New York State Children's Alliance, Inc.

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Linda Cleary

Executive Director

Linda Cleary is the Executive Director for NYSCA, joining the Chapter in January 2018. Linda has over 35 years management experience in non-profit, thirteen of those in the role of Executive Director. Prior to joining NYSCA, she was the Executive Director of McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center for five years in Onondaga County. Linda was born and raised in Corning, NY. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Retailing and spent 10 years in retail management before getting involved in the non-profit world. Linda and her husband Dennis live in Manlius. She has two sons, two stepsons, three grandsons, and one granddaughter. In her spare time, she likes to read, golf, bake and work on her doll house.

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William Starliper

Director of Finance

William (Bill) Starliper has been the Director of Finance for the New York State Children's Alliance since January 2018. Bill has over 35 years of experience in the field of finance, having worked for twenty years as a Finance Director/CFO for several non-profits. Prior to joining NYSCA, he was the Director of Finance at the Child Advocacy Center in Onondaga County. He has extensive experience with processing grants for county, state and federal contracts, financials and budgets, and contract budget development and is a tremendous asset to the Chapter. Bill graduated from LeMoyne College with a BS in Accounting. He lives in Syracuse with his wife of 36 years, Lynn. They have three grandchildren who live in Ireland. Bill's favorite hobby is playing golf.

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Patricia Maio Mullin

Director of Communications

Patricia Maio Mullin, Director of Communications, joined NYSCA in 2018. She received her BFA from Syracuse University majoring in Advertising Design. Patty began her marketing/design career in the cable television industry winning awards from HBO and Showtime for creative development. From there, she worked for Syracuse-based advertising/design firms, started her own freelance business, and used her talents at the Child Advocacy Center in Onondaga County as the Marketing and Fund Development Specialist before joining NYSCA. Patty lives in Syracuse with her husband Paul. They have four children and became grandparents in February of 2022. She spends her time traveling to visit her children and granddaughter. 

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John Kelly

Statewide Multidisciplinary Team Director

John Kelly is the Statewide Multidisciplinary Team Director for NYSCA, joining the organization in October, 2019. He joined the Saratoga Springs Police Department and enjoyed assignments that included DARE, School Resource Officer, Bike Patrol & Community Services and finally retiring in 2012
as an investigator. John then joined the Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center in Saratoga Springs and quickly gained a second family. He was born in Ticonderoga, NY and is the oldest of three, with two sisters. John and his wife, Robyn, have two children, Chad and Morgan. John loves the outdoors and has completed 26 of the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Some day he hopes to slow down and retire to the Carolinas....some day.

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Bafelile (Tebo) Cossa

Director of Data Services and Analytics

Tebo Cossa is the Director of Data Services and Analytics for NYSCA, joining the team in
April 2020. Having come from a Child Advocacy Center, she is well versed in the CAC model and has knowledge of database systems. Tebo worked as a Community Outreach & Education Specialist before becoming a Victim Advocate. Prior to her positions at a Child Advocacy Center, she was a Volunteer and Diversity Specialist for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Tebo graduated with a BA from Global University in South Africa and received a Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Studies
from the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a puppetry artist and skilled Ventriloquists performer. Tebo finds joy in spending her leisure time traveling with her family and running her online closet.

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Kim Haight

Director of Advocacy & Membership Support

Kim Haight is the Director of Advocacy & Membership Support for NYSCA, joining the organization in February 2023, after serving for nearly 6 years as Executive Director of The Child Abuse Prevention Center / Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Kim was raised in Burnt Hills, New York, where she lived until moving to the Hudson Valley to attended Marist College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  Kim has dedicated her career to advocating for children and families, and has done so working in the nonprofit sector for the past 20 years.  She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, three children, and two dogs.  She enjoys doing crafts with her kids, gardening, and vacationing in the Adirondacks. 

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