Villa of Hope Senior Leadership Team


Chris Gullo - President Christina M. Gullo MSW, MBA President/CEO


Christina Gullo was named President/CEO of Villa of Hope in November 2010. With a Master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, Gullo’s background includes clinical, professional and business experience. Prior to joining the Villa, Gullo served as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Family Center. Gullo is a 2008 recipient of the Up & Coming Businesswomen’s Award, 2005 recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award, and a 2014 Athena Award finalist.



Aaron JamesAaron James, Sanctuary Institute Faculty Consultant
Vice President of Sanctuary and Trauma Education


Aaron James was named Vice President of Sanctuary and Trauma Education in August 2014. He has been at the Villa for over 20 years and began as a Residential Counselor, and then became a trainer for the agency. In 2011 he was a member of the task force team that selected the Sanctuary Model for the Villa and he has been the lead person training, running the Sanctuary Core Team and working implementation. Before moving into his current role, James was the Organizational Development Manager.

Angie Perez Angie Perez, MSHA, CASAC
Chief Compliance Officer, and Vice President of Administration and Facilities Operations


Angie Perez was named Vice President of Quality, Compliance, IT and Facilities Operations in October 2013. Perez holds a Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Roberts Weslyan College. Her career path in behavioral health includes extensive clinical and quality improvement roles. Most recently, Perez served as the Coordinator of Continuous Quality Improvement at Horizon Health Management Group, LLP. Perez was named a Latina to Watch by Rochester La Voz in 2010.

Gerianne Puskas, Vice President of Development Gerianne Puskas, MBA, CNPM
Vice President of Development and Marketing

Gerianne Puskas joined the Villa as Vice President of Development and Marketing in July 2015. She brings to the Villa 20 years of experience which includes: six years with Boy Scouts of America as a Senior District Executive and Cub Scout Camp Director and twelve years with the American Cancer Society. Prior to the Villa, she was the Area Director with the American Diabetes Association. Gerianne is also a part of SUNY Empire State College Business Management & Economics Residency team helping develop residency curriculum and evaluating students' prior learning to grant undergraduate non-profit management credits. 

Diane Tucker - CFODiane Tucker, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer


Diane Tucker joined Villa of Hope as Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. Tucker, a CPA, holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the William E. Simon School at the University of Rochester. Tucker’s experience includes financial planning and analysis, accounting and banking. She most recently worked as a finance director for Eastman Kodak Company.

Saarah Waleed, MS, LMHC, NCC, CASAC,
Vice President of Behavioral Health Services


Saarah Waleed has been serving people challenged with substance use disorders and mental health for over 15 years. Ms. Waleed received her first Bachelors in Political Science and Economics from Karachi University in Pakistan. After moving to the USA she went on to receive a Bachelors in Counseling Skills from SUNY Empire State and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY College at Brockport. In her current role, Ms. Waleed oversees behavioral health outpatient clinics, residential programming for substance use disorders, addiction prevention education programming in the community, medical, and psychiatry services.