Jamie Bellenoit, LMFT, Ph.D – Chief Executive Officer
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 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 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 – Vice President of Clinical Operations
Tanja Larsen is the Vice President of Clinical Operations. 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 the day to day crises, 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.
Lauren Schempp, LCSW – Vice President of Administration
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is CCGC’s Vice President of Administration. 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 Vice President of Administration, she brings the energy, motivation, and organizational skills she has shown in other roles to new projects benefiting the clinic and its internal and external communities.
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.
Kevin McMahon, MBA – Director of Marketing, Communications and Development
Kevin is the Director of Marketing, Communications and Development at CCGC and focuses on broadening the Clinic’s presence across the region, as well as creating internal and external partnerships, and increasing the philanthropic opportunities that support its mission.
Before joining the team at CCGC in 2019, Kevin raised major gifts for the University of Connecticut School of Business, oversaw the marketing for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, and has helped design and execute strategic growth plans for various other organizations and institutions. Kevin earned his B.A. from Fairfield University and an MBA in Marketing Intelligence from the University of Connecticut
Anisa Cole, LCSW – Director of Clinical Operations
Anisa is the Director of Clinical Operations and oversees CCGC’s clinical day programs, including North Star Intensive Outpatient Program. Anisa earned a B.S. in Family Studies and B.A.in Psychology, as well as a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She is also credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Anisa has a strong clinical background that includes six years with Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS), working as an enhanced care clinician, as part of the Black Family Enrichment Program, and experience providing outpatient therapy and residential care, and group work. Anisa joined CCGC in 2016 so that she could continue pursuing her passion of improving the mental health of children and ensuring their emotional well-being, while offering safe, therapeutic, and culturally competent care.
Erica Mott, LPC - Director of Outpatient Services
As the Director of Outpatient Services, Erica Mott focuses on the overall operation and supervision of the department’s leadership team. Erica is most passionate about the early childhood population and is the agency’s senior leader in all three of CCGC’s evidence based practices (EBPs): Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH); and the Attachment, Regulation and Competency framework (ARC).
Erica received a B.A. in Child Study and M.A. in Community Counseling from the University of St. Joseph. Before arriving at CCGC as an Outpatient Clinician in 2013, she was a preschool teacher at the South Windsor Child Development Center and worked in residential homes for adolescent boys and girls. Her previous clinical experiences include Connecticut’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) and East Hartford Youth Service Bureau.
Nancy Dube – Administrative Services Director
As the Administrative Services Director, Nancy oversees much of CCGC’s administration functions including human resources, compliance, vendor management, and facilities management. Nancy also manages Happy Trails Transportation services, including training, certification, and fleet management.
Prior to arriving at CCGC in 2016, Nancy served as an administrator for more than 18 years at a residential and community service nonprofit. Additionally, she has a background in the insurance industry working in pension development data processing. Nancy studied at the University of Illinois Carbondale and Middlesex Community College, with a primary focus on Business Administration, Human Services, and Workforce Education and Development.
Molly Getchell, BA – Development Coordinator
Molly is the Development Coordinator where she focuses on event planning, fundraising, and publication and graphic design for the agency. Molly received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and joined CCGC in 2010 as a Clinical Services Associate providing direct care to the children in the North Star Intensive Outpatient Program.
While helping redesign the program’s curriculum and behavioral modification system, Molly also became involved with several events and fundraising activities, and even began working on developing internal and external publications. Discovering a passion and an affinity for these fundraising activities, Molly transitioned to her role in 2016, and continues to build relationships and strengthen CCGC’s bond with its community.