Board Members 2019
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.
Vice President: Paul McGreevy
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.
Secretary: Mary Beth Honsinger
Mary Beth became active with NAMI Greene County in 2010 and became determined to reinvigorate NAMI Rensselaer. Mary Beth became President of NAMI Rensselaer from 2010-2013.
Prior to Mary Beth’s Involvement, NAMI Rensselaer was predominantly for public meetings. NAMI Rensselaer held their first support group on September 7th, 2010 under Mary Beth’s leadership.
Mary Beth is certified as a State Trainer in Family Support Group, as well as in Family to Family.
Mary Beth has been an exceptionally active member and is certified to teach Basics, Family to Family, Peer to Peer, Homefront, and to facilitate family support groups and connection.
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.
Brittany graduated in 2017 from Russell Sage College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society: Dual pathways in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She is currently completing a Registered Nursing Degree program and afterward will be attending Law School.
Brittany found her way to NAMI after working in the Mental Health field and is eager to make a difference in the Mental Health field. She is certified in all sectors of the NYS Bridges to Health WSP program, Therapeutic Crises Intervention, Sanctuary Model and Basic Rape Aggression Defense. Brittany has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, child welfare, trauma-informed care management and behavioral intervention and interning for a NYS Senator where she sponsored mock legislation for enacting a “Mental Health in Education Review Board”.
Brittany hopes to advocate for higher levels of holistic, trauma-informed care; alternative treatment methods such as Equine therapy; client-centered/person-first approaches and children’s rights in mental health. She also hopes to raise awareness on topics such as misdiagnosis, gaslighting, victimization, intersectionality awareness and labeling theory.
Brittany is a current resident of North Greenbush and a Capital Region native. In her free time, she loves working on her book, blogging, swimming, tennis and spending time with her many nieces and nephews. She is in the process of adopting a Shi Tzu.
Shane Schulz is a Public Speaker, Mental Health Advocate and the CEO and Founder of the Speaking to the Heart Radio Network.
Born in Troy New York Shane utilizes his lived experiences to help others who are more like him than different reach levels they never thought they could.
Shane is well known for being the Host on the Arisen Strength Motivational Podcast and his weekday morning show Motivated Strength sharing what he calls the “optimal frame of mind” to have a higher level of thinking leading you to a higher level of living!
Having been part of over 650 interviews in his career Shane was asked in 2017 to be the Executive Producer for the Zubia Live Channel which focuses on health and wellness topics that affect you.
As a board member of his local affiliate for the National Alliance for Mental Illness Shane is often seen in his local community doing what he can to bring awareness and empowerment to for those who challenged by mental illness.
No matter the platform or venue Shane Schulz’s message will speak to your heart!