John Hamilton, RNP’s Chief Executive Officer, has worked in the field of addiction prevention and treatment since 1981, and holds licenses in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently, John serves on the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Steering Committee of the Clinical Trials Network, and Chair of the Community Treatment Provider (CTP)Policy Committee. John also serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board and is on the Executive Board for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Vice President of the Board of Directors for Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) and the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP), Chair for the CTP of Fairfield County, and is actively involved in community prevention councils in Fairfield County. Previously John served as Chair of the Dissemination Committee for the NIDA Clinical Trials Network, Past President of the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health Systems Board, Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Connecticut Certification Board (SWCMHS), and President of the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals. John presents locally and internationally on a variety of topics and is considered an expert in the field of addiction treatment and prevention.
Linda Mosel, RNP’s Chief Operations Officer, has worked in the behavioral health field since 1986. She began her career working in private psychiatric hospitals before joining a large community based agency in 1997. In May of 2014, she joined Recovery Network of Programs as the Director of Quality Systems. Linda has a firm commitment in utilizing data to assist in improving services to all our clients in addition to monitoring the satisfaction of all stakeholders. Her expertise in quality improvement, outcome management, accreditation, corporate compliance as well as operations is a major asset to Recovery Network of Programs. Linda was promoted to Chief Operations Officer in early 2017 and is currently responsible for all quality related activities, safety, accreditation and licensing, information technology and operations.
Paul Kelly, RNP’s Chief Financial Officer, has worked with Recovery Network of Programs, Inc. since 1988. As part of the management team, he is charged with the task of running the business, setting objectives and seeing that these objectives are met. As Chief Financial Officer, he manages and administers all business and fiscal activities such as financial statements and budgeting. He establishes and maintains internal fiscal controls and assesses risk of all financial transactions. He initiates and manages significant relationships within the community relating to banking, insurance, legal issues and state and federal funding sources. He also takes care of the company personnel policies and benefits, agency grants and contract preparations. Paul received his Bachelors Degree in Accounting in 1985 and worked with Neill Tools, Inc. as the company’s Controller for five years before working with RNP.
Jennifer Kolakowski, LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS, has worked in the social work profession since 1989. She is the Chief Clinical Officer and has been with RNP for 17 years. Jen earned her MSW degree from Fordham University in 1996 and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds credentials from the Connecticut Certification Board in Co-Occurring Treatment and Medication Assisted Treatment. Jen has over 21 years of experience in working with people who are homeless and living with HIV/AIDS. She has extensive experience in working with individuals who have psychiatric disorders and have substance use disorders. Jen has authored, coauthored and implemented numerous successful grant proposals which have significantly expanded RNP clinical services to include scatter-site housing, transitional and permanent housing as well as a nationally recognized Residential Co-Occurring Enhanced Inpatient Treatment Facility. Under her leadership, Jen developed the first HIV/AIDS specific case management program in an emergency shelter setting. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Catherine Kennedy Award for Best Practices in housing individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Most recently, Jen has been instrumental in developing and implementing a Co-Occurring Intensive Outpatient Program within Prospect House Shelter. Jen has been a frequent guest lecturer at Southern Connecticut, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart. She is a Faculty Advisor for Fordham University-Graduate School of Social Service and teaches an Integrative Seminar. Jen is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition and is a member of the State of Connecticut Crisis Response Team.
Dr. Guillermo Katigbak, MD has worked in the medical field for over 30 years. As Medical Director, with more than 20 years experience serving individuals with both addiction and mental health disorders, he prioritizes client care and safety as well as ensuring the provision of optimal medical care for each individual served. He is responsible for final decisions in regard to all aspects of medical care for RNP clients. Dr. Katigbak was instrumental in bringing new medications to RNP thereby greatly expanding client choice in determining individualized care. He provides direct oversight of all medical aspects of research studies conducted within RNP programs and works closely with the medical team in utilizing research to inform and support RNP clinical practices. Dr. Katigbak is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Tagalog. In addition to his role as medical director for RNP, Dr. Katigbak is a full time attending physician for the Emergency Department at Bridgeport Hospital.