Paul L. Caccamise serves as the president of Linkages, a post he has held since 2006. He has been a member of Linkage since 1998 when he first participated in planning for the newly formed Partnership for Children. His first trip to Velikiy Novgorod was in 1998 to help establish a foster family system in our sister city. Since that time he has been to Novgorod five times, most recently in 2009 as part of an official delegation to the celebration of the 1150th anniversary of the founding of Novgorod. Paul is also Vice President for Program at Lifespan of Greater Rochester, a social agency that offers over 30 programs for older adults and their caregivers in the Finger Lakes region of New York. In 2002, he joined the administrative staff of Lifespan following 34 years of service at Monroe County Department of Social Services. Paul is a Licensed Master Social Worker in NYS. – Updated June 22, 2014
Debra Fromm Faria
Debra Fromm Faria. LCSW, is Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Social Work Field Education for the College at Brockport, State University of NY. She has administered training grants focusing on child welfare, gerontological social work, health and mental health services. As Co- Director for the College of Brockport’s Center for Excellence in Gerontological Social Work, Debra coordinates the MSW Graduate Certificate program in Gerontological Social Work . She became involved in Linkages in 2004 when invited to participate in a delegation and present workshops on family assessment to Veliky Novgorod child welfare professionals. Debra has taught international social work courses in Veliky Novgorod, and has published and presented on the use of a reciprocal exchange model in promoting collaborative partnerships in international social work (with Jed Metzger,former Linkages board member).
Roger Young has been on the Linkages board since 2008. Roger contributes in many small ways such as printing and publishing, the website and struggling to understand the usefulness of facebook. Roger speaks Russian well enough to embarrass himself and others. He has been to Russia and Velikiy Novgorod twice long ago. Roger has a small business in Rochester, manufacturing adhesives. He has one customer in Novosibirsk, who orders every few years.
Ms. Conklin will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from The College at Brockport in May 2014. She is currently working at Prentice Wealth Management and will be starting a paralegal program at Monroe Community College in the fall of 2014. She studied abroad in Velikiy, Novgorod during the summer of 2012 and since has become interested in maintaining contact with the Russian culture. She is currently hosting a Russian exchange student from Velikiy Novgorod, she continues to participate in Russian painting, and on occasion volunteers at Russian School on the weekends. She is unsure of where her future career will lead, but knows she wants to be involved in international relations in some respect.
Craig Johnson, MS, LMHC, CASAC, is the director of the Monroe County Correctional Facility Chemical Dependency/Re-entry Program. The program is unique in the nation as a facility-based substance abuse intervention program for short-term inmates. Craig’s program offers inmates the opportunity to use their time in incarceration to address their substance abuse, begin recovery and participate in group sessions to prepare for a different type of lifestyle once they are released from jail. Craig was part of a delegation that conducted seminars and did training in Velikiy Novgorod and the Novgorod Oblast in 2004. His model program has also been a regular stop for substance abuse prevention groups from Russia who have visited Rochester.
He is the chairperson of the Linkages Partnership for Substance Abuse Prevention. The Partnership sponsors exchanges and dialogue among chemical dependency specialists in Rochester and Velikiy Novgorod with a focus on strategies to prevent substance abuse, especially among the young, and to offer effective ways for those affected by substance abuse to start on the path to recovery.
Craig is also the owner of Mind Evolution Training Institute, providing professional trainings on substance abuse, co-occurring mental health disorders, criminal justice issues and counseling skill development. He also teaches in human services, criminal justice and MSW courses as an adjunct professor for Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, the College at Brockport, and the University of Buffalo. Craig is a therapist for Mind Evolution Mental Health Counseling PLLC and is also a member of several agency boards and community committees related to chemical dependency services. – Updated June 22, 2014