William Savinelli, M.S., LPC, LADC
is the Director of PHP/IOP and Off Campus Housing. Bill holds a Master of Science degree from S.C.S.U. and holds two clinical licenses LPC, and LADC. He has extensive experience working with various populations which include Addictions, Mental Health Co-Occurring and Child and Adolescence.
Bill had served in the Connecticut Army National Guard before beginning his career in social services in 1993. Since 1997, Bill has worked for Rushford Center in various direct care and management positions. Bill most recently held the position of Clinical Director of Addictions Services. Since 2007, services under his leadership included Child and Adolescence Residential and Outpatient, Adult Intensive Residential, Partial Hospital, Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospital, Intensive outpatient and Outpatient services. Bill had taken an active role throughout the Hartford Health Care system participating in several strategic steering committees. Bill completed DMHAS’s Leadership Institute and received the Emergent Leader Award in 2007. Bill has extensive experience working with DPH, DMHAS and The Joint Commission.
Bill has also served a member of St. Vincent DePaul’s Board. In 2009 he was elected as the Vice Chairman
Nicole Barrett Seyler
is the Program Manager for Starlight. She is responsible for most of the administrative tasks of running the program—from scheduling, coordinating transportation, client safety and program policies. She leads a great team of residential aides and drivers and works closely with all clinical and medical staff to ensure that our clients receive the best care possible. Her organizational skills help her to handle the many moving parts involved in the day to day business of residential treatment and enable the program to run as smoothly as possible.
Nicole earned her BA degree in Liberal Studies and Psychology from SUNY Purchase in 2013. She has been in the behavioral health field for the past 10 years, previously working at Arms Acres in Carmel, NY as their Business Office Manager and Junior Accountant. After relocating to eastern Connecticut, she sought out a facility nearby so that she could continue to work in the recovery field. She is passionate about helping others who are struggling with substance abuse and feels honored to work with our military clients. She believes that everyone has a story, and understanding that is the key to working with people, in any capacity. Talking to people and finding out who they are, and what they are about is very important to her. Nicole is hands-on with the clients and truly enjoys working with them about adapting to the many changes and challenges that come with their new recovery.
Jim Pendergast III, LCSW
Jim Pendergast is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working as a Clinician for the Starlight Residential Military Program at Stonington Institute. He received his Masters in Special Education in 2007 from the University of Southern Maine and his Masters in Social Work in 2010 from the University of New England. He has been working in the mental health field for 15 years.
is a Social Worker in Stonington Institute’s Starlight Program. She provides therapeutic services supported by her background working with a variety of populations and settings focusing in addictions and mental health.
Jaclyn is an Animal-Assisted, Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver in 2011. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2008, followed by receiving her Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor Training Certificate in 2009. Additionally, Jaclyn has been a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer since 2006 and is passionate about integrating the mind and body connection throughout the healing process.
Jaclyn is focused in providing trauma and addiction-based services to veterans and active military personnel. Her canine companion to assist in providing therapeutic services regularly accompanies her. Jaclyn is passionate about creating a healing environment for those she serves in order to promote health and wellness.
is a Clinician of Stonington Institute Starlight program and a licensed therapist in Connecticut. She completed her Master’s Degree from Salve Regina in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2010 and then went on to get a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health. She has a passion for helping people and developed a specific passion for helping active duty service members and veterans for the last four years. She also has experience in emergency services work doing psychiatric evaluations at Rhode Island Hospital for acute adult and children in an emergency room setting.
is a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) specailist. Through her work experiences in hospice, alcohol & drug rehabilitation, and with the military, she has become diverse in her abilities to help people work through their multi-dimensional issues so they can learn how to enjoy their lives fully.
Allison graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Saint Joseph’s. She also had internships at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital.
is the Care Coordinator for the Starlight Military Program. Her unique position encompasses interaction with clients and referral sources, not only during the admission process, but throughout the clients care, discharge, and aftercare planning. Damien’s involvement in all aspects of administration is invaluable for collaboration with the Military Referral sources, Tricare and Insurance, and aftercare programs. Her expertise and extensive knowledge of these programs ensure a smooth transition back to service, civilian life, or continued treatment. Damien’s meticulous attention to detail is paramount in ensuring our clients, referral sources, and aftercare programs are ready to deliver the best care available to our service men and women.
Damien firmly believes that we should put our best efforts into serving those that have served us, and is committed to making a difference in the lives of our service men and women.
Victoria helps Starlight clients rediscover healthy activities, both physical and social. On-campus opportunities include hilarious cooperative games, team sports, climbing/rappelling at our rock wall tower, and thrilling adventures on our challenge course. Local hikes, museum trips, and bowling are a few of the off-campus activities offered as well.
Victoria came to Stonington Institute with 10 years’ experience facilitating outdoor team-building and adventure programs for youth groups, college students, and the public in a variety of settings. Her certifications include: challenge course manager, personal fitness trainer, and archery instructor. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in drug and alcohol recovery counseling.