Dana Migliaccio MS, LSW, LCADC, CCS, Director of Outpatient services at RCA, Lighthouse, has 10 years of experience treating addiction after graduating from Rutgers University Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a dual study specializing in Addictions. Ms. Migliaccio was awarded a Fellowship during her undergraduate Bachelor’s program at Rutgers University to participate in a research program in San Francisco, Ca surrounding the LGBTQ community and was credited in a published Academic Article with her Mentor. A required internship resulted in her initial role(s) as Counselor Intern, and eventual Counselor, Drug Court Liaison and Clinical Supervisor positions during her four years of employment in Long Term Male Residential Treatment spearheading the Federal Inmate Release and Drug Court Programs. She continued in her career in Supervisory and Administrative roles during the next four years in several Modalities of treatment prior to her position here at Lighthouse, Mays Landing in August 2019.
Corp. Director of Outpatient
Mike has worked in the mental health/behavioral health and substance abuse fields for 28 years. He has held various positions including Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of Residential Services and Chairman of the Behavior Management Committee. Most recently Mike served as the CEO/Vice President of Onward Behavioral Health. He was responsible for all aspects of a 25 office Outpatient Treatment company.
Mike earned his Master’s Degree for Organizational Development and Leadership from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has co-facilitated graduate level classes at PCOM and been a guest lecturer for The Administration of Human Service Programs at the University of Scranton, Department of Counseling and Human Services.
He holds a personal patent for the Safety Shield® and copyright for Positive Outcome Intervention Strategies for Effective De-escalation (SHIELD), an early detection and proactive intervention training program for crisis intervention and de-escalation situations.
“Punishment does much but encouragement does more.”
Joseph Kerstetter, LSW is a licensed social worker and a generalist practitioner. Joe began his career counseling students at Stockton University in an outpatient setting and meeting the needs of a diverse student population. Joe transitioned to employment with Enlightened Solutions and gained experience providing IOP and PHP services for substance use disorders.
Joe has experience treating various mental health conditions and substance use disorders at all outpatient levels of care. Joe places an emphasis on balance and creating a life that is manageable in recovery.
Joe came to RCA with a passion to serve an underserved and stigmatized population. Joe is currently running a partial care program that involves group therapy with an emphasis on skills to assist with transitioning from a residential to outpatient setting, boundaries, codependency, relapse prevention, and understanding the relation between mental health and addiction. Joe includes the option for family sessions and holds individual sessions with group members as part of the therapeutic milieu.
Joshua Hayes MA, NCC, LAC, is a young therapist that brings a unique approach to the therapeutic atmosphere. Joshua has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the accredited Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Joshua was motivated to enter the field after learning the impact that trauma and substance use can have on an individual’s life. While studying to become a therapist, Joshua presented on his research about treating Veterans with PTSD, at the annual Graduate Scholars Forum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Joshua’s research discusses how unique approaches to therapy and a neurological understanding, are necessary to make the therapeutic experience beneficial for individuals struggling with traumatic experiences and addiction.
Alumni Coordinator for Lighthouse
Prior to his work at RCA, Bob served three years in the US Army, and upon discharge, he started his own successful business in construction which he operated for over 20 years. Bob’s passion for helping others along their journey in recovery began when he found himself battling the disease of addiction. In 2016, Bob got sober with the help of RCA, and once he became an alumnus, he happily served as the first chair for the Alumni Association at Lighthouse. In 2017, Bob accepted an offer to work as a driver for RCA and from there he held many positions within RCA including RSS, Clinical Intern, and Recovery Instructor. Now, Bob has truly come full circle in his journey to join the Alumni Team and assist in building the Alumni Program at Lighthouse where he serves as the Alumni Coordinator.
If you would like to get in contact with Robert regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Lighthouse, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georges Dubois, MS, LPC, primary therapist of outpatient services at RCA, has seven years of experience of treating addiction after graduating from Monmouth University with a Master’s degree in psychological counseling. Georges has prior experience working in all outpatient levels. Georges has treated both adults and adolescents with substance abuse disorders. Georges’ passion to work in the drug and alcohol field began after he graduated and worked as the program coordinator for a behavioral health agency in the city of Trenton, NJ. Georges provided group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy to adolescents with substance abuse disorders. Georges continued his career by providing therapy to men with co-occurring mental health/substance use disorders involved in the justice system. Throughout his career, Georges has worked with a diverse population and brings a culturally competent approach to how he provides care for his clients. Georges’ approach is cognitive behavioral therapy and brings his compassion and empathy for helping others to learn the skills to overcome the barriers to health and wellness in recovery.
Jamira Hopson, LSW, MSW, MA, is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey and obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from Walden University. Jamira also holds a specialization in Advanced Clinical Practice. In addition to this, she obtained an additional master’s degree in Applied Sociology from William Paterson University. She has a variety of experience working with individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders/co-occurring mental health, youth experiencing homelessness from various circumstances and backgrounds, and previous work in Care Management at AtlantiCare Health Plex (FQHC).
As a counselor, she brings a passion for working with individuals in recovery, a dedication to the field of social work, a solid academic foundation, and a variety of real-life scenarios from her professional experiences. She values diversity and uses it to empower individuals to reach their fullest potential of personal development and holistic wellness. Her sociology and social work training has developed the tools needed to adopt a holistic approach in examining and providing therapeutic support to clients.
Damia McDonald LSW, MSW is a licensed social worker with a background in working with the underprivileged and undervalued community. After receiving her Master’s degree from Kean University, Damia began her career working with at-risk youth. Damia continued this journey until she was given the opportunity to work with adults who needed support finding housing, entitlements and building community networks. Now at RCA Damia is dedicated to using her skills to empower and support those struggling with mental health and/or addiction.
Yvette McDonald MS, LCADC Primary Therapist at Recovery of America at Lighthouse presents with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Substance Use and Behavioral Health. A Graduate from Phoenix AZ, Grand Canyon University Master’s Program in Addiction Counseling, along with various training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical behavioral Therapy. Yvette has been in the field for a little over 9 years and has worked in Intensive Outpatient treatment, Outpatient, and Medication Assistant Treatment for both male and females. Yvette also has experience as a Senior Counselor and Part time Clinical Director which houses PHP, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and Outpatient services. Yvette gained a passion to advocate for victims who experienced sexual violence and was a part of the Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) from 2016-2018.
Sarah Higbee, LSW, MSW, Primary Therapist, is a licensed social worker and therapist with 5 years of clinical experience. Sarah began her career in Utah, as a clinical therapist at the Utah State Prison, working in maximum security, with an all-male population. Sarah created the Utah State Prison’s first LGBTQ support group with additional curriculum. Sarah has worked with populations that range from children in schools and hospitals, to adult homeless individuals. Sarah has experience treating various mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Before coming to RCA, Sarah was the Associate Director of a residential treatment center for individuals with co-occurring mental health/substance use disorders. Sarah comes with a passion for human rights, and specifically focuses on advocacy for, and empowerment of those who are overlooked most by society.