Board Member Bios

Edward L. Falterman
Ed Falterman is a highly qualified and experienced professional offering over 15 years experience in human services. Providing comprehensive case/care  management services to a caseload including: coordination of care, assist individuals with accessing employment, benefits and entitlements, housing, education, or vocational services to advance their employment capabilities, medical compliance monitoring and referral, care plans, regular home and office visits, and quality documentation in AWARDS- Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database. Contributed to a program culture that is person centered, empowerment, holistic, and committed to continuous improvement, housing first approach and harm reduction model. Familiarity with the criminal justice system and criminal courts; Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner; Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong leader and team player with excellent multitasking skills. Served six years of Military Service as a Military Senior Intelligence Analyst and Military Police Officer.

Experience working with the homeless, at risk homeless, people with substance abuse, veterans, mental health and reentry individuals. Familiarity with and sensitivity to specialized needs of people with HIV/AIDS, people of color; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. Excellent writing, computer and communication, motivational interview and engagement skills. Strong organizational and time management skills. Passionate commitment to human services demonstrated during a 15 year career. A commitment to collaborating with all stakeholder groups as well as a commitment to a leadership strategy of “Putting People First”. Strong organizational, detail orientated, and time management skills.

Master of Public Administration —
Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy,
University at Albany, State University of New York

Andrew O’Grady
Andrew O’Grady, LCSW-R is the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County. He has provided 21 years of dedicated service to those affected by mental illness and the individuals and systems that treat those individuals.

Andrew has been with MHA of Dutchess for 11 years. He came to MHA in May of 2001 when the opportunity to manage and oversee the transition of Case Management Services from Dutchess County Department of Mental Health to the MHA presented itself. This was a very large transfer of services which impacted all aspects of the mental health system in Dutchess County. Having already been an integral part of successfully transitioning the outpatient clinics from DCDMH to SFH he was well aware of the process, struggles and actions necessary to assure success. Andrew’s willingness to embrace change, his leadership around design, development and staffing has led to successful major transitions of service both in the delivery of clinical and well as case management services in Dutchess County. After identifying extremely strong, competent and compassionate leadership the MHA Case Management Department has had stellar reviews by New York State Office of Mental Health as well as DCDMH.

In 2010 Andrew was promoted to the position of Division Director of Adult Services for the MHA. This role allowed him to help oversee key changes to the location of the MHA Homeless Day Program, Living Room (Mel’s Place) as well as the development of the Beacon Wellness Center PROS Program, the MHA’s first OMH licensed program.

Andrew has appeared on both television and radio, speaking about not only the MHA but on many mental health topics in an effort to eradicate stigma. He has been recognized locally and statewide for his compassion and leadership.

Karen Taylor
Karen Taylor is the Program Director for Weston United’s Care Coordination Program where she provides individual case management to Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill (SPMI) and in many instances they are chemically dependent and dually-diagnosed clients. She supervises a bachelor’s level staff of eight and provides support to 132 consumers to assist them with the appropriate services so that they may remain in the community. While at Weston United she had the opportunity to work as the Acting Director for that ACT Team while running the Blended Case Management Program ensuring that all consumers within our agency receive comprehensive clinical services. Karen has worked also worked at Fountain House, Clinton Residence, and Fort Washington’s Men’s Shelter.

Karen Taylor graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Syracuse University and a Master’s in Social Work from Adelphi University. She has been the Program Director for Weston United’s Blended Case Management Program since 2008. Karen is deeply committed to providing the best, most dignified treatment possible to a client population that is often stigmatized and without hope.