Molly W. Blancke, MPA, BSW, BA, has been the Executive Director of Lutheran Counseling Center (LCC) in New York since 2006.  A native South Carolinian, before coming to New York Molly demonstrated leadership skills as the Social Services Director for a large nursing home complex for eight years and previously, as a social worker advocate with mentally challenged children and their families, encouraging and fostering independence in their communities. Molly is also an accomplished church organist and pianist and has worked in the past for several churches in music director positions.

She has a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in ‘Non-Profit Management’ from Long Island University and is an adjunct professor in the MPA program there. She also earned a B.S.W. in Social Work and a B.A. in Sociology and Music.

Molly is currently a member of ALDE (Association of Lutheran Development Executives) where she serves as a presenter for the Enlighten Essentials Fundraising and Marketing workshops. She is also a member of  LSA (Lutheran Services in America), is on the board of LSNYA (Lutheran Services New York Alliance), is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha and received their award of excellence in 2009. In 2015 she was the proud recipient of the Rande Abbe Christian Service Award from LI Lutheran Middle & High School. She has held volunteer positions as both accompanist for various choral groups as well as in social work agencies, working with expectant mothers and their families.


The Rev. Serge Castigliano, Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC, Senior Clinical Supervisor for Lutheran Counseling Center and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has worked in semi-retirement since 2004 as CPE Program Director for the Lutheran Services New York Alliance’s accredited Clinical Pastoral Education Center. He has also served for the past twenty years as part-time Clinical Pastoral Supervisor and Senior Consultant for the Lutheran Counseling Center in NY. Previous positions include Director of Pastoral Care, Missouri Psychiatric Institute and Hospital in St. Louis, MO; executive positions with the national Lutheran Church as Associate Director and Director for ministries of chaplaincy, counseling and clinical education; and Executive Director, Seafarers and International House, New York.

In addition to an M.Div. degree, he holds two earned doctorates (D.Min. and Ph.D.) and is certified as a CPE Supervisor Emeritus by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He holds certification by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors as a Diplomate, its highest level of certification. He is a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Serge has received several professional awards, including the Christus in Mundo award given in 2007 by the Inter-Lutheran Coordinating Committee—the Lutheran Church’s highest honor for distinguished service in ministries of chaplaincy, counseling and clinical education.



Nichole L. Adams, PsyD, ABPP  works as a Clinical Supervisor for Corizon Health Services, supervising the only Forensic Psychiatric Assessment Unit on Riker’s Island. Dr. Adams was formerly the Nassau BOCES Special Education Department chief psychologist where she supervised a team of more than 80 clinicians who serve the agency’s 10 special education schools. She is also an adjunct professor at Adelphi University and developed a new course for the school: Behavioral Disorders in Childhood: A Multicultural Perspective. Dr. Adams has a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University, a M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Touro College, and a M.S. in Psychology and combined Doctor of Psychology in School and Community Psychology from Hofstra University. She also earned a bilingual extension certification in Spanish and is a board-certified psychologist (ABPP).



Thomas S. Taylor, PhD, LCSW-R, STM, is a Certified Psychoanalyst and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an ‘R’ status. He is a member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) and is a Clinical Supervisor for LCC. An ordained pastor of the ELCA, Dr. Taylor has a PhD from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU and a Master’s of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University in NY. His Master’s of Sacred Theology degree is from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa., and he has a Master of Divinity concentrating in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary in NY. Dr. Taylor received his Certification in Pastoral Counseling from the Post-graduate Center for Mental Health in NY and has had extensive experience working with individuals and couples and as a seminar presenter. He is a Prepare/Enrich certified trainer. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct professor at Concordia College, Bronxville. Dr. Taylor counsels teens, adults and couples as Counselor-in-Residence at our site at Advent Lutheran Church in New York, NY and at our Bronxville site.



Alan Steinke LCSW-R, MDiv, is retired as pastor of The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Valley Stream, NY where he served for thirty years. He was one of three clergy consultants to the Bishop of the English District-LCMS as a member of the Ministerial Health Commission. Pastor Steinke has had extensive experience in the field of psychotherapy since graduating with a Master’s of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University, New York City and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an ‘R’ status. He has completed extensive research in the area of anger management. Pastor Steinke also holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Pastor Steinke is a Clinical Supervisor with LCC and provides counseling one day a week for students at Trinity Lutheran School in Hicksville . He also counsels children, teens, adults and couples at our Mineola site.