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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. 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 his/her life.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to assess


Assess  to determine the needs of each service member.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to listening


Listen  to ensure each service member has the opportunity to share his/her feelings.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to understanding


Understand  to synthesize specific psychological, social and vocational needs & goals.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to transition


Transition  to plan with the individual how to get back into community life.

Warrior Salute has a commitment to empowerment


Empower  to 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Kate Wagner
    Kate Wagner
    Kate Wagner, RN
    Vice President of Operations, CDS Monarch & Warrior Salute Veteran Services
    Kate Wagner has been with CDS Monarch since 2012. She started as a registered nurse for CDS Monarch and worked her way up to Vice President of Operations for CDS Monarch and Warrior Salute Veteran Services.

Meet Our Clinical Advisory Board

  • Kimberly Kalish
    Kimberly Kalish
    Kimberly Kalish, Ph.D.
    Dr. Kimberly Kalish is the consulting psychologist for the 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.
  • Dr. Scott Tripler
    Dr. Scott Tripler
    Scott Tripler, M.D.
    University of Rochester Medical Center
    Dr. Scott Tripler graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and practiced family medicine in the Palmyra/Macedon area, until joining the University of Rochester faculty in 2000.
  • 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.

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.