We are a vibrant, community-based non-profit with more than 900 employees in 35 locations across Connecticut. Our culture celebrates quality, innovation, diversity and professionalism. We foster learning and professional development, and we respect and reward meaningful contributions. Our workforce is as broad and diverse as the array of clients we serve and the programs and services we offer, and we’re bound by a passionate commitment to a common goal: to foster positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities.
“It is truly a privilege to be part of this team.”
Tina Loarte-Rodriguez, MSQAc, BSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, CPHRM
Vice President of Nursing
Ericka Gardener, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Victoria Prestileo, LCSW, program manager, Multidimensional Family Therapy
Douglas Kerr, payroll manager, Human Resources
Keturah Kinch, MPA, Director, Health Center Community Engagement
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A Supportive Culture and Professional Growth and Development
Dieudonnee “Deedee” Kokoszka’s role within Wheeler has been a work in progress over the span of several years. She credits the organization’s supportive culture and leadership to her professional growth and development.
A clinical trainer in Wheeler’s Human Resources Department, Deedee teaches clinicians how to document services in the organization’s electronic health record system and navigate other aspects of required documentation. She also manages the agency’s internship program.
Deedee started her career in Wheeler’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services as a clinician. She also worked as a clinician in the agency’s Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) program before transitioning into her current role.
“I’ve always felt supported by Wheeler, and I truly believe there’s always an opportunity to grow and learn and to acquire the skills I need to succeed,” said Deedee. “There are invaluable technological resources available to us, and we are consistently nurtured through training and other professional opportunities so that we can truly achieve our full potential.”
Staff News from Wheeler
OneDigital Podcast Features President and CEO Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA
Our partners at OneDigital New England recently highlighted the vital work that local nonprofit organizations perform in communities across our state, through their "Friends with Employee Benefits & HR" podcast. Hear from Wheeler's President and CEO, Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, as she talks with host Jeff Cross about how Wheeler is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping volunteers engaged, and more.
Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center Opens at 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury
Wheeler’s Waterbury Family Health & Wellness Center has moved from 100 Jefferson Square to 855 Lakewood Road, and the new community health center is now open. An expanded array of primary care and behavioral health services, including medication-assisted treatment for addiction, will be offered through walk-in, appointments, and telehealth and telemedicine services.
Gambling Addiction During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond
The COVID-19 outbreak has been stressful for everyone. People with an active gambling addiction, or who are in recovery, may find this period even more challenging because of the effects of prolonged isolation, boredom, economic instability, and fear. Wheeler's Bettor Choice Gambling Treatment Program team offers tips for dealing with these challenges.
Living and Working with Your Partner
During this unprecedented time, our lives and routines have been turned upside down. We find ourselves limiting our time outside of the home and spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week at home with our families. Our homes have been transformed into offices and schools, which can be overwhelming at times.
Grieving Death During the COVID-19 Pandemic
With the COVID-19 pandemic at or near peak in Connecticut, many local residents may unfortunately face the death of a loved one, a friend, or an acquaintance. We asked Kim Nelson, LCSW, Wheeler’s Chief Program Officer, for her thoughts on grief and grieving to help all of us find acceptance and peace.