Counseling Staff

B.S.W., M.S.W., Syracuse University

Donna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Syracuse, NY. She worked for 20 years in an inner-city public high school, and is passionate about the importance of education to a quality life regardless of the degree program or career path chosen. She has a lifetime of experience advocating for people who are multiply-challenged and working through issues related to major life areas:parenting, step-parenting, marriage, divorce, elder care, chronic illness, disordered eating, addictive relationships, grief/loss, substance abuse. She currently works in a part-time private practice setting with individuals, couples, and families. Her style can best be described as a “therapeutic use of self” in engaging and motivating clients towards making change with a solution-focused (rather than a problem-focused) approach. She takes a holistic approach to her work with people, believing that there are a variety of “healing tools” that can be used to increase self-care and self-empowerment.

Hours:
Mon 9:00 - 6:00
Wed 9:00 - 6:00

B.A., SUNY Brockport
M.S.W., SUNY Buffalo

Erika is the Director of the Counseling Center and Community Care Hub. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and holds a Provisional School Social Work Certification. Erika earned her Master’s Degree at SUNY Buffalo, with a specialization in Health, Mental Health and Disability.

Some of Erika’s experience includes counseling victims of violence and trauma, crisis intervention, debriefing, anti-violence program development, anger management, medical social work and educating first year medical students about ethics. She is also the Treasurer of Street Addiction Institute Incorporated (SAII) founded here in Syracuse, New York.

As a life long resident of Syracuse, it is important to Erika to give back to her community both professionally and through volunteer work.

Hours:
Monday through Friday 8:30 - 4:30

B.A., St. Bonaventure University
M.S.W., Syracuse University

Erin is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and holds a provisional certificate as a school social worker in New York State.

Erin has spent many years working in a variety of settings within the social work/mental health field. She is familiar with leading/co-facilitating individual and group counseling sessions using a Holistic/Integrative approach. She believes the most important aspect of therapy is found in the relationship between the counselor and the client. 

Erin is passionate about creating a confidential and safe space in which students can feel comfortable opening up about their mental health needs and/or personal concerns. 

Hours:
Wed 11:00 - 6:00
Thur 9:00 - 2:30
Fri 9:00 - 2:00 

B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.S., Oswego State University

David is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and also a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling. He also works in a private practice setting providing counseling to adults, children, couples and families. David’s experience includes behavioral issues, chemical dependency, school/occupational concerns, domestic issues, severe mental illness, cognitive disabilities and group counseling. He has had extensive interaction with adolescents and families. David primarily utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques intended to make the client aware of the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. He encourages clients to identify and challenge negative thinking patterns and recognize what skills to use when having these troubling experiences. David focuses on promoting personal empowerment and active mindfulness. 

Hours:
Tue 9:00 - 6:00
Thur 9:00 - 6:00

A.A., Human Services, Onondaga Community College
B.A., LeMoyne College
M.S.W., University at Buffalo

Jerry, a Human Services alumnus of OCC, is Case Manager of the Community Care Hub. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and holds a CASAC 2 designation.

He has been employed at the college for more than twelve years and serves as an Adjunct Instructor of English and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling. He is an Academic Coach, mentor, club advisor, and all-around good guy!

B.S., SUNY Oswego

Sarah is the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention at OCC. She has over 7 years of professional experience working in prevention education.

In one of her proudest accomplishments, Sarah created a Drug Diversion Program that is used in the City of Oswego for people under the age of 25 charged with use or possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. Some of Sarah's experience also includes CASICS (Cannabis & Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students).

Sarah works with individuals to determine their current risk level for substances and works with them to determine how to reduce their risk. Sarah believes in harm reduction with a focus on education. It is important to her to assist students in creating attainable health goals with their substance use and focusing on safety and reducing negative outcomes. 

Kimber has over 25 years of secretarial and office management experience. She understands the hesitancy some students feel while utilizing the Counseling and Community Care Hub services. She greets every student with a smile and strives to make every student feel comfortable while providing a welcoming atmosphere.