CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Outreach & Admissions Team
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
Ryan Potter LCSW, MCAP
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.
Dr David Hu MD
Dr. David Hu MD, a native New Yorker, completed his undergraduate and Medical School education at New York University before making his way to South Florida. Dr Hu completed his residency in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Miami and was elected as Chief Psychiatry Resident.
Dr. Hu has been practicing psychiatry and addiction medicine in a variety of mental health and substance abuse programs for more than 15 years. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and board certified in addiction medicine by the American Boards of Addiction and Preventative Medicine.
Dr Hu’s extensive experience in treating all mental health conditions, along with his specialization in Addiction Medicine, commissions him to support the young men of Voyage in recovering from all their challenges.
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.
Director of Experiential
A graduate of BYU Hawaii ’09, John Dornellas is a professional freediving and spearfishing instructor trainer and well-seasoned ocean-man. He is a 50-Ton Master USCG captain, has earned world records for spearfishing and is the co-author and head of the spearfishing program for Freediving Instructors International.
In his work with Voyage, he leads patients in free-diving and spearfishing excursions. He focuses on facilitating both fun and character development, teaching the men to trust each other and themselves, by learning and practicing safety skills in the water together. He believes that in the sun and saltwater, recovery is possible!
John has an acute ability to recognize vital character building moments and helps to contextualize in voice and sense what the ocean is teaching. In addition to leading our men on powerful experiential excursions, he’ll support the clinical team by contributing to a curriculum that further enhances the complementary role of experiential to our clinical processes.
Wilderness First Aid Certified, 2019
Dr Mike O'Hara PSY D
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.
Kristen Doodian LCSW
Kristen began practicing social work counseling in 2009. Her experience in addiction treatment ranges within the various levels of care including detox, residential, and outpatient settings. Kristen has provided therapy to individuals and groups, with psycho-educational and reflective components.
During her time in the field, Kristen has focused on addressing underlying issues of addiction. She aims to foster an environment in which personal growth and self-awareness helps individuals to gain a clearer focus on their paths of recovery.
Kristen’s areas of experience include family dynamics, communication, tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and emotional processing.
Ivo Dimov MSW, CAP
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 Brown MS, REGISTERED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR INTERN
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.
Her 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.
Ginger Scharkopf CAP
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.
Admissions & Outreach Coordinator
As Admissions & Outreach Coordinator, Chris is often the first point of contact between a family and Voyage, gathering vital information about their loved one and his needs to ensure that the Voyage program is appropriate for him. Chris is also a source of information for families about the Voyage program, providing them with as much information as they need to make an informed decision about treatment.
Chris began his career years ago in the corporate world, which he left to begin his own journey of recovery. Since finding recovery he has become a registered yoga teacher and mindfulness meditation teacher. He once completed a 10 day long silent meditation retreat which forced him to learn how to cope with stimuli without being able to respond to it. He learned about the temporary nature of life—that even the most uncomfortable situations don’t last. He uses this insight to support families with compassion as they begin treatment.
A husband and father of three, he credits his sobriety for the ability to devote himself to a rich family life and career. His favorite activities include yoga, meditation, reading about mindfulness and spirituality, and playing golf.
Patrick Balsley ICRC-ADC, CAC
Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Patrick Balsley is a Florida Board Certified Addiction Counselor and Structured Family Recovery® Counselor.
Patrick has years of experience working with individuals and families struggling with Substance Use Disorder and related issues.
He specializes in teaching Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, Meditation and Non-Theistic Twelve Step Application.
Patrick owns a private practice called Sana Counseling in Boca Raton, FL where he resides with his wife and two young children.
Frank started 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.
He believes in having fun in recovery but also learning how to be a man, building on life skills, boundaries, and daily routines.
Dan Jenkins CAP
As a Wilderness First Responder and a Certified Addictions Specialist, Dan plays a crucial role in the clinical approach at Voyage. He is a proud alumnus of a wilderness treatment program where he began his recovery in 2007.
Dan’s experience in the substance use disorder treatment world has ranged from a tech to director.
He understands all aspects of treatment, and found his passion in counseling and leading men through the process of experiential learning.