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Meet Our Team


Andrew O'Grady LCSW-R, Executive Director
I am the Executive Director at MHA for the past four years. I came to MHA 17 years ago to transition the case management services form Dutchess County to MHA. I have never thought of moving on as this agency does so much meaningful and important work. As a social worker, doing behavioral health and administration throughout my career, I am proud to lead this agency.
Lydia Edelhaus, Director of Family Support and Advocacy
I am the Director of Family Support and Advocacy Services, the department at MHA serving families that have been affected in some way by mental illness. I have been here for 19 years, beginning as the part-time Coordinator of the Family Support program. Every day, I work with engaged and passionately committed colleagues in an atmosphere of compassion and respect, and I am happy and proud to come to work each morning.
Lisa Connolly Psy. D, LMHC., Division Director of Adult Services
I am Dr. Lisa Connolly, the Division Director of Adult Services. I have been with the agency for 16 years. I oversee our Care Management program, Mel's Place, which is our homeless program, and our PROS clinical services. This was a career choice for me after my first day and I could not be happier or more fulfilled with my decision.
Jennifer Nelson, Director of Finance & Human Resources
As Director of Finance & Human Resources I oversee all aspects of financial and personnel matters at MHA Dutchess. In the ever changing behavioral health landscape, my team and I meet all challenges with openness and dedication. I have been employed by MHA for 26 years and am happy to be part of something that is vital to the community. The Agency’s integrity is of the utmost importance to me.
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We’re working to create a world where anyone in our community can get access to the full spectrum of mental health services they need.