ABOUT

MISSION AND HISTORY

Positive Directions was established in 1971 in Westport, CT as a volunteer effort by recovering alcoholics to support recovery and bring awareness and prevention into school and community programs. Since then, treatment and prevention programs have evolved to become more disciplined and outcome focused, and Positive Directions today emphasizes evidence-supported clinical treatment services and community focused prevention programs. The Agency’s mission is to support individuals, families, and communities by providing treatment for mental health and addictive behaviors and prevention programs that build resiliency and life skills in adolescents, adults and families. We are a 501(c)(3), state-licensed provider of behavioral health treatment and prevention programs and have received state prevention and awareness funding continuously for close to 25 years, in recognition of our expertise as a provider of evidence-supported, data-driven, locally focused prevention programs to the communities we serve.

STAFF

 ADMINISTRATION

BASIL HERO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (bhero@positivedirections.org)

SUPPORT STAFF

LISA MERRIFIELD, OFFICE MANAGER (info@positivedirections.org)

MILENA CORTES, FINANCIAL MANAGER

PREVENTION DEPARTMENT

DENIQUE WEIDEMA-LEWIS, DIRECTOR OF PREVENTION (dlewis@positivedirections.org)

CLINICAL DEPARTMENT

BOB VIETRO, MS, LADC, NCGC CLINICAL DIRECTOR

NICOLE MERLO-WHITE, MA, LMFT COUNSELOR

BIOGRAPHIES

BASIL HERO

Basil is an experienced non-profit executive with a deep understanding of the interconnected role of government, the private sector and the non-profit community and how these players work to advance policy goals. Basil served most recently as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Asia Society, which is the leading force in forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business outreach. Basil has served on numerous nonprofit boards, such as Musical Theater Works, dedicated to improving the lives of young people through the arts and inner city education programs. He is passionate about helping nonprofit organizations achieve their missions through better communications and fundraising strategies. Email him at bhero@positivedirections.org.

LISA MERRIFIELD

Lisa coordinates our staff and efficient office while serving as the first point of contact for clients seeking services and information. She directs our confidential telephone advisory service and provides general administrative support to our staff.

 

MILENA CORTES

Milena has provided accounting and bookkeeping services to Positive Directions since 1999. She holds a B.S. in Accounting. Milena is proud to be associated with our organization and exudes positivity as well as dedication in all that she does.

BOARD

Lynn Abramson     Pam Kelley
        CHAIR           VICE CHAIR 
 
Tom Green             Lee Bollert 
TREASURER           SECRETARY

AT-LARGE MEMBERS
Diana Bowes        Casey Berg
Anne Hardy          Jeff Wieser

Alan Abramson    Gail Kelly

Michelle Albright

Office Hours

Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Address

420 Post Road West Westport, CT 06880

Contact

(203) 227-7644

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