Meet the Team at Banyan | Qualified Addiction Specialists

Meet the Team

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


C-Level Executive Team

Joe Tuttle

Founder & CEO
Joe Tuttle

Founder & 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

Chief Operations Officer
Eric Oakes

Chief Operations Officer

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.

Josh Katz

Chief Marketing Officer
Josh Katz

Chief Marketing Officer

With more than twelve years experience working in the field, Josh brings great expertise to Banyan Philadelphia. Over the years he has worked with hundreds of hospitals and treatment centers throughout the country, having helped countless individuals get the help they need to overcome addiction. Prior to working at Banyan Josh played an instrumental role in developing many successful treatment facilities, each with programs that were focused on addressing patient’s unique needs. He is a staple in the addiction treatment community and has organized many conferences, bringing treatment professionals together to foster teamwork and growth within the industry. Josh studied Communications at Rider University in New Jersey and Health Care Administration at Palm Beach State College in Florida.


National & Corporate Directors

Joseph Bozza

National Director of Human Resources
Joseph Bozza

National Director 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/or senior executives to help them run the company in the best way possible, achieve growth, and create and maintain

Mary Lee Delate

Quality Assurance Director
Mary Lee Delate

Quality Assurance Director

Mary Lee has worked in the medical industry in Clinical, Operations and Compliance Management with her Degree in Nursing for over 30 years. Substance Abuse is very personal for her as many close family members have suffered with addiction. Her passion is to evaluate and assess the process of improving the delivery of services to safely help clients recover. Throughout her career she has worked in PA, NJ, CA and FL. Currently in her role as QA/PI Director for Banyan she has been instrumental in expanding levels of care to Residential Detox, Intensive Inpatient, and Residential Level 1 clients.

Lauren Connolly

National Director of Patient Accounts
Lauren Connolly

National Director of Patient Accounts

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

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

Kevin Craner

National Director of Family Intervention Services
Kevin Craner

National Director of Family Intervention Services

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

Dannielle Swart

Director of Admissions
Dannielle Swart

Director of Admissions

Dannielle was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Montclair State University and majored in Family Services. Danielle’s career in the addiction treatment industry started at a women’s sober living facility before she joined the Banyan Family in July of 2015. During her time at Banyan, she has worked her way up in the company starting as an Intake Coordinator, moving to the Director of Intake, now holding her current role as Director of Admissions.

She loves being a part of giving clients the chance to get sober, be happy, and be successful. Her favorite part of her efforts however, is speaking to parents and supporting them through the process of getting their loved one the help they need. Her goal as Director of Admissions is to make the admission process as stress-free as possible, while yielding support. She recognizes what a huge decision this is for the whole family unit. She wants people to feel proud and secure in their decision with choosing Banyan to help their family combat the disease of addiction.

Jonelle Brennan

Associate Director of Admissions
Jonelle Brennan

Associate Director of Admissions

Alyssa Valentin

Director of Digital Marketing & Technology
Alyssa Valentin

Director of Digital Marketing & Technology

Originally from New Jersey, Alyssa relocated to South Florida in 2011 after experiencing her own struggles with addiction. Alyssa began working in the treatment field in 2012 and gained a wealth of knowledge in the recovery industry and digital marketing. She was a 2016 graduate from Palm Beach State College and has completed the Salesforce University for admins and developers. Alyssa joined the Banyan Team in 2016, bringing her five plus years of experience. She has moved her way up at Banyan by transitioning her role from Quality Control Operator to the title she holds today which is Director of Digital Marketing & Technology.

Alec Sperduto

National Health Information Officer
Alec Sperduto

National Health Information Officer


Directors of Business Development

Joshua Gamaitoni

National Director of Business Development
Joshua Gamaitoni

National Director 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

Director of Business Development FL
Corey Cortez

Director of Business Development FL

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 Director 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.

Don Mitckess

Director of Business Development IL
Don Mitckess

Director of Business Development IL

Lori Ginsberg

Director of Mental Health Business Development
Lori Ginsberg

Director of Mental Health Business Development


Banyan Pompano Team

Catherine Manley, LMHC

Executive Director

Catherine Manley, LMHC

Executive Director

Catherine Manley is the Executive Director at Banyan Treatment Pompano and Banyan Detox facilities. She earned her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling and is licensed in the State of Florida. Working in the field of substance abuse treatment, Catherine has led staff in multiple roles as Primary Therapist, Detox Supervisor, and Clinical Director. In addition to her experience in human services, Catherine received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Florida International University in 2003. She has a background in marketing, advertising and project management. Catherine brings a great balance of education, compassion, and business acumen to the Banyan family. The driving force behind her ambition is centered on helping individuals struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

David Goloski

Director of Alumni Services

David Goloski

Director of Alumni Services

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

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

Alexia Touboul, LMHC

Clinical Director

Alexia Touboul, LMHC

Clinical Director

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida International University and two masters degrees in psychological counseling from Columbia University, Alexia became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Throughout her career, Alexia has worked with a diverse population, treating individuals suffering from addiction, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and stage of life issues. Alexia has worked at some of South Florida’s most respected drug & alcohol treatment centers and has acquired a breadth of knowledge and experience working alongside leaders in the substance abuse community. Alexia marries client-centered interventions, empowerment counseling, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to provide her clients with a well-rounded and comprehensive treatment approach.

Marla Sriskand, LCSW, CAP

Clinical Supervisor

Marla Sriskand, LCSW, CAP

Clinical Supervisor

Marla Sriskand graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2002 with her Masters of Social Work degree. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who proudly utilizes her clinical skills to promote change and save lives. Before working at Banyan Treatment Center, Marla worked with children and families in school-based programs for over 10 years. She has been a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) since 2014 and specializes in addiction counseling. Last year, Marla began another lifelong mission, which was to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and to promote counseling in her country of origin, Sri Lanka. Marla also enjoys sharing motivational stories with her coworkers, in order to help them continue to feel empowered in their work and maintain workplace morale.

Oliver Hora

Director of Nursing

Oliver Hora

Director of Nursing

Anthony Acampora

Faith in Recovery Director

Anthony Acampora

Faith in Recovery Director

Anthony is an Ordained Minister (Non-Denominational) and published Christian Author, his Ministry experience includes Chaplain Community Liaison, Director of Ministries,Director of Community Outreach, and Biblical Counselor, He has a heart for those who suffer with mental illness, addictions and the broken in spirit. He has ministered to over 6,500 individuals suffering with addictions, mental health issues, the homeless, youths and inmates. He has been interviewed on numerous Faith & Recovery radio and internet shows. Anthony has successfully completed specialized training with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and The Ministry Training Institute. He is the Director of the Faith-Net Programs with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).

In 2018 Anthony was selected as a Global Goodwill Ambassador representing the USA with the GGA. In 2015, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Broward Country awarded Anthony it's volunteer Recognition Award. In 2014, the National Association of Social Workers, Broward County awarded Anthony it's Public Citizen of the Year.

Anthony is also the host of The Faith in Recovery Radio Show :

Faith in Recovery airs on Saturdays at 9:30am in the Atlanta area on “FaithTalk Atlanta “AM 970 and Online: faithtalkatlanta.com - 1:30pm in the Orlando area on

Joshua McPherson

Director of Operations

Joshua McPherson

Director of Operations

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

Ashley Moore

PHP Clinical Supervisor

Ashley Moore

PHP Clinical Supervisor

Richard Mayora, LCSW, CAP

Supervisor of Outpatient and Family Services

Richard Mayora, LCSW, CAP

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.


Banyan Stuart Team

Catherine Manley, LMHC

Executive Director
Catherine Manley, LMHC

Executive Director

Catherine Manley is the Executive Director at Banyan Treatment Pompano and Banyan Detox facilities. She earned her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling and is licensed in the State of Florida. Working in the field of substance abuse treatment, Catherine has led staff in multiple roles as Primary Therapist, Detox Supervisor, and Clinical Director. In addition to her experience in human services, Catherine received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Florida International University in 2003. She has a background in marketing, advertising and project management. Catherine brings a great balance of education, compassion, and business acumen to the Banyan family. The driving force behind her ambition is centered on helping individuals struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

Lisa Molyneaux, LCSW, ACSW

Clinical Director
Lisa Molyneaux, LCSW, ACSW

Clinical Director

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. She has been 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.

Danielle Menendez

Director of Nursing
Danielle Menendez

Director of Nursing

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

Danielle began her career with Banyan in Downtown Stuart as the Director of Nursing for our Detox. She has built a dynamic nursing department with nurses from various medical backgrounds, from the ER to mental health specialties. 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 masters degree in nursing and becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Kevin Shaffer

Behavioral Health Tech Supervisor
Kevin Shaffer

Behavioral Health Tech Supervisor

Kevin Shaffer is a former heroin and cocaine addict from Ft. Pierce Florida. When Kevin was 18 years old he lost his father in a car accident in which drugs and alcohol were involved. Kevin spent most of his 20’s in and out of multiple institutions while battling his own addiction. At the age of 28 after sleeping on the streets for 2 nights Kevin checked himself into a local detox and moved on from there into a local halfway house with nothing. He used this time to become grounded in his recovery and build an amazing support group. He spent the first year working as a day laborer and at Denny’s. After saving enough money for his driver’s license and a vehicle Kevin had an overwhelming appetite to give back to other addicts the same way that others had given back to him. He started working in the substance abuse field as a Behavioral Health Tech and was promoted to a supervisor after 90 days in the field. He now has almost 5 years clean and sober and 4 years of supervisor experience in the substance abuse field. He brings with him the unique ability to get through to the most hopeless clients.

Kevin aspires to grow professionally by continuing his education in the near future. Kevin has plans to become an addiction counselor so that he can help reach our clients’ needs from both personal and educational experiences.

David Goloski

Director of Alumni Services
David Goloski

Director of Alumni Services

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

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

Courtney Wells

Detox Therapist
Courtney Wells

Detox Therapist

Courtney Wells is a Florida Native - born and raised in Stuart, Florida. In December of 2016 she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Human Services. She originally joined the Banyan Team in 2016 as a Behavioral Health Technician followed shortly by a promotion to Case Manager and Therapist at Banyan Stuart Detox and Residential. Courtney has the ability to empathize with the impact that substance abuse can have on one’s family and loved ones as she has had personal experience within her life. She loves being a part of each client’s journey to sobriety, self-love and success. Courtney will be starting her Master of Social Work Degree beginning August of 2018.

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.

Angili Hamilton

Detox Therapist
Angili Hamilton

Detox Therapist

Jordyn Knott

Intake Coordinator
Jordyn Knott

Intake Coordinator

Jordyn first came to Banyan Treatment Center as a Behavioral Health Technician. After showing hard work and dedication she was promoted to Intake Coordinator, helping every patient upon admission. Jordyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Addiction Studies at Indian River State College in 2017 and is furthering her education at Nova Southeastern University to receive her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Jordyn is passionate about helping those individuals struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.

Jessica Schmidt

Residential Therapist
Jessica Schmidt

Residential Therapist

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.

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 Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT). She aspires to continue her work with substance use disorders largely in part because of the belief she has that anyone can obtain recovery with honesty and hope.


Banyan Boca Team

Catherine Manley, LMHC

Executive Director
Catherine Manley, LMHC

Executive Director

Catherine Manley is the Executive Director at Banyan Treatment Pompano and Banyan Detox facilities. She earned her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling and is licensed in the State of Florida. Working in the field of substance abuse treatment, Catherine has led staff in multiple roles as Primary Therapist, Detox Supervisor, and Clinical Director. In addition to her experience in human services, Catherine received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Florida International University in 2003. She has a background in marketing, advertising and project management. Catherine brings a great balance of education, compassion, and business acumen to the Banyan family. The driving force behind her ambition is centered on helping individuals struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

Clinical Director
Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

Clinical Director

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

Rob Cole, LMHC, RD/LDN , MCAP, QS

Clinical Director of Mental Health Services
Rob Cole, LMHC, RD/LDN , MCAP, QS

Clinical Director of Mental Health Services

Rob Cole, LMHC, RD/LDN, MCAP, QS joined Banyan Treatment Center in October 2017 as the clinical director of mental health services. As a native Floridian, Rob graduated in 1987 from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. After an extended dietetic internship, he passed his Registered Dietitian (RD) certification, became licensed (LDN) in Florida, and after working 10 years in the long-term care industry decided to change his focus to the field of addiction recovery .

With some personal experience in addiction and recovery, a personal "calling" to the field of counseling and a desire to give back to the community, Rob decided to add to his skill set and sought a Master's Degree in Counseling. In 2000, he began working in treatment and graduated from Trinity University (Miami) and after his two-year supervision period, became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He continued to practice in mental health and substance abuse treatment. In 2012, Rob started a 22-bed Mental Health PHP facility in Broward County which continues to flourish today. Rob became a Qualified Supervisor (QS) in 2014. When the Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP) certification became

David Goloski

Director of Alumni Services
David Goloski

Director of Alumni Services

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

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

Zack Traynor

Outreach Manager
Zack Traynor

Outreach Manager


Banyan Chicago Team

David Tews, Ed.D, LCPC, CADC

Executive Director
David Tews, Ed.D, LCPC, CADC

Executive Director

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.

James Cunnar, M.D.

Medical Director
James Cunnar, M.D.

Medical Director

James Cunnar M.D. did his undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois in 1990. He completed his medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1994. His residency training was performed at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana, after which he became board certified in Family Practice in 1997. Dr. Cunnar’s clinical interests include adolescent care, adult wellness, and diabetes. Dr. Cunnar is actively involved within the greater community of family physicians on both the national and state level. Dr. Cunnar resides in Aurora.

Dr. Cunnar is brings an enthusiastic approach to the collaborative model of treatment Banyan champions.

Taylor Klutke, MA, LPC

Clinical Director
Taylor Klutke, MA, LPC

Clinical Director

Taylor is licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois. She earned her Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She earned her Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

Taylor has a wealth of experience in a variety of clinical settings, which includes counselor in an inpatient and outpatient programs at Linden Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, mental health professional at Kane County Adult Correctional Center, and crisis counselor at Swedish Covenant Hospital. She has experience working with both adolescents and adults on a group and individual basis. Taylor has had the opportunity to work with an array of clinical presentation, which includes eating disorder, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD.

Taylor believes that treatment should be a collaboration between patient and counselor, which allows her to work closely with her patients in developing a healthier level of functioning.

Jessica Gerke

Intake Supervisor
Jessica Gerke

Intake Supervisor

Jessica got her start in the field volunteering as an advocate and working with several foundations in the Midwest for drug addiction for the past 8 years. She has been a public speaker on public forums, schools, jails, and treatments centers throughout Illinois. Additionally, she has been running a small-scale sober home for the last 5 years.

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

Vanessa Whitnell, MA, LPC

Therapist
Vanessa Whitnell, MA, LPC

Therapist

Vanessa has had a long standing passion for the study of addiction and addiction treatment, stemming from her days at the University of Missouri, Columbia where she earned her Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology. During her senior year, she completed an internship at a residential addiction treatment center for men, while simultaneously assisting with a research study on alcohol use behaviors among sexual minority women. Vanessa completed her own research study entitled, “Drug-use Behaviors among Sexual Minority Women: Vulnerabilities associated with Negative Mood and Cognitions and Protective Effects Afforded by Internalized Homophobia”. She presented these findings at Psychology Day in May 2012.

Vanessa went on to earn her Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Community Counseling at DePaul University in 2015. During this time, Vanessa completed her graduate student internship at an outpatient treatment center for adults and adolescents with substance use disorders. Concurrent with her clinical internship, Vanessa gained experience working with the eating disorder population within a residential treatment setting.

Presently, Vanessa is licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois. She recently became a published author who assisted in writing a chapter within the Handbook of Strengths-Based Clinical Practices edited by Jeffrey K. Edwards, Andy Young,

Kent Wohlrabe, LCPC, CADC

Therapist
Kent Wohlrabe, LCPC, CADC

Therapist

Kent is licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and is certified as an ADOC counselor (CADC) both in the state of Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston, IL.

Kent has experience in a variety of clinical recovery treatment settings, including Senior counselor at Interventions for adolescents where he also helped set up the first state funded Recovery home for adolescent males in the state of Illinois. Kent also was Clinical Supervisor of three half-way houses for males, women, and a MISA (Mentally Ill Substance Abuse) houses in Aurora for Community Counseling Center of Fox Valley and Gateway Foundation. He has worked as Senior counselor for Presence Behavioral Health Outpatient programs in Evanston, Ill. and Lake Bluff, Ill. Kent has recently worked Ben Gordon Community Counseling in DeKalb, Ill. Kent also oversees mental health services in DeKalb County jail.

Kent believes that successful recovery is a collaboration between patient and therapist. A collaboration that works best with trust and respect for each other.

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 Massachusetts Team

Matt Ganem

Executive Director

Matt Ganem

Executive Director

Michael Orlando, BSW

Clinician

Michael Orlando, BSW

Clinician

Richie Evans

Case Manager

Richie Evans

Case Manager

Michael Leggiero

Case Manager

Michael Leggiero

Case Manager

Melanie Gore

Intake Coordinator

Melanie Gore

Intake Coordinator


Banyan Philadelphia Team

Josh Katz

President
Josh Katz

President

With more than twelve years experience working in the field, Josh brings great expertise to Banyan Philadelphia. Over the years he has worked with hundreds of hospitals and treatment centers throughout the country, having helped countless individuals get the help they need to overcome addiction. Prior to working at Banyan Josh played an instrumental role in developing many successful treatment facilities, each with programs that were focused on addressing patient’s unique needs. He is a staple in the addiction treatment community and has organized many conferences, bringing treatment professionals together to foster teamwork and growth within the industry. Josh studied Communications at Rider University in New Jersey and Health Care Administration at Palm Beach State College in Florida.

John Beecroft, MA, CADC, CCDPD, CCPG

Executive Director
John Beecroft, MA, CADC, CCDPD, CCPG

Executive Director

John leads the Banyan Philadelphia team with ten years of behavioral health management experience. His credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in forensic psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. After receiving his degrees, John developed several key programs within the industry, including the design and implementation of a medication assisted treatment care model for a premier healthcare system, and Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence programming for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. John is a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Diplomate, and holds certifications in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Compulsive Gambling Counseling, and he is a Level I Trauma Art Narrative therapist. His areas of expertise include: psychopharmacology, psychopathology, quality control analysis, forensic populations, compulsive gambling and other process disorders, and program startups.

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.

Elizabeth Lopez

Primary Therapist
Elizabeth Lopez

Primary Therapist

Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. After experiencing life transitions, Elizabeth decided she wanted to use her love for communication in a different field. She took the necessary prerequisites, and received a master’s degree from La Salle University in Professional Clinical Counseling. While in graduate school she worked in community mental health, facilitating a trauma-focused women’s recovery group. After completing her graduate degree, she worked as an outpatient counselor running an adolescent substance use program. During that time she aided the adolescent mental health partial hospitalization program’s treatment team in providing quality care. Throughout her experience, she has worked with diverse populations with a focus on dual-diagnosis. Elizabeth utilizes client-centered interventions and strength-based strategies to empower clients to change and find their individualized pathways to recovery. She is passionate about advocacy work and continuing to help those in need.

Kelli McDonald

Client Care/Outreach Specialist
Kelli McDonald

Client Care/Outreach Specialist

Zoe Alloy, MSW

Intake Therapist
Zoe Alloy, MSW

Intake Therapist

Megan Kenney, MSW

Primary Therapist
Megan Kenney, MSW

Primary Therapist

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

Robert Cappello

Recovery Support Specialist Supervisor to Philly
Robert Cappello

Recovery Support Specialist Supervisor to Philly


Clearbrook Team

Joseph Mattioli

Executive Director
Joseph Mattioli

Executive Director

Dr. Al Janerich

Medical Director
Dr. Al Janerich

Medical Director

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

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

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

Kristin Hoinsky, L.S.W.

Director of Operations
Kristin Hoinsky, L.S.W.

Director of Operations

Joseph Kane, L.S.W.

Clinical Administrator
Joseph Kane, L.S.W.

Clinical Administrator

Joe, a native and current resident of West Scranton, PA, attended the Pennsylvania State University earning his B.A. in Psychology. He then went on to Marywood University and received his Masters Degree in Social Work. Going one step further in his educational credentials, Joe completed all the requirements for become a Licensed Social Worker (L.S.W.).

Outside of work you can usually find Joe spending time with his wife and children.

Joe says that the rewarding part of working for Clearbrook is “I feel like God has given me the ability to work with people afflicted with the disease of addiction. Seeing people at the lowest point and then hope getting restored and the light returning to their eyes.”

Dr. Nicholas G. Brogno

Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Nicholas G. Brogno

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Nick Brogno presents a special niche of psychology to the Clearbrook patient population. Being able to assist our patients in the field of psychology and having the expert knowledge of what addiction is and its effect on the brain is a priceless asset for any treatment facility. Dr. Nick can be found at Clearbrook Manor seeing the patients that need psychiatric care on any given day. He is blessed with not only the education in addiction psychology but the compassionate heart someone needs in order to help our patients. Addiction and psychiatric disorders sometimes go hand in hand. Both of these complex issues need to be treated in order for our patients to be successful after treatment and in life as a whole.

Anna Mecca-Finnerty, M.A., L.P.C.

Clinical Supervisor
Anna Mecca-Finnerty, M.A., L.P.C.

Clinical Supervisor

Anna is a local from Dunmore, PA. She attained her B.A. from the University of Scranton going on to Goddard University where she received her Master’s Degree in Drug & Alcohol Program development.

Anna is one of Clearbrook’s most tenured employees having been with us for over 15 years. Anna enjoys fishing, gardening, watching and attending NASCAR events, and spending time with her two beagles.

Anna says “I believe in the philosophy of Clearbrook. To watch people find a program for living that allows them to rebuild their lives in a happy/healthy manner is what keeps me coming back to work day after day.”

Stanley Krzanowski, B.A.

Clinical Supervisor
Stanley Krzanowski, B.A.

Clinical Supervisor

Stanley is one of our most tenured employees at Clearbrook, working for us for over the last ten years. Stanley is a Dallas, PA native who currently resides in Wilkes Barre. With a B.A. degree from Kings College in Sociology & History, Stan offers his own unique style in helping our patients. He brings over 25 years of experience to bear in the work he does with patients, and the counselors he supervises.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with family most notably his grandchildren. Stan says that the rewards he gets from working at Clearbrook are endless and is one reason he has worked here as long as he has. He says “I have always worked in the helping profession. I believe in the philosophy of Clearbrook which has allowed me to witness miracles happen every day.”

Megan Hiscox, B.S.

Clinical Supervisor
Megan Hiscox, B.S.

Clinical Supervisor

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

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

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

Ryan Cooper

Director of Alumni Services
Ryan Cooper

Director of Alumni Services


Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Seaside Team

Dr. Tammy C. Malloy, PhD, LCSW, CSAT

Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Tammy C. Malloy, PhD, LCSW, CSAT

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Tammy Malloy holds her PhD from Barry University\'s School of Social work and is a licensed clinical social work. Tammy is currently the Chief Clinical Officer at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Inc., where she has been working for the past 9 years. As Chief Clinical Officer, Tammy works closely with staff on a supervisory level implementing clinical treatment protocols and therapeutic programming while growing clinical, nursing and medical staff to meet the needs of the ever changing addiction and mental health population. Tammy also holds her certification in sex addiction which has led to her most recent research in parental bonding; engagement is sexually explicit internet material in youth, and hypersexual behaviors in adult women who have a SUD diagnosis. Moreover; Tammy holds an executive director of research title where she conducts internal studies, with her research team, and external studies with Florida Atlantic and Barry University. Research studies include examining the benefits of mindfulness with SUD patient who also suffer with co-occurring disorders as well as treatment retention and outcome studies assessing specific treatment interventions. These research studies are shared across the Country at addiction and mental health conferences as well as scholarly publications.

Dr. David Hu, MD

Medical Director
Dr. David Hu, MD

Medical Director

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

Fredi-Ruth Levitt, LSCW

Executive Director
Fredi-Ruth Levitt, LSCW

Executive Director

Jeff Houchin

CIO
Jeff Houchin

CIO

Christopher Jones

Program Director Seaside
Christopher Jones

Program Director Seaside

Ernie D’Achille

Clinical Coordinator
Ernie D’Achille

Clinical Coordinator

Ryan Steinberg, M.S., LMHC, MBA

BHOPB Clinical Director
Ryan Steinberg, M.S., LMHC, MBA

BHOPB Clinical Director

Ryan Steinberg MS works as the PHP Clinical Supervisor at Banyan Treatment Center, specializing in solution focused therapy, client-centered therapy, as well as disease concept and education about the Twelve Steps. Ryan has worked extensively with adult and adolescent client populations in Inpatient, Residential and Partial Hospitalization settings. He combines his clinical experience with his personal experience in recovery to provide the most effective treatment to his clients. Ryan is also an advocate for the LGBTQ community and he has received advanced clinical training in sexuality/gender related issues. A South Florida native, he received his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.

Carrie Weber

Director of Nursing
Carrie Weber

Director of Nursing

Frank Touloumis

Director of Behavioral Health Services
Frank Touloumis

Director of Behavioral Health Services

Jack Crowley

Trauma Therapist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
Jack Crowley

Trauma Therapist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist

Jenna Weber

Lead Therapist Seaside
Jenna Weber

Lead Therapist Seaside

Ariana Raub

Director of Quality Assurance & Patient Care
Ariana Raub

Director of Quality Assurance & Patient Care

Jessica Ralph

Executive Director of HR
Jessica Ralph

Executive Director of HR

Kate Reynolds Armstrong

Director of Research & Program Development
Kate Reynolds Armstrong

Director of Research & Program Development

Willa Copelin

Assistant Director of Nursing
Willa Copelin

Assistant Director of Nursing

Mary Stanley

Trauma Therapist
Mary Stanley

Trauma Therapist

Jessica Wood

Outreach Coordinator
Jessica Wood

Outreach Coordinator

Alan Buchanan

Director of Transport & Facility Administrator
Alan Buchanan

Director of Transport & Facility Administrator


Business Development Team

Courtney Sowers

Business Development Representative
Courtney Sowers

Business Development Representative

Channing Marinari, LMHC, QS, MCAP, ICADC

Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Channing Marinari, LMHC, QS, MCAP, ICADC

Clinical Outreach Coordinator

Mara Slevinski

Business Development Representative
Mara Slevinski

Business Development Representative

Eric Birkhimer

Business Development Representative
Eric Birkhimer

Business Development Representative

Kelly Mulkern

Business Development Representative
Kelly Mulkern

Business Development Representative

Jaime Delgado

Business Development Representative
Jaime Delgado

Business Development Representative

Jordan Meyers

Business Development Representative
Jordan Meyers

Business Development Representative

Megan Leach

Business Development Representative
Megan Leach

Business Development Representative

Robert Adams

Business Development Representative
Robert Adams

Business Development Representative

Christian McLaughlin

Business Development Representative
Christian McLaughlin

Business Development Representative

Christopher Kaufteil

Business Development Representative
Christopher Kaufteil

Business Development Representative

Paige Coleman

Business Development Representative
Paige Coleman

Business Development Representative

Ryan Osterlof

Community Outreach Coordinator
Ryan Osterlof

Community Outreach Coordinator

Andrew Simpson

Community Outreach Coordinator
Andrew Simpson

Community Outreach Coordinator

Luke Wollet

Business Development Representative
Luke Wollet

Business Development Representative

Dot Evans

Community Outreach Coordinator
Dot Evans

Community Outreach Coordinator

Mark Schottinger

Community Outreach Coordinator
Mark Schottinger

Community Outreach Coordinator

John Knowles

Community Outreach Coordinator
John Knowles

Community Outreach Coordinator

Brandon Novak

Business Development Representative
Brandon Novak

Business Development Representative

The Banyan Treatment Center family is proud to have Film & Television Star, former Professional Skateboarder, and New York Times bestselling author Brandon Novak as part of our Community Outreach team. Brandon’s story is truly inspirational, having recovered from more than 20 years of drug and alcohol addiction. Now with more than three years sober, Brandon works with us here at Banyan helping others who are struggling with addiction to find the help they so desperately need.

Brandon takes the time to speak with anyone who is stuck in the grips of addiction and looking for help. He speaks with parents, spouses, and loved ones of those who are struggling, offering a message of hope and recovery. In fact, he provides a direct cell-phone number so that anyone who needs to can reach him directly. He has helped countless individuals find the treatment they need, and the Banyan Treatment Center family is proud to have him on board.