Corporate Leadership

Cardinal Hayes Home is sponsored by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), a Roman Catholic order of women. The Corporation (Cardinal Hayes Home for Children at Millbrook, New York) is composed of five FMM: Sr. Noreen Murray, Provincial,  Sr. Barbara Dopierala, Sr. Margaret Culloty, Sr. Cecilia Thuy Nguyen, Sr. Sheila Lehmkuhle.  Mrs. Mary Sontheimer is Executive Director.  A Board of Directors, on which sixteen people serve, meets four times a year. These Directors, through their expertise in a variety of fields, provide guidance and counsel to agency administration. Included on the Board are professionals with backgrounds in banking and other areas of business, religion, teaching, social work, nursing, and human resources. Parents of a Cardinal Hayes resident also serve on the Board.

Board of Directors

Roderick W. Ciferri, III
John J. Cina, Jr.
Sister Mary Griffin, FMM
Benjamin S. Hayden, Ph.D
John J. Kegan
Leonard N. Lomangino, D.D.S.
Ronald S. Lehrer
Edward J. O’Keefe, Ph.D.
Sr. Lois Ann Pereira, FMM
Marguerite A. Rotunno
Catherine R. Shanks
Konstantinos T. Tsoubris, Ph.D
Felicitas S. Thorne
Frederick C. Wilhelm, Ph.D
Sharon L. Wilhelm
Rev. Robert Kent Wilson
Elizabeth M. Wolf, President


Mary Sontheimer, Executive Director
Fred Apers, Executive Director Emeritus Fundraising & Development
Mary Broe, Executive Assistant
Trish Scott, Corporate Financial Officer
Holly Vose Ryley, Corporate Compliance Officer, Director of Quality Assurance/Intake
Mary M. Campbell, Senior Director of Program Operations
Dara Simmons, Director of Education
Debra Zima, Director of Human Resources

Affiliations and Accreditations

Cardinal Hayes Home for Children is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Laws of the State of New York. The agency is affiliated with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

Cardinal Hayes Home for Children and Cardinal Hayes School for Special Children are listed in the Official Catholic Directory and have tax exempt status under a Group Ruling issued by the IRS for all organizations listed in the Official Catholic Directory (Kennedy Directory).

Cardinal Hayes is accredited by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD); NYS Department of Social Services; NYS Education Department; NYS Department of Health. All programs of Cardinal Hayes are subject to periodic surveys by these organizations to assure compliance with their regulations.