Administrative Staff
Download vCard Ken Houseknecht
Executive Director
716-886-1242 Ext. 314
khouseknecht@eriemha.org


I spent 30 years doing public and investor relations work with some really great people and some truly incredible companies/organizations. Most days, I told folks, "This much fun...and we get paid too! Doesn't seem right." I was blessed!

In 2011, I was honored to join the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Erie County as the Executive Director, an organization where I had been a volunteer for nearly three decades. The MHA does some amazing work, promoting mental health and wellness and helping folks who have suffered a temporary or more permanent loss of mental health or wellness.

Again, I work with incredibly talented and passionate people doing work that really makes a difference in people's lives. How cool is that! I'm still blessed!!!

Download vCard Jack Woodworth
Chief Operating Officer
716-886-1242 Ext. 317
jwoodworth@eriemha.org


Alongside providing support, advocacy and education in my role as Family Advocate, I enjoy helping people, fixing stuff, and developing business process improvement strategies. I’m living the dream with a wonderful wife and two bright and talented sons. The cats weren’t in the dream but they’re fun, too. A childhood filled with dismantling things and playing with construction toys developed into a long and happy career in engineering and quality leadership. In my spare time, I can be found on skis, skates, bicycles, or anything else that helps me go faster than I can on my own.
B.E.S.T. (Basic Emotional Skills Training)

Download vCard Mary Lou Montanari
Director
716-886-1242 Ext. 338
montanari@eriemha.org


I have the unique distinction of being the longest term student intern in MHA history! I began my MHA career in 1980 as a SUNY Brockport Health Science student intern and have been here ever since. My current role as Director of the B.E.S.T. program provides me with the opportunity to pursue what I consider my vocation: to help young children start their school years with a healthy positive outlook and the skills they need to be kind and respectful members of their schools, families and communities. I am also pleased to support the efforts of the hard working staff at WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse by serving on their Board of Directors. My commitment to the needs of children extends into my personal life through involvement in church activities as well as services for those with developmental disabilities. My favorite pastime involves lake side camping with my family where I have the opportunity to enjoy biking, reading, knitting and creative campfire cooking.

Download vCard Mary Jane Jablonski
Senior Education Specialist
716-886-1242 Ext. 339
jablonski@eriemha.org


I am an education specialist for the B.E.S.T. Program, the MHA’s early childhood mental health education program. This year I celebrate 25 years with the MHA!

My professional career began as a Registered Nurse at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and later as a psychiatric nurse at BryLin hospital. After 10 years of nursing, my interests in the field of health changed. I went back to school for my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and eventually landed the perfect job . . . working with children in the field of prevention and mental health at the MHA. I work with young children in the classroom, helping them develop social and emotional skills that have a positive effect on the quality of their lives. For me, this is not a job; this is my passion . . . hence, 25 years with the same agency!


Carly Story
Education Specialist
716-886-1242 Ext. 349
cstory@eriemha.org


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After interning at the MHA as an undergraduate student in 2010, I'm so excited to be back as a part of the MHA family and a member of the B.E.S.T team! I graduated from Canisius College with my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2012 and earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from the State University at Buffalo in May of 2015.

Mental health awareness and advocacy, as well as working with children have always been passions of mine, and I am so thrilled to be in a position where I can not only teach, but also learn from children each and every day.


Kristina Grabowski
Education Specialist
716-886-1242 Ext. 349
kgrabowski@eriemha.org


I am a proud member of MHA’s B.E.S.T program! I recently graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor’s Degree in TESOL Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Working with children has always been my passion. Through my professional career I have made it my mission to reach students on a deeper level that just academics. I strive to ensure each and every student has the tools they need to be their best self, and succeed!

"Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson
Child & Family Support Program
Download vCard Jenny Laney
Director
716-886-1242 Ext. 313
laney@eriemha.org


I called the Mental Health Association 11 years ago in need of understanding how to navigate the mental health system in Erie County. I was supported by a family member then working as the Director of the Child and Family Support Program. She provided support and education about community resources that others had not informed me about. As my journey continued, I was supported by many other family advocates who provided hope and encouragement while supporting my family. It is an honor to be employed as the Director of the Child and Family Support Program; providing the support that I once received.

Melissa Salamon
Manager
716-886-1242 ext. 346


I joined the Mental Health Association of Erie County team in 2015, bringing over 20 years of experience working with children with disabilities and behavioral needs. Before joining the Child and Family Support Program with the Mental Health Association, I worked with Behavior Innovations providing intensive behavior intervention for individuals with Autism, Autism Society of Ontario and families with special needs children throughout the Niagara Region and Hawaii. I look forward to the exciting challenges each day presents and enjoy working with so many skilled and dedicated professionals with such diverse backgrounds at Mental Health Association. I am a small business owner of a photography studio and enjoy gardening, paddle boarding and relaxing at the beach. I am the proud mother of two boys and live with my husband in Buffalo, NY.

Rachaelle Benz
Family Support Partner
716-886-1242 ext. 321


Little did I know that my journey here to the MHA would start when I walked into that support group 12 years ago and I met a kindred spirit.  We became friends, a support for each other, advocates, we worked at different jobs but in the same field, now today she is my supervisor and I couldn’t ask to be at a better place to work for.  I became an advocate for others, after needing to navigate the different systems for my own family and knew how difficult it could be. I have been helping families advocate for themselves for almost 9 years now.   I love what I do and feel a calling to help where I can.  I have been working at the MHA as a consultant for 3 years, and only recently started working here in the office.  I am a wife, a mother of 3 awesome kids, and a nana of an almost 2.5 year old granddaughter.  I love to travel and try new things, especially experience the local culture of the area I am in at that time.  

Caitlin Neumann
Youth Peer Mentor
716-886-1242 ext. 345


Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Caitlin is known statewide for her role as President of the Board of Directors of YOUTH POWER!, the NYS network of young people who have been labeled and are seeking change. Being diagnosed with a mental health condition at a young age, she has developed a lifelong mission working to decrease the stigma of mental health and to bring support and guidance to her peers in hopes to inspire hope and change. Caitlin has presented and spoken at various mental health awareness conferences and events statewide, sharing her story and using her experiences to help transform child serving systems for the future. Her travels have no limit, having traveled to the Netherlands in October 2013 for a conference as well as to present Master classes on the importance of youth peer advocacy. Caitlin is also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor. Her mantra is as follows: "To define is to limit".

Joyce Orlowski
Family Support Partner
716-886-1242 ext. 332


Being part of the Mental Health Association  has given me daily countless opportunities to grow and learn. It has allowed me to empower others, by helping them navigate through the complicated maze of the mental health community.   Many years ago, during a difficult time,  I was blessed with the gift of  support and understanding when I called the  Mental Health Association.  Paying it Forward is not only my goal, but my reward as well.  Life is a journey, not a destination... and what a journey it is!

Leslie Wexler
Family Support Partner
716-886-1242 ext. 346


I have an MFA in dance from the University of Michigan and a BS in dance from SUNY Brockport. I taught at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts from 1983 to 2006. I was co-director of Buffalo Contemporary Dance, a modern dance repertory company. I have volunteered at numerous organizations in the Buffalo area including Lothlorian Therapeutic Riding Stables, the Matt Urban Hope Center, and the Mental Health Association. I joined the MHA staff in July, 2014.

Vicky Woodworth
Family Support Partner

I was introduced to the Mental Health Association when the Family Support Program was a big support to my family. It was a time when we had been frustrated with the children’s mental health system of care. They brought a sense of calm and shared their expertise while helping us navigate the system. In my previous experience as a registered Occupational Therapist, I treated children who have special needs. I worked closely with the parents of my clients by teaching them how to help their child.

In 2012, I was asked if I was interested in assisting families in the Psychiatric Emergency room (CPEP) at ECMC. It was an opportunity to help families during one of the most difficult times they might face. It has been gratifying to bring them hope, information and compassion just as our family had once been helped by MHA. Being a family support partner at ECMC has been a blessing for me.

Ljupka Palavestra
Family Support Partner

Life can be full of unexpected twists and turns, heartbreaks, as well as moments of bliss and joy. After a childhood filled with play, scenes of a beautiful Adriatic sea where we were traveling every summer, family gatherings, and many friends, the war started in Former Yugoslavia. All of a sudden everything changed; life became dark and difficult. My family and I had to flee. That was a trauma that I never completely healed from and it was something that had to be accepted as an unfortunate reality. In the myths of my personal trauma I came in contact with a mental health system back in my country that was inhumane, and I suffered greatly the consequences of that mistreatment. After a few years I decided to join the movement of peers who have gone through similar experiences who are trying to make a difference in people’s lives as well as assist those who provide care.

What is so wonderful about the Mental Health Association is that the people who work for this agency have a family member affected by emotional and mental difficulties, or they themselves have gone through that experience. They are in the hospitals where people are in the most difficult life situations, and they are sharing their stories trying to comfort them, offer recourses, and say that there is hope and people who care. I was so grateful to become a part of this great family of dedicated and caring people. I have a BA in Art as well as Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. My desire is to combine knowledge from learning about mental health, as well as share my own personal experience. I also believe in the gentle power of art in healing, such as painting, drawing, writing, singing or simply reading an inspirational literature.

I would like to share a meaningful quote that sums up my feelings regarding this wonderful work - ”Seven brothers were ill in one hospital. One recovered from his illness and got up and rushed to serve his other brothers with brotherly love, to speed their recovery. Be like this brother. Consider all men to be your brothers, and ailing brothers at that. And if you come to feel that God has given you better health than others, know that it is given through mercy, so in health you may serve your frailer brothers.” Nikolai Velimirovic.

Toddie Rogers
Family Support Partner

Born and raised here in Buffalo, NY, I’ve lived mostly on the East side of the city. My education in Buffalo Public Schools #81, Hutch Tech High School, and ECC-North Campus. Working vast employment from child care to Buffalo public bus aide assisting the children with special needs. For a bit I even became a very good sales customers services and training person for many telecommunication companies.

Growing up was not easy. I had to work hard every day at school and at home. I was told by the fourth grade that I was different and that I had a learning disability. Finding this out was not easy and from that day on I was not allowing myself to be defeated or others to think less of me. From elementary and then into high school I had my ups and downs but regardless, my high school diploma was important. I had to take one extra year to get that diploma. Today I am ecstatic to have my IEP Certificate and my high school diploma. I am very proud that I have both. Eventually I was able to go to college and get my Associates Degree in Hospitality.

I am now a very happy mom of two children both are my pride and joy and have great personality. My son followed me by going to the same schools #81 and now he’s in Hutch Tech. He’s diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, Ticks, Audio & Sensory Processing Disorder, Pervasive Disorder, Learning Disability, Depression and Anxiety. The best is that he’s a teenager. Each day is a lot but he is a good student and really likes helping others (kids the most). He is in the JROTC at school and interested in the poetry club. He is self-employed and wants to maybe join the military and plans to go to college to be a Computer Forensics or Neuro Medicine. My daughter is special in her own unique way. My baby is in a student of King Center Charter School that has been able to manage her wonderfully. She has a chronic condition called Hydrocephalus - that is when the cranial fluid that protects and nourishes the brain and spine is not flowing correctly. She has a shunt internally that helps her manage this difficulty so far. The fearful part is that every day is a new day for her. For my daughter she can get hurt, sick or infection can cause her to become very sick that she must be monitored in a hospital and the extreme is death. Some of her day to day difficulties are balance, sight and cognitive learning. Math especially. To aid her I found a great dance class to help her with balance and OT/PT services for when she needs it. At this time she gets intervention and extra one on one support. Both of them are my everything, my world. I could not see me being where I am today without them in my life.

For them I knew that I had to do what I had to. I became a stay at home mom and for the past 11 years I was that mom. From PTO’s to Hosting Support groups. This helped me and my children to learn and meet others that are going through what they live with every day.


Jared Courier
Youth Peer Mentor
jcourier@eriemha.org


My battle with substance abuse and my mental health started a long time ago, even though I didn't know it. I couldn't see one for the other. Now I know they're correlated and need to be taken care of together to keep myself well.

When I was younger, I went to the 20 Something group ran by the Mental Health Association and it gave me hope to fight against the stigma of my diagnosis.

I now work for them in hope, to help others who are dually diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse problems and in turn, get help from them. Everyday we live on this Earth is a blessing, I hope to help others like me to feel that way too!

Kaitlyn Ledzian
Youth Peer Mentor
716-886-1242 Ext. 319
kledzian@eriemha.org


My name is Kaitlyn Ledzian and Buffalo, NY is where I’ve called home for the past 21 years. I have struggled with my mental health ever since I can remember but at the age of 14 is when I was put on my path of recovery. I have been prescribed more anti-depressants and mood stabilizers then I can count on two hands and I am a survivor of many hardships in my short lifetime. Ever since I was a child, I was always passionate about helping others and I knew that’s what I wanted to do as my occupation. I graduated in 2014 at Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, NY with a Regents Diploma. I then moved onto ECC North where I received a certificate in Human Services. I am also certified as a mandated report for child abuse and neglect, mentoring and coaching and am certified in administering Narcan. I am an active member of Youth Empowerment Leadership and also have just became a member of Youth Power!

I first began my journey with the MHA as an intern in the fall of 2016 and was hired in the spring of 2017 as a youth peer mentor and family support partner. I spend most of my time at work, or with family and friends. I love making art, listening to music and just “living in the NOW.

My favorite quote is “It always rains the hardest on the people who deserve the most sun."

Anthony Donalson
Youth Peer Mentor
adonalson@eriemha.org


I’m a full-time youth advocate working primarily with the youth identified through the Treaty of Grant. I have been a model and spokesperson for the JustTellOne.org campaign. This last year, I was selected to be a model for Havens House annual fashion show where I was given the opportunity to tell my story. I've been doing hours at the Mental Health Association, I also help facilitating support groups St Mary School of the Deaf. I'm also involved at Baker Victory working with the children who live in the residential foster care facility. I have recently been certified on Mental Health First Aid, my mandated reporting training, suicide prevention training, and my respite and skill-building training completed through family voices Network. I also am on the panel for youth power.

Mercedes Busby
Youth Peer Mentor
mbusby@eriemha.org


Hello, my name is Mercedes Busby and I am 22 years old. I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. I moved to Buffalo New York when I was five months old. I have lived with a single mom my whole life. I graduated from Amherst High School in 2013. I recently graduated from Erie One Boces with my Cosmetology license.

I'm currently working as a Youth Peer Advocate at Mental Health Association of Erie County. I chose to take this position because I want to help others that are battling the same obstacles that I have overcome. Living with a mental health disorder and a learning disability has been a roller coaster. I have been dealing with a learning disability since 2nd grade. I was diagnosed with my mental health disorder when I was in the 9th grade. I was young when we found out about both my diagnoses. I didn’t always understand the emotions that came along with them both and the battle I was going to have to learn to fight. During the fight that was in front of me a lot of obstacles got in the way. Those obstacles lead me to the streets and meeting people that were not a positive light in my life. I began using drugs and alcohol as a mask to cope with the everyday peer pressure.

When I got to my lowest point in life I knew I had to make a change for the better. Turning my life around is one of the best things I have accomplished and best feeling I have ever felt. At that very point I knew that I wanted to help others see the light at the end of the very dark tunnel. Being a Youth Peer Advocate is my passion and I will do my best to help as many youth as I can.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.)
Download vCard Jodi Johnson
Director
716-886-1242 Ext. 318
johnson@eriemha.org


Old, getting wiser, bucket list getting shorter, having a blast!

I grew up in beautiful Forestville, New York. I attended SUNY Fredonia and majored in Sociology. I love all things sports and was blessed to be able to play 3 sports in high school and college. I’m married to my hero, Kevin, a retired Major that served in the Army and Air Force. I have two healthy, happy children; Kyal and Lynsey. I moved back to Western NY after my husband retired and I was able to land my dream job as Director of the CASA Program of Erie County. I was able to advocate for children through the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program, the Ohio CASA Program and the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program. I have learned so much from amazingly passionate people and love being able to share that passion with my Erie County volunteers.

Adrienne Linger
Volunteer Supervisor
716-886-1242 Ext. 328
alinger@eriemha.org


I began working for the CASA program in June of 2016; but have worked with the program for many years. During this time I knew that I wanted to become more involved within the program; as it makes such a huge impact on the families the program serves. I received my B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Plattsburgh. Following graduation I moved to Buffalo and have worked for various local social service agencies. My experience ranges from working with youth in a residential setting, foster care and case management. I will be continuing my education in the fall to complete my MS in Mental Health Counseling. When not working you can find me spending time with my daughter, family and friends. I am looking forward to continuing my growth within the CASA program and the Mental Health Association of Erie County!

Amanda Serena
716-886-1242 Ext. 340
aserena@eriemha.org


I became employed with the CASA program in October 2017. Prior to my employment I began volunteering with the program in November of 2016. I still volunteer on my assigned case when not working. I became involved with CASA after hearing a presentation in a graduate class I was taking about the program. I wanted to gain more experience working with children and families and help to make a positive difference. I have earned my B.A. in Psychology from Medaille College. I am currently pursuing an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and will complete the program in August of this year. I have experience working with the elderly within home and hospital settings. When I am not working I am spending time with my friends and my dog.
Marketing, Communications, and Outreach
Carol Doggett
Senior Director of Marketing, Communications, and Outreach
716-886-1242 Ext. 350
cdoggett@eriemha.org


I’ve spent my entire career as a communications professional with years of business and project management experience working with multi-national corporations, non-profits, and small businesses. Dealing with the many challenges of caring for a family member with mental health issues, more than once I turned to MHA for help and support. Now I have the opportunity to return that support using my professional skills to help others.

When I’m not at work, you’ll most likely find me with my horse at the barn. That’s where I go to relax and recharge. He keeps me honest and grounded, and reminds me what’s really important in life—food, water, shelter and love. If you’ve got these you’re always good to go.

Download vCard Kelly Miskovski
Director of Community Outreach and Information and Referral
716-886-1242 Ext. 326
kmiskovski@eriemha.org


I joined the Mental Health Association of Erie County in April 2013. I have always had a passion for mental health, which led me to graduating from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by a Master’s degree in Psychology from Medaille College. I am thrilled to be a part of the team here at the MHA, which allows me to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of those who are experiencing a mental health challenge. I love being able to provide individuals with the community resources they need to feel better and stay well through our Information & Referral Program.

In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends, family, and my three cats Dylan, Bowie, and Winnie who bring me tons of joy every day! I also volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.) Program and work for our Operation Children of the Military Program.

Download vCard Bridget McNally
Marketing and Social Media Manager
716-886-1242 Ext. 347
bmcnally@eriemha.org


Working for the MHA and advocating for mental health awareness is a dream come true and has helped greatly in my own mental health recovery. In addition to managing our marketing materials and social media accounts, I also facilitate our Writing and Well-Being Workshop and Operation COM: Children Of the Military.

I have an A.A.S. in Telecommunications from Cayuga Community College in my hometown of Auburn, NY. I transplanted to Buffalo in the summer of 2011 and never looked back! In my spare time, I volunteer for our Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.) Program advocating for children in the family court system and work part-time at Lush Cosmetics. I have two beautiful cats, Beer Cat and Baxter, whom I love very much.

“If you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise.” - Rupi Kaur

Jenna Hallmark
Front Desk Vibe Coordinator
716-886-1242 Ext. 311
jhallmark@eriemha.org


Jenna has an A.A. in Fine Arts from Villa Maria College and 54 years of pharmacy and customer service experience. She joined the MHA team in the winter of 2018 and enjoys working with people and correctly transferring phone calls to the appropriate department. Jenna also works part time as a pharmacy technician and at Lush Cosmetics. She enjoys quality baked goods, the southwest, and good bar of soap and her devilishly handsome dog Rocko.
Legal Services & Advocacy
Download vCard Michael M. Kane, Esq.
Director
716-886-1242 Ext. 322
mkane@eriemha.org


I first got involved with the Mental Health Association of Erie County in December 2012 after passing the New York State Bar and began working full time in the Legal Services and Advocacy Program in September 2013. I earned my Bachelor of Arts at Michigan State University where I majored in journalism and got involved in Spartan Athletics as a manager for the women’s basketball team. I returned home to Western New York to attend law school at UB.

During my free time you can find me watching the Bills, MSU Spartans, UB Bulls, and Chicago Cubs.  When not being disappointed by one of my teams I’m most likely on the golf course in the summer and ski slopes in the winter.  I am excited to be part of the Legal Services and Advocacy Program and put my law license to work, providing legal support to those in Erie County with mental illnesses.

Download vCard Jo Evelyn Smith
Paralegal
716-886-1242 Ext. 320
jesmith@eriemha.org


I am a Paralegal who has worked at the MHA for Legal Services and Advocacy for 25 years. I previously worked for Erie County Department of Social Services as an Energy Crises Worker. I have worked over 30 years helping low income, disabled individuals obtain and retain benefits and entitlements that help them function independently in the community. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tuskegee University and an Associate’s degree in Paralegal from Erie Community College.

Download vCard Nicole Blackwell
Paralegal / LSA Outreach Coordinator
716-886-1242 Ext. 330
nblackwell@eriemha.org


The Mental Health Association of Erie County (MHA) welcomed me as a member of their team in October 2013.  I am a resident of Williamsville, NY, where I reside with my daughter. I have a passion for learning languages and professional dance.  I also enjoy writing when I get the chance.  Soon after graduating from college I was asked what I see myself doing for years to come.  The answer is found in this quote by John Hume: “I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people.”  For many years now, I have helped to serve and advocate for the disabled and disadvantaged community in need of services that they may be entitled to. Every person at some point in their life needs a helping hand or a voice to speak for them. I am very excited to be a member of the MHA and the Legal Services and Advocacy Program.  I look forward to working to serve a purpose and a mission for those living with mental illness.

Bruce McAllister
Staff Attorney
716-886-1242 Ext 348
bmcallister@eriemha.org


I grew up and attended school in California then received my BA in political science from Whittier College, after which I spent a short time in the Peace Corps. I was then called to service in the Army in Vietnam. When I returned to the U.S., I went to Thunderbird Graduate School and received a BIM in international business after which I worked in banking for half a decade but found that unsatisfying so I went to law school. I started my own private practice dealing with immigration, personal injury, workers’ compensation and various other fields. I closed that office in 2008 and took a position as staff attorney with a firm in which I advised clients with a very wide range of legal issues. I then moved with my family from California to Williamsville, working for a time as a Spanish interpreter for Journey’s End Refugee organization. I secured my license to practice law here in New York.

My volunteer activities after licensing have been with Volunteer Lawyers Project, CLARO, the consumer debt clinic and Neighborhood Legal Services and tutored some Nepali boys in the Buffalo schools through the Lawyers For Learning project. As can be seen from my time in the Peace Corps, I have always been drawn to serving those who are most in need and vulnerable. So when the opportunity came along to work at Mental Health Association I gladly accepted. I am proud to be a member of a team that does such necessary and commendable work.

I am fluent in Spanish as a result of having spent a summer as an exchange student in Mexico while I was in high school and have studied Spanish and traveled in Spanish speaking areas for many years. And I lead a Spanish conversation group that meets weekly in Williamsville.

Bethany Cereo
Staff Attorney
716-886-1242 Ext 324
bcereo@eriemha.org


Having recently graduated from UB Law School, and with the bar exam behind me, I am ready to get my feet wet as an attorney for the Mental Health Association of Erie County. I also have a B.A. from Wells College where I majored in Psychology and minored in Gender Studies. My work background is in domestic violence intervention - and prior to law school I ran a transitional housing program for survivors and their families. I am excited to find myself back in public interest work, with a renewed opportunity to help those most in need of advocacy and our community's support.

I am a fierce feminist, trans-ally, and army wife. My partner is currently working as an army recruiter in the Buffalo area. In our spare time, we dabble in Crossfit, watch World War II documentaries, and shamelessly dote on our pup-kids, Beasley and George.
Workplace Well-being
Daniel Lukasik
Director
716-886-1242 Ext 316
dlukasik@eriemha.org


I earned my Bachelor of Arts at Buffalo State College where I majored psychology and then went on to the University at Buffalo School of Law where I graduated from in 1988. Before joining the MHA staff, I litigated cases throughout New York in State and Federal Courts. In 2007, I created the website Lawyerswithdepression.com where I blog about my life living with depression. I also speak around the country on this topic. I am passionate about helping those with mental health issues.

I am a loyal Bills and Sabres fan and love going to Artpark in the summer and hockey games in the winter.
Military Family Programs
Download vCard Mary A. McParlane
Director
716-995-4322 Ext. 326
mcparlane@eriemha.org

Lindsey Little
Niagara County Program Facilitator
Operation Children of the Military
716.898.0110 ext.151

Lindsey Little resides in Gasport with her husband (Patrick), daughter (Audrey), and Border Collie (Sadie). After attending college at SUNY Brockport, she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English with a focus in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. Lindsey then spent the next four years as a Project Manager for an education technology company, where she worked to craft and maintain websites for national and international education organizations. Lindsey has since resigned from the position to spend more time with family, assist with her family’s business (The Basket Factory Restaurant), and find a new career working with children. In her spare time, she enjoys being a wife and mother, party and event planning, helping with her family’s restaurant, and spending time outdoors. Lindsey, a wife of a United States Airman, is eager to be the one of the newest member of the Operation Children of the Military team and certainly hopes to touch the lives of many other military families.
   


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