Aaron Center Team Members

Dr. Antoinette Hamidian

Owner and CEO Dr. Antoinette Hamidian

President And CEO... Dr. Hamidian earned the B.S. Degree in Communication Disorders from Marywood University and the M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Bloomsburg University. She has also earned the Psy. D. Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has experience in providing speech and language services to persons with communication disorders, and she is a practitioner in the application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, to treat a wide array of psychological issues in her work with individuals, families and caregivers.   Dr. Hamidian served in the Wayne County Consortium as a Speech Language Pathologist, and treated those with various communication disorders. She continues to consult with consumers in the area of Communication Disorders and now integrates behavioral approaches to improve the social communication, and academic functioning of those seeking help.

Rebekah Nazarchuk

Clinical Supervisor... Rebekah Nazarchuk is a 2002 graduate of Marywood University, and a 2006 graduate of the University of Scranton. She joined the "Aaron Center" team in 2014 as a therapist, and in 2016 began working as quality assurance. Ms. Nazarchuk now serves as one of the Clinical Supervisors in the Outpatient Program. Ms. Nazarchuk has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of trauma and is a "trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist". Also, Ms. Nazarchuk has been trained to work with clients that have extensive trauma-related backgrounds. We are proud to have Ms. Nazarchuk here at the center!

Kathy Yanick

Assistant Director/ Payroll... Kathy Yanick is the Director/Supervisor for the Early Intervention Program.  Kathy also handles simple IT issues, and some HR duties... Stay tuned to learn more about Kathy!

Rebecca Hokien

Human Resource Manager... Rebecca has come to the Aaron Center with 19 years of experience in the Human Services field recruiting for Community Residential Rehabilitation Service, ISP development, funding renewals, training with host families, and file compliance with PA MENTOR.  Rebecca has also spent time working as a Human Resource Manager at Delaware Valley Job Corp (operated by Dynamic Educational System, Inc), providing at risk teens and young adults with educational and technical skills opportunities to become successful adults. In addition, Rebecca currently works  as Risk Management Director at Keystone Community Resources, supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in community group home and vocational / day settings, providing diverse opportunities for people with disabilities to live fulfilling lives right in our communities.  Rebecca has a homegrown Master's from the University of Scranton, and her Human Resource work history includes: Joe's Kwik Marts, Human Resource Coordinator for Delaware Valley Job Corps, and Human Resource Manager with Keystone Community Resources. She now holds the position as Director Of Risk Management with the same company. Rebecca is now a part time team member here at the Aaron Center as our Human Resource Manager. 

Carlene Spitzer

Physican Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C... Carlene is a 2003 Graduate of Kings College PA Program. Carlene has been working in Behavioral Health for 14 years. She thoroughly enjoys helping others and hopes to continue for a long time to come!

Danielle Kamine

Nurse Practitioner... Danielle Kamine, CRNP, MS, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC is a Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has 12 years as a nurse in psychiatry with the last 7 years as a Nurse Practitioner. Prior to the Aaron Center, she has worked in a variety of roles including, outpatient psychiatry, psychiatric emergency room, inpatient acute and chronic.    Danielle completed her Masters degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa, then obtained a Post Masters certification from St Louis University in St Louis MO. Danielle is board certified by the ANCC in both Adult Primary Care and as a Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In her free time Danielle enjoys running half marathons, traveling, and most importantly,.. spending time with family.

Jessica Burns

Outpatient Therapist/Clinical Supervisor Jessica Burns, LSW Licensed Social Worker, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Jessica is a 2008 graduate of the University of Scranton, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, and a 2014 graduate of Marywood University, where she earned a Masters of Social Work degree. In 2014, Jessica earned her professional social work license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors. Jessica has worked in social service agencies and school district settings since 2009, and has earned experience in neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, trauma and stressor related disorders, addictive disorders, and bipolar disorders. Jessica's primary interests include working with trauma and addiction. Jessica joined the Aaron Center team in 2016 as an outpatient therapist and recently began serving as one of the Clinical Supervisors along with providing therapy services and court appointed reunification/therapeutic services. Jessica is working toward certifications in Attachment-Based Family Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and will earn her LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) credential by 2018.   

Susan K. Wagar

Outpatient Therapist ...  Susan K. Wagar, LSW, received her Bachelor of Social Work from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY where she received The Bonnie M. Soliker Award for excellence in Junior Field Achievement. Susan completed her Masters in Social Work in 2014 from Adelphi University in Poughkeepsie, NY. She has an extensive history working with Adoption, Foster Care and Family Court in New York. Susan is a Licensed Social Worker in both New York and Pennsylvania and is in the process of clinical licensure.  Susan specializes in Trauma and Anxiety Disorders utilizing evidence based practices such as TFCBT for children and adolescences from 3-18 years of age and CBT/Exposure Therapy with Adults (including Veterans). Another area of focus is Family and Couples Therapy utilizing framework of Solution Focused Therapy and Functional Family Therapy. Susan is a certified "Thinking For A Change" Facilitator that assists repeat criminal offenders in utilizing CBT skills to prevent recidivism. Susan is also a member of The National Association of Social Workers and is a Veteran of The New York State Army National Guard.

Dorothy Hagan

Clinical Social Worker...   Dorothy Hagan, LCSW, is a Sister of Mercy, who holds Master Degrees from Marywood University in Social Work, and Fordham University in Biology and Religious Education. Sr. Hagan has ministered as a Clinical Social Worker at the Scranton Counseling Center and the Aaron Center for the past 21 years.  Prior to  this, Sr. Hagan has been a teacher on the Intermediate, High School, and Junior College levels. Sr. Hagan is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and Spiritual Director's International. She participated in a "Mercy Six Week Emersion Experience" in Guyana, South America. Sr. Hagan volunteers for child and family counseling at the Ruth Matthews Bourger, and Woman with Children Program at Misericordia University. She is also a Board member for the Catherine McAuley Center, a Reiki Master, and a Spiritual Direction Practitioner.

Aaron Best

Outpatient Supervisor... Aaron Is the outpatient supervisor for Critical Mental Health Services here at the Aaron Center. Aaron received his undergraduate degree in Art from Alfred University and Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Marywood University. Aaron has 18 years of experience in the mental health industry, the last 11 of which have been in service to the residents of Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Aaron's experience spans multiple levels of care including; community, inpatient, emergency, residential, family, and outpatient services. Aaron works with a wide variety of populations and is fluent in several care modalities.   

Jessica Linden

Senior Front Desk Associate... Jessica  manages the scheduling and communications of the Aaron Center. Jessica assists in checking-in and checking-out consumers with their appointments. Jessica also coordinates with the Medical and Theraputic Staff. In addition, Jessica oversees the operation of Reception Area.

Denise Zuvic

Outpatient Therapist... Denise Zuvic Curriculum Vitae, BS, MS...   Denise received her B.S. in Social Sciences from the University of Scranton and her M.S. in Foreign Language Education also from the University of Scranton. Ms. Zuvic continued her studies for a M.S. in Community Counseling at the University of Scranton.  Ms. Zuvic has pursued her studies while actively working in the fields of social work and education.  She has taught Spanish and Culture Education, and Diversity related classes at the University of Scranton, Penn State Worthington-Scranton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Lackawanna College.  Ms. Zuvic worked in International Social Work throughout Latin America for 10 years, then spent 3 years working in Marketing Research on the Hispanic Community in the U.S. She handled a fully bilingual program as Manager of Parenting Programs and Hispanic Programming at EOTC, a Community Service Agency in Scranton, PA., as well as begining and running a mentoring program for immigrant children and teens. Ms. Zuvic rounds out her education and work experience regarding the Hispanic population by being the first generation of her family raised in the United States, bridging the culture and language gaps for her family, who emigrated from Chile during great political turmoil, and helped them learn about the U.S. through her American experiences. Ms. Zuvic is also proud to be a parent of 2 boys and 3 foster children.   Ms. Zuvic currently teaches at both Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Lackawanna College, in their Spanish and Continuing Education Departments.  She is also a medical and legal interpreter in the Scranton area, currently doing most of her work in the psychological and counseling fields.  Ms. Zuvic specializes in counseling with bilingual and multi-cultural families.  

Erin Marshall

Behavior Specialist... Erin Marshall is a Mental Health Professional at the Aaron Center. Erin is a Licensed Behavior Specialist. She received her Masters of Science in counseling from Clarks Summit University in 2010. Prior to working at the Aaron Center, Erin was a Behavior Specialist and Evaluator. Erin also is an adjunct professor for Clarks Summit University. Erin enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and two children outside of work.   

Cassandra Gallinot

Behavior Specialist... Cassandra Gallinot, (Cassie), is a Masters level counselor specializing in childrens counseling and autism. Cassandra has a Bachelors Degree in Art Therapy and a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Marywood University. Prior to the Aaron Center, Cassandra worked as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant, Mobile Therapist, and Therapeutic Staff Support worker. Mostly focusing on children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and other behavioral disorders. Cassandra is a Licensed Behavioral Specialist and Nationally Certified Counselor, and is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  

Vincent Carolan

Vincent L. Carolan, L.S.W., L.P.C., C.A.A.D.C.  Vincent L. Carolan, (Vince), earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of the State of New York and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. A Licensed Social Worker, Professional Counselor, and Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Vince has worked in the behavior health field for the past 28 years specializing in co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. After developing evidence-based forensic evaluations, interventions and treatment court programs in Arizona for the Arizona Supreme Court and Office of the Governor, Vince relocated to northeastern Pennsylvania in 2000. Prior to the Aaron Center, Vince has functioned as the Clinical Director of Clear Brook Manor and A Better Today, Inc. Since his arrival in 2000, Vince has been an Instructor at Misericordia University, University of Scranton, and Marywood University teaching students extensively in developing hybrid co-morbid evaluation methods to more effectively define problems relating to the overlapping issues of mental health, criminality, and substance use disorders. 

Marybeth Steinheart

Outpatient Therapist... Marybeth Steinhart started as an intern at The Aaron Center in December of 2016 and is now a full-time Counselor. She graduated from Marywood University in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and will graduate in May 2018 with her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and her Nationally Certified Counselor recognition. She does not have a particular concentration but deals primarily with anxious and depressed clientele. Marybeth is also interested in pursuing more involvement in family counseling. Marybeth's main approach with clients is solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  

Alyssa Bauer

Outpatient Therapist... Alyssa Bauer, MS. Alyssa completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Scranton in 2015. She went on to fill a variety of roles at Friendship House, which include Mobile Therapist, Case Manager, and Clinical Specialist for Autism Early Intervention. Alyssa has experience in Multisystemic Therapy, Family Therapy, and Trauma. Alyssa's populations of focus include adolescences and young adults. Alyssa is working toward earning her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) credential by Summer 2018.  

Angelica Hughes

Outpatient Therapist... Angelica is a Masters Level Counselor who specializes in Family, Adolesent, and Child Counseling. Angelica enjoys helping individuals with behavioral difficulties, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Angelica uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Mindfulness to increase self awareness and help consumers reach their goals.

William Sickler

Outpatient Therapist... William Sickler earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton in 1999, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Liberty University in 2004. Specializing in the co-occurring conditions of mental health and substance use disorders, William joined the Aaron Center in 2014, bringing 24 years of experience. William's prior experience derives from his ongoing involvement as a Primary Counselor at a local in-patient treatment facility, which treats co-occurring disorders.William's areas of focus are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, trauma skills, and an ability to incorporate spirituality in treatment.

Kristian Pyatt

 

Administrative Assistant... Kristian Pyatt, CCMA; Krissy's roles include intake coordinator, administrative assistant, answering the phones, and medical assistant. Krissy is also in the process of transitioning to Medical Assistant.

Jonathan Marshall

Outpatient Therapist... Jonathan Marshall has been a therapist at the Aaron Center since May of 2016. He graduated with two Bachelors Degrees, one in Addictions Studies at City University, and the other in Religious Studies at Clarks Summit University. Jonathan went on to get two Masters Degrees, one in the area of Counseling at Clarks Summit University and in Religious Studies at Baptist Bible Seminary. As a jack of many trades, Jonathan has varied interests from philosophy to art, but prefers to spend time with his wife and two children. 

Jacqueline Safko


Outpatient Therapist... Jacqueline Safko is a 2009 graduate of Penn State University, and a 2013 graduate of Marywood University. Jacqueline has been working in the Mental Health field for the last 8 years, and enjoys helping people overcome obstacles. Jacqueline joined the Aaron Center in May 2017 as a Therapist

Dana Marmo

Outpatient Therapist... Dana Marmo received her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Scranton. Dana's professional interests focus on interpersonal neurobiology and Mental Illness, specifically, personality disorders. As a Therapist, Dana utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and personal centered theoretical orientations. Dana believes that treatment plans for consumers should be individualized and tailored to fit the needs of the person. Dana is a professional member of the National Rehabilitation Association, and a Certified member of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. In order to keep up with the newest information and educate herself to better serve the consumer, Dana attends national and local conferences and attends trainings on therapeutic intervention. 

Gloria Blewett


Outpatient Therapist... Gloria Blewett graduated from Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, with a B.A. in sociology/psychology.  Gloria received an M.S. degree in Health Administration from the University of Scranton. Gloria also completed a 3-year family-based Mental Health training program at the Philadephia Child and Family Therapy Training Center.