Elizabeth Rizzi, MA is the current NYASP President. Beth is a School Psychologist at John Jay High School in the Wappingers Central School District where she has worked since 2009. Her areas of work interest include assessment for learning disabilities, cross battery assessment, teacher consultation, and school-based counseling to improve student outcomes. More recently she has become active in school safety and the mental health component of school-based threat assessment teams. Health and Wellness are a passion for Beth in all aspects of life, both personal and professional. Beth has presented on the local, state, and national level. Beth can be reached at Beth.Rizzi@nyasp.org .
Christopher Van Houten, MA/CAS, is the current NYASP President-Elect. He previously served as the Chapter B Representative since 2013. He was also a Co-Chair for NYASP Conference 2018 in Lake Placid, NY. He attended SUNY Plattsburgh for both his undergraduate studies in Psychology and graduate studies in School Psychology. Chris is a School Psychologist for the Malone CSD and is going into his 10th year as a practitioner, with his 1st year spent working for a private preschool agency and his last 8 years spent with the district. He is predominately at the elementary level, which suits him well because his philosophy is deeply rooted in early intervention and prevention, and also because he is really just a big kid at heart! Chris is a NASP 3rd Edition PREPaRE Trainer and a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Trainer. Chris is also on the Board of Directors for his local Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York (AANENY) and serves as the Education Chair. When he is not engaging with school psychology work; he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and fishing in the area's beautiful mountains, lakes, and rivers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Garruto is the NYASP Immediate Past-President and Ethics Co-Chair. He is a school psychologist for the Oswego City School District, a role he has had since 1999. He is also a licensed psychologist as well as an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego. His primary interests are for the assessment of learning disabilities, neuropsychology, and professional school psychology. He served for five years as Research Chair for NYASP and for two years as Speaker Chair for the 2011 and 2015 NYASP conferences. He also currently serves as Co-Chair for the NASP Ethics and Professional Practices Board. Dr. Garruto has presented at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels. He has also authored and co-authored book chapters on emotional neuropsychology, report writing, and is a co-author of the book “Essentials of Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities.” He can be reached at email@example.com.
Andrew Livanis is the current NYASP Planning and Development Co-Chair. He is a NYS certified school psychology as well as a licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Livanis is the ABA Coordinator and Supervisor at All in One Spot which provided Early Intervention services to children diagnosed with ASD. (http://www.spotwiththeratalk.com/). He is also the Chief Psychologist and Behavior Analyst at LBC services (http://www.astoriabehavior.com/), where he sees clients with a variety of developmental, externalizing and internalizing disorders. Dr. Livanis’s research interests are: ABA programming for skills instruction geared towards children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder; ABA Parent and Teacher Consultation; Program Review and Monitoring; Functional Analysis and procedures (interventions) to teach new behaviors and reduce challenging behaviors; Treatment Integrity and Fidelity; Behavior Therapy for externalizing and internalizing behavior issues; and, Curriculum Based Measurement of the Academic and Social Skills of Children Diagnosed with ASD. Dr. Livanis can be reached at Andrew.Livanis@nyasp.org .
Courtney Huguenin is the NYASP Public Relations Chairperson. She is a School Psychologist in the Connetquot Central School District on Long Island. Courtney received her M.A. in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her M.S. in School Psychology from St. John’s University. Prior to becoming a School Psychologist, Courtney was a special education teacher in New York City. Her professional interests include advocacy for mental and behavioral health services, school crisis preparedness and response, and factors which influence the effectiveness of school-based counseling. Courtney is also very excited to be serving as a committee member for the NYASP 2020 Annual Conference on Long Island. Courtney can be reached at Courtney.Huguenin@nyasp.org.
Laura Spenceley, Ph.D. is the Fiscal Advisor and co-chair of the Planning and Development Committee. Laura earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University in 2007 and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Syracuse University in 2012. Laura has worked in a variety of settings, from K-12 public schools to disability service offices and psychoeducational testing clinics. Laura is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she teaches a variety of courses related to assessment, socio-emotional and behavioral intervention, and testing. Her research interests include cognitive assessment and the provision and use of academic accommodations. She can be reached at Laura.Spenceley@nyasp.org.
Dr. Stacy A. S. Williams is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Marist College, a Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist in New York State. As a founding member of the Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC) group at Marist, Dr. Williams and her colleagues have provided inclusion training to faculty within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences to support diversity and inclusion activities in the classroom. In addition, Dr. Williams has consulted with other departments at the college to support their race pedagogical development. Dr. Williams is also involved in social justice initiatives and training at the college, where she is currently working with the Diversity Council Training and Assessment Team in developing a social justice-training model for the college. At the national level, Dr. Williams serves on the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP) executive board, where she co-chairs the Social Justice task force and serves as membership coordinator. In addition, Dr. Williams mentors students and early career faculty of color through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) mentoring program. At the state level, Dr. Williams has mentored school psychology candidates, created and managed content for the state association annual conference. Dr. Williams has also consulted with Instructional Support Teams (IST) in upstate New York and Connecticut, working closely with school psychologists, general educators, administrators, and support staff integrating Response to Intervention (RTI) initiatives at the IST level. She has also consulted internationally, bringing RTI strategies to rural classrooms in Jamaica, her home country. Dr. Williams regularly provides training in social justice, creating inclusive classrooms, academic and behavioral interventions, data-based decision-making for teachers, and university/school partnerships. Dr. Williams can be reached at Stacy.Williams@nyasp.org.
Dr. Peter Faustino has been working as a school psychologist for more than 20 years. He is currently the NY Delegate for the National Association of School Psychologists and a past President of the NY Association of School Psychologist. Dr. Faustino proudly works at Scarsdale High School, serves on the Family Services Committee for Autism Speaks and maintains a private practice with the Developmental Assessment and Intervention Center (DAIC) in Bedford Hills, NY. He presents frequently at state and national conferences. Dr. Faustino can be reached at Peter.Faustino@nyasp.org.
Dr. Michael Paff is the Editor of the NYASP Newsletter and the Culturally-Responsive Practices Committee Chair. He is a school psychologist, CSE chair, and Dignity Act Coordinator at Highland High School in Ulster County, adjunct instructor at Marist College, and maintains a private practice as a licensed psychologist. Mike's professional interests include multidisciplinary assessment, supervision, supporting students with emotional/behavioral needs, post-secondary transition, PBIS, and the needs of LGBTQ students. Mike can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mitchell J. Samet, Ph.D. is the NYASP Conference 2020 Co-Chair after serving six years as the Fiscal Advisor, Treasurer and Treasurer-Elect. Dr. Samet earned his MS/Specialist degree in Educational Psychology and Statistics at SUNY Albany, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: School Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He worked as a School Psychologist in urban, rural and suburban settings for over 30 years, most notably as School Psychologist and Clinical Team Coordinator at the Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD, and more recently at the Pleasantville and Scarsdale Public Schools. Dr. Samet has also served as an Adjunct Graduate Professor at the Mercy College School Psychology program, teaching a variety of the advanced masters-level assessment courses. As a Licensed NY Psychologist in private practice, his practice focuses on individual/family therapy and psychoeducational/neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Samet Chairs the School and Youth Workgroup for the NYS OMH Suicide Prevention Council, trains extensively in suicide prevention and intervention, and consults with the JED Foundation on this topic. Dr. Samet can be reached at Mitch.Samet @nyasp.org.
Amy Fisk is the NYASP Student Liaison Leader and Job Network Coordinator. Amy received her Doctorate in School Psychology from Alfred University, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Amy has experience in the K-12 schools, as well as disability services at the college level. She is currently the Assistant Dean of Accessibility at SUNY Geneseo, overseeing support services for students with disabilities and working with key campus stakeholders to promote an equitable, inclusive campus environment. Her primary research interest is in the area of postsecondary education transition for students with disabilities, and the practice of non-traditional school psychology. She can be reached at Amy.Fisk@nyasp.org.
Dr. Nicholas R. Harris is a Chapter J Co-Representative for the counties of Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Schoharie. He is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Harris works full-time in the Guilderland Central School District and part-time in private practice. He earned his doctorate degree from Ball State University in Indiana. While at Ball State University he also obtained Certificates in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Harris’s professional interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neuropsychology, Cross-Battery Assessment, MTSS, RTI at the Secondary Level, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice. He has served on numerous district level teams including the SEL Reentry Committee, School Counseling Program Advisory Council, Special Education and ENL Mixed Cabinet, and the School Start Time Task Force. Dr. Harris can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Lisa Kilanowski the Co-Editor of the School Psychology Archives (SPA). She is an associate professor of school psychology at Niagara University, where she has been employed since 2006. She is also the school psychology program director. Dr. Kilanowski's primary research interests include response to intervention, reading disabilities, assessment and intervention in reading, math, and written expression, school reform and systems change, leadership in the profession of school psychology, and advanced integration of neuropsychological principles and RtI data in the assessment of learning disabilities in K-12 environments. Dr. Kilanowski has also dedicated considerable time to researching school psychologists facility in working with LGBQT adolescents, and increasing awareness of appropriate supports for such youth within the school ecology. Dr. Kilanowski can be reached at Lisa.Kilanowski@nyasp.org.
Bruce Weiner is the Liaison to the New York State Council of Educational Associations (NYSCEA). He is a retired School Psychologist, CSE and CPSE chair of 35 years from the Berlin Central School District. He has been an adjunct professor at the College of St Rose for the past 15 years and has helped develop the mentorship program for NYASP. His focus is on best practices for internship supervisors, rural School Psychology, parenting skills, magic and sailing. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Andrew Shanock, the current Liaison to the Trainers in School Psychology (TSP), is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Dr. Shanock specializes in cognitive and academic assessment. Dr. Shanock has been a featured speaker at the national and state level for a variety of educational professionals, including school psychologists, speech language pathologists, and administrators. He consults with school districts around the country to promote issues such as collaborative assessment, Response to Intervention, and instructional support team building. Dr. Shanock’s presentations are informative, entertaining, and interactive. This is the longest paragraph that he has written without the excited use of an exclamation point! Dr. Shanock can be reached at Andrew.Shanok@nyasp.org.
Jennifer Arroyo, M.S. Ed, is the chairperson of the Early Childhood Committee. She is a Bilingual School Psychologist with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh N.Y. She began her career serving the Early Intervention and C.P.S.E populations in the Bronx. She then moved on to work with the school age population at Greenburgh 11 in Dobbs Ferry, the New Rochelle School District, the Pearl River School District, Rockland BOCES, and finally at the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. She continues to work with the Pre-K to 12 population conducting bilingual psycho-educational evaluations with Putnam and Northern Westchester BOCES. She is specifically involved in psycho-educational evaluation, the classification of disabilities, 504 accommodation plans, RtI, and counseling. Ms. Arroyo completed her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University (B.A), and both her Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed) and Advanced Professional Certificate / Bilingual Extension at Brooklyn College of C. U. N.Y. Jennifer can be reached at Jennifer.Arroyo@nyasp.org.
Kelly Caci is a school psychologist in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District in a K-5 elementary school. Ms. Caci is the NYASP Legislative Co-Chair, and has served on the NYASP board since 1998, previously in the capacity of NYASP president and newsletter editor. Ms. Caci is a trained Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and coach and has implemented a comprehensive PBIS program, peer mediation program, as well as other preventive social-emotional programs in her current work at the elementary level. She is responsible for the development of the NYASP Children of Warriors toolkit, as well as the NYASP Anxiety toolkit and NYASP Suicide Prevention and Response Toolkit. She also serves on the NYS School Safety Task Force, as well as the NYSUT Health Care Professionals Council. Ms. Caci can be reached at Kelly.Caci@nyasp.org.
Flora C. Covey, NCSP is the Conference Committee Co-Chair. Flora has been serving on the NYASP board since 2012. She previously served as the chairperson for the 2014 conference in Albany and was a member of the committee for the 2010 conference in Lake George. Flora earned her undergraduate degree from SUNY Binghamton and graduate degree from Northeastern University. Flora has been an elementary school psychologist at South Glens Falls Central Schools since 2005. She is a trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) and has trained staff in her district in crisis prevention and intervention. Flora chairs the Instructional Support Team (IST) and oversees the Response to Intervention (RtI) process in her buildings. She serves on her district's Mental Health Task Force and leads the Critical Care Committee. Flora is currently pursuing her certificate in Educational Leadership through SUNY Stonybrook. Flora may be reached at Flora.Covey@nyasp.org.
Jeanne B. Gold, Ph. D., NCSP is currently Awards Co-Chair of NYASP. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a NYS Licensed Psychologist. Jeanne retired as Coordinator of the Guidance and Child Study Center at PNW BOCES where she had previously worked as a School Psychologist. She is a reviewer for the NASP Program Approval Board and the member of the Appeals Board of the National School Psychology Certification System (NSPCS) of NASP. Jeanne also served as NYASP Conference Chair in 2009 and Chapter L Representative. She lives in New York, New York. She can be reached at Jeanne.Gold@nyasp.org.
Emma Leah Hettrich, Psy.D. is the Membership Co-Chair for NYASP as well as the 2020 NYASP Conference Co-Chair. Dr. Hettrich is a NYS certified School Psychologist and NYS Licensed Psychologist. She works as a School Psychologist within a suburban elementary school in Long Island and an Adjunct Professor in the School Psychology department at St. John's University. She has consulted and provided trainings at the local, national, and international levels. Her areas of work and interest include assessment and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Dyslexia, as well as CHC theory and cross battery assessment. Dr. Hettrich can be reached at email@example.com .
John Kelly, Ph.D. is a school psychologist with the Commack School District. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School Psychology Program at St. John's University. John is a Past-President of NYASP, Past-President of NASP and the current Co-Chair of the NYASP Legislative Committee. John is the current President-elect of the National Association of School Psychologists. He has served in various leadership roles at the local, state, and national level. John's professional interests and passion is within the area of the provision of mental health services within the schools. His expertise in advocacy and leadership development is often sought after through professional presentations and workshops, as well as through consultation with school districts, professional and government agencies, and professional associations. John can be reached at John.Kelly@nyasp.org.
Tom Kulaga MSEd, NASP, ABSNP is the Webmaster for NYASP. He is a practicing school psychologist in Marlboro, NY. Tom maintains diplomate status in school neuropsychology, has served as an adjunct instructor in the school psychology program at Marist College, and has led the New York Association of School Psychologists as President (twice). He maintains interests in school neuropsychology, computers, and golf. Tom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Meyers is the Early Career Committee Co-Chair, the Co-Chair for the NYASP 2019 conference in Syracuse, NY and the Chapter E Co-Representative for the counties of Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Cayuga and Cortland. Jennifer received her MS in School Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001. She has worked as an elementary school psychologist for Phoenix Central Schools since 2004. Her professional interests include Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and assessment and treatment of children with ADHD and Tourette Syndrome. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Don Merriman, Ph.D., NCSP is the NYASP Membership Committee Co-Chair and Co-Webmaster. Don has been a school psychologist for over fifteen years. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, School Psychology Specialization from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Don also holds Master of Science in Education and Advanced Certificate in School Psychology degrees from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He holds Permanent Certifications as a School Psychologist in New York and New Jersey, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Additionally, he is a Licensed Psychologist (New York License No. 019642). Don is currently a full time School Psychologist at Pequenakonck Elementary School (North Salem School District), a position he has held since 2014. Prior to working in North Salem, he was a School Psychologist at Mahopac Middle School for six years (2008 to 2014) and a School Psychologist in the Ardsley Union Free School District for four years (2004 to 2008). Don also maintains a group private practice with offices in Pleasantville and Mahopac, New York. He can be reached at Don.Merriman@nyasp.org.
Elizabeth (Liz) M. Power, Ed.D, is the NYASP Research Committee Chair. Dr. Power is an assistant professor in school psychology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Dr. Power earned her Education Specialist (EdS) degree in school psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCS) in Chicago, IL in 2011. Dr. Power returned to TCS and graduated with a Doctorate in Education (EdD) degree in 2016. Dr. Power has practiced as a school psychologist for eight years, working predominantly with students in grades K-5. In addition to her work as a professor, Dr. Power works part-time for Questar III BOCES with children with low incidence disabilities. Dr. Power’s research interests include neuropsychology, gender and inclusion, and the national shortage of school psychologists.She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Schaffer, M. S./C.A.S. is a School Psychologist and author of the book Nuts & Bolts: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: A Basic Guide to Implementing Preventative Practice in Our Schools and Community. Gary is currently employed by the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. Additionally, he provides consultation and assessment services for the Erie County Medical Center and serves in the capacity of Professor of School Psychology and Counseling at Niagara University. Previously, Gary was employed by the NYS Office of Mental Health, Frontier School District, and Lansing School District. In June, 2015, Gary met with national legislators in Washington, DC to support the inclusion of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). He has published numerous journal articles and provides professional presentations on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Currently, Gary is leading a national study on adolescents and adults with High Functioning Autism. Gary can be reached at Gary.Schaffer@nyasp.org.
Arielle D. Sikora is the NYASP Marketing Chair and NYASP Store Manager. A proud supporter of school psychology, you may easily spot Arielle at our conferences decked out in the NYASP Store attire. She has served on the NYASP board for many years as Secretary, Treasurer, and originally a Student Representative. Arielle is currently in her 9th year as a practicing school psychologist in the Washingtonville CSD. She has practiced in the middle school and elementary school settings, as well as conducted the district’s preschool evaluations. She enjoys the various roles of the school psychologist, but most especially values carrying out interventions for behavior management and children with anxiety disorders. Arielle can be reached at Arielle.Sikora@nyasp.org.
Anurag Singh, Ph.D., NCSP, is the NYASP co-chair for the Ethics and Professional Practice committee and the chair for the Urban Affairs committee. He graduated from Hofstra University’s combined Ph.D. program in Clinical and School Psychology and has worked in both clinical and school settings. For the past 15+ years to present, he has worked for the NYC DOE as a school psychologist. He had also been elected for a term to be at UFT headquarters in NYC as the Union Leader for all school psychologists and social workers employed directly by NYC DOE and has been on the chapter’s executive board for 12+ years advocating for children and colleagues and giving guidance on how to resolve work related issues. As a union leader, he has extensive experience consultation with colleagues and administration, organizing meetings and socials, creating professional developments, defending colleagues when brought up on charges by administration and helping to shape the direction of the roles and responsibilities of clinicians in the DOE. His on boarding to NYASP was fueled by his passion to advocate for children and for the profession in context of the gravity of difficulties experience by school psychologists in NYC which directly impacts the quality of mental health and educational services that children receive. Dr. Singh can be reached at email@example.com.
Ruth Steegmann is twice retired: from the West Seneca Central Schools in 2001 after 35 years, and more recently from the University at Buffalo in 2011 after ten years as Clinical Coordinator for the School Psychology and Counseling Psychology programs. Her major interests are in supervision and bullying prevention and intervention. She holds certification in NYASP’s Bullying Prevention Specialist Program and is a reviewer for that program. She is co-author, along with Judy Harwood, of NYASP’s School Psychologists’ Survival Handbook. Ruth and Judy are currently compiling a history of NYASP. Board positions which Ruth has held are Chapter C Rep, Publications Chair, and currently, Archivist and NYASP Historian.
Lynne Thies is currently the Continuing Professional Development co-chair for NYASP. Lynne has been a NYASP Board member since 1983 when her graduate program director, Dr. Gil Trachtman, recommended her for Nassau County Chapter Representative. Also, she is a past president of NYASP (1998-2000) as well as a former NY Delegate to NASP. Lynne started her career as a resource room teacher for students with Learning Disabilities and then spent 33 years as a building-based school psychologist in 2 districts in Nassau County, Long Island. Lynne had the fortune and pleasure to train many school psychology graduate students during this time period. During this time as well as currently, Lynne has served as an adjunct faculty member in several of the local school psychology graduate programs (including St. John’s Adelphi, Touro, and Yeshiva). Areas of special interest and expertise include neuropsychological assessment, reading – instruction and disorders, school consultation, Response to Intervention, and training issues in school psychology. Lynne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Shen, MS/CAS is currently the Treasurer Elect for NYASP. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Sarah earned her BA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She moved to upstate New York in 2011 to pursue a position with AmeriCorps. Sarah earned her MS and CAS from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2017. She has experience in the K-12+ school setting. Sarah currently works as a full-time school psychologist at the middle school in the Mexico Academy and Central School District. Sarah’s professional interests include Response to Intervention services, consultation with teachers and support staff, and cognitive assessment. Sarah can be reached at email@example.com.
Cynthia Burns-McDonald, M.A./CAS , is the Chapter A Representative serving St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties. She is also the Rural Affairs co-chairperson for NYASP. Cindy is the District Psychologist for the Ogdensburg City School District for the past sixteen years with ten years of experience at the elementary level and currently working at the Middle School and High School level. Her areas of interest include curriculum instruction, social/emotional learning, and best practices in school psychology. She is a member of the the district's Action Committee and Site Base Committee. Cindy is the Rural Issues Chairperson with an interest in diversity in the rural environment. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and is a member of the Research Committee. Cindy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aileen O'Connor, MA, CAS, is the Chapter B Representative, which encompasses Clinton, Essex, and Franklin County. Aileen is also the NYASP store manager. Aileen graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with her Masters and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. Aileen is a school psychologist within the Malone Central School District. Aileen's professional experiences include crisis and behavioral management, counseling, early intervention, social-emotional learning, rural trauma/poverty initiatives, and text-based crisis hotlines. Outside of school, Aileen enjoys exploring the Adirondacks hiking, swimming, skiing, and kayaking as well as spending time with her husband and rescue pit-bull, Baker. Aileen can be reached at email@example.com.
Sarah Titherington is the NYASP Chapter B co-representative, which includes Clinton, Franklin and Essex Counties. Sarah graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with her Masters Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. She is currently a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through NASP. She is a school psychologist in the Beekmantown Central School District and works at the elementary level. Sarah is also a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) trainer within the district and co-chairs the Instructional Support Team (IST) for her building. When she’s not in school, Sarah enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, snow shoeing, attending live music, and adventures with her Golden Retriever, Copley.
Allison Keller is the CPD Co-Chair for NYASP and the 2021 NYASP Conference Co-Chair. She is a practicing School Psychologist at Buffalo Public Schools, working primarily with preschool. Allison earned her M.Ed. (2009) and Ed.S. (2011) degrees from Kent State University and completed her internship in Sugar Land, TX before returning to her home state of New York. Her professional interests include effective collection and progress monitoring of data using available technologies, as well as ADHD and Executive Functions. Allison lives in Cheektowaga, NY with her rescue dog and spends her free time reading about or listening to true crime podcasts and figuring out how to be a homeowner. She can be reached at Allison.Keller@nyasp.org.
Lisa Hillyard is the Chapter C Alternate Representative. She can be reached at Lisa.Hillyard@nyasp.org.
Stacy B. Killings, Psy.D. is the Chapter D Co-Representative. Stacy has been employed as a School Psychologist within the Gates Chili School District for the past 24 years and has worked part-time as a Crisis Therapist for Strong Hospital’s Mobile Crisis Team for the past 15 years. She has spent the last ten years in Gates working primarily with Emotionally Disabled students within a Behavior Management program. Stacy has served in many extracurricular capacities in Gates such as coaching cheerleading, modified track, and Step Team. She also advises the Multicultural Club and Savvy, a girl’s empowerment group. Stacy has traveled the world as a Professional Ambassador for the People to People organization, and has been exposed to diverse educational systems, cultures and principles. She is passionate about cultural diversity, racial sensitivity and awareness. She looks for opportunities to bring conversations about race into the forefront and work towards racial equity and Restorative Practices within the educational system. Stacy has taught graduate courses and professional development classes about Race and Cultural Diversity.Stacy is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Rochester Area School Psychologists (GRASP). She has served on the Board of Directors for Compeer Rochester. She can be reached at Stacy.Killings@nyasp.org.
Sara Dool is the Chapter E Co-Representative for the counties of Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Cayuga and Cortland. Sara received her BA in Psychology from Syracuse University and MS in School Psychology from SUNY Oswego in 2014. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Sara has worked as an elementary school psychologist for Liverpool Central School District since 2014. She is also a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) trainer for the district. Sara’s professional interests include interventions for behavior management, social-emotional learning, and childhood anxiety. She can be reached at Sara.Dool@nyasp.org.
Eliane Keyes is a Chapter F Representative for the counties of Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren and Washington. She also serves as the Assistant Editor the NYASP Newsletter. Eliane graduated from Marist College with her MA in School Psychology and currently holds a K-12 school psychologist position in Greenwich (Washington County), where she has worked since January 2020. Eliane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calyn Kessler, MS Ed/CAS, NCSP, is the Chapter F Co-Representative for Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. Calyn is a school psychologist at South Glens Falls Central School District at the middle school level. Her professional interests include evaluation, counseling, consultation, and collaborating with teams. Calyn is involved in her district’s mental health task force and Response to Intervention (RtI) building-level team. Outside of school, Calyn enjoys graphic design, traveling, Syracuse basketball, and spending time with her pets and family. Calyn can be reached at email@example.com.
Andrea Burch, Psy.D. is a Co-Representative for Chapter G, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties. She is an Assistant Professor at Alfred University and a NYS licensed psychologist. Dr. Burch teaches courses in research and statistics, psychopathology, and clinical practice, and is currently the Director of the School Psychology Training Program. Her professional interests include college readiness for students with disabilities/ underrepresented groups, early childhood education, assessment, and intervention, and trauma-informed psychotherapy approaches. Dr. Burch provides psychotherapy for children and families at her private practice in Allegany County where she specializes in working with children in the foster care system and their caregivers. She can be reached at Andrea.Burch@nyasp.org.
Rachel A. Roth, Ph.D., is a Co-Representative to Chapter G for Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties. She is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Alfred University and a licensed psychologist in New York State. Dr. Roth earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2015 after completion of an APA-accredited internship at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston, MA. She also completed a full-time postdoctoral fellowship in professional psychology at Boston Children’s Hospital prior to joining the faculty at AU. She is the internship coordinator at AU and teaches a variety of courses related to cultural diversity, social-emotional assessment, and the roles and functions of school psychologists. Dr. Roth’s primary professional interests include tiered school-based mental health services and promoting student’ subjective well-being. Her research interests include the impact of social media usage on adolescents’ well-being, provision of evidence-based mental health services within an MTSS framework, and positive psychology interventions applied to youth in school settings. She can be reached at Rachel.Roth@nyasp.org.
Megan Alger, Psy.D., is the Chapter H Co-Representative for Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties. Megan is a NYS certified School Psychologist and NYS Licensed Psychologist with the Dansville Central School District in Dansville, NY, and also serves as the district Chairperson for the Committee on Preschool Special Education. She is an adjunct instructor for Alfred University’s Counseling and School Psychology graduate program. Megan’s professional interests include organizational and systems level change initiatives, particularly related to behavioral and social/emotional multi-tiered systems of support, preschool special education, and consultation practices in the school setting. Megan can be reached at Megan.Alger@nyasp.org.
Jolene Koehler, MA/CAS, NCSP is the Chapter H Co-Representative for Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties. Jolene is a school psychologist at Campbell-Savona Elementary School in Savona, New York. In addition, she serves as a Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) coach, CPSE & K-6 CSE/504 Chairperson for the elementary school, and is a coach for Girls on the Run (GOTR) of the Southern Tier. Her professional interests include therapy dogs and ADHD. She is currently training her curly-coated retriever, Keukeley to become a certified therapy dog. Jolene can be reached at Jolene.Koehler@nyasp.org.
Jessica Hussar, Psy.D., NCSP, is the Rural Initiatives Chair. Dr. Hussar earned her MA/CAS and Psy.D. in school psychology from Alfred University. She also graduated summa cum laude with a BA in psychology from the University at Albany. Dr. Hussar is a NYS Certified School Psychologist, a NYS Licensed Psychologist, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist practicing in the Owego Apalachin Central School District at the elementary level. She has practiced school psychology at all levels from Pre K through High School. Dr. Hussar is also an adjunct instructor at SUNY Broome where she teaches an introduction to psychology course. Her professional interests include organizational and systems level change initiatives, MTSS, leadership in school psychology, the role and function of school psychologists, and rural school psychology. Dr. Hussar can be reached at Jessica.Hussar@nyasp.org.
Jennifer Strodl Potrzeba, M.A. is a Chapter I Co-Representative for NYASP (Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins counties). Jen is a practicing school psychologist for a K-12 school in rural Franklin, NY. Her areas of professional interest include assessment and intervention for reading difficulties and learning disabilities, data-driven instruction, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Jen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brittany Marshall, Psy.D., NSCP, is the Chapter I Co-Representative and a school psychologist for the Vestal Central School District. She earned her Psy.D. from Western Kentucky University with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Marshall has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, the Kelly Autism Program, and the Western Kentucky University Psychology Training Clinic. Dr. Marshall is currently receiving post-doc supervision to become a Licensed Psychologist. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Moira Mascelli, MS Ed/CAS, BCBA is the Chapter J Representative for the counties of Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Schoharie. Moira earned her graduate degree in School Psychology from the College of Saint Rose in 2010. She additionally earned an advanced graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Sage Graduate School in 2016. Moira works as a Behavior Specialist for the City School District of Albany. Moira is a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) trainer, as well as a Level 1 Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education. Her professional interests include mental health, cognitive assessment, and functional behavior assessment and intervention planning. Moira can be reached at Moira.Mascelli@nyasp.org.
Natalie Partyka is a Chapter J Co-Representative (Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer Columbia, and Schoharie Counties). Natalie received her M.S. in School Psychology from The College of Saint Rose in 2003. Natalie has worked in two preschool and school age non-profit settings before accepting a job in a school district, where she is serving her 12thyear working with kindergarten through 5thgrade age students. Her professional interests include Response to Intervention (RTI), including running Instructional Support Team meetings, collecting and inputting data and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Last year Natalie served on a district committee for learning about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) which she will implement in her building this year. She can be reached at Natalie.Partyka@nyasp.org.
Heather Dahl is a Chapter K Co-Representative representing the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Greene. Heather received her MA in School Psychology from Marist College. She holds a NYS Certification in School Psychology. Heather is currently a School Psychologist in the Wappingers Central School District, where she has worked since 2007. She previously held the position of NYASP student representative and was a proofreader for the NYASP newsletter. Her professional interests include the identification and interventions of reading disabilities, school neuropsychology, cross battery assessment, addiction prevention and education, mindfulness and treatment of anxiety disorders. She is active in her school and safety and crisis teams and is a member of the threat assessment team. She is a certified CCAR Recovery Coach and is a member of WCTs Addiction Prevention and Education Committee. Heather can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dawn Catucci, MS Ed, PD is the Chapter L Co-representative for Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties. Dawn is a School Psychologist at Ardsley High School in Westchester County NY. Dawn is comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and utilizes these evidenced based practices in her school setting. Dawn is a Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Certified Cognitive Therapist. Dawn can be reached at Dawn.Catucci@nyasp.org.
Rayna Shapiro. M.A. is Chapter L Co-representative for Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. She practices in the Edgemont School District in Westchester as an elementary school psychologist and Support Staff Team Leader for school psychologists, speech language pathologists, reading and ELL teachers. Rayna received her B.A. from Barnard College, M.A. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto), and received advanced graduate training at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her professional interests include consultation, developing school-wide initiatives to support social emotional learning, and interventions for behavior management, anxiety, and mood disorders. Rayna is active in her district’s union as well as serving as a NYSUT Political Action Coordinator where she takes every opportunity to advocate for issues important to school psychologists. She can be reached at Rayna.Shapiro@nyasp.org.
Gregory L. Mellon, M.S. Ed is currently a New York City School Psychologist and is a Board Chapter Representative for The New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) in New York City, Chapter N. He's earned a Master's of Education from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus (LIU-B) in School Psychology and an Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is in progress. He also holds a Bilingual certification in Haitian Creole. During his tenure at LIU-B, Gregory worked with NYASP as a Student Representative, representing students statewide. He also interned for the renowned Psychologist in Training (PIT) program in the NYC Dept. Of Education before transitioning to an early career position within New York City. As a practicing Bilingual School psychologist, Gregory serves students in Elementary and Middle Schools. Gregory also works as an ABA therapist in early intervention (EI) programs throughout the city. Gregory’s research interests include Socio-economic Justice, racial/ethnic disparities within special education, inclusivity in education, and trauma-informed practices in schools.
Carleta A. Joseph, M.S. Ed is currently a New York City School Psychologist and a Board Co-Representative for the New York City chapter of NYASP, Chapter N. She earned a Master's of Education from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus (LIU-B) in School Psychology and an Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). During her tenure at LIU-B, Carleta worked with NYASP as a Student Representative-Elect and Student Representative and served as the President of the Student Affiliates of School Psychology (SASP) program on the LIU-B campus before transitioning to an early career position within New York City. As a practicing school psychologist, Carleta has worked in an elementary school setting in East New York, Brooklyn as well as a specialized school setting, mainly for children on the Autism Spectrum for three years before transferring to a high school setting in Brooklyn, N.Y. During this time, Carleta worked as ABA therapist in early intervention (EI) programs throughout the city for approximately 2 years. Carleta’s research interests include the application of ABA in classroom or instructional interventions, racial/ethnic disparities within special education, inclusivity in education, and trauma-informed practices in schools.
Colleen Kunz, MS Ed, is the Chapter O Representative for Nassau County. She is a graduate of Touro College earning a Master’s of Education in School Psychology. Colleen is currently a School Psychologist in the Island Park School District on Long Island. Her professional interests include assessment, data driven interventions, and progress monitoring of data. She enjoys applying art and creativity towards therapeutic interventions. Outside of school, Colleen enjoys taking her rescue dog to the park and traveling to Vermont. She can be reached at Colleen.Kunz@nyasp.org
Annie S. Huang, Psy.D. is the current NYASP Chapter P Representative for Suffolk County. Annie received her BA in Psychology from New York University and her M.S. and Psy.D. in School Psychology from St. John’s University. Annie holds a NYS Certification in School Psychology with Bilingual Extension. Annie has been a school psychologist in a suburban high school on Long Island since 2004. In addition, Annie is an adjust assistant professor for the Educational and Community Programs in School Psychology at Queens College, New York where she has taught theory and practice in cognitive assessment since 2013. Annie has also been a consulting bilingual school psychologist for the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services for 8 years. While a graduate student and during the early part of her career, Annie was also a per diem bilingual counselor under clinical supervision at The Child Center of New York where she provided bilingual counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults for 6 years. As a former English Language Learner, Annie is passionate about providing best practice services to culturally and linguistically diverse students and training future school psychologist to be sensitive to their needs in various settings. Annie is a baseball fanatic who loves her Yankees and plans to visit all 30 baseball stadiums as a part of her bucket list with 7 down and 23 more to go! She can be reached at Annie.Huang@nyasp.org.
Rebecca Wood, B.S., is a NYASP Student Representative She is a School Psychology M.S./C.A.S. student at the State University of New York at Oswego. Rebecca received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education at Susquehanna University in 2015. Rebecca has worked as a Classroom Teacher in a public school district prior to her grad studies. With her work experience, Rebecca is passionate about multi-disciplinary collaborations on behalf of students. Rebecca is a cat-lover and enjoys spending time outdoors. Rebecca can be reached at Rebecca.Wood@nyasp.org
My name is Jessica Jacobs, and I am a third year student in Hofstra’s School – Community Psychology, Psy.D. program. I received my M.S. from Hofstra University with a distinction in School and Community Psychology. I have a passion for working with children and their families. I am currently a therapist in the Child and Family Trauma Institute and Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic, and have worked in the Divorce Mediation Clinic. I have spent the past two years interning at elementary schools and gaining hands on experience working with children and their families. I enjoy advocating on behalf of my fellow peers, and currently serve as the Vice President of the Student Psy.D. Association at Hofstra. As an undergraduate student, I studied psychology and business and liberal arts while also serving as a Peer Counselor for fellow students. My interests include advocating for students of all ages, planning events for graduate students, fostering mental health, and providing a positive and friendly atmosphere while working in a school setting.
Sophie Meyers, B.A., is a NYASP Student Representative-Elect. She is a School Psychology M.S./C.A.S. student at the State University of New York at Oswego. Sophie received her B.A. in Psychology at Adelphi University in 2019. As an undergraduate student, Sophie presented her research on false memories and the misinformation effect at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research and at the Adelphi University Research Conference. As a graduate student, she is a Graduate Assistant in SUNY Oswego’s Advisement Center, overseeing the Peer Mentor Program, and in SUNY Oswego’s Counseling and Psychological Services Department. Sophie’s interests include advocating for students and cognitive assessment. She enjoys spending time with her dog and is looking forward to being a member of the NYASP board. Sophie can be reached at email@example.com.