President and Chief Executive Officer
A Vietnam War veteran, Mr. Basher, was appointed director of the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs in 1999 by Governor George Pataki after serving since 1997 as the Division's Deputy Director. A native of Erie County, Mr. Basher attended Alfred State University College of Ceramics, where he was a member of the ROTC while earning a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering. Following his graduation, Mr. Basher entered the Army, serving in the Ordnance Corps. His service included a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam where he was commanding officer of the 78th Ordnance Detachment. Mr. Basher joined the US Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008 as a Health System Specialist in the Veterans Integrated Service Network office in Albany, NY. His portfolio included managing Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Outreach for the network. He serves on the National Steering Committee for the VA Justice Initiatives program and has developed a number of programs for police education. He also has served since 2007 as Chairman of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary's Advisory Committee on Homelessness -- a group instrumental in the development of VA's Five Year Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans. He is a member of various veterans' organizations, including The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America. He was also active in his former community, Angola, Erie County, serving in elected and appointed public positions, as well as a member of civic boards. He and his wife, Karen, a retired librarian with the City of Albany Library System, reside in East Greenbush, New York.
Mark Brewer, Human Resources,
Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Trainer
Mr. Brewer has a background that includes Accounting and Finance, along with Theology and Religious Studies. For eight years he worked as the Controller and the Director of Materials Management at St. James Mercy Hospital before deciding to follow his call into the priesthood for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester. There he worked at several parishes in the Rochester diocese and learned many things about people, especially those who struggle with spiritual or emotional challenges in life. While working for the church, Mark also became a Chaplain Candidate for the United States Air Force. He became active duty military and was stationed in Aviano, Italy and in Colorado Springs, CO (at the U.S. Air Force Academy). His experience with the military included communal worship as well as spiritual counseling to active duty military members and their families. Presently, Mr. Brewer lives in Rochester, NY.
Deborah L. Partridge, Vice President,
Ms. Partridge has served Loyola since the founding of the organization. During her career of over 30 years, Ms. Partridge has exclusively occupied administrative management positions, including Director of Admission, Billing and Operations for The Health Association/DePaul Addiction Services. She is a current and past member of several boards of directors in Rochester, NY. These boards include Helping People with AIDS, Alternatives for Battered Women. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Webster Marching Band. A daughter and daughter-in-law of Veterans, Ms. Partridge has one daughter and makes her home in Webster, NY.