- Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D.Chief Executive Officer
With addiction being among the largest health care problems in America, helping people recover is more than a job. It’s a calling. One Dr. Nick Colangelo has lived, 24 hours a day, for nearly three decades. But according to him, it’s also a job with plenty of rewards, since most of those affected with the disease get well. [Read More…]
- Robert Piccone, M.S.President
A long-time business administrator, Robert Piccone has served as president of Clearbrook since 1999. He oversees the daily responsibilities of the treatment programs, including personnel, scheduling and financial operations.
He received his B.A. degree in public affairs and criminal justice from American University and his MS degree in health care administration from King’s College. Piccone also attended Dickinson School of Law. [Read More…]
- Richard P. Conaboy, Jr.Vice President of Clinical Affairs
A valued member of the recovery team since 2001, Richard Conaboy joined Clearbrook as Administrator and Clinical Director. His current responsibilities as Vice President include evaluating all incoming clients, assigning them to the appropriate counselor, following their care and planning after-care, as well as implementing the facility’s daily schedule.
As a patient advocate, Conaboy takes time to talk to each patient every day, helping them solve life problems, legal problems, and the early difficulties that many patients face transitioning to a sober lifestyle. Conaboy has been involved in professional counseling since 1975, beginning at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview, conducting psychiatric and educational assessments of inmates.
A graduate of Marywood University, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Richard has garnered more than 300 continuing education credits pertaining to drug and alcohol abuse, and recovery. [Read More…]
- Dr. Al JanerichMedical Director
Dr. Al Janerich completed his undergraduate studies at Kings College in Wilkes Barre, PA, matriculating with honors in 1973. After obtaining a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 1977, he stayed on as a resident physician in traning at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital within the department of physical Medicine and Rehabilitation until 1980. After becoming board certified in Physical Medicines and Rehabilitation in 1981, he pursued further training in Chemical Dependency and Addictive Diseases. He has been board certified by The American Board of Addiction Medicine since 1988 and serves as medical director of Clearbrook Treatment Centers. [Read More…]
- Dr. Nicholas G. BrognoClinical Psychologist
Nicholas Brogno is a nationally certified psychologist practicing in Pennsylvania. Dr. Brogna retired from his primary practice in January 2011 with 29 years of experience in the field of psychology. He is currently employed by Clearbrook as an inpatient psychologist specializing in the treatment of alcohol, substance abuse, and chemical dependency. [Read More…]
- Joseph Kane, L.S.W.Clinical Administrator
Joe, a native and current resident of West Scranton, PA, attended the Pennsylvania State University earning his B.A. in Psychology. He then went on to Marywood University and received his Masters Degree in Social Work. Going one step further in his educational credentials, Joe completed all the requirements for become a Licensed Social Worker (L.S.W.).
Outside of work you can usually find Joe spending time with his wife and children.
Joe says that the rewarding part of working for Clearbrook is “I feel like God has given me the ability to work with people afflicted with the disease of addiction. Seeing people at the lowest point and then hope getting restored and the light returning to their eyes.”
- Stanley Krzanowski, B.A.Clinical Supervisor
Stanley is one of our most tenured employees at Clearbrook, working for us for over the last ten years. Stanley is a Dallas, PA native who currently resides in Wilkes Barre. With a B.A. degree from Kings College in Sociology & History, Stan offers his own unique style in helping our patients. He brings over 25 years of experience to bear in the work he does with patients, and the counselors he supervises.
Outside of work he enjoys spending time with family most notably his grandchildren. Stan says that the rewards he gets from working at Clearbrook are endless and is one reason he has worked here as long as he has. He says “I have always worked in the helping profession. I believe in the philosophy of Clearbrook which has allowed me to witness miracles happen every day.”
- Anna Mecca-Finnerty, M.A., L.P.C.Clinical Supervisor
Anna is a local from Dunmore, PA. She attained her B.A. from the University of Scranton going on to Goddard University where she received her Master’s Degree in Drug & Alcohol Program development.
Anna is one of Clearbrook’s most tenured employees having been with us for over 15 years. Anna enjoys fishing, gardening, watching and attending NASCAR events, and spending time with her two beagles.
Anna says “I believe in the philosophy of Clearbrook. To watch people find a program for living that allows them to rebuild their lives in a happy/healthy manner is what keeps me coming back to work day after day.”
- Marc BoriosiClinical Supervisor
Marc was born and raised in Clarks Summit, PA. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at St. Leo University and in the spring of 2015 he acquired the certification of Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor by the NAADAC.
Marc gives credit to his father, Guido Boriosi, M.D., who is a nationally renowned psychiatrist, for the skill set he has attained in treating people with addiction. Marc also owns an online magazine, The Levity Ball, which highlights artists in the world of entertainment that are often affected by substance abuse.
Marc says that working at Clearbrook, “allowed me to give myself wholly to someone who is suffering. To watch one of our patients come to us broken and hopeless and then watch their eyes brighten into a belief that they can have a different life never gets old. It’s why I love coming to work every day.”
- Megan Hiscox, B.S.Primary Counselor
Megan is from Dallas, Pennsylvania and graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Applied Psychology & Human Relations.
Outside of work you can find Megan in the mountains of NEPA snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the spring and summer months. Megan is the intern who never left.
She says,”Clearbrook serves as a home away from home and has been instrumental into shaping who I am today. Seeing hope grow in both our patients and their families is the greatest reward from my job.”
- Jillian Falkowski, A.A.S.Primary Counselor
Originally from Pittston, Pennsylvania, Jillian earned her A.A.S. in Human Services from Luzurne County Community College.
When Jillian is not working you can almost always find her spending time with her two young children. Without question, her personal recovery and family comes first in her life.
On working at Clearbrook she says, “I have always wanted to help others who are struggling with addiction. I have always had a big heart and hope that others can come out of the darkness of addiction and into the light of recovery. There is always a miracle somewhere.”
- Carrie Erwine, B.S.Primary Counselor
Carrie is from Wapwallopen, PA, and currently lives in Mountain Top, PA. She graduated from Misericordia University with a bachelor’s degree in social work and also holds a certificate in addiction counseling.
Carrie enjoys spending time at the beach during the summers and skiing down the mountains of Northeast PA in the winters. Her first love is spending time with her children and family.
On working at Clearbrook Carrie says, “doing my internship at Clearbrook allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge and experience through interacting with the patients. Seeing someone come in day one, claw through the process, and come out after 28 days a changed person is by far the most miraculous thing I have ever seen.”
- Justin Kendzor, B.S.Primary Counselor
Justin is a local from Northeast PA residing in West Wyoming. Justin received his associate’s degree from Luzerne County Community College and continued on to Misericordia University and attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He plans on continuing his education to obtain his Master’s degree.
Outside of work you can find Justin at the gym, drawing, and spending time with his family.
About the rewards Justin gets from working at Clearbrook he says, “having patients come in broken and experiencing various consequences throughout their addiction, and after 28 days leaving with a sense of hope is second to nothing. Interacting with patients on a daily basis and hearing their stories truly inspires me everyday.”
- Patrick McDonoughPrimary Counselor
Patrick was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While attending Penn State University he earned his degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Pat says that his own personal recovery is his primary focus which allows him all the pleasures in life that sobriety promises. He can be found spending time with his family and at the gym.
When asked what the most rewarding aspect of working at Clearbrook is, “I work here because I want to give back what has been given to me. Being able to have an impact on people’s lives and helping to guide them into a sober and fulfilling life is why I chose to work in this field.”
- Brianna Brodt, B.S.Primary Counselor
Brianna hails from Nazareth, Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Misericordia University and also holds a certificate in addiction counseling.
She can be found running half marathons, at concerts, and is also very involved in fundraising for cancer research.
Bri says that the most rewarding part of her job is “to give back the help that was generously given to me. Throughout my recovery journey, I was labeled as a chronic relapse case. Treatment is where I was able to develop a sense of hope and the desire to get sober. My goal is to help ignite that sense of hope in others and assist them in rebuilding their lives. When you see someone let go and stop fighting the recovery process is when you see recovery begin and that is why I love coming to work every day.”
- Robert HughesPrimary Counselor
Robert was born and raised in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University.
Robert is a Clearbrook Alumni that has returned to join our Clinical Team as a Primary Counselor. He remarks that the first year of his life in recovery was the hardest thing he has ever done, and that the gifts it has yielded him since continue to make it all worth it.
When discussing the most rewarding part of working at Clearbrook, Robert said, “I feel that I have the unique opportunity to give back to the institution that saved my life.” Robert considers both the patients and staff at Clearbrook to be an extended part of his family.
- Joanne BalasavageAftercare Coordinator
Joanne is a local from NEPA, born and raised in the Parsons section of Wilkes Barre. Joanne was educated in the Wilkes Barre School District and later took courses at Luzerne County Community College. In 1996, she became a Certified Nursing Assistant and spent the next 9 years working in local nursing homes as well as private duty. Joanne’s journey brought her to Clearbrook in 2012 as part of our dietary department. Over the last four years, her dedication, work ethic, and love for our patients have driven her to become our Aftercare Coordinator.
When Joanne is not working, she can be found spending most of her time with her grandson, family and Yorkie named Peanut. She values her own recovery as her most important priority, allowing her to contribute to her family and fellows today. Joanne also loves consignment shops and flea markets, making searching for a great bargain one of her favorite pastimes.
In describing the rewards of working at Clearbrook, Joanne says, “The most rewarding aspect of my job is watching the light come back into the eyes of the patients. Watching the soul of a human being come back to life is a miracle. I remember what it was like to be a patient at Clearbrook and it truly is a magical mountain. The staff loved me until I could love myself, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this remarkable team today. Because of God’s Grace, the rooms of AA and Clearbrook, I became employable again, starting in the dish room and making my way to the position I am in now…. Never, ever, ever…give up.”