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Affiliation Agreement Places New View Alliance into Top Ten of WNY Non-Profits

To meet the challenges of a complex and rapidly changing service environment, Gateway-Longview, Inc., and New Directions Youth & Family Services, Inc, have joined in a strategic affiliation with the creation of a new parent company, New View Alliance, Inc., which is now among the 10 largest non-profits in Western New York.

As the parent company, New View Alliance provides oversight, strategic planning and advocacy for both affiliated agencies, each of which will continue to operate as individual service entities but with a shared strategic vision. The affiliation also allows for the parent company to provide shared administrative support for finance, human resources, information technology and corporate integrity.

With this change, James W. Coder, CEO of New Directions now serves as the CEO of New View Alliance, Carolyne DeFranco, President/CEO of Gateway-Longview as the President of New View Alliance, Michael Ervin, Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C., as Board Chairperson, and Nanette Skudlarek as the Administrative Assistant.

In the parent-affiliate model, each agency maintains its individual programming and community relationships, ensuring that both organizations remain strong, vital partners with county and state governments, schools and other community service organizations.

“Using the inherent advantages for collaboration and innovation that this new structure provides, the creation of New View Alliance allows for the entire organization to have a stronger voice in advocating for the people we serve and for greater efficiencies in the operation of services,” says Coder.

Leading the shared administrative services are: Pamela Rouse, NVA VP of Corporate Integrity and Quality Improvement; Michael Kelly, NVA VP of Finance; Dr. Larry Perry, NVA VP of Information Technology and Security; Erin Bice, NVA VP of Human Resources; and Joseph Gallagher, NVA VP of Operations.

“Most importantly, this provides wider access to the outstanding programs provided by both agencies, helps us to improve our practices and allows families and youth to achieve even better outcomes resulting in healthier, more successful and enjoyable lives,” says DeFranco.

With the affiliation, New View Alliance will oversee a combined budget of over $50 million, 925 staff, and 46 service programs. With offices in all eight counties of Western New York, it also provides significant Committee on Special Education services to children from downstate New York, including New York City and Long Island. Last year over 10,000 children and families received services including residential care, foster care, therapeutic pre-school, special education, care coordination, community-based services, school-based clinical services and behavioral health clinics.

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