Meet Our Board President
Posted on: August 31, 2015
Cazenovia Recovery Systems’ Board of Directors is a diverse and accomplished group of individuals. John Anderson, our current president, has been a Board member for ten years and has been involved with the agency since its inception in 1981. He also served as Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services’s Director of Chemical Dependency Services for 16 years.
John describes working with our board as “very satisfying.” As president, he provides leadership to the agency, though he credits that “the bulk of that comes from our staff.”
He feels our agency has “always been willing to take on new opportunities that fit within our strategic plan.” Our agency is in the process of assuming operations of programs in Niagara County currently operated by Fellowship House. After much hard work, “things are starting to fall into place,” according to John. “It’s going smoothly only because of the work of Sue Bissonette (our Executive Director), Linda DelleDonne (our Financial Director), and the rest of our staff.”
As a Veteran, John is particularly proud of the “1-2 punch” of expanding our services into Batavia at Liberty Hall and serving as a development partner at Cadence Square in Canandaigua. These programs were quite different from the type of services we had provided previously. This new direction was a risk, one that worked out incredibly well. “Taking those chances has been very gratifying,” said John.
Liberty Hall and Cadence Square kick-started the trend of expansion and stable growth our agency has seen over the last five years, which John described as “extraordinary.” He also noted that this growth has been “well-planned and well-executed by the staff.”
The relationship between staff and Board is one of our agency’s biggest strengths. New projects, expansions, and willingness to take risks outside of Erie County have all placed Cazenovia Recovery Systems on strong footing for the future. John’s wealth of knowledge and expertise have played a decisive role in our progress.
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