Executive Team

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 Kamelia Kameli, MA – CEO, Co-founder

Kamelia has been involved in the healthcare industry for more than fifteen years. She has led the business development projects of programs for children with disabilities, specialty nursing home units, medical adult day care, partial hospital programs and foreign nursing placements. She has extensive experience in developing fundraising campaigns, grant writing as well as community and political outreach.

 

Kamelia holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling. She is also a Certified Assisted Living Administrator and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Additionally, she is a Certified PCT Trainer (Personal Control and Defensive Techniques.) Kamelia also has an adult son with Autism.

 

“What makes our services a success is our well-trained and dedicated staff and our commitment to quality care. I wouldn’t ask for anything less for my own son, Cyrus. After all, every client becomes a family member and a Friend of Cyrus.”

 

Email: kamelia@friendsofcyrus.com

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 Charles Knoppel, MA, BCBA – Director of Operations

Charles earned his Master of Arts degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of South Florida. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Charles’ clinical experience consists of providing services in the home, school/academic, community, vocational and residential settings. He has also provided quality supervision for many aspiring and current BCBAs.Charles routinely attends IEP meetings to advocate for his clients, and has been a consistent member of Human Rights and Behavior Support committees.

 

Working in the field for over 10 years, Charles brings a broad spectrum of clinical expertise as well as planning, problem solving, critical thinking and management skills to Friends of Cyrus.

 

Email: charles@friendsofcyrus.com

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 Angela McDermott – Adult In Home Supervisor

Angela started her career working with underprivileged youth in Jersey City, NJ providing them with mentoring and inhome supports. She then was introduced to working with adolescents with mental health and behavioral challenges in a residential settings as a case manager. She learned early on that case management is never about meeting the needs of one client, but it’s the entire family that needs support.

 

Angela served 8 years at St. Mary’s Hospital residential program, working with individuals on implementing behavior modification programs where she focused on identifying their strengths and abilities rather than their limitations.

 

Her enthusiasm for improving the quality of like of individuals with developmental disabilities is what makes her an important part of the FOC team.

 

Email: angela@friendsofcyrus.com

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Shalini Dumka, CPA – Director of Finance

Shalini has fifteen years of experience as the Controller and Financial Analyst for various IT companies, restaurant franchises, logistics, and the pharmaceutical industry. Shalini has taken on the responsibility for the company’s accounting operations and financial reporting functions. She will guide the company’s financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures as well as establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.

 

Email: shalini@friendsofcyrus.com

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