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Graham, Schuster Earn President’s Awards for Community Leadership from C-GCC

Written By Editor on 12/6/17 | 12/6/17

HUDSON, N.Y. – In recognition of their service to Columbia and Greene counties, Margaret Graham, director of Community Services of Greene County in Cairo, and Beth Schuster, executive director of Twin County Recovery Services, Inc., dually located in Hudson and Catskill, have been awarded the President’s Award for Community Leadership by Columbia-Greene Community College President James R. Campion.

Graham and Schuster were honored at the president’s annual Community Breakfast on December 1.

Born and raised in Ireland, Graham moved to the United States from England in 1980, where she completed a diploma nursing program. She began her work in the area of mental health in 1981 as a registered nurse on an inpatient unit at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany, and in the last 35 years, she has worked with children, adults, and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings through clinical and administrative positions. 

Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in 1997 and a master’s degree in nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., in 1999 with a concentration that fulfilled the requirements to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and began working at Greene County Mental Health in 2003 in that position, serving adolescents and adults. In April 2010, she became the Director of Community Services in Greene County, a position in which she regularly uses her clinical, leadership and advocacy skills to address the needs of those with mental health, substance use disorders, developmental and intellectual disabilities within the community.

Schuster has been with Twin County Recovery Services, dually located in Hudson and Catskill, for more than 39 years. A graduate of SUNY Brockport, National Leadership Institute for Addictions, Beth holds a CASAC from the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. She is also a graduate of the Rutgers University Summer School of Addiction Studies.

She serves on the Columbia County Drug Treatment Court team and is a founding member of the Columbia-Greene Controlled Substance Awareness Task Force, in addition to serving as president of the Board of the Columbia County Healthcare Consortium and chairperson of the Columbia County Community Services Board. Beth is also a member of the Board of the Greene County Rural Health Network.

Held since 2004, the President’s Community Breakfast recognizes members of the Columbia and Greene County communities for notable and lasting contributions to the region. For more information, please call 518.828.4181, ext. 3327

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