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Tonianne Ach, MSW

Youth Support Coordinator

Tonianne is a Master Level Social Worker who studied at Fordham University with a clinical concentration. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and the Visual Arts from Dowling University. Tonianne is BRIDGES' Lead Social Worker, supporting transitional youth through barriers, challenges and goals. She is also a certified life coach who successfully reaches the young adult population where they are at through holistic and personalized approaches and experiences. She collaborates with each young adult to navigate their self-discovery.

Caryn Sawyer, Psy.D.

Grant Coordinator

Dr. Caryn Sawyer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her doctorate at the Ferkauf School of Psychology. She attended Lehigh University for her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology.  She has extensive experience conducting psychotherapy in a broad range of settings including hospital and health care facilities, college counseling and private practice. She has a strong background is substance abuse prevention, grant oversite, administration and health and wellness programming. Dr. Sawyer is excited to work as the Grant Coordinator for the BRIDGES team to support young adults in meeting their full potential.

Corrine Alba, LMHC, CASAC

Project Director of Bridges

Associate Director of  YES Community Counseling Center 

Corinne Alba is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Certified Prevention Professional.  She obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling from Long Island University and has been working at YES Community Counseling Center since 2007. As the Associate Director of Community, Outreach and Training she works with local communities, schools, coalitions, and businesses to provide outreach and education. Corinne facilitates the training and education programs and oversees the Federal Grant Programs awarded to the agency to support prevention, treatment and recovery efforts to address substance use. 

Michelle Lavoie, LCSW-R

Supervising Social Worker

Michelle Lavoie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University at Albany. Michelle has been working in the field since 2006 and has extensive clinical experience working with adults, families and children focusing on their overall mental health and wellbeing. Michelle is excited to be a part of the BRIDGES Team and work collaboratively with young adults to support their individual goals. 

Larry Kirschner, RN, MS

Medical Consultant

Larry is an RN who earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from LIU. He also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from SUNY Broome. Larry's experience includes extensive critical and behavioral health care as well as substance dependence work in both in and outpatient settings. Larry is committed to providing medical support and education, and supporting recovery for our clients.

Dawn Carroll CPNP, PMHS

Nurse Practitioner 

Dawn is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Pediatric Adolescent and Young Adult primary care. She received her Master’s degree as an NP at Molloy. Dawn went on to receive additional certification as a Pediatric/Young Adult Mental Health Specialist. Dawn is committed to improving access to mental health services and medication management in the community.

Lillia Kaminski

Direct Services Facilitator 

Lillia is a Masters Level School Counselor who earned her Masters of Science degree at LIU and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from NYIT. Lillia has worked with middle and high school students as a counselor and teacher for the past ten years. Lillia is passionate about supporting the mental health needs of young adults, and is thrilled to be a part of the BRIDGES team. As Direct Services Facilitator, she will schedule appointments, conduct discovery calls,  and direct our BRIDGES Program participants in the right direction throughout their journey!

Alysia Aponte, MSW

Young Adult, Family and Outreach Social Worker

Alysia is a Master Level Social Worker who studied at Stony Brook University with a concentration in Families, Youth, and Transition into adulthood. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work at SUNY Plattsburgh. Alysia's clinical experience includes working with at-risk youth and adults struggling with mental illness and substance use by providing supportive individual and group therapy. Alysia is excited to be a part of the BRIDGES team and further advocate for our young adult population!

Mirna Scarpulla, MHC-LP

Young Adult Community Counselor: Bilingual-Spanish

Mirna graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Molloy University with a Master's Degree as a Mental Health Counselor. She earned a bachelor's degree of Arts Psychology and an Associate's Degree in Science. As a bilingual- Spanish Young Adult Community Counselor at BRIDGES, Mirna being fluent in both Spanish and English enriches her abilities to connect with and help a diverse range of clients.

Kayla Dignan, LMSW

Young Adult, Family and Outreach Social Worker

Kayla is a Masters Level Social Worker who studied at Adelphi University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development at SUNY Oswego. Kayla's clinical experience includes working with individuals diagnosed with dual-diagnosis of a substance use disorder and a severe mental illness. Kayla is excited to facilitate positive change amongst the young adult population! 

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