Staff

Our Harris House staff is highly experienced and credentialed in the treatment of alcohol and drug dependency. We focus on the needs of the client as our first and most important priority. We’re here to help.

Tom-Wickenhauser
Chief Executive Officer

Tom Wickenhauser is Chief Executive Officer of Harris House Foundation. Tom has managed a variety of corporate business operations departments in the St. Louis corporate community. Tom’s career began with The Seven-Up Company World Headquarters managing Purchasing, Real Estate/Leasing, Construction for 12 years until Seven-Up’s consolidation with another company outside St. Louis. Tom then joined Mark Twain Bank, serving as Senior Vice President, Administration for another 12 years, managing consolidated corporate departments including Real Estate/Construction, Human Resources, Purchasing/Contracts, and Security while serving on the Corporate Group as an SEC reporting officer. After Mark Twain merged with Mercantile, Tom joined Mercantile Corporate Real Estate Group for 3 years until Mercantile merged with Firstar Bank and moved headquarters out of St. Louis. Tom retired from corporate business, switched gears and began his non-profit career by obtaining an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis in December, 2006, then an LCSW clinical counseling license. Tom has been CEO of Harris House Foundation since July, 2007 managing the growth of an organization that has become a regional leader in the substance abuse clinical treatment industry.

Wes-Tobin
Chief Operating Officer

Wes Tobin is the Chief Operating Officer of Harris House Foundation. Wes has 40 years of experience in direct substance abuse counseling and managing counseling teams in a variety of clinical and social work settings. For the past 10 years, Wes focused on building the clinical program at Harris House. Wes took a 12-step based program, then incorporated additional elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), disease concept, medication management, gender specific treatment and drug of choice specific treatment to create a holistic treatment environment.

Wes’ areas of clinical specialty include disease concept, trauma, depression and anxiety. Wes is known for his ability to hire, train, and manage a strong team of clinical counselors. Wes is also known for his ability to motivate and inspire clients, both individually and via group dynamics.

Benjamin, Natalie
Director, Outreach/Admissions

Natalie Garrett is the Outreach / Admissions Director for Harris House Foundation. Natalie provides first point of contact with individuals and family members who are in need of help for treatment, then facilitates the admissions process.  Natalie develops and maintains relationships with a variety of individuals and organizations within the community with special interest in addiction treatment. Natalie is a Recognized Associate Substance Abuse Counselor II (RASAC II) and a Missouri Recovery Support Specialist-Peer (MRSS-P).  She has been with Harris House Foundation since 2011.

Dr. Gestring
Psychiatrist

“I help people who are struggling with many mental health issues, commonly things like addictions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bi-polar, and more. People find that they enjoy meeting with me because I’m down to earth and have a good bedside manner — sometimes a rarity among psychiatrists.”

Alex-Noel
Associate Chief Executive Officer

Alex Noel is the Associate CEO of Harris House Foundation. He has more than 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the fields of clinical and administrative substance abuse and mental health care. Alex holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Washington University Brown School of Social Work and is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University.

Stephanie Gingerich
Registered Nurse

Stephanie Gingerich is a full-time registered nurse at Harris House Foundation. Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Southern Illinois University. Stephanie has experience as a medical surgical nurse as well as experience working in a substance abuse detox setting. Stephanie is responsible for accurate and timely medication dispensing for Harris House clients, and teaching client classes on understanding dosages, side effects, and drug interactions for common psychotropic medications. Stephanie also teaches staff classes such as CPR.

Linda-Mangolini
Senior Counselor I

Linda Mangolini is a full-time senior counselor for the Women’s Transitional Housing Program at Harris House Foundation. She attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has 40 years of experience as an addiction counselor. Linda is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP). Linda has been with Harris House Foundation since 2005 and is dedicated to assisting women in changing their lives to live independently and be reunited with their children and families.

Laurie-Spellmeyer
Supervising Counselor

Laurie Spellmeyer has been working in the field of Social Work in the St. Louis area for 25 years. Laurie has prior experience in the HIV/AIDS field providing mental health services to people living with HIV and their family members. Since 2008, she has worked with Harris House Foundation providing clinical supervision to staff in both addiction and mental health treatment, as well as supervising graduate level students completing their practicums.

Diana Loewen
Senior Counselor III

Diana Loewen is a full-time, licensed professional counselor (LPC) at Harris House Foundation who graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master’s degree in Counseling. Along with her LPC, Diana is a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Diana is responsible for planning and executing gender specific treatment for women in the inpatient program. She enjoys working with clients who have anxiety related disorders using Biofeedback, a tool that helps clients gain more awareness and control over physiological responses to stress and anxiety. Diana is also trained in EMDR trauma therapy and CBT and incorporates a holistic approach to treatment using techniques to engage the mind, body and spirit.

Sarah-Surrey
Counselor III

Sarah Surrey is a counselor at Harris House Foundation with eight years of experience working in social services. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of New England in 2013, and obtained her clinical license in 2016. She has completed training in EMDR, which can be used to help reduce the symptoms of trauma.

John-Aliperti
Director, Strategic Partnerships

John Aliperti is Director, Strategic Partnerships. John holds a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. John also holds an advanced counselor certification from the Missouri Credentialing Board. John has been at Harris House for 18 years and has worked as a Counselor, Program Director and interim Executive Director. John is responsible for writing and managing grants. John also has worked on special projects including CARF accreditation, NAP projects and contract negotiations leading to panel membership with major health insurance providers. John is a key member of the team responsible for United Way compliance and reporting. John also directs the Employment Skills training program as both presenter and manager.

Joseph-Rosenfeld
Senior Counselor II

Joseph Rosenfeld, Senior Counselor II at Harris House Foundation, graduated from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York with a Masters of Social Work. Joseph is responsible for planning and executing gender specific treatment for men in the inpatient program. Joseph provides individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy with a psycho-therapeutic approach emphasizing spirituality and mindfulness. Joseph’s clinical focus is in anxiety work and strengthening self-esteem by implementing techniques of REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy). Joseph encourages personal growth in clients through the process of understanding the meaning and purpose in struggle to promote mindful, healthy living.

Lucy Novario
Senior Counselor III

Lucy Novario graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Lucy is a Senior Counselor III, responsible for treatment planning and programs for Men’s Transitional 1 and 2 programs. Lucy is experienced treating mental health issues and substance dependency on an individual, couple, and family level.  Lucy integrates her knowledge of mindfulness and progressive meditation to assist clients in coping with anxiety and depression symptoms.

Brooke-Brasfield
Senior Counselor III

Brooke Brasfield is a Senior Counselor III at Harris House Foundation. Brooke has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Auburn University, as well as a Masters in Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Mental Health. Brooke is responsible for STAIRS groups, assignment of IOP counselors, and discharges.

Brooke has specific trainings in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with emphasis on Behavioral Modification, as well as incorporating mindfulness into her IOP program therapy.

Beth-Cruzan
Counselor III / Insurance

Beth Cruzan graduated from the Washington University Brown School with a Master’s degree in Social Work and concentration in Mental Health. As a Harris House Reimbursement Specialist, Beth is responsible for obtaining pre-authorization and re-authorization for clients seeking insurance coverage for addiction treatment. Beth maintains positive working relationships with insurance company representatives to present current needs for each client. Beth utilizes both individual and group based clinical skills in direct practice, and strives to put clients at ease while performing insurance benefit confirmations, admissions and re-authorizations.

Jonathan Graham
Counselor I

Jonathan graduated in December 2016 with a Master’s of Social Work Degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, his concentration was Mental Health, with an emphasis on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Jonathan provides individual and group counseling, and utilizes a combination of treatment modalities including supportive talk therapy, CBT, and DBT. Jonathan works with clients in the Intensive Inpatient Program and the Men’s Transitional Housing Program.

Madeline Seim
Counselor II

Madeline graduated with her Master’s of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, she concentrated on Mental Health, with an emphasis on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Madeline provides individual and group counseling, and utilizes a combination of treatment modalities including supportive talk therapy, CBT, and DBT. Madeline works with clients in the Intensive Inpatient Program and the Women’s Transitional Housing Program.

 

Dan Hogan
Counselor I

Dan Hogan is a Counselor I at Harris House Foundation. Dan earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University with a Clinical Concentration. Dan has a clinical background with implementing CBT and CPT with trauma sufferers. Using family systems therapy and a psychodynamic background, Dan assists clients in gaining whole person recovery. Dan works with clients in the Men’s Transitional Housing Program.

Kathy-Colon
Accounting Manager

Kathy Colón is the Accounting Manager of Harris House Foundation. She has been with Harris House Foundation since 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in financial services and management. Kathy is responsible for all accounting issues, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, balance sheet, external audit management, monthly P&L reports to Board, and collections. Kathy also manages consolidated purchasing and insurance reimbursements/collections for Harris House Foundation. In addition, Kathy manages part of Harris House facility management.

Denise-Guntli
Human Resources Manager

Denise Guntli is the Human Resources Manager of Harris House Foundation. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she had a concentration in Management and Leadership.

Denise is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, including staffing, employee relations, employee benefits, salary administration, payroll, employee training, and employee policy management. She has been with Harris House since 2009.

Jessica-Sahagun
Administrative Support Manager

Jessica Sahagun is the Administrative Support Manager at Harris House Foundation. She has an MBA from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Jessica is responsible for administrative support, marketing, advertising, sales, and administrative and clinical management teams. Jessica is also responsible for all IT services, telephones services, and supervision of reception staff. Jessica has been with Harris House Foundation since 2012.

Matt Garrison
Insurance Specialist

Matt Garrison is the Insurance Specialist at Harris House Foundation. Matt’s focus is primarily on insurance benefits, re-authorizations, insurance billing, and reimbursements. Matt has been with Harris House Foundation since 2014.

Throughout its history, Harris House has been known for its dedicated staff and board of directors. Both the staff and board of directors are preparing to lead Harris House through upcoming opportunities and challenges.

Board of Directors

  • Becky Marsh – Board Chair
  • Henry Bangert
  • Patrick Carleton
  • Christopher Crabtree
  • Ed Cuccio
  • Peter DeMarea
  • Rhonda Gray
  • Paul Lux
  • Stafford Manion
  • Anne Merles
  • Susan Ward
  • Douglas Weible

Advisory Board

  • Patti Bader
  • Richard Bird
  • Van-Lear Black III
  • Reynal Caldwell
  • David Crawford
  • Joe Goldberg
  • David Henderson
  • Tim Hermann
  • Joan Long
  • Denny Lowry
  • David Moore
  • Neil Packman
  • Jack Pulliam
  • Leo Rosen
  • Dave Shogren
  • Gene Tichacek