Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Don Colamesta

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Don Colamesta is our Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Don is a person in long term recovery who recognizes the need for individualized, ethical, and effective treatment for individuals with substance use disorder. Don began his journey in recovery operating sober living and understands the need for structured, safe, cooperative sober communities-which treatment is a large instrumental component. Don is an active member of Local #1 Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers since 2000. Don’s vision and promise is to offer various pathways to recovery and for every person to have a treatment experience not just a facility experience. Don is a Certified Peer Advocate through the Allied Trades Assistance Program. Don’s strengths are leadership and vision, he quotes “you can’t teach that in school.” Don is a father of three, free weight fanatic, and Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder.

Carly Colamesta

Founder/Executive Director of Care Navigation Specialist and Strategic Partnerships

Accreditations: Personal Coaching, Life Coaching, Sober Coaching, Interventionist, CRS & Recovery Coach.

Carly Colamesta is our Founder and Executive Director of Care Navigation Specialists and Strategic Partnerships. Carly started out in the treatment industry working the front lines as a Behavioral Health Technician in South Florida and worked her way up the ladder. Eventually, she returned home to South Jersey where she became a Business Development Representative. Carly and her entire family have been impacted by the disease of addiction. Her eight years of experience in the field and struggles with her own addiction has driven Carly to help as many people as she can. Carly also volunteers a lot of her free time to others in additional areas of addiction services. “As a young person in recovery, I’ve seen some dark places. Helping people makes it all worth it.”

Lydia Yeager, MPA 

Office Manager

Lydia has a strong background in social services and mental health and substance abuse. She graduated from Widener University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2010. Lydia worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse facilities as well as the child welfare fields – as a mental health technician, admissions counselor, and caseworker. She eventually realized that program administration and organizational development were more aligned with her interests. She returned to school and graduated with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Penn State University in 2017. Lydia currently focuses on Human Resource functions, organizational development, and change, as well as day to day operations at Silver Linings. Lydia is excited to be working alongside the team at Silver Linings Recovery Center and is proud of the care provided here.

Christine Lewin, MA, CAADC, SAP

Clinical Supervisor

Christine is the clinical supervisor at Silver Linings Recovery Center. She ensures that all clients receive effective, responsive care. She supervises therapists, creates program schedules, and oversees treatment and treatment components tailored to each group’s unique needs. Christine has a strong background in both mental health and substance abuse treatment. She has a Master of Arts in human services psychology from La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. Christine is a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor, and Substance Abuse Professional. Christine has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse facilities with children, adolescents, and adults. Through her years of experience, she has served as a crisis work, admissions counselor, primary counselor, clinical supervisor, program coordinator, administrator, and director. Christine has clinically managed two programs for first responders and veterans, providing individual, group, and family therapy, while developing addiction treatment programs that address their unique cultural, occupational, and safety-sensitive needs.

Being a person in long term recovery, affords Christine to the opportunity to utilize both her education and her personal experiences to help clients find their path on their own journey of recovery. She uses a person-centered strengths-based approach to work with clients along with CBT techniques. She states her greatest reward is seeing clients use their darkest moments as their greatest assets to gain freedom from substances and help others.

Primary Therapists

Anna Spingler BA

Anna is a primary counselor at Silver Linings Recovery Center. Anna has served various roles for those suffering with substance use disorders since 2007, from volunteering, case management, business development, and being a primary therapist. Her altruistic demeanor has allowed her to prioritize the needs for those early in recovery. Anna graduated from Holy Family University in 2014 with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She is currently obtaining her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Holy Family University, as well.

Anna utilizes an eclectic and holistic approach when treating clients, with her multifaceted approach she is able to address the unique needs of each individual. Drawing from her experiences as being an individual in long- term recovery, she is able to connect with clients and instill hope that they are capable of finding freedom from their addiction.

Cyd Williams, MSW

 

When a person is struggling with any area of their life, you need to meet them exactly where they are. I like as a clinician to understand by providing empathy, establishing a rapport and being person centered. I think it’s important always that the person knows you’re there as support, but they are the ones to determine their own goals and you as a clinician offer that empathetic ear and encourage them their own empowerment. It’s so important that they always know they’re in the driver seat and you’re there for guidance.

I see myself as a strength perspective clinician and utilize CBT and person centered approach. My skill set is focused primarily on Addiction population. However I have worked with many diverse populations including; disabilities, traumatic brain injury and the elderly. I also have a strong skill set in assisting with all types of resources.

Presently, my focus is to assist anyone who struggling with life issues. I am here to meet a person exactly where they are. I have a strong faith and willing to be open.

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Robert Diaz MA, CADC, CRS, CFRS, CIP

 

My name is Robert Diaz MA, CADC, CRS, CFRS, CIP. and I am a Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder Therapist, Recovery Specialist, and Intervention Professional. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Health and my Masters in Community Leadership from Alvernia University. I desire to help, develop, and change communities that are debilitated due to the drug, alcohol, and gang epidemic.

Lindsay Adams BSN

Counselor Assessor

Lindsay Adams is our Counselor Assessor at Silver Linings Recovery Center. Lindsay is a person in long term recovery. Lindsay has dedicated her life to helping others. Lindsay started her career working as a registered nurse and moved onto working in drug and alcohol treatment as a Certified Recovery Specialist. Lindsay loves cats!

Joseph Ochman, MS

Primary Therapist

Joe is a Primary Therapist at Silver Linings Recovery in East Windsor, NJ. Joe graduated in August 2022 from Neumann University with his Masters of Science in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a person in long term recovery and desires to assist those struggling with the spiritual malady of addiction. Joe utilizes CBT techniques and Reality Therapy to help clients meet their psychological needs for belonging, power, freedom, and fun in responsible and satisfying ways.

Admissions/Alumni

Brandon Newman, CRS

Director of Admissions/Alumni Coordinator

Brandon is in long term recovery. He loves sports and helping people! Brandon has over 2 years experience and loves to see people struggling from substance abuse recover.

Recovery Support Staff

Dylan Petrassi

Peer Recovery Support Lead

Dylan is Recovery Support Staff at Silver Linings Recovery Center. He is in long term recovery, and when he is not working you can find him spending time with his friends and family in his home state of New York. He loves his role here because helping people is something he’s always had passion for. He gets to watch people grow, see them develop and make changes in a positive way.

Edward McCourt

Recovery Support Staff

My name is Eddie and I am a person in recovery. I am from Philadelphia but came to Levittown for recovery and just never left. The program of A.A. is what truly saved my life and made me the man I am today. I love to help others with my experience, strength and hope. I have a few years of working in the recovery field and I believe it is my life’s purpose. I am a support staff here at Silver Linings and can help you get your life back on track if you are willing to put the work in.

April UnderWood

Recovery Support Staff

April is recovery support staff at silver linings recovery center. April is in long term sobriety, and when she is not working you can find her spending time with her daughter and family. April loves her role here because she gets to help people on their recovery journey. April relates with the patients and helps them deal with life on life terms in sobriety.

Zoie Zalewski

Recovery Support Staff

I am in recovery and would like to give back what was freely given to me, that saved my life! I like to watch clients grow and am grateful to often be a part of mothers reuniting with their children.

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