Meet the Staff!

 Pam Branshaw-Drumm - LCSW-R, ACSW
Interim Director and Staff Clinical Social Worker
Pam Branshaw-Drumm has worked in the field of human services for 30 years and has extensive mental health experience in working with individuals, couples, and families. She holds a bachelor's degree from Oswego State and a master's degree in social work from Syracuse University. Pam's clinical interests include; a systems approach to therapy, strengths-based counseling, solution-focused interventions, trauma work, and emotional development across the lifespan. Pam holds advanced credentialing in the field of clinical social work as well as national certification by the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

 

 robin    Robin McAleese - M.S., CAS, LMHC
   Staff Mental Health Counselor

  Robin McAleese earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Oswego; B.A. in Communication Studies 1993 and M.S. in Counseling in 1995. Robin served as an Assistant  Dean in Student Affairs for 12 years prior to her clinical work in the Counseling Services Center. Robin also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and when she isn't working she enjoys    spending time with her family (especially her Grandchildren!), shopping, cooking, working out, watching HGTV, cheering for the Oswego State Lakers, and hanging out with her cats Joey & Frankie!


 Jane LeBlanc- MA, LMHC
Staff Mental Health Counselor
Jane has been in the mental health field for over 15 years. Before moving to Oswego in 2000 she was employed at Lourdes College in Ohio as the Assistant Director for Student Support Services and at mental health agencies working with children, adolescents and families. Jane suggests college is a platform for great change and opportunity for growth and self-awareness. Riding the wave by either diving into it or coasting on top has its rewards but it is important to know it is coming. Jane enjoys working with college age students in a variety of settings including counseling and advising. Jane is the advisor for the student mental health awareness organization, Active Minds. She is married to Professor LeBlanc of the CPS department and enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, aka "Vikings", John the Tenderheart and Freddy the Spirited.                                                                      

vinceVince Markowsky- LCSW-R
Staff Clinical Social Worker

Vince is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker -R, and received a Master's in Social Work at Syracuse University.   Vince has a 2nd Master's degree in School Psychology through the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at SUNY Oswego, and has 18 years of experience in his capacities as a School Psychologist, School Counselor, and/or School Social Worker.  Vince has also had experience in providing counseling therapy primarily to adults and adolescents though his private practice for 16 years.  Through his practice, Vince has specialized in providing support and recovery work to individuals affected by depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, ADHD, substance and/or alcohol addiction/abuse, and various speech disorders.  Vince is the co-founder and ongoing co-facilitator of the National Stuttering Association Adult Support Group of Central New York, and continues to specialize in providing social/emotional support to individuals who stutter through his private practice and support group endeavors.      When not in the office, Vince can be found actively engaged in his life passions of spending time with his wife, Denise, "13 year old triplets" and a chocolate lab, Buddy; winter and summer hiking in the Adirondacks; bicycle touring in the mountain and lake/river regions of the Eastern United States; scuba diving in the Skaneateles Lake and the St. Lawrence River; flat water kayak touring; alpine ski touring ADK High Peak slides, and playing out in summer venues in his acoustic trio band.  In his professional life, one of Vince's greatest passions is watching his clients grow and make changes that bring them to greater health, peace and happiness.

     Cara Plasencia, PLMFT  

 Cara Plasencia earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse University. She has a B.A. in Child and Family Studies and a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Cara worked at Syracuse University in the Office of Residence Life while earning her Master's degree. Cara began her clinical work at Syracuse University working with couples, families, and children. She was selected to work on a team of therapists who worked with transgender clients and developed a passion for diversity awareness. Cara has experience working at Vera House, Inc. as an intern therapist in Syracuse, NY where she began specializing in working with clients who've experienced physical and sexual trauma. After graduating from Syracuse, she worked at Cayuga Centers in Auburn, NY, a residential treatment center for at-risk youth, where she continued to specialize in working with families and children who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance abuse issues. In her spare time, Cara enjoys spending time with her husband, baby, and two cats. She is an excellent cook and loves shopping and fashion. Cara's favorite part about being a therapist is helping her clients heal through realizing how strong and resilient they are.