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.

Albert Samaras | Executive Director & Founder

Al has close to 25 years of experience building and growing organizations with a focus on healthcare services. He excels at managing complex environments and is a recognized leader in developing innovative and effective addiction recovery programs.

Under his stewardship, Westport House has grown from one location to three and is recognized as the standard for structured sober living in the northeast United States. Prior to founding Westport House, he served for five years as Vice President of a long-term addiction treatment program where he was instrumental in its transition from a local residential recovery program to a nationally recognized provider of addiction treatment services. Read more about his story here.

Before his own experience with addiction and recovery, Al spent over 15 years in executive leadership and business development positions at HealthSouth Corporation and SourceMed, Inc. He studied Marketing at the University of Maine Orono and majored in Management Information Systems at Central Connecticut State University.

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Danielle Meldon, RCP | Program Director

Passionate about her purpose in life, Danielle oversees all aspects of day-to-day operations of our sober living facilities, including staff management and client programming. She continually seeks opportunities to improve our services to ensure that clients receive a high quality, individualized experience during their time at Westport House.

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

Before joining Westport House, Danielle spent over five years at Turnbridge in New Haven, CT, where she served as a Program Director and was instrumental in creating and developing a long-term treatment program serving young adult females. She began her career in addiction services at MCCA in Danbury, CT where she served in several direct care roles in their long-term residential and outpatient services departments.

Danielle is a CCAR-trained Recovery Coach Professional and will complete her Certified Addiction Counselor training program in 2019.

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Sam Smyth | Operations Manager

In his role as Operations Manager for Westport House, Sam oversee the daily operational activities, and coordinates the human and material resources of Westport House. He serves as a liaison between the residential and clinical staff and clients – ensuring the efficient, effective, and high-quality delivery of Westport House services through process management, problem-solving and strategic planning.

Sam studied Business Administration and English at American University in Washington, DC and is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut in Stamford.

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Dan Chilvers | Case Manager

As a Case Manager, 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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Les Gillman | Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator, Les is responsible for assisting, supporting, and supervising Westport House residents in addition to assuring the facility is clean and well maintained. A graduate of Westport House, Les takes great satisfaction in helping residents and watching them develop their own program of recovery. His responsibilities include transporting residents to local 12-step meetings, recreational and social events, and clinical appointments. Additionally, he is responsible for random urine testing, breathalyzing, medication distribution, and general facility upkeep.

Les is currently working towards a degree in Human Services at Norwalk Community College. He is a trained Emergency Medical Technician and is certified for adult first aid, CPR, and Narcan administration. In his spare time, he plays drums for a popular local band “Rabbit’s Foot.”

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Matt Landeen, RCP | Facility Manager

As the live-in Facility Manager and a CCAR-trained Recovery Coach Professional (RCP), Matt is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of Westport House residents. His responsibilities include making sure residents are adhering to their schedules and abiding by their curfews. He also teaches basic life skills including grocery shopping, cooking, and self-care. An avid health enthusiast, he educates residents about the benefits of working out and trains them in proper techniques.

Matt studied Social Work at Tunxis Community College and is currently enrolled in the Drug & Alcohol Recovery Counselor Program (DARC) at Gateway Community College. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, watersports, and spending time with others in recovery.

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Kristin Frank, MEd | Director, Community Relations

As Director of Community Relations, Kristin is the liaison to other addiction and mental health professionals, schools, organizations and the community. She also oversees the strategic marketing functions which includes brand strategy, B2B and B2C marketing campaigns, digital strategy, thought leadership, marketing operations and customer relationship management.

Prior to joining Westport House, Kristin spent over 19 years in corporate sales. She takes pride in developing meaningful relationships and brings that passion for others to Westport House. Kristin has a Bachelors Degree in English from Marist College, and a Masters in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University.

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Debbie Cambareri | Director, Finance & HR

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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Tommy Upton | Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant, Tommy works hard to ensure that each client feels comfortable and that their needs are being met. He finds great joy in assisting clients throughout their journey of recovery by coordinating care and providing excellent customer service.

Tommy grew up in the local area, attending Staples High School before receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Providence College. Prior to joining Westport House, Tommy worked in a variety of fields, including education, sales, and compliance.

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