Diane E. Russo, MS, CASAC, is the Chief Executive Officer of CoveCare Center. Diane began her career in Putnam County in 1998 as Associate Executive Director at CoveCare (previously Putnam Family & Community Services) in Carmel. At the end of 2010 she became the Executive Director of CoveCare Center, and in 2015, Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Diane keeps CoveCare Center and Putnam County in the forefront of New York State behavioral healthcare initiatives. Recently CoveCare Center partnered with Coordinated Behavioral Health Services Independent Practice Association, whose shared goal is to provide exceptional and cost-effective healthcare to the Hudson Valley region.
Diane is presently a member of the Putnam County Alternatives to Incarceration Board, a member of the Putnam County Disaster Preparedness/Bioterrorism Task Force, the Putnam County Long Term Recovery Coalition and is on the board of Putnam Habitat for Humanity. In the past, Diane has served as a member of the Putnam County Veterans Task Force, Putnam County Communities That Care Coalition and the Hudson Valley-Catskill Coalition of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers. She was the recipient of the 2016 Putnam Community Services Network Distinguished Service Award for an Individual in recognition of her exemplary leadership and dedication to improve mental health and substance use treatment and prevention services available to Putnam County residents. She has been in the behavioral healthcare field for 28 years, holds a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Human Development, and is a NYS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, as well as a Life Coach.