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 SUNY Oswego 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 McAleese - MS, CAS, LMHC
Staff mental health counselor
Robin McAleese earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Oswego: BA in communication studies 1993 and MS 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 and 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 Michael LeBlanc of the counseling and psychological services department and enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, aka "Vikings," John the Tenderheart and Freddy the Spirited.
Cara Plasencia, PLMFT
Cara Plasencia earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse University. She has a BA in child and family studies and a MS 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, where she began specializing in working with clients who have 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.