Andy Buccaro LCSW, LADC – Executive Director

Andy is the Executive Director and founder of Project Courage. Before launching Project Courage, he was the Director of School-Based Programming for New Hope Manor Inc. In this role, Andy worked with public and private schools arranging contracts to allow schools to supplement their support staff with substance abuse counseling. Additionally, Andy worked as a clinician for Yale University’s Forensic Psychology Department in their research project comparing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Twelve Step Facilitation models for treating alcoholism and addiction. During this time, he also provided clinical services for Yale’s adolescent substance abuse prevention program for students re-entering New Haven Public Schools. Most recently he served as the Executive Director of Center for Change an intensive outpatient dual diagnosis clinic that delivered services to Turning Point a nationally recognized treatment program for young adult males. At Center for Change he developed, implemented, and produced clinical programming that received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). With credentials in both the mental health and substance abuse fields, combined with almost two decades of experience, Andy provides clinical services that include thoughtful, compassionate and confidential interventions. Andy’s specialties include substance abuse and anxiety disorders.

Ryan Hocking LCSW – Assistant Executive Director

Ryan earned his BA in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and his Masters in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University. Ryan started his career working at the Rushford Center, Inc. where he provided services to adolescents with mental health and addiction issues. His work there included biopsychosocial assessments, individual, family and group therapy. From Rushford, Ryan continued his social work career as a supervisor at the APT Foundation where he offered individual and group therapy to patients receiving opioid replacement treatment. Ryan most recently worked as the Assistant Executive Director at Center for Change, an intensive outpatient dual diagnosis clinic that delivered services to Turning Point a nationally recognized treatment program for young adult males. Ryan brings his dedicated work in the social work field to Project Courage and feels passionate about helping individuals and families achieve their treatment goals.

Ben Backes – School Based Counselor

Ben is a school-based, substance use counselor at Project Courage, providing middle and high school students with individual substance use counseling within their learning environment. Ben brings experience with Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT), individual, group, and family counseling. He has worked with a variety of individuals suffering from substance abuse and other mental health disorders. Ben received his Associates Degree and DARC Certificate from Gateway Community College in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling, his Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University, and is currently attending Fordham University where he will receive his Master’s Degree in Social Work this spring.

Jason McArthur – Director of Business Development and Outreach

As the Director of Business Development, Jason is responsible for generating new contacts identifying potential clients, maintaining a good relationship with company contacts, communicating new services to clients, making presentations, attending networking events, and following up new business opportunities. Jason has his BS in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University and carries over 10 years of experience in Business Development with an emphasis in business acumen, marketing expertise, enthusiasm, sales skills, communication and self motivation.

Tim Harmon – Care Coordinator/Recovery Coach

Tim is currently attending Southern Connecticut State University where he plans to achieve his BA in social work and then work on earning his Masters. Tim takes on multiple roles at Project Courage. As the Care Coordinator, Tim is involved with much of the work behind the scenes with administering drug testing, as well as assisting around the office. As a Recovery Coach, Tim works with people to help remove obstacles in their life that could potentially be getting in the way of keeping them sober.

Michelle Bailey – Office Manager/Fitness Coordinator

Michelle has a dual role at Project Courage, Office Manager and Fitness Coordinator. Michelle has her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration in health care and a Master’s degree In Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.

Michelle is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and yoga instructor with a passion for life that is unstoppable. Michelle believes how you work out, is how you live your life and motivates people to reach their fullest potential.

Diana Magoveny – Billing Manager

Diana has worked in the field of Medical billing since 2011 and has specialized in substance abuse and mental health insurance and billing since 2013. She is currently enrolled at Albertus Magnus College for her Bachelors in Human Services

Hannah Croce-Reisman LCSW – Primary Clinician

Hannah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Southern Connecticut State University and then went on to receive a Master’s degree in social work from New York University. Prior to working at Project Courage, Hannah worked at United Community and Family Services in Norwich. Her work there included biopsychosocial assessments, individual, family and group therapy. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with a variety of mental health and substance use issues. Hannah is passionate about her work in the field of social work and values the opportunity to support individuals of all walks of life.

Courtney Bushnell LCSW – Primary Clinician

Courtney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Providence College and then went on to receive a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut. Before joining Project Courage, Courtney was an Outpatient Coordinator at UCFS in Norwich, providing a range of clinical care including biopsychosocial assessments, individual, group and family therapy to people of all ages, focusing on substance use and mental health issues. Courtney is very passionate about creating a positive working therapeutic relationship and helping individuals and families work toward achieving their goals. “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

Eric Vingo CAC – Director of Admissions/Director of RSS

Eric graduated with a bachelors in Public Relations from CW Post University in 2010. Initially he began pursuing a career as an attorney, attending law school at Capital University. Since then, he has changed course and is now working in the behavioral health field. Eric has obtained his Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor Certificate, and is currently securing his masters degree in Social Work. He is a crucial member of our staff and juggles multiple roles which include: offering support and direction to colleagues, clients, and their family members throughout the admission process, building and maintaining relationships with other professionals and ensuring Project Courage operates smoothly and efficiently.

Kerry Law LMFT, LADC – Family Therapist

Kerry Law is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and has a masters degree in marriage and family therapy. Kerry’s practice focuses on working with individuals and families impacted by substance abuse and other mental health disorders. Kerry’s experience includes 20 years in public service along with her work in an outpatient, residential and medicated assisted treatment programs. She is a crucial member of the Project Courage team as she provides support to both clients and their family members. ​

Greer Richardson MD – Psychiatrist

Dr. Richardson graduated from Yale University, Department of Psychiatry in 2001 and began treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and co-occurring illnesses such as substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and psychotic disorders. He has been in private practice since 2003 and treats a variety of illnesses, the majority of which have co-occurring substance use disorders. He is a national trainer for Cognitive Processing Therapy, a cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University where he teaches Yale residents general psychiatry. He graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Physics and earned his MD from the University of Tennessee.