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.

Angie Perez Angie Perez, MSHA, CASAC,
Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer


Angie Perez joined the Villa in 2013, and is now Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. 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, 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. 

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,
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 behavioral health outpatient clinics, residential programming for substance use disorders, addiction prevention education programming in the community, medical, and psychiatry services.