William A. Aniskovich, M.A., J.D. joined the Institute in 1995 and has been the CEO of Stonington Behavioral Health, Inc. since June 2004.
Bill has led the significant growth in Stonington’s inpatient and partial hospital programs for adults, and the establishment of adolescent services in 1999. Bill directed the creation and expansion of a community sober house program for adults with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and then led the successful federal court litigation that protects the rights of persons with mental illness and substance abuse disorders under the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act (CHMC v. City of New London, et. al). Most recently, he directed the successful effort to create a TRICARE®-certified, co-occurring ready, residential trauma program for active duty service men and women at the North Stonington campus.
Bill received his BA from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and earned his masters and law degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He was a state Senator in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1990 to 2004, finishing his career as the Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore. Bill is a member and former chair of the Eastern Service Network, a provider network of community-based substance abuse and mental health providers in eastern Connecticut. He is also a member of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) “Integrated Service System” planning process. In 2004, Bill was appointed by the Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson to the SAMHSA Mental Health Services National Advisory Council in Washington, D.C. Bill has received numerous awards for his legislative and professional advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
Dr. Rowan-Kelly, MD, FASAM is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Addiction Medicine at the Stonington Institute. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Adelaide Medical School in South Australia, where he subsequently practiced in both isolated rural and inner-city areas. In the mid-1980’s his practice focus turned to addiction medicine. He served as the Medical Director of a Mega-Clinic and was also actively involved in the development of Inpatient Opiate Detoxification services throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Rowan-Kelly relocated to the United States in 2004 to pursue his interest in Addiction Management. He started a 3 year residency at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, transferred to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland, Oregon and after completing all equivalency examinations and residency, became Medical Director of Hazelden’s Oregon facility. He is board certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, and achieved Fellowship status from the American Society of Addiction Medicine in December 2015. Dr. Rowan-Kelly has extensive experience working in urgent care settings as well as in the pain management area. He has settled here in Connecticut with his family after spending the last six years in Minnesota.
Andrea Keeney is the Director of Admissions for Stonington Institute. Andrea is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with honors.
Andrea began her career at Stonington in 2001 as an Intake Coordinator in the Adolescent RTC Program. She became the Director of Admissions in 2004, with responsibility for intake operations for all civilian programs. She oversees the Assessment & Call Center, and manages the day-to-day intake process.
Donna McLeod, LMHC, LCDP is Director of Performance Improvement and Risk Manager with responsibility for planning, organizing and monitoring Risk Management, Accreditation and Licensing activities.
Donna has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a second Bachelor’s in Chemical Dependency from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling and Addiction also from Rhode Island College.
Donna has served as Director of a 33-bed residential facility, has extensive clinical history specializing in supervision, assessment and crisis intervention. Donna’s work experience includes private practice specializing in addiction and mental health.
Mimi Baccaire, RHIA joined Stonington in 2021 as Director of HIM and HIPAA Privacy Officer. Mimi earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Information Management and will continue to pursue her Master’s in Health Informatics. She has over 8 years experience of Health Information Management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Mimi has an extensive knowledge of 42CFR Part 2 federal regulations and HIPAA, teaching courses on both previously. She is deemed a subject matter expert in various EMR systems and has also conducted and successfully implemented a work-plan to increase the Health Information Exchange rate for the state of Rhode Island.
She is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and values the balance of patients’ privacy rights and the confidentiality of health information with legitimate uses of data and the quality of health information as evidence by its accuracy, consistency, validity, and impact on the quality of healthcare delivery.
Philmore Williams, US Army Veteran, Lieutenant Colonel (RET), Director Of Marketing Business Development, Military Liaison.
Philmore Williams is the Director of Business Development & Military Liaison for the Starlight program. In his capacity Philmore is the first point of contact for military members and referral sources seeking care, additional information about the Starlight Program with the Stonington Institute. Philmore served 28 years of commissioned service in the US Army while having the opportunity to work with all branches of the military. He holds a Master’s Degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University in Marketing. His background is in operations and training and prior to coming to Starlight he was the Transition Coordinator for US Submarine Base New London supporting and helping Service Member’s prepare for civilian life following their military service. Philmore holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kent State University and a Master’s from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Philmore desires to further support and help our Active Duty, Reserves, and Veterans Service Members is one reason why he joined the Starlight Program with Stonington Institute.
Rich Laffargue is the Director of The Inn at Trails Corner, the sober center for Stonington’s day treatment clients. Rich joined Stonington as Assistant Director of The Inn at Trails Corner in 2017 after a career in the Connecticut correctional system that began in 1993. Rich served as a Correctional Officer before moving into a Counselor position at the New Haven Community Correctional System. After eight years as a Counselor, Rich was promoted to the position of Counselor Supervisor, a position he held at New Haven and York Correctional Institution. Rich finished his career in public service as Deputy Warden at Cheshire Correctional Institution from 2014-2016 and then New Haven from 2016 until his retirement from state service.
Rich received his B.S. in Law Enforcement and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College. When not working, Rich is active in his community as a youth sports coach in soccer, baseball and basketball.
Marissa Thomas is the Community Relations Manager at Stonington Institute. Marissa graduated magna cum laude from Mitchell College in New London, CT where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing. Marissa started her career at Stonington in 2014 as an Admissions Specialist where she gained extensive knowledge, compassionate insight and practical skills that enable her to meet the needs of people who need help overcoming their personal addictions. Promoted to Community Relations Manager in 2017, Marissa now manages outreach and our relationships with communities, referral sources and other facilities throughout Connecticut and surrounding states. In 2018, Marissa was the recipient of the annual Service Excellence Award, given each year to the one Stonington employee who best embodies the principles of teamwork, professionalism, and commitment to those we serve. Marissa is committed to providing a professional yet sensitive approach to move individuals along their path of life-long recovery.
Melissa Prejean is the Human Resources Manager at Stonington Institute. Melissa started her career at Stonington in 2015 as the HR Administrator where she gained extensive knowledge and practical skills that enable her to meet the needs of employees and the leadership team. Promoted to Human Resources Manager in 2021, Melissa is now responsible for all of Stonington’s HR functions and also serves as the Compliance Officer and Client Advocate for the North Stonington campus.
Melissa Nolan, RN, CARN joined Stonington in 2020 as Chief Nursing Officer. Melissa was most recently the VP, Nursing & Patient Care Services at Phoenix House of New England. Melissa has been an RN since 2013 and prior to that served as VP of Government Contracting at PAR Products, Inc. in Coventry, RI. Melissa is one of only 26 RNs in the State of Connecticut to have earned the Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN) designation. CARN certification attests to the attainment of specialized knowledge beyond the basic nursing credential. Certification serves to maintain and to promote quality nursing care by providing a mechanism for nurses to demonstrate their proficiency in a nursing specialty area.
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