board of Directors, developing and maintaining systems of controls to safeguard financial assets of the organization, coordinating the independent audit and assisting with the preparation of the annual financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Rebecca graduated Cum Laude from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business. Rebecca started her career in Connecticut at IBM and relocated back to the North Country in 2007 where she worked in public accounting until 2011 when she joined the JCEO. Rebecca is also an active member of the Plattsburgh Rotary Club.

Amanda Belzile, Director of Human Resources

“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.” 
– Mahatma Gandhi

Amanda joined JCEO in 2018 as the Director of Human Resources. Having worked mostly in the banking industry, she is new to the non-profit area but brings nine years of progressive employee benefit and human resource experience to JCEO.  She is very familiar with employee training, law and compliance, talent acquisition, and project management.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Keuka and is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the North Country Human Resource Consortium. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and volunteering in her community.

Chris Danussi, Day Care Program Director

Chrisopt-132x150“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

Christina has been with JCEO since 1986. As the Day Care Program Director, Christina is responsible for the day to day operations of both the Child Care Resource and Referral Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The Child Care Resource and Referral Program assist individuals with meeting the requirements necessary to become a New York Registered or Licensed Day Care Provider. The Child and Adult Care Food Program provides aid to family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children

Christina is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council and the New York Works for Child, Aspire. She is also a Verified Health and Safety trainer for individuals that are in the process of becoming Day Care Providers in Clinton County.

Richard Lavigne, Food Services Director


Richard (Dick) Lavigne is the Food Services Director in Malone, NY. Dick oversees the entire food production operation – including 2 greenhouses, 4 gardens, and the mobile farmer’s market. Dick ensures that all donated and grown food is distributed to those in need across the area.

Stephanie Carlisto, Head Start and Early Head Start Associate Director

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Stephanie is the Head Start and Early Head Start Associate Director at JCEO. She assumed this position in 2018 and oversees the day to day operations of the Head Start and Early Head Start program in Franklin County. Prior to this position she was the Education  Services Manager at JCEO from 2015 to 2018.

Belinda Parent, Energy Services Director

Belindaop1t-148x150“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill

Belinda began her career at JCEO in 1991 as an Account Clerk in the Fiscal Department. In 1998 she was promoted to the position of Nutrition Outreach Program Director and in 2001 she assumed her current position as Energy Services Director. In her current position Belinda is responsible for Weatherization, Empower NY Program, Assisted Home Performance, Home Performance, Green Jobs Green New York Program, and all other Energy Related Program.

She takes an active role in her community by serving on the New York State Community Action Association Board of Directors, the New York State Weatherization Directors Association Board of Directors, the Plattsburgh Breakfast Kiwanis Club, the Long Term Recovery Group at United Way and the Franklin County Long Term Care Council.

Sally Soucia, Community Outreach Program Director

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Sally joined JCEO in 1991 as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Town of Peru. In 1994 Sally accepted the position of Outreach Program Assistant and, in 1997, she was promoted to her current position of Community Outreach Program Director. Sally is responsible for the Community Outreach Program and the Medical Transportation Program which serve both Clinton and Franklin County. Additionally, Sally oversees the  Food and Nutrition and HEAP programs in Clinton County.

Sally is a New York State Family Development Credential in 1999 and completed certification as a National Certified ROMA Trainer in 2012. Sally is a member of the Nationally Certified ROMA Peer to Peer Trainer Program.

Sally currently serves on the Clinton County Housing Coalition, Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) Board of Directors, Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Clinton County Health Department Action for Health Committee.

Julie M. Stalker, Senior Outreach Program Director

Julieopt-150x146“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein 

Julie began her career with JCEO in October of 2000 when she joined the Head Start staff as a Family Worker for the Cumberland Head and Beekmantown Centers. In late 2001 she was promoted to the position of Senior Outreach Program Coordinator, a position she held for seven years. In 2008, Julie was promoted to Senior Outreach Program Director where she is responsible for all of JCEO’s Senior Outreach services.

Julie takes an active role in the community by serving on the many senior service committees such as: Community Care Partners; Action to Health; the Senior Celebration Planning Committee; and, the Stop Domestic Violence Task Force. Julie also serves on the Lake Forest Senior Living Community Board of Directors. She is a past Event Chair of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Plattsburgh and currently serves on their planning committee.

 Megan Tedford, Development Director

Old pics 1159“He rises by lifting others.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

Megan joined JCEO in January of 2016. As Development Director, she is responsible for spreading the message of JCEO through printed and online pieces, researching funding opportunities, and connecting with donors. Megan oversees the annual golf tournament and golf ball drop, as well as The Backpack Program that provides food for children in Plattsburgh. Megan also works closely with JCEO’s Community Action Angels. She graduated from Binghamton University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Education. Megan is involved in the Adirondack Young Professionals and is an active board member of the Plattsburgh Rotary Club.