Heroes Helping Heroes
When it comes to the Help For Our Heroes Program, the majority of the case managers, group facilitators, and therapists are either veterans or first responders themselves who truly understand what this population has been through.
Getting to Transformations I realized I’m not alone and these folks right here are in the trenches with me and I do need help and it’s a judge-free zone. I learned that getting help is not a weakness, it’s actually a strength.
– Dave V., Help For Our Heroes Alumnus
There is a lot of life to be lived, that it’s okay to reach out for help, and that’s just what I did. We are all going through the same thing and we can help each other through this.
– Jake H., Help For Our Heroes Alumnus
I didn’t even know what I was doing was wrong. All I know is I was just looking for my next drink. I didn’t have the tools to help myself. When I got to Transformations I was broken, and by the grace of God, this program and the people in it helped me…we helped each other.
– Joey R., Help For Our Heroes Alumnus
Sometimes asking for help can be seen as weak, but it’s really about loving yourself and setting your pride aside. And Transformations helped me do that.
– Tsuji C., Help For Our Heroes Alumna
Transformations saved my life multiple times. I was fortunate enough to receive treatment at TTC through the VA, and I can’t speak highly enough of the Help For Our Heroes program, the staff, and the level of care at this establishment. If it weren’t for the caring and supportive staff, I would not be here.
– Tamara E., Help For Our Heroes Alumna
MS, MCAP, NBCCH
During his time with the Broward Sheriff’s Department, Carlos was a member of the Critical Incident Response Team, staff clinician for the Psychological Services Division, hostage negotiator serving with the Strategic Response Team (S.W.A.T.), psychological profiler, and provided in-service training and consultation to the department’s training division.
Carlos is a state certified addiction and mental health professional as well as a board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Before joining Transformations, Carlos founded a unique substance recovery, wellness, and intervention program for first responders. His dedication to helping these men and women stems from decades of providing recovery and mental health services in private practice as well as community mental health and recovery centers.
Chris joined the Transformations team in January 2011 as a Behavioral Health Technician. He has held the position of Director of Operations since 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Chris spent the majority of his professional career working in the media/entertainment industries, managing marketing campaigns for emerging artists, products and services. Chris is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with degrees in English and History.
VA Case Manager
Mary has been with transformations treatment center since February 2014. She is passionate about her work and a great asset to our team. Mary works with the Veteran and First Responders population as their case manager and discharge coordinator and supports them through their time in treatment. She facilitates contact for clients with Veterans Affairs and works hard to get their needs met. Mary works inter-departmentally and models healthy ways to advocate for themselves to help these clients reach their goals to live a successful and drug free life.
VA/FR Client Liaison
Clyde served in the US Army as a Combat Medic. He has been in recovery for 25 years and contributes that recovery to a disciplined wellness program. A program consisting of spirituality, martial arts, physical fitness, health, and the development of skills that changed his way of thinking. His outlook on the causes and effects of life have helped him tremendously and he shares that outlook with both veterans and first responders.
Clyde was the dedicated owner and operator of his own martial arts and fitness studio for many years. He has trained others in self-defense, Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation, and fitness. Clyde was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his skills as a martial arts instructor and is continuously learning and shares that knowledge helping others.
Clyde is a Certified Fitness Instructor (ISSA), holds a black belt in different martial arts disciplines and trained in both WRAP and WHAM, evidence-based practices promoting recovery and wellness.
VA/FR Client Services Representative
Adam Mogul is a retired New Jersey Police Sergeant who began his second career helping people into treatment from drugs and alcohol. After spending numerous years watching first hand people suffer from the chemical dependency that has plagued our cities, Adam decided to help individuals seek the treatment they need. He then began creating treatment programs to help the First Responders who suffer from PTSD and other needs. Adam also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kean University.
Richard N. Williams,
MS, LMHC, CAC
Richard retired in 2011 from his 32-year career serving in the Armed Forces. He then graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Troy University in 2015 and began his work in private practice in Ft Walton Beach FL as a Registered Intern. In 2017 Richard relocated to Boynton Beach and became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor. Richard specializes in Trauma, PTSD, mental health disorders and substance abuse, using cognitive behavioral, solution focused and holistic counseling approaches. Richard also includes lessons from Buddhist literature in his practice to positively impact client progress and bring healing, understanding and wholeness through the wisdom of Buddha. He has recently been trained in EMDR therapy and has been employed at TTC as a Veterans Association/ First Responder Counselor since March of 2020.
Equine Services Specialist
Terri Libera is the equine services specialist at Transformations at Mending Fences. She participates in the development, quality, and safety of the equine-assisted activities and psychotherapy program. She understands how to maintain the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl. / Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association standards, including the care, management and humane treatment of the equine. Her focus is to create a safe therapeutic and educational environment for all participants in the therapy sessions.
Prior to Transformations, Terri worked in a similar position for Mending Fences Recovery. Previous to that, she was the program director at Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, where, in 2014, she earned the instructor of the year award. Outside of work, Terri enjoys competing in Extreme Cowboy Association obstacle challenges and races. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maine and is enrolled in the licensed professional counseling master’s program at Webster University
Director of SoundPath Services
Sergio is a Certified Addiction Counselor who spent over a decade in the music scene, touring with bands, playing venues and working with top record labels as a musician in recovery. Sergio knows the struggle clients face in early recovery, especially in the entertainment industry. Recognizing the anger, guilt, and shame recovering addicts often discuss in group, he sought a better way to connect with clients in order to help them share their stories. Sergio’s idea of using music and creativity as a way to help clients cope has created a safe space for all types of clients to express themselves, and discover what it’s like to feel alive again.
Group Facilitator/VA Liaison
VA/FR Alumni Coordinator
Mike is the Manager of Alumni Services at Transformations Treatment Center where he thrives on communication and complete transparency. He has formed a solid base built on trust between himself and our Alumni Community.
As well as being an Alumni of Transformations and the Help For Our Heroes program, Mike also spent six years in The United States Marine Corps, including one tour in Iraq in 2003. He strives to bring his life experiences before and after to the table in the hopes of making a lasting impact on others along their journey.
In his off time, you can usually find Mike outside enjoying Mother Nature, meditating, on the hunt for Vintage Oddities, or, another hot sauce to add to his collection!
VA/FR Client Liaison
Johnny Valentine enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2001 immediately after 9/11 and deployed to combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his honorable service in the Marine Corp, he enlisted in the Army in 2007 and deployed again to Iraq in support of OIF and also to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After serving honorably, he moved back to Ocala, Florida and went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Shortly after, he become a Case Manager for Marion County Alternative Courts, specifically Veterans Treatment Court and Misdemeanor Drug Court. His passion for helping his fellow Veterans led him to take a position as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist for the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity at CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion. After three years of assisting Veterans in need of Employment Services, Johnny took the position as Veteran Support Specialist at Transformations at Mending Fences and is fulfilling his dreams of serving those who’ve served.
MA, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, LCAS, ICAADC
VA/FR Lead Therapist
Theresa Gahren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), and an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICAADC). Theresa holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and graduate degrees in Liberal Studies and Social Work. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Theresa takes a Person-Centered and Solution-Focused approach in helping clients succeed along their recovery journey, and helping them to become the best that they can be. Theresa is a former Police Officer and Deputy Sheriff who remains active within the law enforcement community and is committed to the mental health and well being of our Veterans and First Responders.
VA Medical Secretary
Sherdina Brown is from Baltimore, Maryland, and what got her into the field of addiction is her own recovery. She worked as a Cosmetologist for 37 years and decided to change her profession. She’s been working at Transformations since 2014. While working as a BHT, she realized how she could help others suffering from the disease of addiction. She wanted to pursue a career of being a therapist. She went from the position of a BHT, to a Lead BHT, to a BHT Supervisor, then into managing the front office and now she is facilitating groups and will be taking her exam to obtain my CAC. Working with the clients is so rewarding for Sherdina and she loves when former clients call or write saying how much she has helped them and that they are still sober.