Regional Planning Consortiums

RPC Team

Cathy Hoehn

Interim Project Director (Assistant RPC Project Director)

Cathy has lived in the Capital Region for almost 10 years. She attended Siena College for her undergraduate degree and received a Master’s in Counseling from Sage Graduate School. She worked previously at an outpatient mental health clinic in Schenectady for children/adolescents and their families. Most recently she was employed as a Behavioral Health Case Manager at CDPHP.  

Phone:  (518) 396-0788 

Alexis Harrington

RPC Coordinator for Capital Region 

Alexis graduated with a Master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in Macro/Policy and Geriatrics from the School of Social Welfare at Albany. She spent the last three years working in the Division of Program Development and Management at the NYS Department of Health on the Health Home Program; beginning her focus on the Adult Home transition in 2013, and very quickly transitioning into building the Health Homes Serving Children Model/Program. 

Phone:  (518) 396-9413

Katie Molanare

RPC Coordinator for Central NY 

Katie attended SUNYIT for undergrad where she received her BA in psychology.  She also double majored in Community Behavioral Health with a minor in Sociology.  She went on to Syracuse University where she obtained her Master’s in Social Work, primarily focused on policy/procedures and administration, as well as a Certificate of Advance Study in Health Service Management and Policy.  Her main focus has been on geriatrics and long term care, and she has worked in numerous facilities, working her way up from CNA to social worker.  

Phone:  (518) 391-8535

Beth White

RPC Coordinator for Finger Lakes

Beth’s career began at the Rochester Psychiatric Center; first as an Aide on the wards, then as a Case Manager, a Primary Therapist, and for the last five years, as an Administrator in the Community Services department. She then ventured into the wider world where she ran a managed care organization, was the Director of a large EAP program, and then was the Director of Mental Health for a community-based agency. She provided management consulting services throughout this time period, as well. Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Public Administration, and is certified as a professional in Human Resources.

Phone:  (518) 391-8231

Melissa Wettengel

RPC Coordinator for Long Island

Melissa’s behavioral health experience lies in peer and recovery services, having built and directed two innovative and successful programs on Long Island.  Most recently, Melissa launched SHERPA, a team of peer and family recovery coaches supporting opiate overdose survivors in hospital emergency departments.  Prior to that, Melissa managed a suite of mental health wellness programs including Turquoise House, a peer-run residential psychiatric crisis respite and hospital diversion service. Melissa has lived on Long Island most of her life, and is near completion of her Master’s in Public Health from Stony Brook University.  She believes that with the right supports - and the power of hope - self-directed recovery is possible for everyone.

Phone:  (518) 396-6804

Marcie Colon

RPC Coordinator for Mid-Hudson

Marcie received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City. She is an LCSW with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, both in direct service and administration, managing a variety of programs and projects in home care, hospitals as well as other health care settings.  Prior to joining the team, Marcie was a Program Manager at the WMCHealth Performing Provider System, a lead agency in the NY State Medicaid reform process.  She was accountable for the administration of two projects:  Extended Care Management and Behavioral Health Integration with Primary Care focusing on integrating health care systems to ensure improved outcomes.

Phone:  (518) 441-2047

Margaret Varga

RPC Coordinator for Western NY

Prior to joining the team, Margaret worked as an addictions counselor - primarily mandated and co-occurring clients in South Buffalo.  She graduated from Binghamton University and began her career as the Mental Disabilities Planner for the Health Systems Agency of Western New York.  She worked in administration for several years, took a break to work for a children's agency, back to administration, and eventually obtained her MS in Mental Health Counseling from Canisius College.

Phone:  (518) 441-8635

Emily Hotchkiss

RPC Coordinator for Southern Tier

Emily Hotchkiss joins us from Rural Health Network of South Central New York where she spent the last two years working on the Southern Tier Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP), also known as HealthlinkNY Community Network. Educated at both Cornell University and the University of Arizona, Emily holds a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in Family and Child Health. Emily’s professional interests lie in spatial mapping of resources and demographics to examine and inform the equitable distribution of resources, better provision of care, and strategic planning as they relate to the integration of physical and behavioral health. 

Phone:  (518) 391-9260

Peter Griffiths

RPC Coordinator for North Country

Peter has more than six years of progressive work experience in the behavioral health industry with a primary focus in treating substance abuse.  He has held numerous clinical positions, including roles as a Primary, Group, and Family counselor.  Most recently, Peter served in the HR department as the Training and Development Manager for a nationally recognized substance abuse inpatient treatment program. Peter attended Paul Smith's College where he earned his BS in Recreation, Adventure Travel, and Ecotourism and had experiential education in risk management, conflict resolution, and group dynamics. 

Phone:  (518) 424-1014

Beth Solar

RPC Coordinator for Tug Hill Seaway

Beth joins us with experience in the healthcare field, starting her career as a medical assistant and later going on to become an LPN. She currently lives in Jefferson County and has more than 15 years of clinical experience, most recently working as a clinical nurse for an outpatient behavioral health office. Beth participated in initiating and follow-through for new policies and procedures in the office, specifically, DSRIP measures, PSYCKES, and best practices. Beth’s professional interest lie in the integration of physical and behavioral health and access to treatment/services. She also has an extended knowledge in health information technology and electronic medical records. 

Jacqueline Miller

RPC Coordinator for Mohawk Valley 

Jacqueline is a native to the Mohawk Valley and resides in Montgomery County. She has worked in geriatric healthcare for the last ten years as the Quality Director for a skilled nursing facility.  Jacqueline started her education at Hartwick College studying Anthropology, and later changed gears to go into healthcare as a CNA, furthering her career as an LPN.  Jacqueline initiated and ran DSRIP initiatives in the facility, as well as started a successful QAPI program, ensuring the best quality care.  Additionally, she has experience with managed care while performing utilization management. Outside of work Jacqueline volunteers with the Girl Scouts of America and is currently is pursuing a degree in healthcare management, aspiring to help those in rural areas to receive the care they need, specifically mental health services.