Trained professionals or clinicians (i.e., licensed or masters-level) with diverse qualifications and backgrounds, including professional counseling, social work, mental health counseling, marriage, couple and family therapy, psychology, pastoral counseling and counseling psychology, conduct the Mount Ararat Counseling Center (MACC) counseling sessions. Qualified students enrolled in masters- and doctoral-level degree programs may provide some counseling services under the supervision of a MACC licensed mental health professionals and faculty members or doctoral interns who are licensed mental health professionals.
Taunya Marie Tinsley, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, graduated in December 2005 from Duquesne University's Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision. She received her M.A. degree in Higher Education Administration and College Student Development in 1995 from the University of Iowa. Dr. Tinsley also holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. In April 2013, Dr. Tinsley completed her requirements for the Certificate in Missional Theology from Biblical Seminary. Currently, Dr. Tinsley is enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program with a focus in sports chaplaincy at United Theological Seminary.
Dr. Tinsley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services. Additionally, Dr. Tinsley is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center. In addition to providing clinical and consulting services, Dr. Tinsley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling both at California University of Pennsylvania.
Erik L. Brown, M.S., is a native of St. Clairsville, Ohio and has resided in the Pittsburgh area since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University. He went on to work as a family counselor for delinquent youth for two and a half years and has, since, continued his studies for his Masters of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) in order to master his craft. Erik graduated from Cal U in May 2013 and currently works for Wesley Spectrum Services.
James A Cox, LCSW, CAC earned two graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.Ed. in counseling in 1984 and a M.S.W. as well as an Advanced Certificate in Industrial Social Work in 1990. He has provided direct practice as a social worker for more than 20 years in various medical and mental health settings. He has also served as the Director of the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center for more than 7 years.
In addition to his counseling responsibilities, Cox has served as a field instructor and part-time adjunct faculty member at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work since 1992. Additionally, Cox served as Counselor/Coordinator of Minority Affairs and Associate Director of the Counseling Center at Dickinson College and a Mental Health Specialist at Duquesne University. Cox earned his LCSW in 2001 and has been a Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania since 1987. He worked in a group practice for Health America and in private practice as well.
Mandy Garber, MD MPH MS, currently works for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Mercy Behavioral Health. Previously, she was a community psychiatrist working at the Primary Health Care Services, Inc (PCHS) in Homewood. Her position at PCHS allowed her to work at various shelters providing psychiatric services to homeless individuals. She was raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa and migrated to the US for university studies. Prior to becoming a board certified psychiatrist, she was a board certified Internist in New York City. She is especially interested in working with HIV-infected individuals, marginalized and impoverished populations.
Lora R. Hubbard, M.Ed., LPC, CRC, has worked in the field of counseling for over 35 years—both in the private and public sectors, including the Pittsburgh Public School District. Ms. Hubbard successfully owned and operated a disability management company that provided vocational rehabilitation counseling services to such local entities as the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority Transit and Equitable Resources. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor through the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. Ms. Hubbard received her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh and holds certifications through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification and the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors. Lora’s main specialty counseling areas include: Individual, Rehabilitation, Pre- Marriage/Marriage, Temperament Therapy, Career/Vocational, Family/Relationship, and Personal Development. She is also equipped to include spiritual principles in the counseling process as requested.
Melva Hartzog, M.Div, M.A., earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, and continued her studies to earn a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Melva is currently a doctoral student in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. Her clinical interests include victims of intimate partner violence, self-esteem, grief, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Melva is an ordained clergy, a member of the American Counseling Association and American Association of Christian Counselors.
Amirah Hunt, MPC, is a native of Pittsburgh and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English from Kent State University. She decided to continue her education earning her Masters of Professional Counseling in School Counseling at Carlow University. For the past seven years Amirah has worked for the Pittsburgh Promise as the Scholarship Manager, as a part of the program team where she has the opportunity to cultivating relationships with students, parents, school administration and community leaders as well as assists Pittsburgh Promise Scholars with the scholarship processes. Amirah enjoys working with children, adolescents, youth and young adults helping to create positive relations in order to achieve success.
Kathleen Hunt, M.Ed. received her degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently the Community Counseling Program Team Leader at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania where she supervises and evaluates community therapists as well as coordinates services provided by the therapists. Ms. Hunt’s previous experiences include working as an employee assistance program specialist and team leader, serving as the clinical director of a chemical dependency program, and working as a therapist with a MH/MR center.
Michelle Mitchell, M.S.Ed., graduated in May 2013 from Duquesne University's Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her B.S in Health Sciences from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa. She is currently employed with Mercy Behavioral Health as a Service Coordinator. Michelle is currently working to secure clinical hours for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania. Michelle’s interdisciplinary areas of counseling and research include multicultural issues in counseling, spiritual counseling, and relationship development.
Andrew Aveleno Monteiro, Jr., M.S.Ed., is a native of Midland Pa. of Beaver County. Andrew has been an active part of his community as a pastoral counselor for the past 29 years. He completed his undergraduate studies in Human Services at Geneva College and received his Bachelors of Science. He went on to continue studies for his Masters of Education in Counseling at Duquesne University. He graduated from Duquesne University in May 2012. Andrew’s chosen discipline is marriage and family therapy, with an emphasis on couple’s counseling. He loves people and believes that people and their relationships with each other are our community’s greatest resource.
Curtis Ricardo Terry, B.S., is a lifelong Pittsburgher. Curtis received his Bachelor of Science degree from Geneva College in the discipline of Human Services. Curtis is currently seeking to pursue his Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has previous experiences as an Intervention Specialist at a Domestic Violence Program where he helped men develop skills to remain non-abusive. Additionally, Curtis served as a Life Skills Specialist at a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility. He is currently employed as an Employment/Education Specialist. Curtis enjoys working with people and believes the highest aspiration of the human heart is to help another individual.
Call 412-441-1800 ext. 270 or email counselingministry(at)mt-ararat.org for more information.