2018-2019 Executive Board!
President: Sarah F. Spiegelhoff, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC
Past President: Tiphanie Gonzalez, Ph.D.
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.
Legislative Chair: Sherrie Bruner, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP (TN)
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
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)
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