Frank A. Scafidi, Ph.D, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Frank A. Scafidi, Ph.D is the Senior Clinical Officer for the WestCare South Florida and Caribbean Region. Dr. Scafidi earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Psychology in 1983 from Loyola University in Chicago. In 1984, he received his Master's degree in Applied Developmental Psychology, and in 1988 received his doctoral degree in Applied Developmental and Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami. Dr. Scafidi has over 22 years experience of progressively increasing responsibility in clinical, program, administrative, research, and evaluation practices. At the University of Miami, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Research Assistant Professor, Director of the Mother-Infant Drug Treatment Program, and Co-Director of the Touch Research Institute. Dr. Scafidi directed an intervention program funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse for depressed and drug using teenage mothers and their infants and was the Primary Investigator of numerous NIMH and NIH studies examining the effects of touch on the growth, development and medical course of high-risk pediatric and adult populations. He is widely published in the field of child development. Dr. Scafidi also currently serves as the Chairperson of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for a NIDA funded study at Florida International University.

Diana Alvarez-Mendez, Human Resources Director

Diana Alvarez-Mendez has been Human Resources Director at The Village South since May 1998. She began her career in the Human Resources field in the hospitality industry in 1985. Ms. Alvarez-Mendez spent the early part of it at four and five star hotels prior to joining a Miami-based hospitality management firm; TCC/Carnival Hotels and Resorts as Director of Human Resources. Highlights of her tenure there include seven years as Director of Human Resources for two different Miami hotels with a workforce of 500+. She also traveled extensively within the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela overseeing both national and international employee acquisitions, compliance with labor regulations, annual monitoring, and training for mid and upper level management. In 1996 she moved to the Human Resources Management team at Vincam, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) where she managed the human resources administration for clients to include but not limited to developing and facilitating training programs for paraprofessional and professional personnel, administering employee benefits, ensuring compliance with Federal and respective Sate regulations with an employee base of over 2,000. Today, Ms. Alvarez-Mendez is responsible for the Human Resources functions for The Village South in Miami and the Florida Keys agencies in Key Largo, Marathon and Key West.

Leonardo Martinez, Regional IT Director

Mr. Leonardo Martinez was originally from Colombia and arrived to the United States in 1992 to New Jersey where he obtained his Degree in Management of Information Systems, Computer Technician at Dover Business College. After graduating, he moved to Miami, Florida. His career started at TDK computers as a Computer Engineer; then he worked at Davocom as a Network Consultant. After this position, he was hired by Knight Rider Publications until they relocated to San Jose, California in 1998. At the beginning of 1999, he began his career at The Village South as a System Administrator/Help Desk Coordinator, helping centralize all the data from different locations into one. Currently, he is the IT Director for all locations in Florida and the Virgin Islands.


Danny Blanco, Vice President

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Rory Levine, Clinical Director

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Beatriz Delrio, Site Director

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Nazneen Khatib, HR Coordinator

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Aurelio Morrell, Controller

Aurelio Morrell was born in Havana, Cuba and came to Miami when he was 15 years old. Mr. Morrell's path took him into Hospital Administration where he has worked for the last fifteen years in Mental Health/Substance Abuse financial management. He began his career working for Blue Cross Blue Shield auditing hospitals for the Medicare program and served in the capacity of Administrator/Chief Financial Officer at various hospitals in the South Florida area. Mr. Morrell earned his Accounting degree from Jacksonville University.

Andres Savransky, Accountant

Andres Savransky lived in Buenos Aires Argentina until the age of 16, when his family relocated to South Florida. He attended Charles Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines for his senior year and is currently working on a master's degree in accounting at Florida Atlantic University. Andres has been at The Village since 2007, first as a Research Assistant and subsequently as Program Coordinator for Project STYLE – a coordinated substance abuse and HIV prevention program targeting young adults.

Eric Singleton, General Services/EOC Director

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Eric Dominic Singleton began his career with the Radisson Admiral Semmes Hotel, The Gathering, Franco's Italian Restaurant and many other Hotels and restaurants. He then moved to South Florida to attend Johnson & Wales University in the summer of 1996. While at JWU, Mr. Singleton worked in many departments from Residential Life and Admissions to Advancement; where he was part of the inguinal session of the university's "CETARY" Program. After graduating with his Bachelors of Science in Culinary Arts, he worked for Ready Maid Professional Domestics as a private chef. In 1999, Mr. Singleton accepted a position with the Holiday Inn as the Food and Beverage Director. Mr. Singleton worked as the Head Culinary Instructor/Food Program Supervisor for Easter Seals of South Florida where he over saw the organization's Food Program and taught culinary to special needs kids; preparing them to enter the work force. In 2004, he accepted a position with the WestCare Foundation as the Director of Food Service. Since then, Mr. Singleton's responsibilities have increased to include Environment of Care, Infection and Prevention Programs. Mr. Singleton recently became the President Emeritus of the Johnson & Wales Alumni's Miami Chapter.

Dr. Michael Miller, Special Projects

Dr. Miller came to the Village 30 years ago, escaping the winters of Pittsburgh where, while completing his doctorate at Duquesne University, he was employed by the Veterans Administration Hospital, providing psychological services to veterans with alcohol dependency and severe and persistent mental illness. At the Village, Dr. Miller has served in a variety of capacities, first responsible for JCAHO accreditation, contract compliance, and licensing; and then, during the Village's expansion, as Vice President for Clinical Operations and Chief Administrative Officer and now Special Projects Officer. He has been the Principal Investigator on two CSAT demonstration projects, including the initial wave of Women and Children treatment programming and Asosyé nan Rekouverman, a monolingual substance abuse residential treatment program for Kreole speaking Haitians. Dr. Miller was the site Principal Investigator for the Marijuana Research Project clinical trial, as well as two NIDA sponsored Clinical Trials Network studies, Women and Trauma, and Brief Strategic Family Therapy. He has been a leader in promoting the adoption and sustaining of science-based treatment models at the Village. Dr. Miller is currently involved in two NIDA research projects, Project HOPE, a CTN study, and Project RETAIN, both examining strategies to reduce viral load in HIV+ substance abusers. Additionally, he conducts training extensively in Motivational Interviewing Supervisory Skills (MIA-STEP).

Whitney Hughson, Marketing Director

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Maureen Kempa MA, NCC, LMHC, Vice President

Annie Rojas, Key West Office Manager

Annie Romance, Finance Director

Carol Dochow, LMHC, Offender Re-entry Program Coordinator

Clare Condra, Administrator of The Heron ALF8523

Dr. Carlos Sandoval, Medical Director

Sarah Cox, LCSW, Adult & Criminal Justice Clinical Coordinator

Debra Genners, Data Manager

Denise Costa, Key Largo Office Manager

Deb Matthews, LMHC, Children's Clinical Services & Child Welfare Programs Coordinator

Jezel Rosa, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Leader

Lisa Marciniak, Site Director - Marathon / Director of Crisis Stabilization Unit

Alfonsina DeAsmundis, Personal Growth Center Program Coordinator

Tammy Hansen, Prevention Coordinator

Robert Borselli, LMHC, Keys Intensive Screening & Treatment Program Coordinator