The Kelberman Center Announces New Executive Director: Tara Costello, MSW

The Kelberman Center Announces New Executive Director: Tara Costello, MSW

Tara Costello, MSW, has recently been selected as the Executive Director of The Kelberman Center. Mrs. Costello brings extensive non-profit and health care management experience to the agency. In her new role, she will provide leadership through oversight of the operations, programs, development strategies, special projects and clinical services. She will begin her tenure at the Center in June 2020.

Mrs. Costello has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field, including an early position as the Director of Substance Abuse for Oneida County Mental Health, providing administrative oversight of Mental Health and Substance Abuse contracts and direct services. She also participated in various system initiatives as a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Community Recovery Center of Rome Memorial Services.

Since 2014, Mrs. Costello has been the Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Upstate Cerebral Palsy. In that role she provided administrative and operational oversight for Community Based Behavioral Health Services, which included Office of Mental Health Community Residences, Supported Housing and Outpatient Mental Health Clinics and Care Management. She also assisted in the development of the Health Home division, providing comprehensive services to individuals with multiple chronic health conditions.

Throughout her time at Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Mrs. Costello enhanced the behavioral health delivery system for both children and adults within Oneida County, serving over 5,500 individuals. She also secured various grants to enhance the behavioral health delivery system while partnering with an array of community providers. Mrs. Costello established new mental health services within the Utica and Rome School Districts, and implemented a “No Wrong Door” integrated system for managing the care of the most vulnerable populations.

Mrs. Costello received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Utica College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Human Services Management Certificate from the University at Albany.

According to Louis B. Tehan, Upstate Caring Partners, Inc. President and CEO, “Mrs. Costello’s passion is creating systemic change for both children, adults and families. Her exceptional experience, drive, professionalism and outgoing demeanor makes her the ideal executive to continue the momentum and life-changing autism services for which the Kelberman Center is known.”