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. 

Erika Sheets, LMSW

Erika Sheets

B.A., SUNY Brockport
M.S.W., SUNY Buffalo

Erika is currently the Interim Assistant Director of the Counseling Center and Community Care Hub. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and holds a Provisional School Social Work Certification. Erika earned her Master’s Degree at SUNY Buffalo, with a specialization in Health, Mental Health and Disability.

Some of Erika’s experience includes counseling victims of violence and trauma, crisis intervention, debriefing, anti-violence program development, anger management, medical social work and educating first year medical students about ethics. She is also the Treasurer of Street Addiction Institute Incorporated (SAII) founded here in Syracuse, New York.

As a life long resident of Syracuse, it is important to Erika to give back to her community both professionally and through volunteer work.

David Snow, LMHC, NBCC

Dave Snow

B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.S., Oswego State University

David is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and also a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling. He also works in a private practice setting providing counseling to adults, children, couples and families. David’s experience includes behavioral issues, chemical dependency, school/occupational concerns, domestic issues, severe mental illness, cognitive disabilities and group counseling. He has had extensive interaction with adolescents and families. David primarily utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques intended to make the client aware of the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. He encourages clients to identify and challenge negative thinking patterns and recognize what skills to use when having these troubling experiences. David focuses on promoting personal empowerment and active mindfulness. 

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.