The Reminiscences of Ronald Coster
Biography: Trained as an accountant at Syracuse University, Coster came to Phoenix House in 1972 after several years working at New York University. He was hired as one of the first professionally trained staff members, with the expectation that his financial expertise would help keep orderly accounts and win trust with state and local governments as Phoenix House split from the Addiction Services Agency. Throughout nearly 20 years at Phoenix House, Ron continued to serve in this capacity as government liaison while rising to the position of Executive Vice President after Frank Natale left.
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