Meet the Team at Banyan | Qualified Addiction Specialists

Meet the Team at Banyan Treatment Centers

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.

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.

Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne

Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He received his master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed his family medicine residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. Darrin became the second addiction medicine fellow at Geisinger Health System. He is a Certified Physician Executive and a Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Mangiacarne is board certified in family medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) and addiction medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and (AOBFP). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM) and a fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (FAOAAM). He also currently holds the title of Secretary/Treasurer for the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Mangiacarne has worked in the addiction field for the past 11 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He co-chaired the Indiana Attorney General’s Task Force on addiction. Dr. Mangiacarne is the Past-President of the Indiana Society of Addiction Medicine. Before joining Banyan, he served as the Regional Medical Director for another program, overseeing their medication assisted treatment programming throughout the Midwest. He is the Chief Medical Officer and a proud addition to the Banyan team.


Vice Presidents

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.

Lauren Connolly

Vice President of Patient Accounts
Lauren Connolly

Vice President 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.

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.

Sherilyn Toro

Vice President of Compliance and Quality
Sherilyn Toro

Vice President of Compliance and Quality

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.”


National Corporate Directors

Alyssa Shapper

National Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa Shapper

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.

Danielle Menendez

National Director of Nursing
Danielle Menendez

National 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.

Anthony Acampora

National Director of Faith Based Services
Anthony Acampora

National Director of Faith Based Services

Anthony Acampora is the National Director of Faith-Based Services and Chaplain at Banyan Treatment Centers. He has a Masters degree in Ministry. Anthony is a published author of three books, national speaker and writer with articles published in numerous international magazines.

Anthony is the former host of the Faith in Recovery Radio Show with forty six shows airing in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. He is a segment host on America’s Invisible Heroes Talk Show. 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/

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.

Kevin Craner

Kevin Craner, Ed.D., MHA, CIP, CFRS, CRS

National Director of Family Intervention Services
Kevin Craner
Kevin Craner, Ed.D., 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 a Doctorate in Education. Kevin is a certified intervention professional (CIP), certified family recovery specialist (CFRS), and certified recovery specialist (CRS). Over the past several 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.

Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

National Director of Telehealth Services
Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

National Director of Telehealth Services

Kahlia Bersson comes to Banyan's Telehealth 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.

Joshua McPherson

National Director of Operations
Joshua McPherson

National 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 National Director of Operations. 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.


Executive Directors

Michael Arcangeletti

Michael Arcangeletti, LMSW, CADC

Executive Director of PA
Michael Arcangeletti
Michael Arcangeletti, LMSW, CADC

Executive Director of PA

Michael Arcangeletti, Executive Director of Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2010. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Misericordia University, a graduated degree from Marywood 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.

Cara Tilbury, PHD, LCDP, LMSW, CAADC, CCDP-D

Executive Director of Banyan Delaware
Cara Tilbury, PHD, LCDP, LMSW, CAADC, CCDP-D

Executive Director of Banyan Delaware

Cara was born and raised on a small family farm in Upstate Western NY and relocated to Delaware in 2012 to expand her opportunities to help individuals and families struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Since Cara joined the team at Banyan Delaware in January of 2021, she has served as the Clinical Director. This has more recently expanded into the Executive Clinical Director role providing oversight and promotion of a safe and healthy recovery environment at our Delaware location. Cara upholds a collaborative patient-centered approach while implementing a strong evidence-based style to her practice and professional management.
Cara has undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology and obtained her master’s degree in Psychology with specialization in Mental Health Applications in 2012. In 2017 she went on to achieve a life goal of her Doctoral Degree in Psychology, specializing in research, training, and treatment of co-occurring severe and persistent mental illness, trauma, and forensic populations. During her graduate and post-graduate career, Cara gained experience working with substance use disorder and personality disorder populations, with a focus on supporting individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Cara is a published doctoral research author in dual-diagnosis and personality disorder treatment. She has since gone on to obtain her Professional Licenses in Chemical Dependency and Social Work, and she also holds certifications in Doctoral Addictions Counseling, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Co-occurring Disorders Professional - Diplomat status, and Clinical Certification in Counseling and Forensic Counseling. Cara is a proud member of the Golden Key International High Honor Society, Psi Chi International High Honor Society in Psychology, the American Psychology Law Society, and the American Psychological Association. Having strong clinical understanding combined with her passion to promote health and safety to individuals struggling with substance use, mental health, and trauma, Cara is prepared to humbly serve as the Executive Clinical leader for Banyan Delaware. Her background and education foster a strength-based foundation for addiction and co-occurring treatment encompassing compassion, respect, and dignity for every person.

Helene Murphy

Executive Director of MA
Helene Murphy

Executive Director of MA

Kirk Gohsman

Executive Director for Banyan Heartland
Kirk Gohsman

Executive Director for Banyan Heartland

Kirk was born and raised in rural Michigan and joined the Air Force in 1985. While in the Air Force he was educated and trained as a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) clinician. He later became an administrator for treatment programs for all levels of care while stationed at David Grant Medical Center in California. Since retiring from the military he has continued to advocate for veterans and others getting into treatment. He is credentialed as a Certified International Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has held numerous titles including Counselor, Program Manager, Superintendent, Program Director, Regional Director, and Executive Director.

Kirk joined Banyan Heartland in June 2022 and is very enthusiastic about helping others struggling with addiction and now has over 30 years’ experience working in the field. “Recovery starts with Hope”.

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.

Lisa Molyneaux

Executive Director of BHOPB & Seaside
Lisa Molyneaux

Executive Director of BHOPB & Seaside

Lisa Molyneaux, LCSW, ACSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with more than 20 years of experience working with troubled youth. She has specialized in dealing with family issues, substance abuse, as well as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Previously she worked as a Clinical Supervisor for over 10 years and also worked in a private practice. She has received praise for high standards and ethical practices when working with her clients. Ms. Molyneaux received her Bachelor of Social Work from Florida State University and furthered her education at Case Western Reserve University, where she received her Masters of Social Service Administration. From starting as the clinical director at Banyan Stuart, she was promoted and began a department of clinical reviewers in admissions and then promoted again to the title she holds today as Executive Director of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches.

Nicole Bower

Executive Director of Banyan Texas
Nicole Bower

Executive Director of Banyan Texas

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.

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.

Melissa Mackolin

Director of Business Development PA
Melissa Mackolin

Director of Business Development PA

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.


Banyan Pompano Team

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.

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.

John Kelsey

Operations Supervisor
John Kelsey

Operations Supervisor

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.

James Frazier

Primary Therapist
James Frazier

Primary Therapist

Gilah Weissman

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Gilah Weissman

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Megan Graham

Mental Health Primary Therapist
Megan Graham

Mental Health Primary Therapist

Sara Gorman

Mental Health Primary Therapist
Sara Gorman

Mental Health Primary Therapist

Bradley Nash

Clinical Support
Bradley Nash

Clinical Support

As a true native of South Florida, Bradley was born and raised in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, in which he continues to reside. Bradley studied at Purdue University Global, and attained his undergraduate degree in Psychology in Addictions. Currently, Bradley is a masters level student at Barry University in their trauma-focused Clinical Social Work program.
As a person in recovery himself, Bradley is encouraged by the clients he has the opportunity to interact with daily and is able to bring some personalization into his clinical practices. Through his own rehab experiences, Bradley was given the motivation to go back to school and give back to what was given to him. Starting as a Group Facilitator for Banyan Pompano’s Mental Health Program, Bradley soon began running groups in both Mental Health and Substance Abuse programs and is now a part of the Clinical Support team. His favorite part of his position is being given the opportunity to motivate clients to challenge themselves to become healthier versions of themselves and to want more for their lives. His goal for his career at Banyan is to become a therapist upon graduating with his MSW.

Emily Jurich

Clinical Support
Emily Jurich

Clinical Support

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.

Christina Scherer

Family Services Coordinator
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.


Banyan Stuart Team

Juan R. Garcia, LCSW

Clinical Executive Director
Juan R. Garcia, LCSW

Clinical Executive Director

Juan Garcia serves as the Clinical Executive 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.

Wayne Wilks

Director of Operations
Wayne Wilks

Director of Operations

Gloria Callow

Director of Nursing
Gloria Callow

Director of Nursing

Gloria is a nurse and a New York native who relocated to martin County in 2016. She has been a part of the Stuart nursing team since they opened their doors in 2016. She has been a nurse for over 10 years with experience in the surgery trauma field, burns, pediatrics and dermatology. Gloria is currently furthering her education to acquire her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her goal is to continue her growth within the Banyan company and to fulfill her passion in helping the needed community in their recovery process.During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 13-year-old son Anthony and their family at the beach, the movies and traveling.

Jessica Maypole

Clinical Supervisor
Jessica Maypole

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.

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.

Alicia Liquori

Alumni Coordinator
Alicia Liquori

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.


Banyan Boca Team

Amy Horan

Amy Horan

Executive Nursing Director
Amy Horan
Amy Horan

Executive Nursing Director

Amy Horan was born in Illinois and moved to Coral Springs, FL when she was 5 years old. She obtained her LPN in 2001 and her RN in 2020. She got her start in the addiction field by working at another treatment center right out of LPN school in 2001. Amy developed a passion for mental health when she lived in Arizona for a year and worked at a community inpatient center. She is passionate about what she does because she enjoys working with substance abuse and mental health clients. Her goal is to always provide them with the dignity and respect that is often overlooked with their diagnosis. She has always enjoyed watching their transformation. She says, “they arrive to use at one of the hardest times in their lives and transform into the healthy members of our community.”

Amy’s favorite part of her position is mentoring the new nurses and teaching them about mental illness and substance abuse and watching them blossom in their career at Banyan.
Her goal at Banyan is for every one of our clients to be treated how we would treat our own family. She instills this in each one of our nurses. Amy

Martin DiLiegro

Director of Operations
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.

Kayla Rogers-Callaghan M.S., LMHC

Clinical Director
Kayla Rogers-Callaghan M.S., LMHC

Clinical Director

Kayla Rogers was born in New Bedford, MA, but moved to Florida at the age of 12. Primarily, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Central Florida in 2013 and later on received her Masters from Nova Southeastern University in 2015, along with completing 2 years of supervision. Due to her witnessing family and friends suffering from addiction and mental health issues, Kayla felt the need to help those who struggle with the ongoing disease. Her start in the addiction field began as an intern at an addiction treatment facility, where she advanced to a permanent position. Throughout her career and currently at Banyan Boca, Kayla has worked with dual diagnosis patients struggling with both substance use and mental health disorders. Her favorite part of the job is being able to meet a variety of individuals, learn all of their stories, and finding a way to help them find themselves. Kayla’s goal is to continue to grow and learn all she can from all the amazing people around her.

Joan Morris

Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Joan Morris

Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Joan was born in New York and later relocated to Boca Raton, FL. She received her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certificate at Florida Atlantic University. Joanne began working in the addiction field because she noticed how it was destroying the community around her, and she wanted to make a difference in the lives of her patients. As a medical provider, she recognized how a patient needs a holistic approach to attain their optimal level of health and wellness. Joan is dedicated to caring for each patient as an individual.

Alison Parente

Therapist
Alison Parente

Therapist

Alison Parente was born and raised in South Florida. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English as well as a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. Later, Alison received a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She is not in recovery herself and has never suffered from neither substance abuse nor mental health disorder but she has had family impacted by addiction. Witnessing her family members suffering from this disease led to her interest in working with the SUD population. Alison began working in the addiction field in 2017 as a Behavioral Health Technician and was quickly promoted to case manager the following year. Currently, Alison works as a dual-diagnosis primary RES therapist at Banyan Boca.

Ashley Bonner

Therapist
Ashley Bonner

Therapist

Ashley Bonner was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL. In 2018, she received her Bachelor’s degree in social work and later on received her Master’s in 2020. Ashley began her road through recovery in 2017, and ever since then, her life has changed for the better. Initially, Ashely began working as an intern in the addiction field before transitioning to Banyan Boca’s Mental Health program in 2021. She is passionate about helping vulnerable populations and individuals who can’t find their voice. With the ability to use direct client contact and advocacy at Banyan, Ashely enjoys completing her daily duties.

Christina Vespuca

Case Manager
Christina Vespuca

Case Manager

Christina was born and raised in South Florida. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University in 2017. She has struggled most of her life with unmanaged mental health symptoms. Working in a dual diagnosis treatment center has positively influenced her life as well as her patients.
Christina began working for Banyan Treatment Center in July of 2018 as a Behavioral Health Technician. After being promoted to lead BHT she was later offered a role as a case manager. She is passionately working in mental health and substance abuse treatment because of the struggles she suffered personally as well as witnessed through family members. Christina wants to be able to help others and provide care and service for those who are in need but do not know where to start.
Christina understands and appreciates how networked Banyan centers are and enjoys creating aftercare plans for her patients so they feel more resourceful and optimistic for the road ahead.

Nicole Blackburn

Case Manager
Nicole Blackburn

Case Manager

Nicole Blackburn was born and raised in Newark, Delaware. She is currently a degree in Nursing/ Psychology. Nicole traveled down to Florida at the age of 18 to get sober and has been in recovery for over 5 years now. She continues to work on her 12 step program and remains consistent in attending her meetings.
Nicole began working in the addiction field as an overnight Behavioral technician at a women's PHP treatment facility. She began working at Banyan Boca in 2019, and after multiple promotions, she was offered the Case management position. She appreciates the continuous growth she has achieved during her time at Banyan. Due to her struggle with addiction, she hopes to be that positive source to the patients she serves. Nicole strives to offer hope to these patients and represent herself as a model figure. Her main goal is to continue growing within the company and to never lose passion for helping others.

Madyson Levinson

Clinical Assessor
Madyson Levinson

Clinical Assessor

Madyson Levinson was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She moved to South Florida when she was 8 ½ years old. Madyson attended Florida State University from 2012-2016 and obtained two undergraduate degrees, one in Religion and one in Psychology, with a minor in child development. Madyson graduated from FSU in 2016 and started her master’s program at Lynn University in the summer of 2016. She graduated from Lynn University with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the summer of 2018. Upon graduating, Madyson completed the state of Florida’s requirements to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. Madyson started working in the mental health field during her master’s program where she quickly took interest in personality disorders and mood disorders. Madyson specializes in Borderline Personality Disorder and is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Madyson is passionate about mental health because she believes that every person deserves to live a happy and healthy life! Madyson aspires to continue to advance within Banyan Treatment Centers and become a clinical director. Madyson also hopes to one day open her own mental health IOP and DBT program. Madyson enjoys music, theater,

Alicia Liquori

Alumni Coordinator
Alicia Liquori

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.

Samantha Beyer

Clinical Supervisor
Samantha Beyer

Clinical Supervisor

Samantha Beyer was born and raised in Honolulu, HI, but moved to Lake Mary, FL, when she was nine years old. She received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Child Psychology from the University of North Florida in 2017. Not long after, Samantha went on to receive her Masters of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University in 2019. In 2020, she became a licensed clinical social worker.
After losing her father suddenly at the age of 8, Samantha discovered her passion for becoming a therapist. She wished to provide the same comfort, support, and clarity that many therapists provided to her at a very young age.
Initially, Samantha began working as a group facilitator and was able to strengthen her knowledge of trauma therapy and achieve EMDR certification. After hard work, dedication, and persistence, Samantha was promoted to Clinical Supervisor. She believes learning and growth are endless within the mental health industry and wants to continue to change the lives of her clients for the better.

Christina Scherer

Family Services Coordinator
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.


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.

Christina Scherer

Family Services Coordinator
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.

Jessica Alvarez

Illinois Alumni Supervisor
Jessica Alvarez

Illinois Alumni 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 Alumni Supervisor, which allows her to fulfill her passion by helping individuals and families who suffer from drug addiction through the discharging process.

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

Kirk Gohsman

Executive Director for Banyan Heartland
Kirk Gohsman

Executive Director for Banyan Heartland

Kirk was born and raised in rural Michigan and joined the Air Force in 1985. While in the Air Force he was educated and trained as a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) clinician. He later became an administrator for treatment programs for all levels of care while stationed at David Grant Medical Center in California. Since retiring from the military he has continued to advocate for veterans and others getting into treatment. He is credentialed as a Certified International Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has held numerous titles including Counselor, Program Manager, Superintendent, Program Director, Regional Director, and Executive Director.

Kirk joined Banyan Heartland in June 2022 and is very enthusiastic about helping others struggling with addiction and now has over 30 years’ experience working in the field. “Recovery starts with Hope”.

Monica Wright

Nurse Practitioner
Monica Wright

Nurse Practitioner

Arielle Childers

Group Facilitator
Arielle Childers

Group Facilitator

Arielle graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Professional Counseling. She worked with a nonprofit organization that treated severe mental health for many years. Arielle is a public speaker for local mom groups on mental health awareness and support. She believes that working with addiction and mental health allows her to give back to the community and assist individuals in reaching their potential. Arielle enjoys showing others that she understands what they are going through and that they do not need to feel alone. With the support and resources available at Banyan, Arielle’s favorite part of her position is providing patients with an understanding that they are worth more than what they believe and help is out there.

Christina Scherer

Family Services Coordinator
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.

Chris Perkins

Therapist
Chris Perkins

Therapist

Jessica Alvarez

Illinois Alumni Supervisor
Jessica Alvarez

Illinois Alumni 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 Alumni Supervisor, which allows her to fulfill her passion by helping individuals and families who suffer from drug addiction through the discharging process.

Rhonda Meyer

Therapist
Rhonda Meyer

Therapist


Banyan Palm Springs Team

Belinda Langager

Director of Operations
Belinda Langager

Director of Operations

Belinda began her journey working in treatment in 2006, at a co-occurring facility on the Big Island of Hawaii, with at-risk adolescents, in a school based forum. She then transitioned into working with pregnant and parenting women and children, in a residential setting, geared towards family reunification through CPS and family court. It was here, Belinda began her transition into management, overseeing that program, as well as several men’s and women’s housing units. Working with such a culturally diverse population, Belinda was able to gain important skills, which have been invaluable to her in the care she provides to all clients. For the past several years, Belinda has worked as the Director of Client Services at a dual diagnosis treatment facility in Palm Springs, CA. In addition to her vast work experience in field of addiction, Belinda is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, as well as an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Belinda is extremely excited to be a part of the amazing Banyan family where client-centered care is valued as a priority.

Elizabeth Ross, Ph.D.

Clinical Executive Director
Elizabeth Ross, Ph.D.

Clinical Executive Director

Elizabeth Ross, Ph.D. is the Clinical Executive 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 leads 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 an executive clinical director is supporting an environment where clients can get the best care possible with a team of compassionate staff all with the same goal to provide clients and the families an opportunity for life-changing growth.

keerthy sunder

Keerthy Sunder, MD

Medical Director
keerthy sunder
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.

Linda Santiago

Director of Nursing
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.

Charlie Nesbitt

Clinical Supervisor at Outpatient
Charlie Nesbitt

Clinical Supervisor at Outpatient

Charlie Nesbitt is the Clinical Supervisor at Banyan Palm Springs Outpatient Program. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Brandman University in 2018 and he has been working in the field of addiction and mental health since 2009. Charlie has experience with helping people with mental health, co-occurring disorders, and substance abuse, and is a recovering addict and active member of Narcotics Anonymous. He has a firm knowledge base in Chem/Sex addiction, codependency and co-occurring disorders. His theoretical work includes CBT, DBT, Humanistic/Client Centered and Existential direction. He is also certified in Acceleration Resolution Therapy (ART). Charlie is passionate in treating the substance use population. He champions topics including, but not limited to, overcoming guilt and shame, reducing the stigma attached to addiction, and coping with co-occurring medical issues while in recovery. His goal is to bring understanding and compassion into his therapy by creating rapport, empathy and trust. “You don’t have to do this alone.” “We do this thing called recovery together.”

sammy langager

Sammy Langager

Outpatient Services Supervisor
sammy langager
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.

Deborah Moran LVN

Nursing Supervisor
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.”

Linda Hyman

Clinical Supervisor
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.

Bryan Duke

Facilities Manager
Bryan Duke

Facilities Manager

Bryan is a native to Southern California. He has created a full, rich and renewed life in recovery in the Palm Springs area. Taking on a role with novice experience, and tapping into his past experiences with facilities, he has grown with Banyan Treatment Centers. As the Maintenance Manager for Banyan Palm Springs, Bryan was instrumental in the opening of our Palm Springs locations, even through the struggles of the pandemic. Bryan’s creative input has assisted with finding and creating space to grow and expand our care to clients in need within our limited footprint.

With hard work and dedication, Bryan was promoted to become the Facilities Manager at Banyan Palm Springs. Now, as the Facilities Manager, Bryan oversees maintenance, housekeeping, landscaping, pool care, and the overall safety and cleanliness aspects of all properties. He believes in ensuring clients and staff are met with the best environment possible.

As a champion of change, Bryan found comfort in Banyan’s mission. He aligns himself with the same vision and values that Banyan believes in and has wholeheartedly been an advocate of Banyan and to those around him.

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.

Auggie Olivera

Lead Intake Coordinator
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.

Jamie Webber

Family Services Coordinator
Jamie Webber

Family Services Coordinator

Born and raised in Palm Springs, Jamie has been working in the medical field for over 30 years. Recovery became, and has remained, a passion of Jamie’s, as a result of the effects her mother’s addiction, and later, the addiction struggles of two of her three children had on her. For the past 11 years, she has redirected her medical knowledge and expertise to the field of addiction and recovery. Jamie started her career at Banyan Treatment Centers as a phlebotomist. However, as the management team recognized her varied skill-set, Jamie’s services began to be requested in Intake, Clinical, Administration, and Family Services. As part of her role with Family Services, Jamie runs a weekly Banyan Family Zoom Call, with her oldest daughter, which is designed to give the families of our clients a safe place to talk, vent, and help others going through similar situations. She found that being in contact with the families directly is where her heart is. Jamie is deeply passionate about helping our clients and their families. She understands how difficult the journey through the recovery process can be and the courage required to take that journey. Jamie also understands the empathy and sensitivity required to guide those on their recovery journey. By combining her personal and professional experience, Jamie provides guidance and support to families here at Banyan as a Family Services Specialist.

theodore kult

Theodore Kult

Alumni Coordinator
theodore kult
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”


Banyan Delaware Team

Cara Tilbury, PHD, LCDP, LMSW, CAADC, CCDP-D

Executive Director of Banyan Delaware
Cara Tilbury, PHD, LCDP, LMSW, CAADC, CCDP-D

Executive Director of Banyan Delaware

Cara was born and raised on a small family farm in Upstate Western NY and relocated to Delaware in 2012 to expand her opportunities to help individuals and families struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Since Cara joined the team at Banyan Delaware in January of 2021, she has served as the Clinical Director. This has more recently expanded into the Executive Clinical Director role providing oversight and promotion of a safe and healthy recovery environment at our Delaware location. Cara upholds a collaborative patient-centered approach while implementing a strong evidence-based style to her practice and professional management.
Cara has undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology and obtained her master’s degree in Psychology with specialization in Mental Health Applications in 2012. In 2017 she went on to achieve a life goal of her Doctoral Degree in Psychology, specializing in research, training, and treatment of co-occurring severe and persistent mental illness, trauma, and forensic populations. During her graduate and post-graduate career, Cara gained experience working with substance use disorder and personality disorder populations, with a focus on supporting individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Cara is a published doctoral research author in dual-diagnosis and personality disorder treatment. She has since gone on to obtain her Professional Licenses in Chemical Dependency and Social Work, and she also holds certifications in Doctoral Addictions Counseling, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Co-occurring Disorders Professional - Diplomat status, and Clinical Certification in Counseling and Forensic Counseling. Cara is a proud member of the Golden Key International High Honor Society, Psi Chi International High Honor Society in Psychology, the American Psychology Law Society, and the American Psychological Association. Having strong clinical understanding combined with her passion to promote health and safety to individuals struggling with substance use, mental health, and trauma, Cara is prepared to humbly serve as the Executive Clinical leader for Banyan Delaware. Her background and education foster a strength-based foundation for addiction and co-occurring treatment encompassing compassion, respect, and dignity for every person.

Tina Moyer, MA, LMSW, ICAADC, CSPS

Clinical Director of Banyan Delaware
Tina Moyer, MA, LMSW, ICAADC, CSPS

Clinical Director of Banyan Delaware

Tina Moyer is the Senior Clinical Supervisor for Banyan Delaware Residential/Detox Facility and PHP/IOP Facility. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware and continued her education to earn her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus on Counseling from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She is licensed in the state of Delaware as an LMSW and has received her International Certification for Advanced Addictions Counselor and Certified Supervisor of Peer Specialists. Prior to Banyan, Tina brings with her a 20+ year leadership history in working with adults and children challenged with mental health and addiction in various modalities including group home care, case management, therapy, IOP, residential, and ACT team settings. Tina brings with her a long-term passion for helping those in need of healing so that they can flourish and live their lives confident and empowered to move forward.

Darren Collins, BS, CPRS

BHT Supervisor
Darren Collins, BS, CPRS

BHT Supervisor

Darren found recovery in 2017 after a long 15-year battle with the disease of addiction. He has been an active member throughout the recovery community in Delaware ever since. Darren began working in the SUD treatment field in 2018. Since the beginning, he used his personal passion and work ethic to succeed in the industry. Darren has held positions from BHT to Program Coordinator of one of the largest sober living programs in Delaware. He became a licensed Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the State of DE in 2019, and graduated in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Wilmington University. Darren is currently continuing his education at Delaware State University for their Social Work Master’s Program. Darren found himself captivated by the Banyan philosophy and the family aspect of the company. He is driven and passionate about helping others find their way to recovery through providing them with experience, strength, and hope that they too can find happiness in their own personal recovery.


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!”

Aakash Patel

Director of Operations
Aakash Patel

Director of Operations

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.

Jamie Webber

Family Services Coordinator
Jamie Webber

Family Services Coordinator

Born and raised in Palm Springs, Jamie has been working in the medical field for over 30 years. Recovery became, and has remained, a passion of Jamie’s, as a result of the effects her mother’s addiction, and later, the addiction struggles of two of her three children had on her. For the past 11 years, she has redirected her medical knowledge and expertise to the field of addiction and recovery. Jamie started her career at Banyan Treatment Centers as a phlebotomist. However, as the management team recognized her varied skill-set, Jamie’s services began to be requested in Intake, Clinical, Administration, and Family Services. As part of her role with Family Services, Jamie runs a weekly Banyan Family Zoom Call, with her oldest daughter, which is designed to give the families of our clients a safe place to talk, vent, and help others going through similar situations. She found that being in contact with the families directly is where her heart is. Jamie is deeply passionate about helping our clients and their families. She understands how difficult the journey through the recovery process can be and the courage required to take that journey. Jamie also understands the empathy and sensitivity required to guide those on their recovery journey. By combining her personal and professional experience, Jamie provides guidance and support to families here at Banyan as a Family Services Specialist.


Banyan Massachusetts Team

Brenty Shy

Director of Operations
Brenty Shy

Director of Operations

Brent was born and raised in Miami, FL but moved to Massachusetts in 2021. He received his Bachelors of Applied Sciences in Supervision and Management. Later, Brent received his MBA in Operations Management from Florida Atlantic University. With personal experience struggling with drug abuse, he has a solid working knowledge of the 12 step program and its principles. Thankfully, Brent has been able to move forward with 6 consistent years in recovery.
Brent began working in the addiction field in 2016 in both PHP and IOP levels of care. His passion is derived from inspiring others to remain sober with living by example and developing a structured atmosphere for both the clients and the employees. The opportunity to play a significant role in the decision-making process for the client is what inspires him the most. Being afforded the capability to innovate and improve processes towards a high-quality culture invokes gratitude within. Additionally, Brent enjoys allowing others to experience the concept of individual empowerment.
Brent’s goal is to rebrand the imprint Banyan has in the Massachusetts recovery community and establish a reputation for high-quality client care. He intends to promote growth, evolution, and unlimited potential in those who surround him and

Helene Murphy

Executive Director of MA
Helene Murphy

Executive Director of MA

Corey Dauphine

Facilities Supervisor
Corey Dauphine

Facilities Supervisor

David Duren Ph.D., DAC

Clinical Supervisor
David Duren Ph.D., DAC

Clinical Supervisor

Joli Sparkman MSW, AMS-I

Primary Therapist
Joli Sparkman MSW, AMS-I

Primary Therapist

Janene Brandolini

Intake Coordinator
Janene Brandolini

Intake Coordinator

Matthew Geary

Alumni Coordinator
Matthew Geary

Alumni Coordinator

Matthew Geary was born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. He is currently enrolled in Umass Amherst majoring in health studies. Matthew has struggle with a substance use disorder but has been sober since November 2019. During his journey through recovery he has rediscovered his passion for the outdoors, physical fitness, and academia. In 2015, Matthew began working in the addiction industry as an overnight recovery specialist then became a substance abuse counselor. He loves being able to relate and identify with the clients that are involved with the program, as well as enjoys having the opportunity to share his experience about strength and hope. Matthews favorite part about being an alumni coordinator is listening to former clients share their story in recovery. His main goal is to provide solid support to the clients throughout their stay as well as after completing treatment.

Thomas Atkinson

Lead Recovery Specialist
Thomas Atkinson

Lead Recovery Specialist

Thomas "TJ" Atkinson was born and raised in Gardner, MA, and struggled with addiction for several years. Fortunately, he got clean on September 13th, 2020. TJ has been working for Banyan for close to a year. He began as a behavioral health technician, which has led him to build a good rapport with all the clients that have come thru the Clearbrook Mass facility. Coming into this field, TJ wanted to find the direction he wanted to go in to help people with their addiction. Working for Banyan, TJ found a path he is interested in and is currently going to school to be a therapist. TJ appreciates the new position he is presently in because now he can witness the clients' developments, and he enjoys seeing them change their lives around for the better. Also, he can gain more experience in the field that he so greatly desires to be an advocate.

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 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.

Stacy Wolff

Office Manager
Stacy Wolff

Office Manager

Stacy was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. In her college years, Stacy began struggling with substances and alcohol. After getting sober the first time around, Stacy began in the addiction field as a Business Development Representative in 2012. After a relapse, she officially got clean in 2016 and began working as a Behavioral Health Technician. Aside from working as the lead office manager for Banyan, Stacy is a key speaker for local high schools in New Jersey, for Recovery Advocates. Her favorite part of her job is running groups throughout the week and helping clients, which she’s passionate about because it keeps her grounded. Stacy hopes to return back to school for a degree in business, as well as social work, and use the skills she learns to help combat addiction that is very much prevalent in her own community.

Xiomara Jimenez

Nurse Practitioner
Xiomara Jimenez

Nurse Practitioner

Xiomara Jimenez was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA with a Puerto Rican background. She received a Bachelor’s degree for nursing at Temple University in 2008 and later on received her Master’s from La Salle University in 2018. Although Xiomara has not first handedly been affected by drug abuse, she has witness the affects it has made on the lives of both friends and family. Xiomara began her career has a Nurse Practitioner working in PHP and IOP level of care for substance use disorders, while simultaneously running a Sub Oxone maintenance program. She then went on to helping women and children who suffered from mental health and substance use disorders. Growing up in North Philadelphia, she witnessed the destruction drugs and alcohol had on the community as well as the impact it had on the families involved and believed how one helping hand could provide the necessary courage and make all the difference in an individual’s life.

Aimee Page

Therapist
Aimee Page

Therapist

Aimee Page was born and raised in Bucks County, PA. She graduated with a Master’s degrees in Community and Trauma Counseling. Aimee initially began with Banyan as a practicum student before accepting a full time position as a therapist. Initially, she began working in the addiction field owning her own staffing agency, providing employment to former addicts who were in recovery. She witnessed the need for multiple interventions and resources in order for a person to be successful, as they entered their journey through recovery. Aimee is a huge believer in the maxim “teaching someone how to fish, rather than giving them a fish” and is passionate about restoring hope in the lives of the patients as well as their families. Her main goal here at Banyan is making a positive impact on the patients and their families.

Cassandra McCullough

Therapist
Cassandra McCullough

Therapist

Cassandra McCullough was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Immaculata University in 2016 where she earned a double Bachelor's in Social Work and Sociology. She then received a Master's in Social Work at West Chester University in 2018. Cassandra began working in the addiction field in 2018, specializing in mental health and substance abuse crisis. Although it was extremely challenging for her, she has always found helping recovery victims very rewarding. She is a firm believer in helping others see their strength and worth, and feels lucky that she can do that every day at Banyan. She loves celebrating both the minor and major milestones of the patients and encouraging them that the progress that they make daily makes for a better tomorrow.

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.

Tracie Deluca

Case Manager
Tracie Deluca

Case Manager

Tracie DeLuca is a Case Manager who has been with the Banyan Philadelphia team since its grand opening in 2018. She began her journey to recovery in 2002 and has remained sober ever since. She began working and found her passion in the addiction field in 2013 and continues to be a dynamic member in society as well as a beacon of hope for others still struggling. Tracie began her career as a Behavioral Health Technician and was commendably promoted to her current position as a Case Manager. Tracie enjoys the process in supporting individuals through their start in recovery and believes in strengthening their confidence and self-worth in hopes to improve their chance in a successful recovery.

Marie Gaffney

Director of Operations
Marie Gaffney

Director of Operations

Marie Gaffney was born and raised in New Jersey. After struggling with addiction of her own, she made the choice to change her life around and focus on her recovery and seek treatment in south Florida. Originally, Marie began working as a Behavioral Health Technician at Banyan Pompano, along with hard work and dedication she was promoted to Behavioral Technician Supervisor after relocating to the Banyan Philadelphia. Currently, Marie is the Director of Operations for Banyan Philadelphia. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the individuals that attend our treatment center and finds success establishing a safe and loving work environment for its employees. Marie’s goal is to continue to grow her knowledge in the industry, to continue to help the never ending battle of addiction in the lives of the patients she serves.


Banyan Sebring Team

Wendi Conklin

Nurse Practitioner
Wendi Conklin

Nurse Practitioner

Roosevelt Martin

Operations Supervisor
Roosevelt Martin

Operations Supervisor

Jasmine Smith

Director of Operations
Jasmine Smith

Director of Operations

Anita Peaks

Primary Therapist
Anita Peaks

Primary Therapist

Rhonda Reynolds

Director of Nursing
Rhonda Reynolds

Director of Nursing

Rebecca Siwanowicz

Executive Clinical Director
Rebecca Siwanowicz

Executive Clinical Director

Anita Peakes

Primary Therapist
Anita Peakes

Primary Therapist

Pamela Ervine

Primary Therapist
Pamela Ervine

Primary Therapist

Alexa Colon

Head Chef
Alexa Colon

Head Chef


Clearbrook Team PA

Michael Arcangeletti

Michael Arcangeletti, LMSW, CADC

Executive Director of PA
Michael Arcangeletti
Michael Arcangeletti, LMSW, CADC

Executive Director of PA

Michael Arcangeletti, Executive Director of Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2010. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Misericordia University, a graduated degree from Marywood 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.

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.

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.

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

Helene Murphy

Executive Director of MA
Helene Murphy

Executive Director of MA

Courtney Gillam

Director of Operations
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.

Rhodonna Ferguson

Clinical Director
Rhodonna Ferguson

Clinical Director

Rhodonna M. Ferguson, Clinical Director at Clearbrook MA is a licensed clinician with over 28 years of experience in clinical social work.  Rhodonna, earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut with an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health. As a previous crisis clinician and counselor at Behavioral Health Crisis team and stabilization Units in Springfield Massachusetts, Rhodonna brings an abundance of tenure and passion in working with individuals and families with untreated substance misuse and mental health disorders.

For more than 28 years Rhodonna has worked to reconcile and provide treatment and aid for individuals, children and families struggling with substance misuse, mental health disorders, domestic violence, sexual abuse, chronic neglect and physical abuse at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. She began her service with the department as a Caseworker. Renowned for her devotion, perseverance, and leadership, she was promoted as supervisor and ultimately elevated as an Area Program Manager. She served in this role for 13 years as a professional-level resource for organizational, managerial, and operational analyses. Rhodonna planned, organized, reviewed, and evaluated social service programs and provided leadership and clinical consultation to all levels of area office staff.  She served as the chair for the Department’s diversity and inclusion team, where she created and implemented the strategic plan for diversity and inclusion training and procedures for the area office.

In addition to her work in social service and mental health, Rhodonna is an active Board of Trustees for Living Water Global Ministries, a faith-based organization devoted to its members.

She also served as a Board of Trustee for Mission Church Ministries and on the advisory boards, for Elms college in Chicopee Massachusetts.  During her time at Elms College, she mentored Bachelor level students and worked to diversify learning for students of all backgrounds, economic and social standing.

Rhodonna has worked in professional and faith-based communities where she has devoted herself to the spiritual, emotional, and psychological health of individuals. She holds ministerial licenses through Joan Hunters Ministries, Tomball Texas and Living Water Global Ministries, Springfield Massachusetts where she provides mentoring and counseling to help people heal from emotional and psychological trauma.

Rhodonna brings to Banyan Treatment Centers a passion to coach, teach, mentor, and help to develop and pour into the lives of those she works with.  Rhodonna’s desire is to empower, add value, instill hope, inspire growth, motivate progress, and see others prosper and excel to their fullest potential.  Rhodonna believes strongly in the stages of change theory, where people can and will make the necessary life changes for 100% self-efficacy.

Amanda Daley

Director of Nursing
Amanda Daley

Director of Nursing

Amanda is a Registered Nurse from Massachusetts who holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Psychology, & Criminology with a minor in Interpersonal Communications. Amanda’s first degree was in Psychology and Criminology, where she learned her passion for caring for vulnerable populations.

After graduating, Amanda’s first job was in a detox unit where she really developed her drive to specifically serve those who suffer from substance use. Amanda has a personal family history of alcoholism and lost a close friend to drug addiction. After working several years as a Mental Health Counselor, Amanda knew she needed to return to school to better aid in this current epidemic. Amanda returned to Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA for Nursing, and obtained her RN Degree. Shortly after, Amanda wanted to solidify her medical skills in a small community hospital medical unit. Never forgetting her passion, she made her way back to detox as a nurse. Amanda completed her BSN in 2021. She demonstrated a strong desire to lead and educate and was excited for the opportunity to join the Banyan team as Director of Nursing.

kristen lynch

Kristen Lynch RN

Nursing Supervisor
kristen lynch
Kristen Lynch RN

Nursing Supervisor

Kristen Lynch RN is our Nursing Supervisor here at Clearbrook Massachusetts. Kristen has been a registered nurse for 5 years. Kristen graduated Mount Wachusett Community College in 2021. She spent many years working at first as a CNA before attending nursing school. Kristen has experience in various levels of healthcare including psychiatric homecare, behavioral health nursing for co-occurring disorders, a program for adults with disabilities, a residential adolescent program, and managing a wellness program granted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Kristen has always enjoyed helping people through their struggles and was happy to learn that Clearbrook was opening close to home. Kristen believes in using her empathy to treat patients with a “person-centered” approach to help everyone in her care to feel safe and comfortable. Kristen’s favorite part of the work she does is having the ability to connect with her patients and empowering and supporting them through their most vulnerable moments. Kristen is extremely well organized and strives to help her coworkers as well as her patients.

Kristopher Ambrozewicz

Clinical Supervisor
Kristopher Ambrozewicz

Clinical Supervisor

Kristopher was born and raised in Winchendon, Massachusetts. He has his bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University and is currently in a master’s program for a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. Kristopher started in the addiction field as an outpatient group therapist and case manager in a Dual Diagnosis program.

His passion is that he loves knowing that he has played a small part in a person’s journey in recovery. He has had family members and close friends struggle with addiction. He sees them getting stigmatized and wants to be one of the people in the world that shows compassion to someone in their darkest hours. Kristopher has had several clients from his career tell him that when they were on the brink of relapse, they heard his voice in their head telling them things will get better and they are stronger than their addiction.

Kristopher really enjoys the fact that he can still carry a caseload and meet with clients and be part of their treatment. He also running groups. At some point in his career, he wants to be part of opening another location and continuing to help Banyan grow and provide the amazing, compassionate care that we provide.

Harry Fraser

Clinical Supervisor of MVIR
Harry Fraser

Clinical Supervisor of MVIR

Tyler Supczak

Transportation Supervisor
Tyler Supczak

Transportation Supervisor

Tyler was born and raised in Massachusetts. He worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 11 years assisting individuals with developmental disabilities. Tyler is highly passionate about working in the Human Services field. Tyler also worked with children who struggled with behavioral health issues in a school setting at the same property Clearbrook currently resides in. Tyler became interested in the substance abuse services field later in life after losing multiple members of his family and friends to addiction. He loves being able to help those around him reach sobriety and takes a great deal of pride in his work. Tyler started off with Clearbrook Treatment Centers as one of the first Recovery Support Specialists at our Baldwinville location. Through hard work and determination, he was promoted to Lead Recovery Support Specialist, and now Operations Supervisor. Tyler thoroughly enjoys giving back to the community and helping in any way he can.

Cassie Erickson

Operations Supervisor
Cassie Erickson

Operations Supervisor

Eric L’etoile

Facilities Manager
Eric L’etoile

Facilities Manager

Eric was born and raised in Central Massachusetts. He has been with Clearbrook Treatment Centers Massachusetts from the very beginning. Eric used to work with children who struggled with behavioral health issues in a school setting at the same property Clearbrook currently resides in. He brings 10+ years of experience to our facility with the previous owners of the campus. Eric started in Human Services as a Clinical Counselor with teenage youths. He then switched over to the Maintenance Department and was promoted to Facilities Director. In this position Eric still worked with the children and remained passionate about helping those who were struggling. Eric has deep routed ties to those who face substance abuse issues and will always remain passionate about helping people. When the old company was bought out, Clearbrook Treatment Centers was proud to bring Eric on board as its first employee. Eric feels privileged to still be a part of the facility and is excited that this campus will continue its legacy of helping those in need.

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.

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.


Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches Team

Meredith Borsos, LCSW, MSW, BA

Clinical Director
Meredith Borsos, LCSW, MSW, BA

Clinical Director

Meredith Borsos was born and raised in Boynton Beach, FL. She moved to Orlando to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and lived/worked in the non-profit field in Orlando for 10 years. Meredith moved to Taiwan to teach English and travel for 3 years before returning to Orlando to pursue a Master’s in Social Work back at UCF where she graduated in 2015. It was then that Meredith started working at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches as a primary therapist. In 2017, she became a Licensed Clinical Social worker! While Meredith is not in recovery, addiction has impacted her life in various ways and has always been passionate about further learning and understanding the disease.

What makes Meredith passionate about what she does is her experience in the clinical field, working with clientele, witnessing the shifts of thinking/behaviors with clients, and seeing that change is possible and unique to the person, both with clients and staff. Her favorite part of her position is having the opportunity to experience and learn how the departments in treatment, medical, operations, and clinical work on a macro level. She especially enjoys working closely with her clinical team (both support staff and therapists) by seeing their growth as individuals in a truly challenging but rewarding field.

Meredith’s goal at BHOPB is to continue building strong and united team that is consistent and supported by Banyan. She wants to continue to put into practice new, effective systems so that we can most efficiently and responsibly serve our clients’ needs.

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.

Erica Zambon

Mental Health Clinical Director
Erica Zambon

Mental Health Clinical Director

Erica was born in New Jersey and raised mostly in California. She moved to South Florida in 2018. She attended Western Oregon University and received her undergraduate degree in Community Health Education with a minor in Psychology. After graduating, she took a job in direct care at a local youth residential treatment program in Oregon and her passion for Mental Health developed. She obtained her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University and has been involved in a variety of settings in the mental health field since graduating in 2016. Erica joined the Banyan team in 2019 as a group facilitator and has since been with the company in many capacities throughout her tenure. She has been an integral part of the clinical team of BHOPB for many years and is dedicated to the care of the patients which resulted in her recent promotion to Clinical Director at BHOPB. Erica’s favorite part of the job is not only watching the patients grow and change but also watching her team take on challenges head-on and expand their clinical skills.

Mikaela Rosen

Clinical Supervisor
Mikaela Rosen

Clinical Supervisor

Mikaela is a South Florida native, born and raised. She received her Associates Degree at the University of Central Florida and continued her education at Florida Atlantic University, graduating with her Masters of Social Work in 2020. Mikaela became a LCSW in 2022 and started working in the addiction field during her MSW internship. She had worked with multiple different populations over time, but began running substance use groups and felt as though she had found her niche. What makes Mikaela passionate about this field, as it has affected her own family as well. Having family members who have battled addiction and overcome, she felt an understanding of how devastating addiction is, and how beautiful recovery can be. Mikaela’s favorite part of working in her position is the cohesiveness of the team, and the ability to come to work daily and potentially have some positive impact on someone’s life. Her goals for her career at Banyan include growing within the company, and be given a greater ability to save a life, one day at a time.

Sherri Codelle

Clinical Supervisor
Sherri Codelle

Clinical Supervisor

Sherri Codelle is a licensed psychotherapist (LMHC and a Qualified Supervisor) and received her Masters of Science at Nova Southeastern University in psychology. Sherri has nearly a decade of working within the field of addiction and dual diagnosis. Sherri’s passion is working with a diversity of populations as she is vastly knowledgeable in every aspect of the DSM 5. Sherri’s gift is she has a deeper understanding of human behaviors with a dynamic ability to find connections to patients and staff at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. Sherri is unique and rare due to her ability to understand the pain in the depth of addiction but realizes it is possible to reclaim the ability to find grace and gratitude in the joy of living. She loves spreading this joy to patients and others that surround her. Her greatest passions are her family, dogs, especially Tank, outdoors, helping others, hiking, traveling, self-care, friends, sponsoring, and laughing. Sherri’s therapeutic framework specialties are healing the inner child, cognitive behavior therapy, trauma therapy, motivational interviewing, reality therapy, experiential therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy to help patients through their early stages of recovery and beyond.

Daniel Pierre

Nursing Supervisor
Daniel Pierre

Nursing Supervisor

Guerline Daverman

Director of Nursing
Guerline Daverman

Director of Nursing

Aleana Meadows

Nursing Manager
Aleana Meadows

Nursing Manager

Francesca Williams

Executive Assistant
Francesca Williams

Executive Assistant

Francesca Williams was born in North Carolina and moved to Florida in 2020. Currently, she is pursuing a master's in healthcare administration at East Carolina University. Francesca is in recovery and came to Florida seeking treatment where she found potential for a beautiful and fulfilling life. She began working as a Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) at Behavioral Health of Palm Beach.

Francesca finds passion in her career through empathizing and advocating for those acting to better themselves. She respects the collaboration between departments within behavioral health treatment that assist clients in treating the disease of addiction and/or mental illness. In her current role, she loves the infinite learning opportunities from both clients and staff. With the expansion of modern knowledge on the disease of addiction and mental illness, Francesca’s goal is to engage in effective formulas for treatment that sustain success.

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.

Lauren Kaiser

Alumni Coordinator
Lauren Kaiser

Alumni Coordinator

Lauren Kaiser is the alumni coordinator for Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. She began her career in the addiction field in 2013 as she started her journey through recovery. Her love for alumni services, began in Atlanta, GA in May of 2013. There, she became immediately involved in her first treatment center’s alumni program. Lauren’s recovery journey has been challenging, she has faced countless hurdles and has fallen many times throughout the process. In the end, her resilience and determination to succeed prevailed. In 2019, she moved to South Florida in pursuit of recovery. What she has ultimately found is a truly remarkable way of life and community that exceeded all her expectations. Her journey has been far from linear, but the awareness and perspective she gained as a result of this experience is cherished. Lauren began her career at Banyan as an admissions coordinator. Her role in admissions provided an intimate vantage point of the front end of the treatment process. As an alumni coordinator, she values seeing the incredible changes and growth that can come from a complete treatment program. Working in these positions has pushed her to look beyond herself and her personal journey, and to appreciate that everyone’s struggle and path to recovery will look different. Lauren holds deep gratitude and reverence for her recovery. Today, she is able to use her experiences to genuinely connect and identify with our alumni. As someone who has fought for recovery herself, Lauren is passionate about working with our alumni to ensure their continued success after completing treatment at Banyan Treatment Centers.


Seaside Palm Beach Team

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.

Shawn Stanton

Case Manager
Shawn Stanton

Case Manager

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.

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 Ray LCSW

Primary Therapist
Amanda Ray LCSW

Primary Therapist

Amanda was born and raised in Miami, FL. Amanda received her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. Amanda has been with Seaside Palm Beach since 2016, with over 10 years of experience of working with different populations, including: women with complex trauma, young adults aging out of foster care, homeless individuals, and families. She has worked in a variety of settings: mental health hospitals, outpatient in home services, and treatment facilities. Amanda is EMDR trained and works with individuals with unresolved trauma related to their substance use patterns. Amanda is passionate about exploring ways that clients can increase resilience, self-esteem, and work towards self-forgiveness.

Jennifer Davidson

Case Manager
Jennifer Davidson

Case Manager

Jennifer is a native to Florida, born on Hypoluxo Island before moving to Jupiter. She earned her Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in 2009 while working as a Behavioral Health Technician at a local mental health facility. Jennifer, an EMDR certified Licensed Mental Health Therapist, has over 10 years' experience providing therapeutic services to clients struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. She utilizes an integrated therapeutic approach that is client-centered, solution focused, and specific to the individual and their needs. Jennifer believes in providing a supportive, compassionate environment to facilitate clients with exploring and resolving obstacles to their growth and healing.

Kaz Bieluch, LMT

Integrative Therapist
Kaz Bieluch, LMT

Integrative Therapist

Kaz is a native of Palm Beach County, Florida. He graduated from Southeastern College with a 950-hour certification for Clinical Neuromuscular Massage Therapy in 2015. Kaz has worked in multiple wellness centers before working in the treatment center setting beginning in 2016. Adding to his skills and to further help his patients, Kaz became a Master Reiki Practitioner and a Certified Yoga Instructor. He brings a unique and holistic approach to his practice centered on a mind, body, spirit connection. Being an integrative therapist, Kaz can be seen working with patients in a variety of settings including physical exercise needs and recreational activities. Kaz leads weekly stretching and yoga classes, tailoring the needs of patients at every level of care. In his down time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, other nature related activities, being around his pets, and cooking. To further his understanding of addiction and connection with patients, he is currently working towards his recovery coaching certification. Kaz is passionate about seeing his patients heal physically and mentally by using an individualized approach to make a difference.

Keith Coleman

Primary Therapist
Keith Coleman

Primary Therapist

Growing up with a father as a Funeral Director and being consistently around a lot of grief and loss, peaked an interest early on for Keith to help people. He grew passionate for psychology and making a difference. Keith graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in an undergraduate degree in psychology, and 2014 with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling with an addiction’s focus. He has been doing private practice work for the past 4 years and been in the field of addiction for the past 14 years working in many different roles.

In today's society, reaching out for help is a great step towards future success. Keith provides a peaceful, non-judgmental demeanor helping to encourage motivation, healthy change, and most importantly a better overall quality of life. He believes in a patient-centered approach to therapy, helping to alleviate the fears, and providing the tools needed to healthily facilitate the change patients need to make to recover. Keith has worked intensely with addiction, anxiety/depression, irregular mood, difficulty sleeping, relational problems and grief/loss among other issues for the duration of his career.

“The reason I love doing what I do is the idea of the ripple effect. If I can help one individual through their struggles, who knows what the impact that person will have on their families, friends, employees/peers.”

Nicole McLaurin, RD, LD/N

Registered Dietitian
Nicole McLaurin, RD, LD/N

Registered Dietitian

Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition Sciences from Florida State University. Following graduation, she completed the Florida Department of Health Dietetic Internship, a 1250-hour program that includes rotations in clinical, public health and food service nutrition roles. After her internship, she passed her Registered Dietitian exam and became licensed to practice nutrition in the state of Florida.

Nicole has been working in Substance abuse and mental health nutrition counseling since 2017. She specializes in educating patients on Intuitive Eating, a way of eating to nourish the body with a non-restrictive approach. Her goal for all patients is to help them make peace with food while also establishing a routine with their dietary patterns that helps support their journey throughout recovery. Nicole is also experienced in managing nutrition related medical conditions, meal plans and eating disorders.

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.

Sha’n Raiford

Case Manager
Sha’n Raiford

Case Manager

Sha'n got his start in the addiction field in April 2013 after years coaching sports, mentoring, and providing after school services for the youth at his local community center but felt the need for a change. He began searching for a career opportunity that would continuously challenge him to grow his skillsets, further his education, and fulfill the gratification of purposeful work. The field of addiction presented itself with open arms as he took a few courses and obtained his Florida certification as a Behavioral Health Technician, beginning his journey in the addiction field.

Sha'n is passionate about helping patients transform their trials to triumphs and tests to testimonies and says it is one of the greatest feelings in his life. It keeps him grounded, humble, and serves as a constant reminder to never take anything in life for granted. Sha'n’s favorite part of his position is the interaction and unification with patients. He says, “Addiction doesn’t discriminate and requires everyone to come together for the greater good and in the process, we become more like family.”

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.

Ingrid Lisser

Therapist
Ingrid Lisser

Therapist

Ingrid comes from a family of medical professionals so caring for others comes natural to her. Initially working as a nurse for 5 years, she there found her passion for therapy and decided to go back to school to get her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Mercy College. Although spending a good amount of her life in New York, Ingrid was fond of her childhood memories from Florida and moved to the sunshine state in 2021. She considers herself an "out of the box" thinker who sees everyone as distinct and unique. Her approach is that of strength based perspective, utilizing research-based interventions and applying a humanistic approach.

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.

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.

Fabiola Mashburn

Finance Manager
Fabiola Mashburn

Finance Manager

Fabiola Mashburn is originally from Saint Marc, Haiti but moved to Palm Beach, FL at the age of 6. She received her degree in Business Management from Palm Beach College. Fortunately, Fabiola has not suffered from an addiction herself, but has had firsthand experiences with family members and friends who have fell victim to both substance abuse and mental illnesses.

Fabiola began working with Banyan in January 2020, initially as a Patient Accounts Counselor, assisting families navigate the financial side of treatment, while the patient focused on their program. With skill and motivation she was almost instantly promoted to finance manager. Although this has been her first experience in the addiction treatment industry, Fabiola quickly grew a passion and joy helping the clients as well as their families receive the highest level of care to ensure their success in sobriety. She finds that the transformation made by the clients is a very rewarding feeling. Fabiola’s ultimate goal at Banyan is to help as many people as possible and to ensure that she is providing the necessary tools for success to the best of her ability.

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.




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