Meet the Staff

Ronald Becker, MSSW, LCSW, CEAP – Director

Ronald Becker has over 25 years experience in the field of mental health. Prior to joining Saint Peter’s University, he was the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Christ Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center in Jersey City. He has provided and supervised psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups, throughout his professional career.Ron received his Master’s degree in clinical social work from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Saint Peter’s University. While an administrator at Christ Hospital, he developed and supervised several specialized programs directed toward students. These programs provided mental health and substance abuse education, support groups, and staff consultation to various New Jersey community schools.Ron has been a consultant to both schools and corporations on topics including coping with stress, eating disorders, and time management.

Colleen Szefinski, LPC, LCADC, CCS – Assistant Director

Colleen received her Bachelors 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 Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining the Counseling and Psychological Services, Colleen worked in the behavioral healthcare field for fifteen years. Recently, she worked at Northwest Essex Community Mental Health Center in Bellville for 2.5 years where she supervised staff providing services to people with mental illnesses and substance abuse issues. 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 addiction programs. She has worked with adolescents and adults, and has interfaced with many community agencies, including school systems, DYFS, drug treatment programs, the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, and the criminal justice system.

Alex Tarsitano

Alex joined Saint Peter’s University in April, 2015. 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 Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelors in Sociology at The College of New Jersey. Alex serves as the liaison for the Freshman Class and the EOF Department, and is a member of the Sexual Assault Task Force Committee. She is the advisor of the Peer Educators and the Women’s Discussion Group.

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Gail Conte – Office Manager & Secretary

Gail holds an Associate’s Degree in Business from Johnson and Wales University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies from Saint Peter’s University. She is also a professional figure skater and has been coaching for over 35 years.