Lisa Veglia is the Chief Executive Officer of QSAC, an advocate for individuals with autism, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been with QSAC since 1991 having previously served as the organization’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer for 10 years and as the Associate Executive Director for nine years. Prior to joining QSAC’s senior management team, she held various other leadership positions including Director of the After School Program and Director of Service Coordination. Lisa launched her career at QSAC as a direct support professional.
Under her leadership, QSAC opened its first education program for children with autism in 1998. QSAC’s education programs quickly expanded with the launching of its early intervention program in 2001 and a day school for students between the ages of 5 and 21 in 2003. She also spearheaded the launching of services for adults with autism that promote choice and focus on increasing an individual’s independence including Individual Support Services (ISS) and QSAC’s Self-Advocacy Group.
Lisa serves as the Chairperson of the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities, an organization which advocates for the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. She is also the Council’s former Vice Chair and a past Co-Chair of the Children’s Committee. Lisa also serves as the Vice President of the board for the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC), which represents more than 160 member agencies serving more than 90,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition to serving on the board, she currently serves as the Chair of IAC’s Education Committee and as a past Chair of both the Early Intervention and ICS committees.
In addition to advocacy organizations, Lisa is a board member of Advance of Greater New York (AGNY), which is a member organization of the Advance Care Alliance (ACA). ACA is helping to lead organizations serving individuals with developmental disabilities through the transition to care coordination and managed care. Lisa has served on several ad-hoc committees aimed at addressing policy development and implementation focused on improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. In 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Lisa to serve on New York City’s Community Services Board, also known as the Mental Hygiene Advisory Board.
A recognized expert on autism services, Lisa has been honored by a number of organizations for her commitment to the autism community. In 2010, she received the June Marcus Award from the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities. She’s also the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the National Center for Disability Services, an Outstanding Service Award from the Queensboro Council of Social Welfare, and the Hearst Scholarship Award in Nonprofit Management from Baruch College. Lisa has been featured in several newspaper articles and was in the 2005/2006 Empire edition of Who’s Who Empowering Executives and Professionals.
Lisa received a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, a Master’s in Social Work from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Psychology from Queens College. Lisa is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds addition New York State certifications in School Business Administration, School District Administration, and School Administration and Supervision.
Lisa is an instructor at Nassau Community College where she provides trainings related to management and leadership development. She is the President of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Crisis Center in Bellmore, NY.
Cory Polshansky joined QSAC in 1993, initially serving as Director of Case Management; however, his leadership and foresight quickly resulted in the growth of QSAC's programs and he currently serves as QSAC's President and Chief Operating Officer having previously served as QSAC's Deputy Executive Director. Among his many achievements, Polshansky has overseen great expansion at QSAC, coordinating the opening of group homes, day habilitation programs, and other waiver and family support programs.
Cory began working with the developmental disabilities population in 1988 at Wilton Developmental Center. From 1989 through 1991, he was employed by the Clinton County Association for Retarded Citizens in Plattsburgh, NY. At that time, he attended Plattsburgh State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. In 1991, he was employed at Professional Service Centers for the Handicapped, Queens, NY, where he worked in their Mental Health and Case Management Programs.
Mi Jung Choi serves as QSAC's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this role, she served as QSAC's Controller and Director of Finance. Ms. Choi has more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience in the nonprofit sector.
In her role, Ms. Choi is responsible for the day to day operation of the Fiscal Department and provides guidance on budget development and liaises with various New York State and city health agencies.
Prior to joining QSAC, Ms. Choi served as the Assistant to Controller for Contemporary Guidance Services, Inc., New York, a provider of residential/vocational programs for young adults with developmental disabilities. Ms Choi received a BS in Accounting from Baruch College CUNY and became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in 2008.
Joseph is an experienced nonprofit executive, educator, career counselor, and passionate advocate for disAbility rights. He joined QSAC in 2012 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategy and Communications at Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC). In this capacity, Joseph oversees vocational services, a specialized program for older adults with autism, the National External Development Program (NEDP) for high school equivalency, and the Development and Communications departments.
Prior to QSAC, Joseph held various program and development roles at PowerMyLearning, Marist College, and the New York State Dental Foundation. Joseph also served as an adjunct professor of political science at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
Joseph holds a Master's in Public Administration from Marist College as well as a Master of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany. Currently, Joseph is pursuing a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) and a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP). His research has been published in peer-viewed journals and presented at several national and international conferences.
Andrew Linden currently works as QSAC’s Senior Director of Adult Programs. Andrew got his start in the field working at a camp for developmentally disabled people in 1989.
He came to QSAC in 1997 as a Residence Manager and opened up QSAC’s first group home. He was promoted to Residential Director a year later. Andrew started QSAC’s Human Rights Committee and served as the Chair for several years.
In 1999 he was promoted to the Director of Adult Programs and oversaw QSAC’s Day Habilitation Programs in addition to the fast growing Residential Department. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Adult Programs and oversees the operations of QSAC’s Residential, Day Habilitation, Nursing and Maintenance Departments.
Lauren Maldonado, QSAC’s Senior Director of Day Services, majored in Special Education at Skidmore College and Lesley University. She came to QSAC as a direct care professional in 1998. Since then, she has worked as a Residential Manager at QSAC’s IRA #1, as a Field Coordinator for the Day Habilitation Program, and most recently as the Day Habilitation Program Director.
Ms. Ramsay joined QSAC in 1994 and quickly rose to her current position as Senior Director of Billing and Family Services. Ms. Ramsay oversees Billing and Compliance of Payment Standards for OPWDD programs. In addition, she oversees Community Habilitation and Respite Services within the Family Services Department. Ms. Ramsay earned her bachelor's degree from Metropolitan College and received her Master's in Public Administration from Baruch College.