Alan J. Mathis
Since 2006, Alan J. Mathis has served as the President and CEO of Liberation Programs, one of Connecticut’s leading nonprofits providing prevention, education and treatment services for persons with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. Under Mr. Mathis’ leadership, the agency has increased the number of people served by 38%, reduced wait times for treatment, and expanded access to wrap around social services to include a transitional employment program, and increased access to primary medical services through partnerships with community health centers. Working with the Board of Directors, the agency developed a permanent supportive housing complex in Norwalk for women and their children. Mr. Mathis transformed Liberation into an organization that provides evidenced-based, targeted care for the 1,200 individuals seen every day while strengthening the agency’s business practices and management. Mr. Mathis is a frequent speaker in the community and has written for numerous publications including the Norwalk Hour.
Prior to joining Liberation Programs, Mr. Mathis served as President and CEO at the Lower Eastside Service Center providing housing, primary medical, addiction and mental health services in NYC and served on NYC’s Mental Health and Hygiene Policy Advisory Board under Dr. Thomas Frieden, the current Director of the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He holds a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Averall Harriman College at the University of NY at Stony Brook. As a Sloan Fellow, he studied public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. He resides in Norwalk with his wife Melissa.
Patti Juliana, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Juliana recently joined Liberation Programs as Chief Program Officer, with over 30 years of experience as one of the region’s top professionals in the field of drug and alcohol addiction treatment where she has made groundbreaking progress in the development of services for families and children affected by substance misuse and in the treatment of co-occurring medical and mental health problems that arise with substance use disorders. Dr. Juliana holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in social work from Adelphi University. A published author, she has served on numerous substance abuse-related councils, task forces, and committees, including several operating under the auspices of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Cary Ostrow, MS, LMFT
Mr. 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 Administrative Officer, he is working to improve agency-wide systems and procedures to achieve optimal performance. In 2003, Mr. Ostrow led the team that brought the agency its first national accreditation with CARF, attaining the highest award possible. Additionally, Mr. Ostrow 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. Mr. Ostrow has a Bachelor‘s Degree in Psychology from Clark University and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Bridgeport.
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. Mr. Garro 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. Mr. Garro has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Pontific Catholic University and an MBA in Management from Sacred Heart University.