Meet the Faculty and Staff

Faculty 

Mental Health
Jimmy Anderson, LMSW

Jimy Anderson

B.A., Metro State College of Denver
M.H.R., University of Oklahoma
M.S.W., Syracuse University

Jimmy is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and holds a provisional certificate as a school social worker. He earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. Jimmy also earned a Master’s degree in Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling from the University of Oklahoma.

As a retiree and decorated combat disabled Veteran of the United States Army, Jimmy has extensive experience and technical skills in a wide range of academic, leadership, counseling, mental health case management and executive management positions. He is a former mental health social worker with the Department of Veterans Affairs where he provided community based, intensive treatment for services to Veterans with severe and ongoing mental illness. Jimmy also provided individual and group counseling for transitioning disabled Service Members and their Families from active duty to civilian life.

Donna Lucente, LCSW-R

Donna Lucente

B.S.W., M.S.W., Syracuse University

Donna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Syracuse, NY. She worked for 20 years in an inner-city public high school, and is passionate about the importance of education to a quality life regardless of the degree program or career path chosen. She has a lifetime of experience advocating for people who are multiply-challenged and working through issues related to major life areas:parenting, step-parenting, marriage, divorce, elder care, chronic illness, disordered eating, addictive relationships, grief/loss, substance abuse. She currently works in a part-time private practice setting with individuals, couples, and families. Her style can best be described as a “therapeutic use of self” in engaging and motivating clients towards making change with a solution-focused (rather than a problem-focused) approach. She takes a holistic approach to her work with people, believing that there are a variety of “healing tools” that can be used to increase self-care and self-empowerment.

Kim Primo, M.S., MHC-P, NCC

Kim Primo

B.S., Nazareth College
M.S., Syracuse University

Kim is a master’s level certified School Counselor. In addition to her licensing permit to practice Mental Health Counseling, she is a certified member of the National Board of Certified Counselors. Kim has been in the field for over 17 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Nazareth College. Before receiving her M.S. from Syracuse University School of Counseling Education, she worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for an outpatient facility. Kim has provided academic, personal and career counseling services and support to students in various schools, and Mental Health services in a private practice. Kim has continued to educate herself by attending national and local conferences, keeping up with current therapy research and seeking supervision. When Kim is not working she enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga and spending time with her family and friends. Kim is passionate about the importance of working with individuals regarding their social and emotional issues to help them reach their fullest potential.

CSTEP
Myoung-Joo (Meggy) Park

Meggy Park

M.Ed., George Mason University

Myoung-Joo (Meggy) received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Development with a Concentration in Community Agency Counseling from George Mason University. Meggy has over 17 years of experience working in Counseling at the Community College level. As an Adjunct counselor at Onondaga Community College, she has used her unique educational and personal experiences to help a variety of students by providing academic, career, individual and group counseling as well as teaching first-year seminar classes and providing cross-cultural workshops for OCC staff, faculty, and students. In addition, Meggy has worked with Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), F-1 visa, ESOL, refugee, high risk, and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students throughout her career at OCC. Her greatest reward as an adjunct counselor is helping students discover their strengths and potential and supporting them as they pursue their goals and achieve their dreams.

EOP
Tara Taylor

Tara Taylor
B.S., Syracuse University 
M.S.W., Syracuse University

Tara is a former alumni of Onondaga Community College and also a graduate from Syracuse University achieving both a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of Social Work degree. She has over 16 years of combined experience as a Social Worker/Counselor within the Syracuse community, serving youth/adolescents and their families in residential, K-12 educational systems and in higher education. Tara has provided counseling, advising, academic support/mentoring, professional development and is a supportive team member of the Counseling Department for the past seven years. Tara believes in empowering individuals to see their greatest potential, talents, gifts and skill sets in a way that promotes success, healthy living and goal attainment.

Staff

Kimber Gadaleta, Office Coordinator 

Kimber Gadaleta

Kimber comes to OCC with over 25 years of secretarial and office management experience. Her goal is to assist as many students as possible to make the personal side of their educational experience easier.

Tina Spaulding, Office Assistant

Tina Spaulding

Tina is a full-time student at OCC majoring in Humanities. She is planning on graduating in the Spring of 2019, then transferring to SUNY Stonybrook to study Psychology.

She currently works at a sushi/hibachi restaurant and wants to be a psychiatrist. Acceptance is Tina's key to success.

During Tina’s free time, she enjoys eating good food and finding new music. She is also a huge nerd, frequently playing Magic the Gathering in the FishBowl.

Intern

Halston Canty

Halston Canty

B.A., SUNY Albany

Halston Canty received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from SUNY Albany. Halston Canty is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Social Work at Syracuse University with a concentration in advanced clinical, working on his Internship at the OCC Counseling Center. Halston is also the student navigator for the EOP program which supports students coming from poor neighborhoods or have limited financial resources.

Halston ran his own youth group at the Southwest Community center for 3 years as a substance abuse specialist, helping young men become positive pillars in the community. Halston’s main goal is to improve the well-being of all those he has the chance to meet. He believes in being culturally competent, empathetic, and a great listener while also helping clients discover their inner strengths to achieve their goals.