Meet Our Team


Katie Weldon, LMSW is the director for the Central New York Behavioral Health Care Collaborative. Katie has over 17 years experience working in behavioral health. Ms. Weldon spent the majority of her career working in clinical and executive roles serving youth and families challenged with mental health, substance use, criminal justice involvement and abuse/neglect concerns in both the community based and residential settings. Ms. Weldon was an Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany in their School of Social Welfare graduate program. Ms. Weldon continues direct practice as a per diem clinician with Mohawk Valley Health System. Ms. Weldon is a graduate of Syracuse University’s MSW program and received her undergraduate degree from Utica College of Syracuse University.

Jessica Gwin has recently joined the CNY BHCC as of January 2020 as a project director. She has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to joining the CNY BHCC, Ms. Gwin had spent the majority of her career working in the clinical field as a Therapist. She has worked extensively in several levels of care including standard outpatient, IOP, PHP, inpatient (both voluntary and involuntary), emergency departments/crisis centers, in-home and community-based services, and residential. Ms. Gwin’s areas of specialty and interest include drug and alcohol addictions, crisis interventions, women’s-specific issues, and complex trauma and abuse.

Ms. Gwin completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University, her M.A. in Behavioral Sciences from Kean University in NJ, her Post-M.A. Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kean University, and is currently working toward completing her Doctorate Degree (DrPH) in Public Health. She holds a current Advanced level CASAC.


Athena Mandros is a project director for the Central New York Behavioral Health Care Collaborative. Ms. Mandros’s professional experience includes tracking and disseminating trends in health and human services policy, developing business best practices for non-profit organizations, and identifying innovative programs in health care. She is passionate about enacting change in our health care system so that individuals receive better care and providers remain sustainable. Ms. Mandros has an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and is currently working twoard her MBA, health administration from SUNY Oswego.