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 Assistant 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.
Director of Chemical Dependency Services
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.
Director of Children and Family Services
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.
Director of Prevention and Outreach
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. She is a clinical supervisor and specializes in addictions, as well as working with adolescents, families and individuals with mental health issues. Ms. Alba is certified in Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET/CBT-5) and is a certified facilitator and trainer of the MET/CBT-5.
Adam Birkenstock is a Licensed Master Social Worker who received his degree from Adelphi University with a focus in addictions. Adam has experience working with substance abuse and mental health concerns impacting adults, adolescents and their families. He has also given education and prevention focused presentations to audiences at high schools and colleges in both counties. Prior to working at YES, Adam interned in outpatient substance abuse and hospital settings, and has received training in suicide prevention and intervention and in the Teen Intervene motivational interviewing model for addressing adolescent substance use. Adam currently facilitates the Adult Psycho-Educational Series groups.
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.
CounselorAndrew Moeller is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, having obtained his Master's degree from Adelphi University. Prior to working at YES, Andrew provided individual and group counseling to clients diagnosed with severe and chronic mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder in an outpatient setting. Andrew also has experience working with survivors of natural disasters and providing ongoing supportive services to those impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Andrew specializes in individual and family treatment with children and adolescents.
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.
Kathy Kliegman is a Licensed Master Social Worker who received her degree from Adelphi University and has been working at YES Community Counseling Center since 2014. Kathy has provided individual, family and group counseling, and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Prior to working at YES, Kathy interned in an outpatient substance abuse setting, and has received training in suicide prevention and intervention.
Laura Moran obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Long Island University, Post Campus. Laura works with those who struggle with addiction as well as their significant others. She provides treatment in group, family, individual and couple modalities. She also has expreience in working with individuals within the context of the family, and treats those who suffer from both emotional and substance abuse difficulties.
Marina Pope obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from SUNY College at Oneonta, and her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY College at Old Westbury. Prior to working at YES Community Counseling Center, Ms. Pope interned at outpatient substance abuse settings, where she worked with adolescents, adults and families impacted by addiction. Ms. Pope also has experience working with children, couples, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, and stress management. Ms. Pope utilizes an integrative approach in her treatment including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and motivational enhancement therapies.
Since he graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2003 with a Master of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Moses Farrow has brought together his skills as a Marriage and Family Therapist and more recently as a photographer to support children and families throughout New England. While studying at Siena College in Albany, NY, his passion for social service grew out of his experience at the Superior Court in Danbury, Connecticut. He has spent over a decade working in various community agencies and hospitals, offering trainings and presenting at national conferences helping children and families work through their struggles specifically with psychiatric disorders and with adoption. In 2014, Mr. Farrow participated in an event with Shatterproof, a national organization in the fight against addiction. He has volunteered with Help Portrait and organized a Help Portrait event offering family portraits in support of child abuse prevention and awareness. For the last two years, he has supported the National Brain Tumor Society, volunteering as the lead photographer for their first and second annual events on Long Island, New York.
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 the Active Parenting Programs 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.