Matthew Fallico, MSW


NYDOH Liaison

Mr. Fallico is a Health Program Coordinator with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Office of Drug User Health. His main duties include providing technical assistance to incorporate buprenorphine prescribing more broadly, so that individuals have access to buprenorphine at a range of settings including primary care clinics, harm reduction programs, federally qualified health centers, correctional health facilities, emergency departments (EDs), OB/GYN settings, housing services, and other community-based organizations. Mr. Fallico also oversees operational tasks at state operated COVID-19 testing and vaccinations facilities in the downstate region. Prior to working for the NYSDOH, he was the Opioid Program Manager for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and oversaw implementation and program planning related to opioid prevention and treatment initiatives. Mr. Fallico received his Master’s in Social Work at Arizona State University with a concentration in program planning and community practice.

Lexi Hoff


NYDOH ITS Developer

Lexi Hoff is a software developer at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and a main developer on the MATTERS platform. She recently graduated from the University at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Aside from the MATTERS platform, she has also contributed to the state’s COVID-19 response: Lexi helped develop the COVID-19 school survey, which records daily COVID-19 statistics from schools across the state. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and composing music.

Emily Payne, MSPH


NYDOH Epidemiologist & Data Evaluator

Emily Payne is an Epidemiologist with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Office of Program Evaluation and Research working primarily with data related to opioid use and overdose. Some of her main duties include managing, analyzing, and disseminating data from the MATTERS program through creation of data presentations and dashboards. Emily has five years of experience as an epidemiologist with expertise in chronic disease, communicable disease including COVID-19, and maternal and child health (MCH). Prior to joining the NYSDOH, Emily worked as an epidemiologist at both state and local health departments in Colorado. Emily obtained her Master of Science in Public Health degree focused on MCH and epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2017.

Emma Furlano,  MD


Capital Region Physician Liaison

Emma Furlano is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical Center. Prior to attending medical school at Stony Brook University, she completed her undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and served as an emergency medical technician in the Albany area. She graduated from Albany Medical Center’s emergency medicine residency program and completed a medical toxicology fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. Her interests currently include opioid use disorder treatment, medical education, and prehospital medicine.

Heather Lampmon


Capital Region Coordinator

Heather Lampmon, is the Director of Special Projects at Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services. Heather has been working in the Human Service  field for 20years. Heather started her career as a small business owner/operator of a NYS LIcensed Daycare for 14 years working with children from 6 weeks of age until 14 years of age, also working for Albany, Washington,and  Warren County ARC working with people with developmental disabilities. Heather has had a few roles in the last 6 years with Catholic Charities, starring with outreach and engagement, then case management, Supervisor, and now Director of Special Projects. Heather enjoys reading and spending time with family.

Eric Rodriguez

CNY Regional Care Coordinator

Eric Rodriguez serves as the MATTERS Network Regional Care Coordinator for Central New York (CNY), stationed at ACRHealth. Mr. Rodriguez is passionate about the work he does, and worked at ACRHealth for two years as a Syringe Exchange Coordinator before transitioning into his current role. Eric is a Family Life and Recovery Peer Advocate, Harm Reduction specialist, a Narcan trainer, and serves on the Oneida Opioid Task Force. Eric Rodriguez also has experience working with the Utica Human Trafficking Court, Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center, and has various volunteer and work experiences in care coordination, harm reduction, and linkage to care. Mr. Rodriguez is currently working on an Associates Degree for Chemical Dependencies to obtain his CASAC-T and will be graduating May 2022. Eric Rodriguez have dedicated his life to helping those that are stigmatized by society for their substance use disorders because of lack of education and awareness.

Michelle McDonough


Finger Lakes Regional Care Coordinator

Michelle McDonough is the Consumer Relations Specialist for Trillium Health’s Harm Reduction program. They recently completed their Bachelors in Social Work at The College at Brockport. Michelle has experience working with the homeless population in Rochester, as well as with serving the LGBTQ+ community as an educator. Michelle is an avid harm reductionist, advocate, and activist. In their spare time, Michelle likes to knit shawls and take long walks with their husband.

Sarah Santos


Hudson Valley Regional Care Coordinator I

Sarah received her BA in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz. Her outreach and advocacy are informed by the principles of harm reduction. She has years of experience serving people who use drugs as well as those without homes. Prior to her current role she worked with Hudson Valley Community Services as a peer navigator for the syringe exchange program in Poughkeepsie and Kingston, NY.

Sharon Thomas


Hudson Valley Regional Care Coordinator II

Sharon Thomas is the Director of Health and Community Services at the Urban League of Westchester County.  She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University.  Sharon has extensive experience working with people who use drugs, the mental health population, homeless communities, formerly incarcerated and at-risk youth, etc.  Sharon is a strong advocate for opioid overdose prevention and is a certified trainer.  Sharon also has over 17 years of experience empowering African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to secure a first class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of their civil rights.

Coming soon!

Long Island Regional Care Coordinator

Jaie Breedlove


North Country Regional Care Coordinator

Jaie Breedlove is a Regional Care Coordinator working for the Alliance for Positive Health in their Harm Reduction program. She has a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology, which she received from the State University at Plattsburgh. Jaie spent 12 years working for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Through this work she was able to help many individuals with linkage to needed supports and services as well as assisting them to maintain a better quality of life. Jaie joined the Alliance for Positive Health in January 2020 as an Adult Health Home Care Manager. She worked to find medical care, including HIV Specialists, Primary Care Providers, and Specialty Care Providers for the people she supported. She also helped to coordinate referrals for mental health, substance use, legal assistance, and domestic violence services, making her knowledgeable in community resources available to people in need. Jaie is passionate about ensuring people have the knowledge and resources they need to successfully achieve their goals.

Kurt Kleefeld


Southern Tier Regional Care Coordinator

Kurt Kleefeld received his BA in Education and Leadership from Marietta College and MEd in Organizational Leadership from Keene State University. He taught in private and public schools for 17 years before changing gears to human services. Kurt has been a Program Manager for adults with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and substance use disorders and is now serving as the Regional Care Coordination Program Manager for Southern Tier AIDS Program.  Kurt is passionate about the role of leadership in service and service learning.

Coming soon!

WNY Regional Care Coordinator