Rosecrance Spokespeople Help Us Connect with the Community

 

The following Rosecrance staff members are available for interviews and presentations on a variety of topics, including substance abuse, addiction treatment and mental health. Community organizations and media representatives should contact Melissa Westphal to arrange a presentation or interview.

Spokespeople:

Dr. Thomas Wright
Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President of Medical AffairsMary Ann Abate
Vice President of Public PolicyMary Egan
Director of Outreach

David Gomel
President of Rosecrance, Inc.

Craig Riehle
Director of Access

Chris Gleason, MA, CAADC, MAATP

Executive Director of Rosecrance Central Illinois

Stephen W. Smith, MS, LCPC, CRADC, LPHA

Administrator of Child and Adolescent Services

Carlene Cardosi, LCSW, CADC

Regional Administrator

 

 

 

 

Media Contact:

Nancy Chamberlain
Director of Communications
815.387.5605

If Nancy is not immediately available, please contact Anne Boccignone at 815.387.5636.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Wright, MD
Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Thomas Wright oversees all medical operations for Rosecrance. He specializes in working with adolescents who have a co-existing or secondary diagnosis in addition to an addiction disorder.

Dr. Wright has more than 20 years’ experience in the field and is certified as a child and adolescent psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has served on the faculty at Northwestern Medical College in Chicago and The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rockford. Dr. Wright is a frequent conference presenter and has been recognized as a medical educator and leader in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. He joined Rosecrance in 2005

·         National expert on addiction treatment

·         Leader in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry

·         Recognized expert on the topic of marijuana addiction treatment

·         Dr. Wright has been featured on local and national media by more than 50 different media outlets in the past two years, including FOX’s “Good Day Chicago,” WUSA in Washington DC, and “The Daily Buzz.” Clips of his interviews are available upon request.

LINKS TO PUBLISHED PIECES:

·         Wright, Thomas E, Creativity and Bipolar Disorder, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 12(3), 1997

·         Helping Parents, Youth, and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems, Mina Dulcan, Ed., Thomas Wright, MD, et.al., author. APA Press, 1999

·         Dwivedi, S, Pavuluri, M, Heidenrieich, J, Wright, T. “Response to Fluvoxamine Augmentation for Obsessive and Compulsive symptoms in Schizophrenia,” Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 12 (1), 2002, Pp. 69-70.

·         Wright, T, “To Sleep, Perchance to Recover” Addiction Professional, 9(6), Nov/Dec 2011, Pp. 24-28.


 

 

 

 

 

Mary Ann Abate, MS, LSW
Vice President of Public Policy

Mary Ann Abate is the Vice President of Public Policy for Rosecrance Health Network. She addresses public issues impacting behavioral health services. Mary Ann closely follows pending bills, laws and regulations that could affect substance abuse and mental health treatment, funding and access. She addresses issues such as prevention, treatment and education, and advocates for Rosecrance on a wide range of public policy matters.

Mary Ann previously served as director of the Janet Wattles Mental Health Center. She has also served as Rosecrance VP of Community Mental Health. She has long been active in community service organizations, including Easter Seals Children’s Development Center, Junior League and Source. Mary Ann currently serves on the Board of Carrie Lynn Center for Children, the Homeless Task Force and the Illinois Mental Health Advisory Board.

Mary Ann is a licensed Illinois social worker. She obtained her MS in community mental health from Southern New Hampshire University and received a graduate certificate from Southern New Hampshire University in clinical services to individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric disabilities.


 

 

 

 

 

Mary Egan, MAM, CADC
Director of Outreach

Mary’s experiences include facilitating intervention and student support teams, developing a mandatory smoking education program, training and supervising peer mediation, work with Students Against Destructive Decisions and assisting student helper groups. Prior to joining Rosecrance, Mary served as Prevention Specialist for the Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Services. She also worked for nearly 17 years as the Student Assistance Program Coordinator for a Chicago area high school. Mary has provided training and education for students, staff, and parents on substance abuse and related issues.

She holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling from University of Illinois at Springfield and two Bachelor’s degrees in Alcohol Education and Psychology. Her background includes:

·         Expertise in training and education for students, staff, and parents on substance abuse and related issues

·         Knowledge regarding youth interventions and student support teams/youth mediation


 

 

 

 

 

David Gomel, PhD
President of Rosecrance, Inc.

Dave is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Rosecrance Health Network. He has more than 19 years of experience in behavioral health field, providing direct clinical services as well as holding many administrative roles.

Dave holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. His coursework included an emphasis in non-profit administration. He also earned a Master of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from the University of St. Francis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. He is also a certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Counselor.

Dave serves on a number of local, state and national behavioral health committees, nonprofit boards and trade organizations. He is an active member of the Rockford community, volunteering with many charitable organizations.


 

 

 

 

 

Craig Riehle, MSW, LCSW, CADC, MISA I
Director of Access

Craig Riehle is Director of Access at Rosecrance, overseeing all initial contact activity, as well as all assessments and admissions. Craig earned his BA from Northern Illinois University and his MSW from Aurora University. He joined Rosecrance in 2004.


 

Chris Gleason, MA, CAADC, MAATP

Executive Director of Rosecrance Central Illinois

Chris Gleason is the Administrator of Regional Behavioral Health Services, which covers McHenry County IL, Wisconsin, and Iowa. He is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor responsible for oversight and management of day-to-day operations of all Rosecrance services in McHenry County. 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.


 

Stephen W. Smith, MS, LCPC, CRADC, LPHA

Administrator of Child and Adolescent Services

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.


 

Carlene Cardosi, LCSW, CADC

Regional Administrator

Carlene Cardosi is Regional Administrator, and has been with Rosecrance since 2008. She has worked at both the adolescent and adult residential substance abuse treatment centers in Rockford. Carlene started as an intern working with adolescent girls at the Griffin Williamson Campus, and she has worked her way up through various positions across the organization. After her internship she worked as a primary counselor with the girls and then as a unit coordinator with the boys. She was then given the opportunity to supervise the women’s programming at the Harrison Campus for adults. In 2015 she was promoted to Assistant Administrator at the Harrison Campus, where she took on a leadership role mentoring coordinators and other staff. In 2017 she was promoted to Clinical Director of Residential Services, where she developed programs for both adolescents and adults. Now as Regional Administrator she oversees services in Milwaukee, McHenry County, Des Plaines, and Chicago.