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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Theresa Roth

Incoming Executive Director

Theresa Roth is the incoming Executive Director for NYSCA, joining the organization in February 2024. She has dedicated her career to advocating for victims of sexual violence and child abuse and has worked in the field of victim advocacy for over twenty years. Prior to joining NYSCA, she led the Justice for Children Advocacy Center in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties for eight years. She graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a BS in Community and Human Services and earned her MS in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri. Theresa was born and raised in Akron, NY and continues to serve that community by volunteering for the Akron Fire Company, along with her husband, Don. She is also the proud mother of two daughters. In her spare time, Theresa enjoys photography, gardening, and bird watching.

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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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Paige Potter

Director of Training & Development

Paige Potter joined the NYSCA team in September of 2023 as the Director of Training and Development. Paige was born and raised in Cortland, New York, leading her to pursue a BS in Sociology and a MS in Community Health both from SUNY Cortland. While working towards each degree Paige was also a
5-year member and a 2-year captain of the SUNY Cortland Women’s Lacrosse Team. Prior to NYSCA, Paige was the Community Outreach Educator at the Cortland County Child Advocacy Center, where she became well versed in different child abuse/exploitation prevention curriculums and other trainings such as, Less Is More. She currently is still residing in Cortland with her partner Jake and their 5-year-old pup Oakley. In her free time, Paige enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling to spend time with family and friends.

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