FULTON, NY – Longtime agency employee and department director Patrick Waite has been named as senior director of Program Services for Oswego County Opportunities.
One of the OCO’s most experienced employees, Waite, who holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management, joined OCO in 1981 as a case manager in the agency’s Developmental Disabilities program.
Waite has held many positions at OCO, including Case Management supervisor; program coordinator; director of OCO’s Mental Hygiene Division; and most recently, senior director of OCO’s Residential Services.
In his new role as Senior Director of Program Services, Waite will be overseeing the more than 50 programs and vital services that OCO provides for families and individuals of all ages that reside of Oswego County, said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper Currier.
“From youth to seniors, OCO programs strive to meet the need for human services that exist in Oswego County,” said Waite.
Waite added that he is looking forward to his new responsibilities and ensuring that OCO’s programs operate as effectively and efficiently as possible. To achieve this goal Waite will be increasing collaboration both internally and externally.
“Having our programs share staff where it is feasible and encouraging collaboration between our programs and with other agencies will allow for an efficient use of resources and make our programs even more effective,” he said.
Additionally, Waite will evaluate each of OCO’s services and programs and look to identify any additional issues in the area of human services needs that should be addressed.
Two issues that currently stand out are the lack of quality, affordable permanent housing in Oswego County and the need for additional care management for individuals with a mental illness so that they may receive the support services they need to stay in their own home.
Rather than look at these issues as challenges, Waite said that these are opportunities for the development of new services.
“Meeting the needs that exist with our current programs, and finding ways to develop new programs, is a priority at OCO. The importance of obtaining funding from federal, state, and local sources is paramount. I will be working closely with our Fund Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay to discover effective ways to procure funding for our current programs which may be under funded as well as for any new programs that may become necessary in the future,” said Waite.
According to Cooper-Currier, Waite’s dedication to OCO and his familiarity with the agency make him a perfect fit for the role of Senior Director of OCO Program and Services.
“Patrick has worked for OCO for approximately 34 years in a variety of capacities and has served as the senior director of Residential Services for the past 8 years. Patrick is also involved on the state level in matters related to chemical dependence, mental health and developmental disabilities. He brings to this new position a breadth and depth of experience in leading within and outside the organization as well as a strong commitment to the agency, its programs and the community,” said Cooper-Currier.
“I’m looking forward to the diversity of my new position,” added Waite. “The prospect of overseeing multiple programs, looking into more program development, helping support current services, and discovering how we can be more effective and efficient in providing services is exciting. OCO is second family to me. I’ve grown up here. I welcome the opportunity to establish deeper relationships with my coworkers, and become more intimately involved with our programs by meeting the directors and learning the intricacies of each program.”
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.
A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations. For more information, visit www.oco.org