Mark Foley will step down June 30 as president/CEO at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, capping a 50-year career in the disabilities field.
Foley will be succeeded by Mindy Cervoni, a 15-year executive at the Buffalo nonprofit agency.
Foley will follow several other retirements of longtime executives at the Western New York region’s leading disabilities agencies, including Michael Gross, who retired last fall from Heritage Centers; James Boles, who stepped down at People Inc.; and Paul Cesana, who left The Resource Center this spring. It’s part of a larger trend of succession at DD agencies in the region and across the state.
The succession plan was put into play a year ago when Cervoni shifted into the chief operating officer position after nearly 14 years as vice president of administrative services.
In an email to employees and supporters of the organization, Foley expressed confidence in Cervoni’s abilities to lead the $31 million organization.
“I know that Mindy’s appointment is one that insures our continuity, but it also recognizes her great potential to lead you through the transformation facing us in the next decade,” he wrote. “I can leave knowing the organization, staff and all the people we support are in the best of hands.”
Cervoni holds bachelor’s and master’s level psychology degrees from SUNY College at Potsdam and the University of South Carolina-Aiken, respectively.