New Year brings new leadership

Diocese names new Director of Catholic Charities and Community Services

By Claudia Mathis
SUN staff writer

Bishop Robert Cunningham has announced the appointment of Joseph newyearG. Slavik as the Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities and Community Services, effective Jan. 4, 2010. Slavik will be succeeding Cindy Falise, who has successfully served as the Interim Diocesan Director since 2006. “I think Joe is an outstanding person who will be a great leader for Catholic Charities in the coming years,” said Falise. “Joe loves Catholic Charities and has the unique combination of skills and ability to see what people need and then know how to best access the resources to serve them.”

Slavik is a resident of Johnson City, N.Y. and has been the Area Director of Broome County Catholic Charities since 1980. Prior to that position, he served as Executive Director of the Broome County CYO for five years. Slavik has 29 years of service and experience in the overall leadership and management of the area’s largest social service agency. As area director, he currently oversees an operational budget of $18 million annually with 400 employees and 75 volunteers.

Slavik said he was very excited about his appointment as Director of Catholic Charities and Community Services. “I think it’s a wonderful way to celebrate my work with Catholic Charities,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to advance the mission of Catholic Charities.”

Slavik serves on the boards of many organizations: Fidelis Care of NY, Upstate Medical Physicians Free Clinic, Broome County Department of Social Service and Christopher Community Housing Corp. He has served in a variety of other capacities and organizations including United Way of Broome County, Lt. Governor’s Task Force on Aging Out, Broome County Management Council, NYS Catholic Conference, Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Binghamton Psychiatric Center’s Board of Visitors.

Slavik holds a bachelor’s degree in applied social sciences from SUNY Binghamton, graduating summa cum laude.

In 2004, Slavik was recognized with the Jefferson Award for Community Involvement by WBNG-TV Channel 12.

As the diocesan director, Slavik will be responsible for leading, directing, interacting and overseeing the six regional offices of Catholic Charities, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services and the ministries of Respect Life and Social Action (disabled and public policy.)

He will serve as the President of the Diocese of Syracuse Catholic Charities, Inc. and report directly to Bishop Robert J. Cunningham.

“Joe is looking forward to working with the bishop and advancing the Catholic Charities agenda for the Diocese of Syracuse,” said Falise.

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