163 SOUTH FIRST STREET, FULTON, NY (315) 592-4453
Tory joined the CAC after a long career with the Oswego Police Department. Tory spent 22 years with the Oswego Police Department most recently as the Chief of Police. His years of public service and experience in law enforcement provide direction and leadership to staff as well as our multi-disciplinary team approach here at the CAC.
Carol Gazitano, LMFT
firstname.lastname@example.orgCarol obtained her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University in 2011. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Circle of Security Parenting Program. Carol was previously a staff therapist at the CAC for over five years before she rejoined the team as the deputy director.
Fund Development Manager
email@example.comSarah holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Cayuga Community College. Sarah has extensive experience in managerial and administrative roles serving previously as the Director of Springside, an affiliate of Oswego Health. In her role here at the CAC, Sarah manages our development activities and programs as well as our fundraising campaigns and events.
Melanie Smith, LMHC
Melanie supervises the clinical program at the CAC and was previously a CAC therapist for several years. Melanie graduated from SUNY Oswego’s Mental Health Counseling program in 2011, during which she also interned at the CAC. Melanie is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Circle of Security Parenting Program. Melanie also has experience working with children with problematic sexual behaviors.
Aimee is a Combat Veteran of the Armed Services and a retired Sergeant with the Fulton Police Department. Aimee has extensive knowledge and sensitivity to family systems and child victimization. She has vast knowledge and experience in the overall Child Protection and Legal systems. Aimee holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. She has successfully completed both Child First Forensic Interview Training and Forensic Interviewing Best Practices.
Courtney Harp most recently held the position of Victim Advocate through Oswego County Opportunities, Service to Aid Families (SAF) program. Courtney aided survivors of domestic and sexual violence through the civil, criminal, and family court process. Previously, Courtney worked diligently on behalf of unhoused youth and families within Oswego County as she provided case management to McKinney Vento eligible families in Fulton and Phoenix School District, youth homeless shelter and transitional housing program. Courtney holds a position as facilitator of the Batterers Accountability Program through Oswego County which extends judicial monitoring for offenders who have committed acts of domestic violence. In her role with the CAC as the Outreach Prevention & Education Advocate, Courtney works within the community to educate agencies and schools on the importance of child sexual abuse and prevention.
Sara has a strong background in providing services and advocacy for disadvantaged populations. Sara worked with CNYDSO for over ten years where she provided clients with residential, habilitative and vocational services. Here at CAC, Sara coordinates client needs with outreach of community resources to better assist victims with challenges while also empowering them to rebuild their lives.
Outreach Prevention and Education Advocate
Makalah Hann, LMFT
Makalah is a graduate of Syracuse University, with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy and a certificate of advanced studies in trauma. Makalah also holds a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne college. Makalah has worked with children, families and couples throughout her time in private practice and agency settings. She currently holds a limited permit in marriage and family therapy and is working toward licensure.
Tessa Fellows, LP-MHC
Tessa Fellows, LP-MHC, graduated from SUNY Oswego with her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, as well an Advanced Certificate in Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies. Tessa also obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh. Tessa has been able to work with a wide range of clients, including children and families in an agency setting. Tessa currently is a Limited Permit holder and is working towards acquiring her license in Mental Health Counseling.
Grants & Finance Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Hotchkiss joined the CAC in the role of Grants & Finance Manager in December 2022. Jim is a graduate of Syracuse University's School of Management where he earned his M.S. Accounting degree and has worked in a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations over the course of his accounting and finance career. He believes strongly in lifelong learning and continuous improvement with the goal of becoming a strategic advisor. Outside of the office, Jim enjoys exercising, reading, music, and spending time with his family.
Client Services Coordinator/Billing Specialist
email@example.comBrittany is a 2013 graduate of SUNY Oswego, earning a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Anthropology with a minor in Forensic Science. Brittany is our current Client Service Representative, ready to greet clients, help with insurance issues, and provide a nice atmosphere to the front office. Previously, she worked for St. Joseph's Imaging Associates as the Fulton office manager, for the last 6 years, completing daily overview tasks of the offices, greeting patients, and exam billing.
Mobile CAC Coordinator
Advocate Supervisor & MDT Coordinator
Olivia is a graduate of Cazenovia College, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Human Services and graduated at the top of her class. During her undergraduate studies, Olivia was afforded multiple opportunities to work with diverse populations. Upon graduating, Olivia served as an Advocate/Educator for Oswego County Opportunities Inc., Services to Aid Families (SAF) Program. She uses the knowledge and experience she gained in her previous position to assist children and families through the investigation, prosecution, and recovery processes in her current position as a Family Advocate for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.
Client Services Representative
Renee is a 2003 graduate of Bryant & Stratton College, earning an associate degree in Administrative Medical Assisting. She also has many years of child-care experience as a Teacher's Assistant at Pulaski Daycare. Renee is our Client Service Representative at our Pulaski office. She currently also works as a supervisor at Kinney Drugs. Renee enjoys helping others and bringing smiles to their faces.
Brittney is a graduate of SUNY Oswego where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Through her time at SUNY Oswego, Brittney has had challenging discussions about the complex and difficult realities that many individuals face. Throughout her undergraduate career, Brittney has dedicated time and effort to develop a better understanding of others working with homeless youth through Oswego County Opportunities and Brittney’s most recently held position as a Psychiatric Technician at Lakeview Mental Health and Wellness. In her role with the CAC as the Outreach Prevention & Education Advocate, Brittney works within the community to educate agencies and schools on the importance of child sexual abuse and prevention.
Stephanie Joined the CAC after working 25 years as a preschool bus driver for children with special needs through Durham School Services. For 6 years, Stephanie also worked on weekends for Chase Enterprises and, for the last 10 years, working as a part-time front desk receptionist for an enhanced living facility in Oswego. Stephanie has completed many training courses in the transportation field, most recently she was certified as a 19A Examiner. She is also trained in computerized business careers, medical billing and assisting, child passenger safety, and as a security guard, to mention a few other accomplishments. Stephanie plans to continue her education in the transportation field and is looking forward to working with the community in her new role as CAC Mobile Coordinator.