John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC
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.
James H. Deadwyler
Jim Deadwyler joined Liberation Programs as the Chief Development Officer in September 2017. In this role, he directs the agency’s fundraising, marketing, and volunteer engagement activities. With more than 24 years of professional fundraising experience, Jim previously served as Vice President of Foundation & Government Support at Safe Horizon, Inc., the largest victims services agency in the United States. There, he was instrumental in increasing revenues by more than 20 percent over three years. Jim has a B.A. in Russian language from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and lives in Stamford.
Bonni Hopkins, PhD
Dr. Bonni Hopkins is the Chief Program & 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 Program & Innovation Officer, Bonni is responsible for strategy, growth, and operations for all prevention, outpatient, residential, and inpatient programs related to substance misuse, mental health, and integrated care.
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.
Cary Ostrow, MS, LMFT
Cary Ostrow has been with Liberation Programs since 1992. His insight and skilled leadership in various top level positions has helped shape the agency’s service philosophy of utilizing the aspirations and assets of each person as part of a holistic approach to successful treatment. As Chief Operating Officer, he is working to improve agency-wide systems and procedures to achieve optimal performance. In 2003, Cary led the team that brought the agency its first national accreditation with CARF, attaining the highest award possible. Additionally, Cary has been a CARF surveyor since 2004, surveying more than 40 agencies across the country, with the opportunity to apply national best-practices at Liberation. One example is his implementation of an agency-wide electronic medical record keeping system. Cary has a Bachelor‘s Degree in Psychology from Clark University and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Bridgeport. He served as Interim Chief Executive Officer in 2018.