MALTA, NY – Jane Mastaitis will soon be the new CEO of Saratoga Bridges.
On October 1st, Mastaitis will replace long-time CEO Valerie Muratori, who is retiring after 38 years of service with the agency.
“Valerie Muratori was not only the face of Saratoga Bridges, but also the backbone of the agency. For 38 years she has guided us through both tremendous growth and recent challenges, ”said Dr. Lawrence Fein, chairman of the agency’s board of directors, in a press release. “In view of her imminent retirement, our successor team carried out a very extensive search process. We are excited to announce that we have selected Jane Mastaitis as our next CEO. Jane has also been a pillar of our organization for many years. She will bring her experience, leadership and enthusiasm to the CEO position at this very difficult time for agencies providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “
In her role, Mastaitis will lead all aspects of Saratoga Bridges’ operations and will be responsible for implementing policies and programs to conduct the organization’s work with an emphasis on long-term goals, growth and sustainability in aligning its strategic plan.
As a results-oriented nonprofit finance manager with an in-depth understanding of industry regulations and a solid understanding of successful financial management strategies, Mastaitis has extensive accountability experience, strong leadership skills and a track record in challenging environments with ambitious goals.
Mastaitis has been the agency’s chief financial officer since 1991. She kept the organization financially stable; developed numerous solutions to various business challenges; supports strategic decisions; Protected organizational assets with well-developed and well-maintained internal control systems; improved budgeting processes through training department heads on financial matters; assisted the board of directors, the CEO and the administrators in analyzing the budget and financial report; improved agency functionality with forward-looking recommendations based on in-depth reviews of their strategic plan; evaluated partnerships and acquisitions with strategic financial advice; and served as a link between the organization and its stakeholders.
Prior to Saratoga Bridges, Mastaitis was Controller at The Rehabilitation Center – NYSARC, Inc. Cattaraugus County. She was named one of Albany Business Review’s 2013 CFOs of the Year and one of Saratoga Today’s 2016 Women of Influence, PLAN has been Treasurer since 2016. Mastaitis received her BA in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Saratoga Bridges also recently welcomed Dorothy Broekhuizen as the new Chief Operating Officer, replacing Greg Cuda, who has retired after 30 years with the agency.
“Greg Cuda served Saratoga Bridges for three decades and was an integral part of its growth,” Fein said in the press release. “Broekhuizen was created by the agency and has brought efficiency and enthusiasm to each of its positions. She is very much appreciated by employees, administrators and the board of directors. “
Broekhuizen is responsible for assisting the CEO in leading, developing and overseeing the day-to-day administration of the Services to ensure that it remains at a consistently high level and with a person-centered focus, while adhering to the programmatic structure and regulatory requirements.
Broekhuizen has extensive experience in quality assurance and compliance across all programmatic departments. In her various roles, she has formed teams to address many challenges related to service delivery, tax standards, outside regulators, investigations, satisfaction surveys, and family interactions.
More recently, when authorities across New York were facing serious problems due to the pandemic, Broekhuizen was tasked with coordinating protocols, procedures, regulatory reorganization and vaccinations, and was the liaison between Saratoga Bridges and Saratoga County Public Health. She chaired a committee to develop a plan for programmatic services that were both cost effective for the agency and quality focused for the individuals they served.
Prior to his promotion, Broekhuizen held numerous other positions at the agency, including Assistant Director of Quality and Compliance, Compliance Officer, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Day Habilitation Coordinator, Program Coordinator and Head-to-Head. She received the Saratoga Bridges General Excellence Award in 2005 and 1995 and graduated from the organization’s Leadership Institute in 2018. Broekhuizen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Saratoga Bridges, one of the largest private nonprofits in Saratoga County, has been providing the highest levels of programs to people with developmental disabilities and their families by promoting their skills and achievements in every aspect of community life for more than 60 years.
You can find more information about Saratoga Bridges online at www.saratogabridges.org.
Dorothy Broekhuizen is the new Chief Operating Officer at Saratoga Bridges.