TIG collaboration
"Children carry more between home & school than lunch and a backpack. Working together we can lighten their load." –National Association of School Psychologists
Cherie Conte, LMSW – Contract Manager/TIG Coordinator – MCOMH

Cherie Conté is a licensed social worker and currently works with Monroe County Office of Mental Health (MCOMH). In addition, Cherie is the Coordinator for The Consortium on Trauma, Illness and Grief in Schools (TIG), a county-wide, multi-agency effort to prepare school districts to have appropriate mental health support in place during incidents of trauma, violence, illness and death. She also evaluates and monitors the effectiveness of children’s programs. With over fifteen years of experience, Cherie has worked with children, adolescents, and families in both clinical and administrative capacities in residential, foster care, and in-home community-based settings. Cherie serves as a member of the Monroe County Disaster Mental Health Team.

David W. Eckert, MS, NCC, CRC, LMHC – Senior Associate, MCOMH Contract Management/Policy & Planning

Mr. Eckert is a nationally certified counselor, a certified rehabilitation counselor and a licensed mental health counselor in New York State. He has over 25 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings including 10 years as coordinator of mental health clinics in the Rochester area. Focused experience in quality improvement, documentation standards and clinical design to improve access has been a large part of his work. He received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling at the State University of New York in Brockport, New York. He has been with the Monroe County Office of Mental Health for over 4 years and currently works on both the Contract Management and Policy & Planning teams.

Valerie Guay, MS, NCC

Valerie is a trained mental health therapist with several years of professional experience spanning vocational rehabilitation, substance abuse counseling, college student counseling, youth/adolescent counseling and care coordination, and, currently, transition management services through the Office of Mental Health. While working at Alfred State, Valerie also served as a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team which required her to handle crisis calls and coordinate medical and legal assistance for victims. While working at Hillside in the Family Based Treatment program, Valerie interacted with many of the local school systems to coordinate Committee on Special Education meetings and crisis planning for youth and families. Valerie looks forward to providing support for the TIG program.

Dr. Elizabeth Meeker, PsyD

Dr. Meeker is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families in both clinical and administrative capacities. She is currently the Project Director for Monroe County ACCESS, a federally funded System of Care grant to transform children’s services. Dr. Meeker has worked with the Monroe County Office of Mental Health (MCOMH) for ten years providing oversight and management of county funded children mental health services as well as serving as the Coordinator of The Consortium on Trauma Illness and Grief in Schools. She has presented and consulted on a range of topics related in youth in crisis including trauma, suicide prevention, bullying and school violence, self- injury, grief and loss, and family engagement. In addition to her work for MCOMH, Dr. Meeker has a private clinical practice. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Indiana State University. Dr. Meeker is also the Past President of the Genesee Valley Psychological Association.

David L. Putney, MS, CRC, LMHC

David Putney is the Senior Manager for Priority & Socio-Legal Services at the Monroe County Office of Mental Health, Department of Human Services in Rochester, New York. During his tenure with Monroe County, Mr. Putney has provided leadership in the areas of forensic mental health, oversight of new county initiatives, and coordinating services for persons with high levels of need and/or risk. Mr. Putney holds a master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York, College at Brockport.  He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State. As a preceptor for forensic fellows in psychiatry, Mr. Putney is an Adjunct Faculty and Staff Member of the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine & Department of Psychiatry. He is also Adjunct Faculty at Medaille College (Rochester Campus) in the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program. Mr. Putney oversees Monroe County’s Disaster Mental Health Team which prepares and mobilizes mental health crisis counselors during times of disaster and local disease prevention efforts.


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