Bruce Garcia, Chief executive officer
Bruce 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 to be a 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 JCEO run successfully. Bruce provides strategic direction for the agency and oversees day to day operations to ensure compliance with JCEO policies and procedures, as well as federal and state rules and regulations.
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.
“If it’s to be, it is up to me.”
- William H. Johnsen
Jacqueline Skiff, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Head Start and Early Head Start
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 and Early Head Start Program in Clinton and Franklin Counties, and provides 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).
“There is no limit to what you can do, when you focus on your strength.”
- Lailah Gifty Akita
Rebecca Murphy, Chief Financial Officer
Rebecca joined JCEO in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. She oversees the Fiscal Department which handles 8.5 million dollars 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 she joined the JCEO. Rebecca is also an active member of the Plattsburgh Rotary Club.
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”
– Vivian Greene
Amanda Belzile, Director of Human Resources
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 in employee training, law and compliance, talent acquisition, and project management.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Keuka College. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP). Amanda is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the North Country Human Resource Consortium. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and volunteering in her community.
“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Christina Danussi, Day Care Program Director
Christina has been with JCEO since 1986, when she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from SUNY Plattsburgh. She began her career at JCEO under the pretense of working on a 6 month grant, but the grant continued and Christina has been a part of the Day Care Program ever since.
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. Christina is a member of Child Care Advisory Committee at CVES. She is also a Verified Health and Safety trainer in Clinton and Franklin Counties.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
Richard Lavigne, Food Services Director
Richard (Dick) Lavigne came to JCEO in 2012 as 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. He ensures that food pantries throughout Clinton, Franklin, and Essex Counties have healthy food and fresh vegetables.
Dick has extensive knowledge of the community and has built strong connections as a business owner in the hospitality field for 42 years. In 1980, he competed in the Olympics with the Bobsled team. Dick has served for over 50 years on the Board of Directors for the UVM/Alice Hyde Medical Center. He served as the Board Chair for six years. He also served two terms as the Board President of the Malone Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, Dick started a Backpack Program in Malone, providing food for children on the weekend.
Stephanie Carlisto, Head Start and Early Head Start Associate Director
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.
Stephanie has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of educational settings. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Masters of Science degree in Reading Literacy from SUNY Potsdam.
“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
Sally soucia, community outreach program Director
Sally joined JCEO in 1991 as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Town of Peru. Three years later, she became the 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 in Clinton and Franklin Counties. Additionally, Sally oversees the Food and Nutrition and HEAP programs in Clinton County.
Sally completed and received the New York State Family Development Credential in 1999 and in 2012, became a National Certified ROMA Trainer. Sally is a member of the Nationally Certified ROMA Peer to Peer Trainer Program and the NY ROMA Alliance. In 2016, Sally completed and received certification as a National Family Development Credential Trainer.
Sally is very active in the community and currently serves on the Clinton County Housing Coalition, Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) Board of Directors, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board, and the Clinton County Health Department Action for Health Committee.
“Seek first to understand then to be understood.”
– Steven Covey
Lisa Goodrow, Community Outreach Associate Director
Lisa came to JCEO in October of 2011 as an intern and was hired in April of 2012 as a Medical Transportation Worker. She was promoted to Community Outreach Associate Director in 2018. As the Associate Director, Lisa is responsible for overseeing the Medical Transportation program, our back to school supply drive, HEAP, as well as many other community outreach programs. Lisa Graduated from Clinton Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services. Prior to starting at JCEO Lisa was a certified daycare provider for 10 years and a CNA prior to that.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
- Dr. Seuss
Belinda SOUCIA, Energy Services Program Director
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 Programs.
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.
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”
– Napoleon Hill
Julie Stalker, Senior Outreach Program Director
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 received her New York State Family Development Credential in 2003 and completed certification as a National Certified ROMA Implementer in 2017.
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 and The Samuel F. Vilas Home Board of Directors. She is a past Event Chair of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Plattsburgh event. Julie is currently the Event Chair for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
– Albert Einstein
Nicole Laurin, Development Director
Nicole joined JCEO in June of 2019 as the Development Director. She is the Second Vice President of the Noon Rotary Club and active in several Rotary committees, including Co-Chair of the Service Committee, serves on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction and Boy Scouts Good Scout Award Committees, participates in the Alzheimer’s Walk Committee, is a Board Member for the Senior Citizens Council, President of the Chazy PTO and a Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.
At JCEO, Nicole oversees the Community Action Angels which is a volunteer group under JCEO that handles the BackPack, Safe Sleep and Fostering Komfort Programs. She plans the golf tournament which provides funding for the Community Action Angel Programs. Nicole is responsible for the Agency’s social media and website presence as well as advertising and branding. She assists Program Directors with securing grants and donations.
Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.
“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” Maya Angelou