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.


 
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

Lauren Greenbaum, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

  • School- Clinical Child Psychology, Pace University

Dr. Greenbaum’s clinical experience has included work with adolescents and young adults around a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns. Her particular areas of interest include psychological trauma, LGBT mental health issues, pervasive mental illness, and psychological assessment. Her doctoral research was focused on intergenerational transmission of parenting behavior, as well as stress in the experience of parenting. In her spare time, Dr. Greenbaum enjoys traveling, yoga, and enjoying good food with family and friends.

Alexa Weinberg, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology

Dr. Weinberg has a diverse background, working within college counseling, the VA system, primary care, and outpatient and inpatient settings.  She has particular interest in multiculturalism, interpersonal dynamics and conflicts, pervasive mental illness, substance misuse, and personality/psychological assessment.  Her research centered on graduate students and their utilization of counseling services, reported psychological difficulties, and perceptions of professor’s responses to graduate students’ struggles.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog. 

Daria Chase, M.A., Ed.M. 
Psychology Extern

  • Counseling Psychology, Columbia University
  • Clinical Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Ms. Chase received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in 2010. Since attending Foundational DBT Training in Denver, CO in 2009, she has worked with para-suicidal adults and adolescents.  Ms. Chase also attended Advanced Intensive DBT training with Dr. Marsha Linehan in 2014. Currently, she is an advanced doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ms. Chase’s research interest is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and she is collecting data for her dissertation at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY. Her personal interests are contemporary art and scuba diving.

 

Office of Disbaility 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.

Hilary Andelora
Coordinator of Disability Services

  • College Student Personnel Administration, Canisius College

Hilary’s graduate work focused in the study of College Administration/Student Affairs.  Her particular interest was in disability services and academic support services.  As coordinator, Hilary is responsible for meeting with students and assisting in the arrangement of their disability accommodations.  Hilary is passionate about being an advocate for students with disabilities and educating the Pace community and the community outside of Pace on the opportunities available for students with disabilities at a college level. In her free time, aside from maintaining her title as an avid pop-culture connoisseur, Hilary enjoys swimming, boating, and spending time at her cottage on Lake Erie.

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
Administrative Assistant
 
Ashlyn Darmanin
Stephanie Zavolas
Student Aides