Bivona's partnership with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office is an important component of our comprehensive approach to helping provide justice for children who have endured the trauma of abuse. However, our partnership goes beyond this focus and is an integral piece to ensuring trust and providing opportunities for healing, both for the children we help and for our Team. Recently, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley spoke to us about the role of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office at Bivona.
The Bivona Corporate Golf Challenge consisted of 17 teams in a competition for the title of Bivona Corporate Golf Challenge Champion. Campus Construction Management Group named the Champion of the inaugural Bivona Corporate Golf Challenge and their name will be added to a commemorative plaque at our 1 Mt Hope Avenue facility.
Education is a key component to the work we do at Bivona. In addition to her day-to-day job helping children in our community, our Senior Forensic Interviewer Staci Whitney, LMSW, works with Scott Modell to bring information about child abuse prevention and intervention specifically related to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to organizations and advocacy centers across the country.
Each year in September, Bivona presents two annual awards, the Diane Larter Champion for Children Award and the Team Champion for Children Award, to deserving individuals. The 2017 Diane Larter Champion for Children Award recipient is Jill Knittel and the 2017 Team Champion for Children Award recipient is Lindsey Macaluso, LMSW!
The Diane Larter Champion for Children Award is given to a community member in honor of his/her selfless dedication through community support and volunteerism. Through her involvement on Bivona’s Board of Directors, including positions as Board Chair, Capital Campaign Chair, and Immediate Past Chair, as well as her work as an advocate for the rights of survivors, Jill has proven to be a a true hero for children in our community. We are grateful for Jill’s leadership, dedication, and commitment, and we are proud to call her a champion for children.
The Team Champion for Children Award is given to a member of Bivona’s mutlidisciplinary team (MDT) who goes above and beyond for children each and every day. Working in two capacities on the MDT, Lindsey Macaluso guides the program team each day as Bivona’s Program Manager and works with children on their path to healing as a therapist with Linden Oaks Specialized Assessment & Treatment Services (LOSATS), one of Bivona’s 22 partner agencies. Her leadership on our multidisciplinary team (MDT) and compassion for the children seen at Bivona are just two of the many reasons that Lindsey is a true champion for children.
Please join us in congratulating Jill and Lindsey, Bivona’s 2017 Champions for Children!