Bio The Reverend Katherine G. Alonge-Coons (Kathy Coons) – is a graduate of St Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry (MDiv), SUNYA School of Social Welfare (MSW), Siena College (BA Sociology). She is a Bi-vocational priest serving as the Vicar at Grace Church, Waterford, N.Y.; and the Commissioner of Mental Health in Rensselaer County NY. In addition to her parish ministry, Kathy is active in the Albany Episcopal Cursillo ministry, serves on the EDOA Standing Committee, and as a Deputy to General Convention. Kathy works to foster lay ministry within the congregation of Grace Church and beyond. She is married to Earl Coons since 1982 and resides in Troy, NY. The couple have two daughters: Melissa and Grace. In her career, spanning three plus decades, Kathy has worked in Children’s Mental Health Services, and Mental Health administration. She serves on many professional task forces and committees to develop innovation in Mental Health care. Kathy has lived in Rensselaer County for her lifetime. Her hobbies and interests are: reading, needlepoint and embroidery; and spending time with her family.