Biographies – Board of Directors 2016-2017
Midge McGraw Bulgaro
A native of the Capital District, Midge received her BS degree in Government and Labor Relations from the State University of Albany, Empire State College system and the Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations. She began her career at the Civil Service Employees Association and moved to the NYS Legislature, Assembly Ways and Means Committee.
From the Legislature, Midge moved to the Governor’s Counsel’s Office and then to the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, where she directed the Bureau of Legislative and Community Relations. She ended her 23-year career in State government at the Labor Department, where she directed the Department of Planning and Policy Development.
After working for the State, Midge held an 8-year position as Vice President of Government Relations for AmeriChoice of New York, Inc., a health insurance company serving Medicaid, Medicare, FamilyHealth and Child Health Plus members. At AmeriChoice, Midge also oversaw preventive health care initiatives in the states of NY and NJ.
Cheryl K. Collier, AAP, First Vice President
Cheryl Collier is Vice President of Operations at SEFCU, the largest credit union in the Capital Region. She oversees the deposit services, electronic delivery, ATM and retirement services business lines. Cheryl holds a BS degree in Finance from the College of Saint Rose and an AAS degree in Business Management from Maria College. She lives in Albany.
Regina M. DuBois
Regina spent 37+ years in various senior management positions in state and local government before retiring as a Deputy Commissioner in the NYS Department of Civil Service. She is President of the St. Margaret’s Center Governing Board and a member of the Board of Directors of The Egg. Regina also serves on the American Cancer Society Women’s Golf Classic Committee. She resides in the Town of Guilderland.
Elizabeth Hamel, Second Vice President
Betsy spent 28 years with NYS Education Department working to assure services for students and young adults with disabilities are rendered as required by grants award and law. Prior to working for the Education Dept. she was an Executive Director for a non-profit agency and also worked at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Upon retirement Betsy began a consulting business and provides training services and facilitation. Betsy resides in Slingerlands, NY and has always been active in community services. She had been on Boards of Trustees of agencies such as Kenwood Daycare, The Visiting Nurses Assoc., St. Margaret’s Center and Albany Academy for Girls. Currently Betsy is serving on the Board of Two Together, Inc., an after-school reading program at 200 Green St..
W.Scott Hicks, LCSW
W.Scott Hicks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He founded Clinical Services and Consultation in Latham and served as owner and clinical director. After selling his clinic to St. Peter’s Hospital Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, he became their Outpatient Clinical Director. Since 1985 Scott was an Employee Assistance Program provider for New York State United Teachers and is currently a social services specialist for NYSUT members. Scott resides in Niskayuna, NY.
Richard Jung, MSW
Richard is a resident of Albany and joins the Board with a long career in caring for people with developmental disabilities. He received his BA degree in Sociology from Siena College and his MA degree in Clinical Social Work at the Rockefeller School of Social Welfare, University at Albany. He began his career at the Center for Disability Services.
After 28 years of serving the needs and interests of people with developmental disabilities, Richard retired from the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in September of 2010. Since 1989, he had been in the Division of Quality Management overseeing survey, certification and quality management initiatives for area service providers.
Luke S. Malamood, Esq.
A Community Caregivers volunteer since 2006, Luke is an attorney who brings his knowledge of the law and valuable experience on both sides of the tort liability table to the Board. He focuses his practice primarily in the field of civil litigation.
Luke is a product of the Guilderland Central School District. He completed his undergraduate education at Villanova University in 2007, earned his Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School in 2011, and is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.
Luke, his wife Deborah, and their daughter Sadie currently live in Greene County. They will be returning to the immediate Capital District in the near future.
Laura Ehrich, MSP
Laura is the Associate State Director for AARP New York, where she oversees community outreach and engagement in the 30 counties of Eastern Upstate NY.
A native of Rochester, Laura began her career at AARP in Rochester in 2009, joining the Albany team in 2011. Laura’s background in geriatric case management informs her work on issues like aging in place and support for family caregivers. She holds a master’s degree in Social Policy, and her published paper on organizing older voters earned her the Dean’s Medal for Excellence in Graduate Research from the State University of New York.
Ron is a retired agricultural economist and administrator with the federal and state governments, and he holds BA and MA degrees from Cornell University. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville, and serves on the church’s Finance Committee. Ron also serves on the Albany County Rural Housing Alliance Board of Directors, as Treasurer for the Alliance.
Edna Mae Reilly, President
From January 2003 until her retirement in December 2011, Edna Mae served the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). As Acting Deputy Commissioner for Administration, she oversaw administration of the agency and promoted the wellbeing and safety of New York’s children and families. She had been the OCFS Associate Commissioner for Financial Management until November of 2010.
From 1992 to 2002, Edna Mae served as Staff Director for Senator Ronald Stafford of Plattsburgh. She acted as a key advisor and staff supervisor, and evaluated and managed legislation, budgets and constituent services.
Edna Mae brings to Community Caregivers her considerable expertise in state government, fiscal operations and financial management, and program planning and evaluation in the social services arena. She earned her MS degree in Public Administration from Russell Sage College in Troy, and resides in Latham.
Arnie is a retired educator, having served 31 of his 34 years in public education with the Guilderland Central School District. His administrative positions included High School Dean of Students, Middle School Principal and 17 years as District Administrator for Human Resources.
Arnie and his wife, Judy, are Altamont residents and extremely dedicated supporters of Community Caregivers. Together, they are active members of every Board committee.
Judy is a retired English teacher and supervisor with the Guilderland Central School District. Upon retirement, she served as a consultant for the NYS Education Department and was the ELA Consultant for the NYS Academy for Teaching and Learning. Judy was also a trustee of the Altamont Free Library for 6 years.
Judy and her husband, Arnie, are Altamont residents and extremely dedicated supporters of Community Caregivers. Together, they are active members of every Board committee.
Mary Ann Anglin Singleton
Mary Ann has been in the health care field all of her career. She spent 12 years with the NY State Executive Department, Division of the Budget in the Health and Social Development Unit. From 1994-2012 Mary Ann was in the NY State Department of Health, Office of Long Term Care.
Since 2012 Mary Ann has been a health care consultant for private agencies. Mary Ann lives in Watervliet, NY.
Amy Walsh-Malamood, MD, Secretary
Amy is a physician practicing Internal Medicine with the Braverman-Panza Medical Group in Albany. She received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 1977, her Doctorate in Molecular Biology and Pathology from Albany Medical College in 1982 and her Medical Degree (also from Albany Medical College) in 1986.
Amy is married and has five children. Aside from her involvement in the childrens’ activities and organizations, she is an active volunteer at Albany City Mission and at The Poverello Center, a medical clinic for the uninsured. She has also volunteered for St. Joseph’s Shelter for Women in Albany. Amy became a volunteer for Community Caregivers in 2003 and joined the Board of Directors in 2005.