Leadership Team

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Alex Warner
CO-FOUNDER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kevin Bandy
CO-FOUNDER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ryan Potter
 
CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Leadership Team

Kevin Bandy
 
CO-FOUNDER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ryan Potter
 
CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Alex Warner
 
CO-FOUNDER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
 
 
 
 
 
 

Your family’s recovery is the journey of a lifetime

You’ve made it this far on your own,

 let us guide you through the next phase of your journey. 

 
 
Alex Warner
Co-Founder & CEO

Alex is a successful entrepreneur. He's a seed investor and on the Board of Directors of Boatsetter.com, the worlds leading peer-to-peer boat marketplace. Alex also owns and oversees Gulfstream Boat Club and Gulfstream Yacht Managment.  

 

Alex co-founded Voyage because he believes that men get better with good treatment. He found recovery in 2007, and credits the creative clinical approach of that treatment center with the freedom he enjoys today. Giving back and helping young men recover is at the core of his values.

 

Following treatment, Alex built his success from scratch working at a local marina. He has since built and invested in a number of businesses in the marine and travel/hospitality space.

 

When an opportunity presented itself to co-found a treatment center for young adult men, he shifted his focus to his passion for recovery and now plays a hands-on role with the team at Voyage.

 

Alex brings to Voyage a keen understanding of what it takes to be a mission-driven company from start to success. Beyond Voyage, Alex is a devoted philanthropist; he is a board member of Delray Beach Boys and Girls Club, and the Warner Foundation.

 
Kevin Bandy CAP, ICADC
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Kevin co-founded Voyage after two decades of experience in substance use disorder treatment. ​He had previously been Clinical Director at The Hanley Center. 

Beginning recovery from​​ substance use issues in 1990, Kevin did the hard work of figuring out how to be a teenager in sobriety, reuniting with his family, returning to high school, and finding his place in the local Twelve Step community. 

 

In 1997, he began his career in treatment, accepting an entry level position as peer staff in an adolescent treatment center. Since then Kevin has worked at all levels of care within the treatment continuum, from tech to Executive Director. 

 

Kevin’s passion is working with young men and their families, and he has developed multiple family recovery programs over his years in the field. He believes that recovery is possible for all members of the family and that long term remission must be a team effort. When he is not working with patients or families, you’ll find Kevin immersed in the experiential programming at Voyage. He's a passionate ambassador of recovery in the sun and saltwater of beautiful South Florida, and is committed to helping young men find and nurture their passion while in treatment.

Wilderness First Aid Certified, 2019

 
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Ryan Potter LCSW, MCAP, CRRA
Clinical Director

Ryan comes to Voyage with more than a decade of experience in substance use disorder treatment. Before joining the Voyage team, Ryan held a corporate position overseeing multiple drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

 

His path into the field of drug and alcohol treatment when Ryan was a college sophomore struggling with drug and alcohol use. With his family's support, he entered a long-term residential treatment program for young men. 

 

His career has grown through work in a variety positions within drug and alcohol treatment centers, informing his understanding in all aspects of treatment programs. 

 

The core of Ryan’s passion has always been guiding, supporting, and honoring the crucible of the individual and family into recovery. As a licensed therapist, he is well versed in treatment of addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Ryan remains active with the academic community and is a Board Member for Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work Professional Development. 

 
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Dr Nguyen DO
Medical Director

Dr Nguyen is Voyage’s Medical Director and an integral part of each patient’s experience at Voyage. Being board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Dr Nguyen’s expertise is a key element in addressing and treating the dual diagnosis needs of each patient. Dr Nguyen provides direct care throughout each patient’s stay, while working closely his primary therapist and the rest of the treatment team to support each patient’s goals.

 

Dr Nguyen has practiced psychiatry in a wide variety of settings, and has specifically excelled in working with young adults struggling with substance use disorder. His practice has included all levels of care, from the beginning stages of detoxification to working with people who have already completed a program like Voyage.

 
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Barbara Wennet RN
Director of Nursing

Barbara has been a practicing nurse for over 40 years, almost all of that time in Palm Beach County. She spent a lifetime in neonatal intensive care before transitioning to medical foster care, ultimately finding her passion working with substance use disorder patients. 

In addition to her impressive professional background as a veteran registered nurse, Barbara is vocal advocate for family involvement and is frequently involved in family processes at Voyage.

 
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Patrick Casey APRN
Nurse Practitioner

Patrick works closely with our Medical Director and treatment team in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients, both medically and psychiatrically. He assists with medication management, preventative care, and managing existing medical conditions a Voyage patient may have.

 

Patrick began his medical career working as a Registered Nurse in ERs and trauma centers, where he found passion helping individuals with underlying substance use disorders. After furthering his education and receiving his APRN, Patrick transitioned to working in substance abuse treatment programs full-time.

 

Patrick is an avid fisherman and diver, and loves sharing that passion with the patients of Voyage.

 
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Matt Marchese CRPS
Director of Experiential

Matt is a Voyage alumni who discovered a passion for free-diving and the ocean during his time at Voyage, and later went on to become a certified free-diving instructor.

 

Free-diving has helped Matt find ways to relate to his mind and the world around him in a new way. It requires him to relax and make slow deliberate movements in the midst of stress and discomfort -- skills which are extremely beneficial in recovery. Meditation and mindfulness have enabled him to apply those skills in his recovery and everyday life.

 

As Experiential Director Matt leads patients on outings such as free-diving and spearfishing, where they are immersed in the saltwater and beautiful landscapes of South Florida. He encourages the men to push past their perceived limits, empowering them to believe that they are more capable and worthy. Matt assists the men in practicing mindfulness during experientials, and using the experience to gain insight into their emotional and mental state. 

 

Matt has earned the credential CRPS: Certified Recovery Peer Specialist. This designation is for people who use their lived experience and skills learned in training to help others achieve and maintain recovery and wellness from mental health and/or substance use conditions.

 
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Jack Mahoney
Experiential Coordinator

Jack joined Voyage’s Experiential Team in 2020. Jack grew up in coastal New Jersey spending his life on and in the ocean. His love for the ocean started with recreation, but took on a deeper meaning of self-care when Jack found recovery many years ago. Jack’s expertise and experience include being a competition swimmer, 13-year lifeguard in Ocean Rescue, Wilderness First Aid Certified and an experienced surfer. Jack is the resident expert for any Voyage patient craving success fishing off of Voyage’s backyard dock.

 

Jack’s strength is connecting of-the-moment experiences with self-care and personal growth, whether he’s immersed with our men in an experiential or checking what’s biting off the dock.

 
Dr Mike O'Hara PSY D
Psychologist

Dr. Mike O’Hara PsyD, is a native Floridian. He grew up in Palm Beach County boating, fishing, and diving, making him a perfect fit for Voyage’s unique approach of clinically rich treatment with innovative experiential therapy. 

 

Dr O’Hara obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Florida, Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from St. Thomas University and Doctorate degree from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida. 

 

Since entering the field more than 20 years ago, Dr O’Hara has practiced clinical and forensic psychology across South Florida, developing expertise in diagnostic evaluation and treatment. 

 

Dr O’Hara meets with all Voyage patients to facilitate psychological testing and diagnostics, identifying each patient’s needs as well as their individual strengths. Dr O’Hara works closely with Voyage’s Clinical Director, Medical Director, and Primary Therapists in support of each patient’s lasting recovery.

 
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Deanna Ruocco MSW
Primary Therapist

Deanna, a New Jersey native, brings more than 14 years of diverse experience counseling people of all ages and backgrounds. These experiences range from child welfare, to adolescents, and adults with severe developmental disabilities. Motivated by her own personal experiences and those of loved ones who have struggled with addiction, her clinical focus gravitated toward substance abuse treatment. Her clinical expertise in substance abuse recovery has ranged from detox, residential, and outpatient levels of care.

Deanna is passionate about helping individuals increase their self-esteem, empowerment, and motivation to change. She utilizes a holistic approach, specializing in the relationship between the mind, body, and spirit. She believes by connecting individuals to their inner power and guiding them to identify and overcome barriers, blocks, and beliefs that are keeping them stuck, they can achieve optimal health and wellness.

She is passionate about her family, yoga, healthy nutrition, and of course Florida’s beaches.

 
Ivo Dimov LCSW, CAP
Primary Therapist

Ever since moving to the United States from his native Bulgaria, a small and beautiful country in southeastern Europe, Ivo has believed in the pursuit of happiness and freedom. For more than a decade, he has brought this passion into his work in the field of addiction.

 

Ivo is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where he obtained his Master’s degree of Social work. He is a certified addiction professional, and is in the process of becoming a licensed clinical social worker. He has additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, and is working on extending his clinical knowledge in the field of bio- and neurofeedback therapy techniques. He has gained valuable experience in many different levels of the field, such as a detox counselor, wellness and experiential activity coordinator, recovery advocate, counselor assistant, and a primary therapist.

 

As a man in recovery, Ivo personally knows the transformative and healing power of the 12 steps process. He believes in the power of individual and group therapy in addressing cognitive distortions and negative beliefs that contribute to addiction disease. Ivo also has witnessed and believes in the neuroplasticity of the brain, a process which can be enhanced by innovative experiential activities and help young men overcome their addiction.

 
Mollie Fultz LMHC
Primary Therapist

Mollie Brown completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University in Biology, and obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has experience in eating disorder residential treatment as well as substance abuse disorder treatment.

 

She strives to help patients understand the physiological components of mental health disorders such as eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and existential therapy among other modalities which are individualized to each patient’s needs.

 

Mollie understands that healing and change is fueled by insight into the importance of human connection and the application of life changing behaviors. She believes a supportive, caring, and stable environment that fosters trust and a willingness to change.

 

Mollie was drawn to Voyage because the experiential program. She is passionate about the rich biodiversity of Florida and the year-round access to the natural world we enjoy, and believed that the outdoors has so much to offer men in early sobriety.

 
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Sara Counes
Director of National Outreach

Sara has been in the addiction treatment field for almost two decades, progressing through the leadership ranks. Sara is well-known for her ability to help people find the right path to help them flourish, whether they’re seeking recovery or professional growth. At the foundation of this is the dense network of therapeutic and professional relationships she has created nationally. Her expertise have helped her place families and patients in clinically appropriate settings, and helped companies and departments create, build, and enhance admissions and business development teams.

 

Sara is a sought-after and memorable public speaker and presenter on many different issues regarding addiction, family systems and specific populations. She has received numerous awards for volunteer roles working with young women in addiction and the homeless. Sara’s most recent achievement includes being one of three women who have co-founded a small program specific for the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Sara holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from FAU, with the emphasis on the Biological Basis of Behavior. She is currently working on a Masters in Business Administration. Beyond pushing her own personal and professional growth, Sara is invested in helping others grow through corporate culture and team-building and the streamlining of operations, as well as individual coaching and mentorship, helping businesses and individuals work towards their goals.

 
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Adam Perry
Admissions Counselor

Adam Perry is a south Florida native who has worked in the substance abuse and mental health field since 2008. He is passionate about helping families navigate crises and guide them to transformative care.    

Adam's career began at the Hanley Center 12 years ago, first as a volunteer and then as behavioral health tech, later becoming the lead counselor assistant overseeing the Men's Unit. While working for Caron, Adam taught continuing education training for staff on de-escalation and crisis intervention.  He then worked as the Director of Operations and clinical coordinator of an extended care program in Manhattan and then as a primary counselor at Family First Adolescent Services.

Adam knows how difficult it can be trying to get sober young. After several attempts at recovery after high school, he found sustained sobriety over thirteen years ago--and wishes that Voyage had been open back in 2000.

Adam is a painter, designer and a musician. These pursuits have lead him to different parts of the helping field and the country. Before coming on board at Voyage, Adam helped clinicians develop and launch their private practices and agencies.


Adam lives with his wife and 5-year-old son in Denver, Colorado, but often visits his family in North Palm and his Voyage family. 

 
Ginger Scharkopf CAP
Case Manager

Ginger holds a degree in Psychology she obtained at SUNY, and since 2007 has been providing case management and clinical support within the treatment industry. 

 

She is passionate about her work within this industry, helping clients bridge the gap between treatment and returning their life, particularly in helping clients create their own blueprint of recovery for discharge. 

 

Her role as a case manager allows her to collaborate with clients, alumni parents, families, and treatment service providers, linking each together, to ensure the continuity of care, and to advocate for client’s care and rights. 

 

Because of Voyage’s focus on the entire family being part of the journey of recovery, Ginger helps our clients and their loved ones prepare for their discharge from treatment by reviewing and implementing discharge plans, and providing helpful training and resources.

 

She is passionate about her children, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, water sports, and the outdoors in general. 

 
Frank Forte
Operations Supervisor

Frank, a Philadelphia transplant by way of New Jersey, began in the recovery field as a part-time behavioral health technician. Since then Frank has deepened his role and responsibilities, overseeing housing and supervising tech staffs in various levels of care.

 

As Voyage’s Operations Supervisor, Frank is a liaison between our clinical facility and our residence, managing our team of behavioral health technicians, and to looking after the day-to-day routines of our patients. 

 

Frank enjoys helping young men in early recovery develop a sense of accountability, reliability and responsibility. He is passionate and knowledgeable about the Twelve Steps and Twelve Step fellowships, and he administers our in-house Big Book study, helping patients learn the fundamentals of the Twelve Steps. 

 

Frank is a die-hard Philly sports fan who catches Eagles road games whenever he can.  He's also an avid golfer, and enjoys free-diving as well as traveling with his wife. He believes in having fun in recovery but also learning how to be a man, building on life skills, boundaries, and creating daily routines.

 
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John Cogelia BS
Compliance & Quality Assurance Officer

John’s journey with substance abuse treatment began in 2010 when he sought help for his own substance abuse problem. With the support of his family, he attended a long-term treatment center in South Florida. He was inspired by the individuals who went above and beyond to provide quality care to join the field.

 

John has worked in treatment since 2012, a career-path centered around helping others on their own path to recovery. He was drawn to Voyage because of the degree of compassion and dedication apparent throughout the entire staff.

 

Starting at Voyage as a Behavioral Health Technician, John completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration from Florida Atlantic University. John has since progressed to the role of Compliance and Quality Assurance Officer. In this role John is able to draw on his passion for process improvement and his experience in the field to help improve Voyage and the overall experience of our patients.

 
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Kevin Roehr
Alumni Coordinator

Kevin began his journey in recovery in 2018 when coming to South Florida from Chicagoland to seek freedom from addiction. After completing his treatment program, he stayed in the area to build a foundation on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to help him achieve long term sobriety.

 

With some sobriety under his belt, Kevin started working at local treatment centers as a Behavioral Health Technician. With a strong work ethic and compassion for others in early recovery, he worked his way up to Alumni Coordinator at Voyage. Kevin is responsible for staying in touch with all of our alumni including parents, hosting weekly Zoom meetings, and planning events for alumni to help them build sober support.

 

Motivated by his work in substance abuse treatment centers, Kevin is continuing his education and will obtain a degree in Human Services with a concentration in addictions. During his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his fiancé and daughter, going to amusement parks, and taking family trips to the beach.

 
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Troy Tretola BS
Nutritionist

Troy brings a contagious passion and enthusiasm for nutrition to the patients of Voyage. Whether a patient is just beginning to learn about nutrition or they are ready to maximize the benefits of their whole diet, Troy is happy to provide the support and knowledge to take those steps. Troy and Chef Chris also collaborate behind the scenes to create appetizing menus with great, nourishing ingredients.

 

Troy earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Keiser University, and is a Licensed Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. Troy combines the personal benefits of his own nutrition with his passion and practice of martial arts and yoga.

 
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Chris Morrison BS
Executive Chef

Chris has always loved food and being in the kitchen. Upon graduating from high school, Chris attended Rutgers University and was a landscape architect major. But his love and passion for food won out. At the age of 22, Chris enrolled at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ where he earned his Associate Degree in Culinary Arts.

 

Chris has worked in all aspects of the food industry from corporate dining, hospitals, formal dining and catering. But being in recovery himself, he knew his true calling was to work with others trying to recover. 

 

Chris likes to call the meals he prepares at Voyage upscale comfort food. Knowing the importance of a healthy diet early in recovery, Chris gets input from the clients of their likes and dislikes and incorporates these into their weekly menu.

 

In his free time, Chris loves spending time with his wife (who he met in recovery) and his two stepsons, and their four dogs. He loves rooting for his hometown New York sports teams and is an avid saltwater aquarium hobbyist. 

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Brandon
Trainer

Brandon joined Voyage’s Wellness Team in 2020. Brandon leads training sessions along with providing and updating individualized training plans for each Patient. Brandon’s experience and expertise allows him to work with any patient’s experience and motivation level for exercise. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Brandon moved to Florida in 2017. Brandon holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Clinical Athletic Training. Voyage found Brandon through contracting with Topper Fitness, where Brandon is the General Manager.