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CSI, Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society of professional counseling and professional counselors. CSI was established in 1985 to provide recognition for outstanding achievement and outstanding service within the profession.
Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.
CSI has over 281 chapters across the country and abroad. Here at NYIT our chapter of CSI is Nu Chi Pi.
President- Molly Cohen
“I am the president of CSI for the 2012-2013 academic year. I graduated from Elmira College in 2011 with my Bachelor's Degree in Human Services. I began the School Counseling program at NYIT in the fall of 2011. In the spring of 2011 I had the pleasure of assuming the role of secretary of CSI. I am an avid dancer, especially in tap, and participated in two different dance teams while at Elmira College. I also love animals, especially dogs and almost pursued a career in veterinary sciences. I look forward to getting to know all of you and having a great year!”
Vice President- Lauren Kalabacas
“I am a second year student in the school counseling program here at NYIT. I received my Bachelors Degree in Professional Communication from Farmingdale State College. I am proud to represent our program this year and want to help our chapter develop and implement programs. I am a strong advocate for positive body image and self esteem and strive to be a role model for young girls. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends, travel, sing, and bike ride.”
Secretary- Joseph Stango
“Hey! My name is Joe and I am the secretary for CSI. I have my B.A. in psychology from Boston University. I absolutely loved my four years there. I am a second year student in the NYIT Old Westbury cohort and joined CSI for its networking and leadership opportunities. I am an avid sports fan and spend a majority of my free time coaching youth and travel soccer.”
Treasurer- Patti Ortmann
“I am currently a member of CSI, at the national level. I graduated from NYIT as a member of the second co-hort in 2005. Since that time I have been an active member of my school community at Hempstead High School and currently hold a position of Business teacher in the HS. I teach Accounting, Marketing and Computer applications. I am also a varsity soccer coach and the varsity lacrosse coach Prior to working in education, I enjoyed a 20 year career in human resources with my last job being in charge of human resources on Long Island for Coca Cola. I was responsible for both Nassau and Suffolk Counties and approximately 600-700 employees. I am married 27 years, have two children who are in college and who both play lacrosse.”
Old Westbury Representative- Carrolyn Thomas
“I am in CSI to gain more leadership skills in the counseling profession, to increase networking possibilities, and develop my advocacy skills as a future school counselor. I believe that a school counselor can fill in the gap for every student in a school setting. A school counselor acts as an advocate to support students' educational needs. My hobbies include playing sports especially volleyball, reading, dancing, singing, and watching movies.”
Faculty Co- Advisor- Dr. Michelle Perepiczka
Dr. Michelle Perepiczka, Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Perepiczka is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NY), Certified School Counselor (Provisional-NY), Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Nationally Certified Counselor. Dr. Perepiczka earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A&M University-Commerce and an M.S. in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University. She has been providing counseling services in mental health and school counseling since 2007. Her areas of specialization are play therapy, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Dr. Perepiczka actively serves the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education as well as the Association of Humanistic Counseling in multiple roles, including serving as a president of the latter organization. Dr. Perepiczka’s research focus is in counselor development and wellness, statistics anxiety of graduate students, and outcome-based research.
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