Villa of Hope executive 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.


Carrie CarlCarrie Carl, 
Chief Strategy Officer


Carrie Carl, LCSW-R, has been serving youth and family survivors of trauma and chronic stress for over 20 years at Villa of Hope. She joined the field as a residential counselor and teaching assistant in 1994, and since then she has helped usher the Villa through decades of growth and change. Ms. Carl moved into Social Work in 1998, followed by clinical administration, operational leadership of residential programs, and in recent years, strategic leadership of psychiatry, psychology, and medical services; Villa of Hope School; and organizational development. Presently Ms. Carl supports agency-wide strategy work as the Chief of Strategy. She is a certified trainer of the Sanctuary Model and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), and she enjoys developing original training curricula of her own for new and seasoned staff.


Gerianne Puskas, Vice President of Development Gerianne Puskas, MBA, CNPM, CFRE
Chief Advancement Officer


Gerianne Puskas joined the leadership team at the Villa in July 2015, and is now Chief Advancement Officer. 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. 

Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee, MS
Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Compliance Officer


Michelle Lee has been with Villa of Hope since 2001, having served as a Recruiter, Personnel Manager, HR Director, and now Chief Administrative Officer. She brings to our community her considerable exprerience working in Strategic Planning, Coaching, Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Management. She holds a Master's of Science focused in Management from Roberts Wesleyan College.



Saarah Waleed, MS, LMHC, NCC, CASAC,
Chief Program Officer


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 all aspects of programming at Villa of Hope including:  behavioral health outpatient clinics, residential programming for behavioral health and substance use disorders, home and community based services, addiction prevention education programming in the community, medical, and psychiatry services.