“Mountain Valley Hospice provides excellent care! Their nurses are very loving and compassionate people. I'm so thankful for the support they provided me.” – Jeffrey Baldwin
Dear Friend of Mountain Valley Hospice, 

Can you believe another year has come and gone? It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2019, and now we are welcoming 2020 - an entirely new decade. A lot of people plan to start eating healthier and exercise more when a new year rolls around, but forget to schedule an annual physical. Make sure you're starting the year off right with a clean bill of health. Another common New Year's resolution is to become more involved in the local community. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "To serve you only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love." Perhaps it's not a coincidence that Martin Luther King Day falls in the month of January.

Regardless what your aspirations may be for 2020, decide to live each day to the fullest. We'll be here to celebrate your successes and wish you all a blessed new year. If we can support you in anyway please, remember that our door is always open. 

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Kelly Montanye
Manager of Community Outreach & Volunteer Services

Following is a list of the members of the MVH Board of Directors (also known as the Operational Board of Directors) and our Foundation Board of Directors for 2020. The Operational Board is the governing body for MVH. The Foundation Board oversees the organization's assets.

       New members are indicated in italics in both lists.  Welcome all, and thank you for your service to our organization!

  • Chairman, CLAYTON SITTERLY, Coldwell Banker-Arlene M. Sitterly, Inc.
  • Vice Chair, TINA DELANEY, Retired
  • JEFF BROWN, Brown's Ford
  • DEL B. SALMON, ESQ., The Salmon Law Firm
  • JACK SCOTT, Retired
  • JOHN STEWART, Walrath & Stewart
  • SUSAN PUTMAN, Putman Enterprises
  • JOHN BLACKMON, Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor
  • Chair, AMY KARAS, Ruby & Quiri
  • Vice Chair, PATRICK DOWD, Lexington, the ARC of New York
  • Secretary, DR. FREDERICK GOLDBERG, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home
  • Treasurer, SUSAN HATHAWAY-RINGLAND, Retired
  • TOM CIACCIO, Superintendent, Fonda Fultonville 
  • DR. KEVIN COPE, Mayer & Cope
  • DR. ARSYL DEJESUS, New York Oncology/Hematology
  • REV. EARL JOHNSON, Retired; Instructor at Siena College
  • REV. LAURIE GARRAMONE, St. John's Episcopal Church, Johnstown
  • TIMOTHY KEEGAN, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • TODD RULISON, Retired
  • JACK SCOTT, Retired 

Welcome New Board Members

Tom Ciaccio is a Gloversville native, graduating from GHS in 1988. After attending Holy Cross, Mr. Ciaccio decided to settle back home, where he has served in many capacities. His career in education has spanned 27 years, serving as a teacher in the Gloversville and Broadalbin-Perth School Districts. Mr. Ciaccio also spent time as a Special Education Administrator at HFM BOCES. Over the past ten years, he has served the Fonda-Fultonville Community as the elementary principal and is currently, the Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Ciaccio, his wife Gina, and their two children, Gianna and Joseph reside in Fonda. 

Michael Chase is the Director and Senior Facilitator of Managing Anger Naturally (M.A.N.), which is an anger management and domestic violence intervention program. Mr. Chase is a qualified Mental Heath Professional, accredited by the National Anger Management Association. He is also a member of the Fulton County on-call team, where he conducts assessments of at-risk individuals.

Focusing on individualized, person-centered service is a core value of Mr. Chase, one that he brings to each client that he works with. He has years of experience working with social service agencies, as well as government law enforcement officials. Michael has also held various roles from Behavioral Health Specialist at St. Mary's Hospital to Counselor & Health Educator at Bridging Access to Care in Brooklyn. Michael currently residents in Gloversville with his wife and two daughters. 


MVH was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $1,500 from SEFCU of Saratoga. The mission of SEFCU is to "Change Lives Every Day." They do this by offering financial support to qualifying not-for-profit organizations who provide veteran integration, youth development, and family support. Thank you for your support of MVH services! Pictured above are, from left, Claudia Fleming of SEFCU; Dr. Brandis, MVH Medical Director; Jacqualin Ross, MVH Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development; Patricia Benincasa of SEFCU; and Vanessa Kovarovic of SEFCU. 


MVH is proud to welcome Donna Roy-MacDonald, RN, BSN, MBA as the organization’s Chief Clinical Officer. Donna has over 15 years of proven, progressive leadership success in a variety of healthcare settings, from large medical centers to specialty outpatient clinics and dental practices. She will be responsible for the coordination of interdisciplinary care planning, as well as leading the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) program.

Donna came to us from St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, where she led teams in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement efforts since 2016.  Her expertise identifying opportunities for LEAN system and process changes will be valuable in keeping MVH's benchmark scores in the top percentile for Hospice and Homecare organizations. 

Donna’s impressive nursing career also includes experience with disability services, private practice, Veterans’ Affairs, Home Health Education, Long-Term Care, Inpatient Orthopedics, Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care. She was the recipient of the Rhode Island Federal Administrative Employee of the Year by the Federal Executive Council, as well as the Excellence in Nursing Administration Award from the Massachusetts Nurses’ Association. She earned her MBA from U. Mass. Boston and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Southern Maine in Portland.

Donna grew up in northern Maine and enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors with all the beauties Mother Nature has to offer. She and her boyfriend, Frank, of 15 years are both avid alpine skiers and mountain bikers. Her 20 year-old son, who lives in Vermont, is also athletic and enjoys skateboarding and snowboarding. Donna and Frank have an adorable 4-pound teacup Yorkie, Bella. Donna shared that, “Hospice care became near and dear to my heart through a recent experience with my mother.  The support and responsiveness of the staff was emotionally fulfilling for my mother and family, as they provided comfort and reassurance that we were doing all we could to make the end-of- life journey as peaceful as possible for my mother.  I am grateful for this experience, and I’m excited about being a part of Mountain Valley Hospice’s initiatives to bring this potential to others.”


We are so proud to celebrate our Manager of Community Outreach & Volunteer Services, Kelly Montanye, as the Fulton Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. Kelly received this award at the Chamber annual dinner on January 17 at the Paul Nigra Center. We see Kelly's dedication every day, and are glad that her efforts are recognized throughout the community.

Robert Brandis, MVH's Medical Director, was chosen as Readers' Choice of the Leader Herald. Dr. Brandis was voted as best Doctor and Physician for the second year in a row! We are so proud of his commitment to the health and well-being of patients in our community. We are looking forward to having Dr. Brandis around more, now that he has officially retired from his full-time Prime Care practice.  


Tim DeTraglia, pictured left, is currently a resident of Gloversville and has experience as a Hospice Chaplain, Social Worker, and Resident Director. He believes his past experiences will support his desire to be a Patient and Family Service Volunteer for MVH. Tim says, "The past 25 years have been so rewarding. I have been given so much, simply by walking the residents I've supported home on their final journey, called life."

John Chrisman, pictured right, is currently a resident of Johnstown and has many years of experience in Real Estate. John is caring and compassionate and can strike up a conversation with anyone he meets. John is looking forward to playing cards, especially bridge, with hospice patients who may be in need of socialization and companionship. 
Don’t see something you’re interested in, contact us anyway at (518) 725-4545 or apply online at
Caregiver Respite Volunteers
Front Desk Support Volunteers
NDHH Kitchen Volunteers
Light Housekeeping Volunteers
Arts & Crafts Volunteers

For more information check out this press release
Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm - Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville

A service of remembrance for all MVH patients who have died within the past few months. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments. Family & friends please RSVP for planning purposes to (518) 725-4545.
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