From mental illness to mental wellness…
How can we help you get there?

When you’re struggling with your own mind, even getting through the day can be difficult. The biggest issues sometimes aren’t even your mental illness itself… it’s dealing with the world around you.

Stigma makes everything harder, of course. Then comes finances, job, family… life can get complicated pretty quickly, regardless of whether you’re suffering yourself or supporting someone who is.

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in our community due to lack of mental health services. Our staff and volunteers work day and night to:

  • Strengthen families
  • Overcome fear
  • Help people dealing with anxiety
  • Link individuals to the supports they need
  • Provide safe spaces to heal
  • Break down stigma
  • ...and much, much more.

Our Goal

We’re working to create a world where anyone can get access to the full spectrum of mental health services they need, without jumping through unnecessary hoops.

We believe mental wellness benefits the whole community! That’s why we honor these beliefs:

Integrity

It’s hard to heal without support from someone you trust. That’s why we offer you a safe space, respect your confidence, and work hard to earn your trust.

Dignity

To have dignity is to be worthy of honor or respect. We envision a society where every individual is treated with dignity regardless of where you came from or your current situation.

Compassion

Everybody’s got a story to tell, and we’re here to support you in yours. We’re ready to listen to your situation, and deliver you the complete and unique care you need.

At the end of the day, all of this is just words. The people who are delivering you the care is where the magic really happens. So we wanted to introduce you to some of our most committed staff and volunteers:

Our Services

support-groups-and-social

Support Groups & Social Activities

housing-support

Housing & Shelter Services

individualized-support-programs-sympathy

Individualized Support Programs

workshop-and-support-programs

Workshops & Educational Programs

addiction-recovery-services-box

Addiction Recovery Services

24-7-addiction-crisis-center

24/7 Crisis Center

Meet our Team

Andrew O’Grady LCSW-R

CEO
I have been the CEO of MHADC, and now MARC, since 2012. I came to MHA 18 years ago to transition the Case Management services from 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.

Dr. 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,

Chief Financial Officer
As Director of Finance 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.

Kathleen Williams

Director of Human Resources
I have been in the HR field for 28 years. I actually fell into it by accident and have loved being someone that employees can go to with their questions and confidences. I truly am grateful to work for MHA.

Janet Caruso

Director of Community Education
I run the MHA Library and supervise the Supported Education and Community Education programs. I link people in need of services to a variety of resources so they can investigate them to see what is a good fit. Overseeing educational programs is rewarding when I hear of people reaching their goals as they rebuild their lives. I enjoy working with my colleagues both here at MHA and with staff from other human service agencies as we collaborate on events.

Noel Crotone

Assistant to the Executive Director
I am the Assistant to the Executive Director, I am happy to be working at MHA and enjoy working with our Executive Director, Board members, Staff, Volunteers and Clients. My back ground in various capacities in non profit organizations over the last 20 plus years have prepared me well for this job. The mission of MHA is vital to our community and the individuals we serve and I am proud to work alongside such a dedicated team of professionals.

Adam Roche

Program Manager
I am the program manager of the MHA Dutchess Vet2Vet Program. I’ve been working for MHA since 2016 and I feel blessed to work with so many amazing hardworking people that truly care about their clients. I look forward to continuing my career with MHADC!

Desiree King

CASA and Compeer Program Manager
I am the Program Manager for Compeer and CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocates at MHA Dutchess. I began my career in 2008 as the Teen Challenge Coordinator. I am proud to be an advocate in our communities and ensure that the best interest for children and families are being served.

Dinesa Johnson

I've been with MHA Dutchess for 12 years, and as an Care Manager for Beacon and having clients all over other than just Beacon, so I am well rounded with what we do. I have been in the mental health field for close to 28 years working with other agencies in the Dutchess. Co. Area I Love my job helping those who cannot help themselves at times. and always excited about learning new things in the system. To be an assistance to others.

Gerald Dieterich

Database Administrator
I have always enjoyed working with technology. At a young age, I became fascinated with computers: I had to know how they worked. Just over 3 years ago, I found MHA. It was like finding long-lost family. I have never worked with more caring and compassionate individuals and I get to do something I love. I am grateful to be able to do what I love for an agency that does so many positive things for the community.

Heather Conklin

Intensive Care Coordinator
I have been at MHA Dutchess for over 10 years now. I am the Intensive Care Coordinator for Eastern Dutchess and have loved every minute of it.

John Garrity

Development & IT Manager
I have been with MHA Dutchess for over seven years, and it has been an incredible journey. I love being part of an agency that does such amazing work, the people here are caring and support one another. I am absolutely in awe of all of the staff here, each of our programs, and all of the people we help serve.

Juliann Simpson

Respite Program Manager
I am the Respite Program Manager at MHA Dutchess. I oversee hourly respite services, recreational respite, camp scholarships, the Teen Challenge Clubhouse Program, and the Young Adult Transition Program. Working with children and families has always been a big part of my life. It is who I am, it is my passion. I had my humble beginnings with MHA in 1995, when I joined the Respite Program team. The Respite Program was in its beginning stages, and seeing it grow to include our teen program, and now our young adult program has been very exciting. Over the years, my work has enabled me to be part of the lives of many special individuals, who received support services from MHA. I count it a privilege being a part of the families in Dutchess County and overseeing such a dedicated team that provide the direct services to those we serve. For me, my work is part of my ministry for this season in my life, and for this I am grateful.

Kathryn Weaver

Supported Education
I have been with MHA for 8 years. I am the Program Specialist for the Sibling Support groups. I have held that position since August 2015. Prior to that, I ran The Kid’s Inc. program, along with providing one-on-one respite. I am also the Supported Education Coordinator, working with referred ACCES/VR students attending Dutchess Community College.

Kayla Wade

Hi my name is Kayla Wade, and I am a Supportive Care Manager for Mental Health America. On a daily basis I get to work with inspiring and great clients. I also get to work together with my great co-workers to do our best to help our clients. The best part about MHA is the teamwork that our team has. If one care manager needs help or has a question, there is always someone there to help. Both my clients and my co-workers make coming to MHA every day something I look forward to.

Kristi Howard

LMSW, PROS Team Leader
I started my career with MHA Dutchess as a social work intern with the Case Management department in 2009. That is when I found my passion for working with adults in recovery from severe and persistent mental illness. I became the Team Leader at our Beacon Wellness Center PROS program just over two years ago. It brings me much joy to support our participants as they endeavor to advance their life situations.

Laura Fonseca

My name is Laura Fonseca and I've been a Care Manager for over 10 years at MHA. It has been a pleasure being a positive contributor in the lives of so many amazing people who are each on their unique journey. Being a part of the outstanding MHA team and interacting with the exceptional service agencies in Dutchess County has been both edifying and rewarding.

Lynn Rogers

I'm an activist parent and a skilled advocate having previously served several years as the Family Advocate for MHA Dutchess. I'm now the Program Coordinator for the Family Support Programs at MHA, and hold the Family Development Credential (FDC) and the Family Peer Advocate Credential (FPAC). I am also on the Board of Directors for Families Together in NYS (FTNYS). I've been an active presenter and panel member at a variety of conferences and presentations throughout the Family Support community and received the 2002 Excellence in Resiliency Award from FTNYS for outstanding work in promoting resiliency in families of children with Social, behavioral, or emotional needs. My strong belief is that parents are the experts with their children and should be empowered to determine the goals for themselves and their families.

Margarette Voyard

I have been working at MHA Dutchess as a Generic Care Manager since April 2017. I enjoy working at MHA, they have a great group of people who are willing to help, share information and to support each other. I love the fact that not one day is alike, each day brings its own challenge and there's no time to be bored. I also love servicing the various clients. Being a Care Manager at MHA allows me to learn so much about mental Illness.

Marlene Taylor

MPS
I am the Education and Training Coordinator at MHA Dutchess. I teach numerous parenting classes on special topics which help parents and caregivers to better understand and manage behavior challenges for children and teenagers. I also coordinate staff trainings that range from community programs and resources to special topics such as Trauma Informed Care and Narcan training. I love teaching and having the opportunity to bring inspiring and enlightening information to the community and staff. I truly believe information is power.

Nate Milligan MA

Care Management Supervisor
My name is Nate Milligan, I am one of the Supervisors for MHA Dutchess' Care Management Program. I have been with MHA for over 10 years. I enjoy working for MHA because we are one big happy family and MHA is dedicated in helping those in need.c

Preston Leigh

I am a Care Manager at MHA Dutchess. I enjoy working here because it allows me to impact social change for the better.

Antonnio McCall

Intensive Care Manager

Cynthia Atkins

Dante Miscedra

Elvira Marone

Erica Darmstadt

Felicita Wheeler

Isaac Gill

Kasha Morgan

Family Peer Advocate
FPAC (Certified Family Peer Advocate)

Kathleen Valentino

Maykel Desir

Michael Napolitano

Dept Manager of Care Management & Supported Housing

Natalie Milligan

CM Office Manager

Nicole Halicki

Prisilla Acosta

Scott Eddington

Building Manager

Shawn Forte

Sherry Pittman

Sue Luongo

FPAC (Certified Family Peer Advocate)

Zuma Saha

Angelica Concepcion

Angelique Johnson

Anthony Anderson

Assonia Riggins

Bryan Bradley

Cassandra Velez

Teen Challenge Program Specialist

Clyde King

Cody Gonzalez

Colin Blake

Dan Valis

Daneil McLaughlin

Denise Winters

Florence Martinez

Jeniene Johnson

Jennifer Boscardin

HCBS Specialist

Jessica Madden

Jim Ball

Coordinator of Peer Services

Kathleen Gallagher

Lashaveous Dicker

Lisa Fadelici

Finance Dept Manager

Lynn Reno MPS

CHC, Compliance Officer

Marjorie Tortorella, RN

Adult Advocate and Resource Specialist

Mark Marinoff

Melinda Ball

Nicole DeLorenzo

Care Management Supervisor

Renee Boyd

Rhonda Waite

Sabrina Guirma

Sadaf Ahsan M.D

Doctor at PROS Clinic

Samantha Ruthkosky

Scott Berg

Scott Butler

Sherri Saunders

Tamar Levy

Tracy Edmonstone

Victor Smith

Ulana Salewycz

Bonnie Cronk

Human Resources Assistant

Anne Walsh

Program Specialist

Anthony Kavouras

Veteran Housing Case Manager

Amanda Bailey

Supportive Care Manager

David Campanaro

Division Director of Addiction Services

Tyler Mendelson

VET-TAP Program Coordinator