Cheryl DePaolo
Program Director

Cheryl DePaolo has an MA in Psychology and is a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, and has worked in the substance abuse field for 34 years. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient and long term residential treatment settings. She has worked in prevention settings for the last 15 years. In 2007, she was named Orange County Prevention Professional of the Year. Cheryl is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Westchester and Mount St. Mary College.
Caitlin Shea
Prevention Educator

Caitlin moved to the Hudson Valley in the summer of 2017 from China where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Caitlin is new to the Ulster Prevention team and is excited to work with the young people of Ulster County to build important life skills that will help them refuse peer pressure and say no to using drugs and alcohol. Caitlin holds an M.A. degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation and a B.A. degree in International Relations.
Susan Palazzo
Prevention Educator

Susan is a talented instructor and nationally certified trainer for the evidence based curriculum, "Too Good For Drugs."
Megan Conroy
Community Prevention Specialist

Megan joined the UPC team in Fall of 2017. She holds an MSW from The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Megan organizes community prevention activities including coalition building, training, and environmental strategies.
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Carol Sutcliffe
Carol Sutcliffe is a Licensed Social Worker who was appointed Family Advocate in 2016. She was previously the Coordinator of the Domestic Abuse Awareness Class Program at Family Services.
Maggie Smith
Prevention Intern

Maggie Smith has been at UPC since May 2017. She is currently a student at the SUNY Ulster Continuing Education Program. She was a Behavioral Specialist at Ulster BOCES and a Community Educator for PERKS Coalition.
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The Ulster Prevention Project began in 2006, under the direction of the Ulster County Substance Abuse Prevention Board, supported by the U.C. Legislature and funded by NYS OASAS based on statistics as a seeming inability to effect change:

  • Inefficiencies existed due to duplication of services and lack of cooperation between youth-serving organizations left gaps in substance abuse prevention programming within the County.

  • Evidence-based prevention strategies and programs were not integrated into the County’s overall framework to address this problem, which was amongst the worst in the State (based on statistics from the NYS OASAS’s County Risk Profiles [PRISMS] Report, 2003).


The Ulster County Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) Board provided leadership for the Ulster Prevention Project (UPP).  Through the expertise of an accomplished Board representing key community sectors and success in meeting well-defined performance measures, in 2010 UPP became the Ulster Prevention Council (UPC).  UPC continues to grow, add services and build a prevention infrastructure across the County.

Our work addresses needs identified by the Ulster County DOH Community Health

Assessment (CHA), goals of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), the

biannual Ulster County Youth Development Survey and other data. UPC uses the

Strategic Prevention Framework, a public health model, to work toward significant,

measurable population level change.

A move to larger and more accessible facilities in 2018 enhances UPC’s ability to serve as a training and resource center providing a wide array of workshops, cross-training and technical assistance to schools, service providers and health professionals as well as presentations at conferences, to classes and community groups, families and youth. Most services continue to take place in the community

Susan Palazzo

Prevention Educator Susan is a talented instructor and nationally certified trainer for the evidence based curriculum, "Too Good For Drugs."

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