Jamie Bellenoit, LMFT, Ph.D – Executive Director
Dr. Bellenoit is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has been practicing in this field for over 15 years. Her educational preparation began at Providence College, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She then received Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University in 2004. She completed her education by earning her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in the same field. Her doctoral research interests focused on the correlation between early childhood relationship experiences (with caregivers, siblings, etc.) and adult romantic relationship experiences.
Her clinical experience includes working in multiple settings such as outpatient mental health agencies, residential treatment centers, and hospitals. She was Chief Operating Officer of Adelbrook Behavioral and Developmental Services until 2013 when she left to pursue private practice and teaching at the University of Connecticut. She was chosen for the role as the Executive Director at the Community Child Guidance Clinic in Manchester in March of 2016 and began the role shortly afterwards. She is honored to have been chosen as only the 3rd Executive Director in the history of the clinic, as well as the first woman in this position.
Tanja Larsen, LCSW – Chief Operating Officer
Tanja Larsen is the Chief Operating Officer. She began her training in the field of social work obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to completing her Master’s Degree of Social Work at Fordham University she worked in community based programming in the field of juvenile justice. She took her love for community work with a desire to grow her clinical skills and joined Community Child Guidance Clinic in the year 2000. The agency provided her with multiple opportunities to grow her supervisory career and clinical knowledge. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the clinical day school she managed day to day crisis’s, offered clinical consultation to school staff and provided family and group therapy to the parents of the students. She helped develop the Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program: North Star. In 2012 she transitioned into her supervisory role in the outpatient clinic. She has facilitated the expansion of group therapy services, evidenced based practices, substance abuse treatment and trauma treatment. Throughout her time here she has collaborated with area colleges and universities to train interns. She is a solution focused leader who is passionate about developing and implementing strengths based effective programming to meet the needs of our community. She believes in collaborating and engaging in the micro, mezzo and macro systems in the process of change.
Carlos González, MD- Medical Director
Dr. Carlos A. González is a native of Puerto Rico and a transplanted New Yorker. He graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed a residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital, followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.
He has been in Connecticut since 1989, initially as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale and director of the Connecticut Mental Health Center’s Hispanic Clinic. He subsequently worked extensively as chief of the psychiatric crisis service at Griffin Hospital. He is now the medical director of the Community Child Guidance of Manchester, as well as part of a small private practice in West Hartford and Vernon.
Dr. Gonzalez believes firmly that the mental health of children and adolescents is the primary determinant of their well-being as adults. His focus is the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, and he has wide experience in school consultation, foster care, adoption, and the impact of culture and family on the emotional status of children. He is the author of two chapters on cross-cultural psychiatry, and has been active as a cultural adviser to the DSM. He is adept in the medical management of psychiatric disorders in children, but does not believe that medication can be effective in the absence of a holistic approach that may individual and family therapy, as well as educational interventions. Dr. Gonzalez is bi-cultural and fluent in Spanish.
Robin Entress, LCSW – Director of Community and Home-Based Services
Robin Entress is the Director of Community and Home-Based Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from NYU and her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. Ms. Entress began her career providing home-based services along the south shore in Mass. and then joined a large community mental health center south of Boston. Her love of community-based work led her to take a part-time position at Community Child Guidance Clinic providing home-based wrap-around services. Ms. Entress began working full-time at CCGC in 1996 and has focused on providing intensive in-home services to help families with the greatest needs, including evaluating children in psychiatric crisis, treating children who may need out of home placement and working with families whose children are at risk of removal. Ms. Entress has enjoyed the opportunity to meld child, parent and family treatment and engage with families in their natural environments. Ms. Entress also oversees school-based services, which provide access to children who might otherwise not receive mental health treatment. It is an honor to supervise and work with clinical staff who are truly invested in helping families grow.
Laura O’Donnell, MA, CAGS – Director of Education
Laura O’Donnell is the Director of Education at our school. Laura earned her B.A. in Special Education at Dowling College in Oakdale NY, her Master’s degree at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford CT, and her Educational Leadership Certification at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT. Laura first worked as a special education teacher at the Clinic from 1987 through 1993 and then returned in 2006. In 2011 Laura was promoted to Head Teacher and was responsible for supervision, training and providing professional development to staff.
In 2014, Laura was promoted to the new Director of Education. Laura’s passion has always been to improve student learning by providing a safe and nurturing educational environment. During her transition to her new position as Educational Director, Laura participated in grant writing that allowed for the installation of smart technology in seven of our classrooms, which has greatly increased the level of student engagement. It is our goal to provide our students with quality education and help them develop the social/ emotional skills they need to be successful when they transition back to their home school district.
Lauren Schempp, LCSW – Director of Special Initiatives
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is CCGC’s Director of Special Initiatives. Lauren came to the Clinic in 2007 after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Western New England University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. Lauren has worked in a variety of settings throughout the Clinic and has had roles in CCGC’s Intensive Outpatient Program and CCGC School before becoming the Director of Special Initiatives in 2016. Lauren’s experiences at the Clinic have led her to a variety of areas of clinical interest including co-parenting after divorce and separation, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse. After many years working directly with local universities and supervising generations of CCGC staff, Lauren has also discovered a passion for clinical supervision as well as the training and field education of social work students. Over the past few years, Lauren also took on several special projects, including the Clinic’s transition to a new Electronic Health Record and writing the grant which brought Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) to our agency. In her current role as Director of Special Initiatives, she hopes to bring the energy, motivation, and organizational skills she has shown in other roles to new projects benefiting the clinic and its internal and external communities.
Anisa Cole, LCSW- Clinical Coordinator of Day Programs
Anisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and CCGC’s Clinical Coordinator of Day Programs, including the North Star Intensive Outpatient Program. Originally from Massachusetts, Anisa earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Studies and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology both in 2005, finishing her education in 2009 by earning a Master’s of Social Work at the University of Connecticut. Prior to transitioning to CCGC in 2016 Anisa’s clinical experience covered a wide range of clinical programming including six years with Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services, and experience working as an enhanced care clinician, as part of the Black Family Enrichment Program, and provided outpatient therapy, residential care, and group work. Anisa has only been with CCGC for a short time; however, her passion is and always has been to improve the mental health of children and to ensure their emotional well-being while offering safe, therapeutic, and cultural competent care.
Molly Getchell, BA – Development Coordinator
Molly Getchell is CCGC’s Development Coordinator, and as such is responsible for multiple different tasks and areas of responsibility including, but not limited to: event planning, fundraising, grant writing, donor relations, and all publications and online postings/website content management. Molly has been a part of the CCGC family since 2010 after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Prior to her more recent transition into this development role, she provided direct care to the children in the North Star Intensive Outpatient Program as a Clinical Services Associate. In this position Molly gained a familiarity with clinical practices and the population served at CCGC and helped to redesign North Star’s curriculum and behavioral modification system to better serve the young children who receive treatment there. During this time Molly was also involved in several events and other fundraising activities and began working on publications throughout the year in addition to the regular responsibilities assigned to her position. Discovering a passion and an affinity for these fundraising activities, Molly began to seek out opportunities to better serve the Clinic in a development capacity, which eventually resulted in her transition to her current full-time position in 2016. In this role, Molly continues to build relationships and strengthen CCGC’s bond with its community, and as well as raise funds for this important and special organization.
Nereida Lopez – Information Technology Manager
Nereida Lopez has been serving CCGC for nearly 20 years. In 1998 she joined the staff as part of our billing department and two years later she transitioned to a new role as the Clinic’s first Information Technology Manager. Since that time she has steadfastly served the clinic and been the sole provider of IT support for both Clinic Locations. Nereida has contributed untold amounts of organization and network management services that keep the Clinic functioning and able to provide services to the community. She has overseen numerous technological advances in her time at CCGC and continues to support the entirety of the Clinic staff in their day to day technological tasks and responsibilities.
Nancy came to CCGC in June of 2016. She is a member of the CCGC Executive Team. She is the HIPAA Officer and a member of the Employee Appreciation Committee. She provides administrative support to the agency through her oversight and supervision of the IT Manager, Physical Plant Manager, HR Manager, Student Support Specialists and reception. Nancy is CCGC’s HIPAA Officer and a member of the Employee Appreciation Committee.
Prior to coming to CCGC Nancy was an administrator for over 18 years at a non-profit residential and community service provider. Nancy also has a background in the insurance industry working for a pension development data processing division. She studied at the University of Illinois Carbondale and also attended Middlesex Community College. Her primary course work was in Business Admin, Human Services and Workforce Education and Development.
Karen Smalley has worked for CCGC in a variety of roles since 1987 when she served as a Teacher’s Assistant in what was then CCGC’s Autism classrooms in our day school. After taking some time away from the clinic to focus on family, Karen returned to CCGC School in 1995 where she worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in multiple classrooms over time. An integral part of the internal Clinic community for more than a decade, Karen brought an organization and competency to her role that eventually resulted in her transition to Facilities Management in 2005. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the physical workplace that is the Clinic, ensuring that both our 317 North Main street and 1075 Tolland Turnpike locations are well equipped and in the best possible condition to provide the best care for our community.