Mental Health Advocates of WNY

board of directors


Lauren Baynes

Board Chair

Vice President of Operations
Bounce Imaging

Erin M. Moss, LMHC

Vice Chair

Erin M. Moss Mental Health Counseling Private Practice

Alexander J. Vandenbergh, CPA


Supervisor, Assurance Services
Dopkins and Company, LLP

Christina Pearl


Director of Corporate Communication
Horizon Corporations


Jeffrey L. Anker, M.D

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dept. of Psychiatry
SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine

Melinda C. Dubois

Executive Director

Mental Health Advocates of WNY

Elizabeth Woike-Ganga

President and Chief Executive Officer

BestSelf Behavioral Health

Donna Gatti, R.N.


Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program

Christopher Kerr, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer

Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo

Christine Langenfeld

Director of Marketing & Operations

Amherst Chamber of Commerce

Mark Laurrie

Superintendent of Schools

Niagara Falls City School District

Magdalena Nichols

Chief Officer of Administration & Strategic Partnerships

Jericho Road Community Health Center

Kyle W. Mack, J.D., Pharm.D.

Special Counsel

Phillips Lytle

Jennifer Picone

Corporate Wellness Manager

Independent Health

Pete Rizzo

Vice President


Melissa Spikes-Archer

Project Coordinator

Buffalo Urban League

Stephen Tyrpak

Director, Quality, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs

Garwood Medical Devices LLC

Jun Wang-Tiedemann


Chinese Club of Western New York

Agency Staff

Administrative Staff

Melinda C. DuBois

Executive Director

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Ted Zientek

Director of Finance and Administration

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Margaret Silvestri


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Amy Szefel-Starck

Director of Development

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BEST (Basic Emotional Skills Training)

Mary Lou Montanari


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Brandi Harvey

Education Specialist

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Sara Perdue

Education Specialist

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Child & Family Support Program

Stacie Dziwulski

Director of Family Peer Advocates

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Jan Ables-Register

Family Support Partner-ECMC

Earvetta Bizzell

Family Support Partner-ECMC / Compliance Coordinator

Cynthia Brauer

Family Peer Advocate

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Susan Fleming

Family Support Partner-ECMC

Joyce Orlowski

Family Support Partner-ECMC

Ljupka Palavestra

Family Support Partner- ECMC

Toddie Rogers

Family Support Partner- Outreach

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Sabrina Timm

Family Support Partner- Intake

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Dawn Tisdale

Family Peer Advocate

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Leslie Wexler

Family Support Partner- ECMC

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Milton Williams

Family Peer Advocate

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Jodi Johnson


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Adrienne Linger

Volunteer Supervisor

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Bridget McNally

Case Manager

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Legal Services

Ed Martnshin


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Kevin C. Condon


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Heather Kuhn


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Nicole Blackwell

Lead Paralegal

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Louis Mueller


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Jo Evelyn Smith


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Marketing Communications and Outreach

Carol Doggett

Senior Director of Marketing Communications and Outreach

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Kelly Miskovski

Director of Community Outreach and Information & Referral

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Melissa Bellanca

Social Media and Marketing Assistant

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Operation COM (Children Of the Military)

Mary A. McParlane


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Sara Applin


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Robin Shipman


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Youth Programs

Karl Shallowhorn

Director of Youth Programs

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Peg Barrett

School Advocate

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Doug Hahn

Youth Peer Advocate Coordinator

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Julianna Hill

Youth Peer Advocate Coordinator

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Katie Bernard

Youth Peer Advocate

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Joshua Cuillo

Youth Peer Advocate

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Ava Kuty

Youth Peer Advocate

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Renata Peiffer

Youth Peer Advocate

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Jillian McDowell

Youth Peer Advocate

Youth Peer Advocate

Do You Need Help?

Information & referral specialists are available M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm to help link you to community resources, providers, or treatment services.

CallĀ (716) 886-1242.

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