About Allegany Rehabilitation Associates, Inc.

ARA was chartered in 1982 and began operation with its Traveling Teacher Program funded by the New York State Division for Youth and the Allegany County CETA office. In 1988, ARA assumed responsibility for the Allegany County Mental Health Clinic called “The Counseling Center”. ARA became accountable for the Wyoming County Mental Health Clinic in 1989. ARA PROS began operations in 2013.

Executive Director: Michael Damiano

The Executive Director and his administrative office oversee all corporate activities. The Executive Director establishes programs through grants acquisition and contractual agreements. He is responsible for the interpretation of contractual obligations, satisfying regulatory requirements and establishing quality assurance criteria. Contract, lease and funding negotiations for all corporate activities are conducted through the Executive Director. The Executive Director recruits, deploys and supervises program directors and generally oversees the activities of the consultants. He recommends policy to the Board of Directors and executes policy on its behalf.

Board of Directors

The board is comprised of persons with a history of involvement in mental health related service delivery organizations, other governmental activities, and with experience in administration and business management.

ARA Board of Directors:

  • Madeleine Gasdik - Chair
  • George Anna Almeter - Vice Chair
  • Tom Talbett - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Lynn Langworthy
  • Doug Frank
  • Emily Peavey