Online MA in MHC Faculty

Dr. Colette Blakely

Description: Colette Blakely is an adjunct professor who has her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, and her MA in School Counseling from Concordia University. She is both a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Certified School Counselor in the State of Illinois. Besides having built several courses for Nyack College’s online MA in MHC, she has developed and taught various Masters in Mental Health Counseling courses at North Park University, Governor State University, and Chicago State University. Dr. Blakely has taught a variety of graduate psychology-related courses including Group Dynamics, Social and Cultural Foundations, Research, Assessment Techniques, and Career Counseling.

Dr. Deborah Foulkes

Description: Deborah Foulkes has been an adjunct professor at AGSC since 2013.   She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Dr. Foulkes received a Ph.D. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and an M.A. in Counseling from Nyack College.  She has also completed post graduate education in the area of Global Trauma Recovery with an immersion experience in Rwanda.  As an adjunct faculty member at AGSC, Dr. Foulkes has taught Group Therapy and Counseling, Theories and Foundations of Counseling, and Measurements and Assessment. Her research interests include Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma, Trauma Recovery in International Settings, and Spiritual Integration.  In addition to her role as an adjunct faculty member at AGSC, Dr. Foulkes is a clinical counseling practitioner at her own private practice in New Jersey where she specializes in trauma recovery.  Dr. Foulkes has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings where she has provided services to adults, children, adolescents and families.  As an educator, Dr. Foulkes has taught in Higher Education since 2008.

Dr. Shirlyn Garrett

Dr. Shirlyn Garrett is an adjunct professor who has her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, and her MA in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Illinois. She has developed and taught various Masters in Mental Health Counseling courses at Argosy University-Chicago, Adler University, and Chicago State University, including Group Dynamics, Play Therapy, Educational Psychology, Clinical Mental Health, Practicum and Internship. Dr. Garrett’s motto is, “I am a woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.” (Maya Angelou)

Dr. Antoinette Ginés-Rivera

Dr. Antoinette Ginés-Rivera (aka Dr. Toni) has been an Assistant Professor and Director of Internship and Field Placement for AGSC-NYC since 2011.  She received her degree in Bilingual School Psychology from Fordham University and Ph.D. in Counseling Education & Supervision from Regent University. Her counseling specializations include migration, family reunification, acculturation, and assimilation entering the United States as well as the psychopathology of the sexually abused and victimized individual.  She was also selected by American Counseling Association and the Journal of Counselor Development to contribute a chapter in a book representing the counseling practices of 41 countries around the world. Her doctoral research led her to Honduras where she investigated the counseling needs of the Honduran population for the development of a Spanish counseling training program specific to the Honduran population which is currently being developed.

Dr. Marti J. Glass

Dr. Marti J. Glass is a Christian professional with experience in mental health, education, and the criminal justice system. He is a competent presenter, facilitator, and writer as well as having a reputation for innovative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and an ability to produce results. Dr. Glass has a wealth of experience he brings to the classroom and has the ability to interact with a variety of different people and cultures. He has been a guest speaker at Marriage seminars and as well as numerous classes taught at the Church and the University levels.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeast Louisiana University, Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. 

Dr. Glass has extensive experience in private practice in several settings. His specialty practice areas include Marriage counseling, sexual/internet addictions and several other areas of practice. Teaching and research interest’s include the preceding as well Addictions counseling and therapy of children and adolescents. He comes to the helping profession after a 10-year career at the Monroe, Louisiana Police department where he served as a patrol officer and an Investigator. 

He and his family currently live in Greenville SC. Dr. Glass and Sandra have been married for 29 years, have three children, and one grandchild.

Above all else, Dr. Glass is in service to the Lord and feels that the process of healing is not complete without the Lord’s presence and Grace. A guiding scripture for his practice is: “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2 (NKJV).

Dr. Paula Tipton

Dr. Paula Tipton is an adjunct professor who has a Ph.D. from Regent University in Counselor Education and Supervision, an MA in Christian Thought and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and Colorado and has been in private practice for 19 years. She has been full time faculty at Colorado Christian University where she taught all the core CACAREP courses and developed a number of courses for both their in seat and online programs. Additionally, she has taught adjunct at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Northwestern University where she also served as an Internship and Practicum supervisor for their Family Institute. Her passion is in helping young clinicians do great clinical work from a Christian worldview perspective. 

Dr. Angelia Dickens

Dr. Angelia Dickens is an adjunct professor who has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and an MA in Community Counseling from Regent University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia. She is full time/core faculty at Capella University where she teaches in the Masters Mental Health Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision programs. Dr. Dickens has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds in community, military, and private practice settings. She has experience with adults, children, adolescents, marriage and family counseling, addictions counseling, and mental health counseling.


Part-Time Staff

Sabrina Durand, Online Academic Program Coordinator

Sabrina Durand is currently a graduate student at Nyack College AGSC. She is in her last year of the MA in Mental Heath Counseling on-campus program. She has a BA in Teacher Education (Grades 1-6) and a BA in Psychology from Brooklyn College. She is the co-author of two peer-reviewed articles "Effect of Infidelity, Initiator Status, and Spiritual-Well Being on Men's Divorce Adjustment" which was published in February 2015 in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage and “Spiritual Factors Predict State and Trait Anxiety” published in the Journal of Religion and Health in October 2016. She is a single mother of a teenage son.