Meet Our Program Directors

Residential Program Directors

Erin-DamatoErin Damato, MSW
Recovery Supports Manager, Sunrise Terrace and Vet House

Erin has an extensive background working with people from all walks of life who struggle with the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. She has worked with the homeless population in various capacities and been actively involved with Project Homeless Connect in Danbury. Erin comes to MCCA from Dr. Peter Rostenberg, where she facilitates individual, family, and group counseling, and specializes in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Erin earned her Master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and her undergraduate degree in social work from Western Connecticut State University. She currently holds a licensed master of social work through the State of Connecticut and recently completed the required coursework in the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counselor (DARC) program.

Erin has lived in Danbury most of her life and has many community networks and established relationships that support these populations. She was raised in a family that promoted being of service to others. Many of her family members are actively working in a helping profession. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband and two children.

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.

 

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.

Outpatient Program Directors

Rick-DableRichard Dable, LPC, LADC
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Torrington and New Milford

Richard Dable is a native of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance and music therapy from Arizona State University. He later went on to complete his master’s degree in Community Counseling at Western Connecticut State University. Richard has worked in a variety of treatment settings. He has experience working with both adults and adolescents in a psychiatric hospital setting, and in outpatient services providing services for individuals with substance abuse and mental health co-occurring conditions. Prior to joining MCCA, Richard worked as the Clinical Director of Residential Service at a local substance abuse and behavioral health agency in Connecticut. He has extensive group therapy experience, and he is comfortable utilizing a variety of group therapy approaches, and has specialized in the use of experiential and adventure-based approaches. In addition to his clinical work, he enjoys facilitating clinical training for individuals seeking certification and licensure in the field of counseling. His hobbies include playing the piano, singing, gardening, cooking and walking his 105 lbs. German Shepherd, Cyrus.

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

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.

 

RaRay-Muszynski-weby Muszynski, MS, LADC, LPC
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Derby

Ray brings extensive experience to his role as our Derby Outpatient Clinic Director. With over 30 years’ experience in behavioral health with a focus on substance abuse treatment, Ray has managed outpatient and residential programs for some of Connecticut’s largest providers. At Wheeler Clinic Ray managed the Adult Outpatient & Intensive Outpatient Recovery Services for 14 years, and most recently was the Director the Horizons Residential Program at Recovery Network of Programs Programs. Ray has also been a reoccurring guest lecturer at University of Connecticut and other local schools and communities in Connecticut. In his spare time Ray enjoys singing.

Scott Nelson, MSW, LCSW, ICGC-II
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Waterbury

Scott brings a great deal of experience working with individuals struggling with addiction and mental health disorders to our Waterbury Outpatient Clinic. He has worked in this location for five years and feels a special connection to the staff and the clients they serve.

Scott started his career with MCCA in 2010 as a counselor in our Problem Gambling Services and Waterbury Outpatient Program, and most recently served as the Program Manager of the Problem Gambling Services for the agency. He also served as Program Director of the Better Choice Program at The Connection Inc.

Recognized as a leader in the field of problem gambling and integration of awareness of gambling issues to existing treatment programs, Scott has presented on several gambling related topics at many local and regional events, including the 2015 National Conference on Problem Gambling.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Scott also holds an International Certification in Gambling Counseling. He received his Master in Social Work from the UCONN School of Social Work and his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Hamilton College. Scott enjoys playing golf, cooking and coaching his young children in youth sports.

Steve Palma, MS, LPC
Program Director, Outpatient Services in New Haven

Prior to stepping into the role of Program Director of New Haven, Steve was a Clinician IV for the Men’s Intensive Outpatient Program and the Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Before joining the MCCA team, Steve was a Clinician for Rushford and FSW of Bridgeport. His diverse managerial experience includes Production and Creative Manager at Condé Nast Publishing, as well as Operations Director in Construction Contracting. Steve received his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, his Bachelors in Psychology from Albertus Magnus College, and an Associates in Business Management from St. John’s University. Steve’s education and experience make him an ideal candidate to lead the staff in our busy New Haven Outpatient clinic.

VictorVictor Pittman, LMFT
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Bridgeport

Victor joined MCCA in July 2013 and now serves as the Program Director in our Bridgeport outpatient clinic.  Previously, Victor led the service expansion throughout the Greater Naugatuck Valley and New Haven region, and is looking forward to expanding services to those in need in Bridgeport. Services in the outpatient clinics are designed to promote health and wellness for adults faced with several life stressors.  His teams include licensed professionals who specialize in assessment and treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues.

Victor obtained his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles which prepared him to serve as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has served as a community-based mental health provider for the past 25 years.  His service in healthcare has included leadership roles in California, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.  Specifically, Victor has worked with children and teens experiencing self-destructive and under performance behaviors. Finding that many of his young clients have dealt with ineffective fathering, he has also dedicated himself to assisting men in enhancing their roles within their households. Victor is always amazed to witness the powerful changes in men who better understand their own worth and impact on others.  One of his favorite quotes is from Frederick Douglass, who said: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  Victor is committed to helping both the building up of children and the repair of broken men.

 

Specialized Program Directors

Terry Budlong
Director of Prevention Services in 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.

Kris-NovakKris Novak, MS Public Administration
Director of Smoking Cessation Services, Danbury

Kris brings specialized experience in tobacco cessation, grant management, and public health policy to MCCA. In his role as program manager, Kris is responsible for directing and expanding a grant received by the Connecticut Department of Health to systematically approach health issues caused by tobacco use across Northwestern Connecticut. His goal is to reduce the occurrence of preventable chronic conditions by creating new, and accessible tobacco cessation resources for communities at the local level.

Kris joined MCCA in 2016 as a program manager and brings years of experience working in the public sector, helping local and state institutions successfully solve tobacco problems in a grass roots fashion. Kris earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from East Stroudsburg University in 2014 and will receive his Master certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist in the Summer of 2016.

Kris’ hobbies include playing guitar, snowboarding, traveling, photography , graphic design and power lifting. You can reach Kris at KNovack@mccaonline.com.

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.