Clinical Supervisor: Jonathan Pollack, LCSW-R

Jonathan Pollack holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the State University of New York at Albany and he has been practicing Social Work for the past 30 years. His specializations include grief and loss counseling, managing anxiety and depression, and creative arts therapy. His diverse range of experience includes psychotherapy, clinical supervision, school social work, field placement instruction, professional workshop development and facilitation, forensic social work, and treatment of gambling addiction. Jonathan is known for his supportive and empowering therapeutic approach by using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.

Program Coordinator: Lynda Delong

Lynda DeLong is a recent college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and over ten years of nonprofit experience. Lynda’s role at CPG is divided into two parts. Lynda serves as the intake coordinator, who is the first point of contact for clients, and she oversees the document management function for course of treatment documentation.

Counselor: Terry McMaster, LMSW, (ICOGS in process)

Terry serves as a primary counselor/therapist for group and individual services in for the Center for Problem Gambling and for Capital EAP. He has over 20 years experience as an addiction therapist and a family therapist. Terry has specialized skills in expressive arts, family therapy, codependency, spirituality, storytelling and meditation. He is certified in creativity coaching, clinical hypnotherapy and yoga. Terry engages clients with a wholistic approach to not only help individuals with psychological and emotional problems but to facilitate healing of body, mind, spirit, soul and community.

Counselor: Brenda Gausby, LMHC, CASAC-T, ICOGS

Brenda holds the International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist certification from The Internal Gambling Counselor Certification Board (ICOGS), is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and has an advanced certificate in Trauma and Disaster Mental Health.

Brenda works within the Center for Problem Gambling, Capital Counseling EAP as a member of the Traumatic Event Response team and Capital Counseling providing insurance-based services.
Her specialties include depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, mindfulness and goal-oriented interventions. Brenda blends interventions from cognitive behavioral, solution focused and positive psychology theoretical perspectives.

Brenda received her Master’s in Counseling and Community Psychology from the SAGE College, Albany, NY, certification in Disaster Mental Health from State University of Albany, College at New Paltz Institute for Disaster Mental Health.

Counselor: Yolanda Johnson, MPH, Master CASAC-G

Yolanda is a NYS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor with a specialty in treating Gambling Disorder (Master CASAC-G). Yolanda has an Associate’s in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Hudson Valley Community College, a Bachelor’s in Community and Human Services from Empire State, and a Master’s in Public Health.

Yolanda has worked with addictive disorders/mental health for 14 years in varies levels of care to include inpatient and outpatient programs. Yolanda specializes in criminal thinking and relapse prevention utilizing motivational interviewing techniques and solution focused therapy.

Yolanda is currently pursuing her Master in Social Work through St. Rose College.

Peer Recovery Coach: Sheri Zacharczenko, BS, CRC

Sheri is a CCAR Certified Recovery Coach (CRC) who specializes in working with individuals in recovery from problem gambling. Sheri has served in this position for 4 years. Sheri has a BS in Pharmaceutical Science.

Peer Recovery Coach: Jeff Nellis, CRC

Jeff is a CCAR Certified Recovery Coach (CRC) who comes to our program with significant life experience in substance use and gambling disorder recovery. Jeff’s primary function is to provide our clients with primer instruction, awareness raising and education for transitioning clients to the mutual-aid pathway to recovery as a component of aftercare planning.

Adjunct Faculty

Clinical Psychologist & Addiction Specialist: Janet Heuring, MA, LCAS, LPA, HSP-PA

Janet Heuring has been providing treatment services to individuals with substance use disorders/addictions and mental health issues for over ten years. Ms. Heuring is a clinical psychologist who is licensed in North Carolina as a psychological associate and a clinical addiction specialist. She is also nationally certified as a master addiction counselor. Ms. Heuring attended the University at Albany in NY, where she completed her undergraduate studies in biology and psychology before completing her master’s degree in clinical psychology at North Carolina Central University. Ms. Heuring has researched various brain diseases and mental health issues with her most recent research exploring clinical screening practices for addiction. Ms. Heuring has provided brain-based psychoeducation and curriculum development consultation to multiple addiction treatment programs in NY and NC. In 2016, Ms. Heuring founded Athena Psychological Services in Raleigh, North Carolina, which not only provides clinical evaluations, psychotherapy, and cranial electrotherapy treatment to clients, but also partners with community organizations to offer college internships and pro bono services to veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

Fran Weiss, MS, RDN, CDN – Hannaford Supermarkets

Fran is a certified dietician who provides seminars on nutritional solutions to aid in sleep, stress reduction and in general, nutritional solutions that support healthy recovery.

Marsha Lazurus, MBA – Career Workforce

Marsha provides career options for clients entering workforce or those clients who wish to change career their path as part of their recovery program.

Michelle Kollmer, Business Development Administrator – CapCom

Michelle provides clients financial options for money management as a component of their recovery program.

Sarah Trela, Financial Well-Being Administrator – SEFCU

Sarah provides clients with credit and money options as a component of their recovery plan.

Wendy Milligan, MS.Ed. Health Program Coordinator – Albany County Health Dept.

Wendy provides primary health options to clients as a component of their recovery program.