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Integrated, Competency-Based,
Community-Focused Learning

Who We Are

The Allentoff Institute is a community training and event center located within the CDS Life Transitions’ Wolf Life Transition Center.

Our Commitment

The Allentoff Institute is dedicated to the empowerment of its students through integrated, competency-based learning. We provide life-changing educational opportunities to our employees and the community to help them advance personally and professionally.

Our Team

Meet Our Senior Leadership

  • Sankar Sewnauth
    Sankar Sewnauth
    Sankar Sewnauth, MPA
    President & CEO
    Sankar Sewnauth serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CDS Life Transitions. He began his career working for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a direct support professional and has held a variety of leadership positions since joining the Agency in 1989. He is responsible for the overall strategic vision, growth, leadership and administration of more than 750 people employed across 22-counties in New York State. Under his leadership, CDS Life Transitions has grown into one of the largest, most diversified, high quality run not-for-profits in New York State.
  • Mark Curletta
    Mark Curletta
    Mark Curletta, CPA, MBA
    Chief Operating Officer
    Mark Curletta is the Chief Operating Officer for CDS Life Transitions and provides leadership, management, and oversight to ensure operational procedures, systems, and functions are in place to facilitate growth, financial controls and started his career with CDSLT in finance. Since, Mark has been a major contributor to every major growth area of the company. He has extensive experience in finance and also oversees all of the CDS Housing developments.
  • Melissa Brown
    Melissa Brown
    Melissa Brown, SPHR, MHSA
    Executive Vice President of Human Resources
    Melissa Brown has been with CDS Life Transitions since 2008. She is responsible for oversight of human resources.
  • Joseph Delgado
    Joseph Delgado
    Joseph Delgado
    Director of Workforce Development, Training & Safety
    Joseph Delgado has been with CDS Life Transitions since 2016. He oversees all safety and wellness initiatives at CDS Life Transitions and the Allentoff Institute.
  • Caley Ferguson
    Caley Ferguson
    Caley Ferguson
    Training Manager
    Caley Ferguson joined CDS Monarch
    in 2016. She became the Safety
    and Training Coordinator for all
    of CDS Life Transitions in 2018. She now
    oversees all internal and external trainings.
  • Jennifer Senter
    Jennifer Senter
    Jennifer Senter,
    MS-Emp. Law,
    HRM, SHRM-CPt
    Training Coordinator
    Jennifer Senter joined the
    CDS Life Transitions training
    department in 2019. She supports
    the Training Manager for all
    internal and external trainings.

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