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Yonkers' Leake & Watts Honored For Management Excellence

Leake & Watts Executive Director Alan Mucatel talks with children at the Leake & Watts Ames Early Childhood Learning Center in Yonkers.
Leake & Watts Executive Director Alan Mucatel talks with children at the Leake & Watts Ames Early Childhood Learning Center in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Leake & Watts was recently recognized for its administrative achievements when it received the New York Community Trust 2014 Gold Nonprofit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence.

The achievement comes after a turnaround from a large deficit. Eighty percent of its programs were in corrective action from regulators, the agency’s programs and budget were shrinking. Then a new management team came aboard and conducted a systematic review and overhaul of operations. 

Today, Leake & Watts is a fast-growing, focused and efficient organization.

“The hard work in turning this organization around was inspired by the great need for our services throughout the community, where poverty, disabilities and the lack of education and basic services undermine the stability of children and families,” says Alan Mucatel, Leake & Watts executive director, who joined the agency in 2009 to lead the turnaround team.

“We are deeply honored to be recognized for our management practices. By reshaping our agency and introducing best practices throughout the organization, Leake & Watts has become extremely effective in creating brighter futures for the people we serve.”

Now solidly in the black, Leake & Watts is expanding rapidly. Its annual budget has jumped from $56 million in 2009 to more than $90 million currently; the budget for fiscal year 2016 is expected to top $100 million. The agency will be opening three juvenile justice programs in 2015 and is actively seeking new program opportunities, such as providing care management services to children who are eligible for coordinated behavioral and medical care through New York state’s Medicaid Health Home Initiative.

“We want to ensure that we thrive as human services delivery changes, and we can grow and serve the community through innovation, new funding opportunities and collaborations,” Mucatel explains.

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