HCA, Helping Celebrate Abilities, has been providing services to the disabled population since 1947.  What began as a small preschool for special needs children has grown into a much larger organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages. These programs include 15 residential group homes, 10 integrated preschool classrooms as well as respite, habilitation, counseling, employment, and self-directed services.  HCA is a NYS Cerebral Palsy Affiliate as well as a United Way Member Agency.

Mission Statement

Develop and implement individualized programs designed to celebrate each individual’s physical, social, intellectual, and emotional abilities and foster each individual’s integration with our community. 

Vision Statements

Provide integration opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a dignified, respectful manner.  

Provide an environment where activities, services and supports are based on the dreams interests, preferences, strengths and capabilities of the individual  

Maintain current programs and supports and develop new ones that allow individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to remain in the community 

HCA Values Statements

We are committed to an environment of collaboration with the people we support, our employees, and our community. 

We are committed to treating all people with compassion and understanding in applying the platinum rule of treating all people as they wish to be treated.  

We are committed to an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion of all people to harness the power in our diversity. 

We are committed to fostering and valuing creativity and flexibility.

We are committed to act with integrity to each other and to those that we support.


Lisa Kost

Executive Director

Lars Mead

Board President


Lars Mead


Catherine Ryan

Vice President

William Sands


Amy Brown


Gail Barton

Board Member

Mick Chorny

Board Member

Han Dalmolen

Board Member

Ashley Fox

Board Member

George Penrose

Board Member

Kristina Schrull-Valiente

Board Member

Executive Team

Cheryl Smith

Residential Director

Jessica Cornell

Clinical Director

Brent Kenny

Quality Assurance Director

Julie Henry

Education Director

Theresa Bailey

Human Resources Director

Theresa Deane

Chief Financial Officer

Jaclyn Bombard

Director of Development and Community Relations