Program Director:  William Hill, CAS.Ed., M.Ed., BCRPS, CPME, CRC-T, CASAC-G, ICADC

Bill holds a NYS Alcohol & Substance Abuse Certification with a Specialty in Gambling Disorder (CASAC-G) as well as being certified as a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (BCRPS) and a Certified Recovery Coach Trainer (CRC-T). Bill holds adjunct faculty positions at Springfield College, Tampa, Fl. And SUNY, Kingston, NY. Additionally, Bill serves as a SAMHSA grant review specialist; a Certified OASAS Education & Training Provider and a staff member of the Albany County, NYS Opioid Task Force.

Bill has a 15 year history in treating addictive disorders. He has worked in various positions throughout his career including counselor, clinical supervisor and program director in various levels of care to include inpatient and outpatient programs.

Bill received his post master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. In Communications Disorders; his Graduate Addictions Study Certificate from SAGE Graduate School, Albany, NY and his Master’s Degree from Coppin State University, Baltimore, Md.in Special Education. He became interested in the field of addiction via personal experiences which revealed how devastating the disease of addiction can be.

Program Coordinator: Kelly Callander

Kelly has two main functions within our program. First, she functions as the intake coordinator which is the initial contact clients have with the program and secondly, Kelly oversees the document management function for course of treatment documentation.

Counselor: Carla Clayton, CASAC-G, NCAC-I, ICOGS

Carla holds a NYS Alcohol & Substance Abuse Certification with a Specialty in Gambling Disorder (CASAC-G) as well as being certified as a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor (NCAC-1) and an International Co-occurring Gambling Specialist (ICOGS).

Carla has a 22 year history in treating addictive disorders. She has worked in various positions throughout her career including counselor, clinical supervisor and program director in various levels of care to include inpatient and outpatient programs.

Carla graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, 1993.She became interested in the field of addiction through psychology classes in addition to personal experiences which revealed how devastating the disease of addiction can be.

Counselor: Brenda Gausby, MHC-LP, CASAC-T, ICOGS 

Brenda holds the International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist certification from The Internal Gambling Counselor Certification Board (ICOGS). Brenda also holds the OASAS CASAC-T.

Brenda works within Capital Counseling EAP and The Center for Problem Gambling program at Capital Counseling. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, mindfulness and goal oriented interventions. Brenda blends interventions from cognitive behavioral solution focused and positive psychology theoretical perspectives.

Brenda received her Master’s in Counseling and Community Psychology from the SAGE College, Albany, NY and is pursuing an advanced certification in Disaster Mental Health.

Counselor: Deborah Matott, LMHC, ICOGS

Deborah holds the International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist certification from The Internal Gambling Counselor Certification Board (ICOGS) which addresses the impact of problem gambling on the recovery of individuals with substance use and mental health disorders.

Deborah has knowledge and experience in working with adults experiencing mental health and addiction concerns which include but not limited to: depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, anger management substance use and gambling disorder. Deborah utilizes a diverse approach of evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Client-Centered Therapy during individual and group sessions.

Deborah is a Mental Health Counselor who received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the SAGE College, Albany, NY.

Counselor: Denise Henry, CASAC-G, ICOGS

Denise holds a NYS Alcohol & Substance Abuse Certification with a Specialty in Gambling Disorder (CASAC-G) as well as being certified as an International Co-occurring Gambling Specialist (ICOGS) which addresses the impact of problem gambling on the recovery of individuals with substance use and mental health disorders.

Denise has a 23 year history in treating addictive disorders. She has worked in various levels of care to include inpatient and outpatient programs and addiction medicine provider programs.

Peer Recovery Coach: Oscar Bellamy, CRC, CASAC-T

Oscar is a CCAR Certified Recovery Coach (CRC) who specializes in working with individuals in recovery from problem gambling. Oscar has served in this position for 4 years. He is also a NYS Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee.

Peer Recovery Coach: Sheri Zacharczenko, BS, CRC

Sheri is a CCAR Certified Recovery Coach (CRC) who specializes in working with individuals in recovery from problem gambling. Sheri has served in this position for 4 years. Sheri has a BS in Pharmaceutical Science.

 

Adjunct Faculty

Janet Heuring, MA, LCAS, LPA, HSP-PA

Clinical Psychologist & Addiction Specialist

Janet Heuring has been providing treatment services to individuals with substance use disorders/addictions and mental health issues for over ten years. Ms. Heuring is a clinical psychologist who is licensed in North Carolina as a psychological associate and a clinical addiction specialist. She is also nationally certified as a master addiction counselor. Ms. Heuring attended the University at Albany in NY, where she completed her undergraduate studies in biology and psychology before completing her master’s degree in clinical psychology at North Carolina Central University. Ms. Heuring has researched various brain diseases and mental health issues with her most recent research exploring clinical screening practices for addiction. Ms. Heuring has provided brain-based psychoeducation and curriculum development consultation to multiple addiction treatment programs in NY and NC. In 2016, Ms. Heuring founded Athena Psychological Services in Raleigh, North Carolina, which not only provides clinical evaluations, psychotherapy, and cranial electrotherapy treatment to clients, but also partners with community organizations to offer college internships and pro bono services to veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

Richard Davila’, CRC-T, Ph.D.

Dr. Davila’ is a CCAR Certified Recovery Coach Trainer who provides clinical consultation for the Center of Problem Gambling peer-driven component.

Dr. Davila is the former Dean at Springfield College, Tampa, Fl. and conducts national training in addictions, especially peer-driven formats.

 

Fran Weiss, MS, RDN, CDN – Hannaford Supermarkets

Fran is a certified dietician who provides seminars on nutritional solutions to aid in sleep, stress reduction and in general, nutritional solutions that support healthy recovery.

Marsha Lazurus, MBA – Career Workforce

Marsha provides career options for clients entering workforce or those clients who wish to change career their path as part of their recovery program.

Michelle Kollmer, Business Development Administrator – CapCom

Michelle provides clients financial options for money management as a component of their recovery program.

Sarah Trela, Financial Well-Being Administrator – SEFCU

Sarah provides clients with credit and money options as a component of their recovery plan.

Wendy Milligan, MS.Ed. Health Program Coordinator – Albany County Health Dept.

Wendy provides primary health options to clients as a component of their recovery program.