About Us

CLMHD Officers

Chair

Katherine Alonge-Coons,  LCSW-R
Commissioner, Rensselaer Co. Department of Mental Health
Ned Pattison Government Center
Troy, NY 12180
kcoons@rensco.com
(518) 270-2807

Katherine (Kathy) G. Alonge-Coons LCSW-R serves as the Commissioner of Mental Health in Rensselaer County. She was appointed to serve as the Commissioner in January 2013 after working in the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health since 1987, where she worked as: the Director of Children’s Services, Intensive Case Manager for Children and Youth; and a clinician in the children’s outpatient clinic.  In her capacity as the Director of Children’s Services, Kathy took on the role of Director of Program Operations for the county operated Mental Health services, which included oversight of: the Department’s Management Information System Unit and the launching of electronic health records; corporate compliance program development and implementation, as well as directed services of case management and outpatient clinic services.  Kathy has been active in the development of the Capital Region Health Connections Health Home. She serves on the Board of Managers for the Alliance for Better Health Care PPS.  Kathy is an Episcopal priest and is Vicar at Grace Church in Waterford, NY.  Kathy most recently served as the Chair of the Conference’s Children & Families Committee.

First-Vice Chair


Laura Kelemen, LCSW-R
Director, Niagara County Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
5467 Upper Mountain Road, Suite 200
Lockport, NY 14094
laura.kelemen@niagaracounty.com 
(716) 439-7410

Laura is the Director of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services for Niagara County, where in addition to being the Director of Community Services (DCS), she also oversees a broad spectrum of direct services, including outpatient mental health & substance abuse treatment, crisis services/mobile crisis outreach, and hospital diversion. Prior to taking the DCS position in 2014, Laura served as the Executive Director and Forensic Interviewer/Trainer for the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara. Working for local non-profit human service agencies, she has more than 15 years of program management and leadership experience. In these roles, she has facilitated the implementation of evidence-based practices for mental health and trauma treatment and has secured expanded funding in high priority need areas. Laura serves on a number of local and state boards, including the Niagara County Opiate Addiction/Overdose Strategy Implementation Standing Committee, the Niagara County Behavioral Health/Justice Committee, OMH Evidence Based Practice Project Advisory Board and the NYS Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Advisory Council.

Second-Vice Chair

Michael Orth, MSW
Commissioner, Westchester County Dept. of Community Mental Health
112 East Post Road - 2nd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
mmo6@westchestergov.com 
(914) 995-5225

Michael serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) in Westchester County. He was appointed to serve as the Commissioner in January 2018 after serving as Deputy Commissioner since 2009.  He has worked with the Department of Community Mental Health since 1993 spending over 16 years in Children’s Mental Health Services.  In this capacity he led the development of Westchester’s System of Care for children with emotional, social and behavioral challenges, and their families. He served as both the first CCSI and C-SPOA Coordinator for the county and also was responsible for Westchester’s successful SAMHSA – System of Care grant.

Michael leads several planning efforts in Westchester including serving as Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Task Force, Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative (CCSI) Committee, Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities Committee, Psychological Mental Health Response Team, and Westchester County’s Response to Opioid Task Force. Michael serves on several NY State behavioral health advisory committees and is currently Chair of the CLMHD Children and Families Committee.

Secretary
   

Suzanne Lavigne, MHA CASAC II
PO Box 1337
3 Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
slavigne@franklincony.org 
(518) 891-2280

Suzanne has served as Director of Community Services for Franklin County since September 2009. She has more than 30 years of experience in mental hygiene services and has worked with youth and adults in the areas of intellectual/ developmental disabilities and behavioral health.  She was previously employed by St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, Inc., and held several different positions with the last as the Director of Inpatient Services (October 2000 - September 2009).  Suzanne received her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University and holds the CASAC II.  Suzanne was previously a Program Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) from 2005-2009 and served as an adjunct faculty member in the Human Services Department of North Country Community College (2004-2017).  She is a certified Bridges out of Poverty Trainer.  Suzanne serves as the Chairperson of the CLMHD Addiction Services and Recovery Committee, Co-chair of the North Country Regional Planning Consortium and previously served as the Regional Representative for the North Country.  She is the Chair of the Franklin County Employee Assistance Program Committee, Chair of the Franklin and Essex Counties Housing Coalition/CoC and Co-chair of the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition.  

Treasurer


Michael S. Prezioso, Ph.D.
Director of Community Services, Commissioner, Saratoga County Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
135 South Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
MPrezioso@saratogacountyny.gov 
(518) 584-9030

Dr. Prezioso has served as the Saratoga County Director of Community Services and Commssioner of the County's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services since 2014. For nearly 18 years prior, he worked in clinical and administrative capacities at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany, NY, as Psychologist, Program Director and ultimately, as Director of Inpatient Services. His clinical experience includes the evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of patient and forensic populations, with particular interest in psychodynamic object relations, psychological assessment and clinical supervision. Other experience includes service as Executive Director of Route One Corridor Housing, Inc. (now New Hope Housing, Inc.) in Alexandria, Virginia and as Director of the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Project with the Schenectady County Department of Probation. He is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Albany Medical College and is the Mental Health Public Policy Advisor to the Saratoga County Citizen's Committee for Mental Health. In addition to his role as Treasurer, Dr. Prezioso is Co-Chair of the Conference's Mental Hygiene Planning Committee.