Health Center Director
Betty Bartos is Director of the Rosecrance Health Center, which includes the detoxification unit and medical services at the Harrison Adult Campus, one of the largest substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Illinois. As director of the Health Center, Bartos oversees 24 detoxification beds and the Medically Assisted Recovery Clinic (MARC). Bartos previously worked in mental health services through Rosecrance, and most recently served as Associate Director of Community Recovery, Integration and Support at the Ware Center in downtown Rockford. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed counselor in Illinois and is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors
Director of First Responder Services
Dan is a 25-year firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department, which he has served as an officer for 19 years. Dan presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT and previously served as the Coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2 Employee Assistance Program. Dan is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), a Certified Labor Assistance Professional (LAP/C) and holds advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Dan operated in the capacity of peer supporter in New York after the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, and in Chicago following the E-2 nightclub disaster. Dan has been a member of the International Association of Firefighters Labor/EAP committee since 2002. Previously Dan worked six years as a counselor at a private hospital, where his experience included individual, group and family therapy for adolescents and adults in the area of addictions and behavior management.
Director of Business Development
Kelly Dinsmore is responsible for the development of new business relationships, joint ventures and outreach in Boone County, IL., and Wisconsin. Kelly began her career in the behavioral health field at Rosecrance in 2002 as a Community Relations Representative in Chicago. Before returning in to 2008, Kelly spent three years as the National Outreach Manager for the Central Midwest for the Hazelden Foundation. Kelly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication with a double emphasis in Radio/TV/Film and Interpersonal Communications from Eastern Illinois University and is a Illinois state-certified teacher of English and Speech in secondary education. She is currently getting her Master’s in Healthcare Administration through Bellevue University. Kelly is a board member of The Recovery Foundation in Madison, WI., a nonprofit foundation with the sole purpose of raising funds to support those who need financial assistance with drug and alcohol treatment. She is also a board member of Project Change Recovery High School, a charter school in the School District of Waukesha and one of two recovery high schools in Wisconsin.
Director of Development
Nathaniel Ekman oversees all philanthropic resource development in Greater Chicago and is responsible for fundraising in the Chicago area. He has more than 12 years’ experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, including seven years in fund development for Illinois human services agencies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Harvard University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. Ekman is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a 2010 AFP Chicago Fellow. He is a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Cook County North Suburban chapter and is active in the mental health community. Ekman joined Rosecrance in 2014.
Director of Communications
Judy Emerson is responsible for internal and external communications at Rosecrance, including working with news media and overseeing publications. For more than 22 years, Emerson was a noted columnist and journalist for the Rockford Register Star. She received the “Stigma Buster Award” from Janet Wattles Center for her reporting through the years on mental health issues. She is an active volunteer in the community through Rotary, the Rock River Valley Pantry, the Rockford Coronado Concert Association and other groups. Emerson holds a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. She has been with Rosecrance since 2008.
Experiential Therapies Department Supervisor/Recreational Therapist – Adult Services
Keri is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who supervises the Experiential Therapies Department at Rosecrance Harrison Campus, which provides recreational therapy and art therapy services for adults with addictions and co-occurring disorders. She leads a variety of group experiential and therapeutic recreation activities including yoga and meditation, fitness, leisure and wellness education, and horticulture, as well as individual therapeutic recreation assessments. Fager has worked at Rosecrance since 2009. She earned her B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.
Administrator of the Rosecrance Ware Center
Anne Fridh is Administrator of the Rosecrance Ware Center. She oversees adult mental health services & programs including the Crisis Stabilization Center. Fridh has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Before becoming Administrator, Fridh worked as the Rosecrance Director of Performance Improvement, bringing a clinical eye to quality and improvement to all Rosecrance programming. Fridh earned her B.S. in Family Social Services from Northern Illinois University, and her M.S. in Child and Family Services from Northern Illinois University. She obtained her PsyD from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Administrator of Residential Services, Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus
Jason Gorham oversees all operations at the Griffin Williamson Campus. He began at Rosecrance in 1990 as a unit counselor and has spent his entire Rosecrance career in adolescent services. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Concordia University and a Master’s degree in the Science of Management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Director, Rosecrance McHenry County
Chris Gleason is the Director of Rosecrance McHenry County. He is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor responsible for oversight and management of day-to-day operations at the facility. Gleason joined Rosecrance in July 2012, and previously worked for Rosecrance in 2006. He earned his M.A. in community counseling from Argosy University and his B.A. from Judson University.
The Reverend Meridith T. Graham is Chaplain for the Rosecrance Health Network. Reverend Graham comes to Rosecrance from the Chicago area, where she worked with a human services organization helping at-risk children and families. In her role at Rosecrance, she provides non-denominational counseling and spiritual support for clients and families receiving behavioral health services through various inpatient and outpatient programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of South Carolina; a master’s degree in divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University; and a master’s degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Chaplains and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Director of Emergency Service, Rosecrance Ware Center
Joan Lodge oversees all emergency services provided at the Rosecrance Ware Center. Lodge is a licensed clinical social worker. She earned her Master’s degree in social work from Aurora University. Lodge has been involved in social work since 1991, when she entered the field as a case worker.
Director of Recovery Homes
Denita Lynde oversees Rosecrance’s recovery homes, which serve patients who have completed primary substance abuse treatment: Hillman House for boys, Marlowe House for girls and Greendale House for adults and women with children. Denita is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) and holds a degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University. She serves on the Illinois Task Force on Women’s Issues in Treatment. Denita was a Unit Coordinator at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus for adolescents since 2003.
Experiential Therapies Department Supervisor
Christine Nicholson oversees all experiential activities for adolescent clients, which encompasss art, fitness, horticultural and recreational therapeutic activities. She supervises a team of experts in their specialty areas and conducts internal staff development. Christine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rockford College. She is a recognized Rockford-area artist with works on public display. In her position at Rosecrance, Christine has participated in several research studies on the role of horticulture and art in addiction treatment and recovery.
Director of Access
Craig Riehle is Director of Access, overseeing all first contact activity, assessments and admissions for Rosecrance. He joined Rosecrance in 2004. Riehle earned his B.A. from Northern Illinois University and his M.S.W. from Aurora University.
Manager of Community Services
Mary Roufa is the Manager of Community Services and Support. She supervises all family programming, alumni and volunteers, recovery lifeline, student assistance and prevention programs and more. Roufa is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor who has been with Rosecrance for more than 20 years, including eight years as Adolescent Family Coordinator. She earned her B.A. from New York State University College at Fredonia and her M.S. in Health Services Administration from St. Francis University.
Administrator of Residential Services, Rosecrance Harrison Campus
Craig Stallings oversees all residential programs for adult services. He received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling from Northern Illinois University. Areas of expertise include treatment modalities and specialized services, and current trends. He sits on the Rockford Health Council. Craig joined Rosecrance in 1997.
Director, Aspen Counseling and Consulting, L.L.C. and Rosecrance Berry Campus
Stephen Smith has extensive experience working with individuals and families dealing with addictions, mental health problems, life skills development, LGBT issues and life issues specific to young adults. He completed his undergraduate studies at Western University and his graduate studies at National Louis University. Stephen has been director of Aspen since June 2010. He joined Rosecrance in 2006.
Men’s Inpatient Unit Coordinator
Pat Spangler is the Men’s Inpatient Unit Coordinator, overseeing primary counselors and unit technicians on a 43 bed substance abuse treatment unit. Spangler has 18 years of experience in the substance abuse field. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings with adolescent and adult clients. He joined Rosecrance in March, 1995 as a unit counselor. He also worked as a Senior Addictions Counselor in the Adult Outpatient program at Rosecrance where he spearheaded the MARC program which focuses on medically assisted outpatient treatment for opiate addicted clients. He became the Coordinator of two of the Men’s Residential Programs in October, 2010. He earned a Master of Science degree in Education with a counseling focus and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. He is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a certified Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment Professional.
Christopher Yadron, MDiv, MA, LCPC, CADC
Director of Chicago Recovery Services
Christopher Yadron is the Director of Chicago Recovery Services. He oversees the clinical operations for Rosecrance in the Chicago area, including two adolescent outpatient treatment programs and student assistance contracts for several area high schools.
Yadron joined Rosecrance in 2011 as Director of Outreach and has been in the behavioral health field for 18 years. As a counselor, he has worked in a variety of clinical settings helping individuals and families with addiction and mental health concerns. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts from Loyola University in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Trinity Christian College. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Illinois. He belongs to the American Counseling Association (ACA). Yadron often speaks at conferences and workshops on adolescent addiction, multicultural competency & addiction counseling, and co-occurring disorders. Email Christopher Yadron