Staff Members



Pat Vincent
Family Support Services Director, Family Peer Advocate

I have been at the Mental Health Association for more than 18 years. I was born and raised in Lansing which is one of my greatest assets as the Director of Family Support Services.  I have worked in the Ithaca area in human services for over 40 years. My knowledge of the community services available and my relationship with those agencies is a benefit I share with all the families enrolled in our programs.
I am a pioneer graduate of Tompkins Cortland Community College, a member of the first graduating class. I received my Bachelor’s degree at Cortland College. I am a certified Family Peer Advocate Specialist, a Wellness Recovery Action Plan facilitator and a Parent Empowerment Program facilitator.  I am also trained in Suicide First Aid and Special Education.
I currently live in Lansing with my husband Kevin. I have two children, four grandchildren that are my pride and joy.



Jacob Parker Carver
Community Mental Health Educator, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, WRAP Trainer

My heart and soul are in Tompkins County. I grew up in Trumansburg, studied Cinema Production at Ithaca College, and although I enjoyed the few years I spent teaching English abroad, I couldn’t be happier to be back home. As MHA’s Community Educator I get to use my knowledge in the field of communications, my experience as a teacher, and my love for the people of Tompkins County to help make our community more supportive, compassionate, and understanding. My mission is to raise our awareness of issues in the field of mental health, to inform people about the resources available in our area, and to fight stigma through education. Anyone with a mind needs to think about their mental wellness… your mind, your health!

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Charles Niven
Outreach Program Director

I see my purpose as Outreach Program Director as helping the community at large find the opportunity to engage in a mental health system in the manner they choose. I have lived in Ithaca for too many years, so I am aware of most of the aids to individuals concerned with mental health issues. I have two children, one of whom has Downs Syndrome. This young man has provoked my interest in working with folks who are unable to articulate their emotional needs vocally–of course most people have such difficulty. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University (College of Agriculture, as it was known back then) and a Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University. The State of New York was kind enough to grant me a license: LMSW. Please call, write, e-mail to let me know how we can help one another.



Emily Nowels
Editor, States of Mind

While attending Ithaca College, I interned at the MHATC working on the literary arts magazine States of Mind. I’ve always had a passion for mental health and an interest in the arts; thus, States of Mind was a perfect fit. I was hired as the Community Education, Health, and Wellness Director in September 2013. In August 2015, I moved back home to Indiana. I now continue to edit States of Mind remotely. If you are interested in contributing please email me for the current topic.