Tiara Springer-Love

Tiara Springer-Love

Tiara is an ambitious leader, mental health advocate, and a community organizer who is dedicated to ensuring the voices of youth and young adults within underserved communities are not only heard, but recognized and used as a driving force for change within all child...
Amanda Shpigler

Amanda Shpigler

Amanda Shpigler is a recent graduate of the University at Albany, SUNY with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Amanda has experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse, recovery advocacy, and most recently developing a...
Ben Riker

Ben Riker

Ben is a father of two, a person in long term sustained recovery and a passionate advocate for intelligent evidence-based policy surrounding education, treatment and recovery from substance use disorders. His professional background includes all aspects of...
Emily Vaianella

Emily Vaianella

Emily (she/they) is a psychiatric survivor and New York Certified Peer Specialist currently working as a Senior Wellness Specialist at Hands Across Long Island. Emily is passionate about learning and growing with their community. In addition to their full-time role at...
Melody Tien

Melody Tien

Melody Tien moved to Albany in 2013, to pursue her passion in human services and earned her degrees through the University at Albany’s combined BA/MA program in Criminal Justice. An Advocate with the NYS Justice Center’s Individual and Family Support Unit,...
Crystal Collins

Crystal Collins

Crystal Collins has been employed as an Advocate/Coordinator at the New York State Justice Center since 2015. Crystal provides short term advocacy, technical assistance, information and referral to people needing access to services and supports and coordinates the day...