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Community Members Raise Their Voices

In these videos, MHANYS spoke with community members about current needs in their community and how to address them.

Mental Health and Higher Education

Nicole Rudolph

Nicole Rudolph

Nicole Rudolph is Associate Dean for Student Engagement at the Honors College at Adelphi University, where she is also the Director of the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships. An Associate Professor of French Studies and of History, she has taught humanities courses to undergraduates for over 20 years. She has also served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Adelphi chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and is active daily in both advising and service capacities.

Mental Health and Housing

Nicole Rudolph

Yolanda Robano-Gross

Yolanda Robano-Gross is the Chief Executive Officer for Options for Community Living, Inc., a nonprofit organization helping the most vulnerable Long Islanders live independently. Yolanda holds Master’s degrees in Healthcare Administration and Social Work, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, as well as a certificate in Executive Education and Nonprofit Leadership. Yolanda serves the supportive housing community not only via her work at Options, but also in leadership positions in various charitable organizations.

School Mental Health


Colleen Clancy

Colleen Clancy is a Health and Family and Consumer Science teacher at Catskill High School, where she is also the advisor of the Catskill Teen Suicide Prevention Team.   The Catskill Teen Suicide Prevention Team was started in 2002 and is a student led education program that is presented through interactive lessons to all students in grades 6-12.  Her students are also active advocates at the MHANYS Advocacy Day.  She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Mental Health Needs of Veterans

Brent Russell

Brent Russell is a Desert Storm veteran who served from 1990 to 1992 with the 369th communication Battalion. He was released with an honorable-medical discharge out of Fort Dix N.J. Brent graduated with a Masters in Social work from Adelphi University in 2014 and now is a LMSW working on getting certification for his practice. Brent  Russell is the Director of Veterans Services at the Mental Health Association of Nassau County which houses “The PFC Dwyer Peer Support Project of Nassau County” and also “The Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island”. He oversees 14 Veteran peer support groups and  coordinates different events geared to engage the Veteran and family member to connect them with  positive resources if needed. Ultimately leading Veterans and family members to good health and wellness.