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Dr. Michael Amador

Dr. Michael Amador

CEO at Lighthouse

Dr. Michael Amador holds two PhD’s, one in Healthcare Administration and the other in Theology; and an MBA, in addition to his degrees he is also a Certified Christian and Trauma counselor.

Dr. Amador in his spare time was also Harris County Chaplain for 11 years.

Michael Amador has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare in various executive roles and levels. He worked as a CEO for various hospitals in the United States for over 20 Years, He was a national Hospital trouble shooter for National Medical Enterprises for 5 years and worked as Regional Vice President for Riverside Healthcare Corp. In Texas he was a Senior Vice President of Operations for Agape Professionals.

Most Recently he worked as the CEO to Sunrise Vista Hospital in Canton Ohio.

Michael Amador has been given awards such as CEO of the year and best region managed, He has extensive experience in Hospital operations and the acquisition and selling of hospitals.

Jill Showers

Jill Showers

Alumni Coordinator for Lighthouse

Jill Showers serves as the Alumni Coordinator for RCA Lighthouse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Richard Stockton University with her goal of obtaining a Master’s Degree and becoming a Licensed Addition Counselor.  Jill began her career in the substance abuse field at Lighthouse in 2018. In March of 2022 Jill joined the Alumni team after holding several positions in the facility including Lead Recovery Support Specialist, Admissions Counselor, Admissions Patient Engagement Specialist and Utilization Review Coordinator.  

Jill herself, is an alumna of Lighthouse and enjoys giving back to the recovery community not only in a professional capacity but also on a personal level. She relocated to the Atlantic County area in 2016 and has been involved in several of the local community groups in the area. Jill has a passion for reading, spending time with her puppy and spending time with her family and friends. 

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery? 

Connection and fellowship are vital to sustaining long-term recovery. Through providing fun activities and service opportunities Alumni programs strengthen bonds with a community who truly understand the unique situations and feelings an individual experiences after leaving treatment and during the continuation of their journey in sobriety. Connecting Alumni to our clients currently attending our inpatient programming is especially important as it shows recovery is possible for everyone. 

What is your favorite quote, and why? 

“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand as what direction you are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. This quote has always resonated with me, throughout all aspects of my life. It raises the question – “What am I doing to move forward today?” which continues to motivate me to achieve my goals not only in my recovery but also in my personal and professional life.  

What are the major driving forces in your life? 

Faith in something greater than myself and the relationships I have cultivated drive me in my daily life. Belief in a higher purpose and a plan have guided me for many years. The love and support of my family and friends have led me through not only the great times but the uncertain times as well.  

Robert Bunyon

Robert Bunyon

Chief Executive Officer, Recovery Centers of America at Devon

Robert “Bobby” Bunyon is Chief Executive Officer at Recovery Centers of American at Devon.

For over a decade, Bobby has been an influential leader within the addiction treatment field. Before assuming his current role, he served in many leadership roles at RCA including Interim Chief Executive Officer at Recovery Centers of American at Capital Region, Corporate Vice President of Strategic Growth CEO and Chief Executive Officer at RCA at Bracebridge Hall.

Prior to RCA, he worked at Retreat Behavioral Health, a provider of substance use disorder and mental health services in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Bobby received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.

Joseph Ognibene

Joseph Ognibene

Nursing Director

Joseph brings a wide knowledge base on patient care, addiction and mental health. He hopes to utilize this knowledge and experience to help create a bond of learning and growth though his leadership role as Director of Nursing. This will help enhance our nursing department which in turn will impact our patients. This will only help to get that much closer to RCA’s mission of saving one million lives. Joseph attended Episcopal School of Nursing which is part of Temple University full time while working Episcopal hospital full time in the ED, all this while making the Dean’s List. He felt he had to show his children what can be achieved when you set your mind to it. He gravitated towards the ED. As he worked and learned, he couldn’t help but noticed the amount of addiction and mental health that was funneling into the ED with very little options for follow up treatment upon discharge. Joseph came to RCA in 2019. Prior to coming to RCA, Joseph had developed an extensive knowledge in substance use and co-occurring disorders. He particularly enjoys working with his team to identified trauma, co-occurring issues, as well as a special interest in mental health disorders.

As the Director of Nursing, Joseph oversees the operations, and helps manage day-to-day responsibilities and functions, as well as the growth process for his nursing team. Joseph understands that to be a good leader it must reflect in those around you.

Joseph’s greatest pleasure is having the opportunity to work alongside a new nurse and help teach and mold them to be great nurses. Working in the field, such as addiction can be hard at times, however Joseph believes in RCA’s mission and strives to provide the utmost dignity, respect, and compassion for all clients that come to treatment. Joseph stands by the saying, “don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” With this company and Team, he believes that couldn’t be truer. Each day is an honor and a privilege to be able to help someone.

Joe Parisano

Joe Parisano

Facilities Manager

Joseph A. Parisano has over 20 years experience in law enforcement as an officer and supervisor. He has over 10 years experience working in the substance abuse field, working in security management.

His combination of personal and professional experience and passion to help others works exactly with RCA’s mission to save 1 million lives. He started with Lighthouse as the Black Car Driver, then to Transportation Supervisor and ultimately to his new role as Facilities Manager. He earned his degree in Criminal Justice along with many other law enforcement courses and programs. He is a longtime homeowner and 5-year resident of Atlantic County.

Edward Quirk

Edward Quirk

Medical Director

Dr. Quirk has over 36 years of medical experience and holds board certifications in Addiction Medicine, Preventive Medicine Subspecialty, and Anesthesiology, and is a Certified Medical Review Officer.

He has experience in all forms of medication-assisted treatment and inpatient and outpatient management. As the Medical Director of Lighthouse,

Dr. Quirk is dedicated and focused on making an impact on the lives of our patients and families. His goal is to assist in providing the direction to achieve long-term recovery, health, and overall well-being for the patients, as well as education and support the families.

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