Jonathon DeCarlo, CAC-III
Jonathan is a Certified Addiction Counselor (Level III), with experience in addiction/recovery and mental health care since 1995. He is currently the Clinical Director of Recovery 360°, providing psychosocial rehabilitation, individual, group, marriage, and family therapy, and organizational development and consultation services. Jonathan currently serves as a board member of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP). He has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families during early recovery from addiction and mental health issues and seeks to help people find therapeutic solutions utilizing a wide array of modalities and approaches.
Jonathan has developed care programs for inpatient and outpatient practices. He has also provided therapeutic services for professionals including administration and aviation, education, legal and law enforcement, medicine and mental health. Jonathan has a unique background in psychology, philosophy, and theology. This allows him to utilize resources and perspectives within and beyond traditional therapeutic approaches to help develop solutions that meet an individual’s or organization’s needs in progressive and practical ways. His specific training includes Attachment Theory, Gender Informed and Gender Responsive Trauma Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Harm Reduction Models, Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement models, Rational Emotive Therapy, and Somatic Experience Therapy (which includes the CAR Model of Trauma).
Jonathan has also trained with David D. Burns, MD in modalities such as Cognitive Therapy and Therapeutic Resistance and T.E.A.M. modality. Specific to addiction/recovery, and Terence Gorski in the CENAPS model of relapse prevention and recovery enhancement. He devoted much of his early career to working with teens and young adults, resulting in training in anger management, self-esteem and self-concept revision, and eating disorder recovery. The diverse experience in an array of care settings has provided experience, insight, and understanding that translates into client centered care informed by practical, evidenced based solutions.
Adena Bank Less
A leader in the field of traumatic stress and addiction, Adena has been offering expert training and consulting services to professionals and organizations around the globe for over 25 years. She maintains a thriving clinical practice as well. Adena’s driving passion is to equip her clientele with practical, applicable knowledge and tools in order for them to be the most effective in their lives and their provision of services. This is evidenced by the 1000+ work-shops she has conducted and the program development projects in which she has been a significant contributor.
Adena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, a Board Certified Expert® in Traumatic Stress, and a Certified Psychodrama Practitioner.
Her trainings and consultation employ experiential learning techniques, interactive scenarios, and real-world applications founded on evidence-based approaches and strength-based perspectives.
Adena’s unique approach and demonstrated expertise has helped organizations create best-in-class training, education, and response protocols and programs.
Adena nurtures her fun-loving side by world-wide travel, hiking in the Arizona desert, and singing at the top of her lungs while driving.
Chris has worked in a variety of roles within the behavioral health space over the past ten years. The past seven years have been spent founding and building a consulting firm in San Diego in early 2012 and most recently founding an intensive outpatient and extended care program in Northern Virginia. Chris’ most eye-opening and enlightening experiences in life and business have come from the variety of ways that he has failed. Truly believing in the concept of ‘failing forward,’ Chris is able to a offer a realistic and vulnerable understanding of vital behavioral health practices, how they integrate into respective businesses and how to identify and avoid the pitfalls associated with building and growing behavioral healthcare organizations. Chris’ passion truly lies within taking concepts to market and working with other entrepreneurs and leaders to ensure their ability to avoid certain situations that could destroy even the best of intentions and execution strategies. Chris strives to continue working with other industry leaders to promote growth and development through vulnerability, resilience and our ability to come together in failure and success, big and small, to ensure the long-term health and well-being for our industry.
Michael Dinneen LCSW, CSAT, CACIII
Michael is a certified addiction counselor supervisor level as well as master level social worker. He has over 25 years of experience in the addiction field and serves as an international trainer and mentor for substance abuse counselors. He also has presented at numerous conferences on specialized topics such as sex addiction, trauma to healthy attachment, and spiritual growth.
He earned his BA degree from Boston College in Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Addiction Counselor supervisor-level (CAC III), Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, and Certified Spiritual Director. He has extensive training in the CAR trauma resolution model as well as EFT Emotionally Focused Therapy.
He wrote The Gift of Fulfillment, a self-help book designed to show people how to improve their lives using spiritual principles.
In the past few years Michael has held positions as clinical director, executive director and VP of Business Development for in-patient and outpatient addiction treatment centers. He has received various acknowledgements in the behavioral health field such as Colorado Addiction counselor of the year.
Michael resides in Denver with his wife Jill and their two children Cadin and Samantha. His gifting’s are truly connecting with others through his own transparency. He is able to identify the talents of those around him and bring teams together through servant leadership.
Lisa Jane Vargas CYT, RYT
Lisa Jane is a behavioral healthcare executive whose mission is to help and serve others. After earning a degree in Business Administration and Marketing on the east coast, she spent her early career in the health, fitness and financial services industries before she was called to work in Arizona in behavioral healthcare.
For over 20 years, Lisa Jane served in various roles in the behavioral healthcare industry. She later served as the Chief Marketing Officer on the executive leadership team at Sierra Tucson, a leading holistic addiction and mood disorder treatment center. For 15 years, she was instrumental in transforming the Sierra Tucson brand, as well as building a multi-functional marketing team to help grow their clientele. Her outcomes-driven leadership resulted in substantial revenue growth as her team increased admissions and goals year over year. As a brand and marketing expert, she specializes in crafting and implementing a full-spectrum marketing strategy. She combines strategic communications, public relations, event management, advertising, creative and graphic design, social media, and more to elevate brands and increase clientele.
After witnessing first-hand the profound impact she made for Sierra Tucson, she sought out to start her own firm, Wellness Legacy, that would cater to the behavioral health industry that thrived under her direction. With a unique understanding of the industry’s needs and nuances, Lisa Jane enables health and wellness businesses of all sizes to thrive.
Her professional experience has given her a rich understanding of co-occurring disorders, including substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and chronic pain.
She has had the honor to serve on several boards and committees including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and various Arizona addiction education and prevention campaigns. In 2018 she joined the Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS) Board to help grow the organization.
The culmination of her experiences have led her to expand her business consulting services into the health, fitness, finance and coaching sectors.
As a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, she teaches with an emphasis in addiction recovery, athletic needs and faith-centered classes, workshops and retreats. She is currently enrolled in a 300 Hour Healing Emphasis Yoga curriculum to be a yoga therapist. She has a passion for health, fitness, and family, and is married with two step kids. She enjoys tennis (she’s a 4.0 player!), hiking, working out with her husband and gardening.
Nikki Soda is an experienced, passionate, strategic marketer and meeting planner. With over 10 years of nonprofit and corporate meeting planning, she brings an energy and level of professionalism used to create successful outcomes. Prior to working in the healthcare industry, Nikki was an event planner for the Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg. Nikki has organized large scale events while working for Tupperware North America and the Tampa Zoo. These experiences allowed her to function in large and small settings, along with allowing for vastly different corporate and not for profit experiences. Her background in recovery led her to shifting into the behavioral health field. In the past few years, Nikki has worked in the capacity of Director of both Business Development and Marketing for nationally recognized treatment facilities, as well as overseeing several Alumni programs while being on the board of the Treatment Professionals and Alumni Services. She has extensive experience with preparation and execution of strategic planning along with creating annual budgets in her capacity as director of events and marketing.
Nikki holds a BA in Communication from the University of Tampa and most recently was the Director of Marketing and Alumni Services for Voyage Recovery, a start-up young men’s treatment center that reached capacity within a year. Nikki served in multiple roles while creating a start-up, including working in admissions. This experience, along with extensive networking while in the behavioral health field has helped Nikki create an impressive reputation, and she is regularly sought out for recommendations for client placement. Her work on both the front end and back end of treatment has given her a wealth of knowledge and has contributed to her understanding of systems and outcome tracking with alumni services.
Nikki is a go getter who enjoys working with clients and organizations that are action oriented. She is eager to share her experience and design for success with new teams and is an advocate for client care first and foremost.
Nikki resides in Jupiter, FL where she lives with her husband, daughter and their great dane Sophie.
Emily is a Master’s level Mental Health Clinician. She holds a license as a Professional Counselor and a certification in Addictions Counseling and Supervision. She has over 14 years experience in the Behavioral Health Field overall, serving in various roles and settings. She has provided counseling to adolescents, couples, families, and adults struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. She has also provided evaluation and case management services to healthcare professionals to ensure the licensing boards safety to practice in their licensed professions. Emily has spent the past few years working within the Medicaid Managed Care system, providing guidance and education to Medicaid members and providers around behavioral health covered services, diagnoses, and codes. She participates on the Medicaid Coding Committee through the state of Colorado Department of Healthcare, Policy, and Financing and has an extensive knowledge base in Medicaid Behavioral Health Coding, Documentation, and Reimbursement. She provides consultation and training in these areas to individual, facility, and group providers in Mental Health, Substance Use, and Integrated Care settings. One of Emily’s passions is providing substance use prevention trainings for medical health and behavioral health professionals. She is a statewide trainer for Colorado SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) and a National Trainer with Hazelton-Betty Ford. Emily resides in Littleton, Colorado with her six year old daughter, Lea and her puppy, Peggy-O. She moved from Westchester County, New York over 22 years ago and continues to fall in love every day with the beautiful Colorado mountains, sunshine, and people.
Anthony Campobasso, LCSW, CADC
Anthony has worked in the mental health and addictions field for over 15 years serving as a clinician and administrator for Hazelden and other nationally recognized treatment providers. Anthony studied at Loyola University in Chicago and became licensed as a clinical social worker. Anthony has since expanded his knowledge by earning a certification as an interventionist and a certified alcohol and drug counselor.
In his leaderships roles, Anthony has been responsible for building treatment programs in several states from start-up to operational oversight. His focus in designing a treatment program is to create a vision of excellence that will uniquely and effectively help clients achieve long term recovery. Anthony’s program development style embodies a client-centered approach and a cohesive work culture for the treatment team. He believes strongly that the treatment experience is a vital opportunity for the recovering individual to educate their minds, activate their soul and energize their bodies.
Anthony is a Chicago native and an outdoor enthusiast. Nature and actions sports such as rock climbing and kayaking are activities that he enjoys the most. When he can, Anthony volunteers his time at Gift of Hope in Illinois, which is a non-profit organization that supports organ and tissue donation. Although action sports and service to others brings a sense of thrill to his life, Anthony’s greatest joy is spending time with his wife and two young children.
Kyle Beard has spent a majority of his career in private equity and real estate investing for family offices, and has broad transactional and operational experience across the healthcare industry. Prior to C4 Consulting, Kyle served on investment teams in various roles at several Denver-based single and multi-family offices, including Cherry Creek Family Offices, The Broe Group, and Mantucket Capital. In these roles, Kyle managed the startup and expansion of several businesses (including healthcare) and funds, and to invest in, manage, and advise businesses in a variety of industries. Most recently, Kyle served as both the Principal at Impact Opportunities Fund, an opportunistic private equity fund, and Vice President at Cherry Creek Family Offices, a $1B multi‐family office serving ultra‐high net worth client families, where he invested and managed a portfolio of direct private equity and real estate investments, valued in excess of $100 million. Kyle has a passion for service and has focused his career within the behavioral healthcare industry for the last year, supporting the startup and expansion of great businesses. Kyle earned degrees in Economics and Psychology at the University of Colorado, and a MBA at the University of Denver.
Scott Migdole, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Mr. Migdole is the Chief Operating Officer of Yale Behavioral Health and the Yale Program on Supervision and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. His responsibilities include outpatient mental health and substance abuse services, management of juvenile justice mental health services for pre-adjudicated youth and crisis services. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Crossroads, Inc., a 155-bed primary addiction residential treatment center in New Haven, Connecticut.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, MA and completed a Post-MSW Fellowship at the Yale Psychiatric Institute in co-occurring care. He has long focused on the development of the behavioral health workforce, including documentation, treatment planning, stages of change, standards of care, and compliance, including Medicaid and other third party payers.
He serves on the editorial board of the Clinical Supervisor, and has provided extensive training and organizational consultation in supervision, including to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, District of Columbia’s Department of Mental Health and the Arizona Department of Child Safety. He has collaborated on various publications including “Mental Health in Juvenile Detention Facilities: A Review” in The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, “Exploring New Frontiers: Recovery Oriented Peer Support Programming in a Psychiatric Emergency Department”, in the Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and “Workforce Development and Mental Health Transformation: A State Perspective in The Community Mental Health Journal.
Robert Ryberg, MBA, CADC
Robert has been intimately involved in the financial and operational management of healthcare businesses for over a decade. He has held a variety of clinical and executive management roles within the behavioral healthcare field, most recently as CEO of C4 Recovery Foundation and Co-Founder of Peak Consulting Partners, an industry leading financial and management consulting firm focused on the delivery of advisory consulting for strategic growth and development. In addition to his work with these organizations, Mr. Ryberg has extensive experience as an owner operator and investor of privately held behavioral healthcare organizations.
Mr. Ryberg joined the C4 Recovery Foundation board of directors in 2011. He holds a BS from Utah Valley University, as well as an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Healthcare Management from The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) and enjoys working with various community and mental health programs in Illinois and Arizona. Mr. Ryberg is also an angel investor and consultant and board member in numerous growth-oriented healthcare and service businesses.
Ryan has extensive knowledge of the outpatient behavioral healthcare industry and has been directly involved from the beginning stages with the development and operation of numerous outpatient behavioral health clinics. His involvement ranges from direct management and operations consulting, to culture and IT consulting and growth.
Ryan has a heavy emphasis on clinic development, culture development, organizational structuring, and navigating the buying and selling end of organizations. Many clinic owners end up being both a clinician, and an active executive director within their organization, which can lead to untapped client and service markets, challenges to program creation and give the owner an unclear path to succession or retirement. Ryan works diligently to provide pragmatically crafted solutions in these areas, while ensuring the culture within the organization is unparalleled. Ryan brings an understanding that there is no polarity when it comes to business operations and people as service providers, and that focusing on the people in an organization and the measurable goals are what lead to true growth and sustainability.
Prior to joining our team, Ryan was the Director of Business Development for Sherman Counseling Management, a private practice behavioral health clinic. Ryan was intimately involved in growth, sale, acquisition, and culture development of several clinics in the Midwest ranging from independent practices to mid-sized organizations of 50+ clinical staff.
Leah M. Briick has been in the addiction treatment industry since 1986. The foundation of her experience is in operations management and licensure. Ms. Briick’s years of experience represent a full range of knowledge and skills from admissions to marketing, operations and facility administration. In her career, Mrs. Briick has worked for numerous treatment facilities. It is through that work that she gained the invaluable experience she uses today to assist her clients. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and a Master in Business Administration with a specialty in marketing. Currently Ms. Briick is in the dissertation phase for a PhD in Healthcare Administration.
Chris Simon is an entrepreneur with diverse business experience in the mental health industry since 2009. He holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor (CSAT-S). Chris founded and operated a sex addiction outpatient treatment program, Restorations Therapy Center, in Denver, CO which sold in 2017. Chris currently works as a business coach with executives throughout the country to help overcome issues in the workplace and their personal lives. He also co-owns Family Recovery Programs, which facilitates family weekend programming for inpatient addiction treatment centers throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
Chris has a tremendous passion for creating comprehensive curricula and efficient operations with programs that are relevant for today’s concerns. Chris collaborates closely with clients to produce detailed and efficient outcomes, from project management through policy planning and program development to service delivery. Outside of his many ventures, Chris enjoys craftsmanship in his woodshop, designing furniture and other decorative pieces. He also enjoys spending time exploring with his wife, Kevie, and infant son, Judah.
Ian Gershman has over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health treatment field. He has worked in every possible milieu from long term residential treatment to hospital based detox to safer dancing for ecstasy users and needle exchange initiatives. With experience, nationally and internationally (9 years working in the United Kingdom and two training stints with substance abuse and mental health professionals in Africa) Ian brings a strong world view in his approach to serving clients. With an MBA, an MA in Education and Counseling, a CADC and a Licentate Diploma in Acupuncture, as well as being certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) he seeks always to create dynamic cohesive collaborative organizational systems and mentor and encourage individual capacities in staff to provide an elegant and innovative treatment experience for clients. In his own words, his goal for making treatment services excellent is “we deal with the clients in front of us, no matter what issues they bring into treatment, and our objective should always be to remove barriers, create access, encourage growth and recognize that resistance is an interpersonal dynamic – not necessarily a characteristic of the persons we serve. Given the right tools and the ability to use them the persons we serve can do amazing things”.
Jim Soda understands and values the importance of creating a positive culture and environment within a company. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), he holds an appreciation for systems and licensing processes, along with being an expert on policies and procedures. With over 10 years in the Behavioral Health Industry, Jim’s experience includes working on both the clinical and operational side of three Nationally recognized Substance Abuse Treatment facilities, co-creating a track for high performance athletes and building a successful treatment facility from the ground up.
After obtaining a MA in Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health from the University of South Florida, Jim wanted to continue learning and combine his passion for athletics and addiction by achieving a MA is Sports Performance Psychology. This combination allows the ability to look at organizations from a team perspective, along with assessing areas that need improvement. Prior to creating a start-up, Jim excelled at determining the needs of various programs and making the necessary changes to assure their success while being a program and clinical director. Jim’s eye for detail and quality assurance allows him to focus on policies and procedures, joint commission standards and the successful implementation into a program. Since Jim has spent years supervising, coupled with a performance improvement degree, Jim has a unique eye for staff and what areas can be addressed to improve the overall culture and operation.
While Jim has spent most of his therapeutic work in addiction and mental health as a solution-focused therapist, his degree in sports led him to implement mindful acceptance and acceptance commitment therapies. Trained in EMDR, Jim continues to be open to new approaches to treatment for programs and individuals to fit each one’s needs.
Jim recently returned to Florida from Colorado to be closer to family and lives with his wife and daughter in Jupiter Fl.