Jonathan Gross –Jonathan has over thirty years experience in sales, marketing, and business development. He was a partner and founding member of Mammoth Heli-Ski, a back country helicopter ski company. Jonathan was a fire crew boss and wilderness ranger for the US Forest Service stationed outside of Yosemite. He was the snow ranger at Mammoth Mountain and worked as a horse packer and supervisor at the Frontier Pack Station in June Lake California. He has owned and operated two businesses in the field of deconstruction and reclamation of recycled building materials, has appeared twice on American Builder and was responsible for the sale of antique brick and timbers from over three million square feet of commercial deconstruction. He has managed a national sales network and given seminars on sales management and sales motivation. He is a past member of the National Demolition Association and the Building Materials Reuse Association. Northeastern University, 1967-1970.
Jonathan Gross, Owner and Managing Member of Ruby Lake Glass, LLC, sits on the High Friction Surfaces Council of the American Traffic Safety Services Association. Jonathan won Innovative Recycler of the Year for his company in 2016.
He is Chairman of the Greene County Board of Ethics. He is President of the Board of the Mountain Top Cares Coalition, Inc. He sat on the Board of the Glory House, a Not for Profit organization serving woman suffering from domestic abuse.
Jonathan is a supervisor at the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham, NY. He sucks at golf.
Vice President, Secretary
Scott Tyree is a resident of Prattsville, New York and has been a member of the Mountain Top Cares Coalition since April of 2019. Scott is a person in long term recovery and is a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate and works full time at Huntersfield Christian Training Center as the Program Coordinator of their Men's Recovery Program. He is married to Jana and they have 3 boys Rowan (Age 12), Liam (10) and Colin (8).
After a long career in advertising, Ellen Schorsch had the job of her dreams: working with a start-up non-profit that collected no-longer-needed medical and humanitarian supplies from the New York area (and beyond) and shipped them to developing nations, primarily in Africa; and to nations experiencing natural disasters. Ellen designed, developed and supervised a program that focused on collecting goods from families of people who had passed away at home. These families, in addition to dealing with their personal loss, often faced the practical dilemma of what to do with durable equipment (walkers, commodes, hospital beds, etc.) and disposables (chux, diapers, etc.), and this program provided a spiritual means for these goods to be donated in honor of the person that passed, and got them into the hands of people who otherwise would never have access to such things. In this way, many tons of materials were diverted from landfills and put to good use. Ellen then moved to upstate NY where, in the wake of the 2016 election, she became an activist and organizer of Mountain Top Progressives. Through this work, Ellen became familiar with the issues surrounding the opioid epidemic in a rural environment.
Maret Panzenbeck has a doctoral degree in Physiology and has an extensive background in biomedical research, working in the fields of cardiovascular and immunological sciences. Upon retiring in 2010, he moved to Ashland with his wife, Gayle where they live year-round. Both have been active in various local volunteer activities. Maret is a avid hiker, a member of the Catskill 3500 club and is an Adirondack 46er. He enjoys hiking locally in the Catskills, in the Adirondacks and wherever he, Gayle and their cat, Lily, travel with their travel trailer. They have recently traveled across country three or four times and once to Alaska. Maret proudly celebrated 33 years of sobriety this year.
Angie Firmalino lives in the village of Tannersville, NY with her husband and children. She has been a resident of Tannersville for the past 22 years and is a very active member of her community. A graduate of Syracuse University, Angie received a BFA in metalsmithing and worked as a jeweler and artist for many years. Due to health complications, she can no longer work as an artist full time, but she still loves to be as creative as her body allows. She currently works as a USPS highway contractor running a small local route in the morning, and also works as the Creative Director for the Wellness Rx Pharmacy in Tannersville NY, running their social media, building and maintaining their website, and creating the store branding.
Angie chose to become a part of MCC early in 2020, because of the strong need for addiction recovery and mental health services on the mountain top. Mental Health care is something close to her heart as one of her children suffers from metal illness. This is what drew her into becoming involved in the organization. Angie runs the social media platforms for MCC, builds and maintains the website, and also runs the email campaigns. She loves to organize and lead, and plan events. Angie became a health care advocate over 10 years ago, after being harmed by the medical device Essure. Angie led the fight to get Essure off the market and was featured in the Netflix Documentary The Bleeding Edge. In 2015 Angie founded ASHES Nonprofit and serves as the president of the board, she is also the treasurer the USA Patient Network.
Mary Ellen Holtzman
Grant Writing/ Women in Recovery Coordinator
Mary Ellen lives in Greene County. She joined MCC because of it's holistic intention toward substance use. She deeply believes compassion, self care, education, and community are steps to recovery/healing.
Faith, hope and love have guided her journey through a thirty year career in non profit service to young people. Deinstitutionalized and stigmatized by closing institutions (diagnoses varied from developmental disability, to immigrant to psychosis) they lacked the skills and support needed to live on their own.
Through her ingenuity and directorship, thousands of young people were integrated into Westchester and Rockland Counties with support needed to achieve autonomy and independence.
Community Service Awards were given for contributions to troubled youth - including development of the first Runaway and Homeless Youth hotline/outreach/safe home system in the Country. Project Turning Point was expanded throughout the United States, the hotline became national. The outreach services and safe homes are operational in most US counties today. A favorite job responsibility of Ellen's was training. She trained staff for years, developing the first training modules for professionalizing Care Counselors and Supervisors (80 staff). Later the Training Program was adopted by her mother agency, New York Foundling Hospital, NYC, NY for it's one thousand staff.
A move to Columbia County led to a Family Rural Small Business venture. All natural foods, homemade baked goods and dinner-to-go were known favorites. 9/11 changed the small Country Store into a gathering place for traumatized displaced NYC newcomers, to talk, mourn and eventually adjust to rural living. A new community was born. The National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) Training proved handy both professionally and personally.
A life threatening car accident changed her life for a time. Fourteen years of manual work and self taught crafts, rested an amnesiac brain so it could release it's identity and memories in August 1999. Just in time to continue a recovery journey with much to share with Mountaintop Cares Coalition and its purpose.
Kai Hillmann, director of Youth Clubhouses for the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties
Margaret (Maggie) Graham
I retired from my position as Director of Community Services and Director of Mental Health for Greene Co at end of December 2018. I had the honor of holding that position for 8 plus years. This position afforded me the opportunity to advocate for services for our most vulnerable populations in the areas of Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders and Developmental Disabilities. During this time I with my counterpart in Columbia County were successful in obtaining funding from Office of Mental Health to develop and staff a Mobile Crisis Assessment Team that would serve both counties, which proved to be very successful in preventing and diverting unnecessary hospitalizations. During this time I had the pleasure of helping in the formation of the Columbia-Greene Controlled Substance Task Force which worked with stakeholders on all levels to combat the opioid epidemic. I came to Greene Co Mental Health in 2003 and worked as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving Adolescents and Adults providing Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management to adolescents and adults. I continued to provide medication services to a small caseload even while serving as Director of Community Services. During that time I worked with countless adults who had co-occurring disorders in the area of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.
I have lived in Greene Co since September 1987 although I was born and raised in Ireland. I completed a diploma school nursing program in England in 1980 and had the opportunity to advance my education at Russell Sage in Troy with a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Nursing. I have always been drawn to area of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders having worked inpatient, outpatient, crisis services, day treatment for adults and adolescents.
Prior to my retirement I was awarded the Greene County Chairman’s Legislative Award for Community Service in June 2018, the Columbia-Greene Community College President’s Award for Community Leadership in 2017 and Woman of Distinction honoree by George A Amedore, Jr in 2019.
I have a very simple way by which I try to live my life which is do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I’m the mother of 3 sons, have 3 wonderful daughter-in laws and 2 adorable grandchildren.
MCC is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Specific information concerning the programs and activities for which contributions are solicited are available upon request, as are our legal and financial fillings. Please contact us at: Mountain Top Cares Coalition Inc., PO Box 895, Windham, NY 12496. Alternatively, this information may be obtained from the NYS Charities Bureau (www.charitiesnys.com) or by calling (212)416-8686.