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.
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 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working at YES since 2014. She has prior experience working in both mental health and case management services. She obtained her Master’s of Social Work at Silberman Hunter College where she specialized in health and mental health. Amanda has experience in working with several treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Substance Abuse Treatment, Brief Treatment, and Family Therapy. She works with children, adolescents and adults.
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.
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.
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.
Michele Barone is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Michele received her Master’s degree at SUNY Stony Brook University. Michele works with a variety of individuals and their families, including but not limited to those struggling with mental health concerns, substance use, trauma, chronic stress, etc. While working at YES, Michele also has facilitated an outreach program providing evidence-based preventative/educational services to children and their families in our local schools regarding experimental alcohol, drug and nicotine use. Michele uses a strengths based perspective model, with utilizing motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral skills. Prior to working at YES CCC, Michele worked primarily with the mental health population, assisting members in achieving recovery from their symptoms at an outpatient day treatment program.