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Since 1887, St. Anne Institute has been helping children and families develop the confidence and skills they need to overcome crisis in their lives. Because each client’s circumstances are unique, treatment plans are specifically tailored to meet their needs as identified through the referral evaluation process. Later, as our client’s needs change, the flexibility of St. Anne Institute’s multidisciplinary team approach allows treatments to be modified to accommodate those changes. Our total program is designed to meet the needs of children and their families through a comprehensive range of independent but interrelated services including: residential and non-residential treatment for adolescent females, a special education preschool and a community-based treatment program that specializes in sex abuse prevention and intervention for males and females of all ages and their families.

Our History

In a small wooden structure on Broadway in Albany, New York, four Sisters of the Good Shepherd opened their doors to troubled and homeless women in 1887. This began St. Anne Institute’s tradition of loving, caring and protecting that has been sustained throughout the century. The sisters operated a program where work on the Institute’s farm and laundry complemented academic and spiritual programs for the girls.

By the 1940’s, most of the girls in residence were adolescents and academic education had become more important than preparation for manual labor. As our children’s problems became more complex, St. Anne expanded and improved its programs to better meet their evolving needs. St. Anne now stands as one of only three agencies statewide that provides residential and day treatment programs exclusively for adolescent females. We were the first agency in the state of New York (and remain one of the few) to offer treatment services to youthful sex offenders and their families in a non-residential setting.

In 1981, a lay Board of Directors assumed leadership of the agency from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. St. Anne Institute has emerged as a secular treatment center offering outstanding residential, educational and preventive services to over 800 children and families each year from 40 counties throughout New York State.

The evolution of St. Anne Institute did not happen by chance. The groundwork for our success was laid by the teachings of St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier. Today, a Board of Trustees and staff successfully build upon St. Mary Euphrasia’s philosophy of humanitarian service and creative programs responsive to new generations of troubled families.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide exceptional service to each other, faculty, students, St. Anne Institute and the larger public. We will establish and maintain a balanced and supportive atmosphere through mutual respect, teamwork, efficiency, and continued professional and personal growth.

Values Statement

The St. Anne Institute Boards and staff are dedicated to enhancing the uniqueness and promoting the personal worth of children, adolescents and families we serve. To this end, St. Anne Institute is committed to:

  • Providing the highest quality therapeutic, residential, educational and preventative services.
  • Providing a safe, nurturing therapeutic environment and a supportive professional work environment.
  • Ensuring that those in our programs have the opportunity to realize their potential and return to strengthened families or independent community living.

Guiding Principles

Loving, Caring and Protecting

Our Staff

Executive Staff

Anthony G. Cortese, LCSW-R
Chief Executive Officer

Theresa Gabriel, B.A., M.S.
Chief Operating Officer

Diane T. Malecki, B.S.B.A., M.B.A., M.S. Ed.
Chief Financial Officer

Darlene Viall Suto, B.A.
Director of Development & Community Relations

Director – Education

Director of Clinical Services

Terri Boland, B.A., M.P.H.
Administrator of Residential Services

Michelle Parady, B.A., M.S.
Continuous Quality Improvement Manager/Program Administrator

Board of Trustees

Albany Bishop Emeritus, Howard J. Hubbard (on administrative leave)

Vice Chair (Acting Board Chair)
Dana Peterson, PhD.

Linda MacFarlane

Sister Mary Ann LoGiudice

Dana Abbott, PhD.
Johanne M. Bishop
Jaclyn A. Brilling, Esq.
Sabiel Chapnick
Tina Kehoe Cheeks
John Cococcia
Vincent Colonno
Thomas Dvorsky
Sol Goldstein
Marilyn Kacicia, MD, MPH
Robert J. McLaughlin
Henri Williams

Honorary Council
John Biscone
Rhonda Childs
James Harris, Sr.
Paul Kutey
Sr. Maureen Joyce (In Memoriam)
Philomena Smith (In Memoriam)

Board of Trustees
St. Anne Foundation

Stephen Schifley

Vice Chair
Wanda Zygmuntowicz

Timothy A. Barker

Liza Zandri Tougher

Melanie Bessette
Christopher Fedullo
Sarah A. Halliday
Jill Johnson
Imelda Lane
Ellen McCaughin – Leave of Absence
Kingsley Osei
Janna Pfluger-Boucher
Elizabeth F. Reuss
Mary Rogan

Board Members Emeritus
Rhea P. Clark
Michael M. Hayes
Elizabeth Malatino
John J. Nigro
William Hunt (In Memoriam)
James H. Maloy (In Memoriam)
Richard Zandri (In Memoriam)
F. Michael Tucker


Admissions and Referrals:

Mary Mulchy
(518) 437-6559

Day Treatment:

Pre School:
Theresa Devane
(518) 437-6576

Community Based Services:
Jennifer Julian
(518) 437-6615

Vocational Day Services:
Michelle Parady
(518) 437-6618

Human Resources:
Diane Malecki, CFO
(518) 437-6510
Fax: (518) 437-6531

Development/Public Information:
Darlene Viall Suto, Director of Development & Community Relations
(518) 437-6563
Fax: 437-6555

Privacy Policy and HIPAA

To provide a level of high-quality care for the consumers of its services, St. Anne Institute collects, creates, and maintains health information from and about the children and families served. St. Anne Institute is required by law to maintain the privacy of this information. Federal, state, and local privacy policy and HIPAA guidelines are strictly adhered to. All clients are notified of privacy procedures, and are informed of how health information is used and disclosed in accordance with prescribed laws. Clients are also made aware of their rights regarding their personal information.

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St. Anne Institute respects the privacy of visitors to its website. All information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. Most of the data collected through the St. Anne Institute website is used only to achieve the Agency’s mission.

St. Anne Institute does not collect any personal information from users browsing the website. St. Anne Institute does collect aggregate use information, such as the number of visits per page. This data is used for internal and marketing purposes, but no identifying information is collected or used.

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