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Westchester Staff Members

Professional Staff

Rosa B. Ament, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling Services
Counseling, St. John’s University
Advanced Training/Supervision, Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis

Dr. Ament has been the Director of the Counseling Services since 1982. She specializes in helping people from multicultural backgrounds cope with stress caused by major life transitions. Dr. Ament is also an Adjunct Professor of Management in the Lubin School of Business. She is an avid skier and enjoys biking.


Andrea M. Winters, M.A., M.Ed., LPN, NCC
Associate Director of Operations
Alcohol and Other Drugs Specialist
Counseling Psychology, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Mrs. Winters has been a member of the Counseling Center staff since 1984. She enjoys working with traditional and nontraditional age students who are struggling with the personal and academic demands of college. Additional areas of interest include alcohol and other drug programming and intervention. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, swimming, and travel.


Amanda Michael, Psy.D. CGP
Assistant Director
Director of Clinical Training
Clinical Psychology, Antioch New England Graduate School
Certified Group Therapist

Dr. Michael’s professional experience and training in clinical psychology are diverse. Current interests focus upon: clinical training of psychologists, helping people with emotional blocks to intimacy, relationship dissatisfaction, social anxiety and phobia, depression, anxiety, loss, identity concerns, as well as specialized experience in group psychotherapy and psychotherapy with law students and attorneys. Dr. Michael also has a private practice in New York City and Connecticut. In her free time, Dr. Michael enjoys yoga and meditation, swimming, reading and exploring new places.


Lauren Saler, Psy.D.
Assistant Director
Senior Staff Psychologist
Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

Dr. Lauren Saler began working at the Counseling Center in 1993. Her psychology training was broad and diverse with a research focus on loss and bereavement, in particular the death of a parent. Current areas of interest include helping others with relationship, self-esteem, and identity issues, as well as separation and individuation from family, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Dr. Saler also has a private psychotherapy practice nearby. In her free time, she likes to travel to new places, whether that be through a book, movie, or taking a trip.


Mariesa S. Cruz-Tillery, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach
Counseling Psychology, Temple University (Ph.D. Program) and Teacher's College (M.A., Ed.M.)

Mariesa's psychology training is wide in range with a research focus on resilience, acculturation and identity development in first and second-generation immigrants and multicultural issues in counseling, training, and supervision. She has enjoyed working with a traditional and non-traditional college population for the past several years and approaches her work from a developmental perspective. Areas of interest include: women's issues, relationship and familial conflict, racial/ethnic identity, and coping with stress, anxiety and depression. In her spare time, Mariesa enjoys traveling, independent movies, a nice summer day at the beach and spending time with her husband and their three children.


Eugene J Lombardo, LCSW
Clinical Case Referral Coordinator
Social Work, New York University

Mr. Lombardo works to assist students in finding clinical resources within the community. He has worked in most facets of psychiatric and substance abuse settings and has developed an awareness of the various services and specialties throughout the area. A perennial networker, he is active in cultivating resources for Pace students and is well versed in the systems involved with finding and obtaining health care. In addition to his clinical background, he has worked in administrative, teaching and supervisory positions. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, reading, exercising and meditating.


Training Program Staff

Carl Hovey, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

Dr. Carl Hovey has previous experience working in a variety of mental health settings, including college counseling centers, outpatient clinics, and inpatient hospitals. Dr. Hovey’s clinical interests include trauma in LGBTQ populations, our relationship to the natural world, and the role of both somatic experiences (the body) and spirituality in mental health and psychotherapy. Dr. Hovey enjoys spending time with his husband and their uncannily-intelligent cat, meditation, hiking, camping, and being in nature, as well as the occasional video game.


Janine O'Brien, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Psychology, University of Hartford

Dr. Janine O’Brien has worked in a variety of clinical settings including a community mental health clinics, a vocational trade school, college and university counseling centers, and a state psychiatric inpatient hospital. Janine is particularly interested in ethnic and racial minority mental health, multicultural and diversity issues, body image, eating disorders, and adoption.  In her spare time, Janine enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and exploring new places, going to the beach, and crossfit.  


Office Of Disabilty Services Staff

Elisse M. Geberth
Assistant Director, Disability Services
Human Relations, Pace University

Elisse is a Pace alumnus who is dedicated to her student population. Her role in the Office of Disability Services involves assisting students in the arrangement of their disability accommodations, providing guidance in their transition into higher education, advocating for them within the Pace community, and providing training for our faculty and staff on the needs of this student population. Elisse is passionate about disabilities being embraced as diversity and providing the full Pace experience for all of our students. Elisse has been an active member of the President's Commission for Diversity and she is on the Westchester Diversity Team and co-chairs the Advisory Board to the Office of Disability Services. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts and spending as much time as possible outdoors having adventures with her husband, son, and their eclectic group of pets.


TBA
Coordinator of Disability Services
 


Consulting Staff

Nobuko Meaders, C.S.W.
Psychological Consultant
Social Work, University of Texas, Arlington

Ilene Zwirn, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist
Psychiatry, Hahnemann University


Support Staff

Grace Griffin
Staff Associate

Reyna Valencia
Jasmin Toledo

Student Aides