Derek Robben, MD, FAPA, MRO – Medical Director
Dr. Robben has dual board-certifications in addiction psychiatry and general psychiatry and completed his addiction fellowship at the University of South Florida. Dr. Robben is the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program at USF. He has been published in peer reviewed journals and earned the following awards: Faculty Clinical Teaching Award, Outstanding Resident Teacher, Outstanding Student in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, Award for Clinical Excellence in Neuropsychiatry Clerkship, Outstanding Radiology Instructor/Preceptor, U.S. Air Force. Dr. Robben was voted by his peers as the Top Addiction Doctor in Tampa Bay three years running (2016-2018).
Liz Harden, LMHC, CAP – Executive Director
Graduating from the University of Tampa 1989, Liz Harden began dedicating all aspects of her professional career to addictions and dual-disorders treatment. Well known for her development of award-winning specialty programs for women and people with co-occurring psychiatric illnesses, as the first female and clinically licensed Chief Operating Officer of DACCO (2007 – 2014), Liz’s leadership helped propel the Tampa community-based non-profit agency into the modern healthcare era, benefitting the indigent and the working poor. In 2002, Liz began evaluating, treating and monitoring licensed health professionals with substance use disorders and other psychiatric illnesses. Liz’s passion and energy is born from her own family history of alcoholism and recovery. Having walked in the shoes of despair and hopelessness, watching loved ones suffering from the disease, unwilling to seek treatment, Liz became a trusted guide for those in similar circumstances, assisting loved-ones with court-involved involuntary treatment, when necessary.
Jaime Fernandez, MD – Medical Director of Mental Health Programs
In addition to her practice at BoardPrep, Dr. Fernandez is the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at HCA Memorial Hospital of Tampa, providing enhanced linkage with hospital services when needed. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University Of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Well known for her innovative work in treating mood disorders with ECT, Dr. Fernandez is also now an approved provider of the Florida Department of Health for the evaluation and treatment of Florida licensed health practitioners.
Dr. Fernandez holds clinic onsite several times per week, as needed for BoardPrep patients.
- Sleep management
- Anxiety management
- Mood disorders
John Harden, LCSW, ICADC, MPH – Clinical Director
- Addiction Treatment Expert
- Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Advocate
- Founding Executive Director of the UF Health Florida Recovery Center
- Former UF College of Medicine faculty in Psychiatry, founding member and Senior
- Resident Fellow of the University of Florida Drug Policy Institute at the McKnight Brain Institute
Transformed by personal recovery in 1983, John began helping other young people in treatment at the age of 19. He has dedicated his life and career to helping others recover.
Peter Vagg, PhD – Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Vagg has over 25 years of objective testing experience, specific to individuals with substance use and dual disorders. Dr. Vagg completed his Honors and Masters degrees at the University of Melbourne, Australia, a Doctor in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and post-doctoral training at the University of South Florida. Additionally, Dr. Vagg worked as a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, at Long Island University and at the Center for Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology at the University of South Florida. He has edited two books and published over thirty articles in scientific journals and magazines as well as presenting papers on his work in the United States, Europe and Australia. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality Assessment, the International Association of Applied Psychology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic examiners.
John Lesko, JD, CAP – Professionals’ Program Director
As BoardPrep’s Director of Professionals’ Programs, John Lesko “Johnny” is involved in treatment decisions throughout the entire care process. Mr. Lesko is a clinician first, but also a seasoned and powerful advocate. His unique training and experience have prepared him for this exciting position, representing BoardPrep’s expanding commitment of resources for Physicians, Health Professionals Programs, Lawyer Assistance Programs, Nurses and Pilots.
Mr. Lesko coordinates the clinical care, as well as legal and licensing concerns, for licensed medical and legal professionals receiving treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Johnny is dually credentialed as a Certified Addiction Professional and a Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional, and has worked full-time in mental health and substance treatment since 2008. He also served as Programs Coordinator for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Florida Chapter, and was active drafting proposed resolutions for submission to the Florida legislature. Johnny practiced litigation in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1994 to 2007, specializing in the pursuit of workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, and personal injury claims.
Mr. Lesko earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1994, and a B.A. in economics from UCLA, 1989. He is dually certified by the Florida Certification Board as a CAP and CCJAP
Debra Mandt – Consultant
With 15+ years of leadership and management experience in non-profits and digital marketing, Debra utilizes her passion and expertise to make recovery more accessible. Her networking efforts in the community improve understanding of substance uses and mental health disorders, lowering stigma and creating more opportunities for recovery.
As the former owner of Mascus America and Executive Director American Heart Association Tampa Bay, Debra is a career professional, proven innovator and entrepreneur. Debra has always been passionate about helping people but she has a special passion about helping people with substance use disorders and dual disorders find recovery.
Justin LaRosa, LCSW – Pastor & Therapist
The Reverend Justin LaRosa provides pastoral leadership and support to all the patients, families and staff of BoardPrep Recovery Center
- Justin is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and addiction recovery advocate
Justin is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church and is the Director of The Portico, the downtown campus of Hyde Park United Methodist Church
Archie Hayes, CAC – Counselor
Archie became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the renowned Parkside Medical Services counselor training program in the 1980’s. After a successful career at Parkside, Mr. Hayes fulfilled various leadership roles in the field including clinical supervisor and client advocate manager. His skill and experience in working with difficult dual-diagnosis is unparalleled. Archie is also well respected for his knowledge of 12-step recovery, as well as his infectious sense of humor and ability to “carry the message.”
Cory Albano, MA, RMHCI – Clinical Coordinator
Cory earned her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health from the University of South Florida. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Clinical Counseling and Applied Psychology from the University of South Florida. Cory has specialized in substance use disorders and dual disorders for her entire professional career. As Clinical Coordinator at BoardPrep Recovery Center, Cory works directly with individual clients and their families to help them achieve their best results from treatment. Cory’s possesses a rare combination of passion for recovery, creativity and clinical acumen, making her stand out as a special talent in the professional treatment field.
Ian Rivera, MSW, RCSWI – Program Director
Ian earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work with concentrations in Behavioral and Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Trauma Informed Care from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Ian also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Upper Iowa University.
For the past 5 years, Ian has assisted adults with mental health, criminal justice involvement and substance use disorders to overcome barriers and live a fulfilling life. Ian takes a strength-based approached to empower his clients on the road to recovery.
Daniel Laukaitis, LCSW, CAP – Therapist
Daniel Laukaitis, LCSW, MCAP, CCM, works at BoardPrep Recovery Center as a therapist who focuses on group therapy, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and trauma therapy. His clinical areas of specialty are: substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, trauma recovery using EMDR, hypnosis/guided imagery, and cognitive behavior. He is an EMDRIA approved EMDR therapist and his work has involved working with survivors of complex sexual and emotional trauma in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He is a graduate of Florida International University School of Social Work in Miami and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Angel Ortega-Valentin, LCSW – Clinical Supervisor
Angel obtained his Master’s Degree in Social Work with concentrations in Behavioral and Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Trauma Informed Care and Community Organizing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Angel also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida. Angel engages in CBT, Recreational and Solution Focused Therapeutic models to assist clients on the road to recovery.
Peggy Moss – Chef
Peggy Moss is the executive chef at BoardPrep Recovery Center, with over fourteen years in event planning, catering and client servicing. Client meals are expertly crafted to suit all needs and Peggy ensures that clients are provided the opportunity to assist so that they may learn how to prepare nutritious and delicious meals for themselves in the future. Peggy is also a Pastor with the United Methodist Church, working towards a Masters of Divinity at Emory University, and is the instructor for BoardPrep Recovery Center’s Mindfulness/Spirituality group session.
Sarah Horn, BS – Clinical Support Supervisor
Sarah is currently in graduate school for licensed mental health counseling. She received her bachelors from the University of South Florida in Health Sciences, focusing on social and behavioral science. Sarah began working in the mental health field in 2014, specializing in substance use disorders, dual-diagnosis and addiction. As the Clinical Support Supervisor, Sarah provides support to the BoardPrep medical team as well as ensures optimal daily functioning within the clinical team.
Michael Orgass – Financial Coordinator
Michael Orgass has a passion for finance with experience in personal and corporate tax returns, bookkeeping and vendor relationships. Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from SUNY Oneonta, Michael has developed a love for numbers. This combined with his desire to help others has led to Michael’s current involvement in addiction recovery at BoardPrep Recovery Center. As Financial Coordinator, Michael strives to make the world of numbers easier for clients to understand, and is sure to give his utmost attention to each individual.
Dave Eustace – Recovery Support Specialist
David “Dave” Eustace has a passion for helping others. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and is working on becoming a Certified Addiction Counselor. As a Recovery Support Specialist, Dave provides daily support to current patients to include life skills, as well as facilitates community outings. He believes staying involved and having fun, yet maintaining focus, is key to continuing the recovery process beyond treatment, which creates unity and a fellowship to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dave’s unique journey truly puts him in a position to provide guidance to BoardPrep Recovery Center’s patients.
Doug Goodhead, RN – Registered Nurse
Doug is an RN who has over nine years of experience working with addictions, detox, recovery and mental health. Doug also has experience working in hospitals and long-term care. He currently helps out on his days off at a detox facility in Pinellas County. Doug is BLS certified. Doug holds an ADN in Nursing from Galen College of Nursing and is nearly finished with his BSN.
Meagan Coakley, BSPH – Operations Coordinator
As Operations Coordinator, Meagan ensures that facility operations are running smoothly, and provides administrative support to BoardPrep Recovery Center’s specialized treatment team providing care to professionals from across the United States. With over four years of professional experience working around the Tampa Bay Area, Meagan has been in various leadership roles and has ultimately chosen to apply her skills in the mental health field, where she is focusing on her interest in addiction recovery. Meagan earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of South Florida in 2014.
Nathan Clement – Regional Outreach Coordinator
Nathan Clement currently works as the Regional Outreach Coordinator. His primary goal is to help spread the word about services offered at BoardPrep Recovery Center, as well as the many benefits treatment may provide for those in need.
Nathan sincerely believes people are able to make positive changes in their own lives with the appropriate tools and is able to showcase this belief by acting as the first point of contact for those who may be at their lowest point. Having acquired unique experience in addiction recovery, Nathan is able to provide his expertise whenever a person in need calls looking for assistance.
Andrew Walls – TMS Technician
Andrew Walls currently studies Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Troy University’s Tampa Bay site and is set to graduate at the end of 2019 with a master’s degree. He graduated with honors from Keiser University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Andrew’s seven years of duty in the United States Army and multiple deployments to Iraq sparked an interest in veteran suicide, substance-related disorders, 12-step recovery models, trauma-informed care, and dual diagnoses. Andrew currently works with clients at South Tampa Psychiatry as a TMS technician.