The Westport House Team

Westport House is led by an experienced team of transitional living and recovery professionals; passionate about improving the lives of our residents.

David Vieau | President & CEO

David’s extensive business background combined with his personal story of recovery led to the founding of Turnbridge, Westport House’s parent company, in 2003. Under his direction, Turnbridge has evolved into a nationally recognized provider of substance use and mental health recovery programs. He has pioneered innovative approaches and developed programs for specific populations that have changed the way the industry approaches transitional living.

His educational background includes a Liberal Arts education from Harvard University. In addition to spending much of his career in the non-profit world, his professional experience includes a variety of leadership roles with start-up organizations and educational institutions.

He enjoys spending time with his daughter Alexis, is an aspiring musician, and an avid golfer.

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Brett Tiberio | Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Brett provides oversight and support to all Turnbridge programs, including Westport House. He joined Turnbridge in February 2010 and is responsible for maintaining focused and driven business operations, project management and execution, increasing programmatic efficiencies, and ensuring quality client care is accomplished.

As a graduate of the Turnbridge Men’s Program, Brett offers a unique perspective on client-centered treatment. He is always willing to speak with families and residents to share his experiences and knowledge. Before joining Turnbridge, Brett worked for Blum Shapiro, the largest regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm in New England. He graduated from Champlain College with a B.S. in Professional Writing. In his free time, Brett enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, the arts, and the pursuit of personal growth.

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Jamie Hazelton | Vice President

As Vice President of Turnbridge, Westport House’s parent company, Jamie spearheads the effort to build bridges between Turnbridge programs and other high quality treatment facilities across the country. Maintaining close ties with other centers gives Turnbridge two distinct advantages. First, knowing the people, philosophies and practices of primary treatment centers makes the process of integrating new residents from these centers smoother and easier. Second, by understanding the specialties of other centers, it allows us to recommend the best care option for young men and young women when Turnbridge or Westport House may not be their best solution. Jamie has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficult road of choosing an addiction treatment program that best suits their loved one’s needs.

Before joining Turnbridge, Jamie attended college for nursing, and has extensive experience caring for people in need including his work with veterans for the American Red Cross. Jamie continues to live his passion for helping others as a Turnbridge Leader.

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Chas Lankford, RCP | Program Director

Passionate about his purpose in life, Chas oversees all aspects of day-to-day operations and Case Management at Westport House. He continually seeks opportunities to improve our services to ensure that clients receive a high quality, individualized experience during their time at our sober living program.

Chas is a dynamic leader, both in the local recovery community and at Westport House. His incredible passion stems from over 26 years of personal recovery and extensive experience working with individuals suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Before coming to Turnbridge, Westport Houses’s parent company, over 8 years ago, Chas spent 6 years at the Children’s Center and was one of the pioneering Case Manager’s in the New Choices Adolescent Treatment program. After the birth of his daughter, Chas spent 10 years in the IT world as a hardware and network technician, but dearly missed the sense of purpose and fulfillment that comes from working with people in need of substance abuse/mental health help. In 2011, a Case Management opportunity opened at Turnbridge and Chas eagerly jumped back into the field and became a part of the Turnbridge family, working at every Phase, in many capacities.

Chas graduated Summa Cum Laude from Albertus Magnus College, with a general studies BA. Originally intending on continuing in either Business or Law school, Chas returned to his true calling in Human Service. Chas is a CCAR-trained Recovery Coach Professional.

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Janet Isdaner, LCSW | Director of Clinical Services

Janet Isdaner, LCSW is a clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders. She obtained a B.A. in Sociology and Speech Communications from the University of Arizona, and her M.S.W. from Columbia University. Through her many years as a clinical social worker, Ms. Isdaner has gained invaluable experience in all aspects of the provision of mental health and substance abuse treatment, including assessment, placement, treatment planning, and program development. Ms. Isdaner has worked in both the public and private sectors with all ages and diagnoses. She is a dynamic leader, with a wonderful sense of humor and has mentored dozens of social workers. Ms. Isdaner dedicated the last 15 of her 19 years at Silver Hill Hospital to successfully developing the Transitional Living residential program at Silver Hill Hospital. Under her lead, the Transitional Living program thrived as it grew new and innovative programs, maintained a robust census, and provided clinically excellent care.

In addition to administrative responsibilities, Ms. Isdaner uses evidence-based practices and treatments to help those (and their families) who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Regardless of the specific treatment model used, Ms. Isdaner believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients is one of the most important qualities in the treatment process.

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Bill Simmons, CAC | Director of Operations

Bill has over a decade of professional experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, having made significant contributions as a direct-care clinician and administrator in multiple settings and levels of care. Bill is both nationally and internationally credentialed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is a certified BLS & CPR trainer through the American Heart Association. Additionally, Bill’s personal experience in long-term recovery adds to his ability to combine professional expertise with a unique passion and motivation. This has afforded Bill the opportunity to help others achieve their own sustained recovery with approaches that are evidence-based, while respecting the unique needs of the individual.

In Bill’s current role as Director of Operations, he provides visionary leadership ensuring that the logistical systems of staffing, safety, and administrative and procedural reporting are in place and functioning effectively. Bill’s creative leadership has contributed to the growth of the organization through increased operational efficiency. Bill has an energetic style that, combined with respectful and constructive communication, has allowed him to increase the retention, ability, and capacity of his staff, which has directly led to improved outcomes for clients.

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Gordon Dickler, CAC | Director of Admissions

Gordon is an expert at helping individuals and families identify substance use and mental health treatment options that are compatible with their clinical and financial needs. Gordon is both an internationally certified addiction counselor and a person in long-term addiction recovery. His broad base of experience working in the addiction treatment field includes extensive work in both direct-care and administrative roles. Gordon’s combination of personal and professional knowledge of addiction recovery allow him to be a truly dynamic and empathic helper in his field.

As a Turnbridge Men’s Program graduate himself, Gordon is uniquely qualified to represent its innovative treatment approaches to families as well as professionals. Today, Gordon has the privilege of being among the first points of touch between families and professionals seeking help, and Turnbridge’s powerful ability to give hope.

Gordon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern Connecticut State University with a focus on Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work. Additionally, he maintains the credential of Certification Addiction Counselor through the Connecticut Certification Board and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium.

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Dan Chilvers | Program Coordinator

As a Program Coordinator, Dan supports clients in early recovery and helps facilitate their integration into a recovery-focused lifestyle. He is passionate about empowering clients to regain control and mastery over their lives, firmly believing that everyone is entitled to live a productive, positive and healthy life in recovery.

Born in England, he relocated with his family to the United States when he was two years old and grew up in Fairfield, CT. He has a BA in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and spent over 15 years in advertising at Ogilvy and Mather, and Fox News Channel, in New York City. Most recently, he worked as the House Manager and Medical Liaison at Pivot Ministries.

An avid golfer, Dan also enjoys basketball, soccer, spending time with his nieces, and playing the guitar.

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Tommy Higbie | Program Coordinator

As a Program Coordinator, Tommy works attentively with residents day to day to encourage growth, independence, and healthy habits . He believes a positive and enthusiastic attitude is the cornerstone of development. With a strong emphasis on community, he works with residents to embolden peer support.

As a lifelong Fairfield county resident, Tommy is well acquainted with the area and its communities. With many years of experience caring for children with developmental disabilities, he is very familiar supporting and uplifting those in need. Leveraging his firsthand experience in recovery, Tommy looks to share his experience, strength, and hope with residents to show that recovery is possible.

A self-taught musician,Tommy enjoys playing guitar and bass in
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Debbie Cambareri | Operations Manager

As the Director of Finance & Human Resources, Debbie is responsible for the organization’s financial activities, human resources, and various other administrative operations. She maintains financial and accounting policies, plans, systems, and provides overall management for the budgeting, contract management and audit/tax reporting functions.

Debbie is CBCS and CPC certified and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut, with a concentration in Health Care Administration.

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Nicole Anderson, LPC | Therapist, Turnbridge Westport

Nicole is a Licensed Practicing Counselor with a focus on treating substance use disorders. Nicole has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. She served as a mental health worker at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health for 5 years in the child-adolescent inpatient unit. Nicole specializes in working with individuals who have co-occurring disorders and severe mental illness. Prior to joining Turnbridge Westport, she served as a care manager at Cove Care Center serving older adults, individuals with serious mental illness and addiction disorders.

Nicole has drawn from her firm belief in recovery and overall wellness to build a practice in which she provides true person-centered care while incorporating evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapy.

Lakshmi Nair, LADC | Therapist, Turnbridge Westport

Lakshmi is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for more than 10 years. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and her Masters in Mental Health and Community Counseling from Fairfield University. She has completed DBT training from Behavioral Tech affiliated with the Linehan Institute and has extensive training in CBT for Depression from the Beck Institute.

Lakshmi uses a wellness-based approach to help clients tap into their strengths and to create individualized roadmaps to a lifetime of recovery.

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