Janet Isdaner, LCSW is a clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders, She obtained a B.A. in Sociology and Speech Communications from the University of Arizona, and her M.S.W. from Columbia University. Through her many years as a clinical social worker, Ms. Isdaner has gained invaluable experience in all aspects of the provision of mental health and substance abuse treatment, including assessment, placement, treatment planning and program development. Ms Isdaner has worked in both the public and private sectors with all ages and diagnoses. She is a dynamic leader, with a wonderful sense of humor and has mentored dozens of social workers. Ms. Isdaner dedicated the last 15 of her 19 years at Silver Hill Hospital to successfully developing the Transitional Living residential program at Silver Hill Hospital. Under her lead, the Transitional Living program thrived as it grew new and innovative programs, maintained a robust census, and provided clinically excellent care.
In addition to administrative responsibilities, Ms. Isdaner uses evidence-based practices and treatments to help those (and their families) who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Regardless of the specific treatment model used, Ms Isdaner believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients is one of the most important qualities in the treatment process.
Lakshmi is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for more than 10 years. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and her Masters in Mental Health and Community Counseling from Fairfield University. She has completed DBT training from Behavioral Tech affiliated with the Linehan Institute and has extensive training in CBT for Depression from the Beck Institute.
Lakshmi uses a wellness-based approach to help clients tap into their strengths and to create individualized roadmaps to a lifetime of recovery.
As the Director of Finance & Human Resources, Debbie is responsible for the organization’s financial activities, human resources, and various other administrative operations. She maintains financial and accounting policies, plans, systems, and provides overall management for the budgeting, contract management and audit/tax reporting functions.
Debbie is CBCS and CPC certified and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut, with a concentration in Health Care Administration.
Lynn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15+ years of experience in the mental health and substance use field. Lynn earned her Master’s of Social Work degree at Springfield College and Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University. She is certified in School Social Work and the Seven Challenges model of treatment, and specialized areas include grief and loss, post-concussion or traumatic brain injury, and trauma-informed practice. She completed several years of internships and employment within the school setting in both New Britain and West Hartford, CT school districts. Prior to Turnbridge, Lynn worked as an intensive in-home family therapist at Wheeler Clinic for the Multi-Systemic Therapy program with New Britain Juvenile Court for many years and as a lead clinician at Rushford at Stonegate, a residential treatment center for adolescent males in Durham, CT. Both previous positions included individual, family, group, and crisis management services to a population of at-risk youth with behavioral and co-occurring disorders.
Within Turnbridge, Lynn oversees the utilization review department or all insurance related matters for all clients and families. Her clinical approach with clients includes several modalities including but not limited to CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and trauma informed approaches. She finds it important to shape the therapeutic process to meet each client’s needs and to support or empower the client to better advocate for themselves and their recovery.
Joanne Ruggiero is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. She received her Masters’ in Social Work from the University of Vermont and her Bachelors in Psychology from Providence College. Joanne began her career working as a direct care staff in a residential program for adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Joanne has worked extensively with people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in a variety of settings from in-home to the wilderness to group homes to outpatient. Most recently she managed an FQHC Behavioral Health Outpatient clinic for Wheeler Clinic in New Britain CT.
Joanne’s practice is strongly informed by a whole person, solution focused approach. Most recently she has completed her training to be an EMDR therapist. Joanne has a passion for helping people recover from addiction in part by her own experience with recovery.
We know that addiction is a disease which affects the entire family. As the Family Liaison for Turnbridge families, Lauren offers support, caring guidance and education to parents and families as they negotiate the pathway to their own recovery. She believes that parents having their own recovery program is not only essential to their own health and well-being, but in turn aids in their sons’ or daughters’ recovery.
Much of the insight Lauren brings to the position of Family Liaison is from her personal experience as the mother of a son who has the disease of addiction. Lauren believes that much of her strength comes from involvement in recovery programs as well as in helping other parents build a program of recovery to find peace and serenity in their own lives. Lauren is a Licensed Master of Social Work. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in adolescent health care. She has worked with adolescents and their families throughout her career in hospital setting, child protection, judicial system, special education and social service development in NJ. Lauren currently facilitates a Caron Foundation support group for parents of addicted children in Northern NJ.
Nell McGloin-King is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Marymount College of Fordham University, and a Masters in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. While completing her Master’s degree, she interned at the Veteran’s Administration in Newington, CT, in a residential program for veterans dealing with PTSD. She also interned at AIDS Project New Haven, where she started their art therapy program.
Nell has been working in the field of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health treatment since 2009. Prior to working at Turnbridge, she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient programs on the Connecticut shoreline. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, and incorporates aspects of Rational Emotive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Nell has a specific interest in trauma-informed care, and helping clients to understand the underlying causes of their behaviors.
In her free time, Nell enjoys swing and blues social dancing, as well as exploring and investing in the many events and communities in New Haven.
David’s extensive business background combined with his personal story of recovery led to the founding of Turnbridge in 2003. Under his direction, Turnbridge has evolved into a nationally recognized program for young men and young women. He has pioneered innovative approaches and developed programs specifically for young adults that have changed the way the industry approaches transitional living.
His educational background includes a Liberal Arts education from Harvard University. In addition to spending most of his career in the non-profit world, his professional experience also includes a variety of leadership roles with start-up organizations and educational institutions.
He enjoys spending time with his ten year old daughter Alexis, is an aspiring musician, and an avid golfer.
As Executive Vice President, Brett provides oversight and support to all departments within Turnbridge. He joined Turnbridge in February 2010 and is responsible for maintaining focused and driven business operations, project management and execution, increasing programmatic efficiencies both clinically and residentially, and ensuring quality client care is accomplished.
As a graduate of the Turnbridge Men’s Program, Brett offers a unique perspective on client centered treatment. He is always willing to speak with families and residents to share his experiences and knowledge of the Turnbridge Program. Before joining Turnbridge, Brett worked for Blum Shapiro, the largest regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm in New England. He graduated from Champlain College with a B.S. in Professional Writing. In his free time, Brett enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, the arts, and the pursuit of personal growth.
As Vice President, Jamie not only participates in and oversees the admissions process, but also spearheads the effort to build bridges between Turnbridge and other high quality treatment programs across the country. Maintaining close ties with other centers gives Turnbridge two distinct advantages. First, knowing the people, philosophies, and practices of other centers makes the process of integrating new residents from these centers smoother and easier. Second, by understanding the specialties of other centers, it allows Turnbridge to recommend the best care option when Turnbridge may not be their best solution. Jamie has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficult road of choosing a treatment program that best suits their loved one’s needs.
Himself a Turnbridge graduate, Jamie offers parents seeking hope a compassionate ear and first-hand knowledge of the Turnbridge program and its unique benefits. Before joining Turnbridge, Jamie attended college for nursing, and has extensive experience caring for people in need including his work with veterans for the American Red Cross. Jamie continues to live his passion for helping others as a Turnbridge Leader.
Gordon helps families in crisis find hope and help for their loved ones in need. As both a board certified addiction counselor and a Turnbridge alumni, Gordon’s intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young people overcome mental health and substance use disorders is informed by both personal and professional experience. This perspective allows Gordon to relate deeply to these issues, and to explain at a foundational level the many aspects of Turnbridge’s Programs.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Gordon realized a newfound desire to help others overcome mental health disorders. He subsequently completed a counseling certification program and in January of 2011 joined the team of professionals at Turnbridge, where he’s excelled in a variety of direct-care roles. In July of 2013, Turnbridge asked Gordon to apply his knowledge and insight to the work of Admissions, where he has the privilege of being among the first points of touch between families seeking help, and Turnbridge’s ability to give hope. Today, Gordon leads a team of compassionate and knowledgeable admissions coordinators who on the front lines supporting families through the process of evaluating appropriate treatment solutions for their loved one.
In his free time, Gordon enjoys playing the blues, patronizing New Haven’s many exceptional restaurants, and spending time with his wife and two young children.
Bill has over a decade of professional experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, having made significant contributions as a direct-care clinician and administrator in multiple settings and levels of care. Bill is both nationally and internationally credentialed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is a certified BLS & CPR trainer through the American Heart Association. Additionally, Bill’s personal experience in long-term recovery adds to his ability to combine professional expertise with a unique passion and motivation. This has afforded Bill the opportunity to help others achieve their own sustained recovery with approaches that are evidence-based, while respecting the unique needs of the individual.
In Bill’s current role as Director of Operations, he provides visionary leadership ensuring that the logistical systems of staffing, safety, and administrative and procedural reporting are in place and functioning effectively. Bill’s creative leadership has contributed to the growth of the organization through increased operational efficiency. Bill has an energetic style that, combined with respectful and constructive communication, has allowed him to increase the retention, ability, and capacity of his staff, which has directly led to improved outcomes for clients.