Meet the Faculty and Staff


Yvette Jenkins, Professor/Department Chair

B.S., M.S., SUNY Cortland 
C.A.S., SUNY Oswego 

Adjunct Faculty 

Mental Health
Chris Bergene, LMSW

Chris Bergene

B.A., SUNY Oswego
M.S.W., Syracuse University

Chris is a Licensed Social Worker who received his M.S.W. from Syracuse University and his Undergraduate Degree from SUNY Oswego. He has been in the field for over 6 years providing mental health counseling to adolescents, adults and families. He has worked in various settings providing individual and group therapy, along with crisis intervention and consultation. Chris believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives.

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.

Lori A. Mulligan, MA, LMHC, CASAC

Lori Mulligan
B.A., Shippensburg University
M.A., Rosemont College

Lori is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, as well as a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and certified in School Counseling. She has been in the field for over 17 years providing mental health and substance abuse treatment to adolescents, adults and families. She has worked at various outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities as a therapist and supervisor. She has also worked in middle schools and high schools providing counseling and prevention services. She is trained in Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She believes we are capable of more than we think we are, so don’t get in your own way!

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.

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.

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.


Kimber Gadaleta, Secretary

Kimber Gadaleta

Kimber is new to the higher education setting but comes to OCC with over 25 years of executive secretarial and office management experience. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Business Administration.