Staff

“The Triumph Center professionals have helped him immensely, through their consistent guidance and support, helping him to see that he is a good person with a lot of potential…Our son also had many problems forming and maintaining relationships…which as a parent, is very heartbreaking. The staff at the Triumph Center has given him the tools to be able to make friends…” -Parent

The Triumph Center is hiring full-time (licensed preferred) and part-time clinicians to provide individual, family, school consultation and/or group counseling. Please send a resume to our office address (36 Woburn Street, Reading, MA 01867).

Jeff Colucci, Ph.D., Co-Director (Boston College, 1979)

Dr. Jeff Colucci came to The Triumph Center in 1994 from Franciscan Children’s Hospital where he was Director of Psychology and Vice-president for Clinical Services.  A fellow in the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Dr. Colucci is licensed as both an educational and clinical psychologist.  He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston College and has taught at his alma mater, as well as at University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Fitchburg State College.  Primarily a clinician, Dr. Colucci contributed as a researcher to the norming of the original Vineland Social Maturity Scale.  Currently Dr. Colucci consults to public schools regarding programming for special needs students.  Expert in issues relating to pervasive developmental disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD and effective behavior management, Dr. Colucci speaks extensively on these topics to parent and professional groups.  A sports enthusiast, Dr. Colucci uses his athletic background and coaching of traditional children’s sports to teach cooperative play and social skills.  Also an avid reader with many literary interests, Dr. Colucci dreams of someday writing a novel.  He lives in Acton, Massachusetts with his wife Nancy, an educational administrator.  His two grown daughters Elizabeth (a former Camp Triumph counselor) and Laura live in Brussels and New York City respectively.

George Marinakis, Ph.D., Co-Director (DePaul University, 1988)

Dr. George Marinakis obtained his doctorate in child clinical psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, where he worked with inner city youth and families.  As part of his training, he completed his pre-doctoral internship at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton.  Dr. Marinakis then worked as a child-family therapist and program evaluation consultant on the Cognitive-Behavioral Inpatient Program of the hospital.  In 1991, he founded The Triumph Center and later expanded the program with Dr. Jeff Colucci.  As the Co-Director of The Triumph Center, Dr. Marinakis works closely with children, adolescents, and young adults as a school consultant, therapist, social skills group leader and supervisor of Camp Triumph.  Dr. Marinakis is also the Director of Clinical Services at the Triumph Center and serves as the Clinical Supervisor for the program.  As a supervisor, he enjoys training graduate students in counseling, child development, and sport psychology.  He specializes in the areas of Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, social skills training, bullying prevention, school inclusion, and program development for children with emotional and behavioral disorders.  Dr. Marinakis has been a guest speaker on a range of topics and currently consults to various public and private therapeutic schools in the greater Boston area.  He lives in Reading with his wife, Molly Smith, who is also a psychologist, and his two children, Leah and Nick.  He also volunteers in the community, previously as a coach in youth sports and more recently as the chairman of the Board of Directors at the Burbank YMCA in Reading.

Chris Anderson, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina, 1999)

Dr. Chris Anderson obtained his doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina where he focused on working with children and families.  As part of his training, he completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children which is part of the Medical University of Virginia.  Dr. Anderson began working at The Triumph Center in 1996 and served as a child therapist and school consultant.  An excellent clinician and administrator, he became the Director of Camp Triumph in 1998 and has continued to direct the program as it has grown from one to three sites.  Dr. Anderson specializes in Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, social skills training, behavioral disorders and program evaluation.  A supervisor for The Triumph Center’s Internship Training Program, he also provides psychotherapy to children and families in the Triumph Center’s Reading office.  Dr. Anderson is married and is the father of 2 boys.  He is active as a soccer coach, scout leader and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including golf, running and camping.

Lauren Holloway Bennett, M.A., LMHC (Boston University, 2007)

Lauren Bennett received her master’s degree in Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine with a specialization in Sport Psychology from Boston University School of Medicine in 2007.  As part of her training, she served as a mental health counselor and performance enhancement coach in an inner city youth squash program.  She also completed an internship with The Triumph Center before joining the professional staff.  Ms. Bennett has worked as a social skills group counselor, a consultant to various public and therapeutic schools in the Boston area, and previously displayed her administrative talents as the Danvers and Reading Group Program Coordinator, and Site Director of Camp Triumph in Danvers.  In the summer of 2015, Ms. Bennett will be the Co-Director of the Club Triumph Program.  In addition to her work with special needs children, adolescents, and young adults, Ms. Bennett has enjoyed continuing her involvement as a sports psychology consultant and has provided workshops focused on team building, goal setting, competition anxiety, and visualization to various high schools and colleges in New England.

Nicole Bonneau, MSW, LICSW (Simmons College, 2004)

Nicole Bonneau is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received her master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons College in 2004.  She is also certified as a School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor through the Massachusetts Department of Education.  Prior to joining the Triumph Center, Ms. Bonneau provided clinical services for children and adolescents in school, outpatient and after-school settings. Most recently Ms. Bonneau was a high school social worker, providing individual and group counseling and consultative services to students and teachers in Special Education programs, which included a Therapeutic Program, a Life Skills Program, and an Alternative Program for students with emotional/behavioral disorders.  Ms. Bonneau also served as an advisor to the high school’s Peer Mediation Program and is trained as a mediator.  As a clinician with the Triumph Center, Ms. Bonneau provides individual, group and family counseling, is the Co-Director of the Club Triumph Program for 2015, and specializes in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, social skills training, anxiety, depression, and behavioral disorders.  Ms. Bonneau is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, and her personal interests include enjoying various outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

Allison Broughton, MSW, LICSW (Salem State University, 1999)

Allison Broughton is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received her master’s degree in Social Work from Salem State University.  She is also certified as a School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Ms. Broughton works full time as a school counselor supporting student with social/emotional challenges and has worked for many years in the field of child and adolescent mental health.  She has a special interest in working with foster/adoptive youth and has volunteered at a number of orphanages around the world.  Ms. Broughton completed the Social Thinking clinical training program in 2016.  She specializes in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, social communication challenges, anxiety, depression, and foster care/adoption.  As a clinician with the Triumph Center, Ms. Broughton provides individual and family counseling.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends in addition to traveling and outdoor adventures.

Mindy Davin, MSW, LICSW (Boston University, 1986)

Mindy Davin is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in public and therapeutic schools, mental health clinics, adolescent and adult day-treatment programs, and in private practice.  Ms. Davin specializes in treating children and adolescents experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, social skills and behavioral difficulties, executive functioning deficits and learning disabilities.  Her collaborative approach working with children, adolescents and families is integral to developing a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s and family’s strengths and areas for growth.  Ms. Davin uses an eclectic approach to treatment including play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness and acceptance-based therapy to support individuals in accomplishing their goals.  She is trained in Ross Green’s Collaborative Proactive Solution Approach (formerly known as The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach).  In addition, she is trained in the Act Raising Safe Kids Program, which educates and empowers families to create safe, stable, nurturing and healthy environments for raising safe children and building strong families.

Sue Howland, LICSW (Salem State College, 2006)

Sue Howland is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received her master’s degree in Social Work from Salem State College in 2006, with a concentration in children and families.  She is also certified as a School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor through the Massachusetts Department of Education.  She enjoys a full time job as a high school adjustment counselor where she provides group and individual counseling to students with a variety of needs in regular and special education settings.  Prior to joining the Triumph Center, Ms. Howland was the program director for a therapeutic afterschool program.  She is the mother of two children and enjoys spending time with them, particularly at their sport events, and finds her two dogs as her source of relaxation.

Nicole Minasi, LMHC (University of Massachusetts – Boston, 2013)

Nicole Minasi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stonehill College in 2010 and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts – Boston in 2013.  As part of her training, Ms. Minasi provided individual and group therapy to latency aged children in a hospital setting.  Prior to working at the Triumph Center, she worked as a clinician in a residential facility for adolescents in state custody.  In this role she facilitated individual, group, and family therapy, and also oversaw the clinical components of the program’s milieu.  Ms. Minasi has experience working wtih ADHD, anxiety, mood, and autism spectrum disorders, as well as trauma-and-stressor related disorders.  At the Triumph Center, Ms. Minasi provides school consultation to various school districts, co-facilitation of groups, and is the Reading Site Coordinator for the group program.  Her areas of professional interest include, trauma, attachment, and self-esteem.  In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, baking, and reading.

Angela M. DeSilva Mousseau, Ph.D. (Boston College, 2010)

Dr. Angela M. DeSilva Mousseau earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College.  As part of her training, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at Yale University School of Medicine and her post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine.  Both of these training programs focused on children, adolescents, and young adults in hospital and school settings. Dr. Mousseau was also granted a research award from the National Institute of Health to study the impact of stress on adolescents and young adults. She continues to conduct and publish research in this area. Dr. Mousseau is a licensed psychologist who has clinical experience working in hospital, community, and school settings. She also has experience with individual, group, and family therapy as well as conducting psychological evaluations. Currently, Dr. Mousseau’s clinical work focuses on children, adolescents, and young adults in the context of parenting support, psychological assessment, school consultation/transition planning, and program development for individuals with special needs. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Massachusetts Psychological Association and teaches psychology and research/statistics classes at the graduate and doctoral level.

Tim Niemiec, M.A., LMHC, BCBA, LABA (Boston University – School of Medicine, 2006)

Tim Niemiec completed his master’s degree in Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine in 2006, interning at The Triumph Center under the supervision of Dr. George Marinakis. Upon graduation, he was hired as a full-time clinician at The Triumph Center and was soon promoted to be the Site Coordinator for the Lexington Group Program and the Director of the Bedford Camp Triumph Program.  In addition, Mr. Niemiec provides school consultation to various therapeutic programs in schools throughout the Boston Metro area. He has also been a guest presenter at the Boston University School of Medicine and to various parent groups and schools.  He specializes in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, applied behavioral analysis, school inclusion, and social skills training and development. He became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts in 2009, and began serving the role of Triumph Center Group Program Director in 2010.  In 2016, he received his Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification and became a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts.

Eric Pegnam, LICSW (Simmons College, 1999)

Eric Pegnam is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 15 years’ experience working with children in school, clinical and residential settings.  Mr. Pegnam was a clinician and clinical supervisor at The Walker School for 14 years.  He co-created and directed Stepping Stones, Walker’s Program for children with significant social disabilities including Autism.  Mr. Pegnam has been recognized for his efforts by the Westborough Sped PAC, AANE, and National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Mr. Pegnam is also an accomplished speaker on the topics of autism, behavior management and a range of other clinical concerns.  He has presented at programs, agencies and conferences throughout Massachusetts including Harvard’s Autism Conference, Plymouth County Juvenile Detention Center, Communities for People and the Department of Mental Health.  Mr. Pegnam has provided consultation on individual students, classrooms, and programs to school districts in the great Boston area.  For many years, Mr. Pegnam has run social skills groups for children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, as well as children with a broad range of social and developmental delays.  At the Triumph Center, Mr. Pegnam provides consultation to schools, co-facilitates groups, and is the Beverly Site Coordinator for the group program.  He also has completed the Autism Certificate Program from Antioch University.  In his spare time, Mr. Pegnam enjoys improvisational acting, book collecting, cats and spending time with his family and friends.

Amanda Penn, LMHC (Boston College, 2012)

Amanda Penn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and her master’s in Counseling Psychology at Boston College in 2012. Amanda interned with The Triumph Center during her graduate education and has worked in the Camp Triumph program. Her professional experience includes providing outreach therapy to at-risk families, providing individual and family therapy in a community mental health clinic, and providing ABA services as well as crisis management evaluations in local emergency rooms.  She has provided treatment to children, adolescents and adults and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Her clinical focus is in the treatment of trauma, abuse, PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and behavioral disorders. As a clinician with the Triumph Center, she provides consultation to schools, co-facilitates social skills groups, and provides individual and family therapy.

Dominie O’Neill, LICSW (Salem State University, 2002)

Dominie Piaseczynski is a licensed independent clinical social worker who received her MSW from Salem State University in 2002. Mrs. Piaseczynski has been affiliated with The Triumph Center for over ten years and currently provides psychotherapy for children, adults and families in the Triumph Center’s Reading office. She has also been a school based social worker, working with severe and moderate special needs children ranging in age from preschool to post-secondary, since 2002. During her career as a social worker, she has enjoyed facilitating social skills and psychoeducational groups, providing psychotherapy, and working collaboratively with teaching staff and families to develop positive behavioral support programs for a wide range of school age children. As a psychotherapist, Mrs. Piaseczynski specializes in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome, social skills training, and cognitive impairments, as well as family therapy and consultation.

Melissa Plowman, M.A., LMHC (Boston College, 2003)

Melissa Plowman is a licensed mental health counselor who obtained her master’s degree in counseling psychology at Boston College in 2003.  Interning with The Triumph Center in 2002, her clinical and administrative skills have helped her in many roles within the agency.  Ms. Plowman has been a school consultant in both public and substantially separate school programs where she has worked with severe to moderate special needs children and adolescents from the preschool age up through high school.  She was the director of one of Camp Triumph’s sites for several years and also served as a site coordinator for the after-school social skills group program at The Triumph Center before taking over the role of Group Director from 2006 to 2010.  An experienced counselor in early childhood issues, she has developed the preschool social skills group program.  As a child psychotherapist, Ms. Plowman also specializes in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety and behavioral disorders.  In her spare time, she devotes herself to her growing family and travels a great deal to the beautiful states of Vermont and Maine.

Melinda Rhinelander, LICSW (Simmons College, 1996)

Melinda Rhinelander is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received her BA at Connecticut College in 1992 with a Psychology Major and her MSW at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work in 1996. Melinda’s professional experience includes middle and high school consultation with at risk teens, outpatient community psychotherapy with adolescents and adults, and equine assisted psychotherapy. Her clinical focus is on the treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, loss, trauma, sexual abuse, substance abuse and life transitional issues. She is the Clinical Services Coordinator for the Reading and Beverly offices and the Beverly Site Coordinator for the Triumph Center Group Program. In addition to counseling, Ms. Rhinelander is a professional musician, teaches and performs Irish fiddle on the North Shore, and is a mother to three teenagers.

Kent E. Rude, Ph.D. (Boston University, 1986)

Dr. Rude received his undergraduate degree at Williams College, attained a masters in special education at Syracuse University (working later as a special education teacher in Brookline), and obtained his doctorate in child clinical psychology at Boston University. He completed his internship at Franciscan Children’s Hospital (FCH) in Brighton and also did a special traineeship in neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital in Boston before being designated a Licensed Psychologist Provider. At FCH Dr. Rude worked in all departments but primarily within the Cognitive-Behavioral Inpatient Program where he became a senior child-family therapist and subsequently manager of Rehabilitation Mental Health Services. Later, Dr. Rude became a staff psychologist and eventually Director of the Child/Family Program and Psychological Testing at the Cutler Center in Norwood. Eventually Dr. Rude established a private practice in psychology initially in Norwood/Walpole and then in Reading where he became and remains a senior clinical associate of The Triumph Center.  Currently Dr. Rude serves as a consultant to an array of public school systems in Eastern Massachusetts, primarily around programming/training for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) including social skills development. Additional areas of expertise include anxiety, ADHD, OCD, neuropsychology, family therapy/family consultation, and all aspects of children/families who have a member with a special educational need. Dr. Rude remains involved in athletics via coaching in Special Olympics and with special needs populations via serving on the Human Rights Committee at the Charles River ARC.

Rob Smith, Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati, 1988)

Dr. Smith is a licensed clinical/consulting psychologist, and he obtained his Ph.D. in 1988 at the University of Cincinnati.  He specializes in helping people reach their goals, and has worked extensively with teens and adults, and performers and coaches at all levels, as well as companies of all sizes.  Dr. Smith is a Certified Consultant for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, and is on the Registry of Sport Psychologists with the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Currently, he is the Director of the Performance Enhancement Program at The Triumph Center.  His personal background as a performer includes his experiences as a former college athlete, high school basketball coach, and a black belt karate instructor.  In 2007, he authored the book, “Black Belt for Life: A Memoir of Personal Development and the Martial Arts” (see www.blackbeltforlife.net).  In addition, he has written numerous articles and given workshops internationally, and has appeared on local and national TV and radio.  Among the most satisfying experiences in Dr. Smith’s work are when he has been a part of a young client’s development personally as well as in their chosen endeavor.

Kristen Sullivan, LMHC (Northeastern University, 2007)

Kristen Sullivan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University.  She also received her master’s in School Counseling in 2007 from Northeastern University.  In addition, she is certified through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a school counselor and school social worker/adjustment counselor.  Ms. Sullivan has worked in the school systems for ten years.  Nine of those years were spent as a school counselor.  In that role her duties included, but were not limited to, providing individual and group counseling; administering and interpreting assessments; providing crisis intervention; and on-going consultation with parents, teachers, outside providers, and administration.  She completed her clinical internship with The Academy of Physical and Social Development in Newton, MA.  Ms. Sullivan specializes in working with children and adolescents with anxiety, ADHD, depression, autism spectrum disorders and behavioral disorders.  As a former Division I varsity athlete in field hockey and lacrosse, Ms. Sullivan also has experience as a field hockey and lacrosse coach.

Carolyn St. Laurence, M.A., LMHC (Lesley University, 2013)

Carolyn St. Laurence graduated from her Master’s program at Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in School Guidance Counseling in 2013. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University in Child Development with a minor in Music. She is currently a member of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health Counselors and the Massachusetts School Counselors Association. She has training and experience with a wide range of ages and challenges, including those with PDD-NOS, anxiety, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and mood disorders. As part of her training, Ms. St. Laurence worked in a high school guidance counseling department. She also completed an internship with The Triumph Center before joining the professional staff. As a clinician with the Triumph Center, Ms. St. Laurence serves as the Lexington Site Coordinator, provides consultation to schools in the Boston area, and co-facilitates social skills groups.  She became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts in 2016.