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Kim M. Kubasek Named CEO of Smithtown, NY-Based Developmental Disabilities Institute

August 2022


Ms. Kubasek previously served as DDI’s Chief Operating Officer since joining the organization in 2010. She replaces longtime DDI CEO, John Lessard, who announced his retirement earlier this year.


“Kim’s credentials, tenure and knowledge of DDI’s programs, services and the regulatory landscape made her the unequivocal choice to lead the organization,” said Russell Snaith, Board Chair, DDI.  She is passionate about helping the children and adults in DDI’s care achieve personal growth and fulfillment. We are confident Kim will continue to drive results, foster innovation and serve as a source of inspiration across the agency.”


Ms. Kubasek’s professional career includes seventeen years in healthcare adminstration, during which time she served as Vice President, Administration at both Staten Island University Hospital and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. She later joined United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island based in Hauppauge, NY as Chief Operating Officer, a position she held for six years.


Ms. Kubasek earned her Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from Seton Hall University, where she majored in Psychology and received a certificate in Gerontology. In addition, she received a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.


In addition to her educational and professional accomplishments, Ms. Kubasek is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Leaders of New York. She is also involved in several community-based organizations, including as a catechist at Saints Phillips & James Religious Education in St. James, NY; a tutor at Literacy Suffolk; and she is a board member at Jefferson’s Ferry, a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in East Setauket, NY.


Ms. Kubasek and her husband, Gregory A. Shemitz, a photojournalist, reside in Stony Brook, NY.