John Hamilton re-joined Liberation Programs in 2018, having served as the agency’s Vice President of Clinical Services and Senior Vice President from 1996-2006. He is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of addiction treatment and prevention, and brings three decades of experience to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer. John chairs the advisory board for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and serves on the Governors Alcohol and Drug Policy Council.
Previously, John was the Chief Clinical Outreach Officer at Mountainside Treatment Center, a nationally acclaimed drug rehabilitation center with locations in New York and Connecticut. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Recovery Network of Programs, a non-profit behavioral health agency serving the Greater Bridgeport Community. John is Past Chair of the Dissemination Committee for the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network, Past Chair of the Community Treatment Providers Caucus, Past President of the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health Board, Past President of the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals, and co-Founder of the Greenwich Father’s Forum. He has consulted for NIDA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
In 2013, John was the recipient of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) Nyswander-Dole Award for his contributions to the field of Addiction Treatment.
Bonni Hopkins, PhD
Dr. Bonni Hopkins is the Chief Operating & Innovation Officer at Liberation Programs. A Clinical Research Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in community-based prevention and treatment, Bonni has extensive experience in program development and analytic operations. Much of her work has focused on improving population health. As Vice President of Analytic Innovation & Strategy for Beacon Health Options in Connecticut from 2014 to 2019, Bonni led Beacon’s efforts on the statewide Behavioral Health Homes and the high-performance Analyst & Innovation team. She worked closely with the state’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Children and Families, and Department of Social Services in this role. Bonni previously worked as the Director of Research & Evaluation at the Partnership for Drugfree Kids and as the National Director of Outcomes for Magellan Behavioral Health Services. In her current role as Liberation’s Chief Operating & Innovation Officer, Bonni leads strategy and operations related to compliance, quality improvement, program evaluation, implementations, technology, IT, business development, fundraising, and HR.
Omar Garro, MBA
Mr. Garro joined the agency in 2008 with over nine years of professional experience in the fields of business administration, finance, engineering, logistics, project development and quality control in the US and South America. His Quality Team at Naviera Oriente/Backus Corporation in Peru won the prestigious Peruvian National Quality Award. Omar has also been recognized by the Latino Foundation in Stamford as an Outstanding Educator. His passion for building effective quality processes and bringing much-needed resources to populations at risk guides his work at Liberation. Omar has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Pontific Catholic University and an MBA in Management from Sacred Heart University.
Joanne Montgomery, LADC, LCSW
Joanne Montgomery re-joined Liberation Programs in 2019 having worked for the agency from 1995-2007. Joanne has over 25 years experience working with diverse populations including persons with substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and trauma. Joanne was recognized by SAMHSA and DMHAS for her forward thinking when creating a treatment on demand model. This model was first of its kind increasing access for medication assisted treatment from a several week wait to a 90 minutes start to end admission process. Joanne has extensive experience with program development and building community partnerships throughout Fairfield County. Joanne is the Board President of MFAP, Co-Chair of the Strategic planning and assessment committee of the Ryan White Planning Council and is also a founding member who sits on the board of Connecticut Alliance of Recovery Residences (CTAR).
Previously, Joanne was the Chief Clinical Officer at Apex Community Care and before that she was the Division Director for Recovery Network of Programs. In her current role as Chief Clinical and Outreach Officer, Joanne is responsible for leading our Outpatient Programs, as well as expanding outreach and partnerships to expand access and increase revenue. Joanne leads funded implementations and outreach, such as our MAT Wellness Van, Recovery Coaching, Hospital Partnerships, and securing NIDA support to dramatically expand Suboxone/Buprenorphine.
Maggie Young, LADC, MSW
Maggie Young, MSW, LADC, has been working in addiction prevention, residential treatment, and outpatient treatment services for more than 25 years. She oversees our Inpatient Programs as well as spearheading prevention and education services which support middle and high school-aged students and their families. In addition to her local and state work, Maggie facilitated a training in Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska in 2018 for child welfare and court support services staff on the benefit of medication-assisted treatments for women with children.
Through her own personal journey, Maggie was drawn to supporting other women through the often difficult and confusing first steps of recovery. Through her efforts, she has developed collaborative relationships between the local child welfare system, local hospitals, and substance use treatment services, which has both improved outcomes for families and increased family involvement.