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Professional Leadership

The Executive Team at St. Christopher’s Inn are proven leaders who are dedicated to living out the values established by our founding organization, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

Friar Dennis

Fr. Dennis Polanco, SA
President / Spiritual Director
Father Dennis was born in Baltimore in 1947. He entered the friars’ seminary at Montour Falls, NY while in high school, made his first profession of vows in 1966, and was ordained in 1974.

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Jim Mickler

James Mickler, MBA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
James assists in providing financial guidance, oversight and advances our founder Father Paul’s Mission throughout the organization.

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Mary Anne Fielding

Mary Anne Fielding, LCSW
Mary Anne Fielding is the Corporate Compliance Officer who oversees all regulatory compliance matters for St. Christopher’s Inn.

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Our Medical Team provides compassionate healing care to everyone in our facility by serving with joy, respect, dignity and fairness for all clients.

Dr. Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro, MD
Medical Director
Dr. Shapiro brings 33 years of experience in the addiction field and 40 years in internal medicine to St. Christopher’s Inn. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

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Laurel McCullagh

Laurel McCullagh, AAS, BS
Director of Nursing and Admissions
Laurel works with the nursing and medical staff to provide seamless admission of clients into St. Christopher’s Inn, and to assess and treat the various medical and psychiatric needs of our residents.

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Dr. Rowe

Dr. Timothy Rowe, MD
Director of Psychiatric Services
Dr. Rowe has over forty years of experience in psychiatry. Board certified in addiction medicine, Dr. Rowe specializes in treating the psychodynamic factors complicating addiction and relapse into addiction.

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Eileen Hackett

Eileen Hackett, RN
Assistant Director of Nursing & Admissions
Eileen works with the admissions staff to provide a smooth admission process for clients and their families, from the pre-screening process to the date of admission.

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Janet Karpisz

Janet Karpisz, MS, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janet addresses the mental health needs of the residents of St. Christopher’s Inn. Janet assesses and treats men with psychiatric disorders through supportive therapy, patient education and medication management.

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The Counseling Team at St. Christopher’s Inn is made up of qualified health professionals who understand the disease of addiction, and are dedicated to providing holistic healing for everyone who wants to find recovery.

Kevin Douglas

R. Kevin Douglas, LCSW-R, MPS, CASAC-MC
Director of Counseling & Shelter Services
Kevin is responsible for the overall functioning and management of the St. Christopher’s Inn Counseling Department.

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Frank Pellegrino

Frank Pellegrino, MSW, LCSW, CASAC
Assistant Administrative Director in Counseling
Frank assists in providing oversight and supervision of the shelter, day rehab program, ambulatory detox, STEHP program and Brother’s Christopher House.

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Ellen Donaghey

Ellen Donaghey, MSW, LCSW, CASAC 2, EAGALA
Clinical Supervisor
Ellen works with the Counseling Department to provide individual and group supervision, and assists in providing oversight and supervision of clinical services.

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St. Christopher’s Inn800-424-0027 • 845-335-1000
Addiction Treatment & Recovery Community
21 Franciscan Way P.O. Box 150 Garrison, NY 10524
Office of Mission Support888-720-8247
P.O. Box 303 Garrison, NY 10524
St. Christopher's Inn is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. EIN: 13-3668321.