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Heritage Centers has been awarded the esteemed four-year Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation by The Council on Quality & Leadership. This award affirms our commitment to providing person-centered supports that lead to increased quality of life.

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2016-2017 Board of Directors


Mrs. Barbara Battaglia – KenTon School District                                                         

Vice Chairman

Danielle Eisen Shainbrown, Esq. –
McGuire Development Company, LLC 


Mr. Michael S. Radecke –
Smith Barney LLC

Assistant Treasurer

Mr. Thomas Tabak –

Recording Secretary

Peter J. Martin, Esq. –
Bouvier Partnership, LLP


Dr. Andrew Covey – MASH Urgent Care Centers, Professional Emergency Services                                                        

Mr. Gary Quenneville – Key Bank

Mr. Arthur Wingerter – UNIVERA Healthcare                                                         

Ms. LaRenz Pickens – Advocate                                                          

Ellen Becker, Esq. – Attorney/Family Member

Mr. Schuyler A. Banks – Educator/Consultant

Brian F. Attea, Esq. – Attea & Attea, P.C. and Family Member  

James J. Rooney, Esq. – Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Mrs. Olga M. Rico-Armesto – Parent/Advocate                                                        

Dr. Shane Grant – Parent/Advocate

Mr. James Hettich – Crowley Webb & Associates   

Mr. Patrick Young - Zenger Group

Mr. Bill Owens, Jr. - Greater Buffalo Accident & Injury Chiropractic

Mr. Kevin O'Leary - Parkview Health Services 

Mr. David Shute - Independent Health                                


William L. McHugh – Chief Executive Officer 

Douglas DiGesare – Chief Operating Officer

Mark Mortenson – Chief Financial Officer

Christopher Porter – Chief Legal Officer 

Lissa Carroll – Director of Human Resources 

Susan Seay – Administrative Assistant to the Board 

Michelle Cordero - Director, Clinical Services


“Self Advocacy helps me because I was upset and fighting with my house mate. My friends (in Self Advocacy Group) told me I should tell someone like staff or the manager to help. I spoke up for myself to my house manager. She talked to both of us and we are working it out. We are getting along now. I want to help other people to get along with their house mates.” – Gary Jones, Oak Street

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News & Events

Self Advocates Choose Group Names

Both the Tonawanda and Hamburg sites have decided on names for their Self Advocacy groups. The Tonawanda site has chosen “We Are the People.” The Hamburg site is now named “Freedom Fighters Self Advocacy.” Learn More

Self Advocates Graduate from Intensive Training Course

On June 23rd, thirteen Self Advocates graduated from an eight section training course offered by the Self Advocacy Association of New York State, called SANYS U. Learn More