Diane Dober, Deputy Assistant Chief of Corrections, Onondaga County Sheriff‘s Office
Deputy Dober was appointed as Deputy Assistant Chief of Corrections by Sheriff Shelley in December 2023 at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. She brings with her an impressive career in the field of law enforcement, having served in various positions of increasing responsibility for over two decades. Prior to her appointment, Dober served in the Sheriff’s Office, where she was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Correctional Division. Throughout her career, Dober has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to public safety. As the new Deputy Assistant Chief of Corrections, Dober is expected to bring her experience and expertise to her new role. She will be responsible for overseeing the management and operations of the county’s correctional facilities. Congratulations to Assistant Chief Dober, and we look forward to her leadership.
Kayleigh McAllister, LCSW, Director of Mental Health, Onondaga County Sheriff‘s Office
Kayleigh is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has spent years working in the hospital and healthcare industry. With a strong background in Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Interventions, Risk Assessment, and Mental Health Counseling, Kayleigh has become a respected figure in the mental health field. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Syracuse University, which has provided her with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in her profession. Currently, Kayleigh serves as the Mental Health Director at the Onondaga County Justice Center, Jamesville Correctional Facility, and Hillbrook. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the mental health services provided to inmates and ensuring that they receive the care and support they need. With her expertise and dedication, Kayleigh has made a significant impact on the lives of many individuals struggling with mental health issues.
Donna Knapp, CPS, Executive Director, Prevention Network
Donna Knapp is the Executive Director of Prevention Network. Prior to this role, she held various positions, including Team Leader for Community Education and Engagement, Environmental Prevention Specialist, and Interim Executive Director. Donna is a highly experienced professional who has dedicated her career to implementing and supporting strategies that promote healthy choices to prevent addictions and address related concerns. Her work is marked by a deep commitment to honoring the humanity and dignity of all in a compassionate and empathetic manner. Donna is a passionate advocate for providing accurate, updated, culturally appropriate information, strategies, and research-proven modalities to the community. She is known for her dedication and proactive style and for maintaining a balance that fosters creativity, flexibility, self-motivation, and personal health in the lives of the individuals she serves. As a dedicated member of the CNY community, Donna graduated from the Citizens Academy Class of 2013, demonstrating her commitment to civic engagement and proactive involvement in local affairs.
Jennifer Parmalee, Deputy Commissioner & Director of Community Services, Onondaga County Department of Children & Family Services
Jennifer leads the planning, operations, and resource allocation for the Mental Health Services and School Based Initiatives Divisions. With a robust annual budget of over $41 million, she ensures effective program delivery. Previously, as the Director of School Based Initiatives, Jennifer collaborated with school districts to integrate community supports, addressing social, economic, health, and emotional/behavioral challenges hindering a child’s success. Her experience also includes serving as the Director of Children and Youth Services for the Onondaga County Mental Health Department, overseeing the Children’s Mental Health system’s design and implementing best practice services for children, youth, and their families.