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Support. Listen. Empower.
You’re not alone.

Who We Are

After recognizing the need for support to veterans returning home, we were driven to help our service men and women in a way that would make a profound impact on their lives. In listening to the needs of veterans in our community, Warrior Salute Veteran Services was born.

What We Do

Through various wellness and family support services, Warrior Salute Veteran Services provides assistance to veterans and their families during the journey to transition back into their community.

Our Commitment

Warrior Salute has a commitment to support

Support

To assist the service member in all aspects of their life.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to assess

Assess

Determine the needs of each service member.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to listening

Listen

Ensure each service member has the opportunity to share their feelings.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to understanding

Understand

Synthesize specific psychological, social, and vocational needs & goals.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to transition

Transition

Create  a plan with the individual on how to get back into community life.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to empowerment

Empower

Provide each service member with the tools to live independently and productively in their community, and to make informed choices and decisions.

We’re here to help you make the first step

You’re not alone. Let us help you get started on your Warrior Salute journey. 

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 within the organization. Mark earned his Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Dayton and his Masters of Business Administration in 2007. Starting his career with CDSLT in finance in 2000, Mark has since been a major contributor to every major growth area of the company. Mark has extensive experience in finance and also oversees all of the CDS Housing developments.
  • Andrew Sewnauth
    Andrew Sewnauth
    Andrew Sewnauth, MBA, MDiv
    Executive Vice President of Operations, CDS Monarch, Unistel Industries & Warrior Salute Veteran Services
    Andrew Sewnauth joined CDS Monarch in 2005 when he began his career in direct care. He is responsible for oversight of daily operations and has served in numerous capacities since.
  • Dr. Joel Haas WS
    Dr. Joel Haas WS
    Joel Haas, M.D.
    Medical Director, Warrior Salute Veteran Services
    Dr. Joel Haas joined iCircle and Warrior Salute Veteran Services in 2018 with more than 30 years of experience as a practicing physician and retired Medical Director from the Rochester V.A. Dr. Haas is responsible for oversight of medical and clinical review, he chairs numerous committees, and he monitors quality improvement activities.

Meet Our Clinical Advisory Board

  • Kimberly Kalish
    Kimberly Kalish
    Kimberly Kalish, Ph.D.
    Psychologist
    Dr. Kimberly Kalish is the consulting psychologist for Warrior Salute Veteran Services, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, and has a private practice.
  • Dr. Susan McDaniel
    Dr. Susan McDaniel
    Susan McDaniel, Ph.D.
    University of Rochester Medical Center
    Dr. Susan McDaniel is a family psychologist and serves as the Director of the Institute for the Family in the Department of Psychiatry, and the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.
  • Dr. Kathy Platoni
    Dr. Kathy Platoni
    Kathy Platoni, Psy.D.
    Retired U.S. Army
    Dr. Kathy Platoni is a practicing clinical psychologist. For more than 32 years, Dr. Kathy Platoni has served our nation as an expert in PTSD and war trauma.
  • Eric Wheeler
    Eric Wheeler
    Eric Wheeler
    Monroe Community College
    Eric Wheeler served in the United States Armed forces and is currently the Assistant Director of Career and Veteran Services at Monroe Community College.
  • Grace Docherty
    Grace Docherty
    Grace Docherty
    Creative Arts Therapist
    Grace is a therapist striving to help others find their way through life’s challenges with support, education, and creativity. She is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who is currently practicing in a rural community mental health center. She has experience counseling people through biological, psychological, and social challenges during varying stages of development across the life span. Grace has spent years facilitating Art Therapy for Veterans and their families in local communities. She primarily focuses on helping clients heal from traumatic experiences, improve emotional stability, and develop skills to thrive in our communities.
  • Tom Bertram
    Tom Bertram
    Tom Bertram
    Outreach Specialist, RIT
    Tom served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for more than 22 years as both an enlisted Marine and Commissioned Officer before retiring in July of 2017. Tom is a combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom whose service has taken him to more than 30 different countries around the world. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport and a MBA with a minor concentration in Nanoscale Science and Engineering from SUNY Albany. Tom currently works as the Outreach Specialist at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for Veterans Upward Bound, a program that recruits, prepares, and gets Veterans admitted to colleges and universities.

Make An Impact.

Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of veterans in our community.