The drug and alcohol treatment professionals at Clearbrook Treatment Centers specialize in helping patients achieve optimal health. Their team includes mental health professionals, counselors, and psychologists specializing in addiction rehabilitation. Patients seeking drug and alcohol treatment centers can count on the team at Clearbrook. Learn more about the Clearbrook counseling team today.
Clearbrook Pennsylvania Team
Kevin M. Whelley, was born in Queens, New York and was raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology, and later attended the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA where he was awarded Master’s Degree in School Counseling, and additionally earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. After Graduate School he relocated to Cape Cod, MA where he was first hired as a counselor at a treatment center in Falmouth, MA. It was during this time that he developed his passion for working in the field of substance use disorder treatment, and knew it was the career path he would follow. After several more years on Cape Cod, in various roles including Evening Supervisor, Treatment Coordinator and Clinical Manager, Kevin decided it was time to return to Northeastern Pennsylvania in order to continue his passion for his work, and serve the community where he was raised. Kevin joined the Banyan/Clearbrook team in April of 2019 as a primary therapist, and was then promoted to the role of Clinical Director in August of 2019. As Clinical Director, the most rewarding part of his job is watching a team of dedicated professionals work collaboratively and tirelessly to help unlock the strength and resiliency within the patients we treat here at Banyan/Clearbrook. Kevin is proud to work for a company that is always striving to be an industry leader in the field of substance use disorder treatment.
Michael Arcangeletti, Executive Director of Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2010. He is a licensed social worker that completed his graduate degree at Marywood University, an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Miserciordia University and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He has held numerous titles throughout his years in the field, including Residential Tech, Intake Coordinator, Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Assistant Clinical Director. Michael joined the Banyan Clearbrook team in November, 2018, and states that his passion for helping others comes from his own personal experience in recovery.
Cara is the Alumni coordinator for Banyan Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia. Her journey began as being a patient of Clearbrook in 2017 and as she calls it, “the client that never left”. After completing treatment at Clearbrook, she came back as a day patient for a little over 8 months. Cara began her employment at Clearbrook working in the kitchen during the day, and as a behavioral health technician at night. Today, she has worked her way up and is now the Alumni Coordinator for the entire state of Pennsylvania. Being an Alumni of the program has made the job more rewarding to her. Cara loves being able to be part of others recovery and sober support.
Kenny Davis was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania and has resided in the state his entire life. He started his career with Banyan/Clearbrook 25 years ago, as a contractor and then Facilities Director. In this role Kenny created and developed the “Blue Team,” which has become instrumental in maintaining the day-to-day operations of the facility and the entire campus. He is passionate about his work because he is a “construction guy,” and when he sees a problem, the “Blue Team” finds a hands on solution. The favorite part of Kenny’s position is “his team,” watching his staff grow, develop and succeed, as well as the great pride they take in their work.
Clearbrook Massachusetts Team
Courtney Gillam, the Director of Operations for Clearbrook Treatment Center in MA, was exposed to addition and recovery at an early age. Her father struggled with alcohol abuse during most of her life and passed away from the illness. This perpetuated her own personal journey of recovery and fueled her desire to get an education so she can best serve this population. Courtney entered the addiction treatment field in 2013 as an admissions representative for Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. She has worked in various entities and agencies in the field including direct support staff, house manager, verifications/insurance specialist, appeals, finance, intake coordinator, and supervisor. After years of working full time and attending school part time, Courtney received her bachelor’s degree in human services in May of 2020. During her tenure at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, she grew the intake department and trained the staff making it a cohesive well-functioning department. She has since contributed to all Banyan facilities by writing the intake training manual. While developing the intake department Courtney took over the supervision of the case management department. She supervised staff at both the admission stage of treatment and the discharge planning stage. Courtney is currently continuing her education in a master’s program to further her personal and professional development. Courtney is excited for the next phase of her professional development as the Operations director for Clearbrook. Courtney believes in the power of empathy, compassion, and support for all individuals. We all need help and we are here for you when you do.
Alexandria Viens is the Office Manager for Clearbrook Massachusetts. Alexandria, preferably Ally for short, was born and raised in Gardner Massachusetts. After facing her own struggles with addiction in early adulthood, Ally moved to Florida in 2013 for a fresh start. Ally began working in the treatment field in 2014 at a program in Ft. Lauderdale as an Intake Coordinator after being offered a position by the same man who had assisted her with getting to Florida for treatment. Since then, Ally has worked in many administrative positions in the treatment field including Intake Coordinator, Case Manager, Office Manager, and Digital Marketing Specialist. Ally worked for Banyan Treatment Centers in 2017 as a Digital Marketing Specialist and discovered her deep passion for marketing and business administration. She returned to school and graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2018 with her Associates Degree. Ally continued working for Banyan until she made the difficult decision to move back home to Massachusetts to help care for her grandparents. Upon returning home Ally continued to work with individuals in recovery at a non-profit in her hometown. Ally is currently continuing her education in the business program at Fitchburg State University located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In late 2020, Ally was happy to hear that Banyan had acquired the property for Clearbrook Treatment Centers right near her hometown. She immediately contacted old friends at Banyan and was brought on board as the Office Manager for the new facility. Ally is honored to be a part of helping those in her community who struggle with the issues she once faced.
Amanda is a Registered Nurse from Massachusetts who holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Psychology, & Criminology with a minor in Interpersonal Communications. Amanda’s first degree was in Psychology and Criminology, where she learned her passion for caring for vulnerable populations.
After graduating, Amanda’s first job was in a detox unit where she really developed her drive to specifically serve those who suffer from substance use. Amanda has a personal family history of alcoholism and lost a close friend to drug addiction. After working several years as a Mental Health Counselor, Amanda knew she needed to return to school to better aid in this current epidemic. Amanda returned to Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA for Nursing, and obtained her RN Degree. Shortly after, Amanda wanted to solidify her medical skills in a small community hospital medical unit. Never forgetting her passion, she made her way back to detox as a nurse. Amanda completed her BSN in 2021. She demonstrated a strong desire to lead and educate and was excited for the opportunity to join the Banyan team as Director of Nursing.
Kristopher was born and raised in Winchendon, Massachusetts. He has his bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University and is currently in a master’s program for a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. Kristopher started in the addiction field as an outpatient group therapist and case manager in a Dual Diagnosis program.
His passion is that he loves knowing that he has played a small part in a person’s journey in recovery. He has had family members and close friends struggle with addiction. He sees them getting stigmatized and wants to be one of the people in the world that shows compassion to someone in their darkest hours. Kristopher has had several clients from his career tell him that when they were on the brink of relapse, they heard his voice in their head telling them things will get better and they are stronger than their addiction.
Kristopher really enjoys the fact that he can still carry a caseload and meet with clients and be part of their treatment. He also running groups. At some point in his career, he wants to be part of opening another location and continuing to help Banyan grow and provide the amazing, compassionate care that we provide.
Tyler was born and raised in Massachusetts. He worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 11 years assisting individuals with developmental disabilities. Tyler is highly passionate about working in the Human Services field. Tyler also worked with children who struggled with behavioral health issues in a school setting at the same property Clearbrook currently resides in. Tyler became interested in the substance abuse services field later in life after losing multiple members of his family and friends to addiction. He loves being able to help those around him reach sobriety and takes a great deal of pride in his work. Tyler started off with Clearbrook Treatment Centers as one of the first Recovery Support Specialists at our Baldwinville location. Through hard work and determination, he was promoted to Lead Recovery Support Specialist, and now Operations Supervisor. Tyler thoroughly enjoys giving back to the community and helping in any way he can.
Eric was born and raised in Central Massachusetts. He has been with Clearbrook Treatment Centers Massachusetts from the very beginning. Eric used to work with children who struggled with behavioral health issues in a school setting at the same property Clearbrook currently resides in. He brings 10+ years of experience to our facility with the previous owners of the campus. Eric started in Human Services as a Clinical Counselor with teenage youths. He then switched over to the Maintenance Department and was promoted to Facilities Director. In this position Eric still worked with the children and remained passionate about helping those who were struggling. Eric has deep routed ties to those who face substance abuse issues and will always remain passionate about helping people. When the old company was bought out, Clearbrook Treatment Centers was proud to bring Eric on board as its first employee. Eric feels privileged to still be a part of the facility and is excited that this campus will continue its legacy of helping those in need.
Kristen Lynch RN is our Nursing Supervisor here at Clearbrook Massachusetts. Kristen has been a registered nurse for 5 years. Kristen graduated Mount Wachusett Community College in 2021. She spent many years working at first as a CNA before attending nursing school. Kristen has experience in various levels of healthcare including psychiatric homecare, behavioral health nursing for co-occurring disorders, a program for adults with disabilities, a residential adolescent program, and managing a wellness program granted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Kristen has always enjoyed helping people through their struggles and was happy to learn that Clearbrook was opening close to home. Kristen believes in using her empathy to treat patients with a “person-centered” approach to help everyone in her care to feel safe and comfortable. Kristen’s favorite part of the work she does is having the ability to connect with her patients and empowering and supporting them through their most vulnerable moments. Kristen is extremely well organized and strives to help her coworkers as well as her patients.
Rhodonna M. Ferguson, Clinical Director at Clearbrook MA is a licensed clinician with over 28 years of experience in clinical social work. Rhodonna, earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut with an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health. As a previous crisis clinician and counselor at Behavioral Health Crisis team and stabilization Units in Springfield Massachusetts, Rhodonna brings an abundance of tenure and passion in working with individuals and families with untreated substance misuse and mental health disorders.
For more than 28 years Rhodonna has worked to reconcile and provide treatment and aid for individuals, children and families struggling with substance misuse, mental health disorders, domestic violence, sexual abuse, chronic neglect and physical abuse at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. She began her service with the department as a Caseworker. Renowned for her devotion, perseverance, and leadership, she was promoted as supervisor and ultimately elevated as an Area Program Manager. She served in this role for 13 years as a professional-level resource for organizational, managerial, and operational analyses. Rhodonna planned, organized, reviewed, and evaluated social service programs and provided leadership and clinical consultation to all levels of area office staff. She served as the chair for the Department’s diversity and inclusion team, where she created and implemented the strategic plan for diversity and inclusion training and procedures for the area office.
In addition to her work in social service and mental health, Rhodonna is an active Board of Trustees for Living Water Global Ministries, a faith-based organization devoted to its members.
She also served as a Board of Trustee for Mission Church Ministries and on the advisory boards, for Elms college in Chicopee Massachusetts. During her time at Elms College, she mentored Bachelor level students and worked to diversify learning for students of all backgrounds, economic and social standing.
Rhodonna has worked in professional and faith-based communities where she has devoted herself to the spiritual, emotional, and psychological health of individuals. She holds ministerial licenses through Joan Hunters Ministries, Tomball Texas and Living Water Global Ministries, Springfield Massachusetts where she provides mentoring and counseling to help people heal from emotional and psychological trauma.
Rhodonna brings to Banyan Treatment Centers a passion to coach, teach, mentor, and help to develop and pour into the lives of those she works with. Rhodonna’s desire is to empower, add value, instill hope, inspire growth, motivate progress, and see others prosper and excel to their fullest potential. Rhodonna believes strongly in the stages of change theory, where people can and will make the necessary life changes for 100% self-efficacy.
Caleb was born in Louisville, Kentucky and played football at Lindsey Wilson College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communication. Like many others in America today, Caleb suffered an injury on the field that resulted in the use of prescription pain medication, which eventually led him down the dark road of addiction. He sought treatment at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, now a Banyan facility, more than four years ago and has been sober ever since. Caleb began his career at Banyan as an Admissions Coordinator and went on to receive several promotions within the organization. He now acts as a National Business Development Representative for the state of Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and son. Caleb is passionate about his position and being able to continue his career at Banyan in his home state, saying that he feels honored to be able to help those in his community who struggle with the same issues he once faced. He has made is his main goal to help anyone seeking treatment to get the help they need.