Bill Okwuosa, MBA, LADC, ATSA
The visionary behind this powerful work.
Bill began his career at the age of 21 as a corrections officer for the State of Connecticut. Bill has always had a deep desire to help people and has served as Chief Executive Officer for a homeless shelter as well as an outpatient services facility. In 2012 Bill started My Father, My Son Counseling, and Youth Mentoring Center.
Bill’s credentials are impressive.
- International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC)- a highly regarded certification from the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium this certification takes years of experience to be eligible for, requires almost 300 hours of coursework, a thorough examination, and must be renewed every two years.
- Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) – Requires a Master’s degree as well as two years of supervised work experience and requires all candidates to pass the International Certification Examination for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors as administered by the IC&RC(International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium).
- Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)- Members of this prestigious organization are committed to “playing a vital role in the prevention of sexual abuse. As an association, we want to be proactive in meeting the needs of our membership and in working collaboratively with other stakeholders in a manner that supports high-quality research, assessment, treatment, training, and policy development. We also know that with limited resources we have to set a clear and engaging direction for our future to ensure that through our work we make a difference in this field.”
Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Human Services and Criminal Justice from Springfield College
Master’s of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership from Albertus Magnus College
Justin Laprise, MS, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Kary Krochko, APRN
Advanced Practice Nurse
Kary Krochko is an APRN with 25 Years’ experience. She is licensed to perform routine physical exams as well as diagnose, triage and treat chronic health conditions. She also uses alternative tools in her practice to complement traditional medical therapies.
Kary completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI in 1991 and began working in cardiology as an R.N. at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She then went on to obtain her master’s degree in nursing from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT Over the last 25 years, she has worked in both acute care settings as well as outpatient facilities.
Although she is trained in the traditional medical model, she has always incorporated natural methods of treatment to complement her practice, such as nutrition and exercise. She fully enjoys spending time with her patients and listening to detailed descriptions of their symptoms in order to plan the best, individualized treatments for them.
In addition to being an APRN, Kary is a yoga instructor. She spends her free time practicing yoga and meditation and uses this spiritual exercise to compliment her APRN practice.
Ken Okwuosa, BS.
Director of Operations
Ken has over 25 years’ experience working with individuals with mental health and behavioral issues, as well as sex-offenders. He began his career in 1992 as a Juvenile Detention Officer for the New Haven Juvenile Detention Center where he worked with juveniles with different behavioral and mental health issues. In 2004, he transferred to the Office of Adult Probation (Court Support Service Division), in New Haven, Conn. As a probation Officer Ken has worked with clients in different capacity dealing with the Sex Offenders, Mental Health clients, Gang members and clients with behavioral problems. While Ken worked as a law enforcement officers to assure community safety he also assumes the social worker role. He spent time counseling offenders, conducting investigations, collaborating with treatment providers to ensure that clients complete probation successfully.
Andre Spence, M.ED/MFT
Director of Mentoring Services
Andre Spence is the Director Of Mentoring Services at My Father My Son Counseling Center LLC. He received his in Human Services from Cambridge College (Springfield Mass) and his M.ED in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College. Before eventually becoming Director of Mentoring Services for MFMS, Andre was the Director of Operations at several agencies in the CT area, previously being at Ability without Boundaries, in Cheshire, Ct. Andre has been in the helping profession for 15 years, where he has served on every level of direct care to upper management. Andre has been and continues to be involved in the community, serving as a mentor and advocate for those who are underprivileged. He is well versed with all populations and their disadvantages and takes pride in his work. Andre’s professional career in human services continues with teaching individuals with complicated cognitive impairments the skills to promote recovery and a better life. His ability to actively engage people resulted in many success stories. He also gained the respect of his colleagues and was sought after to provide creative solutions and alternatives for working with a very challenging population. Andre demonstrated sound clinical judgment and was unflappable in crisis situations. He readily assumes a quiet leadership role that speaks well to his understanding of the importance of promoting respect and strong listening skills for others opinions.
Iris V. Pierre, MFT
Sí, hablo español
My name Is Iris V. Pierre; MFT. I am happy to be working with MFMS Organization. Over the years I have been providing an extensive amount of Clinician, Outreach and Advocacy support to the English and Spanish Speaking community. I began in the field as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate in 2007 and graduated with my Masters In Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from CCSU in 2011. My intensive training consists of but is not limited to: Therapeutic Drama, counseling for Undocumented clients, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault clients, Seeking Safety, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model, QPR Suicide Prevention, Girls Circle, Creative therapeutic approaches, ETC.
As A Clinician my main goal is to create a safe emotional connection with my client or family. In order for the client to begin any healing process, one has to feel safe and feel that they can trust their clinician. Therefore I work at your pace, this is your journey of healing and I am simply the tool being used to help guide you through that journey. In the end, it is up to you, the client, to make the changes that fit your life, your family and will bring healing to your life. As a clinician, I am always aware and humbled that we are allowed into such personal part in others lives. I am mindful to respect that it can be difficult to be vulnerable which is why therapy is your process and we are here to help as best as we can.
Ethel Bethea MS, LADC
Ethel has spent many years working in the helping field. She started as a Case Manager and worked her way up to Program Director of a gender-specific outpatient treatment facility. Ethel has held many professional positions in her career over the last 18 years, she has worked as a clinician in a methadone substance abuse clinic, doing assessments and providing substance abuse counseling for opioid addicted people. She has been a supervisor of an all-male 61-bed halfway house, providing, substance abuse education and preparing men for reentry back into the community working closely with DOC to accomplish smooth transitions. Ethel’s current position allows her to provide guidance to her clinical staff for the treatment of substance abuse drug addiction thru assessment, developing treatment plans, individual and group counseling as well as mental health treatment for those that present with co-occurring disorders. Ethel has assisted in preparing her agency for CARF Accreditation, DPH Substance, and mental health audits and passed each time. Ethel works with the homeless, downtrodden, abused, neglected and destitute individuals in her community and beyond. She has a gift of compassion and uses it to bring out the best in anyone and everyone she meets.
Masters in Science from Springfield College. Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor LADC
Germano Kimbro brings 20 years of Human Service experiences; trained in BEST Practices, he is Certified Positive Youth Development Specialist. Germano has been working with Boys, Men, Fathers, and Families in New Haven and throughout Connecticut in other capacities for many years. Germano is one of the co-founders and first coordinator of the New Haven Family Alliance’s (NHFA) Male Involvement Network (MIN), a comprehensive services delivery system that supports Men & Fathers in their efforts to become healthier, and meet the emotional, social, and financial responsibilities for their children.
Germano is currently working as a Prison Reentry Coordinator for the Warren A. Kimbro Reentry Project (WKRP).This project helps incarcerated men and women transition back into the community by connecting with individuals 6-9 months prior to release; providing program participants with transitional planning and case management support. Germano has recently developed and implemented the New Haven Healthy Start’s Fatherhood Services Program “Fatherhood Matters –TODAY” (FMT). This program encourages connection and support to fathers with pregnant partners. These programs are in collaboration and partnership with Community Action Agency New Haven (CAANH).
Germano has extensive training in prevention, intervention and alternative substance abuse treatment methodologies. As one of the founding member of the Connecticut Harm Reduction Coalition, he contributed to the legislation that decriminalized marijuana, encouraged needle exchange programs and the expansion of methadone maintenance treatment. Germano is an experienced local and state advocate having worked to create change through policy and legislation; inspiring the State of Connecticut to be the first in the country to create new legislation and establish the John Martinez Responsible Fatherhood Act.
Germano holds B.S. in Human Services from Springfield College, while there; he conducted a senior research project surveying over 200 low-income males and their access to health care. It was discovered that inner city, low-income males wait until their conditions become acute and chronic before seeking treatment, and accessed services in three ways: 1. Military, 2. Emergency Rooms and 3. Jails and Prisons. This work was published in American Journal of Public Health, “Health Policy and the Coloring of an American Male Crisis”: A Perspective on Comaccessealth Services, 2003. This work continues to influence the addressing of disparities in health care for African-Americans men in Connecticut and around the country. Germano will continue pursuing a Masters of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) with a concentration on Criminal Justice in fall 2017.