Board & Staff


Patricia Bengraff

Operations Manager

Originally hired for her extensive experience and knowledge of accounting software, Trish has taken an expanded role from bookkeeping to Operations Manager. Her organizational office and project management skills have proved an invaluable asset to the organization. She has been with BDANENY since 2017, helping us to continue to make a difference in the community and the lives of the families that rely on us as a resource.

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Melissa Deeb

Program Director

Melissa has been working with the BDANENY since September of 2017. She is working part-time as our new Program Director, as she attends SUNY Albany full-time to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Communications.  Melissa has a heart to serve and has learned a lot in her time at the BDA.

Beth Mahar

Executive Director

Beth’s career has been based in non-profit organizations in the Capital District. She worked for over 13 years for the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State, first as Director of Member Services and ultimately as Director of Operations. Her duties there included membership recruitment and retention, communications, public and professional education, fundraising, partnerships and collaborations. Prior to that, she was Director of Communications for the New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging where, in addition to communications mainstays such as newsletters, web maintenance, member correspondence and legislative analyses, she oversaw caregiver-focused activities, including statewide trainings and administration of various Caregiver Support grants.

Beth is also a past Board Member of the New York State Tribute Foundation, and past President and current Board Member of the Greater Loudonville Association.

Please reach out to her at with any questions, concerns, or comments! 

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Board of Directors:

Michael Deeb- President

Bruce Weiner- Vice President

Cindi Keeler- Treasurer

Don McKay- Secretary

Dave Huskie- Member

Maria Peart- Member