Meet The Staff
Norma I. Cofresí, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Norma I. Cofresí earned her master's degree from Columbia University Teacher's College and her doctorate from the Graduate Center at The City University of New York. She has been a clinical psychologist for the past twenty-three years, providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy at such agencies as Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center, FEGS, and Jacobi in Bronx, NY and the Hispanic Clinic, Center for Families and Children in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Cofresí also worked in prvate practice for many years as a trained psychoanaylitic practitioner. Prior to joining Lehman College, she was a vistiting professor in the Psychology and Clinical Psychology Program at City College of New York, CUNY, where she taught clinical practice to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Professional interests include psychoanalytic therapy, clinical supervision, gender roles for Latina women, the impact of bilingualism, and inter-generational transmission of trauma.
Ingrid Hiraldo, B.S., Office Assistant
Ingrid Hiraldo received her undergraduate degree in computer information systems from Lehman College. Prior to joining the Counseling Center staff, she worked as a college assistant in the College's Purchasing office and in the Payroll and Budget Office. When you call the Counseling Center you will most often be greeted by Ms. Hiraldo, who is always happy to assist faculty and students.
Meet the Counselors
Nicole Madonna Rosario, L.C.S.W.
Nicole M. Rosario joined the Counseling Center staff in January 2008. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Dominican College of Blauvelt in 2000, and her graduate degree in social work from Fordham University in 2005. She has provided crisis counseling and emergency services to a varied population. Prior to joining Lehman College, she was the clinical director at a sexual assault crisis center in Stamford, Connecticut. In her work, she focuses on trauma and its consequences, stress management, and conducting supportive and psycho-educational groups She has been trained as a group counselor in the Trauma, Recovery, and Empowerment Model.
Valerie Baker, PhD, LMHC, CYT
Dr. Valerie Baker holds an Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology / Sofia University. She completed a yoga teacher training program at the Integral Yoga Institute. Valerie joined the Counseling Center staff as a full-time counselor in 2009. Her counseling approach is strengths-based and holistic: She uses mind-body-spirit approaches to facilitating healing and personal growth. Dr. Baker is passionate about training new professionals in the field; she coordinates the Counseling Center’s internship program and teaches Master’s in Counselor Education students at the Lehman College Department of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education. In all her professional functions, she views her role as a guide on students’ journeys of self-discovery and transformation.
Megan Wilen, L.C.S.W.
Megan Wilen has been a counselor at the Counseling Center since March 2010. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work, she has worked as a clinical social worker for the past nine years, providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy to diverse, multicultural urban communities in New York mental health settings. She was formerly a psychotherapist at the Adult Unit of Soundview-Throgs Neck CMHC/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her clinical background includes individual psychotherapy, family and couples counseling, stress/anger management, clinical training and supervision, and supportive, psycho-educational and creative arts groups. An active member of NASW-NYC, Ms. Wilen believes in empowering her clients to be self advocates.
Theresa Gannon, LCSW graduated from Fordham University School of Social Work. She has worked as a part-time counselor at the Counseling Center since September 2008. Currently a supervisor at Soundview- Throgs Neck Community CMHC, Ms. Gannon specializes in treating issues of adolescence.
Genoveva Garcia, LCSW is a bi-lingual part-time counselor in the Counseling Center and part of the Title V initiative to improve Sophmore Retention. Ms. Garcia is obtaining post-graduate training in Family Therapy through the Ackerman Institute and co-facilitates the relationship group at the Counseling Center.
Eglys Santos, LMSW has earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work from Lehman College. In addition to her work at the Counseling Center, Eglys Santos is currently a full time Student Psychological Counselor/Social Worker at the Psychological Services at Bronx Community College. Her clinical background includes individual psychotherapy, family and couples counseling in community based settings in the tri-state area.
Jhon Ruiz, LCSW is a graduate of Lehman College. He earned his Master's in Social Work at NYU and currently works as a Bilingual Psychotherapst at Buena Vista Health Center. Mr. Ruiz has worked as a social worker both in New York and in his native country of Peru. He is excited to join the staff of the Counseling Center for Fall 2013.
Melville Francis, MA works as the research consultant for the Counseling Center. She is currently getting her second Master's in School Psychology from St. John's University.
Interns and Post-Doc
Shancia Jarrett is a CUNY CAP studying Disability Services.
Last modified: Aug 26, 2013