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Board Members

President: Robin McNary-Cole

Robin found her way to NAMI 5 years ago when living in Miami Fl. That was when she took Family to Family and her life and the life of her family improved dramatically. The program made such a difference for her family she committed to giving back and helping other folks whose lives are touched by mental health conditions through NAMI.  Robin served as President and Executive Director of Program Development for NAMI of MiamiDade County, FL for 4 years. She began on the board in Oct 2014 and was elected as President in January 2015.  She is a State Trainer for Family to Family, a NAMI Basics Teacher, an Ending the Silence Facilitator and is currently in training for the NAMI Friends and Family Program. She has advocated at legislative days and contributed to ongoing Crisis Intervention Team Training for Miami Dade Police officers. Robin was also a member of the State of Florida’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council. She is proud to be a founding member of the STARR Coalition, a national organization addressing openness between mental health advocates and those in research for treatments. East Greenbush NY is her home town, but has enjoyed the experience of living in all four corners of the United States. She now lives in Troy with her husband, David and is thrilled her two grown children live nearby.

Contact Robin Cole: robin@namicapitalregionny.org

 

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Vice President: Paul McGreevy

Paul was first introduced to NAMI by attending the Family to Family class and found the guidance and support needed to help cope with mental illness in the family. His further involvement with NAMI has lead to more education, support and now advocacy to help others and their families whose lives have been impacted by mental illness. Paul currently serves as Vice President of NAMI Capital Region, NY and has been instrumental in developing a budget with the affiliate.

Paul lives in Albany and has been married for 38 years. He has two children and five grandchildren. Paul has owned and operated a local Dry Cleaning business for 25 years. He majored in Business Administration at a SUNY college in Upstate NY. In addition to Paul’s very active involvement with NAMI Capital Region, NY, he serves as the President (Pastor) of the Albany congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Contact Paul McGreevy: paul@namicapitalregionny.org

 

 


Treasurer: Mary Crowley

Mary Crowley has worked for NYS Industries for the Disabled for over 20 years and holds the position of senior accounts receivable specialist.   Working for an organization such as NYSID has given Mary perspective as to how important it is for people with a disability whether visible or not, to be given the opportunity to receive the support and services they need to realize their full potential  in life and to be validated. Due to Mary’s personal and family history with mental illness, she began looking for mental health support.  In doing so, she found NAMI NYS and reached out to the closest active affiliate which was NAMI MFH.  She has been an active member of NAMI for over 10 years.  By chance at a Basics training, she met Mary Beth  Honsinger [former president] from NAMI Greene County and  learned they both live in Rensselaer County so it became their mission to start an active affiliate in Rensselaer County.  With the help of former board member Bonnie Nasca, an active affiliate was formed 9 years ago.  Being a part of NAMI not only helped Mary with her mental health but it gave her the tools and education she needed to help her son with his depression and anxiety.  Mary is very grateful for such a wonderful organization as well as everyone involved in making a difference in folk’s lives by bringing mental illness out of the shadows and helping to eliminate the stigma.

Contact Mary Crowley: mary@namicapitalregionny.org

 


Board Members: Christine Rickeman

Christine became involved with NAMI NYS in 2011 while studying at Sage College of Albany; she then stayed on as the Information and Resource Helpline Coordinator. Shortly after she became involved with NAMI Rensselaer County, now NAMI Capital region, NY and became a board member and is currently the Program Coordinator for NAMI Capital Region, NY. She strongly believes in the positive effect NAMI came to have on the people who are challenged with mental illness, both family members and those living with a mental health condition. Christine is certified in most of the NAMI programs along with Family and Peer Support groups and In Our Own Voice. Christine has four beautiful two girls Amanda and Hannah and two boys Jake and Seth. She lives in Poestenkill and loves her 1782 house in the county.

Contact Christine Rickeman: christine@namicapitalregionny.org

 

 


Board Member: Sarah DuVall

Sarah was driven to volunteering for NAMI after many years of walking side by side with loved ones living with severe mental illness.
She holds a Master of Public Health in Biomedical Science from SUNY School of Public Health, and works as a Director of Quality Advocacy, Research and Innovation at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).  Prior to working at HANYS, she served as the Rensselaer County Epidemiologist and co-led the county’s Community Health Improvement Plan.
Sarah lives with her husband and two boys. In her free time, she enjoys reading and exploring the outdoors.
Contact Sarah DuVall: Sarah@namicapitalregionny.org

 

 


Board Member: Brittany Kilcher
Brittany became involved in NAMI Capital Region in May of 2019 with the desire to become an Ending the Silence and In Our Own Voices speaker. She quickly became passionate about NAMI’s Mission and wanted to do more by way of joining the Board. She contributes as a speaker, handles most of the affiliate’s social media outreach, and more. She is passionate about growing NAMI’s partnerships in the community as well as protecting the rights of those with mental illness, pushing for more trauma-informed care, advocating for non-conventional interventions such as therapeutic horseback riding, positive health and utilizing the terminology “client” over patient.
Brittany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice & Psychology from Russell Sage, where she attended on scholarship, and is currently attending school to become a Registered Nurse. She plans on attending Law School afterwards as a terminal degree. Her professional background involves interning with a Senator,  where her mock legislation was awarded for establishing a “Mental Health in Education Review Board” and introduced as potential legislation; working as a children’s services provider at Parson’s for youth with foster care and trauma experiences; working as the Rensselaer County Director for the Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation and a fun internship in Disney World. Her volunteer work in college included being a Rape Aggression Defense Instructor with police departments, a Community Accountability Member with the District Attorney’s office, youth & wounded warrior work with Stride Adaptive Sports, Team Leader on an Alternative Spring Break, youth worker in Costa Rica, ambulance attendant, a blood donor with the American Red Cross as well as the Elected President of the Rotaract Club.
Brittany lives with her Cavalier Shi Tzu, “Teddy Bear”, who is also an emotional support/therapy animal. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with Teddy Bear, blogging/writing books, travelling, and exercising at Orange Theory Fitness.
Contact Brittany Kilcher: brittany@namicapitalregionny.org
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