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Leadership

Dr. Hassan Minhas, MD

Dr. Hassan Minhas, MD

Medical Director

Hassan M. Minhas MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with training in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry.

In addition to serving as the Medical Director of Turnbridge, Dr. Minhas is also the Chief of Autism Services at the Hospital for Special Care, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Law and Psychiatry.

He graduated medical school from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan, then completed his internship, residency, and pediatric psychiatry fellowship at Brown University. Following his clinical training, he completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale University.

Dr. Minhas has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships. Some of these include the APA Leadership Fellowship, the Brain Conference Travel Award, the Martin B. Keller Award, and the Haffenreffer Family Resident Award. Most recently, he was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as one of their 40 under Forty honorees.

Achievements

Education and Training

  • M.B.,B.S., Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Harvard-Macy Program for Post-Graduate Trainees

Honors and Recognition

  • 2011 – 2013 Brown Psychiatry Residency Research Track Awardee
  • 2011 Second Prize Psychiatry Residency Research Poster, Fourteenth Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2011 Runner-up to the Weinshilboum Prize (invited to attend the 10th Annual Psychiatric Genomics Course), Department of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • 2012 Second Prize Psychiatry Residency Research Poster, Fifteenth Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2012 Travel Fellowship awardee, 17th Annual Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2012 – 2014 American Psychiatric Leadership Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2013 Brain Conference Scholar Travel Award, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
  • 2013 International Medical Graduate Fellow, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
  • 2013 Society of Biological Psychiatry, 68th Annual Convention, Mentor-Mentee Program Participant
  • 2013 Martin B. Keller Award for the Outstanding Resident in the General Psychiatry Residency Graduating Class, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2015 Haffenrefer Family House Staff Excellence Award; awarded to 5 graduating house staff across specialties for demonstrating excellence in clinical service, professionalism, leadership and scholarly activities, Rhode Island Hospital

State and National Organization Committees

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Hospital and Training Program Committees

  • Brown University
  • Bradley Hospital
  • Butler Hospital

Publications

  1. Minhas HM, Pescosolido MF, Schwede M, Piasecka J, Gaitanis J, Tantravahi U, Morrow EM. An unbalanced translocation involving loss of 10q26.2 and gain of 11q25 in a pedigree with autism spectrum disorder and cerebellar juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. April 2013;161(4):787–791
  2. Minhas HM, Vahabzadeh A. Autism Spectrum Disorder in DSM-5. The Residents’ Journal, American Journal of Psychiatry, May 2013;8(5):4-6
  3. Banerjee R, Liu JJ, Minhas HM. Lyme Neuroborreliosis Presenting with Alexithymia and Suicide Attempts. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. October 2013;74(10):981
  4. Minhas HM, Lowenhaupt EA. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2015 edition.
  5. Minhas HM, Philip N. Antipsychotics. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, First Edition, 2015.
  6. Minhas HM, Lowenhaupt EA, Xavier, SL. Conduct Disorder. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2016 edition.
  7. Minhas HM, Elliot MB, Price LH. Altered mental status due to hand sanitizer ingestion. British Journal of Psychiatry, December 5 2011. bjp.rcpsych.org/letters/
  8. Aoun EG, Minhas HM, Hunt JI. Synthetic Marijuana: a serious emerging substance use problem in adolescents. The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter (CABL). January 2014; 30(1)
MAX GREGER-MOSER - APRN

MAX GREGER-MOSER – MSN PMHNP

Associate Medical Director

Max Greger-Moser is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric nurse practitioner who received his Master’s degree from Yale School of Nursing.

Max’s first experience providing psychiatric care was with the in-home family counseling intervention service, IICAPS an evidence-based family model developed at the Yale Child Study Center. Since IICAPs, Max has worked as a psychiatric provider throughout the Yale New Haven health delivery network in the emergency department and inpatient psychiatric units. Max also has experience caring for individuals in community clinics managing psychiatric medications and therapeutic interventions.

In addition to his clinical work, Max is a lecturer at the Yale School of Nursing where he educates the future generation of nurse practitioners. He also serves as a preceptor for psychiatric nurse practitioner candidates from Yale and Johns Hopkins in their 2nd year clinical rotations, preparing them to practice as licensed practitioners after graduation.

Using the biopsychosocial approach to healthcare, Max strives to integrate a holistic approach to the medical management of mental illnesses. Viewing medications as a tool to work towards wellness, Max works collaboratively with a patient so he or she can reach their fullest potential.

ALLYSON PAPALE – LCSW

Senior Clinician

Allyson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and lifelong resident of Connecticut. She earned her Master’s Degree from Southern CT State University where she focused on mental health and addiction, and prior to that, graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work from Providence College.

Throughout her 20 years of experience, Allyson has had a robust career serving adolescents, adults, and special populations as an individual therapist, during prior experience in community agencies, hospital settings (medical, emergency room, and psychiatry), and at times in a private practice. Just prior to Turnbridge, she worked at Yale New Haven Hospital as an Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker, and then as an IOP Clinician for the Young Adult treatment track. Allyson has been dedicated to supporting those with an array of co-occurring diagnoses, to help individuals with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and substance use disorders learn how to manage and effectively cope with their symptoms and go on to live fulfilling lives. She is passionate about helping others understand and heal through past traumas, grief, loss, and life transitions. Allyson believes in the importance of guiding clients to gain insight into themselves, grow their self-worth and self-compassion, while building and nurturing healthy relationships, while in recovery from addiction. She utilizes a person-centered approach, and her practice includes CBT, DBT, Insight Oriented, Trauma Informed, and Motivational Interviewing modalities. Through cultivating positive therapeutic relationships with clients, as well as collaborative relationships with her colleagues, Allyson holistically treats each individual as a whole person, and encourages her clients to explore and integrate their personal strengths, interests, and creative sides into therapeutic work, through music, art, writing, athletics, and activity.

Outside of work, Allyson spends her time with family, friends, and her dogs, appreciates music, reading, and creative outlets, enjoys cooking, and loves spending time along the shoreline.

Rory Condon – APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Rory Condon is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.  He has been working in mental health for over a decade in a variety of different patient-centered roles.  Prior joining the team at Turnbridge, Rory’s professional experience was with individuals across the spectrum of psychiatric care from those requiring acute stabilization to ongoing maintenance care.  He worked at Yale Psychiatric Hospital, the Crisis Intervention Unit of Yale Emergency Department, headed the psychiatric consultation liaison service at Griffin Hospital, and worked in private practice among other settings.  In 2018 Rory received the Outstanding Newcomer Award from Yale New Haven Health System, being named one of the two best APRNs hired across that system that year.

Rory did his advanced practice training at Yale School of Nursing.  He holds a Masters in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University as well as two bachelor’s degrees from Quinnipiac University in both Nursing and History.

Rory takes a holistic approach to helping individuals manage mental illness through psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic, and lifestyle interventions.  He emphasizes psychoeducation and shared decision making in his approach to supporting clients in reaching their goals.

SARAH IRVINE – APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Irvine is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric nurse practitioner who received her Master’s degree from Yale School of Nursing.

Sarah’s previous experience includes extensive work with adolescents and young adults and their families, with a focus on the intersections of attachment, trauma and coping in the family system. Sarah additionally worked in a residential setting for individuals undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. Sarah has experience providing treatment to individuals across multiple levels of care, including at the inpatient setting, residential setting, and in-home level of care.  

In her role here at Turnbridge, Sarah utilizes a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to treatment to collaboratively create an individualized medication management treatment plan with her patients. Viewing medications as a tool to broaden and enhance therapeutic engagement, Sarah emphasizes the importance of creating a mutual and sustainable treatment plan to assist a patient in reaching their fullest potential.

JENNIFER HICHAR – MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Hichar is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing at Yale University and graduated with honors. She was trained in a variety of clinical settings, including Yale New Haven Hospital’s inpatient children’s psychiatric unit and Yale School of Medicine’s outpatient adult psychiatric clinic.

Jennifer is dedicated to providing patient-centered, evidence-based care within a holistic approach to treatment. Jennifer believes in the importance of listening to patients and respecting their unique experiences. It is her mission to provide non-judgmental care delivered with respect and empathy.

LYNN WALKER – LCSW

LYNN WALKER – LCSW

Associate Clinical Director

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 - LCSW

JOANNE RUGGIERO – LCSW

Associate Clinical Director

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.

LAUREN SPRINGER – LMSW

Director of Family Relations

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, LPC, LADC

NELL MCGLOIN-KING, LPC, LADC

Primary Therapist

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.

Maura Wallin

MAURA WALLIN – LCSW

Primary Therapist

Maura Wallin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Marist College and her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons University in Boston. She has extensive experience working with both adolescents and young adults struggling with mental health, substance use, as well as issues resulting from trauma and interpersonal relationships.

Maura believes strongly in the necessity of cultivating a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients.  She has specialized training in CBT, DBT, and frequently uses sound therapy and aromatherapy in her practice. She is experienced in working with individuals who may be resistant to treatment and struggle with depression and anxiety disorders as well as mood disorders, relational concerns and grief and loss. 

Outside of her work as a licensed therapist, Maura has volunteered in several capacities within the Naval Spouses support groups and at Naval Commands around the country.  

ALLEGRA HACHEY - LCSW

ALLEGRA LONGO – LCSW

Primary Therapist

Allegra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who moved to Connecticut in 2018 from Massachusetts, where she was born and raised. Allegra graduated from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services with a focus in Trauma-focused therapy, and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Roger Williams University.

Over the course of her career, Allegra has served adolescents and families in multiple settings such as in-home, outpatient, and therapeutic day treatment. Additionally, Allegra has experience providing therapeutic individual and group intervention in a maximum security correctional center for adult males suffering from a wide range of mental health/co-occurring disorders including substance abuse, major depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.

Allegra specializes in trauma-informed therapeutic intervention, applying skills from models such as TF-CBT, ABFT, CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing. Throughout her therapeutic practice, Allegra has worked with a number of people who struggle with eating disorders and body image issues, which is where her passion lies. In her spare time, Allegra enjoys maintaining an active life style, visiting family in Massachusetts, and day trips to New York City.

SAMANTHA CHASSE, LMFT

SAMANTHA CHASSE, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Samantha Chasse is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist.  She received her Master’s Degree from Southern Connecticut State University and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from The University of Tampa. She uses evidence-based practices, including Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as other techniques to help clients feel empowered to manage the stressors life throws their way.  

Prior to joining Turnbridge, Sam worked in a residential setting for individuals struggling with eating disorders. While there, she worked intensively with clients and their families to intervene on maladaptive behaviors and worked collaboratively to add new, positive ways of coping.

When she’s not working, Sam loves to find new adventures through cooking, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking. She works on her own meditation practice and believes that strengthening the mind and body connection guides the healing process.

ASHLEY GUERRERA – LPC, ATR

Primary Therapist

Ashley Marie Guerrera graduated in May 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. In May 2019 she graduated with her duel Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Albertus Magnus College. Ashley is a person-centered therapist who has worked with a wide range of populations such as families, young children, teens, adults, and geriatrics. She specializes and incorporates Mindfulness-Based Practices, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Systematic Desensitization Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and traditional talk therapy into her practices. Ashley has participated in specialized trainings in meal coaching, MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument), Art Therapy Assessments, Shamanism, and SoulCollage. She has an extensive background in working with the LGTBQ+ community, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, behavioral issues and cancer. Her mission for her clients is to improve their quality of life and foster confidence in their abilities.

STEPHEN FALCONIERI - LPC, LADC

STEPHEN FALCONIERI – LPC, LADC

Primary Therapist

Stephen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been working in the helping professions for over 15 years. His education includes a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, and an Associate’s in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling.

Stephen believes in an eclectic counseling style, adapting his approach to the needs of the individual, and utilizes many different evidence-based approaches, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Logo Therapy, and person-centered therapy.

In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his family.

COURTNEY KELLY - LCSW

COURTNEY KELLY – LCSW

Primary Therapist

Courtney Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. She graduated from Boston University with a specialization in group therapy.

Prior to her work at Turnbridge, Courtney worked as a therapist in Boston treating clients with eating disorders and comorbid diagnoses such as substance use disorders, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. She has extensive experience with individual, group, and family therapy. Courtney’s approach is client centered and incorporates what she has learned from trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

During her free time, Courtney enjoys traveling to see family and to different countries. While she’s home, she enjoys cooking and reading.

ALYSSA BATTIPAGLIA - LMFT

ALYSSA BATTIPAGLIA – LMFT

Primary Therapist

Alyssa Battipaglia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She received her Master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. Alyssa has a breadth of experience working with adolescents and young adults with multiple presenting problems from behavioral issues, school refusal, anxiety, and depression to eating disorders, trauma, addictions, self harm, and low self esteem. She fundamentally believes that all people are capable and resilient.

Alyssa helps clients examine the story their brains have written about themselves and supports them in co-authoring a different, kinder, more authentic story to represent who they really are.  Alyssa considers herself a “healer” rather than a “fixer.” She supports her clients in moving toward what hurts and accepting it with courage, so that they may let it go.

DANIELLE GOFMAN, LPC, C-DBT

DANIELLE GOFMAN – LPC, C-DBT

Primary Therapist

Danielle is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications Studies from Baldwin Wallace University, and then continued on to earn her Master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver.

Danielle’s clinical experience comes from working at several of the leading eating disorder hospitals in the country in both Colorado and Connecticut, in the partial hospitalization and residential levels of care. Danielle is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and is passionate about empowering her clients to reconnect to their own unique potentialities to live value-driven lives. Danielle believes in creating a safe and encouraging therapeutic environment in which she can both challenge and support her clients while at their most vulnerable.

Danielle has a diverse array of interests and enjoys baking, reading, camping, cycling, hiking with her two dogs, and spending time with her family.

DAVID VIEAU

DAVID VIEAU

President & C.E.O.

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.

BRETT TIBERIO

BRETT TIBERIO

Executive Vice President

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.

JAMIE HAZELTON

JAMIE HAZELTON

Vice President

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.

TOM MARZILLI - MA

TOM MARZILLI – MA

Executive Director of Residential Services

As Executive Director of Residential Services, Tom is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the residential curriculum in both the Men’s and Adolescent Extended Care programs of Turnbridge. 
  
Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bentley College, and completed his Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 2012.  Tom held a private practice in Colorado, in which he maintained a clinical focus on trauma and substance use disorders. Tom’s career in the field of addiction treatment began in 2008, a transition that was motivated by his own journey in recovery and his passion for helping others recover.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf, practicing yoga and meditation, and is an avid handball player.

GORDON DICKLER - CAC, ICADC

GORDON DICKLER – CAC, ICADC

Senior Director of Admissions

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 SIMMONS – CAC

BILL SIMMONS – CAC

Director of Operations

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.

BETH LEGACKI

BETH LEGACKI

Director of Admissions

Beth is a certified interventionist with over 12 years of experience working in behavioral healthcare. She has dedicated her professional life to helping those who have been affected by mental health and substance use disorders. She is an energetic and passionate advocate for change who believes in the profound importance of early intervention.

As a person in long-term recovery, Beth relies heavily on her personal story to impart hope and inspire action in family members seeking support. Being on the front lines helping loved ones navigate the chaos of mental illness and addiction has been the most rewarding and challenging work of her life thus far. It has also cemented the gratitude she feels for the loved ones who fought for her many years ago when she was too sick to fight for herself.

Many moons ago, Beth attended Indiana University on a track and field/cross country running scholarship. She spent eight years working as a high-end real estate professional in New York City, where she collaborated with top marketing firms, architects and real-estate agencies.

Beth is an avid runner, a passionate dog-rescuer, and a loving wife and mother.