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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Board Member: Sarah DuVall