Chief Executive Officer
Jim Haggerty is Chief Executive Officer of Maryland Recovery. Jim, a nationally recognized leader and innovator in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse field, has over 20 years of experience in the treatment and recovery industry joined Maryland Recovery in 2014. Jim brings his talents to Maryland Recovery during an exciting time of transition and growth.
Jim’s leadership and experience will add significant depth of knowledge to our program. Maryland recovery has made a commitment to always improve what we do for our referral sources and customers that have trusted us for the last sixteen years with their patients and families. Jim’s oversight of the clinical program, residential housing and medical services is just another example of our investment to continuous improvement and the quality of our program.
Prior to joining Maryland Recovery, Jim served as Vice President of Operations at Summit Behavioral Health, Princeton Junction NJ. Jim implemented a process improvement strategy to help Summit begin to develop a solid foundation for the company’s impressive expansion plans in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the east coast.
Jim started his career at Tully Hill Corporation, a highly respected and successful 50 bed Detoxification, Inpatient Rehabilitation and OP facility in Tully, NY. During Jim’s 15 year tenure at Tully Hill he served as Director of Admissions and Administration. Jim was responsible for the entire management, innovative design and implementation of the admissions process, to include Intake, Evaluation, and Admission Nurses and Utilization Review staff. Jim also supervised the Information Technology department and was the project manager for the implementation of the facilities first EMR and Revenue Cycle programs. Jim was a valuable member of the leadership team at Tully Hill, over the years Jim supervised various administrative areas to include the Medical Records, Accounts Receivable and was a key contributor to the facilities Marketing Department efforts as well as the Quality, Finance and Ethics Committees.
Jim has dedicated his life to helping those in need in the Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Recovery and Mental Health communities. Jim is currently involved with the Mercer County Coalition on Prevention Services a NJ State funded initiative in coordination with the Mercer County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth Executive Committee and a Core Team member of the St. James Roman Catholic Church Hope Ministries in Pennington NJ.
Dave brings an important blend of clinical, administrative and educational background to Maryland Recovery. His career has spanned four decades, starting in the early 80’s. He has trained under and worked for Father Joseph Martin the creator of the Chalk Talk and Co-Founder of Father Martin’s Ashely. Father Martin always mentioned and gave credit to his mentor Austin Ripley from Guest House in his lectures. Terence T. Gorski is president of CENAPS and clinical director of its Relapse Prevention Certification School has advised Dave and had a great influence on his understanding of the nature of addiction and the science behind the recovery process. Dave has learned from some of the best educators and leaders in the addiction field and has a core belief about the basic elements when treating a person suffering from this fatal progressive disease. He sums it up with five key points to provide successful treatment,
- Create an environment that is pleasant, safe and guided by a strong clinical component
- Treat each client and your staff with dignity and respect
- Use a holistic approach to treatment
- Educate about the disease of addiction
- Teach a person how to stay sober, let them practice that under your care, restore hope to them and their families
Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University and an Advanced Master Certificate Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University. Dave also is a Certified Healthcare Quality Manager ( Diplomat) ABQARRP, Certified Clinical Supervisor Addiction Counseling in State of Maryland and continues to be involved with the Advisory Council for the Joint Commission Addiction Services.
Dr. Ondrako is the current medical director of Maryland Recovery. He currently oversees the care and medical treatment of our patients from their intake through their stay at our facility.
As a board certified and emergency medicine trained physician, he is used to taking care of all aspects of our patients medical care, from routine medication management to acute problems. He has a strong clinical interest in addiction medicine and employs the evidence-based medical model to give our patients the best opportunity for success.
As an emergency physician, he has years of experience treating patients who suffer from chemical dependency.
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer
Jennifer Nilsson is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer for Maryland Recovery. Jennifer has been working in the substance abuse industry for the past 12 years, starting out in Accounts Receivable Department at a highly-recognized Substance Abuse Treatment Center in New York. She moved on to her continued successful career path with a premier Revenue Cycle company and in the process became recognized in the industry as an expert in that field.
Jennifer over the last few years has broadened her focus more on administering Electronic Medical Records and building unique solutions for many behavioral health providers. Jennifer also has proficiency and has managed hardware installation and software installation consulting for several Behavioral Health agencies on the east coast.
Jennifer brings a high degree of professionalism, excellence and quality management to Maryland Recovery as well as being a strong advocate and passionate about the clients and family members we serve.