Staff Stories

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.

Alison Friar, LMFT, associate director, Health & Wellness Behavioral Health


Jessica Fay, LCSW, associate director, Children's Community-based Services


Douglas Kerr, payroll manager, Human Resources


Victor Gonzalez, program supervisor, Care Coordination


Victoria Prestileo, LCSW, program manager, Multidimensional Family Therapy


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 Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) as an EMPS 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


We All Work Together to Meet the Needs of Our Consumers

Wheeler's Alison Friar, LMFT, associate director, Adult Outpatient at Wheeler Health & Wellness Centers, shares how a team of Wheeler employees works together to provide integrated behavioral health and primary care solutions to best meet the needs of consumers.

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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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Wheeler: 2016 Year in Review

2016 was a year of innovative care and positive change for Wheeler and those we serve. We worked collaboratively with organizations and systems across Connecticut to enhance and deliver high-quality programs and services that support whole-person health.

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