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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 transitional housing and case management, Warrior Salute Veteran Services provides assistance to veterans 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.

Our Partners

Warrior Salute Veteran Services is proud to partner and collaborate with various organizations and groups both locally and across the country to help our nation’s veterans receive the services and supports they need. The following are just some of the many groups we work with regularly:

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

  • Andrew Sewnauth
    Andrew Sewnauth
    Andrew Sewnauth, MBA, MDiv
    Chief Operating Officer, CDS Life Transitions, Executive Director, CDS Monarch
    Andrew Sewnauth joined CDS Monarch in 2005 when he began his career as a direct support professional and has served in numerous capacities since his start. He is the Executive Director of CDS Monarch, with responsibilities for all day-to-day operations as well as administrative functions. As Chief Operating Officer for CDS Life Transitions, he supports all affiliates with strategic relationships and planning.
  • Jayme Sharpe
    Jayme Sharpe
    Jayme Sharpe
    Director of Person Centered Services
  • Dr. Joel Haas
    Dr. Joel Haas
    Joel Haas, M.D.
    Chief Medical Officer, iCircle & 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.