20 Under 40: New leaders, classic values

Jesse C.P. Roshia, 31
Children’s Home of Jefferson County

Hometown: Watertown
Professional position: Director of Residential Services
Family: Wife, Tara; daughter, Adrienne, 1
Education: Watertown High School; St. Lawrence University, Canton; completing MBA from Clarkson University, Potsdam, in May
Community involvement: Jefferson County Youth Board; Watertown Elks Club
Last book read: “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis

Jesse C.P. Roshia has been successful since he was in early 20s, but don’t consider him lucky. Luck had nothing to do with it.

It’s motivation and drive that has propelled him in short order from an entry-level job at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County to its management team, where he now serves as director of residential services.

“The best advice I ever got is that your hard work will eventually pay off,” Mr. Roshia said. “I believe that success is the result of hard work. If you find yourself in a hard situation, do your best to get out of that situation.”

After graduating from college, Mr. Roshia briefly lived in New York City and Boston before he took a job as a direct-care worker at the Children’s Home, where he had worked part-time while in school. The job involved overnight and weekend shifts, but within four months, he was promoted to caseworker. A little over a year later, at age 25, he was promoted to management as the director of case work and intake and has been with the nonprofit organization ever since.

“I was able to experience the big city when I was younger and it was enjoyable,” he said. “But this is where my family and friends are. It’s home. It’s comfortable.”

-Brian Kelly
[Editor’s note: This is a truncated version of this story. For the full version, please see NNY Business in print or subscribe.]

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