Wildwood Programs, Inc. Board of Directors

Joe Fitzgerald, Programs Board President

Joe is currently a faculty member and administrator at Siena College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a major in American Political Systems and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis. Joe retired from the U.S. Navy in 2001, following 23 ½ years of active duty service. He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, the U.S. Naval Institute and the Military Officers Association of America. Joe lives in Troy, NY.

Robin Hickey, Programs Board Vice President

Robin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Services from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Robin recently retired as a Program Planner from the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and has worked in the disabilities field for almost 40 years. She is a parent of a  child who receives services from Wildwood.

Adam Breault, Programs Board Treasurer

Adam is an attorney with the law firm Meyers and Meyers, LLP.  He has served as Vice President and Director of Capital Alliance of Young Professionals, Inc. Adam earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Siena College in 2000 and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2003.  Adam lives in Albany, NY

Dawn Mengel, Programs Board Secretary

Dawn resides in Guilderland with her husband, Greg, and two children, Marin and Grant. She enjoys travel, golf, going to the theatre and cheering for her son and the rest of the varsity Basketball team at Guilderland High School.

Bill Hedberg, Ph.D.

Bill is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University at Albany.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York Collage at Brockport, and his Doctorate in Educational Foundations from the University at Albany.  Bill lives in Albany, NY.

Karen Nagy

Karen Nagy is a certified special education teacher at Helping Hands School in Clifton Park, NY.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education from the State University at Oneonta and a Master of Science in Special Education from the State University at Albany.  Karen lives in Rexford, New York.

Mary MacKrell

Mary is a Partner at LCS & Z, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Russell Sage College.  Mary lives in Greenwich, NY.

Scott Miller

Scott is a Landscape Architect at CLA Site in Saratoga Springs. He has a Civil Engineering Technology Degree and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo.  Scott lives in  Queensbury, NY.

Martin Patrick

Martin is a Senior Human Resources Consultant/Manager employed at Pinnacle HR, LLC in Albany.  He received his Master’s Degree in HR Management from Pace University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society of Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  Martin lives in East Greenbush, NY.

Richard Lipman

Richard Lipman is a Partner in UHY LLP and a Managing Director in UHY Advisors NY, Inc.  Rich is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York and Massachusetts. Rich provides a full range of accounting, auditing, consulting and tax services to a broad array of businesses.  Rich currently serves as a Board member of Wildwood Programs where he is  the Chair of Wildwood’s Finance Committee and Chair of Wildwood’s Audit Committee.

Greg Cowl 

Greg has worked for the State of New York in Nutritional Services for twenty eight years.  He is a graduate of Shaker High School in Latham and is served by Wildwood Programs.  He plays volleyball and loves to cook.  Greg resides in Albany, NY.

Margie Castellana

Margie is employed as a Controller at New York State Industries for Disabled. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Russell Sage College.  Margie lives in Schenectady, NY.

Carol Kriss

Carol retired from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, where she was a Statewide Coordinator of Medicaid Service Coordination.  She holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hunter College.  Carol lives in Latham, NY.

Roseanne O’Brien

Roseanne retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield after a long career as a Human Resource professional.  She also worked as an adult educator in a number of businesses and government agencies. Roseanne earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Georgian Court University. She pursued graduate work in English at the University of Maryland, and in Business at Sage Graduate School.  Roseanne lives in Albany, NY.




Individualized Residential Alternatives

We support individuals with all levels of disability and are designed to provide individuals with the highest quality supports while providing the feeling that where they live is truly a home.  A partnership is established between Wildwood staff and families to insure quality supports in the residences.

Supportive Apartments 

Home Supports staff provide support to people in houses, apartment units, and apartment buildings throughout the Capital District.  These individuals do not receive 24-hour supervision, but have staff visitation and 24-hour access to staff.


Community Habilitation

Provides individual support for both children and adults who are either living at home with their families or living independently in their own residences.  Staff work closely with the consumer, family, and Medicaid Service Coordinator to develop an individual plan and to determine the number of hours needed to address the goals outlined in the plan.  Services can occur in the home or in the individual’s community.




Recreation Services

Wildwood's Recreation/ Recreation Respite Program offers activities for individuals of all ages.  The goals of the program include not only enjoyment of leisure time, and  respite but also socialization and integration within the community. The recreation/ recreation  respite staff creatively seek activities that broaden the participants’ experience and further their goals in areas like social and life skills. It is a social program assisting people in small group situations with their leisure pursuits within the community.  Independent access of the community is the goal, but staff can assist individuals so that they may participate in this service. People can select from the recreation offerings and choose the ones they want to enjoy.

The program is open to all OPWDD eligible individuals.  We serve people from age 5 – 85 in a variety of settings.  Some of the more formal services include Saturday Recreation and GAP for school aged people.  The GAP program meets daytime during school vacations and is a service for families without other options for these school breaks.

Adult Respite and Adult Recreation serve individuals over the age of 18 living in their family home.  If the individual lives in an OPWDD sanctioned residential setting they would most likely be in our recreation program.  The two adult programs look and feel identical.


Family Supports

Family Support Services include those areas that are designed to help support an individual in living at home with family as long as they desire. While the supports certainly benefit the person, they are also designed to support the family or caregiver. This includes areas such as:

  • Information and referral on supports and services that may be available
  • Workshops designed to provide education and information
  • Support groups that may be designed for either individuals receiving supports or their families
  • Counseling supports
  • Case management and benefit supports for those not enrolled in Medicaid Service Coordination
  • In-home behavior supports
  • Reimbursement for respite and goods and services
  • HCBS Waiver Respite services



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