Meet Our Program Directors

Carol Berran, LMFT
Director, New Dawn Therapeutic Group Home

Carol joined the staff at New Dawn as their Director in 2007. She brings extensive experience in meeting the unique needs of adolescents and families who have experienced trauma. One of Carol’s goals is to act as a role model for the residents, exhibiting her passion for living a healthy balanced life. She also brings five years of experience in (DCF grant funded) intensive in-home services programs. In her role as a clinician she met the complex needs of the families she served.

While Carol, a licensed marriage and family therapist, recognizes that most adolescent girls would prefer to live with family, she has set a primary goal for New Dawn to feel as much like a home as possible by creating a warm, intimate environment, with intensive level staffing to meet the multiple needs of the residents. Trauma focused treatment is provided in individual therapy, as well as by all staff – in teaching coping skills and life skills in the milieu. The curriculum is designed to prepare residents for the next level of care and/or independent living. Carol is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. She is an avid hiker and especially enjoys hiking in the Hudson Valley area.

Terry Budlong
Director of Prevention Services, Danbury

Terry comes to MCCA from The Caron Treatment Centers and brings a wealth of experience in the prevention field. While at Caron, Terry was a Student Assistance Specialist, responsible for facilitating student psycho-educational support groups and working with students one-on-one. Furthermore, as chairperson for the Ridgefield Prevention Council, Terry was able to increase her experience and knowledge of prevention as she designed discussions for parents and leadership conferences for middle school students.

Terry graduated from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching and received Master’s level Life Coach training. As a student at the institute, Terry gained proficiency in coaching those in recovery and those with special needs. She also worked with both national and international business professionals. As Director of Prevention, Terry helps MCCA continue their mission to reduce underage drinking and opiate abuse in the Danbury community. Terry is also involved in developing MCCA’s smoking cessation program. You can reach Terry at TBudlong@mccaonline.com.

 

Natalie DuMont, MS, LPC
Program Director, Residential Services at McDonough House

Natalie brings a wealth of both clinical and management experience to her role as Director of McDonough House. She has spent more than 12 years on the management side of addiction treatment and  served as the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at Griffin Hospital. In addition to Natalie’s management experience, she has worked as as a consultant and educator in clinical supervision, leadership, as well as organizational change and development.

Natalie has had a successful career as a psychotherapist, with over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry.  She has attained a high level of expertise in edge evidence-based therapies for the treatment of mental health and addictions. Natalie enjoys running, playing tennis and having studied over 25 years as a classical dancer, she brings vitality and dedication to her work. Natalie lives in Connecticut with her husband and her two sons.

Deborah J. Gurney, LPC, LADC, NCC
Clinical Director, Outpatient Services

As Clinical Director of the Outpatient Program in Danbury, Deb has set a goal of providing a complete therapeutic journey for the clients engaged in treatment. The educational curriculum is designed to include all areas helpful for recovery including substance abuse, mental health and behavioral addictions.

Deb’s significant experience in working in women’s issues offers aid in designing a treatment program which is gender specific and trauma informed to meet the unique needs of men and women. Deb also leads the team providing Intervention Services for MCCA. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville and has been with MCCA since 2006.

Father John Kreta, CAC, SCCD
Facility Director, Trinity Glen

John began studying addiction while in Seminary in Alaska in 1983, and continued after transferring to New York. After Seminary he attended and completed the Alcoholism Training course of study at the National Council on Alcoholism in White Plains New York. John obtained his CAC from Alaska in 1987, and moved to CT where he worked as a Family Counselor and then Primary counselor at Eagle Hill in Newtown, CT. In July of 1988, John joined the Trinity Glen staff as a counselor, being promoted to Clinical Manager in 1989 and then Facility Director in 1991. John received his Specialty Certificate of Competency in Co-Occurring Disorders in 2008.

John worked with DMHAS in developing the Ct. Placement Criteria for this level of care for the State of Ct., as well as serving on the Board of Directors, and clinical committees for the local Coalition against Substance Abuse. He has also worked to provide housing opportunities for Substance Abusing Adults in the Danbury Area through the PILOTS program.

Amy Sedgwick, LADC, CCDP, SCPG
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Waterbury

Amy has been overseeing the Waterbury Outpatient Program since the opening in July 2010. In her role as Program Director, Amy is responsible for the direction and operation of four Intensive Outpatient Programs and 19 outpatient groups focusing on relapse prevention, anger management, gambling disorders, and addiction education.

Amy joined MCCA in 2005 as the Counselor and Case Manager for MCCA’s Detox Program. She was able to work and grow with MCCA as she earned a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Western Connecticut State University in 2007. Upon completion of her Certifications in Co-occurring Disorders and Addictions in 2008, Amy became the Clinical Coordinator of McDonough House.  In 2009, she became a Licensed Addiction Counselor with the Department of Public Health, and a year later  was chosen to participate in the statewide initiation of the Dig-In project, which focused on an improved method for the assessment and integration of Problem Gambling into substance abuse treatment. Amy completed her Specialty Certification in Problem Gambling in 2011. That same year, she was chosen as a guest speaker for the 2011 Annual Conference for the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.

Brian Thomas
Information Technology Manager

Brian has been with MCCA since 2004 and brings more than 13 years of experience in the non-profit healthcare field to his role as MCCA’s IT Manager. He manages all of the technology, telecommunication equipment as well as the electronic clinical health record software system at MCCA.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Brian earned his undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University and did his graduate work at Norwich University in Vermont. He has been involved with local greyhound rescue groups for many years and enjoys cruise vacations in his free time.

 

 

Dawn Wilson
Program Director, Sunrise Terrace in Danbury

After graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Dawn worked locally with developmentally delayed adults and adults with mental health issues and co-occurring disorders. She joined the team at MCCA in 1999 as a Region 5 Case Manager and an ATR regional coordinator. Dawn is currently the Program Director of Sunrise Terrace, the Coordinator at Vet House, the Program Supervisor at the Weekend Shelter, as well as the Region 5 Case Manager Supervisor.

As Recovery Supports Manager Dawn’s job is “to co-ordinate support services for people in various stages of recovery.” As a lifetime Danbury resident Dawn enjoys kayaking on local lakes and ponds.