Westchester Staff Members
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
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.
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 and Teacher's College
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.
Susanne McIntyre, Ph.D.
School-Clinical Child Psychology, New York University
Dr. Susanne McIntyre spent ten years working as a school psychologist in mainstream and special education settings. She received additional training in psychotherapy with children and adolescents through the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, as well as intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She specializes in treatment and evaluation of learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, and self-harming behaviors. In addition to her work at Pace, Dr. McIntyre maintains a private practice in Westchester County. She has practiced yoga for many years and also enjoys hiking with her dogs and friends, traveling with her family, reading, and watching movies.
Nirit Pisano, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology, Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University
Dr. Pisano is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with individuals facing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loss, bullying, and relationship difficulties. She also has significant training in working with victims of trauma, whether past or ongoing. Her publications consider the impact of trauma across generations, portraying how unspoken themes within a family can have a lasting effect on its members. In addition to working at Pace, Dr. Pisano has a private practice that provides individual and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She is also the Chief Psychology Officer at Cognovi Labs. In her free time, she loves running long distances to discover new places.
Alyssa Prete, LMHC, LPC
Mental Health Counseling, Fordham University
Alyssa is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a CT State Licensed Professional Counselor. Her clinical interests include working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress management, and trauma, especially sexual assault and intimate-partner violence. Alyssa runs a Koru mindfulness group that teaches effective stress reduction techniques to college students. In addition to her work at Pace, Alyssa maintains a private practice in Westchester specializing in teens and emerging adults and teaches courses as an adjunct professor at Mercy College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends, spoiling her dog, crushing challenging group exercise classes, and having kitchen dance parties while cooking and baking.
Ilene Zwirn, M.D.
Psychiatry, Hahnemann University
Training Program Staff
Crista Maracic, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology, Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University
Dr. Maracic’s clinical training broadly focused on helping individuals explore longstanding challenges that were often exacerbated by recent change. She has worked in various settings, including college counseling centers, hospitals, and VA medical centers. Dr. Maracic specializes in working with victims of trauma, including those who experience combat stress and PTSD. Her recent research focused on shame, which she often uses as a lens to better understand the impact of traumatic experiences on individuals and their relationships. In treatment, Dr. Maracic aims to create an environment of safety, acceptance, and fulfillment. In her leisure, she enjoys learning from new experiences in the outdoors and in the kitchen.
Student Accessibility 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.
Lisa Ciccone, LMSW
Coordinator of Disability Services
Social Work, University at Albany
Lisa’s role at the Office of Disability Services involves assisting students with the accommodations needed for their disability. Lisa has experience working in a variety of settings including a mental health hospital, a nursing home, an early head start school, and a special education and alternative school for students with disabilities. Lisa is passionate about providing guidance and assistance to students in order to create a healthy learning environment. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, listening to music, cooking, and traveling.
Patti L. Cox, Ph.D.
Process Group Facilitator
Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
Nobuko Meaders, C.S.W.
Social Work, University of Texas, Arlington