Meet the Team at Banyan | Qualified Addiction Specialists

Meet the Team

At Banyan, we stand as a leader in providing growth through recovery by having only the most qualified team behind the mission. Our highly experienced staff know exactly how to treat each and every client because several key members of the Banyan clinical team have gone through their own personal trials of addiction and recovery. The Banyan tree not only stands as a symbol for us, but it is a philosophy. You are able to grow through your recovery process with a strong community set in place from our team here at all of our nationwide facilities.


Corporate Leadership

Joe Tuttle

President & CEO
Joe Tuttle

President & CEO

Born and raised in North Branch, Michigan, Joe Tuttle moved to Florida in 2004 to escape the harsh winters. He studied Business at Eastern University and over the years, has owned and operated many successful companies.

Joe’s entrepreneurial success started at the age of 12 when he began buying sports memorabilia which turned into a 23 year obsession. Over the years, Joe’s collection value was in the millions, finding great prosperity in selling and trading. In 1997, he established a contract with the Home Shopping Network to take his sales nationally. He used this newfound achievement to venture into other business opportunities, opening up six jewelry stores and a sports memorabilia shop.

It was through his stores that he met and established a relationship with a future colleague that introduced him to the treatment industry. Although Joe has not struggled with addiction issues himself, he is a family man and a very caring individual and was intrigued with this new potential business venture. Joe is passionate about seeing growth and success, and wanted to be able to provide a safe space for recovering alcoholics and addicts to succeed themselves.
In 2012 Banyan Treatment Center was born. Banyan was initially a small “mom and pop” program but did not stay that way for long. In the next two years, Joe brought aboard some talented individuals that shared a similar vision and work ethic, and Banyan began to grow. Today Banyan provides all levels of care in the treatment continuum, many specialty programs, and locations nationally. “I love my staff and our team is what makes this company flourish. We truly are a family, and as long as we continue to share the same passion, Banyan will continue to be the special place that it is.” Joe holds the title of Chief Executive Officer of all Banyan sites and continues to be the driving force behind our success.

Eric Oakes

Executive Vice President and COO
Eric Oakes

Executive Vice President and COO

Eric Oakes has been in the helping professions for over 25 years. He got his start working with children and adolescents in schools and therapeutic communities in New England, and has been drawn toward those battling addiction ever since. Along the way, Eric has worked throughout the Eastern United States. He has treated persons with severe and persistent mental illness, advocating from the community and in their homes. He has worked with persons with developmental disabilities and women with young children as well. Eric has worked in addictions in the South Florida region for 15 years, successfully managing and directing several prominent treatment programs. In both public and privately funded settings, the theme throughout has been a commitment to serving those in need. Eric Oakes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master in Social Work, is certified by the State of Florida, and has a Master in Business Administration in Health Care Management.

Erin Kennedy

Chief Revenue Officer
Erin Kennedy

Chief Revenue Officer

Sean Mintz CFA, MSF

Chief Financial Officer
Sean Mintz CFA, MSF

Chief Financial Officer

Sean Mintz was raised in Boynton Beach, FL and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University. He is a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) who got his start in the field of addiction treatment in 2013. He has played an integral role in driving the growth of Banyan Treatment Center through numerous acquisitions and the resulting consolidation of entities, and continuously strives to improve processes by bringing his expert financial insight to key leadership decisions. Sean is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Banyan, where he acts as the leader of the accounting department, managing all fiscal related matters. He has been a member of the Banyan Treatment Center family since 2018.


Vice Presidents

Catherine Manley, LMHC

Vice President of Operations
Catherine Manley, LMHC

Vice President of Operations

Catherine Manley, LMHC is the Vice President of Operations at Banyan Treatment Centers. Catherine earned her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling. Catherine has led staff in multiple roles as Primary Therapist, Detox Supervisor, Clinical Director and Executive Director. In addition to her experience in human services, Catherine received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Florida International University in 2003. She has a background in marketing, advertising and project management. Catherine champions the organizational culture by driving professional development and teamwork across multidisciplinary departments. Catherine brings a great balance of education, compassion, and business acumen to the Banyan family.

Joe Bozza

Vice President of Human Resources
Joe Bozza

Vice President of Human Resources

During his 20+ years as a Human Resources professional, Joe has set up and managed HR departments for South Florida companies in a variety of industries: healthcare, software tech, construction, retail, and currently, addiction treatment. His skills and experience encompass many components of HR and include recruitment, on-boarding, benefits, payroll, HRIS, compliance/policies, employee relations, management coaching, and training.

Joe has notable success meeting large volume staffing needs for rapidly growing companies, recruiting to fill 90+ new positions per year. Always interested in improving processes and efficiencies, during his career Joe has performed the role of Project Manager implementing five HRIS/Payroll systems including UltiPro.

After achieving his SPHR, Joe was an instructor for the SHRM Learning System PHR/SPHR Certification prep class at Florida Atlantic University for three years. Early in his HR career, while managing HR departments in the healthcare industry, Joe held positions of Vice President and then President of the South Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association (SFHHRA).

Joe believes that his role as a Human Resources Professional is to work closely with his organization’s owners and senior executives to help them achieve growth, and create and maintain a great place to work.

Jeff Houchin

Vice President of Information Technology
Jeff Houchin

Vice President of Information Technology

Jeff Houchin has been working in the addiction field for 14 years. He started working at Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health (formerly Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches) after graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelors degree in Operations Management. His passion for the industry was inspired by the impact addiction had on his family, and now he is driven by the Banyan community and their passion for helping others in need. Jeff joined Banyan in June of 2018, when Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches was acquired by Banyan. His favorite part about working for Banyan is giving users tools to make their jobs easier.

Joshua Gamaitoni

Vice President of Business Development
Joshua Gamaitoni

Vice President of Business Development

Joshua Gamaitoni was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. After his own personal struggles with addiction, Josh relocated to Florida to start his journey through recovery in 2011. Over the past six years, Josh has gained a well-rounded background in a variety of facets in the treatment industry including sober living management, admissions, community outreach and is currently working towards his certification as an interventionist. Joshua joined the Banyan Treatment Center family in 2017 with the title of National Director of Business Development. His goal is to assist those suffering from this disease and their families in any way he can.

Corey Cortez

Vice President of Business Development
Corey Cortez

Vice President of Business Development

Corey was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. After struggling with his own demons of addiction, he decided to make a change and come to South Florida for recovery and flourished into the man he was meant to be. Corey joined the Banyan Team in 2014 starting as Banyan’s original Director of Alumni Services and quickly moved his way up within the company from Outreach Coordinator to today holding the title of VP of Business Development. Corey plays a key role in our South Florida presence, but also travels nationwide to establish working relationships for Banyan Treatment Center and to let the nation know Banyan’s Mission.


National Corporate Directors

Lauren Connolly

National Director of Patient Accounts
Lauren Connolly

National Director of Patient Accounts

Lauren was born and raised on Long Island in New York. She attended community college, as well as business school and majored in Business Administration. Lauren began her career in New York City in 1994 where she worked as a Financial Analyst for two of the largest NY Direct Marketing agencies for over 20 years.

In 2013, Lauren relocated to Wellington, FL and pursued a career in the treatment industry. Since 2015, Lauren has been the Director of Finance at Banyan Treatment. Lauren works with the clients and their families to help create affordable payment plans for treatment. She assists with cash or self pay clients and helps families navigate through the financial process to ensure they understand their payment options and what is best depending on their situation.

Alyssa Valentin

National Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa Valentin

National Director of Digital Marketing

Alyssa Valentin serves as the National Director of Digital Marketing for Banyan Treatment Centers. Alyssa was born in Queens, New York, and was raised in Central New Jersey. After experiencing her own struggles with addiction during her college years, Alyssa sought treatment in South Florida in 2011 and made it her home. After building a strong foundation in recovery, she returned back to school and graduated from Palm Beach State College with honors in 2016, all while working full-time. She is currently continuing her education at Florida Atlantic University in their business program.

Prior to Banyan, Alyssa began working in the treatment field in 2012 at the program she had completed, as an Alumni Coordinator residing in the marketing department. She quickly fell in love with marketing and transitioned into a full-time role, excelling in analytics, project management, content creation, social media marketing, and local marketing. It was there she learned from the top leaders in the field specializing in addiction treatment. During this time, she was also introduced to the largest global CRM, Salesforce, for which she decided to expand her knowledge to include. Alyssa attended the Salesforce University for multiple courses in Administration and Development in 2014 and has led company integrations in an abundance of industries.

Alyssa joined the Banyan team in 2016, bringing her five-plus years of experience. She has produced a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. Through strategic marketing campaign concepts, Alyssa has established Banyan as an industry leader and a national household name. Some of these campaign concepts are but not limited to extensive video production, celebrity endorsements, television production, and social advertising. Alyssa has been an integral member of our Joint Venture/Acquisition and our PR/Advertising teams, where she has helped Banyan grow into an industry leader with 11 locations across the nation.

Banyan has been featured on acclaimed shows and media outlets like A&E's Intervention, Good Day New York, Good Day Philadelphia, Bloomberg, CNN.com, NBCnews.com, ABC, Tegna Productions, Huffington Post, Psychology Today and many more.

Allison Rush

National Director of Public Relations
Allison Rush

National Director of Public Relations

Allison Seriani Rush serves as the National Public Relations Director for Banyan Treatment Center. Allison was born in Columbus, Ohio and was raised in South Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida and was a former sister of Zeta Tau Alpha. After college, Allison pursued a career with the largest talent agency in the world, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment's Miami Beach division. It was there she learned marketing from the top leaders in the field specializing in celebrity endorsements and global PR campaigns. She has produced a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field, health and wellness space, hospitality, lifestyle and non-profit sectors. Through strategic public relations and creative campaign concepts, Allison has secured more than 200+ broadcast and print media placements over the years. Allison helps establish Banyan as an industry leader by drawing through patients' experiences and brand storytelling. Banyan has been featured on acclaimed shows like A&E's Intervention, Good Day New York, Good Day Philadelphia, Bloomberg, CNN.com, NBCnews.com, ABC, Tegna Productions, Huffington Post, Psychology Today and many more.

Sherilyn Toro

National Director of Compliance
Sherilyn Toro

National Director of Compliance

Sherilyn was born and raised in New Jersey. Shortly after relocating to South Florida in 2010 she obtained employment at Banyan as a BHT in 2014. Due to her unparallel work ethic, she was shortly promoted to Program Supervisor and, subsequently, Director of IOP Operations. Sherilyn’s talents were noticed by upper-management and she eventually transitioned into the Quality Assurance department as a QA Coordinator. After a few years of experience, Sherilyn was promoted to National Director of Compliance.

Sherilyn oversees all facilities’ Performance Improvement process, which ensures that Banyan holds itself to the highest standards so that our clients receive the best quality of care. Additionally, she ensures that all facilities maintain federal and state regulations, licensure, and Joint Commission Accreditation. Sherilyn has an education in Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare from Southern New Hampshire University.

Sherilyn started working in the addiction field in 2014 after being Banyan’s first female sober living patient. She is in recovery and believes it has given her everything she was looking for in drugs and alcohol, and so much more. She says, “it gives me the power to live life presently, joyfully, and wholly. The shame, guilt, self-hatred, and hopelessness that I was trapped in for so long has disappeared and I am blessed with opportunities to use those experiences to help others.”

What makes Sherilyn passionate about what she does is the ability to assist those with similar experiences to hers. When asked what advice she would offer to someone struggling, she says, “advice is what people who haven’t been in our shoes give. We offer our experiences, then and now, as a guide for others to follow. Life is what it is supposed to be today; sometimes rough and sometimes blissful.”

Kevin Craner

Kevin Craner, MHA, CIP, CFRS, CRS

National Director of Family Intervention Services
Kevin Craner
Kevin Craner, MHA, CIP, CFRS, CRS

National Director of Family Intervention Services

Kevin Craner grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania. A person in long - term recovery and product of Intervention himself, Kevin began his recovery journey in South Florida. Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling, a Master's Degree in Health Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Leadership. Kevin is a certified intervention professional (CIP) and certified recovery specialist (CRS). Over the past few years Kevin has developed and managed family support and intervention programs. Kevin has worked with thousands of families to help them overcome addiction. His goal is to meet families where they are at, and work towards achieving long - term recovery.

Jonelle Brennan

National Director of Admissions
Jonelle Brennan

National Director of Admissions

Jonelle Brennan was born and raised in New York State and has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2014. She currently serves as the National Director of Admissions at Banyan Treatment Center and is passionate about helping both patients and their families to recover from the effects of addiction. According to Jonelle, her main goal is to ensure that each and every patient who is seeking treatment receives the help and care that they deserve. Jonelle joined the Banyan Treatment Center team in 2017 as an administrative marketing assistant, and as a result of her exceptional leadership skills and expertise has received numerous promotions which have brought her to her current position. Jonelle studied English at St. John Fisher College, with a minor in Visual & Performing Arts.

David Goloski

National Director of Alumni Services
David Goloski

National Director of Alumni Services

David picked up the tools found in the 12 step fellowship and immediately dove head first into the recovery available here in South Florida, where he worked diligently with his sponsor and completed the 12 steps while obtaining employment.

David first came to Banyan Treatment Center as a Behavioral Health Technician. After showing his dedication and firm work ethic, David was given the opportunity to take some training courses and becomes Banyan’s first Recovery Coach. After excelling in coaching, David was then promoted again to Director of Alumni Services. As the Director of Alumni Services, David reaches out to clients and keeps in contact while bringing them back for weekly alumni meetings and monthly alumni events.


Executive Directors

Paul d’Entremont

Executive Director of Banyan Palm Springs
Paul d’Entremont

Executive Director of Banyan Palm Springs

Paul was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance. Paul moved to Southern California in 1990 and spent the early part of his career as CFO of an acquisition-based magazine publishing group. He began his own recovery in 2009, with a 60-day treatment stay, which not only changed the trajectory of his life, but also of his career. He was hired as Business Manager of a dual-diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program in Palm Springs, CA and later became the program’s director. Prior to working at Banyan Palm Springs, Paul was Director of Operations of a 120-bed residential treatment facility. In combining Paul’s passion for business and recovery, he is committed to providing his patients with the same opportunity he was given, as a result of having had access to a clinically proven, well-managed treatment program, to find, and live, a purpose-driven life.

Ryan Steinberg, LMHC, MBA

Executive Director of Banyan Pompano, Stuart, and Boca
Ryan Steinberg, LMHC, MBA

Executive Director of Banyan Pompano, Stuart, and Boca

Ryan Steinberg, LMHC, MBA is the Executive Director at Banyan Treatment Centers. He has worked extensively with client populations at the Detox, Residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care treating patients diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders along with Mental Health Disorders. In 2018, Ryan attained his Healthcare MBA at Florida International University, where he became a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Ryan lends both his clinical training, along with his business mastery to be able to effectively lead a growing behavioral healthcare agency. He adopts a patient-centered approach and implements an evidence-based approach throughout his practice. Ryan is also an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and he has received advanced clinical training in sexuality/gender related issues.

Margot Lee, LMFT, RRT, EMDR, CCTP

Executive Director of Clearbrook Mass.
Margot Lee, LMFT, RRT, EMDR, CCTP

Executive Director of Clearbrook Mass.

Margot Lee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in treating trauma, addiction, first responders, and co-occurring disorders. She earned her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1998 and since then has worked with vulnerable populations including: sheltered children, victims of sexual violence, juvenile female prisoners with severe mental health issues, people suffering from addiction, and first responders. Margot has 20+ years of experience in counseling and leadership having experience as a primary therapist, director of case management, clinical director, program development specialist, director of crisis stabilization, and executive director. Margot has trained extensively to have therapeutic tools to work with her clients and holds certificates in hypnotherapy, certified rapid resolution therapy, level 2 EMDR training, certified as an early childhood development specialist, certified in brain gym, certified redline rescue training graduate, and is a certified clinical trauma professional. Margot has a passion for helping others and in addition to her role as Executive Director at Clearbrook Massachusetts, she volunteers at the Inner Truth Project working with victims of sexual violence and is the volunteer therapist for Chapter One, a not-for-profit support group for first responders.

Fredi-Ruth Levitt, LCSW

Executive Director of BHOPB/Seaside
Fredi-Ruth Levitt, LCSW

Executive Director of BHOPB/Seaside

Fredi was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Before moving to Florida in 2014, she had lived in Boston, California, and Connecticut. She moved to Florida to help take care of her elderly parents. Fredi got her high school diploma at Longmeadow High school. She received her bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and her graduate degree at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California. Fredi’s BA is in sociology with a minor in criminology and her master’s degree is in social work. She also has her clinical license both in Connecticut and Florida (LCSW).
Most of her career, Fredi has worked with dual diagnosed people, meaning they suffer from both mental health and substance abuse issues. She has been in the mental health/addiction field for over 20 years.

What makes Fredi passionate about what she does is that she’s a big believer in building relationships with people and in that, it allows for the person to heal and grow from almost anything that they are challenged with such as substance abuse, mental health, trauma, etc. She likes being a part of the healing process and seeing the patient being happy, healthy, and successful in life. Her favorite part of her position is building teams and empowering staff and being hands-on with the patients. Fredi’s goal for her career at Banyan is that she wants to continue to grow and develop as a positive leader to the programs that she oversees and to Banyan as a whole and continue to make her programs be as successful as she can. She would like for our facilities to be set apart from other treatment centers and to be the best of the best in the addiction and mental health treatment world! Fredi also would like to be part of a team to help create and grow other new programs, especially incorporating animal therapy.

William J. Rusen, LMSW

Executive Director of Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia
William J. Rusen, LMSW

Executive Director of Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia

Bill Rusen is pleased and honored to have been named the Executive Director of Clearbrook Manor and Banyan Treatment Center Philadelphia. Previously, Bill served for 19 years as CEO for an addiction recovery program in Ithaca, NY. Native to the Scranton, PA area, Bill has worked in community behavioral and primary health care systems for over 40 years in Pennsylvania, Washington, New Hampshire and New York. He earned a graduate degree in Social Work from Marywood University, and has authored scholarly papers and facilitated workshops state and national conferences. Bill has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, TC-3 and Marywood University. Bill was an expert team member for the Institute for Health Care Design, United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Primary Health Care where he trained primary health care provider organizations to redesign their health care delivery systems. Bill and his wife, Lisa, reside in Hanover, PA. Bill has twin sons. Matthew is a graphic artist residing in Pennsylvania with his wife Lauren. John is a licensed massage therapist residing in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Tami Stauffer

Executive Director of Banyan Heartland
Tami Stauffer

Executive Director of Banyan Heartland

Tami Stauffer was born and raised in Central Illinois, where she began her nursing career as an emergency room nurse. She worked at a jail and a treatment facilitiy prior to becoming the Executive Director and Director of Nursing at Banyan. Her work experience has shown her how important mental health and addiction treatment is for all patients. Tammi prides herself on building a compassionate team of nurses at who take exceptional care of their patients at Banyan.

Nicole Bower

Executive Director
Nicole Bower

Executive Director

Nicole Bower was born in Houston and raised in Bastrop, Texas. She graduated in 2000 from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Psychology and got her MBA in healthcare management in 2008.

She began working with people receiving mental health and substance abuse treatment in 2000. It was at the age of 13 that Nicole first discovered her passion; to help those who struggle with mental health and addiction. Her desire intensified as she grew older, witnessing firsthand the struggles of addiction in her close family members.

Nicole is an important asset to the Banyan team. As the Executive Director of Banyan Treatment Centers, she gets the opportunity to define and develop a system that fosters the lives of clients in addiction treatment.

Nicole promotes a collaborative culture in Banyan, which creates successful outcomes for clients. “Every human being deserves compassion, dignity, and respect… and it is our responsibility to ensure every person has the tools needed to be successful!”

David Tews, Ed.D, LCPC, CADC

Executive Director of Banyan Chicago
David Tews, Ed.D, LCPC, CADC

Executive Director of Banyan Chicago

David Tews, Ed.D., LCPC, CADC has been in the helping profession for over 20 years. He has worked in a variety of settings specializing in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. Dr. Tews got his start as a volunteer at a community center in Sarasota, Florida providing pre- and post-test services for individuals interested in HIV testing. While working on his addictions certification and master’s degree he worked in halfway houses, recovery homes, treatment centers, and clinics. He has also taught addictions and other mental health courses at local colleges and universities. Dr. Tews serves on the Illinois Advisory Council on Alcohol and other Drugs while advocating for those in need of substance abuse treatment.


Directors of Business Development

Eric Birkhimer

Director of Business Development National
Eric Birkhimer

Director of Business Development National

Eric, a native of Northern West Virginia, landed in South Florida in early 2010 battling his own struggles with addiction. Clean and sober since his arrival, he was given an opportunity to work in the field in 2011 as an entry level Admissions Coordinator at a well known provider. He quickly worked his way through the ranks to become Executive Director of Admissions, a title he has held since the beginning of 2016. Eric joined the Banyan Family in early 2018 in a new exciting role as a Business Development Representative for Banyan Treatment Center. Along with his passion for helping others, admissions background, and sober home management experience, Eric also holds degree in IT from West Virginia Jr. College. His future plans are to pursue his certification as an Interventionist and obtain his Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Administration.

Don Mitckess

Director of Business Development IL
Don Mitckess

Director of Business Development IL

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Don has worked very hard to get to where he is in the addiction treatment field. He has a Masters degree in Counseling from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Theater from Loyola University of Chicago. Don is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certified Student Assistance Professional. He started in the addiction field in 1993 as a Substance Abuse Counselor at a community agency in Southern Maryland. Since then his passion for this field has grown immensely. Don is proud to be able to help people during the worst time in their lives. He can go to bed every night knowing he has made a difference in the lives of others. As the new Director of Business Development for Banyan Treatment Center in Chicago, Don hopes to continue his passion of helping those who struggle with addiction.

Lori Ginsberg

Director of Mental Health Business Development
Lori Ginsberg

Director of Mental Health Business Development

Lori was born and raised in Connecticut and has been in the addiction field since 2006! She was residing with an alcoholic and thought she would be able to understand and help others in need of addiction and mental health by her experience. Lori attended Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She says, “I’m passionate about helping others with any mental health and substance abuse issues they are experiencing, having hope and faith that they can have a better life. I care a lot about people and want to make sure that they get the best help needed for them to reach their maximum potential.” As the Director of Mental Health Business Development, her favorite part of her job is working and meeting people; educating professionals and clients about mental health and substance abuse services that are offered so they can improve the quality of their life by making positive lifetime changes. Lori joined the Banyan team in 2017 to work with the mental health track. What makes Banyan stand out the most to her is that we provide a full continuum of care, achieving better clinical outcomes.

Christopher Kaufteil

Director of Business Development FL
Christopher Kaufteil

Director of Business Development FL

Moving to Coral Springs, Florida from White Plains, New York in the early 1990s, Chris faced his own battles with addiction during the pill mill epidemic in Broward County between 2010 and 2015. He sought help from many treatment centers, including several state funded programs and private facilities. The consequences of his substance abuse continued to pile up until he finally surrendered in early 2015, embracing the recovery process. Chris started his role in the addiction field at The Beachcomber in 2015. In order to increase his knowledge in helping others in this industry, Chris graduated with a Bachelors in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University. He remains passionate about helping others obtain sobriety due to the loss of his brother Keith in 2011 to an oxycodone overdose. As a result of this tremendous loss, Chris vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure that people are informed about the dangers of drug addiction, and how proper treatment can help to arrest this deadly disease.

Andrew Simpson

Director Community Outreach PA
Andrew Simpson

Director Community Outreach PA

Andrew was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ. As too many people these days, Andrew found himself battling addiction beginning in college and continuing into his early to mid-twenties. After he found his way to treatment and in return sobriety in 2013. Over the past four years, Andrew has worked in many different facets of the treatment industry, including working as a behavioral health technician, in admissions, and community outreach. Today Andrew continues to build relationships throughout the community and medical field to better help people struggling with addiction and mental health issues.


Banyan Pompano Team

Ashley Moore, LCSW

Clinical Director
Ashley Moore, LCSW

Clinical Director

Ashley Moore is an Alabama native and has been sober for more than eleven years, following her move to South Florida. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, and having found freedom from addiction herself, has made helping others to heal from the pain and despair it can bring her main goal. Ashley is passionate about not only helping those who struggle themselves, but also the families who have experienced broken relationships to embrace the healing process. Ashley began her career at Banyan as a primary therapist and through her dedication to helping others and her exceptional professional abilities has since been promoted to her current role as Clinical Director at Banyan Pompano.

Joshua McPherson

Director of Operations
Joshua McPherson

Director of Operations

Josh McPherson was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. His own personal struggle with alcohol and drugs relocated him to South Florida in 2013. His new purpose after getting sober was geared entirely around helping others. Josh started with Banyan in October 2014 as a Behavioral Health Technician. He has been blessed to grow within the company as the company grew itself. His growth landed him with his current title of Director of Operations for the Pompano Beach PHP and IOP levels of care. One of his favorite parts about Banyan is that he is involved in training when facilities open out of state. He loves being a part of the new growth and goals. Josh is honored to be a part of the Banyan Family and eager to see where this journey continues to take him.

Oliver Hora

Director of Nursing
Oliver Hora

Director of Nursing

Oliver Hora is the director of nursing at Banyan Pompano. In 2001, Oliver finished nursing school in Germany. His major fields he worked in were mental health, substance abuse, and detox units. He worked for two years in adolescence health and mental health. Since 2010, Oliver has been in the United States where he worked in a variety of detox facilities before coming to Banyan in 2015. He offers nursing educational groups where they discuss nutrition, healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, anatomy, and healthcare needs. Oliver just wants to provide a safe environment for his clients. He says that his favorite part of the day is the clients.

Doyline Kreegel, RCSWI, RN

Clinical Supervisor of PHP SUD
Doyline Kreegel, RCSWI, RN

Clinical Supervisor of PHP SUD

Doyline Kreegel grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Registered Nurse with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Social Work from Florida International University.
In Fort Myers, Florida Doyline worked in an acute hospital setting on a neurology unit with people who were recovering from neurological conditions. She then worked as a psychiatric nurse treating people of all ages, from children to geriatrics. It was during that time she realized her passion for counseling people.
Doyline first started working for Banyan Treatment Centers in 2018 as an intern. She left the internship everyday feeling blessed knowing she was touching the lives of those in recovery. In 2019, Doyline began working as a group facilitator for Banyan’s Mental Health Program. Later that year, she was promoted to Primary Therapist. Now, Doyline holds the position of Banyan’s Clinical Supervisor of Substance Use.
Doyline knows that mental health illness and addiction do not discriminate. She wants to educate people on those diseases and advocate for those who suffer from it. Because of her background in nursing and social work, Doyline is more than qualified to help her clients treat symptoms that affect both their mind and their body.
Doyline loves waking up every morning knowing she is going to help people have a better quality of life. “It is never too late for a person to live a healthier and a more content life!

Rebecca Siwanowicz

Mental Health PHP Clinical Supervisor
Rebecca Siwanowicz

Mental Health PHP Clinical Supervisor

Rebecca started her career as a Behavioral Health Technician in the mental health field while perusing her MSW at Florida Atlantic University. She is currently registered and pursuing licensure, along with an MCAP certification. Rebecca has extensive experience and knowledge pertaining to both the mental health and substance abuse field, and has maintained several positions which have led to up her recent position as Lead Therapist in Banyan’s Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program. Rebecca understands the importance of community and empowering patients to develop leadership skills, independence and decision-making skills. She has a strong passion for the code of ethics and believes that quality patient care is directly related to the level of integrity and transparency practiced by the clinician.

John Kelsey

Operations Supervisor
John Kelsey

Operations Supervisor

Anthony Acampora

Faith in Recovery Director
Anthony Acampora

Faith in Recovery Director

Anthony is a published Christian Author and graduate of Vision International University where he earned a Master’s degree in Ministry. He also holds a Master’s diploma in Biblical Studies from the Int’l School of Ministry. Anthony successfully completed specialized training with the Int’l Conference of Police Chaplains. He is an ordained minister, speaker and writer with articles published in numerous national magazines.
He has a heart for those who suffer with mental illness, addictions and the broken in spirit. He has ministered to thousands of individuals suffering with addiction, mental health disorders, the homeless, and inmates.

Most recently, Anthony was awarded the 2019 Professional of the Year by Broward National Recovery. In 2018 Anthony was selected as a Global Goodwill Ambassador representing the USA. In 2015, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Broward Country awarded Anthony its volunteer Recognition Award. In 2014, the National Association of Social Workers, Broward County awarded Anthony its Public Citizen of the Year. 

Anthony is the host of The Faith in Recovery Show.  The Faith in Recovery Radio Show with Anthony Acampora previously aired on Faith-Talk Atlanta, AM 970 and in the Orlando area on “The Word “94.9FM & AM 950.
All Faith in Recovery Radio Shows can be heard by going to https://faithinrecovery.com/radio-shows/

Richard Mayora, LCSW, MCAP

Supervisor of Outpatient and Family Services
Richard Mayora, LCSW, MCAP

Supervisor of Outpatient and Family Services

Richard Mayora is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has taught at The Institute for Addiction Studies and The Academy for Addiction Professionals. He has chaired Broward’s Recovery Month event several times and will act in this capacity for 2017. Richard has been in private practice, served as the Clinical Coordinator at Community Healthcare/CenterOne, and was a clinician at Broward Health Medical Center’s psychiatric unit for many years. In 2014, Florida Atlantic University named him Supervisor of Year and mentoring students is his greatest passion.

Caleb Bogard

Caleb Bogard

Family Services Coordinator
Caleb Bogard
Caleb Bogard

Family Services Coordinator

Caleb was born in Louisville, Kentucky and played football at Lindsey Wilson College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communication. Like many others in America today, Caleb suffered an injury on the field that resulted in the use of prescription pain medication, which eventually led him down the dark road of addiction. He sought treatment at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, now a Banyan facility, more than four years ago and has been sober ever since. Caleb began his career at Banyan as an Admissions Coordinator and went on to receive several promotions within the organization. He now acts as a National Business Development Representative for the state of Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and son. Caleb is passionate about his position and being able to continue his career at Banyan in his home state, saying that he feels honored to be able to help those in his community who struggle with the same issues he once faced. He has made is his main goal to help anyone seeking treatment to get the help they need.


Banyan Stuart Team

Juan R. Garcia, LCSW

Clinical Director
Juan R. Garcia, LCSW

Clinical Director

Juan Garcia serves as the Clinical Director at Banyan Stuart. Born in Mexico City and raised in Guanajuato till age 8, Juan moved to Florida in 1993. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Master of Social Work in May 2009. In 2007, Juan began his career at the High/Maximum Risk Okeechobee Juvenile Offender Correction Facility. Juan’s position focused on Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment for adolescents and young adult male delinquents who were committed to the correctional setting for rehabilitation.

Juan joined the Banyan Team in 2019 as a Residential Clinical Supervisor and was promoted to the Clinical Director role in 2020, overseeing the entire clinical team at our Stuart location. Juan’s favorite part of his job is being able to guide a team that is truly making a difference in people’s lives. Juan began working in this field because of his desire to help others. He wanted to have a direct impact on the lives of those suffering from addiction and mental health disorders and has found that at Banyan. His goal is to continue helping others in their journey to recovery by ensuring quality care.

Danielle Menendez

Director of Nursing
Danielle Menendez

Director of Nursing

Danielle Menendez is a Florida native, born and raised in Miami. Danielle moved to the Martin County area in 1997. Danielle’s career began as a BHT (Behavioral Health Technician) in an all-male mental health prison. It was there that Danielle found her passion for helping people, especially those with dual diagnosis. She decided to obtain her nursing license in order to further her education to combat the Substance Abuse epidemic. After obtaining her L.P.N., Danielle began working for a detox facility. A year later, Danielle decided to become an R.N.

Danielle began her career with Banyan in Downtown Stuart as the Director of Nursing for our Detox. She has built a dynamic nursing department with nurses from various medical backgrounds, from the ER to Mental Health specialties, in order to offer our clients the most caring and knowledgeable nursing staff possible.

Danielle plans to continue her schooling in the near future. She plans on obtaining her master’s degree in nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner.

Jessica Schmidt

Clinical Supervisor
Jessica Schmidt

Clinical Supervisor

Jessica always had a passion for helping others, and she earned a BA in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College to pursue that dream. After graduating, she relocated to Florida where she began work as a youth care worker a juvenile residential facility for intensive mental health teenage girls. This population allowed Jessica to work with several stages of addiction and mental health issues. Her passions and interests continued to grow as she became a case manager, trainer, and finished her time there as the Director of Case Management. During that period, Jessica returned to school to further pursue her ability to help others and obtained her Master’s in Human Service Counseling from Liberty University.

Alicia Girard

Alicia Girard

Alumni Coordinator
Alicia Girard
Alicia Girard

Alumni Coordinator

Alicia is the alumni coordinator for both Banyan Boca and Banyan Stuart. Her journey with Banyan started on April 20, 2018 as an overnight Behavioral Health Technician. Alicia quickly proved her worth and was shortly thereafter promoted to a Lead Technician for the weekends. Her experience in active addiction and in sobriety is what gave her a passion for this field. Today that passion has turned into using the tools she learned to helped others in our Alumni community.

Caleb Bogard

Caleb Bogard

Family Services Coordinator
Caleb Bogard
Caleb Bogard

Family Services Coordinator

Caleb was born in Louisville, Kentucky and played football at Lindsey Wilson College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communication. Like many others in America today, Caleb suffered an injury on the field that resulted in the use of prescription pain medication, which eventually led him down the dark road of addiction. He sought treatment at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, now a Banyan facility, more than four years ago and has been sober ever since. Caleb began his career at Banyan as an Admissions Coordinator and went on to receive several promotions within the organization. He now acts as a National Business Development Representative for the state of Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and son. Caleb is passionate about his position and being able to continue his career at Banyan in his home state, saying that he feels honored to be able to help those in his community who struggle with the same issues he once faced. He has made is his main goal to help anyone seeking treatment to get the help they need.

Ebony Perkins

Detox Therapist
Ebony Perkins

Detox Therapist

Ebony Perkins was born and raised in New Jersey and relocated to Florida 15 years ago. Ebony comes from a long line of family members who suffered from the disease of addiction and unfortunately were unable to escape the grips of the disease. As a Therapist, Ebony has a unique perspective that she brings to the table; that being the impact of addiction on the family. Ebony has earned a BS in Human Services: Addictions Studies.

Ebony has made a commitment to put 100% of her effort into changing lives so that her loved ones suffering will not have been in vein. She aspires to become a LCSW and plans to start a graduate program in the coming year.

Lauren Roberts

Residential Therapist
Lauren Roberts

Residential Therapist

Lauren Roberts currently serves as a therapist with over 25 years of experience. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and remains a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. Lauren has diverse experience in both the mental health and substance abuse fields serving adolescents and adults. Lauren’s strengths include working within trauma-informed systems of care with specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She aspires to continue her work with substance use disorders largely in part because of the belief she has that anyone can obtain recovery with honesty and hope.


Banyan Boca Team

Ryan Steinberg

Ryan Steinberg, LMHC, MBA

Executive Director
Ryan Steinberg
Ryan Steinberg, LMHC, MBA

Executive Director

Ryan Steinberg, LMHC, MBA is the Executive Director at Banyan Treatment Centers. He has worked extensively with client populations at the Detox, Residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care treating patients diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders along with Mental Health Disorders. In 2018, Ryan attained his Healthcare MBA at Florida International University, where he became a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Ryan lends both his clinical training, along with his business mastery to be able to effectively lead a growing behavioral healthcare agency. He adopts a patient-centered approach and implements an evidence-based approach throughout his practice. Ryan is also an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and he has received advanced clinical training in sexuality/gender related issues.

Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

Clinical Director
Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

Clinical Director

Kahlia Bersson comes to Banyan Boca’s Detox and Residential Program with extensive experience in substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University, Kahlia honed her expertise working in both the mental health and substance abuse realms. Kahlia promotes a client-centered, holistic approach to treatment that utilizes relevant and effective interventions to meet the client where they are at in the change process and empower clients to meet and surpass their goals.

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Martin DiLiegro

Director of Operations
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Martin DiLiegro

Director of Operations

Marty DiLiegro was born and raised in the North Shore of Boston. Marty is a person in long-term recovery. Growing up, Marty, was an avid athlete in several sports, until injuring himself at a young age, resulting in the abuse of prescription pain medications. From there, Marty’s addiction grew more and more out of control. Marty lost many close friends and family members to the disease of addiction before beginning his personal road to recovery. Having gone through these hardships, Marty has found a new passion in helping recovering individuals and their families. Marty began his career with Banyan in 2016 as a Behavioral Health Technician working on the front lines with clients from all walks of life. Over time, Marty was promoted from BHT to Lead BHT, to Operations Supervisor before joining the Family Services team. Marty hopes to utilize both his personal and work experience to provide insight to families and help them achieve long-term recovery.

Alicia Girard

Alicia Girard

Alumni Coordinator
Alicia Girard
Alicia Girard

Alumni Coordinator

Alicia is the alumni coordinator for both Banyan Boca and Banyan Stuart. Her journey with Banyan started on April 20, 2018 as an overnight Behavioral Health Technician. Alicia quickly proved her worth and was shortly thereafter promoted to a Lead Technician for the weekends. Her experience in active addiction and in sobriety is what gave her a passion for this field. Today that passion has turned into using the tools she learned to helped others in our Alumni community.

Caleb Bogard

Caleb Bogard

Family Services Coordinator
Caleb Bogard
Caleb Bogard

Family Services Coordinator

Caleb was born in Louisville, Kentucky and played football at Lindsey Wilson College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communication. Like many others in America today, Caleb suffered an injury on the field that resulted in the use of prescription pain medication, which eventually led him down the dark road of addiction. He sought treatment at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, now a Banyan facility, more than four years ago and has been sober ever since. Caleb began his career at Banyan as an Admissions Coordinator and went on to receive several promotions within the organization. He now acts as a National Business Development Representative for the state of Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and son. Caleb is passionate about his position and being able to continue his career at Banyan in his home state, saying that he feels honored to be able to help those in his community who struggle with the same issues he once faced. He has made is his main goal to help anyone seeking treatment to get the help they need.

Amy Horan

Amy Horan

Amy Horan
Amy Horan

Kayla Callaghan

Kayla Callaghan

Kayla Callaghan
Kayla Callaghan


Banyan Chicago Team

Vanessa Whitnell, LCPC, CADC, CCTP

Clinical Director
Vanessa Whitnell, LCPC, CADC, CCTP

Clinical Director

Vanessa has been passionate about working with individuals who struggle with substance use disorders since her undergraduate days at the University of Missouri where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. There she did specialized education, training, and research in addiction and addictive behaviors. Vanessa went on to earn her Master’s degree in community counseling at DePaul University with an emphasis in addiction treatment. During her graduate career, Vanessa gained experience working with the substance use disorder and eating disorder populations. Vanessa has also recently obtained her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional certification.

Since Vanessa joined the team at Banyan Treatment Center Chicago in August 2016, she has served as a Primary Therapist and Quality Assurance while receiving training in DBT and Trauma as well as becoming a published author in strengths-based counseling. Having both the clinical understanding and compassion for patients as well as the ever-searching drive to promote a safe and supportive atmosphere for continued growth, Vanessa is prepared and humbled to serve as the Clinical Director for Banyan Chicago.

Brad Gerke

Director of Operations
Brad Gerke

Director of Operations

Brad Gerke has been working in the field of addiction recovery for nearly ten years and currently serves as the Director of Operations at Banyan Chicago. He has been part of the Banyan family since 2015, when the facility opened. Brad is heavily involved in the local recovery community, advocating for those in need of resources. He is a DuPage County HOPE Taskforce Appointee and works closely with the Naperville Connect for Life program, a number of 501c3 foundations, and joins state legislature for various round tables. Additionally, Brad speaks publicly at community forums, facilitates family events, and gives presentations at local high schools and colleges where he provides information, education, and resources on addiction and recovery. Brad believes in meeting patients where they are at in their lives to aid in their recovery journeys and values working with a team of dedicated professionals who give their all to enable their patients’ success.

Donald L. Mrozek II, BA, CADC

Therapist
Donald L. Mrozek II, BA, CADC

Therapist

Originally planning to be an attorney, Donald “Donny” Mrozek left law school to pursue a career in counseling. Donny has a passion for working with people struggling with substance use disorders. Donny obtained his Certified Alcohol and Drug Certificate (CADC) in 2016 and is currently working on his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. His career began as a therapist at a treatment center in Naperville, Illinois, where he gained experience in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Donny was hired at Banyan Chicago in October 2017 as a Therapist in our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). He believes that effective treatment requires a strong relationship between patient and therapist, and strives to empower his patients to make the changes they need to succeed. Donny utilizes a person centered style and has experience incorporating CBT, 12-Step Recovery, and SMART Recovery into his therapeutic approach.

Felicia Ortiz

Alumni Coordinator
Felicia Ortiz

Alumni Coordinator

Felicia Ortiz has been working in the field of addiction for 7 years. Felicia was born and raised at the Jersey Shore. The personal journey in recovery was Felicia's motivating factor to helping others. Felicia spent several years trying to obtain lasting sobriety in south Florida by attending several treatment centers. Recovery gave Felicia the opportunity to further her education, get married, and have children. Felicia and her husband both worked in the addiction field.

Felicia started her journey in the field working for the sober living she graduated from. Working under other professionals in the field inspired and instilled within Felicia the basic knowledge and tools she needed to continue her journey and began to work as a Clinical Care coordinator and later, Director of Operations for a large sober living program in South Florida. Felicia has worked in several different areas of the field including, recovery support, operations, business development, HIM and clinical care. Felicia is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of IL . During her schooling, she worked as an intern for Hay Market Center and was promoted to an alcohol and drug counselor for the women and children's residential substance abuse program

Jessica Alvarez

Intake Supervisor
Jessica Alvarez

Intake Supervisor

Jessica started her journey to recovery in 2009. Jessica’s path led her to work with several foundations as an advocate for those who struggle with addiction. She continues to be heavily involved with the local recovery community, advocating for those in need of resources. As co-founder to the 516 Light Foundation, Jessica speaks publicly at community forums, facilitates family events, and gives presentations at local high schools and colleges where she provides resources and education on addiction and recovery. Additionally, Jessica works closely with the Governor, Congress, and local police – Naperville’s Connect for Life program to raise awareness about addiction and bring resources to the community.

Jessica first came to Banyan Treatment Centers in May of 2016 as an Admissions Coordinator. After showing her dedication and strong work ethic, Jessica was promoted to Chicago’s Intake Supervisor, which allows her to fulfill her passion by helping individuals and families who suffer from drug addiction through the admissions process.

Jessica first came to Banyan Treatment Center in May of 2016 as an Admissions Coordinator. After showing her dedication and strong work ethic, Jessica was given the opportunity to take training courses in Recovery Coaching. Jessica was recently promoted to Chicago’s Intake Supervisor, which

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Paige Coleman

Family Services Coordintator
paige coleman
Paige Coleman

Family Services Coordintator

Growing up between Chicago and South Florida, Paige has unfortunately had a lot of firsthand experience with addiction. She faced the tremendous losses of her brother, sister and best friend to addiction, and through the pain has grown extremely passionate about helping people who are struggling themselves. Paige started her journey in the recovery field in 2012 when she ran a sober living facility, before moving on to work in outpatient facilities in business development, admissions positions, and now family services. Having experienced such immense losses of her loved ones, Paige is passionate about helping not only those who are struggling, but their families too. Paige is a valued member of the Family Services Department and holds the title of Family Services Coordinator. She communicates with all families for our Lake Worth, Chicago, and Gilman locations.

Heidi Wagner, APN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner
Heidi Wagner, APN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Heidi was born and raised in the Chicago area and recently started with us in the nurse practitioner role. She graduated with her Masters of Science degree in nursing from the nurse practitioner program at Lewis University in 2015. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner she worked in a variety of nursing fields including medical-surgical, home health, hospice, case management and behavioral health nursing.

Prior to coming to Banyan Treatment Center, Heidi worked as a nurse practitioner in a long-term care behavioral health facility where she cared for many dual diagnosis patients. Heidi performs medical and mental health assessments and treats immediate problems that arise with patients while in treatment. Heidi has always been interested in the sciences and in helping people.


Banyan Heartland Team

Devin Lyons

Clinical Director
Devin Lyons

Clinical Director

Devin Lyons, LCPC was born and raised near Champaign, IL. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to get his Master’s degree in both Professional and School Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University. His experience ranges from working in residential and community mental health, outpatient individual therapy, inpatient group therapy, hospital mental health evaluation and intake assessments, all before stepping into the role as Clinical Director of Banyan Heartland’s Detox & Residential Programs.

Felicia Ortiz

Alumni Coordinator
Felicia Ortiz

Alumni Coordinator

Felicia Ortiz has been working in the field of addiction for 7 years. Felicia was born and raised at the Jersey Shore. The personal journey in recovery was Felicia's motivating factor to helping others. Felicia spent several years trying to obtain lasting sobriety in south Florida by attending several treatment centers. Recovery gave Felicia the opportunity to further her education, get married, and have children. Felicia and her husband both worked in the addiction field.

Felicia started her journey in the field working for the sober living she graduated from. Working under other professionals in the field inspired and instilled within Felicia the basic knowledge and tools she needed to continue her journey and began to work as a Clinical Care coordinator and later, Director of Operations for a large sober living program in South Florida. Felicia has worked in several different areas of the field including, recovery support, operations, business development, HIM and clinical care. Felicia is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of IL . During her schooling, she worked as an intern for Hay Market Center and was promoted to an alcohol and drug counselor for the women and children's residential substance abuse program

Rhonda Meyer

Therapist
Rhonda Meyer

Therapist

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Paige Coleman

Family Services Coordintator
paige coleman
Paige Coleman

Family Services Coordintator

Growing up between Chicago and South Florida, Paige has unfortunately had a lot of firsthand experience with addiction. She faced the tremendous losses of her brother, sister and best friend to addiction, and through the pain has grown extremely passionate about helping people who are struggling themselves. Paige started her journey in the recovery field in 2012 when she ran a sober living facility, before moving on to work in outpatient facilities in business development, admissions positions, and now family services. Having experienced such immense losses of her loved ones, Paige is passionate about helping not only those who are struggling, but their families too. Paige is a valued member of the Family Services Department and holds the title of Family Services Coordinator. She communicates with all families for our Lake Worth, Chicago, and Gilman locations.


Banyan Palm Springs Team

Elizabeth Ross, Ph.D.

Clinical Director
Elizabeth Ross, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Elizabeth Ross is the Clinical Director at Banyan Palm Springs. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Elizabeth has been working in the field of addiction and mental health since 2004. The journey that lead her to become a psychologist includes the desire to help support those suffering with dual diagnosis. Working as a psychologist has never been a job, it is her life passion. The best part of her position as a clinical director is supporting an environment where patients can get the best care possible with a team of compassionate staff all with the same goal to provide patients the families an opportunity for life changing growth.

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Keerthy Sunder, MD

Medical Director
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Keerthy Sunder, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished Physician with extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, administrator, teacher, and lecturer. He is also author of the Amazon International Best Seller book “Face your Addictions and Save your Life” and the creator of an online meditation program for health and wellness (www.tunemybrain.com) and for PTSD among returning war Veterans (www.beatptsd.com).

Dr. Sunder holds Diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is also a Diplomate of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London, England and certified as a Credentialed Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society. He served his Ob/Gyn residency at James Cook University Hospital in England. He served his Psychiatry residency at the University of Bristol, England as well as Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Member of the Credentialing Committee for the American Board of Addiction Medicine and a Life Member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. He is currently on Clinical Faculty with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Riverside School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences. He has worked as an Investigator on over 30 Research Protocols focused on Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, as well as a Research Psychiatrist or Co-Investigator on NIH studies related to Pregnancy and Postpartum disorders.

Dr Sunder has obtained extensive training in the practice of Mind -Body medicine and Integrative approaches including, Meditation, Neurofeedback and NuCalm to address health and wellness. The “Sunder Method” is at the forefront of utilizing cutting edge diagnostic tools, brain mapping and sophisticated technology including custom smart nutraceuticals to assist with healing complex Neuropsychiatric Conditions, Gut Brain Dysregulation and to optimize human performance.

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Steve Dinga

Operations Director
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Steve Dinga

Operations Director

Born in Endicott, Steve grew up in a small town in upstate New York known mostly as being the birth place of IBM in 1935. Growing up in a small town showed him the importance of family and a strong work ethic...attributes he’s carried with him throughout his life.

Steve’s education included a BS in Marketing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Following a successful corporate career in financial services marketing, Steve turned his focus to health care, with the desire to help others, working in patient relations and project management at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. He then became the Operations Director for Desert Palms Recovery, the predecessor of Banyan Palm Springs. With gratitude for 28 years of sobriety, Steve wants to give back to others by helping them in recovering from addiction and trauma.

In his role as Operations Director he wants to ensure Banyan Palm Springs is a safe environment for patients and staff, with healthy food and nutrition programs, clean and operational facilities, and most importantly a team of Behavioral Health Techs that focus on the patients by helping them to realize the gifts recovery can bring.

Steve is publishing a book titled “The Spirit to Play” which is a summary of all that he’s learned in recovery, healing, and in his spiritual journey. The spirit to play encompasses peace, love, joy, happiness, gratitude, child-like innocence, and service to others. And it reminds us that there’s a kid in all of us regardless of our age that always wants to play and love.

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Linda Santiago

Director of Nursing
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Linda Santiago

Director of Nursing

Linda Santiago is a California resident, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. While a student at Mission College, she volunteered for a suicide prevention hotline. It was here that she realized her passion for working in the mental health field. After finishing nursing school, she began working at a Dual Diagnosis facility, it was here that she identified her passion for working with people with not only mental health, but substance abuse as well. Linda has been in supervisory positions since 2012 and thrives in leading teams towards high standards of quality patient care. Linda offers nursing educational groups where they discuss unique ways to engage patient’s interest such as jeopardy/trivia and role-playing games. Linda finds creative and fun ways to educate patients and engage staff morale. Linda has been dedicated to the field of dual diagnosis for most of her career and continues to place top priority on patient care.
Linda joined the Banyan Palm Springs Team in August 2020 and looks forward to further developing and strengthening our nursing department. Our goal is to create a department dedicated to the care and compassion of the patients we serve.

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Auggie Olivera

Lead Intake Coordinator
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Auggie Olivera

Lead Intake Coordinator

Agustin was born and raised in Uruguay. At the age of twelve he moved to New Jersey. In 2019, he relocated to Palm Springs, California. Given the opportunity to a fresh start, he began his journey in recovery. Finding a new purpose in life, subsequently after a long 15-year struggle with drug addiction, he decided to turn his life around and became an advocate to those in the continuous struggle with mental health and addiction, marking the end of a ten-year sales career in the automobile industry. Agustin joined the Banyan team as a behavioral health technician and quickly made his way into lead intake coordinator. A team player at heart, his work ethic, hard work, and dedication is felt across our community and beyond. While currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management, some of the things he loves doing include play sports, such as soccer and tennis. He also loves hiking and going to the beach.

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Sammy Langager

Outpatient Services Supervisor
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Sammy Langager

Outpatient Services Supervisor

Sammy began his journey working in substance abuse treatment on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2008. He has over 12 years’ experience working with co-occurring disorders, cultural diversity, and medicated assisted treatment. He is active in his own recovery, passionate about his position, and being able to serve as a brand ambassador to Banyan Treatment Centers in Palm Springs, California. He is committed to helping others seek treatment and getting the appropriate care they need.

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Deborah Moran LVN

Nursing Supervisor
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Deborah Moran LVN

Nursing Supervisor

Deborah possesses more than 10 years of progressive experience in acute care and the recovery field. Her professional history includes Eisenhower Medical Center and various drug and alcohol treatment facilities throughout the valley. Deborah holds the title of Nurse Supervisor at our PHP program in Palm Springs. She is currently working on a degree in psychology. “I absolutely love what I do and feel a sense of satisfaction and gratitude knowing that I am helping to make a difference in our clients’ lives.”

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Linda Hyman

Clinical Supervisor
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Linda Hyman

Clinical Supervisor

Linda was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has lived in the United States for over 30 years. Linda graduated from The University of Glasgow with a B.Ed Degree in French and taught High School prior to emigrating to the United States. Linda taught French at a small private school in Rancho Mirage for 12 years, which her three children also attended. Linda has a master’s degree in School Counseling and a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University, Palm Desert Campus. Linda had her own practice in Rancho Mirage for five years, has taught Psychology at Santa Barbara Business College and has also worked in both agency and residential treatment settings since she graduated in 2000.

Linda considers her work to be her life's passion and her personal goal at Banyan Treatment Centers, Palm Springs is to assist clients in healing from the pain and suffering underlying addiction, developing the skills to maintain recovery and making positive and lasting changes in their lives.

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Jennifer Mendoza

Clinical Supervisor 
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Jennifer Mendoza

Clinical Supervisor 

Jennifer Mendoza is the Clinical Supervisor at Banyan Palm Springs. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  Jennifer has been working in the field of addiction since 2017 and mental health since 2012. The journey that lead her to become a clinician includes the desire to help support those suffering with dual diagnosis. Working as a clinician has never been a job, it is what inspires and motivates her. The best part of her position as a clinical supervisor is fostering an environment where patients can heal and get the best care possible provided by a team of compassionate staff all with the same goal to support life changing growth, understanding, and self-discovery for the patients and their family.
Jennifer completed her BA in psychology at California State University San Bernardino. She then continued her education at California State San Bernardino and completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology.  Jennifer brings this knowledge and experience to patients and families through empathy, compassion, and patient centered care.

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Paige Coleman

Family Services Coordintator
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Paige Coleman

Family Services Coordintator

Growing up between Chicago and South Florida, Paige has unfortunately had a lot of firsthand experience with addiction. She faced the tremendous losses of her brother, sister and best friend to addiction, and through the pain has grown extremely passionate about helping people who are struggling themselves. Paige started her journey in the recovery field in 2012 when she ran a sober living facility, before moving on to work in outpatient facilities in business development, admissions positions, and now family services. Having experienced such immense losses of her loved ones, Paige is passionate about helping not only those who are struggling, but their families too. Paige is a valued member of the Family Services Department and holds the title of Family Services Coordinator. She communicates with all families for our Lake Worth, Chicago, and Gilman locations.

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Theodore Kult

Alumni Coordinator
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Theodore Kult

Alumni Coordinator

Theodore "Teddy" hails originally from Minnesota but came to California by way of Texas in 2018. Teddy Played baseball and studied interdisciplinary studies and sports management at University of Texas at Arlington and has worked in finance and hospitality.

Teddy's own struggle with substance abuse brought him to Palm Springs in 2018. Desperate and having worked to achieve and maintain sobriety for nearly a decade, he sought a change in geography to bring about a change in perspective. As he is extremely close with his family in Texas, moving wasn’t easy, but since coming to California, Teddy has built a family in recovery and in Palm Springs and is actually able to work alongside the very people that helped save his life. As the Alumni coordinator for Banyan Palm Springs, Teddy appreciates going to work every day and extending the compassion and support that was shown to him and to all Alumni on their lifelong journey of recovery. Teddy loves helping people and has an intense passion for sports and fulfills a dream by currently coaching baseball. Teddy lives in Palm Springs with his girlfriend Kelly and is creating a sober life he loves. “I want you to remember the guiding principle of life. You can be what you want to be, if you believe in yourself and work hard, because anything, I mean anything is possible”

Ed Cueto

Case Manager
Ed Cueto

Case Manager

Ed Cueto was born in Cuba and was raised in Spain. In his early teens, Ed and his family moved to the United States and settled in Torrance, California. Ed attended California State University at Long Beach and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Ed worked for Wells Fargo Bank for twenty years. Ed’s last promotion within Wells Fargo Bank was to Vice President and Regional Marketing Manager for the Real Estate/Private Banking Division. In 1993, as a result of the passing of a loved one due to addiction and alcoholism, Ed decided to change his career focus, to help others less fortunate than him. He moved to Palm Springs, CA and went to worked for the Desert AIDS Project as the Director of Case Management, Education, Prevention, Testing and Outreach. After eight years, Ed worked as Director of a non-profit organization, which provided services to the Latino population, suffering from HIV/AIDS. Ed took three years off and traveled through Central and South America, as well as Spain. In 2011, Ed went to work for a treatment center in Palm Springs, as a Patient Care Coordinator. Ed retired in 2019, but when the opportunity to work at Banyan Palm Springs presented itself, Ed’s passion to help others caused him to end his retirement and join a staff of familiar faces, as well as to be a part of Banyan’s Mission and Values, which very much aligned with his own.


Banyan Delaware Team

Andrew Schmidt, CPRS

Director of Operations
Andrew Schmidt, CPRS

Director of Operations

Andrew Schmidt was born and raised in Delaware and has been working in the field of addiction recovery for the past 5 years. Andrew has a degree in Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Delaware Tech and is currently continuing his education. He is also a licensed Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) in the State of DE and an Internationally licensed Peer Recovery Specialist (ICPR). Andrew previously oversaw a large sober living program with 10 homes, and 100+ clients throughout the state of DE and is passionate about meeting clients where they are and breaking down barriers to treatment. Andrew believes in the Banyan philosophy and is excited to bring high quality addiction treatment to Delaware.

Bill Bardell

Business Development Representative
Bill Bardell

Business Development Representative

Bill Bardell has been a proud member of Delaware's recovery community since 2007. He has worked in the Behavioral Health field with a focus on Substance Use Disorder since 2011, in a variety of roles and received his bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2013 to grow his career in SUD treatment. In addition, he has also been a small business owner in Delaware since 2002. Bill is incredibly passionate about helping those sick & suffering from addiction the help they need. He is also a proud father to 4 beautiful children.


Banyan Texas Team

Nicole Bower

Executive Director
Nicole Bower

Executive Director

Nicole Bower was born in Houston and raised in Bastrop, Texas. She graduated in 2000 from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Psychology and got her MBA in healthcare management in 2008.

She began working with people receiving mental health and substance abuse treatment in 2000. It was at the age of 13 that Nicole first discovered her passion; to help those who struggle with mental health and addiction. Her desire intensified as she grew older, witnessing firsthand the struggles of addiction in her close family members.

Nicole is an important asset to the Banyan team. As the Executive Director of Banyan Treatment Centers, she gets the opportunity to define and develop a system that fosters the lives of clients in addiction treatment.

Nicole promotes a collaborative culture in Banyan, which creates successful outcomes for clients. “Every human being deserves compassion, dignity, and respect… and it is our responsibility to ensure every person has the tools needed to be successful!”

Rachel Truelove, LCSW, LCDC

Clinical Director
Rachel Truelove, LCSW, LCDC

Clinical Director

Born and raised in Texas, Rachel graduated from Texas State University with a BA degree in Mass Communication and Journalism and an MA in Social Work.  She is both a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Her career path to help others on their sobriety journey was fueled from her own long-term recovery and personal experiences.  Rachel started working in residential treatment in 2010 as a direct care staff and then onto holding various roles of tech, counselor, intake, admissions manager, and clinical director.  Rachel brings her experience, compassion, and methods of best-practice therapeutic interventions to the Banyan Texas team.

Jamie Thompson

Director of Nursing
Jamie Thompson

Director of Nursing

Jamie Thompson was born and raised in Bastrop, Texas. She attended Southern Career Institute for her Medical Assistant Certificate in 2002 and 2015, and went on to National American University, where she graduated with honors on the President’s List and Summa Cum Laude. Jamie also received her license for Vocational Nursing. Jamie got her start in the addiction field when she was working in a county jail for over 6 years. In the last 3 years, she was the Director of Nursing at an exclusive male rehab facility.

Jamie is not in recovery; however, her life has been touched in so many ways by recovery. Her cousin and best friend overdosed in 2008 on opiates and it changed her world. After that tragedy and working in law enforcement, she really saw how challenging the world of addiction can be.

Jamie enjoys being of service to people in recovery, providing encouragement and love, and showing them that people care and are invested in them. She loves to be a part of their recovery journey. Her favorite part of being the Director of Nursing at Banyan is supporting her team and advocating for her nursing staff and the clients. She loves creating a therapeutic environment for the staff and supporting them in creating the same for the clients.

Jamie’s goal for her career at Banyan is to create an atmosphere of acceptance, encouragement and longevity amongst the staff. She wants to plant the seed and grow along with the other staff members to have the best working environment possible.

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Paige Coleman

Family Services Coordintator
paige coleman
Paige Coleman

Family Services Coordintator

Growing up between Chicago and South Florida, Paige has unfortunately had a lot of firsthand experience with addiction. She faced the tremendous losses of her brother, sister and best friend to addiction, and through the pain has grown extremely passionate about helping people who are struggling themselves. Paige started her journey in the recovery field in 2012 when she ran a sober living facility, before moving on to work in outpatient facilities in business development, admissions positions, and now family services. Having experienced such immense losses of her loved ones, Paige is passionate about helping not only those who are struggling, but their families too. Paige is a valued member of the Family Services Department and holds the title of Family Services Coordinator. She communicates with all families for our Lake Worth, Chicago, and Gilman locations.


Banyan Massachusetts Team

Maggie Rocca, M. Ed.

Clinical Director
Maggie Rocca, M. Ed.

Clinical Director

Maggie Saunders holds a Master’s of Education degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialized focus in addiction services and trauma work from Cambridge College. She has experience working with patients struggling with both severe mental health disorders as well as substance use disorder and has been working in the field for more than five years. Her therapeutic philosophy is based on client-centered therapy and behavior modification through a cognitive approach. Maggie believes in meeting each patient where they are in terms of their recovery and working to develop alternate and harm-reducing coping skills to enable them to succeed.

Rob Gonzalez, LADC II

Primary Therapist
Rob Gonzalez, LADC II

Primary Therapist

Rob Gonzalez has been working in the field of behavioral health care since 1996 and received his LADC II certification in 2000. Rob has personal experience with addiction recovery with more than 27 years sober and believes in taking the time to listen to each individual client, empowering them to have a voice and find hope and recovery.

Tess Palker

Quality Assurance Coordinator
Tess Palker

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Melanie Draleau

Intake Coordinator
Melanie Draleau

Intake Coordinator

Melanie Draleau was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been in recovery from opiate abuse for more than ten years. For the past three years she has worked in the field of addiction treatment at Banyan Massachusetts and is a certified Reiki practitioner.

Janene Brandolini

Intake Coordinator
Janene Brandolini

Intake Coordinator

Annmarie Decotis

Female Lead Behavioral health Tech
Annmarie Decotis

Female Lead Behavioral health Tech

Phil Theodore

Behavioral Health Tech
Phil Theodore

Behavioral Health Tech

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Alison Goodliss

Case Manager
alison goodliss
Alison Goodliss

Case Manager

Alison Goodliss is a Case Manager who has been with the Banyan Massachusetts team since 2016. She began her career at Banyan as a Behavioral Health Technician and was thereafter promoted to her current position of Case Manager. Alison is in long-term recovery from addiction. She believes in working with each patient on an individual basis to address their unique needs in the most effective and appropriate manner in order to enable them to be successful in recovery.

Marco Albanese

Case Manager
Marco Albanese

Case Manager

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Christina Scherer

Family Services Coordinator
christina scherer
Christina Scherer

Family Services Coordinator

Christina was born and raised in New Jersey where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Monmouth University. With much uncertainty about which career path she wanted to pursue, Christina found herself involved with the wrong crowd. She began experimenting with drugs and struggled with addiction for eight years. During that period of time, Christina had several unsuccessful treatment attempts, and tried many unconventional methods to achieve sobriety. Upon finding her bottom, she was able to create a plan with the support of her family that landed her in South Florida for long term treatment. Christina began her career at Banyan in early recovery as a receptionist, worked directly with our clients as a case manager, and most recently joined our Family Services team. She recognizes the immense impact that her family has played in her recovery and looks forward to supporting and guiding the families and loved ones of our clients.

George “Slaine” Carroll

Community Engagement Coordinator
George “Slaine” Carroll

Community Engagement Coordinator


Banyan Philadelphia Team

Amy Lavin

Clinical Director
Amy Lavin

Clinical Director

Amy has been employed for the past eight years as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University as well as a Master’s degree from Villanova University. Her experience includes working extensively with young adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Amy’s areas of expertise include professional supervision, addiction and mental health treatment approaches and therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Strength Based Practice and Motivational Interviewing.

Kevin Craner

Kevin Craner, MHA, CIP, CFRS, CRS

National Director of Family Intervention Services
Kevin Craner
Kevin Craner, MHA, CIP, CFRS, CRS

National Director of Family Intervention Services

Kevin Craner grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania. A person in long - term recovery and product of Intervention himself, Kevin began his recovery journey in South Florida. Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling, a Master's Degree in Health Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Leadership. Kevin is a certified intervention professional (CIP) and certified recovery specialist (CRS). Over the past few years Kevin has developed and managed family support and intervention programs. Kevin has worked with thousands of families to help them overcome addiction. His goal is to meet families where they are at, and work towards achieving long - term recovery.

Cara Dubuskas

Cara Dubuskas

Alumni Coordinator
Cara Dubuskas
Cara Dubuskas

Alumni Coordinator

Cara is the Alumni coordinator for Banyan Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia. Her journey began as being a patient of Clearbrook in 2017 and as she calls it, “the client that never left”. After completing treatment at Clearbrook, she came back as a day patient for a little over 8 months. Cara began her employment at Clearbrook working in the kitchen during the day, and as a behavioral health technician at night. Today, she has worked her way up and is now the Alumni Coordinator for the entire state of Pennsylvania. Being an Alumni of the program has made the job more rewarding to her. Cara loves being able to be part of others recovery and sober support.

Megan Kenney, MSW

Primary Therapist
Megan Kenney, MSW

Primary Therapist

Megan has a long-standing passion for the study of addiction and mental health and treatment, stemming from her days at Community College of Philadelphia where she earned her Associates Degree of Applied Sciences in Behavioral Health and Human Services and then continued her studies at West Chester University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree (BSW) and Honors of Magna Cum Laude 2016. Megan continued her education at Widener University, where she earned her Masters of Social Work (MSW); Certification in Trauma; and inducted to Phi Alpha National Honors Society of Social Work in 2017. Concurrent with her academia and internships, Megan gained experience working in the Field of Addiction for over eight years within inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, addressing correlations to addiction, mental health, and trauma. Over the course of her professional career, Megan has acquired knowledge of the etiology and presentation of mental, behavioral and addiction treatment, with a trauma-focused lens. She believes in utilizing principles of CBT, Motivational Interviewing, TREM, Strengths Perspective, and Process Oriented Therapy to assist in creating a safe-safe for her patients to address core issues interrelated to addiction and to help the patients make sustainable change towards the recovery and healing process.


Clearbrook Team PA

Dr. Al Janerich

Medical Director
Dr. Al Janerich

Medical Director

After becoming board certified in Physical Medicines and Rehabilitation in 1981, Dr. Al Janerich pursued further training in Chemical Dependency and Addictive Diseases. He has been board certified by The American Board of Addiction Medicine since 1988 and serves as Medical Director of Clearbrook Treatment Centers.

Dr. Janerich can be seen at Clearbrook at any given moment. Should a medical emergency arise, he is on call 24/7 to oversee the nursing department and ensure he proper steps that need to be taken.

Many times our patients come to us in less than perfect physical condition. Many have disregarded their health and other ailments for years because of their addictions. But having Dr. Janerich to diagnose and effectively treat these issues is priceless.

Kevin Whelley

Clinical Director
Kevin Whelley

Clinical Director

Kevin M. Whelley, was born in Queens, New York and was raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology, and later attended the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA where he was awarded Master’s Degree in School Counseling, and additionally earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. After Graduate School he relocated to Cape Cod, MA where he was first hired as a counselor at a treatment center in Falmouth, MA. It was during this time that he developed his passion for working in the field of substance use disorder treatment, and knew it was the career path he would follow. After several more years on Cape Cod, in various roles including Evening Supervisor, Treatment Coordinator and Clinical Manager, Kevin decided it was time to return to Northeastern Pennsylvania in order to continue his passion for his work, and serve the community where he was raised. Kevin joined the Banyan/Clearbrook team in April of 2019 as a primary therapist, and was then promoted to the role of Clinical Director in August of 2019. As Clinical Director, the most rewarding part of his job is watching a team of dedicated professionals work collaboratively and tirelessly to help unlock the strength and resiliency within the patients we treat here at Banyan/Clearbrook. Kevin is proud to work for a company that is always striving to be an industry leader in the field of substance use disorder treatment.

Casey Grzenda, BS

Clinical Supervisor
Casey Grzenda, BS

Clinical Supervisor

Casey is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania who is not only the current Clinical Supervisor at Clearbrook but also completed the program over 14 years ago. Casey’s experience at Clearbrook and her personal recovery played a role in motivating her to obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University. She has worked as both an inpatient and outpatient Substance Use Disorder Counselor throughout her career. Casey has a drive and passion to aid others in actualizing their own sense of self to move forward in their lives and in their recovery. She expressed that her favorite part of her current role at Clearbrook is the ability to guide and assist other clinicians to maximize their own potential to live out their dreams of helping others. It has always been Casey’s goals to help as many people as she can and she feels that this role has given her the opportunity to do so.

Kenny Davis

Facilities Director
Kenny Davis

Facilities Director

Kenny Davis was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania and has resided in the state his entire life. He started his career with Banyan/Clearbrook 25 years ago, as a contractor and then Facilities Director. In this role Kenny created and developed the “Blue Team,” which has become instrumental in maintaining the day-to-day operations of the facility and the entire campus. He is passionate about his work because he is a “construction guy,” and when he sees a problem, the “Blue Team” finds a hands on solution. The favorite part of Kenny’s position is “his team,” watching his staff grow, develop and succeed, as well as the great pride they take in their work.

Michael Arcangeletti

Michael Arcangeletti, BS, CADC

Director of Operations
Michael Arcangeletti
Michael Arcangeletti, BS, CADC

Director of Operations

Michael Arcangeletti, Director of Operations at Clearbrook Treatment Center has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2010. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Misericordia University and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He has held numerous titles throughout his years in the field, including: Residential Tech, Intake Coordinator, Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Assistant Clinical Director. Michael joined the Banyan Clearbrook team in November, 2018, and states that his passion for helping others comes from his own personal experience in recovery. He believes that each individual who is struggling with addiction is able to recover, and makes sure that patients know they are cared for, believed in, and worthy of a second chance and a new start. Michael is set to complete his MSW at Marywood University next year.

Christine Kendzor

Director of Nursing
Christine Kendzor

Director of Nursing

Christine is a local of the Wyoming Valley area and a graduate of Misericordia University, where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing. With 30 years of experience working in the field of Drug and Alcohol, 21 of which have been spent treating the patients of Clearbrook, Christine is one of our most valued team members. Outside of work, Christine enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her sons and grandchildren, and going to football games. When discussing the most rewarding part of working at Clearbrook, Chris said, “I enjoy watching patients come back to us after their lives have changed. Watching the transformation from helpless and hopeless to living a life of recovery is truly something special to see.

Megan Hiscox, B.S.

Quality Assurance
Megan Hiscox, B.S.

Quality Assurance

Megan is from Dallas, Pennsylvania and graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Applied Psychology & Human Relations.

Outside of work you can find Megan in the mountains of NEPA snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the spring and summer months. Megan is the intern who never left.

She says,”Clearbrook serves as a home away from home and has been instrumental into shaping who I am today. Seeing hope grow in both our patients and their families is the greatest reward from my job.”

Cara Dubuskas

Cara Dubuskas

Alumni Coordinator
Cara Dubuskas
Cara Dubuskas

Alumni Coordinator

Cara is the Alumni coordinator for Banyan Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia. Her journey began as being a patient of Clearbrook in 2017 and as she calls it, “the client that never left”. After completing treatment at Clearbrook, she came back as a day patient for a little over 8 months. Cara began her employment at Clearbrook working in the kitchen during the day, and as a behavioral health technician at night. Today, she has worked her way up and is now the Alumni Coordinator for the entire state of Pennsylvania. Being an Alumni of the program has made the job more rewarding to her. Cara loves being able to be part of others recovery and sober support.


Clearbrook Team MA

Margot Lee

Margot Lee, LMFT, RRT, EMDR, CCTP

Executive Director
Margot Lee
Margot Lee, LMFT, RRT, EMDR, CCTP

Executive Director

Margot Lee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in treating trauma, addiction, first responders, and co-occurring disorders. She earned her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1998 and since then has worked with vulnerable populations including: sheltered children, victims of sexual violence, juvenile female prisoners with severe mental health issues, people suffering from addiction, and first responders. Margot has 20+ years of experience in counseling and leadership having experience as a primary therapist, director of case management, clinical director, program development specialist, director of crisis stabilization, and executive director. Margot has trained extensively to have therapeutic tools to work with her clients and holds certificates in hypnotherapy, certified rapid resolution therapy, level 2 EMDR training, certified as an early childhood development specialist, certified in brain gym, certified redline rescue training graduate, and is a certified clinical trauma professional. Margot has a passion for helping others and in addition to her role as Executive Director at Clearbrook Massachusetts, she volunteers at the Inner Truth Project working with victims of sexual violence and is the volunteer therapist for Chapter One, a not-for-profit support group for first responders.

Courtney Gillam

Courtney Gillam

Director of Operations
Courtney Gillam
Courtney Gillam

Director of Operations

Courtney Gillam, the Director of Operations for Clearbrook Treatment Center in MA, was exposed to addition and recovery at an early age. Her father struggled with alcohol abuse during most of her life and passed away from the illness. This perpetuated her own personal journey of recovery and fueled her desire to get an education so she can best serve this population. Courtney entered the addiction treatment field in 2013 as an admissions representative for Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. She has worked in various entities and agencies in the field including direct support staff, house manager, verifications/insurance specialist, appeals, finance, intake coordinator, and supervisor.  After years of working full time and attending school part time, Courtney received her bachelor’s degree in human services in May of 2020. During her tenure at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, she grew the intake department and trained the staff making it a cohesive well-functioning department. She has since contributed to all Banyan facilities by writing the intake training manual. While developing the intake department Courtney took over the supervision of the case management department. She supervised staff at both the admission stage of treatment and the discharge planning stage. Courtney is currently continuing her education in a master’s program to further her personal and professional development. Courtney is excited for the next phase of her professional development as the Operations director for Clearbrook. Courtney believes in the power of empathy, compassion, and support for all individuals. We all need help and we are here for you when you do.

Lorrie Hoak

Lorrie Hoak

Clinical Director
Lorrie Hoak
Lorrie Hoak

Clinical Director

Lorrie Hoak, the Clinical Director at Clearbrook MA is a licensed clinician with a certification in trauma, Lorrie Hoak has been in the helping professions for over 28 years. Lorrie has had an amazing career spanning decades, working with the most vulnerable children and families in child protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her various roles within the Department of Children and Families Lorrie worked as a Social Worker, then moving into leadership roles, upon earning her Master’s Degree in Psychology and Trauma Certification. Lorrie worked extensively with children, individuals and families struggling with abuse and/or neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, poverty, and other social issues, providing risk assessments, case management, and intervention. Lorrie also played a leadership role within the agency and on a statewide level, co-chairing the State Safety Committee, leading to strategic improvements in safety for employees across the state.
Lorrie continued her career working as the Director of Support Services for a state and nationally codified non-profit agency in Connecticut, overseeing several departments including Support Services, Energy Assistance, Elderly Services, VITA Tax Program and SNAP, and working closely with local, state and federal agencies to address poverty, enhance social determinants of health and help individuals reach self -sufficiency. Lorrie was very involved in community and foundation work with this leadership role, with local, regional and state advocacy for vulnerable, low-income individuals, seniors and families.
Lorrie brings to Banyan Treatment Centers her longstanding dedication to helping those in need, as well as her unmistakable energy, integrity and passion. This is coupled with many years of education, knowledge and training and a fidelity to the highest standard of policy, practice and standards.

Alexandria Viens

Alexandria Viens

Office Manager
Alexandria Viens
Alexandria Viens

Office Manager

Alexandria Viens is the Office Manager for Clearbrook Massachusetts. Alexandria, preferably Ally for short, was born and raised in Gardner Massachusetts. After facing her own struggles with addiction in early adulthood, Ally moved to Florida in 2013 for a fresh start. Ally began working in the treatment field in 2014 at a program in Ft. Lauderdale as an Intake Coordinator after being offered a position by the same man who had assisted her with getting to Florida for treatment. Since then, Ally has worked in many administrative positions in the treatment field including Intake Coordinator, Case Manager, Office Manager, and Digital Marketing Specialist. Ally worked for Banyan Treatment Centers in 2017 as a Digital Marketing Specialist and discovered her deep passion for marketing and business administration. She returned to school and graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2018 with her Associates Degree. Ally continued working for Banyan until she made the difficult decision to move back home to Massachusetts to help care for her grandparents. Upon returning home Ally continued to work with individuals in recovery at a non-profit in her hometown. Ally is currently continuing her education in the business program at Fitchburg State University located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In late 2020, Ally was happy to hear that Banyan had acquired the property for Clearbrook Treatment Centers right near her hometown. She immediately contacted old friends at Banyan and was brought on board as the Office Manager for the new facility. Ally is honored to be a part of helping those in her community who struggle with the issues she once faced.

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Christina Scherer

Family Services Coordinator
christina scherer
Christina Scherer

Family Services Coordinator

Christina was born and raised in New Jersey where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Monmouth University. With much uncertainty about which career path she wanted to pursue, Christina found herself involved with the wrong crowd. She began experimenting with drugs and struggled with addiction for eight years. During that period of time, Christina had several unsuccessful treatment attempts, and tried many unconventional methods to achieve sobriety. Upon finding her bottom, she was able to create a plan with the support of her family that landed her in South Florida for long term treatment. Christina began her career at Banyan in early recovery as a receptionist, worked directly with our clients as a case manager, and most recently joined our Family Services team. She recognizes the immense impact that her family has played in her recovery and looks forward to supporting and guiding the families and loved ones of our clients.


Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches Team

Willa Keel, RN

Director of Nursing
Willa Keel, RN

Director of Nursing

Willa was born in West Palm Beach and raised by her grandparents. She attended the Academy of Nursing and is pursuing a Master’s in Nurse Education at Chamberlain University. Willa was a Medical Assistant for 25 years and at age 43 returned to school to receive a nursing degree. BHOPB was her first nursing job. While Willa is not in recovery, she always wanted to be an addiction nurse because her parents had drug and alcohol addictions.
The positive outcomes make her passionate. Willa loves what she does because she knows that she is helping save lives, educating loved ones about addiction, and helping them with better understanding. Willa’s favorite part of her position is providing guidance to the nursing staff and working with others to help patients succeed. Her career goal is to help Banyan be the best treatment facility, continue to educate and provide excellent care to patients and staff, and to increase her professional knowledge and addiction training.

Christopher Jones

Director of Operations
Christopher Jones

Director of Operations

Former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles & Oakland Raiders, Recovery Speaker & Program Director at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches

Chris Jones is a former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders. He was offered a five year, $15 million contact with the Eagles, and with receiver Irving Fryer combined for 158 catches which remains top in Eagles history for a receiving team. However, with a promising NFL career ahead of him, a tragic knee injury cut his career short. Ultimately Chris entered a downward spiral of addiction, going into a deep depression that led him to heavy drinking and prescription medication abuse. Now years sober, Chris works at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches (part of the Banyan Treatment Center family) as a Program Director, where he helps others to overcome the same demons that he once faced.

Dr. David Hu, MD

Medical Director
Dr. David Hu, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Hu holds a Bachelor of Arts from the New York University College of Arts and Sciences and a medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Hu completed his internship and residency at the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital and has been practicing psychiatry for over ten years, specializing in substance abuse disorders. He is a board certified diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) as well as the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Healthgrades Recognized Doctor.

Meredith Borsos, LCSW, MSW, BA

Clinical Director
Meredith Borsos, LCSW, MSW, BA

Clinical Director

Alexis Karwoski, LMHC, MCAP

Mental Health Supervisor
Alexis Karwoski, LMHC, MCAP

Mental Health Supervisor

Alexis Karwoski was born and raised in the state of Florida and pursued a career in the field of addiction and mental health as a result of a personal connection she has to the issues through her family history. She holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional who is trained in EMDR. Working in the field of mental health, Alexis is inspired by watching patients’ growth as they go through the treatment process and seeing the difficulties they overcome. She believes that each individual is completely unique in their experience and journey, and states that she is able to learn and grow herself through her opportunity to help others. Alexis has been with Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches for more than two years, and was promoted from primary therapist to Mental Health Supervisor upon the program’s opening in 2019.

Ernie D’Achille, LMHC, MCAP

Clinical Coordinator
Ernie D’Achille, LMHC, MCAP

Clinical Coordinator

Ernie was born & raised in Aliquippa, PA. Go Steelers! He has been clean & sober for nearly 12 years. He’s most grateful for the opportunity to share his experience, strength, and hope with others who struggle with the disease of addiction. Ernie started in the addiction field in 2012 as a counselor working at the same facility in PA where his recovery began in 2008.

Ernie has a BA (1996) & MA in criminology (2002) from the Indiana University of PA. He also has an MA in counseling (2011) from Messiah College. He is also a LMHC & MCAP. He’s passionate about what he does because he feels a strong sense of clarity, purpose & meaning in his life by having the opportunity to help others. Ernie loves that he has the opportunity to collaborate with a team of dedicated professionals to provide the highest quality patient care.

Ernie started with BHOPB in March 2015 as a primary therapist, was promoted to clinical coordinator in November 2016, & became a clinical supervisor when BHOPB became part of the Banyan family in June 2018. He says that Banyan stands out because of the focus that always remains on the client & providing the highest quality of care.

Jessica Ralph

Director of Human Resources
Jessica Ralph

Director of Human Resources

Jessica Ralph was born and raised in Maine and moved to Florida in 2007. She received her Bachelors degree in Communication and Business from the University of Maine. From there, she went on to receive certifications from the Human Resource Institute and Society of Human Resources as an HR professional. Jessica started with Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches in 2009 as an HR Coordinator; at that time, there were only 115 employees. She has stayed with the company through its growth and acquisition by Banyan in 2018.

What makes Jessica passionate about what she does is that she works to ensure that we have qualified, compassionate employees to treat our patients while being a fair and consistent advocate for both the organization and employees. Her favorite part of her position is when an employee’s growth shines through and is recognized. Her goal for her career at Banyan is to continue to ensure organized processes for employees as the business continues to grow.

Robyn Singer

Family Services Coordinator
Robyn Singer

Family Services Coordinator

Robyn was born in Connecticut and raised between Connecticut and New York City, where she graduated from Pace University with her Bachelors in Arts and Sciences. When she wasn’t studying, Robyn worked as a Talent Manager. She also volunteered with New York Cares, where she tutored at risk children and assisted single mothers in obtaining their GED’s.

After dealing with the loss of her brother at the young age of 12, Robyn struggled with her own substance use and mental health issues for nearly two decades . In 2015, Robyn relocated to Florida seeking recovery. Since then, she has built a beautiful sober life for herself and has created many healthy relationships in the recovery community.

Robyn began her career with Banyan Treatment Centers as a Clinical Case Manager in 2018.  Working closely with our patients, Robyn found her true passion- not only helping people who struggle themselves, but also their families who suffer as a result of their loved ones' addiction and mental health issues. Robyn believes everyone deserves to live a life beyond their wildest dreams and takes pride in helping people see the best versions of themselves. In 2020, Robyn joined the Family Services team at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. She is excited to grow, to expand her reach. and offer support for our patients' families.

Kate Reynolds Armstrong

Director of Research & Program Development
Kate Reynolds Armstrong

Director of Research & Program Development


Seaside Palm Beach Team

Dr. David Hu

Medical Director
Dr. David Hu

Medical Director

Dr. Hu holds a Bachelor of Arts from the New York University College of Arts and Sciences and a medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Hu completed his internship and residency at the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital and has been practicing psychiatry for over ten years, specializing in substance abuse disorders. He is a board certified diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) as well as the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Healthgrades Recognized Doctor.

Jenna Weber

Clinical Director
Jenna Weber

Clinical Director

Jenna Weber was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to Florida when she was 18 to pursue a degree in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University and to be by the beach. She attended FAU from 2005-2009 and received a BSW in Social Work. She then completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at FAU and graduated in 2012. While in school, she completed a BSW internship at Wayside House for Women (residential addiction treatment center) in Delray Beach, FL and a graduate internship at Palm Beach State College.

She went into college knowing that she wanted to be a therapist. However, it was in her BSW internship at Wayside House for Women that she realized she wanted to specialize in addiction treatment. She was inspired by the strength and resilience the clients had to heal and gain recovery from their addictions and traumas. She was similarly inspired by the commitment and quality of care the treatment team provided to these women.

Jenna wholeheartedly believes in the process of change and recovery with the help of the right treatment and support. She has witnessed many clients come into treatment sick and hurting who are able to not only achieve sobriety, but connect to having a fulfilling life again. She has witnessed clients who didn’t think they needed treatment embrace recovery and change their lives. She has observed clients change their thought process, their behaviors, and restore close relationships that were previously shattered. It is this kind of strength, resilience, and courage that gives her such a passion to help others to achieve and maintain recovery. Jenna is in recovery from an eating disorder, and also has family members that have struggled with substance abuse and other mental health issues. This helps to fuel her passion for helping others to gain recovery and optimal mental health.

Her favorite part of her position as Clinical Director is supervising an amazing team that truly cares about each and every client. She loves to see our staff’s expertise, dedication, and care help our clients achieve and maintain their recovery. Jenna’s goal for her career at Banyan is to help as many people as possible to get out of active addiction and into recovery. She wants to lead Seaside’s Clinical team and continue to strengthen and improve our program.

Willa Keel, RN

Director of Nursing
Willa Keel, RN

Director of Nursing

Willa was born in West Palm Beach and raised by her grandparents. She attended the Academy of Nursing and is pursuing a Master’s in Nurse Education at Chamberlain University. Willa was a Medical Assistant for 25 years and at age 43 returned to school to receive a nursing degree. BHOPB was her first nursing job. While Willa is not in recovery, she always wanted to be an addiction nurse because her parents had drug and alcohol addictions.

The positive outcomes make her passionate. Willa loves what she does because she knows that she is helping save lives, educating loved ones about addiction, and helping them with better understanding. Willa’s favorite part of her position is providing guidance to the nursing staff and working with others to help patients succeed. Her career goal is to help Banyan be the best treatment facility, continue to educate and provide excellent care to patients and staff, and to increase her professional knowledge and addiction training.

Christopher Jones

Director of Operations
Christopher Jones

Director of Operations

Chris Jones is a former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders. He was offered a five year, $15 million contact with the Eagles, and with receiver Irving Fryer combined for 158 catches which remains top in Eagles history for a receiving team. However, with a promising NFL career ahead of him, a tragic knee injury cut his career short. Ultimately Chris entered a downward spiral of addiction, going into a deep depression that led him to heavy drinking and prescription medication abuse. Now years sober, Chris works at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches (part of the Banyan Treatment Center family) as a Program Director, where he helps others to overcome the same demons that he once faced.

Kathy Molina

Director of Seaside Finance
Kathy Molina

Director of Seaside Finance

Kathy Molina was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Brooklyn, NY until she moved to Florida in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s in Neuroscience and Behavior in May 2020 from Florida Atlantic University. Kathy got her start in the addiction field in 2017. She has experience with witnessing some of her own family members who suffered with an alcohol addiction and unfortunately, death due to addiction as well. Kathy has always wanted to work in this industry so that she can learn how to help others and within that, teach her family about addiction.

Kathy’s favorite part about her position is being able to work with the families financially and getting them the help they need, which she says is the most rewarding part. Her goal in her career at Banyan is to reach her highest potential within the company.

Jack Crowley MSW, LCSW, CSAT, CMAT, EMDRIA

Certified EMDR & Sex Addiction Therapist
Jack Crowley MSW, LCSW, CSAT, CMAT, EMDRIA

Certified EMDR & Sex Addiction Therapist

Jack Crowley was born and raised in Connecticut and came to Florida right after 9/11 in 2001. He has a BA in Sociology from Central Connecticut State College and also began a Master’s Program in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in NYC. He left the New York area as a result of 9/11 and moved to Florida where he received his MSW with Honors and a concentration in addictions from Florida International University.

Prior to graduate school, he began as a Behavioral Tech at Four Winds Hospital treating children, adolescents, and adults in Westchester County. Although he spent many years in an unrelated field, he decided to make a life and career change directly as a result of his 12 Step Involvement. While at Columbia, he did his Field Placement at Greenwich Hospital Addictions Recovery Unit for one year. It was there Jack treated an older adult population in an inpatient and outpatient program. He noticed many patients began drinking heavily after they retired or the death of a spouse. He began his interest and focus of study in Late-Onset Alcoholism.  Jack’s internships while at FIU included The Pride Center at Fort Lauderdale Hospital serving LGBTQ community inpatient and outpatient programs. There, he began his interest in Sexual Addiction often coupled with chemical dependency. Jack went on to study with Patrick Carnes Ph.D. and trained to become a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. His final internship was in West Palm Beach Florida on a Men’s Recovery Unit, where he worked as a counselor after graduation. He began exploring the underlying issues of addiction and believed childhood trauma played a large role. He started studying Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing EMDR and became an EMDR Therapist Internationally Certified by EMDRIA.

Jack began his journey by attending Al-Anon due to personal and family relationships. It was there that he addressed his own issues and found his passion for helping others. Jack loves listening to people tell their stories. He has always had a passion for standing with the “broken” and loves helping people share the secrets that have made them and kept them sick and finding their voice. Jack’s favorite part of the job is being a witness to internal and external changes that make it possible for people to get better. His goal is to keep doing what he’s doing and making a difference in people’s lives.

Erin McName

Psychodrama Group Facilitator
Erin McName

Psychodrama Group Facilitator

Erin was born in South Jersey and moved to Ohio at the age of 10, where she resided until graduating college. She’s had the good fortune of living in Tennessee and in Mali, and West Africa as well. Erin moved to Florida 17 years ago and loves living in perpetual summer. Erin graduated with a degree in political science from Ohio University. She received her master’s degree in social work from Barry University and she just finished her doctorate in social work at Florida Atlantic University. After receiving her master’s degree, Erin started her social work career in the hospital setting. She was assigned to the liver transplant team at a major hospital in Miami. It was there that she really started working with people who struggled with alcohol use. Eventually, she applied to work at an addiction treatment center that served women in Delray Beach, FL. Erin says that when she walked in the door, it felt like home.

Erin’s personal connection to addiction is to that of a loved one. Her journey led her to seek her own support through therapy and 12-Step groups. What makes Erin passionate about what she does is she just really likes working with people. She’s passionate about learning in general, but she particularly enjoys learning about the human mind, how life experiences change us, and how our relationships with one another can be used to heal us. Her favorite part of her position is that she gets to interact with her clients and loves helping them to give them a different and empowered perspective on what they’re going through in the moment. She says, “There is always hope.” Erin’s goal for her career at Banyan is to expand her practice to work with couples and families.

Amanda DeCamillo

Facility Supervisor
Amanda DeCamillo

Facility Supervisor

Amanda was born in Crailsheim, Germany while her dad was serving in the United States Army. However, she is originally from Florida and returned home to West Palm Beach, FL shortly after she was born. Amanda graduated from John I Leonard High School in Greenacres, FL and attends Palm Beach State. Additionally, she is a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach, has an HR Management certificate and is pursuing her SHRM- CP. Amanda got her start in the addiction field in 2008 and has held many roles to include, Human Resources and Case Management. Amanda is passionate about encouraging and empowering others to be the best version of themselves. Her current goal is to continue growing in the field, while contributing positivity, leadership and innovation to the Seaside Banyan Team.

Caleb Bogard

Caleb Bogard

Family Services Coordinator
Caleb Bogard
Caleb Bogard

Family Services Coordinator

Caleb was born in Louisville, Kentucky and played football at Lindsey Wilson College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communication. Like many others in America today, Caleb suffered an injury on the field that resulted in the use of prescription pain medication, which eventually led him down the dark road of addiction. He sought treatment at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, now a Banyan facility, more than four years ago and has been sober ever since. Caleb began his career at Banyan as an Admissions Coordinator and went on to receive several promotions within the organization. He now acts as a National Business Development Representative for the state of Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and son. Caleb is passionate about his position and being able to continue his career at Banyan in his home state, saying that he feels honored to be able to help those in his community who struggle with the same issues he once faced. He has made is his main goal to help anyone seeking treatment to get the help they need.

Shawn Stanton

Group Facilitator
Shawn Stanton

Group Facilitator

Shawn was born in New York City, relocating several times, with a final Florida destination in 2003. He attended Pittsburgh’s Taylor Allderdice High School Honors Program prior to relocating to Boca Raton, FL and graduating from Boca Raton High School in 1989. Shawn has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University in Miami in 2010. Shawn received a PhD in Philosophy (with attention to Clinical Social Work and Human Behavior) from Barry University in 2018.

Shawn began as a Behavioral Tech at Fair Oaks Hospital immediately following high school graduation. At that time, Fair Oaks was a private pay facility for celebrities and the upper-class populations. Fulfilling a dream, he left the field for a creative career in classical theater performance spanning fifteen years between New York City and Orlando, FL. This venture also resulted in the writing and production of several plays and books. While developing a career in observational stand-up comedy, the necessity and love to understand the motivations of people kept leading him back to researching the psychology of people. The researching modalities of characters is extremely similar to the qualitative researching avenues of the social sciences and thus, his interest in mental health was reignited and a subsequent pursual of academic accreditation followed. Shawn was able to find a home in the growing and challenging field of addiction counseling. He soon found that his candid, direct, and genuine style of interacting with clients was a warranted and successful strategy, further motivating his pursuit of a terminal degree in human behavior.

Shawn says, “My job is simply to talk to people. I have fun interacting with those who are neglected the opportunity to share their troubles. No one at the age of twelve says, ‘I can’t wait to grow up and become an addict”. I like to tap into that innocence and confusion and reroute the coping strategy to the use of healthy, adaptive ones that utilize strength perspective while simultaneously being very candid with my observations. People deserve that truth; they pay for that service. To neglect them of that service mirrors the neglect they received in their earlier years.”

Shawn’s favorite part of his job is the energy transmitted via oxytocin when the awareness of those suffering is increased. Experiencing the ‘AHA’ moment in another human being validates his purpose in the world and attributes to the fulfillment of the human potential and experience in others. “Human beings do they best they can, given their level of awareness; I enjoy increasing that awareness.” Shawn’s goal for his career at Banyan is to advance the capabilities of eradicating maladaptive obsessions and compulsions to whatever heights the facility allows him to attain.

Travis Burrows

Personal Trainer
Travis Burrows

Personal Trainer

Travis was born and raised in Delray Beach, FL. He graduated from the Great Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach in 2009 and obtained a degree in Mass Communications/Production Technology. While Travis is not in recovery himself, he does have ties to it. His father struggles with alcoholism and getting into the addiction field helped him understand the power of enabling.  He started in the field because his cousin was a receptionist for Seaside in 2009. His cousin had told him that Seaside was looking for Guest Services coordinators and a year later, he applied for the position.

What makes Travis passionate about what he does is giving back to others. He says there is an understanding that people really need help and the fact that he can contribute to that is what makes his job worth it. His favorite part of his job is physically watching the transition from beginning to end. Travis’ goal for his career at Banyan is that he would love to see all the facilities have their own on-site training facility.

Eric Holmgren

Integrative Massage Therapist
Eric Holmgren

Integrative Massage Therapist

Eric was born in Evanston, Illinois and relocated to Florida in 1972. He studied biology at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Exercise Science at Florida Atlantic University and has an Associates’ Degree. Eric has been a Massage Therapist since 1994.  In 2000, he became certified as a Personal Trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, one of the top leaders in exercise and health, and specialize in flexibility methods.  Eric has been a Yoga Instructor since 2009, specializing in Hatha and Vinyasa style, and has been studying meditation for over 14 years.

Eric has been in recovery since April of 2006.  He started drinking heavily at 19 years old - first, it was cases of beer, and then it turned into whatever he could get his hands on.  Years went by, with a few brief attempts to get sober, but he always eventually went back out - he wasn’t ready to stop.  Eric reached his rock bottom after an evening of bar-hopping with friends ended with him waking up the next morning lying on his front yard, not recalling how he got home.  When Eric later heard how he ruined his friend’s bike, he had an epiphany: his actions weren’t only affecting himself but those he cares about.  From then on, he made the decision to turn his life around.  Eric says, “It was difficult, especially in the beginning, but I learned I didn’t have to do it alone. So, I surrounded myself with people that could and did support me, going to support groups like AA, learning coping skills and tools such as meditation and mindfulness, and most of all, gaining a deeper connection and understanding with my spirituality.  Today, I can honestly say that I am more happy, joyful, and liberated from the bondage of self-destruction.”

In 2006, Eric started going to support groups such as AA to get help.  After a while, he realized that his story - experiences of weakness, strength, and hope - was actually helping others along the way.  Since then, he has always done his best to maintain open transparency when sharing and connecting with others struggling with their addiction.  In 2012, Eric was hired as Integrative Therapist with Seaside Palm Beach and has been here ever since. Eric hates to see people suffering.  He says, “I wish everyone had the ability to experience more joy.  I have been given the gift of being able to: 1. See and feel what it’s like to self-loathe, feel alone, angry, sad, anxious, and also 2. See and feel what it’s like to be happy and not define myself with those negative emotions.  That has given me compassion and empathy to go on to help others.”

Eric’s favorite part of his position is watching the amazing transformation that happens after someone comes to Seaside as a broken-down soul, with little-to-no self-care.  “After a certain period of days or weeks of attending groups, therapy, and connecting with peers, he or she is holding up their chin higher, dealing with their issues head-on, and exuding a new sense of hope.  That is very rewarding to see!”

Sue Neering

Massage Therapist
Sue Neering

Massage Therapist

Sue Neering is a native of Palm Beach County. She attended Palm Beach State College and obtained certificates in Massage and Multiple Modalities, Hypnotherapy, and is a Reiki master level teacher.  Sue has been in Alcoholics Anonymous since 1986 and sober in AA since 1987. She got her start in the addiction field since recovery is her subject of study and she has been fortunate enough to work in recovery since 2009.

What makes Sue passionate about what she does is that she loves to combine body work, mindfulness, meditation and reiki into helping people recover from their addictions. Her favorite part of her position is being able to help people and make a difference in their lives. Sue’s goal for her career at Banyan is to be able to continue connecting the relationship between the spiritual, physical, mental, and the emotional healing into recovery.

Greg Touissaint

Head Chef
Greg Touissaint

Head Chef

Greg was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 1990, his parents decided to purchase a vacation home in Florida, thus beginning his traveling adventure to the sunshine state! Throughout his childhood, Greg grew up to love the many summer escapades in Florida and in 2001, he became a permanent resident. After many years of hands on training at several different restaurants, Greg decided to further his career by attending Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. In 2007, he received his associate degree in Culinary Food and Beverage Management.

While not personally in recovery, throughout his childhood and adulthood, he has been subjected to family and friends journeying through the life of sobriety. Greg’s culinary background consists of hospitality. He has worked in world class country clubs and corporate restaurants such as Quail Ridge, Mirasol, and Tommy Bahama. At these locations, he has held positions as kitchen manager, banquet chef, and executive sous chef. Greg started working in the addiction field two years ago and says, “Although it wasn't part of my past employment background, in my opinion, food is a universal language that we all love, understand and can enjoy with one another. Working in an addiction facility would still allow me to share my skills via food.”

What makes Greg passionate about his career is the instant gratification from the dishes he creates. He often says, “I create food for the soul”, which means that he designs and makes a plethora of different types of dishes that not only taste good but feels good as well. From Greg’s past experience in the food world, Executive Chefs are usually no longer in the kitchen creating. In his current position, he is able to cook and/or create food. Greg’s career goal with Banyan is to continue providing his culinary skills to the clients.

David Bossert

Chef
David Bossert

Chef

Ashley Dalton

Primary Therapist
Ashley Dalton

Primary Therapist

Ashley was born in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and raised in Jupiter Farms, FL. In 2019, she earned a Master’s degree in Social Work with honors from Barry University in Miami, FL. Ashley completed a clinical internship at an outpatient addiction treatment center in Davie, FL in 2017 and completed a second clinical internship at an inpatient behavioral health facility in West Palm Beach, FL from 2017-2018.

Ashley is in recovery and can now say that she has more than 5 years clean and sober.

She got her start in the addiction field as a behavioral health technician at an addiction treatment facility in Lauderdale-By-the-Sea, FL in 2017. Afterwards, she took a position as a case manager in the behavioral health field, working with youth in Palm Beach County who struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Ashley joined Banyan in 2018 as a discharge planner at the Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches facility and transitioned to a case manager role at Seaside Palm Beach that same year. Subsequently, she was promoted to a clinical support therapist at Seaside in 2019 and was promoted again to primary therapist at Seaside in 2020.

Ashley is passionate about forming connections that foster hope, strength, and resilience. Being in a position to have the opportunity to create a strong, therapeutic alliance with our clients is something that she is continuously grateful for.

Her favorite part of her position is watching our clients grow and progress from the time they enter treatment and it never ceases to inspire her. Ashley says, “I feel that we are able to witness true healing and growth on a daily basis. Additionally, I love knowing that I am a part of an amazing team who strives to provide the best care in our field.” Ashley’s goal is to continue to learn and grow within her current capacity at Seaside. She is currently completing her clinical hours needed for licensure; anticipated to be completed in 2021!

Brian Kane

Primary Therapist
Brian Kane

Primary Therapist

Brian was born and raised outside of Boston and moved to Florida in 2005 to go to treatment. Brian is in recovery. His first attempt at getting sober was a “halfhearted effort” during college in 1990. Over time, his usage progressed, and his consequences became more severe. He stopped and then relapsed many times after 1990. Fortunately, Brian has now been able to stay completely sober for almost 11 years! He received a BA from the University of MA in 1992, a Juris Doctorate from Western New England University in 2001, and MSW from Florida Atlantic University in 2015. After receiving his MSW, he realized that he could be most helpful to people by applying his experience in recovery and his education toward helping people overcome the challenge of addiction.

Brian says, “Addiction often drains the life out of people, pulls them apart from the people they love, and leads them to act in they normally wouldn't.” He is passionate about helping a person's authentic self come back to the surface. When asked what his favorite part of his position is, Brian says, “There is nothing I find more rewarding than watching how a loving treatment team can inspire hope, confidence and happiness in a person who entered treatment feeling so hopeless, depressed, and beaten down. Watching a person "come to life" is my favorite part of my position.” His goal is to make sure all his patients feel listened to, cared about, and are given the best possible chance of staying sober.

Michelle Galloway

Primary Therapist
Michelle Galloway

Primary Therapist

Michelle was born and raised until age 5 in Buffalo, New York. Her family then moved to Florida where she grew up between the Orlando and South Florida areas. Michelle graduated from Boca Raton High School. She went on to Palm Beach State College to receive her AA in Psychology. She then went on to Florida Atlantic University, receiving her BA in Psychology in 1994. She started her work in the field of mental health, working at Fair Oaks Hospital in Delray Beach, Florida as a Behavioral Health Technician, working with various adult populations in a mental health hospital setting. After leaving that facility, she went on to continue to work as a Behavioral Health Technician at another center in Coconut Creek, Florida, working with women who had eating disorders as well as co-occurring disorders. It was while working at that facility that she decided that she wanted to work on a deeper level with clients. In 1997, Michelle went back to school to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work at Barry University while continuing to work full-time in the field. She graduated with her Master’s degree in 2000. Since obtaining her degree, Michelle has had experience in a multitude of aspects within the field of mental health doing Individual, group, and family therapy work. She worked with women and children who were domestic violence victims and sexual abuse survivors. She has also worked with children who were in the foster care system. Additionally, Michelle worked with children placed in a short-term shelter due to not being able to return home because of the Department of Juvenile Justice involvement in the home. While Michelle is not in recovery herself, she has firsthand knowledge of the disease as a family member or loved ones with an alcohol addiction. She has had several family members who were alcoholics and who have died at the hands of the disease.  Michelle came into the field of addiction as a Primary Therapist in 2015 and has been working at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches/Seaside Palm Beach since 2016. She states that what makes her passionate about what she does is that she has always wanted to assist others in helping them find the underlying issues that are contributing to their addiction as well as helping them develop strategies and coping tools to assist with those issues. She states that her favorite part of the job is the ability to watch clients grow in a holistic way while gaining their strength and resilience.


Business Development Team

Courtney Sowers

Business Development Representative
Courtney Sowers

Business Development Representative

Courtney is a graduate of Florida State University and has lived in a variety of locations around the country including Michigan, Illinois, Texas, California, Florida, and now Virginia. She has a wide range of business experience in the recovery industry, and has also been through the personal tragedy of family loss due to the destruction of addiction. She now focuses her experience and skills on coordinating best available treatment options for those struggling with addiction and substance abuse. Courtney works closely with non-profit organizations in the mid-Atlantic region, and has earned a reputation as a sympathetic and effective liaison for those seeking long-term recovery assistance.

Jason Patton

Jason Patton

Mental Health and Addiction Advocate for First Responders
Jason Patton
Jason Patton

Mental Health and Addiction Advocate for First Responders

Jason Patton is a career Firefighter and Paramedic who has worked for Riviera Beach Florida Fire Rescue for 11 years. Known for his Fire Department Chronicles, Jason Patton is a Social Media Influencer with a combined following of over 800,000 followers across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

Jason is also the Vice President of Fire Department Coffee, a Firefighter run company that has been featured on Fox News, Fox Business, Google and multiple other major news outlets. Jason is a board member, emcee, and spokesperson for the Heroes Cup which works with NHL teams such as the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lighting. Recently, Jason has become an experienced keynote speaker after performing keynote speeches for various Fire and EMS colleges all across the United States. As a mental health and addiction advocate, Jason hopes to help people struggling with these problems step forward and get help.

Al Samaras

Director of Business Development New England
Al Samaras

Director of Business Development New England

Al attended Central Connecticut State University where he focused on Management Information Systems and Marketing. He lives in Milford, CT with his wife and has two children currently in college.

Earlier in his career, Al was vice president of sales and marketing where he managed all aspects of sales, marketing, and admissions.

He is also the former executive director and owner of a drug and alcohol program in the northeast region. In 2019 he sold the facility to a private equity company and was able to stay on as Executive Director through 2020. Under his leadership, this facility grew from one location to three and was recognized as the standard for men's sober living in the northeast United States.

Al joined the Banyan team in 2021. He is responsible for Banyan's business development strategy and operations in the New England region. This includes leading the evaluation and execution of strategic partnership opportunities that align with corporate strategy. We are excited to have Al as a part of our team.

Sitara Fraser

Business Development Representative
Sitara Fraser

Business Development Representative

Sitara brings almost a decade of experience in the drug and alcohol prevention industry to the Banyan Team. Her passion is helping individuals and families seeking treatment for mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues to find their path to recovery. She loves bringing help and hope to those struggling. Sitara participates in many non-profit organizations that focus on drug prevention, human trafficking prevention, and suicide prevention in her community. She is a well-respected resource in the Central Florida area for those suffering from mental health issues and drug abuse. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida with a double major in Psychology and Forensic Psychology and graduated with highest honors. She also has extensive experience in marketing and outreach in the commercial sector before finding her home in the substance abuse industry.

Bill Bardell

Business Development Representative
Bill Bardell

Business Development Representative

Bill Bardell has been a proud member of Delaware's recovery community since 2007. He has worked in the Behavioral Health field with a focus on Substance Use Disorder since 2011, in a variety of roles and received his bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2013 to grow his career in SUD treatment. In addition, he has also been a small business owner in Delaware since 2002. Bill is incredibly passionate about helping those sick & suffering from addiction the help they need. He is also a proud father to 4 beautiful children.

Jaime Delgado

Business Development Representative
Jaime Delgado

Business Development Representative

Jaime was born and raised in El Salvador before moving to Westfield, New Jersey. Jaime has a bachelor's degree in communications from Rutgers University. He has been in the treatment field for 20 years and takes pride in helping all those who struggle with addiction. In 2017, Jaime was awarded the EAP Addiction Professional of the Year award, and has a well-respected name in the industry.

Megan Leach

Business Development Representative
Megan Leach

Business Development Representative

Unlike many people who came to South Florida in order to seek recovery resources, Megan was born and raised in the "Sunshine State." She was able to seek help for her own struggles with addiction at the young age of 19, and as a result, fell in love with the field and remains passionate about helping others who face those same struggles. Megan has learned from other leaders in the industry and has been thriving in the recovery field for 7 years now. She is currently going to school to be a licensed dietician and nutritionist, which has been found to be an extremely beneficial resource for those who battle with addiction issues. Alongside her passion for healthy eating habits, Megan is also avid about physical health and wellness. She has participated in multiple marathons and is a huge advocate for healthy lifestyles. Megan is also the co-chair for "EveryBODY Walk" with the Alliance of Eating Disorders, a non-profit dedicated to assisting those who struggle with eating disorders. She has training in all areas of the recovery business including Recovery Coaching, Human Resources, Case Management, and Outreach. Megan continuously grows in this field and remains teachable and true to her own personal recovery.

marjorie hysell

Marjorie “Irish” Hysell

Business Development Representative
marjorie hysell
Marjorie “Irish” Hysell

Business Development Representative

Marjorie “Irish” Hysell was born and raised in Beulah, Colorado. After her own personal struggles with alcoholism, she relocated to California to start her journey through recovery in 2007. Over the past seven years, Marjorie has gained a well spring of knowledge in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. Marjorie expanded her experience by working in a Stabilization Center with patients suffering from co-occurring disorders. She was hand-picked for that position because of her gentle and nurturing nature. Marjorie then promoted into an Intake Coordination role in an Outpatient setting and became very involved in the Alumni Program. It was then that Marjorie entered the community and found her true calling; working with families to help their loved ones get into treatment. Marjorie's passion and purpose in life is to help as many people as possible. Marjorie joined the Banyan Treatment Center family in 2020 with the title of Business Development. Her goal is to assist those suffering from this disease and their families in any way she can.

Corey Policastro

Business Development Representative
Corey Policastro

Business Development Representative

Corey Policastro has lived in the Pittsburgh PA area all his life. After 25 years of family business experience and over 20 years of active addiction, Corey joined the recovery community in 2013. Soon after he transferred into the Substance Abuse and Mental Health field. Corey has held a variety of roles including Certified Recovery Specialist Supervisor, D&A Assessor, Group facilitator, Community Outreach, and Program Developer for his former employers. Corey frequently speaks about his passion for recovery and his desire to use his knowledge and experience to help set people up for long-term recovery success. Corey is also a grateful father to 3 girls.

Luke Wollet

Business Development Representative
Luke Wollet

Business Development Representative

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Luke excelled in all sports growing up, especially football. He played college football at Kent State University, where he won the conference’s Vern Smith Award for Leadership, before having the opportunity to play for the New Orleans Saints in 2014! In 2011 Luke needed a simple surgery on his ankle which introduced him to pain medications. Over the next five years Luke slowly watched everything he worked so hard for slip away. He lost everything financially, emotionally, and mentally in the process. Drinking, drugs, and gambling became a vicious cycle Luke could not escape from. Finally he sought help from a treatment facility in Richmond, where a therapist spoke of the bible, leading Luke to God. A month later he ended up in Florida where he got a fresh start on life. Over the next couple years, Luke’s journey working in the field of recovery flourished where he had to opportunity to work as a Behavioral Health Technician, Case Manager, Group Facilitator, Director of Marketing and now Banyan Treatment Center’s Faith in Recovery Outreach Representative. Luke takes pride in being able to change even one life in this field, and wants to help all who need it.

Bandon Novak

Brandon Novak

Business Development Representative
Bandon Novak
Brandon Novak

Business Development Representative

From the highest highs, including sponsorship deals, hit movies and a best-selling autobiography, to the lowest lows, including prison, rehab, and homelessness, Brandon Novak has lived a life that defies easy description. Recruited in his early teens as the nation’s next top professional skateboarder, Brandon traveled the world with Tony Hawk and was the first pro-skater to ever be sponsored by Gatorade. He then went on to gain international fame as a cast member of the hit MTV “Jackass” movie series and infamous show “Viva La Bam.” He traveled the world, appearing in mainstream media, famous for his outrageous antics and on-screen personality. Brandon signed a multi-book publishing deal based on his best-selling debut autobiography “Dreamseller.” All the while, however, he was battling a crippling addiction to heroin.

Today, Brandon celebrates five and half years sober as a Business Development Representative for Banyan Treatment Centers, and a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP). Recently, he was the keynote speaker for the DEA’s Heroin and Opioid Youth Summits. Brandon released the first ever addiction graphic novel in 2019. His third book, "The Streets of Baltimore,” was released in 2020. Brandon travels the country sharing his message of inspiration and recovery.

Melissa Mackolin

Community Outreach Coordinator
Melissa Mackolin

Community Outreach Coordinator

Melissa was born and raised in Lincroft, New Jersey. She is currently in school seeking a degree in Health Care Administration. Melissa loves helping people find their potential through obtaining long term sobriety, and her personal experience with addiction and recovery drives her passion. Melissa has worked in the field for the past few years, starting as an intake coordinator and falling in love with the business development side of things. Melissa’s drive to help any and everyone suffering from the disease of addiction and walk side by side with them through their treatment process was what lead her to community outreach. She was drawn to Banyan because of our ability to treat any patient from any demographic, and that our mission aligned with her core morals and beliefs. She couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such an excellent team.



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