Our Highly Qualified Team
The highly qualified mental health professionals at CATS are specially trained in the assessment and treatment of behavioral health conditions in children and adolescents. They are leaders in their respective fields and they bring a wealth of proven experience to the youth and families they serve.
At CATS, we understand that mental health disorders can affect children from all walks of life regardless of their socio-economic status, religious affiliation or ethnic background. The goal of our staff is for all children and adolescents to achieve their full potential.
Child & Adolescent Treatment Services is licensed by the New York State Department of Mental Health. Our team includes professionals certified as:
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
- Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
- Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
- Licensed social workers approved by the NYS Insurance Department to bill health insurance companies for psychotherapy services (LCSW-R)
- Additional degrees, certifications & training
Bonnie L. Glazer, LCSW-R, ACSW
Serving as president of Child & Adolescent Treatment Services, Bonnie Glazer is dedicated to strengthening the mental health of children in our region. In her role as president, Glazer works as an administrator, educator and advocate for children and adolescents.
Glazer is an active leader in the field of mental health and education, serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University at Buffalo Department of Psychiatry; a Health Foundation of Western New York Fellow; chair of the New York State Council Children’s Committee; and a member of Leadership Buffalo and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Executives Association.
Rebecca Steffen, LCSW-R
Intake Supervisor/Production Supervisor
Rebecca Steffen first came to Child & Adolescent Treatment Services as a Master’s in Social Work student in 1990. She was hired as a therapist and saw clients regularly until 2001 when she became Intake Supervisor. Steffen currently manages the Intake department, and is responsible for the software system and agency production. She is trained in Anasazi Software and is a Lean Six Sigma Project Champion.
Irene B. Zanet, MA, LMHC
Branch Director, West Side Branch
Irene Zanet, Child & Adolescent Treatment Services West Side Branch director, is passionate for providing quality mental health services to children and families in Buffalo’s West Side community. In her role, Zanet is responsible for staff development and for helping children and adolescents attain effective improvement through therapy. Zanet is trained and/or certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety, and the Six Sigma quality improvement methodology.
Sheila S. Korman, LCSW-R, ACSW
As vice president of Child & Adolescent Treatment Services, Sheila Korman is responsible for business development and collaborating with other agencies, businesses, organizations and systems that serve children and youth in our region. She has developed partnerships with pediatric practices, schools, the Family Help Center, and organizations such as Say Yes. Korman is also the HIPAA and Compliance Officer for CATS.
Stacy Essex, LCSW-R
Quality Improvement Coordinator
As quality improvement coordinator for Child & Adolescent Treatment Services, Stacy Essex is responsible for policy and procedure development, and quality assurance and improvement. Her expertise includes a focus on the mental health of adolescents as well as children who have suffered from sexual abuse. Essex has earned the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification—a data-driven practice for improving processes, services and outcomes.
Sharon Ray, LCSW-R
Evidence-Based Programs Director
Sharon Ray serves as the director of evidence-based programs at Child & Adolescent Treatment Services and is committed to the development and sustainability of innovative, research-supported mental health treatment services for children and adolescents. Evidence-based programs currently delivered by specially trained clinicians at CATS include Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Teacher-Child Interaction Training (TCIT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety. Ms. Ray is involved in several community -wide initiatives and pilot programs focusing on helping young children with behavioral challenges be successful by integrating trauma-informed, mental health services in schools and early childhood settings.
Ms. Ray has been employed in various clinical, supervisory and managerial capacities at CATS since 1986. Ms. Ray is intensively trained in PCIT and TCIT and served as Program Supervisor for PCIT since 2005. Ms. Ray is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and has a strong interest in combining the highest quality treatment services with efficient organizational practices that enhance access and service delivery.
Lisa Gamble, LMSW
Home & Community Based Services Coordinator
Intensive Case Management (ICM) Wrap Supervisor
Lisa Gamble has worked at Child & Adolescent Treatment Services for over 15 years, and in her current role as the ICM Wrap supervisor, Gamble is responsible for providing wraparound care coordination services to youth and their families in the home or community-based setting. Her mission is to decrease the need for out-of-home placements by “wrapping” the child and family with professional services, community resources, and other natural supports.
Jim Cardone, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
As chief financial officer of Child & Adolescent Treatment Services, Jim Cardone is responsible for overseeing the financial management/operations of the organization. With an extensive background in financial management, Cardone provides experienced leadership to the administrative team and is dedicated to responsible fiscal management and accountability.
Rita Cuda, LMHC
Rita Cuda serves as the clinical director of Child & Adolescent Treatment Services in the Outpatient Mental Health Department. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a professional interest in serving children and youth affected by trauma, Cuda has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety. Cuda is also trained in the Six Sigma quality improvement process and methodology.
Anne Dernbach, MS, LMHC
Branch Director, University Branch
Anne Dernbach serves as Child & Adolescent Treatment Services branch director at the University Branch where she focuses on family therapy. She is trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT)—an evidence-based family therapy model for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. In addition, Dernbach is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety, and as a trainer for the Office of Mental Health Partnering for Safety (PFS) Training. She is certified as a Six Sigma Yellow Belt; is a program committee chair for the Council on Accreditation (COA) process; and is a member of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Committee.
Jessica Stiglmeier, LCSW-R
Assistant Branch Director, University Branch
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Coordinator, University Branch
As the DBT coordinator at Child & Adolescent Treatment Services University Branch, Jessica Stiglmeier specializes in the therapeutic treatment of self-injury, suicidal ideation, post-traumatic stress disorder, family and peer relationship struggles, and anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.
Stiglmeier has been trained in Intensive Training in DBT (Behavioral Tech, LLC), Advanced Intensive DBT Training, DBT workshops, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for Children and Adolescents, CBT for Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Practice.
Sarah Wierzbowski, LCSW-R
Branch Director, Southtowns Branch
Sarah Wierzbowski serves as Child & Adolescent Treatment Services branch director at the Southtowns Branch, where she specializes in trauma work with children and adolescents. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and is working towards certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in quality improvement.
Kimberly Luce, MS
Building Brighter Futures Project Director
As director of Child & Adolescent Treatment Services Building Brighter Futures Project, Kimberly Luce focuses on a variety of initiatives, including Expanded Learning, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Extended School Day/Violence Prevention, and Social-Emotional Learning. Luce is also responsible for grant writing, program development and quality improvement.
She serves on the board of Afterschool Works: New York State After-School Network and Arts Partners for Learning; is co-chair of the After-School Network of Western New York; and is a certified trainer of the David P. Weikart Center Youth Work Methods Series and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Cornell Cooperative Extension Advancing Youth Development program.
Luce is trained in the Coping Power Curriculum, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in Schools, Second Step, and Steps to Respect. She has received a Financial Management Certificate from the School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo, in addition to a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification and the After-School Experience Excellence Award.