CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
Edward Hazel is employed by Lakeview Health Service as the Peer Specialist for the SRO. He is an active member of SUNY Empire State College Alumni Board where he received his BS in Community and Human Services. Edward is a member of Cayuga Toastmasters where he practices the art of public speaking. Edward graduated with honors from Tompkins Cortland Community College in 2012 and is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee. His passion is helping people.
Wendy Houseworth is the Director of Development and Marketing at the Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca. Wendy believes that all people should have access to high quality, community based mental health services and is committed to building social and emotional wellness in children. Promoting mental wellness, health, and resilience has a positive impact on many areas of a young person’s life, including academic learning, family and social relationships, and in later years, their professional success. Wendy brings combined experience working in the fields of business management, strategic planning, non-profit fundraising, marketing, event planning and community relations.
Hugh Stephenson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College and a licensed clinical psychologist. He coordinates the interdisciplinary minor in counseling at Ithaca College. Hugh’s Ph.D. is from Southern Illinois University and he completed his Clinical Internship in Tulane Medical School. Hugh has worked in a variety of public and private mental health settings both inpatient and outpatient and currently teaches students who are preparing for mental health careers. From Ireland, Hugh is a 25 year resident of Fall Creek and interested in art and antiques as well as community engagement and travel.