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Leah O'Connor, Director

Leah O'Connor has had the pleasure to serve as CHSAP's Program Director since August of 2009. Leah holds a Bachelors from SUNY Potsdam in Psychology and Elementary Education and a Master's degree from Syracuse University in Special Education, and she can't remember a time when she didn't want to work with children. CHSAP has been a perfect fit for Leah and she thanks the board for this wonderful opportunity to serve children in an out-of-classroom setting. Leah is a lifelong Ithacan and attended CHES elementary school when it still housed Elizabeth Anne Clune Montessori. Leah is married to her partner of 7 years, Gretchen, and they are raising twin boys, Gabriel and Luka. Leah and Gretchen recently bought a house in Cayuga Heights and welcomed Leah's 91 year old grandmother into their home. The intergenerational home is now complete with 2 mamas, 2 boys, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 great-grandmother(and she is a really GREAT great grandmother)! Leah's greatest joys in life are her family and her work and she feels privileged to be able to take care of your children as a career.

Kate Shanks-Booth, Assistant Director

Kate joined the CHSAP Team as the assistant director in August 2010. Prior to working at CHSAP, she served as the Director of Childcare Services for the St. Joseph School District in St. Joseph, MO for almost a decade. Kate recently acquired her MBA and an Advanced Certificate in Non-Profit Management from SUNY Empire State College, she will walk this coming June. Kate and her wife, Delphia, got married in July 2014 here in the Finger Lakes. Her favorite part of working at CHSAP, besides the kids, is the chance to connect with the families. Over, the last two years Kate has also coached the CHES 3rd Grade and 4th & 5th Grade Girl's CHES basketball teams, and has been "DJ Kate" for different CHES activities. She loves serving as CHSAP's Assistant Director, and being a part of the CHES family.


The staff of CHSAP bring years of experience to this unique program. All staff are trained and certified according to New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). We utilize staff from Cayuga Heights Elementary School, ICSD Employees, students from local colleges and universities, as well as local Ithacans.
Kris Bosela

Daniel Kim

Andrew Park

Jane Hwang 

Rose McCool

Chris Losinger

Sarah Woychick

Eric Filante

Samara Selden

Sofia Meredith

Soni Nanda

Mary Grace O'Connor

Sarah Mahool

Sara Schwalberg

Rachel Mecalianos

Andrew Bishop

Elyse Wadsworth