Category Archives: News

Families concerned by proposed changes to in-home caregiver program in New York

On March 29, 2024, CDChoices designated representative, Linda Siatkowski and her daughter spoke to Spectrum News about Gov. Kathy Hochul and her proposed changes to the increasingly popular Medicaid-funded Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. These changes could include eliminating what is called a designated representative for individuals who utilize a personal assistant, or caregiver, to […]

New York families worried about Medicaid cuts

On March 29, 2024, Jocelyn Arndt, CDChoices Business Development Specialist, was featured on, Inc. to discuss Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed alterations to New York’s Medicaid-funded Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), and how these changes are stirring concerns among families reliant on in-home caregivers. The proposed changes suggest removing the role of designated representatives, […]

“Hear my daughter’s voice through me”: Disability advocates plea state avoid program cuts

CDChoices consumer Amanda Siatkowski and her mother, Linda Siatkowski were featured on CBS6 News on March 25, 2024, to speak about the state proposing cutting designated representatives from the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program and how it would affect their family. Linda says, “Without this program, I feel my daughter would go backward in life.” […]

CDChoices Senior VP of Operations Hongwei Zhang named 40 under 40 Class of 2024 winner

For over two decades, the Albany Business Review has recognized movers and shakers—entrepreneurs, innovators, job creators, and dealmakers—who are defining the future of the Capital Region. Among the elite 40 under 40 Class of 2024, we proudly congratulate Hongwei Zhang, our very own CDChoices Senior Vice President of Operations. Chosen from a pool of 250 […]

CDChoices Senior VP of Operations Hongwei Zhang named Capital Region Chamber Women of Excellence in Business Innovation

CDChoices is thrilled to announce our Senior VP of Operations, Hongwei Zhang, has been honored with the Capital Region Chamber Women of Excellence in Business Innovation Award! Hongwei is a brilliant, talented, and respected leader at CDChoices, and she’s also the powerhouse behind our innovative Workforce Recruitment Portal, a resource built to help seniors and […]

Personal care aide reflects on career of caregiving

On February 16, 2024 – National Caregiver Day – Stella Coluccio, a personal assistant for a CDChoices consumer, spoke to Spectrum News 1 about providing personalized care to those in need. Through her role as a personal assistant, she has forged deep connections with individuals like CDChoices consumer Richard Fraker, whose life has been touched […]

For home care, some find easier, more familiar options

On January 4, 2024, CDChoices garnered attention on Spectrum News. The spotlight shone on Carrie Allen, a dedicated CDChoices consumer from Syracuse, NY. In a heartfelt interview, Carrie highlighted the transformative impact of hiring a personal assistant whom she trusts implicitly. This relationship has empowered her to undergo crucial surgeries with peace of mind, confident […]

CDChoices Adopts Same Family Two (2) Years In A Row

CDChoices was featured on News Channel 13 on December 28, 2023, as Compliance Manager, Melissa Groves, spearheaded the Adopt a Family initiative. This year was extra special because CDChoices was able to adopt the same family for the second year in a row. Along with Erika Sorgen-Bull, Program Specialist, and Myakye Aung, Marketing and Outreach […]

Hongwei Zhang, promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations

Zhang Hongwei

Goals? Exceeded. Deadlines? Met. Strategy? Executed. Hongwei Zhang is a force to be reckoned with, a skilled leader with a keen eye for detail and a ravenous appetite for rising to the challenge. Her approach is simple but highly effective: Identify objectives. Create plan. Execute and achieve. Rinse and repeat. CDChoices would not be able […]

How to Support Nonprofit Employee’s Mental Health and Wellness

On September 26, 2023, CDChoices Director of People Operations and Risk, Mark Kepner-Clough, was featured in NonProfitPRO, speaking to our conscious commitment as an agency to support employee wellness and mental health. Mark says, “It is no coincidence that with a mission of empowering our consumers to seek well-being, happiness, and growth, we could employ […]