Staff Members - Westchester

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.
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 is a recent addition to the Counseling Center staff, arriving with nine years of experience in college mental health.  Her 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 and conflict, social phobia, depression, anxiety, loss, identity concerns, as well as specialized experience in group psychotherapy and psychotherapy with law students and attorneys.  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, Ed.M, MA
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--Dylan, Afarah and Priya.

Elisse M. Geberth
Coordinator of Disability Services

  • Human Relations, Pace University

    In this role, Elisse enjoys meeting with students, assisting in the arrangement of their disability accommodations, and advocating for them and educating the Pace Community on the needs of this student population. Elisse also plays a role in coordinating special projects for the Counseling Center including outreach programs. Elisse is an active member of the President's Commission for Diversity and the Westchester Diversity Team. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with her husband and their animals.


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

Marissa Alexander, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Counseling Psychology, Fordham University

     Dr. Alexander’s clinical experience has included work with teenagers and young adults around a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns, and in particular, has focused on individuals with disrupted attachments in early childhood or involvement in the foster care system. Her research interests include family adjustment and stress and coping among parents of children with anorexia. In her spare time, Dr. Alexander enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Elana Light, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Clinical Psychology, Long Island University

    Elana Light, Psy.D. has an array of experience working with students and adults with depression, anxiety, and stress in interpersonal relationships. She also has experience conducting personality assessments and teaching skills to manage difficult emotions. Her research has focused on suicide prevention and therapeutic interventions for trauma-exposed youth. She spends her free time playing with her niece and nephew, learning to cook, and watching movies on Netflix.

Consulting Staff

Nobuko Meaders, C.S.W.
Psychological Consultant

  •  Social Work, University of Texas, Arlington

Robert Milich, Ph.D.
Consulting Psychologist

Ilene Zwirn, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist

  • Psychiatry, Hahnemann University

Support Staff

Grace Griffin
Administrative Assistant

Ashlyn Darmanin
Elianne Estevez

Student Aides