Our Staff

Executive Leadership

Jack Duffy

Chief Executive Officer

Rick Distefano

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Hamel, BSN, RN, CPXP

Vice President Medical and Clinical Services

Chris Osgood

VP of Finance & Administrative Services

Medical & Psychiatry

Cherylanne Linares MSN, PMH-BC RN

Director of Nursing

Fred Hesse, MD

Medical Director

Marina Ecklund

Nurse Practitioner

Richard Pennell, RPA-C

Physician Assistant

Genevieve Williamson, MD


Men's Clinical Team

Kathleen McIsaac, LCMHC, LADC, M.Ed, RMT

Program Director

Ronald Womer, MS, LADC

Primary Therapist

Pamela Ashton, MSC, LADC 

Primary Therapist

Tina Harris

Primary Therapist

Brian Dekle

Therapist in Training

Melissa Garr

Therapist in Training
Valley Vista Vergennes

Women's Clinical Team

Dan Smith, MS, NCC

Primary Therapist

Kathleen Lowell, MA, LADC

Program Director

Emmalee Levesque BA

Integrative Trauma Practitioner

Jennifer Debarbieri, MS, LADC

Primary Therapist

Community Outreach & Treatment Coordinators

Mike Mainero 

Community Outreach & Treatment Coordinator

Matt Melkonian B.A, B.S. CRC

Community Outreach and Post Treatment Coordinator


Christine Williams

Admissions Supervisor

Janis Pawul-Sullo

Admissions Specialist

Allisen Britch

Admission Specialist

Amanda Yaps

Admissions Specialist

Molly Simonds

Admissions Specialist

Administrative Team

Caitlyn Pippin 

Billing Coordinator

Elizabeth Thurston

Administrative Coordinator

Julie Culbertson, BSN, RN

Utilization Review Nurse

Wayne Vanasse

Accounting Coordinator

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