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2020-2021 Executive Board


President: 2020-2021  Claudette Brown-Smythe, Ph.D., CRC, NCC, ACS

Dr. Brown-Smythe served as the ACA-NY Western Region Chair (2017-2018) and as a volunteer.  She served as the ACA-NY representative to the ACA North Atlantic Region Business Meeting during the 2019 ACA Conference in New Orleans.  She served as the Secretary and am currently a member of NARACES wellness committee for the North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (NARACES). As the Nu Chapter Faculty Advisor for the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society, Dr. Brown-Smythe have re-energized the chapter and engaged the members in leadership, advocacy and service efforts. As an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Counselor Education at The College at Brockport, Dr. Brown-Smythe is well acquainted with issues facing professional counselors, of all specialties.   Dr. Brown-Smythe intends to engage professional counselors in meaningful grassroots advocacy efforts related to these issues. Dr. Brown-Smythe is looking forward to continue serving the professional and student members of ACA-NY.


Past President: 2019-2020  Nannan Liu, Ph.D., LMHC

 Dr. Liu has 13 years of clinical experience as a senior clinician and director, and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Currently, she is the Director of the 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 the clinic, and provides clinical supervision to the entire treatment team.  In addition, Dr. Liu 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, Dr. Liu 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.

Dr. Liu is immensely interested in promoting and advocating for our profession, and have created many clinical training and employment opportunities for graduate students and mental health counselors in her current and past work settings. She enjoys volunteering in New York City public schools, and speaking to middle and high school students about the counseling profession, as well as providing free trainings on early detection of mental health concerns to students and parents.
Dr. Liu received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and a Doctoral degree in Counseling and Education from Johns Hopkins University. 


Past President: 2018-2019  Sarah F. Spiegelhoff, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC 

Dr. Spiegelhoff is currently a licensed mental health counselor and owner of Dr. Sarah F. Spiegelhoff, a private practice in Camillus, NY.  At her practice, she provides individual and family counseling to ages 6+.  Her specialities include, wellness-based counseling, counseling college students, and counseling families.  She has also an adjunct instructor for the Counseling and Psychological Services department for the School of Education at SUNY Oswego, having taught at the Syracuse campus for the past 7 years.   Dr. Spiegelhoff has previously worked in college counseling for 10 years, as a college counselor, clinical supervisor, and counseling center director.
Dr. Spiegelhoff received a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University, an M.A. and Ed.S. in Community Counseling from Rider University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.  She is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  
Dr. Spiegelhoff is an active member of several organizations including: American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Syracuse Psychoanalytic Study Group.  Her research interests include wellness-based counseling, college counseling, wellness consultation, and integrated and collaborative care.

President-Elect: Claudette Brown-Smythe, Ph.D., CRC, NCC, ACS

Legislative Chair: Open

Secretary: Raymond Blanchard, M.S.Ed, LMHC  (Doctoral Student)

Mr. Blanchard currently is a practicing mental health clinician at a school based mental health program in New York, NY and he just completed a second year of doctoral studies at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.  Mr. Blanchard's area of specialization in his doctoral work is focused on school mental health and LGBTQ issues in counseling however he is also interested in counselor education pedagogy and clinical supervision. 

Treasurer: Stacy Hoskins, M.S., LMHC

Ms. Hoskins is in her third year as treasurer of the ACA-NY.  In addition to this position, Ms. Hoskins is employed at Cayuga Counseling Services in Auburn, NY.  Her role is a mental health counselor in the Day Treatment Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.  The goal of the program is to help clients to develop improved social skills and coping skills to lead to healthy and rewarding lives.  Ms. Hoskins also works as a licensed therapist on an online platform with the company Talkspace.
Ms. Hoskins graduated with a Bachelor in Science in Psychology at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. She continued her education at the Warner School at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where she earned a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Hoskins has a NYS license in Mental Health Counseling as well as the credential of a National Certified Counselor.

Professional Outreach Chair: open

Western Chair: John Harrichand, Ph.D.

Dr. John Harrichand is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.  Dr. Harrichand is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Virginia), National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and Certified Canadian Counsellor. 

Dr. Harrichand was involved with the Virginia Counseling Association (VCA) where he served as a State Division president (3 year term) for the Career Counseling Division.  He also served as the treasurer and graduate student representative (1 year term, each) for the Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling Division within the VCA.  Dr. Harrichand's previous service experiences allowed him the opportunity to demonstrate leadership, teamwork, organizational, and networking skills necessary to maintain the smooth functioning of each state division and by affiliation the VCA, and he believes they will continue to serve him in the role of Western Region Chair. 

Dr. Harrichand is passionate about empowering counselors and counselors-in-training to recognize and embrace their value, not only as unique individuals, but also through their roles as counselors. 

Upstate Chair: John Randall, LMHC

Mr. Randall was in the position of Upstate Chair for 2 years in the past. He is currently a counselor on Fort Drum, Adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego,  and he owns Creekside Counseling Services in Oswego and Watertown,  New York.. He has worked as a counselor in multiple settings that include the Community Clinic and Credo substance abuse clinic in Watertown, N.Y.. Mr. Randall is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Credentialed Alcoholism And Substance Abuse Counselor, and EMDR Trained.

Mr. Randall's education includes graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and SUNY Oswego where he received a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014.  Mr. Randall retired after 27 years active duty in the Army in 2014 and stayed here near Fort Drum to work with Soldiers and their families.  Mr. Randall completed the master’s Trauma Program at SUNY Oswego and his goal is to eventually work for the VA with veterans and their families (When we change the LMHC scope of practice). 

When Mr. Randall worked at Credo Community Center in Watertown, he was an Integrated Treatment Therapist and also specialized in the vocational field as the Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator for CREDO covering Jefferson and Lewis County for 1 ½ years.

Mr. Randall is passionate about getting the scope of practice changed for the counselors in our profession and he sees that as his number one goal. Another goal is to unite the NY counselors and build a network for students and professionals with ACA-NY being the center of that vision. 

Central Chair: Craig Gilkey, LMHC

After graduating with an MS in mental health counseling from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego in 2014, Mr. Gilkey has been practicing in community mental health in Onondaga and Oswego county and on the campus of SUNY Oswego specializing in TEAM-CBT.  Mr. Gilkey grew up in the Syracuse area and have family, friends, and professional colleagues in the area that he maintains connections to.  Mr. Gilkey loves the opportunity to continue to advocate and build the counseling profession's presence in the central region.

In addition to his counseling work,  an adjunct professor at the SUNY Oswego and have taught, or currently teach, courses in mental health counseling, lifespan development, gerontology, child development, and career and major exploration. Mr. GIlkey is a certified facilitator in the Circle of Security Parenting intervention and facilitate team building and leadership training with Team Adventure in Syracuse, NY.

Downstate Chair: Zoya McCants, Ed.D., LMHC

Dr. McCants wants to lead fellow counselors through trying times including but not limited to; political sensationalism, an increased need for social justice, and truly understanding what is meant by acceptance and the overall need for diversity and inclusion. The Counseling field is one that is ever changing and multifaceted. Dr. McCants works with graduate level counseling students, she teaches them about the ongoing need to learn and have a support network that includes other clinical professionals. She encourages her students to think outside the box, understand race and ethnicity, and work toward bridging gaps in continuity of care and improving client outcomes. It is imperative that we as counselors give back to our students and assist our colleagues as we navigate our way through the various arena’s counselors are employed; corporate wellness, non-profit organizations, higher education, administration, and private practice.

Dr. McCants spend about 40 percent of her time outside of administrative duties and teaching doing event planning and coordination.  She finds it important to teach students and new counselors how to network, brand themselves, and be a change agent when and where it’s needed. In the role of Downstate Region Chair, Dr. McCants hope to plan and organize member meetings, create networking events for counselors an, mentor new members. 

Graduate Student Chair: Hannah Race

Ms. Race is finishing her first year in my Mental Health Counseling program at Alfred University, she is becoming more aware of the issues that counseling professionals face and she appreciates the effort that ACA-NY has put in to inform New York legislature and advocate for our profession.  Ms. Race is personally very interested in the advocacy and networking opportunities that ACA-NY provides as a young professional looking to work in New York upon her graduation and licensure.  She feels that organizations like ACA-NY strive because of dedicated professionals who are willing to put in the effort to maintain and constantly improve the organization, but also can be re-energized by new members who are just as passionate about helping others through the counseling field and advocating for our rights. 

The populations she is most passionate to work with are the military population, as she grew up near Fort Drum and have been personally affected by those serving in the military, and people with substance use issues, as she has completed my practicum with participants of inpatient and detox substance use programs. There are some radical stereotypes and new proposed legislation relating to services for both of these populations and she feels compelled to advocate for these populations. And while ACA-NY’s legislative movements focus on advocating for the counseling profession, she feels that as counselors, we all have an individual responsibility to advocate for our clients and participants who aren’t able to advocate for themselves. 

Communications & Marketing Chair: Mary Kiernan, LMHC

Ms. Kiernan is in her second year as communications chair on the ACA-NY executive board.  Ms. Kiernan works full-time as a counselor and team leader at Helio Health’s integrated outpatient clinic in Syracuse, NY.  Prior to moving back to NY in 2017, Ms. Kiernan was licensed and practicing as a clinical professional counselor in the state of Maryland, where she received her MS in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2012. Ms. Kiernan is also credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Ms. Kiernan has experience working in the inpatient and outpatient setting with trauma disorders as well as with adolescents and families.

Historian: Barb Rauscher, LMHC

Ms. Rauscher assisted the founding board of ACA-NY during its start up years.  She has served on the Executive Board as Membership and Legislative Advocacy Chair and is a Past President.  She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Oswego.

Barbara is the Program Director of Mental Health Housing Services at AccessCNY in Syracuse.  She works part-time for the Counseling  Program at Catholic Charities of Onondaga County.  Her work is in adult individual therapy and interim co-therapy for sex offender group treatment. 
The Trauma Resource Institute models and Motivational Interviewing have been Barbara’s favored modalities.  She is a certified Community Resilience Model trainer and Trauma Resilience Model facilitator.  She has completed advanced Motivational Interviewing training and hopes to participate in train the trainer sessions in the future.