Our Team

We take pride in our team who bring an array of professional and personal experiences to provide our clients with the best care and results.

Management Team

Dr. Andy Marcoccia, Director of Assessment

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Andy Marcoccia’s extensive background within the field serves as a reflection of his lifelong commitment to continued learning and personal development. Andy also oversees the intake and onboarding process at Causeway Collaborative, which effectively helps to build programs catered to meeting the individual needs of clients.

Stephan Genovese (Director, Westport, CT)

Licensed Professional Counselor
Stephan’s educational and clinical training, LPC, brings a diverse mix of evidence-based practices with a dynamic approach, providing an authentic goal-oriented process for the young men he works with.

Nick Fernandes (Director, White Plains, NY)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Nick, LCSW, brings a combination of clinical training, personal experience, unwavering commitment and enthusiasm to his work with clients and families. Through his dedication, Nick aspires to assist young men in navigating life’s transitions.

John-Tyler Markette (Director, West Hartford, CT)

Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor
John is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor (LPC, NCC). His education and experience in substance abuse and mental health facilities as well as his commitment to the personal growth of young men offers an integrated approach unique to each client and family.

Family Service Team

Heather Waxman, MA

Licensed Marital and Family Therapist-Associate
Heather combines her extensive clinical training and sharp intuitive skills to provide a warm, dynamic, and heart-led approach to family therapy. She is passionate about supporting parents and families to shift unhelpful, ingrained roles and patterns that are stunting their collective growth into ones that support each individual family member and the entire family's evolution.

Beatrice McMullen

Licensed Marital and Family Therapist-Associate
Beatrice has her Associate License in Marriage and Family Therapy. She loves working with families to identify the patterns that are keeping them stuck and supporting them in their journey of making lasting change.

Kathryn Maccarone

Licensed Marital and Family Therapist-Associate
Kathryn Maccarone is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate at Causeway Collaborative. With a strong educational background and a wealth of practical experience, Kathryn is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families overcome challenges and build healthier relationships.

Samantha Quigneaux

Licensed Marital and Family Therapist
Samantha, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Causeway Collaborative, specializes in family therapy, emphasizing family systems for adolescent and young adult mental health. Certified in Attachment Based Family Therapy, she also addresses trauma and LGBTQ+ issues. Featured in national media, including CBS Evening News and Yahoo!Life.

Individual Team

Louis Fournier

Graduate Level Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Louis has 16+ years experience working in various psychiatric in-patient milieus where he helped clients to navigate substance abuse and mental health concerns. Originally from Shelton, CT, Louis obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology attending Southern Connecticut State University where he later returned and is pursuing his Masters of science in counseling. Lou believes that our growing potential can be realized in each present moment, when we take the time to look inward and reflect.

Derio Rivera

Licensed Professional Counselor
Working in both educational and mental health facilities, Derio, LPC, brings an array of experiences working with diverse populations. He is constantly exploring new ways to find interventions to guide clients and their families in improving their lives.

Anthony James Rinaldi

Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate
Anthony Rinaldi, LPC-A, is a mental health clinician and a Futures Coach at Causeway Collaborative. His extensive history of working with adolescents and emerging adults is rooted in his compassion and desire to empower young men to reach their full potential.

Chris Nunno

Licensed Master of Social Work
Chris is a Licensed Master of Social Work and Therapeutic Mentor (LMSW) who knows how crucial it is to have a positive role model in your life. His past experiences as a mental health worker has inspired him to be a guide for young men trying to find a healthy path to adulthood and fulfillment.

Tyler Harrington

Licensed Master of Social Work
Tyler’s background as a high school educator and experiences in residential settings provided him with a unique foundation in working with a diverse population of young men. Tyler, LMSW, works for the little victories because he knows confidence is built brick by brick. He loves watching guys light up when they succeed and realize what they're truly capable of.

Charlie Barrett

Licensed Master of Social Work
Charlie is a Licensed Master of Social Work, LMSW, with more than 14 years serving diverse and vulnerable populations. His enthusiasm and experience fuels his work to help young men find the confidence, compassion, and potential within them and to develop these qualities for the betterment of themselves, their families, and their communities.

Michael Shilleh

Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate
Michael brings an incredible amount of compassion and empathy to his work, forming strong connections with his clients. He works diligently to discover common ground with young men and create tangible action in pursuit of each client’s goals.

Michael Daley, LMSW

Licensed Master of Social Work
Michael Daley is a Licensed Master Social Worker who brings a client-centered, strengths-based, and empathetic approach to his work with clients. Michael graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and began his professional career as an auditor for Ernst & Young LLP and later as a senior accountant for Charterhouse Group, Inc., private equity firm in New York City. After the events of September 11, 2001, Michael felt called to serve and became a firefighter with the Fire Department of the City New York.

Jordan Buckman

Graduate Level Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Jordan has extensive history in job acquisition and academic coaching embedded in education and experience. His professionalism and attention to detail provides an immense opportunity for clients to model their own focused-work approach. Jordan embodies the core values of Causeway and strives to help young men in pursuit of their own personal fulfillment.

Leadership Team

Vince Benevento, Founder & CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

Founder and CEO
As Director and Founder of Causeway Collaborative, Vince leads and provides direct service for all three specialized teams with the goal of helping students, young professionals, and those who are struggling to plan for the future and to realize their potential.

Gina Benevento, CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

Business Manager
With over 15 years of business experience, Gina has partnered with husband Vince over the last decade to make Causeway a destination for struggling young men to engage in mental health services—and discover their passion for life. As a mom to two young boys, Gina is driven by the opportunity to provide distressed moms with hope, knowing their sons are taking the first step in a life-changing journey.

Justin Carotti, COO (Chief Operating Officer)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Justin Carotti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and a Certified School Social Worker (CT). Originally from Newtown, CT, Justin graduated from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Justin later returned to Connecticut to further his education at the University of Connecticut, and received his Master’s in Social Work while graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Dr. Nicole O’Brien, CCO (Chief Clinical Officer)

Director of Family Therapy & Licensed Marital and Family Therapist
As Director of Family Therapy, Nicole brings her 15 years of experience as a professor of family therapy and licensed marital and family therapist to lead the family therapy program at Causeway. She came into the profession because she truly believes in people's capacities to evolve through the difficult transitions in their lives and create healthier relationships with one another.

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