Regional Planning Consortiums

RPC Team

Lori Kicinski, MHA

Project Director, Regional Planning Consortiums

Lori comes to the project after working with NYSDOH directing Program and Operations for the NYS Patient Center Medical Home Model Initiative. During her time at DOH, she was responsible for program design, policy, and led transformation operations as part of the state’s 4-year, $67 million primary care transformation initiative under CMS’s State Innovation Model (SIM) grant. In this role, she focused on model design and management oversight of 15 practice transformation organizations contracted to serve nearly 2,000 primary care practices. She utilized strategic planning to assist these practice sites to optimize transformation and revenue under multiple lines of business, including Medicare, Medicaid and various commercial plans. Much of the focus on this transformation also focused on PCP/BH Integration.

Lori has years of experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders, who often have different objectives, to come together to achieve common goals. These stakeholders have included various state agencies, health/hospital system providers and Managed Care Organizations.  In addition, Lori has experience working as a Patient-Centered Medical Home administrator under a local health system, has a vast knowledge of NCQA measures, and has helped agencies prepare for Value Based Payment.

After graduating with a BS in Organizational Psychology and Business Management from St. Bonaventure University, Lori obtained an MHA from the Graduate Healthcare Administration and Systems Management Program (Pentagon) at the University of Maryland. 

Phone:  (518) 462-9422

Katerina Gaylord

Assistant Project Director, Regional Planning Consortiums

Katerina has more than a decade of experience working with the behavioral health population in Montgomery and Fulton Counties. Her passion to serve the behavioral health population began in community residences and transformed through each of her experiences working in an inpatient mental health unit, mental health adult clinic, PROS program, and in community care coordination programs.

Kat was an instrumental contributor to several interdisciplinary teams to launch two OMH PROS (personalized recovery-oriented services) programs, an OMH ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) Team, and an OMH Collaborative Care Model of treatment into primary care practices. She spent 5 years leading the DOH, OMH, OASAS, and AIDS Institute Collaborative Health Home Program for both adults and children for St. Mary’s Healthcare. Having oversight of both the Lead Health Home and Care Coordination Teams for the organization, Kat worked closely with multiple stakeholders, locally and statewide, to ensure the most vulnerable of members received the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Kat received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Siena College in Loudonville. She obtained her MSW from SUNY Albany.

Phone: (518) 462-9422

Colleen Russo

RPC Coordinator for Capital Region 

After spending nearly a decade working in child welfare, Colleen maintains her passion for helping children and families. Colleen brings with her knowledge on the impact service delivery challenges can have on the community. Her role working within local government has provided many opportunities to engage with various local and State level stakeholders. Colleen believes collaboration is key to improving outcomes for all children and adults. Colleen holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Business Management from Utica College.

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

Alyssa Gleason

RPC Coordinator for Long Island

Alyssa holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, both from Villanova University. Alyssa has focused her career on helping children and families with mental health challenges find support and guidance.  Alyssa began her career as a therapist at a Residential Treatment Center in south New Jersey providing clinical treatment to those court-mandated or placed through the state child welfare system. After moving to Long Island in 2008, Alyssa continued her career through providing in-home services through NYS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). Most recently, Alyssa served as Director in the Children’s Mental Health and Wellness Division of a local not-for-profit overseeing the transition of the Children’s Medicaid Redesign for HCBS.  Alyssa also oversaw Family Support programs in both Nassau and Suffolk County, which focused on helping connect families of children with mental health diagnoses.   Alyssa brings first-hand knowledge of the redesign and its impact on families and children receiving mental health services.  Her focus is to bring more children and families voices to the table to open dialogue and help improve service utilization and outcomes. 

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

Tiffany Moore

RPC Coordinator for Western NY

Tiffany received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Buffalo concentrating in Global Gender Studies. She has been an advocate for marginalized groups throughout her career and an activist in the areas of Criminal Justice Reform and against Gender-Based Violence. As a trained mediator, she is able to traverse difficult conversations ensuring all voices are understood, heard, and valued.  

Phone: (518) 441-8635 

Emily Childress

RPC Coordinator for Southern Tier

Emily holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development, both from Binghamton University. She has experienced the mental health care systems from both sides, as a consumer and a provider of services. Emily has devoted her academic and professional career to mental health destigmatization and education. Before joining the RPC team, she was instrumental in implementing the first peer-run crisis respite program in the Southern Tier in her role as Program Director at the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. Emily believes true integration and collaboration can only occur when all stakeholders have a seat at the table. 

Phone:  (518) 391-9260

Karen Rappleyea

RPC Coordinator for North Country

Karen has more than 20 years of experience as a project manager, most recently employed as Provider Engagement Manager at the Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) where her work focused around the integration of behavioral health and primary care of the NYS Medicaid Reform program. Karen served as a member of the AHI DSRIP project management team where she provided technical assistance to practice sites, using analytics, research, and technology opportunities to better understand, predict, and optimize key business components impacting successful growth and profitability. This position allowed her to build collaborations with many of the mental hygiene leaders and organizations in the North Country.

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. 

Phone:  (518) 801-3229 

Jacqueline Miller

RPC Coordinator for Mohawk Valley 

Jacqueline is native to the Mohawk Valley. She previously worked in geriatric healthcare for ten years as the Director of Quality for a skilled nursing facility. She started and ran DSRIP initiatives in the facility, as well as a successful QAPI program to ensure the best quality care. Additionally, she has experience with managed care performing utilization management and review. Outside of work Jacqueline volunteers with the Girl Scouts of America and Little League. Jacqueline's education began at Hartwick College studying Anthropology. She changed gears and pursued nursing. In 2020 she has completed a degree in Healthcare Administration. She hopes to continue her goals in ensuring that those who lack quality health care are able to access and receive the care they require especially mental health services.

Phone:  (518) 469-2996