American Counseling Association of
New York (ACA-NY)

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2018-2019 Executive Board!




President:  Sarah F. Spiegelhoff, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC


Sarah Spiegelhoff is currently a licensed mental health counselor and owner of Dr. Sarah F. Spiegelhoff, a private practice in Camillus, NY.  At her practice, she provides individual and family counseling to ages 6+.  Her specialities include, wellness-based counseling, counseling college students, and counseling families.  She has also an adjunct instructor for the Counseling and Psychological Services department for the School of Education at SUNY Oswego, having taught at the Syracuse campus for the past 7 years.  Sarah has previously worked in college counseling for 10 years, as a college counselor, clinical supervisor, and counseling center director.

She received a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University, an M.A. and Ed.S. in Community Counseling from Rider University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.  She is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  

Sarah is an active member of several organizations including: American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Syracuse Psychoanalytic Study Group.  Her research interests include wellness-based counseling, college counseling, wellness consultation, and integrated and collaborative care.


Past President: Tiphanie Gonzalez, Ph.D.


Tiphanie Gonzalez is currently an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Psychological Services department; and the Diversity Coordinator and AACTE Holmes Masters Scholars Program Coordinator for the School of Education at SUNY Oswego. She received a doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida and is an alumnus of SUNY Oswego, receiving both a master's in Counseling Services- School Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has continued her studies and is currently a Limited Permit holding Mental Health Counselor and is working towards her Mental Health Counseling license. 

She is an active member of several organizations including the: American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES), the American Counseling Association – NY (ACA-NY) where she serves as the Past-President, and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) where she serves as the North Atlantic Regional Chair.


President-Elect: Nannan Liu, Ed.D., LMHC


Nannan Liu 12 years of clinical experience as a New York State Mental Health Counselor, and has worked in a variety of mental health settings.  Currently, she is the Director of the OnTrackNY (First Episode Psychosis) Clinic at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Medical Center. In this role, she oversees the clinical and operational needs of my clinic, and provides clinical supervision to the entire treatment team.  In addition, she is involved in administrative responsibilities at the hospital, including managing program budget, hiring and management of staff, program development and working closely with federal and state stakeholders to ensure program fidelity, and on research initiatives. Prior to joining Columbia Psychiatry, she worked in community mental health, directing programs that served some of New York City’s most underserved and marginalized clients, including homeless and low-come families in the South Bronx.


Nan is immensely interested in promoting and advocating for our profession, and have created many clinical training and employment opportunities for graduate students and mental health counselors in my current and past work settings. She enjoys volunteering in New York City public schools, and speaking to middle and high school students about the counseling profession, as well as providing free trainings on early detection of mental health concerns to students and parents.


Legislative Chair: Sherrie Bruner, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP (TN)


Sherrie Bruner is currently an assistant professor at Syracuse University who is interested in improving professional identity and recognition of clinical mental health counselors within New York. Prior to earning her Ph.D .at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Sherrie worked in a variety of clinical mental health settings including jail, residential, college, and in home settings. She primarily worked with adolescents and adults struggling with dual diagnoses and adults working to reunify with their children.  Sherrie currently holds an active counseling license in Tennessee.


Secretary: Kellin Murphy Cavanaugh, NCC, P-LMHC (Doctoral Student)


Kellin Cavanaugh is a third year doctoral student obtaining her PhD. in Counselor Education at Syracuse University. Kellin completed her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. Kellin's leadership is not limited ACA-NY, as she also serves on the executive committee boards for Syracuse University's Chi Sigma Iota chapter, and she was a founding member of the university's Counselors for Social Justice last year. Kellin is also an active member of the American College Counseling Association as an Emerging Leader and member of ACCA's Diversity and Inclusion committee. Kellin still regularly sees clients weekly at Syracuse University's Counseling Center, and focuses her teaching experiences on clinical coursework with master's level students, as promoting clinical education to entry-level clinicians is a true passion of Kellin's. Kellin's focus of scholarship includes research related to the experiences of trans* and queer college students, queer adolescents, and issues surrounding human sexuality.


Treasurer: Stacy Hoskins, M.S., LMHC


Stacy Hoskins is in her second year as treasurer of the ACA-NY.  In addition to this position, Stacy is employed at Cayuga Counseling Services in Auburn, NY. Her role is a mental health counselor in the Day Treatment Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.  The goal of the program is to help clients to develop improved social skills and coping skills to lead to healthy and rewarding lives.  Stacy also works as a licensed therapist on an online platform with the company Talkspace.

Stacy graduated with a Bachelor in Science in Psychology at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. She continued her education at the Warner School at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where she earned a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Stacy has a NYS license in Mental Health Counseling as well as the credential of a National Certified Counselor.


Professional Outreach Chair: Erin Friedman, MS, LPC, NCC (Doctoral Student)


Erin N. Friedman, M.S., is currently a doctoral student at Syracuse University working toward her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Illinois. She is serving as the Professional Outreach Chair for ACA-NY. Erin has held numerous leadership positions, including being co-president of Northern Illinois University’s Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Chapter and a founding member and project initiatives coordinator of Syracuse University’s Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ). She has also been selected as an ACES and NARACES Emerging Leader as well as a Syracuse University Fellow. Erin has experience working in community mental health, the public school system, and Veterans Affairs.


Western Chair: Carly Simmons (Graduate Student)


Carly Simmons is previously served as the interim secretary on the board. She is currently a grad student at SUNY Oswego seeking a degree in mental health counseling with a trauma studies certification. She hopes to work with trauma populations and provide animal therapy in her future.

Upstate Chair: Dan McManus, M.S. (Doctoral Student)


Daniel McManus, received his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at SUNY Oswego in 2014 along with a certificate in trauma studies.  Daniel entered the field of counseling with a focus towards helping those who have experienced setbacks due to trauma.   He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Kent State University, he plans on proposing his dissertation this fall.  Currently, Daniel teaches a variety of counseling courses at SUNY Oswego and is working on obtaining his NY LMHC.  Daniel’s experience lies mostly in the realm of teaching and supervising counselors-in-training.  He hopes to bring his experience as an educator into the community and work with local providers to create quality, professional development to members.

Central Chair: Lisa Loar, LPC-MHSP (TN)


Lisa Loar is a professional counselor, working along side persons struggling with addiction or mental health issues and she uses a person centered treatment approach. Lisa believes in the inherent resiliency of persons and seeks help others in their journey toward wholeness and health. Currently she works as the Service Director at the Meadows Integrated Outpatient Clinic in Syracuse, New York.  She is licensed in New York and Tennessee to practice mental health counselling and clinical supervision. She holds an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Counseling (2008) and is a current EdD candidate at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.


Downstate Chair: Nurys De La Cruz, EdM, LMHC


Nurys De La Cruz received a M.A. and Ed.M. in mental health counseling from Columbia University. Currently, she is the Primary Clinician at the OnTrackNY clinic at Columbia University Medical Center, where she works with adolescents and young adults experiencing an initial episode of psychosis. She also facilitate our clinic’s Spanish family psycho education groups, and provide culturally sensitive counseling and support to our monolingual and bilingual Spanish speaking clients and families. 


Graduate Student Chair: Peitao Zhu, M.A., NCC, P-LMHC (Doctoral Student)


Peitao Zhu is a current doctoral student in Counseling and Counselor Education at Syracuse University. An international student from Shanghai, China, Peitao came to the U.S. in 2014 and obtained his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in 2016. Peitao is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Permitted Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. Peitao’s professional interests include cultural humility, complex trauma, interpersonal process in counseling, and counselor education pedagogy. In addition to serving as the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Chair in ACA-NY, Peitao also serves as the Graduate Student Representative of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES). Peitao is excited to consolidate and coordinate resources in both organizations and make concerted efforts to support graduate students in the state of New York.



Communications & Marketing Chair: Mary Kiernan, LMHC



Historian: Barb Rauscher, LMHC