John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC
John Hamilton, President & CEO, 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.
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.
Judith M. Martino
Judith Martino, Comptroller, joined Liberation Programs as Director of Finance in 2020 before being promoted to Comptroller. Judy has decades of experience in the non-profit sector including expertise with budgeting, grants and contracts, and financial reporting. She began her career as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Company working with many non-profit organizations and municipalities. Previously, she was the Assistant Controller at Optimus Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Judy has over 30 years of experience working as the Director of Budget & Finance at Recovery Network of Programs, a non-profit behavioral health organization. Judy has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, School of Business Administration.
Joanne Montgomery, LADC, LCSW
Joanne Montgomery, Chief Clinical and Outreach Officer, 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 misuse and mental health disorders, 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 minute 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).
Joanne is responsible for leading our Outpatient Programs and Men’s Inpatient Program, 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.
Chris Whitney, MBA
Chief Financial Officer Chris Whitney joined Liberation Programs as the Director of Finance after a successful 20-year career in the hedge fund industry. He co-founded and managed two significant commodity hedge funds in New York City, Heritage Capital LLC and Perennial Capital LLC. Chris has also served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Person-to-Person and has considerable experience in nonprofit accounting and finance. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy with the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant. Chris holds a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford University.
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.