Meet the Staff

Colleen Szefinski, LPC, LCADC – Director

Colleen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Peter’s University and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University in Frostburg Maryland. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining CAPS as Assistant Director in 2004, Colleen worked in the Behavioral Healthcare field for fifteen years. She has worked clinically with adolescents and adults in community and hospital-based settings, and has been in supervisory positions since 2001.  She started her career at Catholic Community Services, where she worked for 12.5 years providing an array of counseling services, as well as managing and developing outpatient addiction programs. She has interfaced with many community agencies, including school systems, hospitals, DYFS, drug treatment programs, Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, and the criminal justice system.  Colleen was promoted to Director of CAPS in February 2020.

Alex Tarsitano, LCSW Assistant Director

Alex joined Saint Peter’s University in April, 2015 as a senior counselor. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a School Social Worker certification. She is trained in Family Systems Therapy and has extensive experience working with adolescents of diverse backgrounds in a school setting. Prior to Saint Peter’s, Alex worked for The Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice, Inc. (CFCSJ), as a school-based family counselor, overseeing all therapeutic and case management services for at-risk students and their families. She has experience providing case management services to teen mothers aging out of foster care in Philadelphia, as well as providing outpatient clinical services to clients of all ages. Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelors in Sociology at The College of New Jersey. Alex is a member of the Wellness Committee, Student Activities Programming Committee, and the Sexual Misconduct Outreach and Education Committee. She is a certified field instructor and supervises our social work graduate student interns from NYU. Alex has also been involved in the training of student groups that promote wellness initiatives on campus, such as the Peer Leaders, and the Violence Prevention Student Coalition.

Gail Conte, Administrative Assistant

Gail holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies from Saint Peter’s University.  She also received her Master’s Degree in Education and School Counseling Certificate from Saint Peter’s University; she is currently pursuing her Associate Professional Counseling License. Gail has worked in CAPS for over 16 years as the Administrative Assistant, and is actively involved with facilitating the CAPS Discussion Groups, creating the Counseling Chronicle Newsletter, assisting with programming, and plays an integral part in meeting, greeting and assisting students. Gail is also a professional figure skater, and has been coaching for over 35 years.