Jim currently oversees the national accreditation program for after school programs for the Council on Accreditation (COA). He is also the past Executive Director of the New York State School Age Care Coalition (NYSSACC – the NYS affiliate to the National After School Association – NAA). Jim has more than 25 years experience working with children, youth and families. These experiences have included providing independent consultative services across the country, including for the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), WB Kearney & Associates (Atlanta, GA), and volunteer Peer Reviewer and Team Leader services for the COA. Jim has also served as a volunteer endorser for the National After School Association (NAA) Accreditation program, is a Quality Advisor for After School programs, and an Endorser for the NYS School Age Care (SAC) Credential. He has worked in numerous settings such as residential treatment centers, community based residential care, psychiatric care, diagnostic & emergency care, non-secure detention care, therapeutic foster care, and in-home family counseling services, as well as a decade of YMCA programming. Jim is a trained Mediator, and has taught Crisis Prevention and Intervention courses, as well as CPR, First Aid and HIV/AIDS education.
Jim has served on several National Advisory Committees for CWLA, such as the National Advisory Committee on Residential Services, the National Advisory Committee on the Development of Best Practices in Behavior Support & Intervention Training Guidelines, and the National Advisory Committee on Residential Services Standards of Excellence. Jim also served on the National After School Association (NAA) Accreditation Council, administered the NYS School Age Care (SAC) Credential
(the most successful SAC Credential program in the country), and served as chair of the NYS distance learning curriculum
Jim has completed the Columbia University Graduate School of Business – Institute for Non-Profit Management Executive Leadership program. He has also served as a volunteer member of the Fairport-Perinton Chemical Prevention Council (CPAC)
for the past 9 year; the past 5 as Co-Chair. This committee works to reduce and eliminate high risk behaviors in children and youth, as well as provide public education and raise awareness of these issues.