Matthew Bateman, Executive Director & CEO

After a successful 20-year career in the financial services industry with such firms as Merrill Lynch, Shearson Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney, Matt initiated the Development effort for the Devereux Foundation (NY) in 2000. After a six-year tenure, he founded Bateman Development Group (BDG), a consulting firm designed to assist non-performing Not-for-Profits with fundraising issues and programmatic difficulties. This led him in early 2010 to In Flight, Inc., a 501(c)3, full-service volunteer agency for people with developmental disabilities under the auspices of OPWDD. During 2010, Matt assumed a substantial operational role, and in October of that year, was made Executive Director and CEO. Within 18 months, he removed In Flight from Early Alert (EA) status and acquired Special Needs Program (an agency also on EA), as well as Eagle Case Management.

Nevena Ilcheva, Director of Finance & CFO

Nevena is the newest addition to the executive team of In Flight. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Public Accounting from SUNY New Paltz and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant for the State of New York. Nevena has worked as a Special Auditor Investigator for the NYS Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Prior to joining our team she worked at KPMG and a mid-size accounting firm located in the Hudson Valley.

John Gambino, Chief Compliance Officer

John joined In Flight in 2010 as Assistant Residential Director and was transitioned to Chief Compliance Officer in 2015.  John has over 19 years of experience in the field of disability services. Since beginning his tenure in 1999, John has held many positions, including DSP, Program Manager, Residential Director, Director of Operations, Quality Assurance Director, and now his current position of CCO. John holds a degree in Business Management. John’s dedication to helping others does not stop at work. He has served his community as a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for over 15 years.

Teresa Stivala, Director of Human Resources

Teresa Stivala – Teresa, a human resource professional in the field for over 20 years, has been at In Flight since February 2010. Teresa started as a consultant that year, and later came on full time to assume her current role in May 2010. Teresa spent much of her professional life working in corporate America, but has dedicated the last eight years to working for In Flight, and consulting for other local not for profit companies. Her main area of expertise is benefit administration, and she is currently in the process of becoming a certified professional through The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). When Teresa is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and is very involved in her local community, including volunteering her time to assist with fundraising for the Girl Scouts of America.

Nathan Briggs, Director of Residential Services

Nathan comes to In Flight after working at Anderson Center for Autism for the past twelve years. He started as an entry-level DSP in ACA’s adult day program in 2006, moving into an instructor role in 2007. He helped to support the gentlemen and ladies of the team for almost nine years before moving into an administrative residential role. As an administrator, he served as a residential coordinator and coordinating the adult day program at Anderson.  Prior to entering the field of human services, Nathan took an undergraduate degree from SUNY New Paltz in secondary English education and taught 9th and 10th grade English. As an undergraduate, he served in the New York State Air National Guard as a crew chief for a C-5A Galaxy, the largest aircraft in the world at the time. Nathan is currently completing his Master’s degree in Public Administration with Marist College and looking forward to completing his studies in 2019.