YES Staff Members
The staff of YES is comprised of professionals with extensive education and experience in social work, addictions, and family therapy. Staff includes licensed clinical social workers, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, credentialed addiction counselors, and family therapists. A psychiatrist and nurse practitioner are also available to serve clients within the addiction treatment program.
Jamie Bogenshutz is a licensed and clinical social worker accredited through the National Association of Social Workers and the NYS Dept. of Education. She is credentialed as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor through the NYS Office of Substance Abuse Services and is also a Board certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1978 from Washington University. As the Executive Director of YES Community Counseling Center, she is also certified through the NYS Dept of Education as a trainer for the state mandated child abuse identification program and certified as a SAFE talk trainer for suicide prevention. She is a Board Member on the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce and the Plainedge Teacher Center. She is an active member of the Nassau County Heroin Task Force and serves as Vice President for the Nassau Alliance of Addiction Services and the Coalition of Nassau County Youth Service Agencies
Mark Wenzel has served as the agency Assistant Director for the past 28 years. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker who is responsible for a wide range of services and programs. He represents the agency in the community through a variety of committees and memberships. Mr. Wenzel coordinates special projects, community development, and fundraising for the organization including YES Adopt-A-Family Program, Backpack Program, and the summer leisure project to name just a few.
Adrienne LoPresti obtained her Master’s in Social Work in 1997 from Adelphi University and has been working at YES Community Counseling Center since that time, currently serving as the agency’s Associate Director. She specializes in working with adolescents, families, substance abuse and individuals affected by trauma. Ms. LoPresti is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and EMDR.
Angela Piccininni obtained her Master’s in Social Work at New York University and began working at YES Community Counseling Center in 2003. Ms. Piccininni is certified in Motivational Enhancement Therapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT-5) and is a certified facilitator and trainer of the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) assessment tool. Ms. Piccininni also holds a credential as a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and specializes in addictions, as well as working with young adults, families and survivors of trauma.
Kim Berkery is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in 1997 from Marymount University. Prior to working at YES, Ms. Berkery provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults and families in various settings including day treatment, intensive outpatient (mental health & substance abuse) and outpatient programs. She is certified to perform Motivational Enhancement Therapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition, she has extensive training in sexual abuse and trauma, suicide prevention and intervention, substance abuse, and play therapy.
Corinne Alba is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. She obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling from Long Island University and has been working at YES Community Counseling Center since 2007. As the Director of Prevention and Outreach she collaborates with the Massapequa, Levittown and surrounding communities representing the agency through her work on substance abuse prevention coalitions, substance prevention task forces, and educational outreach events. Corinne is also a clinical supervisor working with staff in both the substance abuse and family and children’s program.
Amanda Pagano obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Hunter College where she earned her specialization in health and mental health. She is licensed to practice in the State of New York. She previously worked as a Disaster Case Manager assisting survivors of natural disasters and as a Therapist in an outpatient mental health clinic. Amanda has experience in working with several treatment approaches, including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Substance Abuse Treatment, Brief Treatment, Psychotherapy, and Family Therapy.
Claire McCarthy-King is a licensed social worker who received her Master’s in Social Work in 1986 from Adelphi University. Since that time, Ms. McCarthy-King has worked in a variety of settings, including residential, day treatment, and out-patient programs. She has experience working with diverse populations including the developmentally disabled, children and adolescents. Ms. McCarthy-King has had extensive training and experience working with those struggling with a variety of mental health issues including severe and persistent mental illness, trauma, substance abuse, mood disorders, relationship issues, anger management, parenting skills, as well as providing marriage and family counseling.
Kathleen Coletta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working at YES Community Counseling Center since 2008. A graduate of Adelphi University with her Master’s of Social Work, she is certified to perform Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Prior to working at YES, Kathleen provided counseling and case management services to families and veterans facing homelessness in a community-based housing program. In addition, she has helped families cope with grief and loss through her work at the Hospice Care Network.
Kat Lee obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Stony Brook University where she earned her specialization in trauma. She is licensed to practice in the State of New York. Kat has provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults and families in various settings including adolescents in juvenile detention, survivors of domestic violence and or sexual abuse and has experience as a school social worker. Kat has an extensive background in research and has experience in working with several treatment approaches, including, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Psychoeducation and Play Therapy. She has training in crisis intervention, sexual abuse and trauma, suicide prevention and intervention, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, grief, self-harming behaviors and disaster relief. Kat is a certified trainer of the Enough Abuse Campaign aimed at preventing child sexual abuse and is a member of The Red Cross disaster mental health team.
Ms. Hanzich is a Licensed Master Social Worker, a graduate of Adelphi University who has been with YES Community Counseling Center since 2003. Ms. Hanzich joined the clinical staff in 2011 where she works with children, young adults, and families whose lives have been impacted by addiction. She also facilitates both the Active Parenting Program and Parent Support Group at the Levittown site. Ms. Hanzich has extensive experience as a school social worker on the elementary level, and specializes in ADD/ADHD, anxiety and depression, bereavement, and school avoidance.
Anne Schmidt is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) and Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) with a Specialization Certification in Health. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from StonyBrook University in 2012. Ms. Schmidt has worked mainly in outpatient substance abuse settings with adults and families impacted by addiction. Prior to joining YES, Ms. Schmidt worked in forensic social work where she collaborated and coordinated admission for clients with legal consequences due to their history with substance abuse. She provides counseling in group, family, and individual settings while utilizing holistic modalities as well as twelve step facilitation, cognitive behavioral and motivational approaches.
Meghin Tobin obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University. Prior to working at YES Community Counseling Center, Meghin interned as a Rape and Sexual Assault Counselor, where she provided services to individual, couple, and family survivors of sexual misconduct and domestic violence. She has received specialized trainings in child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, intimate partner abuse, and sex trafficking. In 2017, Meghin became a community trainer for the Enough Abuse Campaign. Here at YES, Meghin works as a counselor under our WISH program and she facilitates the Stress Management Group, incorporating practical mindfulness and meditation practices for clients. Meghin utilizes a holistic, systemic approach to therapy when working with individuals, couples and families.
Elizabeth Accetta is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University. She has many years of experience providing individual, group and family counseling to those struggling with a variety of issues including, but not limited to, addiction, anger management, stress, concerns regarding depression and anxiety, marital/family discord, self-esteem, and building coping skills. Prior to working at YES, Elizabeth has specialized working with individuals and their loved ones battling addiction in outpatient settings. Elizabeth believes in meeting the individual where they’re at and utilizes a range of therapeutic techniques such as motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral, twelve step facilitation, solution focused and strengths based.