Leadership

MOHAMED ELSAMRA – MD
MOHAMED ELSAMRA – MD
  • Medical Director
Dr. Elsamra received his medical education and specialty training at the University of Connecticut. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry. Prior to joining Turnbridge, He spent four years as a staff supervisor at the APT Foundation and at the Yale Substance Abuse Fellowship program in New Haven, CT. His special areas of interest include addictions and trauma recovery. Dr. Elsamra believes strongly in the resilience of the human spirit and sees the role of the psychiatrist as assisting the person in removing obstacles to the natural healing and recovery process.
KATINA VARZOS - PMH-APRN
  • Director of Clinical Systems
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Katina Varzos holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Yale University. She graduated with honors as a member of Sigma Theta Tau honor society and later went on to complete additional post-graduate training in psychiatry at Drexel University.

Katina is dually certified in both women’s health by the ACNM and as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner by the ANCC. She has over a decade of experience in community mental health providing in-home care for clients with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Most recently, she provided all medication management services for college students seeking mental health care at Wesleyan University’s counseling center. Prior to devoting herself full-time to Turnbridge, Katina maintained a small private practice in which she provided specialized care for women struggling with perinatal and postpartum mood disorders. Her approach to care is holistic and collaborative; she combines evidence-based treatment modalities and ongoing education to empower clients in their path towards recovery.

LEXI HOLMES - LCSW
  • Associate Clinical Director

Lexi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She earned her MSW from Southern Connecticut State University and her Bachelors of Arts in both Legal Studies and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts. 

Before coming to Turnbridge, Lexi worked as a treatment coordinator at St. Vincent’s dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program where she provided crisis management, family, group, and individual psychotherapy, as well as case management.  Lexi utilizes a trauma-informed, integrated approach to therapy, pulling from such models as EMDR, CBT, DBT, person-centered, experiential, and motivational interviewing.  

Lexi has traveled much of the United States, and her passion for social work and addiction recovery truly began in Northern California while serving in AmeriCorps.  Lexi practices yoga and meditation daily, loves music, the outdoors and being present for her son.   She considers herself a lifelong learner and is dedicated to her continued growth as an individual, mother, and practitioner.  

MAX GREGER-MOSER - APRN
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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.

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.

Lynn Staffa, 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
  • 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.

JOY ZELIKOVSKY - PSY.D., HSPP, M.A., M.PHIL.ED., M.S.ED
  • Director of Eating Disorder Services

Joy received her Doctorate in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She has also completed a Master’s of Philosophy in Education and a Master’s of Science in Education in Professional Counseling and Psychological Services, respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania. Joy completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Joy is also credentialed as a National Health Service Psychologist.

Most recently, Joy was the Supervising Psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi, providing therapeutic services in the college counseling center, and had worked in several other college counseling centers during her training and education. Joy also has experience working in private practice settings and community mental health. As the Director of Eating Disorder Services at Turnbridge, Joy uses evidence-based practices and treatments to help both men and women who are struggling with addiction and eating disorder concerns. Additionally, Joy provides psycho-diagnostic assessment to those engaged in services at Turnbridge. Joy also continues to teach at the graduate level to help prepare the next generation of mental health clinicians.

LAUREN SPRINGER – LMSW
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.

KATRINA RICCA - LMFT
  • Primary Therapist

Kat is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist.  Sheholds master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. Originally from San Francisco, she moved to the East Coast for graduate school after graduating from San Francisco State University with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Criminal Justice. While living in San Francisco, she worked at Seneca Center For Families as a behavioral therapist for at-risk youth. 

As a graduate student in New York, Kat held several research assistant positions exploring the impact of trauma on survivors of 9/11, depression and suicide in spouses of deployed active military personnel, and conducted assessments for a charter school. Following graduation from Columbia University, Kat worked as a substance abuse clinician at The Addiction Institute Of New York where she provided both individual and group therapy. She also has experience working as a domestic violence therapist and case manager. Prior to starting at Turnbridge, Kat worked at Fairfield Counseling Services/LifeBridge Community Services as an individual and family therapist. 

DIANA CLARK – JD, MACP
DIANA CLARK – JD, MA
  • Family Outreach Specialist

Diana aids and educates the family members of our clients. Recognizing that family members often live in a constant state of stress and anxiety, Ms. Clark authored and facilitates the workshop: Family Healing Strategies, which provides participants with tools they need to become or remain healthy. As both a specialist in addiction and family systems, she is a recognized force of clear speech, logic and loving acceptance – moving families to engage in behaviors which aid in the recovery process.

With a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1997, Diana has been employed as a therapist, interventionist and consultant addressing issues of addiction and chemical dependence. Prior to her work in the field of psychology, she was a practicing Labor and Employment Attorney advising employers about the need for clear, compassionate and enforceable policies.

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.

LINDSAY FLOURNEY - LPC
  • Primary Therapist

Lindsay is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Fairfield University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Roger Williams University.

Over her career, Lindsay has worked with children, adolescents and adults in diverse settings ranging from in-home work, to outpatient and therapeutic school settings. Lindsay has helped support individuals and families utilizing many different evidence based approaches depending on their needs, and believes that fostering a positive and empowering therapeutic relationship can lead to substantial healing and growth.

Lindsay enjoys traveling the world and listening to music. She is passionate about helping others, as well as herself, meet their ultimate potential.

JENNIFER CHASE - ATR-BC, LPC, ADS
  • Primary Therapist

Jennifer Chase is a board certified Registered Art Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS), a Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional, and a Certified Sexual Assault Counselor. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Albertus Magnus College and her Master’s in Art Therapy from The College of New Rochelle.  She has over 20 years of experience providing therapy to individuals suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. She specializes in relational issues, anxiety and depressive disorders, addictions, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Jennifer’s career as a psychotherapist has included a multitude of both direct-care and leadership positions, both as a clinician and as an educator.  She is an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College, where she teaches graduate-level coursework on Art Therapy and Substance Use Disorder Treatment.  Additionally, she has been asked to guest lecture several times on Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the American Art Therapy Association’s annual conferences.

Jennifer’s counseling style is relaxed, casual, and inviting.  She incorporates mutual respect, sensitivity, and compassion into her approach and is proficient in cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic counseling theories.

Allegra Hachey
ALLEGRA HACHEY - 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.

KIRSTEN ACKERMAN - MS, RD
  • Dietition/Nutritionist

Kirsten Ackerman is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD) and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She received her Master of Science from Sage Graduate School and Bachelor of Science from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.

Prior to joining Turnbridge, Kirsten worked in various clinical positions including Bariatric Surgery and In-Center Hemodialysis. Kirsten also has experience in various levels of Eating Disorder treatment including both Outpatient and Residential care.

Finally, Kirsten has worked with clients struggling from disordered eating in her private practice work. Kirsten's approach to nutrition counseling is rooted in her training in Motivational Interviewing as well as her dedication to Health at Every Size informed care.

Stephen Falconieri 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
  • 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.

JACK BRITTON - LPC, LADC
  • Primary Therapist

Jack Britton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. After receiving a master's degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University and having worked in that field, Jack decided to change careers and entered the helping profession through earning a master's degree from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School.

Prior to Turnbridge, Jack worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, first in Lubbock and later in Austin. Since 2010, in both inpatient and outpatient programs Jack has engaged with young adults struggling with substance use disorders and mental health challenges.

Clinically, he utilizes rational emotive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques, enjoys exploring identity change and resolution, and likes to consider how we select mates and friends. Jack loves to golf, supports the performing and visual arts, appreciates a good tailor, and prefers cowboy boots.

DAVID VIEAU, President  & C.E.O.
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
  • 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 primary treatment 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 for young men and young women when Turnbridge may not be their best solution. Jamie has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficult road of choosing an addiction 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
  • 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 Women’s 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.  Before coming to Turnbridge, Tom held the position of Director of Operations at a women’s residential treatment facility in Colorado that specialized in co-occurring disorders. Tom also 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
  • Senior Director of Admissions

Gordon helps families in crisis find hope and help for their loved ones in need. As a board certified addiction counselor, Gordon’s intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young men and young women overcome addiction and mental health 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 Preparative Care Program.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Gordon realized a newfound desire to help others overcome addiction and mental health disorders. He completed a specialized counseling certification program and joined Turnbridge where he 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.

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
  • 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.