Leadership & Partners

 


Jeff Brain

Jeff Brain, MA, CTS, CEP
Executive Director

Jeff has been advising, counseling, guiding and mentoring youth, young adults and adults throughout his 26 year career. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a certified trauma specialist and a certified educational planner. Jeff has extensive clinical and administrative leadership experience in a variety of residential and outpatient settings and has worked with individuals with a variety of mental health, substance use, developmental and behavioral issues.

Jeff has served hundreds of families as an advisor, advocate, therapist, behavior specialist and trauma specialist working almost exclusively with individuals in their homes and the community. Jeff also developed and co-founded an innovative, residential transition program for emerging adults with mental health challenges as well as founded and leads a therapeutic youth group for adolescents with social skill deficits. He is an expert in anger management, having developed and copyrighted a successful and innovative anger management curriculum for adolescents and young adults.

As Director, Jeff provides leadership, training and supervision to coach-mentors as well as being a liaison to referring professionals, family members and the individual served.



Ben Smith

Ben Smith MA, CSAC
Service Engagement Supervisor

Ben graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Political Science.  Upon graduation he began working at a dual diagnosis treatment facility, with substance abuse and mental health clients, providing inpatient, and outpatient services.  In 2003, Ben moved to Virginia Beach and began working in outpatient clinics, managing multiple clinics throughout Virginia.  It was during this time that Ben obtained his Certified Substance Abuse Counselor certification and began work on his master’s degree.

In 2007, Ben began working as an Assistant Director for a halfway house in Norfolk, Virginia, assisting federal inmates in successfully returning to society. He completed a Master’s degree in Counseling from Seton Hall University and was promoted to Director for this same company.  In 2015 he was again promoted to Chief Operating Officer, managing three facilities/staff in D.C., and Virginia. In his 11 years working with federal inmates, Ben was able to assist thousands of clients in successful reentry into society through his management of a multi-disciplinary team providing evidence-based practices.

Ben has a natural ability to connect with people, and prides himself on his loyalty, honesty, and genuineness that he hopes to pass off to each person with whom he interacts.  Ben believes that being positive and building on strengths is one of the most influential ways to positively impact a person’s life.


Karen Fitzhugh

Karen E Fitzhugh PhD
Director of Community Relations

Karen has been in program marketing and operations for programs serving children, adolescents and adults for the entirety of her career. She holds both an MA and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Special Education and has worked at both the clinical management and executive levels. Karen has broad administrative and clinical experience in traditional inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding school settings.

Karen’s passion is sharing information about services with others that really work. She chose to join Coach-Mentors because the application of the Company’s practical and realistic approach to coaching and mentoring support gives clients the opportunity to find real world success that lasts over time.

Karen works directly with Executive Director Jeff Brain and the Regional Supervisors and referral sources to ensure everyone has a chance to access this life-changing program.


Ellen Stewart

Ellen Stewart
Coach-Mentor / Family Support Specialist

Ellen Stewart is a Certified Life Coach who has happily devoted the last 14 years to Life Skills Coaching and helping people to succeed and achieve their goals. She specializes in personal growth, relationships, family dynamics and recovery coaching. In addition to being a Certified Professional Life Coach, Ellen is also a Recovery Coach who has worked with recovering alcoholics and addicts in the Behavioral Health and Addiction Field for 14 years.

Ellen’s training and coaching certification comes from iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching approved by the International Coaching Federation. She is also certified as an Ericksonian Hypnosis Master Practitioner and a member of the International Coaching Federation and the National Organization for Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications and Education from Lehman College of the City University of New York. Ellen has formerly held a New York State teaching license and have taught at the High School and College levels for many years. In addition, she has a background in Human Resources, Vice-President of Public Relations, and has successfully run two independent businesses.

Ellen is a collaborative, solution-focused Life Coach. Through this approach, she provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She also integrates coaching techniques and helpful assignments to offer a highly-personalized program tailored to you. With compassion and understanding, Ellen works with you to help build on your strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to achieving.


Nicole Rousseau

Nicole Rousseau
Coach-Mentor / Career Coach

I love being a coach and helping people. As we all need a hand from time to time in our lives. I am known as an optimistic, creative, supportive coach, manager, and teacher and I enjoy working with people in areas of growth, communication skills, career, and life changes. I have a degree in Psychology from Smith College, an MBA from NYU, and I am a graduate of Columbia University’s Coaching Program with over seven years of training and coaching experience. With my clients, I share experiences and knowledge so they too can find fun, relief, and success in their own lives. I believe seeking insights with the help of a 'guide', leads to tremendous growth, giving you more confidence and options in your future.


Dan Delia

Dan D'Elia
Coach-Mentor

For the past 12 years I have been working in education helping to sculpt the minds of today's youth and future leaders of America. I began my journey after graduating with my B.A. in Special Education from William Paterson University.

After teaching for a few years, I decided to get my Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. I have a very positive philosophy towards life and I make it a daily effort to become a better person mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually than I was the day before. Over the past five years, I have made it a life goal to share my positive attitude and to help others release their full potential by motivational speaking and coaching.

I am extremely excited to work with my clients and I hope to change the world one life at a time. I believe that everyone is equipped with the ability to become the best version of themselves, my job is to help you find the tools and teach you how to use them effectively.