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THE PREEMINENT MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT PROGRAMS FOR ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS

BILL SIMMONS, CAC

Vice President of Operations

Bill has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of mental healthcare, 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 Vice President 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.

GORDON DICKLER, CAC, ICADC

Vice President of Admissions

Gordon oversees the admissions department and helps families in crisis find help for their loved ones in need. As both a board certified counselor and a Turnbridge alumni, Gordon’s intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young people overcome behavioral health conditions 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 spending time with his wife and two young children and patronizing New Haven’s many exceptional restaurants.

BETH LEGACKI

Senior Director of Admissions

Beth is a certified interventionist with over 16 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.

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.

HANNAH SMALL-OIE, LCSW

Clinical Director

Hannah Small-Oie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  She brings a decade of experience working with youth suffering from mental health or substance use problems to her role as Associate Clinical Director of Turnbridge’s Adolescent Extended Care Program. 

Hannah’s leadership capacity has been recognized since early on in her career, affording her many opportunities to work in supervisory and director roles.  These opportunities have enabled her to hone her skills as a therapist, as well as a teacher and supervisor of other therapists.  Additionally, Hannah has a high degree of competence in working with LGBTQIA+ youth and providing gender affirming supportive therapies.  Hannah and her team at Turnbridge are passionate about helping our most vulnerable clients and their families thrive.

ALLYSON PAPALE, LCSW

Associate Clinical Director

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.

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.

ALLEGRA LONGO, LCSW

Associate Clinical Director

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

Program Director, Family Therapy Services

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.

Kara Moonan, APRN

Director of Nursing

Kara has been a nurse for over 10 years. She completed her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College in classical cultures. Kara went on to complete her nursing degree and graduate work at Yale School of Nursing where she specialized in pediatric primary care. Kara comes to us with a wealth of experience in residential living and is passionate about adolescent care services and care coordination. Kara strives to integrate mental and physical health models into treatment programming and values building relationships with her clients.

Achievements

Education and Training

  • Yale School of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, August 2008
  • Bryn Mawr College, B.A. in Classical Cultures and Society, August 2003 – May 2007
  • Connecticut State Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, 2010
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Board Certified, 2010
  • Connecticut State Registered Nurse, 2009
  • Infant, Child and Adult CPR /AED certified, American Red Cross, 2018
  • DCF Certified Medication Administration Instructor, 2018

Honors and Recognition

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society member, Delta Mu Chapter, Bryn Mawr College, May 2010