CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan currently works as the Lakeview Health Services Horizon Program Manager in Ithaca, NY; an organization that provides housing and rehabilitation counseling services for people recovering from a severe and persistent mental illness. Dan is an active member of the community and volunteers for community activities, including Cornell Companions pet therapy program, Hospicare Womens Swimmin’, Ithaca Rotary Club, and Ithaca Lions Club.Dan lives in Newfield, NY with his wife Clair Pennels; a native of Brisbane, Australia and their five rescue dachschunds.
Jack Reid is a retired LCSW from Colorado where he practiced as a psychotherapist for 43 years. He has had experience in community mental health, residential treatment, and most recently private practice. Jack and his wife moved to Ithaca to be near their daughter, son-in-law and 6-year-old grandchild. Jack is excited to learn more about the mental health system here in Tompkins County.
Christine M. Allen
Christine M. Allen is Vice President and Trust Officer for Tompkins Trust Company. She is responsible for trust and estate administration as well as advising current and potential clients on the benefits of working with a corporate fiduciary and professional investment manager. Christy received her bachelor’s degree from Niagara University and is currently pursuing her MBA from Syracuse University. In addition to serving on the Board of the MHA, Christy is also a board member of the Family Reading Partnership of Tompkins County and the chair of their Finance Committee. She serves as a member of the Tompkins County Estate Planning Council and is a credit counselor for the Three Pillar Foundation. Christy is a lifelong resident of Tompkins County and currently resides in Groton, NY with her family.
A lifelong Tompkins County resident, Emily is committed to supporting quality mental health services in our community. She holds a degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell, and serves as Director of Development for the Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is a member of the Ithaca Rotary Club.
Sheila McCue, LCSW
Sheila was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, was introduced to the Social Justice movement through work with the United Farm Workers of America, leading to a 20 year career in community organizing. Moving to Ithaca with her family in 1991, Sheila worked as Program Coordinator with the Southside Community Center and Volunteer Coordinator for several years at Hospicare. She received her MSW in 2000. Sheila currently is the Director of the After Trauma program at Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services (SPCS) in Ithaca. Sheila also has a private practice.
Susan Spicer, RN
Susan Spicer has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. She is a strong supporter of the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County’s mission to provide education and advocacy for one of our most vulnerable populations. Susan is currently the supervisor of the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic for Tompkins County. In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, hanging with her 3 year old grandson and singing to her ipod (badly).
April has been a peer mentor for mental health for ten years. She has served as a mentor for eating disorder recovery through the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, and through mentorconnect-ed.org. She currently works as a rehabilitation counselor at Lakeview Health Services Horizon Apartment Program in Ithaca, NY. She is also a regular contributor to bphope.com, a website dedicated to helping people with bipolar disorder. April holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Non-Profit Management from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She lives in Ithaca with her husband, dog, and five month old daughter.
Peter Wolfanger is an Employment Specialist at Challenge Workforce Solutions where he helps people with barriers to employment succeed in the competitive workplace. Peter has a background in the arts, teaching drawing and painting, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University. Peter has facilitated employment oriented skills groups at the Jenkins Center for Hope and Recovery including basic computer skill learning and work readiness classes.
Sophia Goehner joined the MHATC Board of Directors in May 2017 to sit on the Development and Fundraising Committee. Sophia holds a Five Year Professional Degree in Architecture from Cornell University and has 10+ years work experience in Web Design, Web Development, Marketing, Brand Management, Audio Production and, of course, Architecture. She hopes to use her professional experience to help make MHATC more accessible to the general public, build new relationships with the community and continue to develop programs and events that help support those suffering from Mental Illness.