Mental Health Services for Children and Families.
Serving the towns of Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Darien, and Stamford.
About Us
We are the largest provider of child mental health care in Mid-Fairfield County.  Each year we help thousands of children and family members who live in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, and Wilton.

We employ more than 57 professionals including board certified psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed therapists, social workers, teachers, and supervisory staff.
Senior Staff
Board of Trustees     Back to top
The Board welcomes business and community leaders who appreciate the importance of the Center's mission and are willing to lend their knowledge, resources, and perspective to help the Center achieve its goals.

Mark A Lilliedahl - President
Frank Collins - Treasurer
Douglas Hempstead
State Representative Gail Lavielle
Scott Metchick
Marianne Wilson
Barry Kasdan
Marion Feigenbaum
Roy Berger (Leave of absence)
Financial Information     Back to top
Roy Berger
Chief Executive Officer

Roy Berger joined the Child Guidance Center’s Board of Trustees in 2013.  In October 2015, he took a leave of absence from the Board in order to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis. 

Mr. Berger, who retired in 2011, spent over 25 years as a senior marketing and business development executive with a wide range of computer and wireless technology companies. From 1996 to 2005, he served as Executive Vice President of Marketing Communications for NextWave Telecom, which was acquired by Verizon Wireless in 2005. He then helped launch and served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for NextWave Wireless, a developer of mobile phone chipsets and software.

Mr. Berger also serves on the board of directors of Hope Homes International, a U.S. based non-profit which operates an orphanage in Eldoret, Kenya.
Gail Melanson
Clinical Director

Gail Melanson has been with the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County since 1996. She earned her master's degree and Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University in New York and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Connecticut.

As Clinical Director, she is responsible for the administration and management of all clinical programs; which includes providing managerial supervision to all program directors and clinical supervision to staff members. She is also involved in program development, staff training, statistical monitoring, and operations management of the Center.
David Sasso, MD, MPH
Medical Director

Dr. Sasso is a board-certified psychiatrist and oversees all psychiatric care at the Center's Outpatient Children's Clinic. He has experience treating a wide range of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric problems through both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological approaches. His expertise includes treatment of anxiety, mood, attention-deficit, autism spectrum, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Sasso is fluent in Spanish and directs the bilingual program at the Center. Dr. Sasso currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center.

Dr. Sasso received his medical and public health degrees from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He completed his adult and child psychiatry training in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University and the Yale Child Study Center, respectively. He served as chief resident at the Yale University Health Service and serves on the College Student committee of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry.  Prior to his medical training, Dr. Sasso studied music composition at the Indiana University School of Music. 
Andy Lustbader, MD, MPH
EDT Medical Director

Dr. Lustbader had been with the Center since 1998. He earned his Medical Doctorate degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, and did his training in pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child & adolescent psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is board certified/eligible with the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a co-director of Psychopharmacology and Evaluation at the Yale Child Study Center, and works within pediatric and psychiatric groups at the State level to promote children's mental health.

Dr. Lustbader is responsible for overseeing all psychiatric patient care at the Center's Extended Day Treatment program. He conducts psychiatric evaluations, participates in treatment planning conferences, prescribes and monitors medication for patients, and plans with hospitals regarding children going into the hospital and returning to the community. He provides supervision and/or consultation to staff where medical expertise is indicated and participates in staff development programs.
John Gleckler
Chief Financial Officer

John Gleckler, Licensed C.P.A., joined the Center’s Executive Team as Chief Financial Officer in December 2015. Mr. Gleckler has an extensive background in the health care field and retired as CFO and Senior Vice-President of St. Vincent’s Health Services Corp. after 17 years of service.

Yohanna Cifuentes, PhD
Director Quality Assurance and Multicultural Programs

Yohanna Cifuentes is a licensed clinical social worker.  She earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology and her master's degree in social work from Hunter College and a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Capella University. Dr. Cifuentes has been practicing as a psychiatric social worker for over 15 years in outpatient clinics and partial hospitalization programs with children and adolescents. She has experience working with children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, adjustment, and/or academic underachievement.

As coordinator of Latino services, Dr. Cifuentes uses her bilingual and bicultural expertise to improve the quality of service provided to the Latino clients in the community. Her responsibilities include direct clinical services, clinical supervision, serving as a liaison with schools and providers, and participation in consultation and education in the community. Furthermore, Dr. Cifuentes is involved in program development, coordination and implementation of evidence-based and best practice interventions in the clinic.
Mary Alice Delagrange, LCSW
Director, PROSPECTS Extended Day Treatment Program

Mary Alice Delagrange is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut.  Ms. Delagrange has been involved in Extended Day programming for over 16 years and has been fortunate enough to be a member of the Extended Day Treatment statewide training committee for the past ten years. Ms. Delagrange joined the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County as the Director of PROSPECTS Extended Day Treatment (EDT) program in February 2016 and is responsible for clinical and administrative oversight including supervision and training to all EDT employees, program development, quality assurance activities and collaboration with community providers.

Ms. Delagrange has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), and IICAPS. Ms. Delegrange is a trainer in Risking Connection®, which  teaches a relational framework and skills for working with survivors of traumatic experiences. The focus is on relationship as healing, and on self-care for service providers.

Marissa Mangone
Director, Business Development

Marissa Mangone has served as the Director of Business Development  since spring of 2014.  She brings over 12 years of non-profit executive experience to the Center and is responsible for the planning and implementation of all fundraising and grant-related activities. 

Ms. Mangone earned a degree in Political Science from Sacred Heart University and began her career as Legislative Aide for former State Senator Robert Genuario. She began her non- profit work when she joined the Human Services Council, a Norwalk-based non-profit where she was responsible for community outreach and prevention programming.

Ms. Mangone also served as Executive Director of the Trackside Teen Center in Wilton, CT where she was responsible for the day-to- day operations of the Center, as well as strategic planning, youth programming, and fundraising.
Segundo Ruiz
Director, Facilities & Administration

Segundo Ruiz joined The Child Guidance Center in the fall of 2015.  Mr. Ruiz brings 20 plus years of experience in IT and Office Management. He is responsible for managing the day to day operations of all three facilities that comprise The Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County.  In addition to facilities, Mr. Ruiz is responsible for office administration, including front desk operations, scheduling, client transportation, and office equipment.
Cheryl Entwisle
Director, Electronic Medical Records & Systems

Ms. Entwisle has worked in the managed health care industry for over 20 years and has been employed at Mid-Fairfield since 1999. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Stonehill College in 1989 and master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of New Haven in 1991.

Ms. Entwisle is responsible for the  operation and maintenance of the Center's CareLogic  electronic medical records system.  She is also responsible for the Center's computer networks and computing platforms.
Shannon Queiroga, MA, LPC
Director, Child First

Shannon Queiroga is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years’ experience providing behavioral health treatment to young children and their families. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Community-Clinical Psychology from the University of New Haven and her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Mrs. Queiroga’s clinical focus is on the youngest children (0-8) and their families. She has worked in both outpatient and in-home settings providing an array of psychotherapeutic interventions including individual and dyadic play therapy, family therapy, and Trauma-Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP) to those who experience a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as those who have experienced significant trauma and early attachment issues. In addition, Mrs. Queiroga has experience conducting evaluations assessing for various developmental and psychological disorders. She has worked in various areas of the state and has been with Child First in Norwalk since 2013; she was appointed Clinical Director of the Child First program in January 2015 and also has a private practice.

Moyosore Mickens
Director, System of Care

Moyosore Mickens is a licensed clinical social worker and personal fitness trainer committed to supporting individuals, families and communities through the process of change. For over fifteen years, she has applied her combined training to help clients navigate life's various challenges and promote physical and mental health. She has conducted this work in various settings and social service agencies such as schools, foster care programs, prisons and domestic violence prevention programs and mental health clinics.

She completed both her undergraduate and MSW at Hunter College in New York City where she is also currently an adjunct lecturer.
FY 2017 Expense Budget
$3.5 Million
FY 2017 Income Budget
$3.5 Million
FY 2017 Expenses
The Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.  Donations are tax-deductable as allowed by law.

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