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.
- Ashley Minerva
- Daniel Adjei
- Matthew Brinker
- Johnny Valentine
- John Jon
- Elizabeth Pryor
- Lara Colley
- John Hughes Key
- Victor McLawhorn
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.
Working with Veterans in recovery for the past 14 years, Troy brings with him a deep passion for those that he works to help. By facilitating groups, hosting Veteran and First Responder-specific meetings, and assisting with outdoor recreational therapy, Troy works to help establish a community that is conducive for long term recovery. Troy works to stay in contact with the Veteran community long after their time in treatment is done to help provide community, connection, and support.
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.
Client Services Representative – VA/FR Specialist
Kyle Fatigante received his Associates Degree from Ocean County College in New Jersey. Kyle began working in the healthcare industry in 2010. Through Kyle’s own personal experience he’s been able to connect with individuals and families afflicted with this debilitating disease.
VA/FR Program Lead
Tamara started her career in counseling as a Group Facilitator before going on to complete her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont. Tamara is an Army Veteran who is passionate about helping other Veterans and First Responders become the healthiest and most successful versions of themselves. She completed EMDR training in 2019 to further assist clients in moving past traumatic experiences including combat trauma, developmental trauma, and abuse.
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
Manager of Healing Arts
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
Sarah Watt is a licensed mental health counselor and a certified sex addiction counselor. Counseling was not always the dream Sarah had for her future however, it was her calling. People are often called to be many different things in one lifetime, but she always went back to her core: counselor, mentor, coach, and supporter. She began her career in Northeast Ohio first volunteering and then taking that into her studies. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2003 and a master’s degree in counseling in 2007 through John Carroll University. She opened a small private practice in 2017 which has helped many suffering from dissociative disorders, trauma, and addictions issues. Her background in the field after 18 years is very diverse from inpatient hospital settings, community mental health work, residential treatment, in-school therapy, to an outpatient work setting. Her heart has always been invested in helping people to lift themselves out of the worst of life circumstances or merely learn to love the life they are living and fully at that. Approaches to helping include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based practices, client centered therapy, solutions focused, relational recovery, trauma processing and attachment healing.
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!
Lisa Lynn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida since 2014. In addition to her military service from 1985 to 1989, her behavioral health experience spans two decades in community, residential, inpatient, outpatient, and private sectors. She employs a whole person model utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Faith-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with trauma-informed skills aimed at prevention and intervention techniques for families, adolescents, and individuals across the developmental life span. She specializes in guiding clients to achieve optimum peace of mind, body, and spirit.