The Albany Health Management Associates Team
Monica E. Biggs, EdD, is an organizational development specialist with more than 20 years of experience as a manager, teacher and consultant. She brings a solid understanding of organizational and team dynamics and is a skilled group facilitator. She combines those competences to help organizations build interdisciplinary teams that are not only high performing but also create an environment in which each person's diversity can be effectively leveraged. She works with a variety of healthcare, corporate, university and community-based organizations to address diversity at all levels of a system and to facilitate educational experiences that examine issues of inclusion at the individual, group, team, organizational and community level. She holds an EdD in Human Resource Development from George Washington University and an MS in Human Resource Development from American University.
John Esposito is an American pianist/composer/drummer/producer who works on a wide array of creative music projects. His technical skills and the range of his artistic palette extend across the stylistic boundaries of the Stride Piano, Swing, Bebop, Modal and Free Music movements. He is Artist-In-Residence at Bard College and also the owner/executive producer of Sunjump Records.
Ann Fantauzzi, MS Ed, is an educator, children's author, photographer and innovator in teaching, with decades of experience in early childhood education and gifted education. Ms. Fantauzzi serves as an educational consultant to non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Uganda, collaborating on research, curriculum and infrastructure development. Organizations she works with include: Red Cross Disaster Relief, The Giving Circle – USA & Africa, AIDS Orphan Education Trust, Habitat for Humanity, and MiniChess -South Africa.
Patricia Fennell, MSW, LCSW-R, is a researcher, clinician and author specializing in chronic illness, trauma, forensics, hospice, and global health care concerns. As the author of the validated Fennell Four Phase Treatment model, President and CEO of Albany Health Management Associates, she lectures to, advises, and consults with government, professional, medical, academic, management, and patient organizations in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Patricia has authored several books on chronic illness including: The Chronic Illness Workbook: Strategies and Solutions for Taking Back Your Life, Managing Chronic Illness Using the Four-Phase Treatment Approach and The Handbook of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Wiley. She has also written numerous scholarly and lay press articles and chapters on this and other topics, including “Chronic Illness” Oxford Bibliographies Online with Oxford Press. Ms. Fennell continues to pilot and develop research/creative/business projects and assists scholars, entrepreneurs, and artists to launch their own. She consults with patients, and utilizing original content and curriculum, administers a two-year clinical training program. Read more >
Edward Holohean, MS, is a research scientist skilled in project development, information dissemination, development of operational hypotheses, definitions of theoretical questions, literature review, instrument development, psychometric theory, sampling theory, exploratory and statistical data analysis, and graphical representation of quantitative data. He holds a BS degree in Experimental Psychology and an MS in Biometry and Statistics from the School of Public Health at the State University of New York at Albany. For 18 years he served the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene and the New York State Office of Mental Health. In addition, he has served as a consultant for varied academic and professional organizations. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications and an experienced speaker at academic, professional, and government presentations and conferences.
Jennifer Howard is a senior project manager for Albany Health Management Associates, Inc. Her primary professional focus has been the wellness, education and empowerment of women and girls. Her professional experience includes work with Girl Scouts of America, Emma Willard School, ELLE Magazine, and Canyon Ranch Health Resort. Jennifer holds a BA degree in English and is currently researching and writing a new publication, Arena!
Daria Paul Dona, PhD, is professor in the College of Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato and directs assessment and research initiatives within the college. Dr. Paul Dona earned her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also holds an MA and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology from East Carolina University. Dr. Paul Dona is past president of the Minnesota School Psychologists' Association, former editor of School Psychology Minnesota, and is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Paul Dona's research interests focus on the development of formal and informal assessments for coherent use within problem solving and program evaluation models.
Jon S. Rice, LCSW-R, AHMA senior clinician, has 25 years of clinical experience. He has worked with people who have experienced sexual abuse and other trauma, family or relationship conflicts, concerns regarding children or adolescents, chronic illness, and those who have victimized others and been involved with the criminal justice system. Jon is currently employed full time with the Office of Mental Health and part time with Forensic Mental Health Associates, Inc. He has a particular interest in promoting restorative justice practices as a practitioner and trainer, and is a licensed trainer through the International Institute for Restorative Practices, as well as a former appointed member of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Restorative Justice Commission. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, has been a staff member and volunteer with New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and has served in various leadership roles with Capital District Habitat for Humanity. He has also coached and refereed basketball and found joy most recently in coaching his children's T-ball team.
Sara Rieder Bennett, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio and serves as assistant director of testing for Counseling Center-Testing Services at The University of Akron. She earned an MA in Community Counseling from West Virginia University and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Akron in 2009. Dr. Rieder Bennett has worked in a variety of community and university agencies providing mental health services. She is a member of Division 17 (Society for Counseling Psychology) and Division 35 (Psychology of Women) in the American Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Ohio College Testing Association, and the National College Testing Association. Primary areas of interest are in health psychology, assessment, feminist and multicultural counseling, supervision and training, and research.
Amy Stiffen is director of Case Management Services for Albany Health Management Associates, Inc., where she has worked since 2000. She is a graduate of Bradford College with a degree in marketing and has worked in the fields of online media, healthcare and legal services.
Vicki Walker is a writer and editor with dozens of published print and electronic articles in education, healthcare, technology and other subjects. She holds a BA in English from the University of Florida and a certificate in public health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.