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Patrice Lyons joined the Anne Arundel Community College family in 1987 following her tenure teaching sociology at The Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton Campus; at George Mason University; and at Northern Virginia Community College.
At AACC, Lyons taught sociology and then transferred to Counseling, Advising and Retention Services (CARS), where she has been an academic advisor and coordinator of publications. She is CARS assistant director of Counseling, Articulation and Transfer.
In her capacity as assistant director of Articulation and Transfer, Lyons’ areas of expertise include developing program pathways to four-year institutions and interpreting COMAR’s transfer policy for AACC’s faculty and staff.
Lyons has been a licensed social worker (LCSW-C) in Maryland since 1993. She has worked in a variety of agency settings including the child neglect unit of a children’s services agency and in community mental health services. She has provided personal counseling to AACC students since the inception of the service at the college in 2009. She represents Counseling Services on AACC’s Behavioral Intervention Teams and co-chairs its Care Assistance subcommittee.
Lyons holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Social Work from Marywood College in Pennsylvania. She also is certified as a Global Career Development facilitator, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator administrator, Mental Health First Aid instructor, QPR Gatekeeper instructor and in Critical Incident Stress Management: Group Crisis Intervention.
Arnold campus, SSVC 214
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Falcon joined Anne Arundel Community College in 2016 and is a part-time dedicated counselor in Counseling Services. During peak registration, she also is an academic advisor.
Falcon completed her Master of Social Work and received certification in neurodevelopmental disabilities in 1996. Since then she has been a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) and obtained a post baccalaureate certificate in autism. Falcon has worked in a variety of mental health settings including outpatient, inpatient and emergency department services as an evaluator at community hospitals in Maryland. She also has worked as a full-time program director at the Community College of Baltimore County and is adjunct faculty at Towson University in the Autism Studies Graduate Certificate program and undergraduate disabilities studies program.
Arnold campus, SSVC 215
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Letha Valiaveedu joined Anne Arundel Community College in 2013 and a part time counselor in Counseling Services. In addition to her role as counselor, she serves as an academic advisor during peak registration.
Valiaveedu has worked in the mental health field in a variety of treatment settings for over 10 years, including outpatient treatment, home-based therapy, residential treatment centers, college counseling centers, transitional programs and private practice.
She also has served as a clinical supervisor for counselor trainees and as an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University and Trinity University in Washington, D.C.
Valiaveedu is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Maryland. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Franciscan University, and her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University, in Washington, D.C. She is certified as a Multi-Dimensional Family Therapist, QPR Gatekeeper instructor, and Mental Health First Aid USA instructor.
Arnold campus, SSVC-214
Mondays and Tuesdays
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Diane Passero joined Anne Arundel Community college in 2014 and is a part time dedicated counselor in Counseling Services. In addition to her role as counselor, she serves as an academic advisor during peak registration.
Passero completed her Master of Arts in Counseling and Student Personnel Services and received her Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate (CRC) from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2006. Since 2009, she has been a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Brief Strategic Family Therapy. She is also a Maryland Board Approved supervisor in Clinical Professional Counseling.
Her professional experience includes student and clinical work in a variety of academic settings including the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Harbour School in Annapolis. Additionally, Passero practiced counseling at Maryland’s Youth Service Bureau serving in various capacities including as clinical coordinator of the Children in Need of Supervision Program (CINS) at Prince George’s County Department of Juvenile Services and as the clinical supervisor of the center.
Arnold campus, SSVC 214