Meet Our Team

 
 
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Arthur Baxter M.A., LMHC

Mr. Baxter has more than forty years of experience working with older adults, families, children, and adolescents. He has worked in private practice, school-based, residential, and inpatient settings. A licensed mental health counselor, Mr. Baxter holds specialized certifications in trauma, grief and loss, suicide, and psychological first aid. He holds a master’s in counseling psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He believes that divorce should never be a source of shame and that conscious uncoupling can create a compassionate and respectful co-parenting relationship that benefits the entire family.

 

Marta Medina, MSW

Ms. Medina has over 30 years of experience working with families and children, 20 of which she has spent as a parent trainer. She is a frequent speaker on issues important to women and children. Ms. Medina holds an MSW in clinical social work from Boston College. She believes that all parents are capable of maintaining a healthy, committed relationship with their children.

 

Randdy Chestaro, MSW, LSWA

Mr. Chestaro has more than 16 years of experience working in child protective services, where he received the Commissioner Excellence Award from two different commissioners. As a special education teacher, he has extensive experience working with autistic children. He has extensive training in trauma, substance abuse, and domestic violence recovery. Mr. Chestaro has a B.S. in psychology, a B.A. in theology, and a master’s in advanced generalist practice in social work. He serves on the Father Engagement Leadership Team at the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, which focuses on actively engaging fathers in the lives of their children.

 

Lynette A. Accomando, M.Ed., LRC, LMHC

Ms. Accomando is a licensed professional counselor in private practice specializing in the treatment of adults, children, and adolescents who have experienced trauma or adverse life experiences. She has served as a human services coordinator supervisor for the Department of Mental Health for over 25 years and has more than 15 years of experience working with children and families. Ms. Accomando holds a BS in psychology and an MA in community counseling. She also holds an Anger Management Specialist Certification and has extensive training in conflict resolution.

 

Bethel M. Vazquez, MA

Ms. Vazquez has worked for the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families for more than 10 years. She has extensive experience working with children, parents, and foster parents. Within this framework, she facilitates several Latinx Support Groups. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a therapist, behavioral consultant, trainer for the disabled community, and a family advocate. She has also worked with the Lawrence community as a case manager where she specialized in substance abuse issues, provided education in homelessness prevention, and served as a domestic violence hotline counselor. Ms. Vazquez holds an MA in community counseling psychology from Springfield College and believes that each one of us can be a link in the chain of help and support.

 

Juan Carlos Goris, MSW, LCSW

Mr. Goris is a licensed certified social worker with a concentration in mental health. He works with children and families who struggle with issues around domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. Over the course of his career, he has worked as a health educator and case manager with individuals from the LGBTQ community, organized community events as a health prevention initiative, worked with those struggling with addiction by providing group interventions and one-on-one counseling, and provided therapeutic interventions to children with serious emotional or behavioral health needs. Mr. Goris holds a BA in psychology and an MSW from Salem State University.

 

Blayne Lopes, MSW, LCSW

Mr. Lopes has extensive experience working collaboratively with the medical community, schools, and community support agencies to support families in crisis due to childhood mental health conditions, autism, abuse, divorce, domestic violence, trauma, and immigration concerns. He currently teaches coping skills to youth and teens to give them the tools they need to make good decisions and control their anger. He also works closely with families to develop behavior plans and reinforce their child’s newfound skills. Mr. Lopes holds a BA in sociology and psychology from Stonehill College and an MSW from Simmons College.

 

Silvia Vernaza-Carlisle, MSW, LCSW

Mrs. Vernaza is a licensed certified social worker with more than 16 years of experience providing clinical and therapeutic support to children and families. During this time, she implemented and facilitated a parenting program that reduced infant mortality. She also works with individuals struggling with substance abuse, helping them sustain and maintain sobriety, and provides outpatient services for adults with dual diagnosis. Mrs. Vernaza holds an MA in social work from Simmons University and a certificate in maternal and child health from Boston University.