At our core, The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center provides teens and young adults the counseling, therapy and support they and their families need for substance use and behavioral health issues. We are the only program in Broward County, Florida to offer these types of services to teens, and our innovative approach to working with families has been successful in helping our clients reach their dreams and aspirations.
More importantly, we are part of this community and we offer our services in a safe, homelike setting. Here, you will find a comfortable atmosphere—nestled in a quiet, inviting neighborhood and staffed by professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping teens and their families.
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The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center provides the highest quality intervention and therapeutic services for adolescents and their families who are dealing with substance use or behavioral health issues. We render our services without regard to race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin.
We will preserve and respect the dignity of the people we serve and those with whom we work.
Our goal is to have our clients learn skills that will facilitate their success.
STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Cici Kelly
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND INTERVENTIONISTMs. Kelly is responsible for the overall operations of the company. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southwestern State University. Ms. Kelly is a senior-level business development and sales executive with a diverse background that includes strategy, new business development, finance and sales leadership, with a proven track record in generating revenue.
Ms. Kelly has worked for several Fortune 500 companies during her career and is very involved in her community. She has served on numerous non-profit boards in the community, holding leadership positions and helping them raise much-needed funds.
Ms. Kelly served on the Board of The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center prior to assuming the role of CEO.Cici Kelly
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND INTERVENTIONIST
- Kacey Benson
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIONMr. Benson is responsible for the daily operation of The Bougainvilla House, including accounting, finance and administrative compliance. He works closely with the CEO and Clinical Director to strategically plan for the organization’s future, ensuring that The Bougainvilla House is able to provide a valuable service to the community.
Mr. Benson received both his bachelor’s degree in management and his Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. He has extensive experience in nonprofit financial management.Kacey Benson
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
- Chrissy Guerrieri
OFFICE MANAGERMs. Guerrieri was born and raised in South Florida. She attended American Heritage High School and recently graduated from Florida Technical College with a degree in Billing Specialist.
Ms. Guerrieri has extensive knowledge and experience in the medical field for the past 16 years, bringing a wealth of expertise in all areas of the front office. She strives to help each and every patient to the greatest of her abilities and also strives to go the extra mile.Chrissy Guerrieri
- Hara Wachholder, LMHC
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH MANAGERHara Wachholder is the Clinical Director of The Bougainvilla House, Family Therapy Center. Hara is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida and received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. For over 6 years, Hara has served in various capacities within community behavioral health as well as substance abuse treatment. Hara has worked with children, teens and adults. She specializes in anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, depression, family conflict, codependency/relationships, delinquent and defiant behaviors, as well as parenting. Hara utilizes an individualistic approach that focuses on clients’ strengths and self-empowerment. Hara’s belief system is that there is no “one size fits all” in therapy. Hara is dedicated to creating a safe space for each client where there is room for growth, healing and insight.
- Veronica Cartagena
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORMrs. Cartagena is a bilingual professional with over 25 years’ experience in Sales, Marketing and Development. Is a member of Abandoned Pet Rescue and has chaired events and worked with multiple non-profit organizations for the past 14 years such as St. Anthony Catholic School, Stem Cell Cancer & Regenerative Medicine Research, Habitat for Humanity and Abandoned Pet Rescue.
Mrs. Cartagena is originally from Chile and grew up in Coral Gables who then became an American Citizen at 18. She has worked as an Individual Sales Representative for the largest Disability & LTC carrier and started her independent agency at age 27. For the past 14 years has worked in marketing and development for a prestigious concierge medical practice in Palm Beach Island. She enjoys everything tropical, reading and mud races and has a passion for helping kids and animals.
- Tia Dodge
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATORMs. Dodge is a native of Ft. Lauderdale graduating from Stranahan High School and receiving her bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness from Virginia Commonwealth University.
In past years, Ms. Dodge has taught middle school for the Broward County school system only to end up owning and operating her own daycare, The Children’s Place Preschool. Owning her own daycare gave her an extensive knowledge in business fundamentals, logistics, finance and administration as well as the passion for helping children at a young age.
- Matthew N. Rosen, LMHC
CLINICAL DIRECTORMatthew N. Rosen is a well-respected, seasoned clinician, consultant, and healthcare executive. Having extensive experience at some of the nation's premier treatment centers and in private practice, Matt possesses a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and professionalism. It is his belief that emotional healing and recovery encompasses the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), which enables him to connect with people on a deeper level through warmth, compassion, and encouragement. Matt’s highly individualized approach combines psychotherapeutic, motivational, and holistic techniques enabling clients to gain insight, take control of their lives, and create the positive change they seek.
Matt’s passion is in dual-diagnosis treatment. Eleven years ago, Matt’s world was turned upside down when his younger brother, Marc, died unexpectedly from an accidental drug overdose after battling addiction and mental health issues for over 10 years. With the support of his friends and family (especially his father, Howard, whom Matt says provided unconditional love and support through his darkest days and never let him give up the hope and potential for finding that “silver lining” ), Matt turned tragedy into triumph and dedicated his professional career to those suffering from mental illness and addiction, becoming an accomplished licensed therapist, healthcare consultant, executive, national professional speaker, and leader in the industry.
Matt is a national triple board-certified psychotherapist, licensed mental health counselor, psychologist, and dual-diagnosis professional with over fifteen years of experience. He continues to be an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Psychotherapy Association (APA), National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW).
- Ashley St. Hilaire, LMHC
THERAPISTAshley St. Hilaire holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, where she has become an active member of Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society and Psi Chi Honor Society.
Ashley enjoys attending conferences in order to continue to expand her proficiency in the career of psychology. Ashley is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and began her career providing behavior health services for children, adolescence, and their families at an Outpatient Community Behavioral Health Agency.
Ashley is passionate about serving in the field of Addiction and utilizes her interpersonal and therapeutic skills to foster supportive relationships and provide mental health services to diverse populations. Ashley specializes in working with clients from all ages with chronic relapse, trauma, co-occurring disorders, co-dependency, behavioral, and legal issues.
Ashley uses a client centered/multidisciplinary approach when treating her clients. Which consist of the theoretic perspective of cognitive behavioral therapy along with other theoretical approaches such as DBT, 12-Step, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing and innovative musical therapy techniques. Ashley educates on the importance of client’s utilizing their positive resources (i.e. family, sponsors, and friends) and encourages their social support to participate in their recovery.
Ashley’s ambitions are to enhance her therapeutic skills while utilize her education and experiences to inspire, motivate, counsel, rehabilitate, guide, and support her client. Ultimately, becoming a catalyst for change, growth, and success in their recovery.
Individuals, schools, nonprofits, small businesses and large corporations all choose Simone because she uses her magnetic personality and beloved sense of humor to solve problems, transform negative or stagnating mindsets and provide relief during some of the most challenging and confusing times of life.
Simone is a certified neuro-linguistic programming practitioner with an honorary doctorate degree in divinity. Alongside her master’s in business management and bachelor’s in education from the University of Florida, she is also an active member of the Association for Integrative Psychology.
Whether easing the pain of negative memories, sadness and bullying or guiding you step by step through how to manage stress, achieve goals and empower your inner being, Simone helps you to shift your mindset and finally get the results you’ve been searching for.
The Self Esteem Doctor will embrace you warmly, inspire you confidently and successfully coach you through the challenges of life.Ashley St. Hilaire, LMHC
- Dr. Anna Binder M.D.
PSYCHIATRISTI am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of American Psychiatric Association. I am fully trained in Adult, Child and Adolescent, Geriatric, Emergency and Addiction Psychiatry. I received my general and adult psychiatry training at University of Maryland/ Sheppard Pratt and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training from Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.I was selected as a Top Psychiatrist in Stamford, CT by the International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP) and spotlighted in the publication The Leading Physicians of the World 2014 Edition.I am a Recipient of Roger Coleman Memorial Award Service to Patients for exemplary devotion to patients and commitment to quality care as evidenced by volunteer efforts in the Sandy Hook tragedy by Connecticut Psychiatric Society.I have an extensive experience in Emergency Psychiatry providing crisis services and in treating a broad range of psychiatric and behavior disorders, including depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Schizophrenia, substance abuse, Autism, Asperger's disorder, developmental disorders and more.I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment to discuss and weigh out the role that medications could play to support your process of change. My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best.I offer an array of psychiatric services including medication management, individual therapy, family therapy, behavior planning for children and adolescents, and advocacy for children in need of specialized academic services. My practice specializes in the medication management of adults and children with mood, anxiety and attentional disorders. I have special expertise in treating individuals who also have medical illnesses or who are pregnant/post-partum and in need of medication support as a component of their care. I work with individuals, couples, and families to address their relationship or career issues.Dr. Anna Binder M.D.
- Rocio Morris, LMHC
THERAPISTRocio Morris is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida. She is a graduate from Florida International University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Over the past 3 years, she has been able to passionately guide clients towards a healthier life and facilitate their self-growth. She has focused largely on vulnerable populations where she has been able to work with a diverse culture to help individuals let go of residual hurt, manage urges to control addictions, gain coping skills and techniques, heal and grow from difficult experiences and learn how to better manage symptoms and emotions. Rocio enjoys attending conferences and trainings, which has enabled her to begin to specialize in working with teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues and/or life transitions. Rocio uses the person-centered approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, MRI, and Solution-Focused Therapy, where she creates a safe space for clients to share their experiences and grow confidently. Furthermore, she also works with children to help manage emotions, improve behavior, and incorporate play therapy techniques to normalize and process life experiences and transitions.
- Daphne Pozo, RMFTI
THERAPISTDaphne Pozo is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern in the state of Florida. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Florida and is currently in the Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University. Daphne has spent the majority of her professional experience working with children/teenagers and their families. She has experience with a multitude of presenting problems including, but not limited to: adjustment disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, ADD/ADHD, sexual identity issues, suicidal ideations, substance use/abuse, family conflict, stress, eating disorders, trauma, and anger/disciplinary offenses. Daphne views clients in terms of their relationships and, thus, utilizes a systemic and person centered therapeutic approach in order to cultivate a strong therapeutic alliance. She believes in the importance of exploring a family’s history in an attempt to create healthy boundaries between members and foster open communication. Daphne enjoys working with children and teenagers because of their resilience. She believes that cultivating this resilience is pivotal on the road to recovery and personal success.
- William Barney, RMHCI
THERAPISTWilliam Barney is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida and received his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. For the past year and a half, he has been able to avidly steer clients towards a stronger life and enable their self-development. He has focused mostly on the substance abuse populations and with children where he has been able to work with a multitude of cultures to help individuals let go of lingering hurt and overcome mental and physical obstacles in their paths. William believes that with a healthy mind comes a healthy body and encourages all of his clients to engage in an active lifestyle to and to learn strong coping skills for their stress. William uses both Cognitive behavior therapy and Person-Centered approach in order to create a secure environment where clients are able to express themselves fully and openly. William is enthusiastic about therapy and believes that we all learn something new every day and feels that his clients teach him just as much as he guides them.
- Stephanie Byer, RMHCI
THERAPISTStephanie Byer is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida and received her Masters of Arts degree in mental health counseling from the University of Central Florida. Stephanie takes a holistic approach, aiming to treat the client as a whole. Her specialties include eating disorders, addictions, self-esteem, sibling abuse, and anxiety disorders. Her prior experiences include working with adolescents and adults at the residential and outpatient levels of care as well as children within an elementary school. She identifies as a body positive clinician as well as committed to Health at Every Size (HAES). In session, she utilize therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, IFS, and expressive arts. She additionally has training in utilizing play therapy for children. She believes that people have the potential to accomplish amazing things through self-acceptance and reconnecting with parts of themselves that feel frightening, negative, or shameful.
- Tom Moody
CHAIRMANTom Moody grew up outside of Atlanta Georgia, but has called Fort Lauderdale his home since 1985. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has owned and operated local area businesses since 1991. He is the founder and President of Moody Insurance Group which has been doing business for over 20 years in downtown Hollywood.
Tom has had a parallel career since 2000 as a real estate developer and has developed, owned and operated multiple Self Storage facilities in Florida and Georgia under the USA Self Storage brand.
He has been active with the youth of our community through the Holiday Park soccer league and the Fort Lauderdale Indian Guides program. Tom currently serves as a board member of the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Aviation Advisory Committee for the city of Fort Lauderdale. Tom is a private pilot who enjoys boating, diving, fishing and snow skiing. Tom met Lory, his wife of 39 years, in the insurance industry and together they live in downtown Ft. Lauderdale with their son.Tom Moody
- David Ray
VICE CHAIRMANDavid is a South Florida native and an attorney with his primary practice area in Commercial and Bankruptcy litigation. A proud honors alumnus of St. Thomas High School with a family history of devotion to the practice of law, David pursued a Bachelors and Masters degree from Florida State University before receiving his law degree.David Ray
- Marlene Aguero
BOARD MEMBERMarlene Aguero, a native Californian, has resided in Fort Lauderdale for 28 years. After finishing school and moving to Florida she began a career in real estate and met her husband in 1989. In 1991 she left real estate to join efforts with her husband in his medical supply business.
During her 14-year career beside her husband she wore many hats: managing operations, customer service, marketing and human resources. In 2006 Marlene and her husband began a family with boy/girl twins. Today, she's dedicated to raising her children and volunteering in their classrooms at Nova University School. In her spare time, her passion is her service work with women in various fellowships and social networks. Being a woman in recovery for 9 years, she is especially committed to service work in 12-step programs. Being a stay-at-home mom affords her the flexibility and the time to carry the message of hope to others who struggle with addiction.
Marlene is a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, The Humane Society, The Heart Gallery, Broward Children's Center and the Museum of Discovery and Science. She looks forward to meeting the board members and contributing to the Bouganvilla House in a meaningful way.Marlene Aguero
- Tom Plachter
BOARD MEMBERTom has been a resident of Ft. Lauderdale for over 35 years. He was born in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the University of Miami. Tom served in the U.S. Army after which he became the youngest Cadillac dealer in the country. After moving to Ft. Lauderdale, he became involved in the marine industry and has held a number of management and ownership positions in the industry. Presently, he is employed by National Liquidators, a yacht recovery and remarketing company. He has served on the Board of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida for four years and on the Board of Hospice Care of South Florida for two years. In addition, he is active in the Seafarers House and the Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club.Tom Plachter
- Ned Skiff
BOARD MEMBERNed Skiff is a landscape designer and contractor and a lifelong resident of Ft. Lauderdale. He is a graduate of Stetson University in De Land, Florida. Over the years, he has served on the boards of several organizations including Hospice Care of Southeast Florida, Outreach Broward, Twig House and 2nd Century Broward.Ned Skiff
- Cady Watson
BOARD MEMBERCady Watson has lived and worked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida most of her life. She is a third-generation South Floridian as well as a third-generation graduate of the University of Florida.
Following college, Ms. Watson moved to Atlanta, GA to launch her career in the Apparel Industry and moved back to South Florida in 1999. She is now owner and president of All Told Clothing Company, Inc., an apparel company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ever-expanding company launched a successful children’s line in 2009 and has since grown to include women’s clothing, with plans to launch boy’s and men’s in 2013. In addition to running her own apparel company, Ms. Watson is also an award-winning exhibiting artist. Artwork by Cady Watson graces private collections worldwide.
Ms. Watson’s charitable involvement includes The Bougainvilla House, Jack & Jill Children’s Center, Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, HospiceCare of Southeast Florida and Broward Schools.Cady Watson
- Judge Melanie G. May
EMERITUSJudge May graduated from Broward Community College in 1971, and Florida Atlantic University in 1973. She received her Juris Doctor Degree in 1981 from Nova Law Center and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2009. She clerked for the Honorable Peter T. Fay, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals from 1981-82. She served as a Circuit Court Judge on the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit from April 15, 1991, until her appointment to the Fourth District Court of Appeal by Governor Jeb Bush on October 31, 2001.
Judge May currently serves as Chair Elect of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges. She has chaired and served on the Education Committee of the Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, and currently serves on the Annual Conference and Executive Committees of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal. She chaired the Department of Children and Family Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Advisory Board, and serves on the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
She was a member of the Department of Corrections Reentry Advisory Council. She also serves as Chair of the Shepard Broad Law Center’s Board of Governors, and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of Nova Southeastern University.Judge Melanie G. May