Stuart Greenbaum, MA, MSW
Stuart Greenbaum has served as the executive director of the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County since 1986. He has worked in the field of behavioral health for more than 30 years with an expertise in organizational change and development, administration and management. He has served on the Children's Behavioral Health Advisory Committee to the State Advisory Council on Children and Families.
Mr. Greenbaum served as a board member of Norwalk Communities in Schools and the United Way of Norwalk & Wilton, as well as three terms as the president of the Connecticut Association of Mental Health Clinics for Children, a 26-member outpatient behavioral health clinic organization.
He earned his masters of social work in administration from Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work, New York, and a masters of arts in counseling and guidance and certificate of Advanced Study from New York University, New York.
David Sasso, MD, MPH
Dr. Sasso is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been a physician in Connecticut since 2004. He has experience treating a wide range of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric problems through both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological approaches. His expertise includes treatment of anxiety, mood, attention-deficit, autism spectrum, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Sasso is fluent in Spanish and directs the bilingual program at the Center. Dr. Sasso currently services as Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center.
Dr. Sasso received his medical and public health degrees from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He completed his adult and child psychiatry training in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University and the Yale Child Study Center, respectively. He served as chief resident at the Yale University Health Service and serves on the College Student committee of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry.
Prior to his medical training, Dr. Sasso studied music composition at the Indiana University School of Music and composed "The Trio of Minuet", a full-length opera performed by children, which was broadcast nationally on PBS stations. He has interests in child musical and creative development, using music in mental health and community settings, and how to sensitively approach psychiatric problems among performing artists. He has written and presented widely and consulted to local arts organizations on these topics.
Andrew Lustbader, MD
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Lustbader had been with the Center since 1998. He earned his Medical Doctorate degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, and did his training in pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child & adolescent psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is board certified/eligible with the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a co-director of Psychopharmacology/Evaluation at the Yale Child Study Center, and works within pediatric and psychiatric groups at the State level to promote children's mental health.
Dr. Lustbader is responsible for overseeing all psychiatric patient care at the Center. He conducts psychiatric evaluations, participates in treatment planning conferences, prescribes and monitors medication for patients, and plans with hospitals regarding children going into the hospital and returning to the community. He provides supervision and/or consultation to staff where medical expertise is indicated and participates in staff development programs.
Charles (Ted) T. Sansolo, LCSW
A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, Mr. Sansolo has a long-standing employment record at the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County. As Clinical Director, he is responsible for the administration and management of all clinic programs; which includes providing managerial supervision to all program directors and clinical supervision to staff members. He is also involved in program development, staff training, statistical monitoring, and operations management of the Center.
Linda Chave, MA Ed/SPED
Director, Choices for Success
Ms. Chave has worked in regular and special education for over 10 years, in both public and private school settings. Prior to that she was employed in corporate communications and as a freelance writer for such publications as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
She holds a MA in Secondary Education from University of Bridgeport, and has done extensive graduate work in special education at Southern Connecticut State University. ,Ms. Chave received over four years of ABA training from the Devereux Foundation, one of the largest, non-profit mental health organizations in the U.S.
In 2008, Ms. Chave was nominated for the Asperger's Association of New England (AANE) Award for Excellence in Teaching Students with Asperger Syndrome. She has also"captained" an award-winning FIRST FTC Robotics team, made up of high-school students with autism spectrum disorders, and has experience as an ESL instructor at the LVA School in Danbury, Connecticut.
As Program Director of Choices for Success, she takes a "hands on" approach to providing academic remediation, behavioral supports and enrichment opportunities for under-served middle and high-school youth in Norwalk, while collaborating extensively with other organizations throughout the Norwalk area.
Yohanna Cifuentes, PhD
Coordinator, Latino Services & Special Projects
Yohanna Cifuentes is a licensed clinical social worker in CT, NY and PR. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology and her master's degree in social work from Hunter College and a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Capella University. Dr. Cifuentes' dissertation was related to Latino employees, satisfaction with leadership, and motivation at work.
Dr. Cifuentes has been practicing as a psychiatric social worker for over 11 years in outpatient clinics and partial hospitalization programs with children and adolescents. She has experience working with children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, adjustment, and/or academic underachievement.
Dr. Cifuentes has also been an active participant in providing educational workshops to parents, school staff, students, and other providers on issues related to parenting, stress, bullying, depression and suicide prevention, eating disorders, emotional intelligence, academic achievement and motivation, as well as classroom management. In addition, Dr. Cifuentes has written some articles for newspapers and magazines related to adolescence, parenting, and depression.
As coordinator of Latino services, Dr. Cifuentes uses her bilingual and bicultural expertise to improve the quality of service provided to the Latino clients in the community. Her responsibilities include direct clinical services, clinical supervision, serving as a liaison with schools and providers, and participation in consultation and education in the community. Furthermore, Dr. Cifuentes is involved in program development, coordination and implementation of evidence-based and best practice interventions in the clinic.
Stephanie Ehrman, PhD
Director, Prospects Extended Day Treatment Program
Dr. Stephanie Ehrman earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Skidmore College (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa), where her thesis research was funded by the National Science Foundation. She earned a master's degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University in New York. Dr. Ehrman joined Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center in 2003 and has directed the Prospects Program at the Center since 2004. Her responsibilities include clinical and administrative management.
Dr. Ehrman offers direct clinical services (assessment and psychotherapy), provides clinical supervision and training to a full-time staff of 10 dedicated Prospects employees, and is involved in program development and fundraising activities. In addition, she participates in the development of practice standards at the state level.
Cheryl Entwisle, MS
Ms. Entwisle has worked in the managed health care industry for over 20 years and has been employed at Mid-Fairfield since 1999. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Stonehill College in 1989 and master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of New Haven in 1991. Ms. Entwisle is responsible for the Center's day-to-day operations, claim submission and reimbursement, data management and systems. She reports to the Executive Director.
Michael Fischler, PhD
Supervising Psychologist/Crisis Services Coordinator
Dr. Fischler is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Ferkauf School of Psychology, New York. He has been with the Center since 1989. He is responsible for overseeing the crisis intervention, assessment and stabilization services for children and adolescents whenever and wherever they are needed throughout the community.
Cheri Kleiman, LMFT
Ms. Kleiman earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida in 2004 and her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University in 2008. She recently joined the Center's team in September of 2012.
Ms. Kleiman brings to the Center her experience of providing clinical therapy to at-risk youth and their families since 2006. She has worked in several different treatment settings including extended day treatment, outpatient substance abuse, crisis stabilization, outpatient mental health, and residential.
Currently, Ms. Kleiman supervises the marriage and family therapy interns at the Center and provides individual, family and group therapies in the general clinic. She is also in the process of becoming an AAMFT approved supervisor.
Gail Melanson, PhD
Clinical Director of Child FIRST and Early Childhood Consultant
Gail Melanson has been with the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County since 1996. She earned her master's degree and Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University in New York and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Connecticut.
As the Early Childhood Specialist at the Center, Gail is the Clinical Director of the Child FIRST Program. She also provides supervision and mental health consultation to various early childhoodprograms and supervises the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership staff.
Moyosore Mickens, LCSW
Director, Greater Norwalk System of Care
Moyosore Mickens is a licensed clinical social worker and personal fitness trainer committed to supporting individuals, families and communities through the process of change. For over fifteen years, she has applied her combined training to help clients navigate life's various challenges and promote physical and mental health. She has conducted this work in various settings and social service agencies such as schools, foster care programs, prisons and domestic violence prevention programs and mental health clinics. She completed both her undergraduate and MSW at Hunter College in New York City where she is also currently an adjunct lecturer.
Taryn Noonan, LCSW
Assistant Director, Prospects Extended Day Treatment Program
Taryn Noonan is the Assistant Director of the Extended Day Treatment program (Prospects). She earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Connecticut. Taryn earned her MSW from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. While at Fordham she declared a specialization in social work and law.
Taryn has been with The Center since 2009 and has worked within the Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services program, the outpatient clinic and the EDT. She supervises direct care staff and student interns in the EDT and the outpatient clinic. She is SIFI Certified and coordinates The Center's intern program which provides Bachelors and Masters level students from universities such as Sacred Heart, SCSU, Fordham, and NYU with practical experience in the field of social work. Within the EDT, Taryn provides individual and group therapy to children and their families that is solution focused and aims at improving quality-of-life and success at home, school, and in the community.
Taryn developed and coordinates The Center's main fundraising events, the annual NorWALK BIKE & RUN. The family-friendly event takes place on the first Sunday of June.
Taryn is a certified Associate Trainer of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention which is a therapeutic model used within the EDT. She is also a certified Life is Good Playmaker and had been trained in CANY Therapeutic Drama.
Pam Stark, MBA, EdM
Ms. Stark has worked in the non-profit field for over 20 years as senior staff and as a consultant in management, fundraising, research, and board development. She also has experience in the for-profit arena in human resources and workforce analysis. She earned her Masters in Education at Harvard University and her Masters in Business Administration at Northeastern. Ms. Stark is responsible for fundraising research, grant writing, events, working with senior staff on strategic planning, and (with executive director and Board of Trustees) board development.
Charles Steig, BA
Mr. Steig has worked at the Center since 2000. He is responsible for the Accounting, Human Resources, and Employee Benefits functions for the Center. He reports to the Executive Director and to the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Mid Fairfield Leadership Team.
Mr. Steig is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and brings more than forty years of experience in both private and public Human Services Agencies as CFO, Grants Manager and Director of Training. In addition, he has taught both Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language in the Stamford Public Schools, and was Director of Adult Bilingual Vocational Training Programs at J.M. Wright Technical School in Stamford.
Board of Trustees
Our Board plays a vital role in the operation and strategic planning of The Center. It is currently comprised of thirteen members with a broad range of backgrounds, experience, and expertise.
Meetings are held at The Center the evening of the second Wednesday of each month (no meetings in July and August).
The Board welcomes business and community leaders who appreciate the importance of The Center's mission and are willing to lend their knowledge, resources, and perspective to help The Center achieve its goals.
Mark A Lilliedahl - President
Senior Account Executive, UNUM Provident
Roy Berger - Vice President
Founder, KREW Marketing
Janet Williams - Treasurer
CRO - Intercompany Transactions, GE Capital
Anita M. Mackey - Recording Secretary
Frank Collins - Principal, Good Hill Partners
Mark Foley - Exec. VP & Chief Credit Officer, Patriot National Bank
Douglas Hempstead - VP Operations, Stew Leonard's
Michael Intrieri, Ed. D - President Mint Properties
State Representative Gail Lavielle - 143rd District serving Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton
Richard A. McQuaid - Town Clerk of the City of Norwalk
Marianne Wilson - President, Marianne Wilson Catering