Leadership Team

Wheeler Clinic is guided by a diverse and talented team of leaders who are firmly committed to promoting recovery, health and growth at all stages of life.

  • Susan Walkama, LCSW, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Wendy DeAngelo, MBA, Chief Business Development Officer
  • Athena Dellas, MBA, Chief Financial Officer
  • Patricia Speicher Werbner, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Sabrina Trocchi, Ph.D. Candidate, MPA, Chief Operating Officer
  • Elisabeth Cannata, Ph.D., Vice President, Community-Based Family Services and Practice Innovation
  • Sandra S. Cohen, MA, CPHQ, Vice President, Quality/Compliance Officer
  • Heidi Joseph, RN, MSN, Vice President of Health Center Operations
  • Kimberly M. Nelson, LCSW, Senior Vice President, Services
  • Todd M. Raymond, Vice President, Facilities
  • Michael F. Russo, Psy.D., Vice President, Education Services
  • Nicolangelo Scibelli, LCSW, Vice President of Information Technology
  • John R. Sponauer, MBA, Vice President, Communications
  • Judith Stonger, MA, CPS, CARC, Vice President, Prevention, Wellness and Recovery



Wheeler Leadership News


Wheeler Leadership Presents at National Children's Mental Health Conference

Elisabeth Cannata, Ph.D., vice president, Community-Based Family Services and Practice Innovation, and Chanel Hildebrand, program manager, Multisystemic Therapy presented on the use of evidence-based practices at the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health.

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​Wheeler Sponsors Community Forum on Women and Addiction

Wheeler and the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT) have teamed up to present a free community forum entitled Working Women: “The New Face of Addiction” on Thursday, April 6 at the New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain from 5–7:30 p.m.

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National Webinar on Health Care Workforce Development Showcases Connecticut, Wheeler

Wheeler’s Elisabeth Cannata, Ph.D., vice president, Community-Based Family Services and Practice Innovation, will be part of a national webinar showcasing several innovative workforce development initiatives in Connecticut, including Wheeler’s partnership with higher education to promote workforce readiness for evidence-based in-home family treatment.

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Workforce Development for Evidence-Based Practices in Connecticut

Wheeler is not only a leader in providing evidence-based services, but has leveraged that expertise to develop a graduate course and faculty fellowship to promote the training of graduate students of social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling and psychology for evidence-based practice.

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