Valerie Jackson


As the CEO of Futures of Palm Beach, Ms. Jackson is deeply committed to ensuring that all clients seeking help for drug and alcohol substance use disorder are treated to a superior level of service at every stage of the treatment experience. With over 25 years of experience in the Healthcare Management field, Ms. Jackson brings with her an extensive background and experience in Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Operations, Public relations and Marketing, Human Resources, Medical Management, Public Policy, and Regulation. Ms. Jackson holds a BA from University of Miami, and obtained her MBA in Healthcare Administration, and a MS in Human Resources.

During her career, Ms. Jackson has been the CEO of many hospitals in Florida, where she has gained significant experience in acute medical and psychiatric care. In addition, Ms. Jackson has been a Healthcare Consultant to many healthcare facilities and physician practices, to assist them in maximizing their operations. As well as being active in many community agencies and charitable organizations during her career, Ms. Jackson currently is a governor appointee and represents the Public on the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

John C. Maguire, LMHC, CAP, ICADC

Clinical Director

Mr. Maguire has over 20 years business experience working for both public and private corporations during which he earned his MBA. It was through his career endeavors Mr. Maguire discovered his passion for helping others. He returned to school and earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology, leaving behind corporate America to begin his venture in the field of therapy. Mr. Maguire utilizes an integrated approach in therapy to aid clients in establishing a connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. He believes in educating, empowering and exploring beliefs with clients to assist them in gaining insight and a deeper understanding of their values and worldview, allowing them to begin the healing process and to build a strong foundation for a healthy future through self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion.

Gloria Dunkin, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Dunkin received her MD from the University of Iowa and completed her General Psychiatry Residency and her Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. When asked what inspired her to specialize in this field of medicine Dr. Dunkin responded, “The decision to make addiction psychiatry the central focus of my career was based on my observation that patients with this affliction often demonstrate vast improvement in a relatively short period of time when expert treatment is combined with their desire to change. The greatest satisfaction I have ever experienced is that of seeing my patients return for anniversary ceremonies celebrating their years of sober living. It is a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and a reminder to me of the way in which the sound application of psychiatric principles can change lives for the better.”

Dr. Dunkin has more than 15 years of experience in the addiction treatment field and has held the position of Medical Director at two prior prestigious institutions. She is currently a member in good standing with the Florida Psychiatric Society, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Drew D’Alessandro

Director of Operations

Mr. D’Alessandro joined Futures in December 2012 as the Director of Operations. Before joining Futures, Mr. D’Alessandro was a part of the GMH Capital Partners team for five years and oversaw the operations of a 140 unit Class A multi-family housing community in the Philadelphia area. With moving away from multi-family housing and moving to the sunshine state, Mr. D’Alessandro will apply his experience in facility operations and customer service to Futures’ program. Mr. D’Alessandro received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing at Pennsylvania State University.

Clinical Staff

Moira Howard, LMHC, CAP, ICADC

Primary Therapist

Ms. Howard joined Futures of Palm Beach in early 2014. Her career began in substance abuse and mental health in 2007. Ms. Howard studied for her Bachelors and Masters Degree locally at Palm Beach Atlantic University. While completing her education, she obtained experience working in the mental health field. Working as a therapist and a director at various treatment centers in Palm Beach, Ms. Howard was able to develop her skills. She has trained in various styles of therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Psychodrama. Ms. Howard continues to tailor her style to fit the needs of each individual. She chooses to use evidence-based treatment methods in sessions.

Ms. Howard assists clients in developing coping skills, which includes increasing their capacity for emotional regulation and self-acceptance. In the group setting, Ms. Howard has trained in Psychodrama, an active and creative therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Jacob Moreno. Psychodrama can be used in a group or individual setting and it is helpful for trauma, grief, addictions and other issues. Ms. Howard is passionate about this style of therapy and frequently uses it.

Believing in the mind, body and spirit connection as a method to further the healing process, she became a Registered Yoga Instructor by attending a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. This ancient practice has been used to build strength, increase focus and deepen meditation. Ms. Howard is grateful for the opportunity to teach Yoga at Futures. As a yoga instructor and therapist, Ms. Howard has seen breathing techniques and yoga postures heal individuals in multiple ways. It brings Ms. Howard joy to guide and assist individuals on a journey towards finding their true selves.

Laura Pigott, LMHC, CAP

Primary Therapist

Ms. Pigott joined Futures of Palm Beach as a Primary Therapist in October of 2014. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a Certified Addiction Professional. Ms. Pigott holds a Masters of Arts, Professional Counseling degree from Liberty University. She began her career as a mental health counselor, working with children who were diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Prior to joining the clinical team at Futures, Ms. Pigott’s experience included several years of counseling at another highly regarded treatment center in South Florida, treating adults battling the disease of addiction in residential and IOP levels of care. At Futures, in addition to one-on-one counseling, she leads process, Stress Management and recreational therapy groups. Ms. Pigott’s theoretical orientation is eclectic and includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person-centered approaches to therapy.

Brooke Keffner, MA, CAP, ICADC

Primary Therapist

Ms. Keffner joined Futures of Palm Beach as a Counselor and Case Manager in early 2015. She holds a Master of Arts, Creative Arts in Therapy and Counseling degree from Drexel University, where she specialized in Art Therapy. Ms. Keffner credits her arts-focused education for the creative therapeutic approach she brings to her position. An approach that has proven successful in helping clients gain insights into their recovery plan options and relapse-prevention strategies.

Prior to joining Futures, her behavioral health professional experiences included therapist roles at various clinical settings in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania – before relocating to Southern Florida in 2012. At Futures, aside from counseling clients in a one-to-one setting, she regularly conducts psychotherapeutic groups and leads a Women’s Processing Group weekly. Ms. Keffner works closely with primary therapists, clients and their family members to ensure that aftercare plans support goals put in place for healthy and happy sober living.

Rudy Shrier, MS, RMHCI

Primary Therapist

Mr. Shrier joined Futures of Palm Beach as a primary therapist in 2015. He earned his Master of Science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, which is also where he earned his undergraduate degree. Mr. Shrier has completed training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) – a form of therapy that has been researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma – and is currently working toward certification. He views EMDR as a therapy that holds great promise for enabling individuals who have survived trauma to move beyond obsessive reliving of painful experiences, toward a more productive, healthy mindset.

Mr. Shrier is driven to provide compassion, comfort and transformational education to people who suffer from substance use disorder and their family members, who too are afflicted. His focus is on helping people understand their natural strengths and realizing that they can experience freedom from labels that they or their loved ones may have attached to them.

Mr. Shrier is a lifelong resident of South Florida and proponent of warm climates and living near the water.

Julia Valente, MS, LMHC 

Primary Therapist

Ms. Valente is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Valente studied clinical psychology, physiological psychology, and social psychology at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Nova Southeastern University, specializing in Health Care Education and Human Services Administration.

Ms. Valente has experience working with gender-related issues, addiction disorders, eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, chronic mental illness, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma-related issues. Her approach to therapy is client-centered – and she believes that the therapeutic process is a means to release a person’s personal healing and growth potential. Ms. Valente utilizes Mindfulness, DBT, CBT, REBT modalities to help clients better understand their thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

Cathleen Wallen Beauseigneur, LCSW, QS, CAP, ICADC, CH

Primary Therapist

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Ms. Beauseigneur has been working in the fields of mental health and addiction for over 20 years. Ms. Beauseigneur earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from State University New York at Buffalo and was elected to Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities in 1997. She has worked at all levels of addiction treatment, including inpatient care, intensive outpatient care, outpatient care and private practice. Ms. Beauseigneur has held several positions throughout her career including Clinical Director, Assistant Director, Clinical Supervisor and Primary Therapist.

Ms. Beauseigneur is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Addiction Professional, Internationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Licensed Qualified Supervisor in Mental Health and Social Work.

Ms. Beauseigneur’s goal in psychotherapy is to find ways to maximize a person’s overall psychological well-being, quality of life, and self-fulfillment. Her interests include weight training, spin classes, Zumba, cycling and continuing education courses.

Erin Dowling, MS, RMHCI

Primary Therapist

Ms. Dowling joined Futures of Palm Beach as a primary therapist in 2015. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Ms. Dowling has worked in the field of behavioral health and addiction since 2010. Her experience includes primary therapist roles at all levels of care, including Intensive Outpatient (IOP), PHP and Residential.

Her approach toward treating the disease of addiction includes DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and assorted evidence-based treatment modalities. Ms. Dowling places emphasis on creating a nonjudgmental, safe environment for clients to process their underlying issues and develop a healthier perspective in order to live more fulfilling lives.

Ms. Dowling is a lifelong Florida resident and enjoys athletics, yoga and nature photography.

Chris Burke

Case Manager

Mr. Burke originally joined Futures of Palm Beach in March of 2015, as an Admissions Specialist before transitioning into his current role as a Case Manger. Prior to Futures, Mr. Burke worked in admissions at other treatment centers, following a lengthy, successful career as a financial advisor.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Florida and is currently enrolled in a graduate program, studying professional counseling toward his Masters degree. Based on his experience, Mr. Burke maintains a viewpoint that “the least amount of distraction creates the best possible outcomes” – and shares this paradigm with clients when recommending aftercare plans.

A lifelong Floridian, Mr. Burke is an avid surfer and a loving father to his three boys.

Ginny Sale

Case Manager

Ms. Sale joined Futures of Palm Beach as a Case Manager in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University – and will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in May of 2016. Ms. Sale has worked in the healthcare industry for over 10 years. Prior to case management and counseling, she performed services in a wide variety of roles, providing her with insights into the many aspects involved in behavioral health. Her previous positions include those in administration, admissions, business development, social services and family counseling.

Ms. Sale brings a passionate approach to her work – drawing on past experiences to become a valuable resource for individuals and families suffering from substance use disorder. Prior to joining Futures of Palm Beach, she trained under Michael D. Lukens, Ph.D., working with individuals and families suffering from the impact of trauma, abuse and/or unresolved grief and loss. There she learned about a therapeutic approach considered to be: Emotionally focused, existential, psychodynamic, family systems, attachment based and client-centered.

Originally from Virginia, Ms. Sale has been a Palm Beach County resident for that past 15 years – and says that Florida is now her home. She is an avid animal lover, former volunteer and foster mom for abused, neglected and/or homeless animals. Ms. Sale has two dogs, who she adores.

Ashley Blake

Case Manager

Ms. Blake joined Futures of Palm Beach in January of 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with an academic minor in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Upon completion of her degree, she accepted an opportunity to work with at-risk adolescents at a national non-profit organization. Ms. Blake proved to be a leader among her peers and was appointed Lead Behavioral Youth Counselor. In this role, she established a running recycle program during her tenure.

Ms. Blake’s passion for helping individuals recovering from the disease of addiction led her to accept her first case manager position in 2013. Her experience in holistic therapy includes performing as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist for one of the nation’s top substance abuse programs.

She is dedicated to promoting long-term recovery for clients by building continuing care plans that emphasize life skills and support for early recovery. Ms. Blake’s compassion and professionalism enable her to evoke a positive change in those around her, while also developing a network of strong relationships with quality aftercare providers.

She is currently seeking her Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology, which will allow her to continue providing a higher level of patient-centered care. As a new resident of the state of Florida, Ms. Blake enjoys the beach and warm weather year-round. Her other passions include photography and writing.

Medical Staff

Susan W. Smith

Director of Nursing

Ms. Smith joined the Futures family in June of 2015 after a varied 24 year career in the nursing field. She has extensive experience in critical care, pediatrics and hospice care but substance abuse and chemical dependency have become her passions.

Ms. Smith received her Associate in Science degree at Palm Beach State College, in Lake Worth, Florida, along with her RN licensure in 1993. Prior to her Nursing degree she graduated with Honors from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida in 1989 with a Bachelor in Health Services and then immediately continued her education by obtaining a Master of Health Management Degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida in 1991.

Ms. Smith is originally from New York and loves to visit as much as possible where she enjoys Central Park, museums and Broadway Shows.

Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Esposito, PhD, ARNP is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in the field of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing who joined Futures in 2015.  She began her career in Nursing in 1983, going on to specialize by completing a graduate degree (MSN) in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Adelphi University in 1996 as well as a Ph.D. in Nursing from Barry University in 2013.

Dr. Esposito employs a holistic approach with a focus on the body, mind and spirit of her patients.  She has worked in a number of settings in both inpatient and outpatient programs, with individuals and families across the lifespan dealing with addiction and other mental health disorders. Dr. Esposito has instructed nursing students in the area of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing since 1996, at Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Esposito serves as a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Palm Beach County, as well as for the Florida Chapter of the APNA, where she seeks to promote Mental Health advocacy in her role as an educator and clinician.  At Futures of Palm Beach, she provides psychiatric evaluations with diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders such as depression, trauma, anxiety or other mental health problems.  Identifying and treating these conditions is an essential component of treatment in order to promote the individual’s recovery.

Marketing and Admissions

Laura Kunz

Outreach  Director

Ms. Kunz joined Futures of Palm Beach as Outreach Director in 2015. In her role at Futures, Laura’s responsibilities include community outreach, referent relationships, business development; along with training and mentoring outreach staff.

Since 2009, she’s worked in the field of substance abuse and mental health – helping families and individuals in need – and building relationships with many of the nation’s most respected behavioral health professionals. Additionally, Ms. Kunz founded two addiction resource groups.  One is online and currently has close to 300 members from the Florida and Southeast behavioral healthcare communities.  The other is in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and serves parents of addicted children.

Ms. Kunz’s passions include spending time outdoors, any creative project, and being a wife and mother to her young daughter.

Grace Bechtel

Director of Admissions

Ms. Bechtel Joined Futures of Palm Beach in October 2014 as the Director of Admissions. Supervising a team of Admissions Coordinators and Insurance Verification Specialists, her efforts are aimed at managing an admissions process that is efficient and comforting for the individual seeking treatment.

Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Grace graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. degree in Psychobiology. Prior to joining Futures, she held titles of Director of Admissions & Assistant Director of Admissions for other esteemed South Florida dual-diagnosis treatment centers.

Nicole Halwani

Northeast Business Development Coordinator

Ms. Halwani joined Futures of Palm Beach in 2016 as the Northeast Business Development Coordinator. Ms. Halwani acts as a constant reachable resource for families, clients, and health care workers and knows the value of facilitating expedited treatment. Her goal is to ensure that those seeking help are provided with treatment options specific to their individual needs.

Ms. Halwani has been in the addiction field since 2009, building relationships and helping families and individuals in need and times of crisis. Combating addiction is a passion of Ms. Halwani and she works diligently to ensure that those seeking help can overcome the barriers that they will face. Ms. Halwani has a degree in Psychology from Marist College and enjoys being involved in her community, running, and traveling to different places.

Vance Johnson

Business Development Coordinator

Prior to joining Futures, Mr. Johnson was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1985 NFL draft as a wide receiver from the University of Arizona. Mr. Johnson played his entire NFL career for the Denver Broncos from 1985 to 1995 and assisted the Broncos on three consecutive trips to the Super Bowl. Throughout his college career, Vance was also a world-class long jumper. In 1982 he won the NCAA championship and won the gold medal at the junior Pan American games. In 1984 he just missed making the Olympic track team, finishing fourth and becoming the alternate in the long jump at the 1984 United States Olympic trials in Los Angeles.

Now celebrating three years of sobriety, Vance offers hope to the struggling addict and their families by sharing his own journey from addiction through treatment and the strength of his faith. Mr. Johnson advocates for athletes seeking addiction treatment help, and speaks at prisons, schools and other public and private forums.

Dan Hogue

Outreach Coordinator

Mr. Hogue began his career in the substance abuse field in 2005 when he started working with The Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, FL as Professional Education and Staff Development Coordinator. He relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2006, and was promoted to the position of Outreach Specialist.

After his tenure at The Hanley Center, Mr. Hogue worked for a number of nationally recognized treatment programs as a Business Development representative in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Hogue represented those programs at numerous conferences and addiction treatment industry events while developing relationships with professionals, families and individuals to inform them of appropriate treatment services available and to help coordinate their admission process.

Mr. Hogue’s experience includes many years in management and training in customer service-related industries. He studied psychology at Edinboro State University in Edinboro, Pa.

Dan currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his spoiled rotten dog, Samantha.

Stephen Watts

Outreach Coordinator

Stephen Watts has been an addiction treatment professional for many years including a long stint as a counselor and interventionist. Stephen has been involved in marketing and business development for the past 16 years and enjoys meeting new people in the field as well as maintaining some really special relationships with others. What drew Stephen to Futures is the opportunity to represent an excellent treatment program with a staff that truly cares about the client and a company that treats their employees with dignity and respect.

Stephen lives with his wife and family in Memphis, Tennessee where he is involved with the recovery community, serves on the board of Mid South Sober Living a not for profit agency that provides sober living residences and generally hangs out with a lot of different folks. Stephen enjoys reading, being at home with his family, movies, and of course University of Memphis sports of any kind.


Client Care

Omar Kamal, MA, MS

Program Director

Mr. Kamal has been a team member of Futures of Palm Beach since its inception.

He is the Program Director at Futures with a master’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in English Studies/Culture. Since 2008, Mr. Kamal’s professional involvement in the field of psychology has been primarily within the role of management; focused on providing optimal care and services to clients. As a Program Director, Mr. Kamal oversees the center’s Resident Assistants, providing guidance and education, in order to promote the safety and the well-being of residents. Mr. Kamal also acts as a coordinator between multiple departments within Futures of Palm Beach to ensure that clients receive a consistent, integrated and productive experience.

Ryan Miller, MSW 

Director of Alumni Services

Mr. Miller joined Futures in September 2012. Before joining Futures, Mr. Miller worked in residential and IOP settings as a case manager and counselor, and is a nationally certified recovery coach. Mr. Miller sits on the Board of Directors and performs the role of co-leader for Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS). TPAS is a non-profit professional organization committed to the continued development of best practices in the area of alumni programming.

As Director of Alumni Services, Mr. Miller is involved in developing programming and maintains regular contact with clients and families, as they adjust to post-treatment life. Furthermore, he facilitates individual and group support for our Alumni and frequently coordinators sober outings, events, and meetings. Mr. Miller graduated with honors from the University of Florida and completed his Master of Social Work with honors at Barry University.

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Lorraine Kozlowski, CHT, CLC


Ms. Kozlowski received Certifications in Hypnotherapy from The National Guild of Hypnotists, The American Board of Hypnotherapy and The Florida Society of Professional Hypnotherapists. She brings 20 years of experience to Futures, working with clients on an individual basis for relaxation, visualization of goals and to release anxiety and control cravings. Ms. Kozlowski has also worked as a case manager and presents exemplary standards in recognizing the unique needs of each client.

Brian Corbitt

Wellness Director

Mr. Corbitt has been with Futures of Palm Beach since our grand opening and has over 20 years of experience as a certified fitness/personal trainer coupled with 15 years of Physical Therapy training and is also CPR and EMT certified.

Mr. Corbitt ‘s background in training is a diverse mix of Strength and Conditioning Training, Sports Specific Training, Core, Stability Training, Corrective and Preventative Exercise/Post Surgical Rehabilitation, Physique Enhancement, Program Design. In addition to creating individual wellness programs for our clients, he also coordinates and leads outdoor group activities.

With a philosophical focus on the mind and body connection of continual lifelong learning, Mr. Corbitt works toward enhancing the well-being of clients by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier and positive life.