Meet Our Instructors
Fredrick W. Erlich, MSW, MBA, LMSW
Fredrick Erlich is founder and CEO of Living Resources. Fred founded this agency in 1974 as an organization committed to maintaining a continuum of services that addresses the full range of needs experienced by individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and individuals aging at home. Fred became CEO of Living Resources in 1981. Under his guidance the organization has grown into a business that serves over 2000 individuals and employs over 800 staff. Early in his career, Fred served as Assistant Director for Program Development for the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, as well as Executive Director for the NYS Chapter of the National Society for Autistic Children. Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in social welfare, and a master’s degree in business administration all from the State University at Albany. He was named as a Distinguished Alumni and served as an adjunct professor at the School of Business where he taught human resources and organizational management classes.
Stephanie Fisher, MS, LMHC, CASAC
Stephanie Fisher is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 10 years and in the field of addictions since 2011. Stephanie has conducted research on gambling addiction and scaffolding personal identities during her graduate work at SUNY Albany. Stephanie provides trainings and presentations on issues relating to trauma informed approaches, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and other clinical interventions for working with intellectual disabilities, genetic disorders, and other topics related to mental health in the community. Stephanie sits on committees supporting disability inclusion, protecting human rights, and policy and administration in addition to her administrative and clinical work. Stephanie works closely with her therapy dog, Dogtor Benjamin, who is a great support to the clients served in the community.
Allison Fuller, MSW, LCSW-R
Allison Fuller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Nazareth College in 2000 and her Master’s in Social Welfare through the advanced standing program at the University at Albany in 2001. She is currently the Clinical Therapist for the College Experience and CareerNext programs at Living Resources. With over 18 years of experience practicing social work in the Albany, NY area, she specializes in working with individuals, groups, and staff to use their strengths, talents, and experiences to enhance their lives and those with whom they are connected. Allison began her career working with individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness at ClearView Center in Albany (now Equinox) before transitioning to work with individuals living with intellectual and or developmental disabilities at Center for Disability Services and later Living Resources. When Allison joined Living Resources in 2006, she joined a newly formed Clinical Department where professional social workers and mental health counselors worked to address the co-occurring mental health, cognitive, and behavioral needs of individuals while closely working with staff in trainings and workshops. Allison was able to use her teaching skills to engage an audience of celebrated staff to broaden their skills while capitalizing on their strengths to bring greater understanding about the neurodevelopmental and mental health aspects about the behaviors of the individuals served at Living Resources. She feels energized when working with people who are open and eager to expand their knowledge and skills to deliver individualized care to a population also eager to grow and learn. As part of the ever developing journey to flourish, she is excited to be part of the Impact ALL training institute at Living Resources to continue her mission to bring education to peers in the field who have an impact on the lives of others every day.
Jeff Hallenbeck, MS, LMHC
Jeff Hallenbeck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor currently working as Director of Clinical Services at Living Resources. He has worked in the field of developmental disabilities as a clinician for 30 years and has presented at numerous conferences on issues related to dual diagnosis and autism both here and in the People’s Republic of China. He completed his graduate work in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston where he worked for a number of years with homeless individuals living with chronic mental illness. Upon returning to this area in 1985, he began working with individuals with ID/DD as well as co-occurring psychiatric challenges. At Living Resources, he oversees behavioral health services for a large number of individuals living with ID/DD in both residential and day program settings, many with co-morbid psychiatric issues and histories of extensive trauma.