Internationally Recognized Addiction Professionals
We are fortunate to serve a diverse clientele at Crossroads Centre Antigua. Our internationally recognized staff of addiction professionals are leaders in their respective fields, and they bring a cultural sensitivity unrivaled in any other addiction treatment facility.
Dale Gardner Sr.
My name is Dale Kedar Johnson Gardner Sr. and I have a natural gifting and love for Fitness and Wellness Therapy. I have been working in the fitness industry for over 25 years. My career in Fitness started at the then Sandals Antigua Resort and Spa, where I worked as a Fitness Director and Massage Therapist for 15 years. After leaving the Sandals Antigua Resort and Spa, I then joined our team at Crossroads Centre as a Wellness Therapist for ten (10) years. Some of my duties include: Overseeing all Wellness Affairs, Performing Massages and Acupunctures and Conducting Health Lectures.
Moreover, I am very passionate about what I do and my main career goal is to earn a Doctoral Degree in Natural Medicine which I started pursuing in January 2018 at the University of Natural Medicine in Nevis. In December 2017, I earned the title of Deacon (Licentiate) –Sanctified Healer at the Sacred Medical Order of the Church of Hope in Nevis. I am a student of life, so over the years, I have done several diplomas and certificates in the field of fitness and wellness therapy to help improve my skills.
Additionally, I am an excellent communicator and I’m known to work well individually and with team members. My professional and friendly personalities allow me to interact with individuals and form genuine bonds. As a lover of fitness, my philosophy is from the well known scripture in 3 John 1:2. I firmly believe that your health is equivalent to your wealth, therefore, I encourage individuals to always stay healthy!
It is note-worthy that, for the past 13 years, I have been running my own business – Hard Core Fitness Center, where I conduct Group Fitness, Personal Training, Wellness Assessments and Nutritional Consultations. Fitness has always been my life-long passion and I enjoy helping individuals to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Last but by no means least, I’m a loving Husband, Father and Grand-dad and I enjoy spending time with my family and making lasting memories. In my spare time and in church, you can find me playing passionately on the Guitar. For the past 25 years, I have been serving in various ministries and leadership capacities at the Parham Wesleyan Holiness Church. I also have a natural love for Body Building and I have competed in shows locally and regionally for the past 25 years.
Lisa Higgins, Antiguan by birth is a 1985 graduate of the Antigua Girls High School. She is a proud mother of one and grandmother of two girls. Lisa joined the Crossroads team in 1998 as part of its original fleet of staff as its first receptionist, she held that role for five years.
In 2003 she assumed the role of Jr Accounts Assistant in the Business Office. In March of 2006, Lisa completed a Bookkeeping Course with Thomson Education Direct, Scranton PA & was subsequently promoted to Sr Accounts Assistant in 2010, a position she still holds presently.
Lisa favorite quote she has heard for most of her life from her late mother is.
It’s better to have tried and fail than fail to try.
Luke Weathered is a versatile IT professional hailing from Antigua and Barbuda, bringing a wealth of experience in the support and maintenance of Medical Information Technology at the esteemed Mount St. Johns Medical Center (MSJMC). With a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana "José Antonio Echeverría," Luke combines his technical prowess with a diverse background that spans various industries.
Luke's commitment to problem-solving and operational efficiency is evident throughout his career. At MSJMC, he has excelled as the Information Technology Help Desk Coordinator for over two years, where he has been instrumental in troubleshooting software, hardware, and network infrastructure issues. His role also encompassed the implementation, configuration, and maintenance of critical medical information systems such as PACS and RIS.
Beyond his IT expertise, Luke's journey showcases his adaptability and dedication. He has contributed significantly in roles such as Assistant Mechanic at Jumby Bay Island Company, where he displayed his mechanical acumen, and as an Office Clerk at APUA Cooperate Credit Union, where he honed his administrative and financial skills. Notably, he has even lent his talents to census data collection, landscaping, and even professional fishing.
Luke's educational journey underscores his commitment to excellence. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from CUJAE, supplementing it with a strong educational foundation from Antigua State College and Princess Margaret Secondary School.
Luke's skill set extends far beyond the technical realm. His proficiency encompasses programming, foreign languages, interpersonal skills, graphic design, and network administration. His dynamic abilities have been utilized in the creation of multiple correspondence channels with external organizations, fostering regional and international connections.
With a track record of cross-industry success, Luke Weathered's capabilities are well-rounded and his dedication unwavering. He thrives on challenges, consistently channeling his efforts to ensure seamless operations and innovative solutions. As a team member, Luke brings an exceptional blend of technical mastery, adaptability, and a commitment to enhancing processes, making him an invaluable asset to any endeavor.
Joanne H. Peters
Joanne H. Peters is a dedicated customer service professional know for her results-driven approach, keen attention to detail, and exceptional interpersonal skills. With a strong ability to foster enduring client relationships, she has consistently succeeded in implementing customer retention strategies that enhance brand loyalty and profitability for the organizations she has served.
Education and Skillset:
Joanne’s educational background includes a Certificate of Customer Service Management from The University of the West Indies. Her diverse skills encompass excellent communication, team leadership, and organizational prowess. She copes well under pressure and meets deadlines and achieve results.
Joanne is adept at managing customer experiences and implementing effective retention initiatives. She has a proactive nature and enthusiasm for embracing new challenges further underscore her professional versatility. Herself-starting nature and enthusiasm for embracing new challenges further.
Throughout her career, Joanne has excelled in various roles that demand exceptional customer service and the ability to make good judgements and take quick decisions.
At Dr. Dean Martin MD. Obstetrics and Gynecology, she was a pivotal medical receptionist. Her
responsibilities included greeting patients, scheduling appointments, providing essential information,
managing payments and liaising with insurance details. She also efficiently coordinated appointments for scheduled surgeries.
As a Property/House Manager at Galley Bay Villas, Joanne effectively managed tenants’ schedules. She collaborated with maintenance staff to ensure all required maintenance are done on time her organizational and leadership skills were evident int the way she organized events and activities,
As the Receptionist/Gift Shop Attendant at Crossroads Centre, Joanne is very proficient in answering incoming calls and transferring said calls as necessary to different departments, she also manages the gift shop to include all sales and transactions, and inventory are done with great effect.
Joanne’s passion for customer service led her to Solange & Sunny, where she held the role of the office manager, she operated the salon under corporate policies, managed inventory, facilitated efficient transactions, supervised operations, and maintained strong client relationships.
Her journey continued with Airport Services Antigua and Port Services Ltd., where she honed her customer service expertise through passenger check-ins, ticket sales, and administrative tasks.
Notably, at Shoppers Drug Mart, in Toronto Canada Joanne served as a Front Office Assistant Manager, supervising a team of sales associates, conducting cash audits, managing customer service operations, and ensuring smooth store transitions.
Interests and Hobbies:
Beyond her professional pursuits, Joanne’s interests encompass music, reading, event management, and indoor/outdoor sporting events. Her diverse hobbies reflect her dynamic and multifaceted nature.
Joanne H. Peters is a customer service fanatic who has consistently demonstrated her ability to build strong rapport with clients, manage complex tasks, and contribute to the success of organizations. Her remarkable skills, experience, and dedication make her an asset to any team aiming to provide exceptional customer experiences and drive long-term success.
Nicos M. Peraticos
Nicos was born in London and educated in England and Greece. He joined the UK Board of Trustees of Crossroads in 2004.
Following a career in shipping, in 2016, Nicos was offered the opportunity to become CEO of Crossroads Centre Antigua. He welcomed the challenge of a new career where he could make a difference in an area about which he felt passionately.
For Nicos the 12 Step approach to recovery from addiction is a proven approach that has saved countless lives. Crossroads Centre Antigua is one of the best treatment centres in the world, and he is honoured to be part of an extraordinary team, who comprise some of the best professionals in our field.
Rokelle Lerner is an international speaker and trainer on addiction, trauma and women’s issues. Recently Rokelle was appointed as the Senior Clinical Advisor for Crossroads Treatment Centre in Antigua. For the past 18years Rokelle has been the co-founder and clinical director of Spring Workshops in London, UK.
Rokelle has received numerous awards for her work including Esquire magazine's Top 100 Women in the US Who are Changing the Nation, the National YWCA award in Human Services and the National Association of Children of Alcoholic’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Rokelle has been an advisor and consultant with U.S. agencies, corporations, and hundreds of individuals on relationships, boundary issues and addiction. She is also co-founder of Children Are People, Inc, a program used in thousands of schools throughout the U.S. and Europe.
She has appeared as a guest consultant on numerous television shows such as Oprah, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and 20/20. Her articles and interviews have been featured in Counselor Magazine, Addiction Professional, Addiction Today, Renew Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and Parents Magazine.
Rokelle has published:
- The Object of My Affection is in My Reflection: Coping with Narcissists
- Living in the Comfort Zone: The Gift of Boundaries in Relationships
- Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics
- Affirmations for the Inner Child
- Building Relationships that Last: A Workbook for Singles and Couples
Rokelle currently facilitates the Family and Renewal Programs in addition to her role as senior clinical advisor.
Treasa James, MA, CPA, CGA
Treasa M James is graduate of the University of the West Indies, and University of Ohio, with a bachelor’s in accounting and economics, and a master’s in international development. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and a Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA), and has been a practicing accountant for more than 20 years.
Prior to Crossroads Centre, Treasa has held numerous positions in different establishments, to include 7 years at the British High Commission office in Antigua and Barbuda.
Treasa joined Crossroads Centre, Antigua in 2011, and is the organization’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She is also a prominent member of the organization’s leadership team.
Treasa has several skills and abilities that complement her professional portfolio. She is a lifelong member of the Optimist Club, and lives with the belief that optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. With this belief, she has served in various positions in Optimist including the local, zonal and district levels, including Vice President, President, Lieutenant Governor, and District Secretary/Treasurer. Treasa is also an active member in one of the local Toastmasters Club on the island, a testimony to her community spirit, and her dedication to the entities with which she aligns herself.
Claudine Knox, MS, NCC
Claudine Knox is Antiguan and has worked in the addiction and mental health field for over twenty years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, a diploma in therapeutic and addiction counseling from Clouds House, England, and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, U.S.A. Additionally she is a National Certified Counselor, U.S.A.
Claudine is currently the lead therapist at Crossroads Centre, Antigua. She enjoys a focus on trauma and various anxiety disorders through an REBT and eclectic lens. She has held other roles such as manager for the transitional facility, therapist in the outpatient program and therapist in the virtual online IOP. She is also trained in the NADA protocol of auricular acupuncture. Claudine has walked the road of recovery with clients from their early shaky days to those stronger resolute phase in their recovery and understands the journey well.
Beverly Hill, MBA, RD
Beverly Hill, a local Antiguan, serves as Crossroads Centre Antigua’s dietitian, helping to provide high-quality, nourishing and balanced meals and current, pertinent nutritional education to clients. Beverly attended Andrews University for her Bachelor of Science in dietetics. She interned at Florida Hospital in Orlando, after which she worked there as the oncology and hematology dietitian for six years. Beverly earned her master’s in business administration with an emphasis in healthcare administration from Southern Adventist University. Beverly brings a positive, uplifting spirit to the team here at Crossroads Antigua.
L. Noverly Edwards
L. Noverly Edwards is Crossroads Centre Antigua’s Human Resources Manager. Having joined the Crossroads team in 2001, Noverly previously served as Crossroads Antigua’s Clinical Secretary prior to assuming the HR role and has also served on the executive board of the Antigua and Barbuda Employers’ Federation since 2006. She is a current and active member of the international body Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) USA; Caribbean Society of Human Resource Professionals (CSHRP); and Human Resource Professionals of Antigua and Barbuda (HRPAB).
Noverly earned associate degrees in office technology and business administration (1997) and bachelor’s degrees in behavioral sciences and business administration (Management) (2000) from Andrews University in Michigan.
Noverly states, “I fully embrace Crossroads’ philosophy and mission and think that creating synergy amongst highly trained and empowered teams will certainly contribute to making a positive and indelible impact on the lives of those whom we serve”. She strongly supports continuous education and learning and posits that no knowledge is ever wasted.
Noverly enjoys several genres of music and dramatic performances, writing, public speaking, health, and fitness, engaging in community service and mentoring youth and women.
Joanne Gonsalves, MSM
Joanne was originally from Antigua but left at age 5 and grew up in New York. She completed high school and moved to Miami to pursue further education, where she completed a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and then a Masters in Social work at Florida International University in 1999. Joanne began work in the field of counseling and addiction treatment in 1995 in various settings in South Florida area with a special focus in psychiatric and dually diagnosed clients.
In 2000, Joanne returned to Antigua and began her career at Crossroads. During her time at Crossroads, Joanne’s roles have involved primary counseling, our family programme, supervision of Bevon house-our local halfway house, and now the Clinical Director.
Brian Ballantyne started working in the addiction field in 1982 as a primary care counsellor at Broadway Lodge, the pioneer UK addiction treatment centre. He then moved to work at Farm Place in 1990, initially as a primary counsellor, until in 1995, he developed and managed an 8 bedded second stage care facility within the company. In 2004 and in partnership, he opened an independent 15 bedded Secondary Care facility in Surrey which he managed, as well as delivering significant clinical involvement. Running Prinsted and developing relationships with clinicians throughout the world has given him a great insight into the changing nature of addiction treatment both in the UK and abroad. Prinsted closed in April 2017 after 12 successful years.
Over the years Brian has developed a keen interest in Family work and the Process addictions, especially Co-Dependency and its powerful manifestations. His particular passion is in developing his own Spiritual practice and supporting others to achieve their goals and potentials.
Brian is a Certified Counsellor as well as a qualified Manager, achieving an RMA in 2006. He is a member of and accredited with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals.
Colin is Antiguan born and an alumnus of Crossroads Centre. He joined the establishment in 2001 as a Mileau Tech, and since 2008 holds certification as a Registered Addiction Specialist II from Breining Institute, California. Colin is also trained in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. His passion from experience is teaching spirituality through the practice of Twelve-Step Principles, and supporting others along this path to recovery.
Paula is originally from Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received her Master’s Level Registered Addiction Specialist Certification in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, from Breining Institute in California. While in Massachusetts, Paula worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Andrew House Detoxification Center and as a Counselor working with mentally ill adults at Vinfen Corporation. Paula feels that her job is especially rewarding when a person contacts her after completing Crossroads Substance Abuse Program to let her know that their life has changed in so many positive ways, as a result of their actions following the suggestions and recommendations made while they were in treatment.
Sherry Yearwood, MD, MPH
Dr. Sherry Lynch-Yearwood, an accomplished Physician, is an invaluable asset to the Crossroads Center Antigua team, contributing her extensive medical expertise to the facility’s mission of healing and recovery. With a strong commitment to patient care and a diverse skill set, Dr. Lynch-Yearwood has become a pivotal member of the team.
Dr. Lynch-Yearwood’s journey in the medical field has been characterized by a remarkable dedication to patient well-being. As a seasoned professional, she possesses exceptional assessment, examination, and intake skills, which she channels into crafting personalized treatment plans that address both symptoms and underlying conditions. Her proficiency extends to case management, chart updating and test result interpretation, enabling her to provide comprehensive care to patients.
With a strong foundation in medical education, Dr. Lynch-Yearwood earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the university of Guyana- Turkeyen Campus. Her pursuit of knowledge led her to a Master of Science in Public Health from the George Washington University- Washington DC, where she honed her research skills and contributed to vital projects focusing on public health.
Dr. Lynch-Yearwood professional journey is adorned with notable positions, reflecting her expertise and dedication. As a physician who was once hospital-based, she provided comprehensive care to patients with acute and chronic illnesses, demonstrating her commitment to promoting health and well-being. Her tenure as Manager of Medical Services at Crossroads Center Antigua showcases her leadership acumen as she oversees the medical department’s operations and aligns them with the organization’s policies.
Notably, Dr. Lynch-Yearwood compassionate approach and clinical proficiency have found a home within the Crossroads Center Antigua. With her multifaceted skills, unwavering dedication, and compassionate approach, Dr. Sherry Lynch-Yearwood plays an indispensable role within the Crossroads Center Antigua team, embodying the spirit of holistic care and fostering an environment of healing and hope.
Shane Roberts is born Antiguan and has over 16 years of experience in the Facility Maintenance Operations. He has completed training in various technical fields such as Electrical Engineering (AAS), Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Supervisory Management and Hospitality Chief Engineer Certification.
Shane joined our Crossroads team in 2017 and is presently our Operations Manager who plays a very significant role within the organization. He has the responsibilities of managing our beautiful grounds and facilities, security operations, transportation, housekeeping operations, as well as our health and safety program.
Shane is a great team player who exhibits a keen eye for standards and processes. With his passion, commitment, leadership skills and well-rounded experience, Shane and his team ensures that the day-to-day facility operations at Crossroads Centre flows seamlessly, thus adding great value to the overall client experience.
Raju Mangrola, MD, PA
Dr. Mangrola is a board-certified psychiatrist. Certifications through the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology include addiction psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. He has been in private practice in South Florida for 25 years and has years of experience with prestigious programs serving the needs of individuals with addiction and other psychiatric issues. Through his extensive work with addictive disorders and co-occurring diagnoses, he brings to Crossroads antigua a wealth of knowledge and insight in evaluation and treatment.
Sandra is originally from the UK and has over 20 years of experience in the administration field. Sandra has been part of our team since 2008 and has held multiple roles within the organization. Sandra completed training at The Council on Recovery, Houston Texas in 2019 as a PRSS – Peer Recovery Support Specialist. As our Alumni Coordinator, Sandra stays connected with our alumni through our CARE (Crossroads Aftercare Recovery Evaluation) Monitoring Program. Sandra loves to hear the success stories and encourages alumni to engage and put themselves first and foremost on their path in recovery.
Alexis Edwards joined Crossroads Centre Antigua’s team in August 1998 and currently shares the 25th anniversary celebration with Crossroads. Alexis is the Fitness Coach and Trainer at Crossroads Centre. Alexis is passionate about his craft and expresses joy in what he does with Crossroads clients. Over the past 25 years, Alexis has consistently received excellent reviews from Crossroads clients.
Alexis is a certified Fitness Trainer/Consultant and Facilitator. He is also a personal trainer, Reiki Practitioner and Tai Chi Trainer. He holds several certificates from World Fitness IDEA and other International Olympic Committee Certificates. He has functioned in varying roles on the national health and fitness landscape in Antigua and Barbuda and is a former professional of the Antigua and Barbuda Sports Medicine Association. He holds certificates in Sports Medicine, Injury Prevention in Sports Fitness, Sports Administration and is a Certified Lifeguard. Alexis is the former President of the Antigua Sports Aerobics Association and former Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Bodybuilding Federation. For many years Alexis was a Bodybuilding and Fitness Adjudicator.
Alexis keeps in shape as its his intention to continue offering exceptional service to Crossroads Centre clients.
**Marleen Askie: Empowering Lives Through Yoga and Healing**
Meet Marleen Askie, a dynamic entrepreneur, yoga therapist, and writer, making a profound impact on the world of wellness and healing. Born on the enchanting island of Dominica to an Antiguan & Barbudan father and Dominican mother, Marleen's diverse heritage has played a significant role in shaping her passion for cultural exploration and self-discovery.
Currently residing in the idyllic paradise of Antigua, Marleen's journey into the world of healing and personal development began over a decade ago. Marleen Askie began freelancing for a friend's health magazine, "Your Health." During this time, she found her voice and started sharing her insights on holistic living, yoga, and wellness. Her contributions to the Crossroads Antigua newsletter, featuring her eloquent and thought-provoking poetry, earned her well-deserved recognition as a gifted writer.
Marleen made a lasting impact on Antigua and Barbuda by contributing wellness programs on yoga, Pilates, and aerobic exercises to the local TV station ABS for several years. Her dedication to promoting overall well-being through media touched the lives of many in the community.
Driven by a thirst for knowledge and a desire to empower others, Marleen embarked on a remarkable journey of self-improvement and skill acquisition, earning certifications in various disciplines. She is a Certified Public Speaker, adept at capturing audiences and inspiring them with her wisdom and eloquence. Her expertise in Yoga Nidra, Marma Therapy, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga, Kula Yoga, and Mindfulness further solidifies her position as a prominent figure in the yoga community.
Moreover, Marleen's insatiable curiosity led her to explore various forms of healing modalities. She is a second-level Reiki practitioner, skilled in EFT Tapping, TCM Acupressure, and the Neuroscience of Habits. With a profound understanding of the human mind and body, she also obtained certifications in Vedic Wisdom, Personal Training, and Strength Training.
As a Crossroads Antigua Toastmaster, Marleen has honed her storytelling abilities, captivating audiences with her vivid narratives and captivating tales. In 2018, she clinched the Toastmaster Tall Tales competition in Antigua, cementing her status as a gifted orator and storyteller.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Marleen is an integral part of the successful venture, "Miranda Askie Designs," a business she co-founded with her sister. The creative partnership allows her to express her artistic flair and entrepreneurial spirit, creating unique and inspiring products.
Beyond her professional achievements, Marleen is an avid traveler, exploring historical sites worldwide and immersing herself in the rich cultures of the Caribbean islands. Her adventures are a constant source of inspiration for her work, infusing her writing and yoga practices with a sense of wonder and worldly understanding.
Marleen Askie's dedication to personal growth, healing, and wellness is evident in every facet of her life. Through her expertise as a yoga therapist, writer, and entrepreneur, she continues to uplift and transform the lives of countless individuals. Marleen's passion for helping others on their journey to self-discovery and well-being makes her an exceptional role model and an indispensable asset to the world of entrepreneurship and holistic healing.
Devra has worked at Crossroads since 2013. Prior to her current role in Admissions, she worked as a Counselor Aid in the Clinical Department on counselor-related tasks to support a therapeutic milieu. Devra has also worked as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist for the past 7 years.
Devra was awarded a Licentiate in Sociology from the University of Havana, Cuba in 2005. In 2017, she was awarded the title of Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTP) by the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She later received the NAADAC-approved National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP). Devra also earned the Masters Level – Registered Addictions Specialist (M-RAS) credential from Breining Institute in 2021. She is currently completing her Certified Co-occurring Disorders Specialist (CCDS) credential with Breining Institute.
Devra has a special interest in social emotional learning and character development and has volunteered at the reform homes for boys and girls on the island. She’s also served as a youth leader in her church, and more recently enjoyed facilitating a school-based Life Skills and Prevention Project (LAPP) sponsored by Crossroads.
Her interests also include the literary arts, and she is a past winner and judge of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and a current Wadadli Pen committee member. Devra has an adolescent daughter that keeps her on her knees and toes. She considers herself a student in God’s classroom where she’s presently enrolled in courses on love and faith.
Devra enjoys building rapport with clients and instilling hope and faith in their recovery journey.
Sophie Le Pendu BA, ACC
Sophie’s 8-year professional experience at Crossroads together with 12 years living free from alcohol and drugs uniquely positions her to help clients integrate sobriety in their new lives, away from substance abuse. She currently works as the Clinical Counselor in charge of the Crossroads’ sober living transitional house.
Originally from France, but having lived in numerous countries around the globe, Sophie offers a multicultural experience and background. Along with her personal interests and professional goals, she has developed a genuine passion for holistic methods to process emotional regulation, nurture resilience and emphasize behavioral health. After furthering her higher education, passing a BA in Psychology and associate degree in Addiction, she explored the proven benefits of Expressive Art Therapy to help the recovering addict growing with inner-awareness and self-regulation, able to soothe triggering emotions (anxiety, anger, stress or depression). She has also obtained a diploma in Level II Trauma Informed Art-Therapy and promotes education and experientials based on the ETC model (Expressive Therapies Continuum), at the intersection of Expressive Art and Neurosciences, engaging lower brain (Kinesthetic/Sensory), limbic system (Perceptual/Affective) and cortical areas (Cognitive/Symbolic).
Sophie’s practice offers a range of workshops using imagery, storytelling, music, sound, drama, movement, and visual arts to enhance physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive well-being. Bringing expressive arts into addiction treatment empowers the client and becomes the foundation of trauma reparation and integration.
Certified in Auricular Acupuncture and Mindfulness, Sophie also personally practices creative arts, yoga and meditation. She is passionate about helping our clients find their own way in building a strong foundation for recovery and create a life they love, addiction-free.
Sophie is currently pursuing a Master in Mental Health, allowing her to factor psychological disorders into her field of practice, and to add yet further and appropriate knowledge to help the suffering addict.
T’Mira began her career at Crossroads Centre as an Admissions Counsellor where she conducted pre-admission assessments and facilitated admissions to the Centre. She currently holds the position of Primary Therapist and is responsible for completing comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments, developing appropriate plans of care, conducting individual and group therapy, providing psychoeducation, and case management. In 2008 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. In 2016 she obtained a master’s degree in Counselling for Student Affairs from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a National Counsellor Certification (NCC) from the National Board of Certified Counsellors.
T'Mira has received training in various psychotherapeutic approaches that aid in addressing and minimizing the effects of trauma. These include a certification in Facilitating Restorative Conferences from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (2009) and an Enhancing Trauma Awareness certification through the Institute of Family Professionals in Pennsylvania (2015). T’Mira also completed her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, in 2022, and uses this approach consistently to help treat clients with unresolved trauma. As she continues to engage her passion for helping individuals and families impacted by trauma, T'Mira regularly participates in continuing education and capacity building opportunities. This helps to ensure that she is delivering quality service to those in need.
T'mira has done extensive trauma work, providing psychotherapeutic interventions to victims and families who have experienced gender-based and sexual violence (GBSV), including, molestation, domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, and intimate-partner violence. She held the position of Resident Counsellor at the Directorate of Gender Affairs, in Antigua & Barbuda, where she provided direct counselling and crisis intervention to victims and families affected by GBSV. In this capacity she played an integral role in the establishment and management of the Support and Referral Centre which opened its doors in June 2017 and is the first of its kind in the Caribbean Region. T’Mira sat on the Multi-Sector Stakeholder Committee for the national Sexual Offences Model Court which launched in January 2019. She has represented Antigua & Barbuda at local, regional, and international levels and has collaborated with organizations such as UN Women- MCO Caribbean and United Nations Development Program.
In May 2020, shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, T’Mira spearheaded the formation of a working group to begin the groundwork for creating a local professional organization for aspiring and practicing mental health counsellors. The (Antigua and Barbuda) Association of Mental Health Counsellors Inc. (ABAMHC).
Catherine MacDonald, ICADC, CAI, RPS
Catherine is a certified Addictions Counsellor through the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF); a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist through The Centre of Applied Sciences (CENAPS) in the USA and a Certified Interventionist through ARISE Interventions (CAI) in the USA. Catherine resides in Canada.
She has been in private practice since 2010 providing addiction counselling, family counselling and relapse prevention. In 2012, she became a Certified ARISE Interventionist and have facilitated countless interventions resulting in dozens of families receiving help. Catherine joined the Crossroads team in 2019, providing support to our clients, families and professionals in Canada, as they begin their recovery journey with Crossroads Centre Antigua.
Regina Apparicio, MSc, MBPSs
Regina A. Apparicio is a Primary Therapist & Certified Grief Educator with a decade of experience in the field of mental health. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and has completed postgraduate training in Loss, Grief and Trauma Management which guides her approach whilst facilitating individual therapy and well as group- based intervention. Since joining our team at Crossroads in 2019, Regina has assisted clients in varying phases of their recovery via her involvement in both the Admissions and Clinical Departments. She enjoys helping others become better versions of themselves and believes that support is essential for clients to meet their recovery goals.
Regina is considerably passionate about the destigmatization of mental health which has led to her involvement as Director on the boards of two local non-profit organizations, that is, Mental Health Talk Antigua and Scrub Life Cares. With the support of her peers and partnering organizations, she has influenced the increase of access to free psychoeducational resources via Mental Health Talk Antigua which came into fruition as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic that negatively impacted many individuals and families in her local community. Regina’s involvement in Scrub Life Cares has afforded her the opportunity to assist in the development of programmes specifically aimed at supporting women and youth in underserved communities. Her community involvement has not gone unnoticed as she became the first recipient of the JCI Antigua award for Mental Health Activist in 2021. Regina also has facilitated workshops, presented at conferences, and mentored colleagues in training to support the advancement of the field of mental health. Outside of work, she can be found engaging in creative events and projects as well as maintaining her own well-being by going to the beach and participating in hiking/ outdoor activities.
Dr. Nevin Lewis.
Dr. Nevin T. Lewis was born and raised in the beautiful village of Swetes in Antigua and learned early in life the importance of service, spirituality, and sacrifice. He is a clergyman and spiritual counselor of over 15 years. His vocation has allowed him to live and serve in many Caribbean countries, including Trinidad and Tobago. There, he was deeply impacted by the many expressions of spirituality since Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most pluralistic societies in the world.
Nevin is also a lifelong learner and has studied at different schools around the Caribbean and the United States. He holds a Diploma in Ministerial studies from the United Theological College of the West Indies, a Bachelor's degree in Theology (first class honors) from the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Oasis University in Trinidad, and a Doctor of Ministry with a focus on Pastoral care and Counseling from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, U.S.A.
Nevin is also an author and wrote his debut book two years ago: "Tending my flock: Leadership and life lessons from leading sheep and People." He is also an avid sportsman and fan and enjoys playing cricket, volleyball, and basketball. He also enjoys reality tv shows and follows numerous sports.
Nevin joined the Crossroads family in April 2023 as a contingent counselor aide and later became the spiritual counselor for Crossroads.
Nevin has devoted his life to seeing people experience wholeness and healing and believes that spirituality is a critical component of that journey.
Tato Sainz started working for Crossroads Antigua in 2018.
Tato trained in addiction counselling at Hazelden Betty Ford in 1998 and at Clouds in the UK in Addiction and Family Systems at the Kensington consultation centre in1999.
In 2006 Tato received his Master’s degree from Madrid University in Addiction Counselling.
Prior to this, he worked in England at SHARP and Thurston house for CDC (now Action on Addiction).
He was the founder and Director of two treatment centres based on the 12-step recovery in Spain.
Today Tato is in private practice and is a qualified Supervisor. He has been in recovery for 29 years.
Peter has worked in the field of Recovery and Treatment for the past 7 years. Peter is a trained and experienced therapist in the field of Addiction. Peter has mainly worked in the 12-step treatment program.
Peter has worked as a therapist, managed and owned a treatment Center in Stockholm, Sweden, and is also trained and has worked in other field such as ACRA, ACC, CRA, MI, ADDIS amongst others.
Peter is in Recovery himself and has been a client at both residential and outpatient treatment clinics.
Peter lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and is well familiar with treatment programs/clinics in Scandinavia.
Samantha Quinlan works in the Behavioural, Mental and Emotional Health sector and is the founder of the international conference on Addiction -iCAAD. She has extensive knowledge and networks on specialist issues across the world on Addiction and mental health.
She has devised and delivered programmes for vulnerable adults and young people, adolescents with extreme childhood trauma, workplace leadership and solutions and adults with learning disabilities.
Sam, in her own time and as a volunteer, has helped support 100s of people. She reflects that when she needed help, she was one of a lucky few and could access services without charge or bias, so today she strives to connect those in need to the right help or signpost them to organisations that can help.
Daryl is a native Antiguan and Barbudan, and holds aBachelor’s Degree in Psychology (with honours) from the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He has worked for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for 15 years in the fields of youth development and environmental management. Daryl also holds a master’s degree in Consumer Psychology with Business from the University of Bangor. Daryl has been working on a part time basis with Crossroads Antigua since 2017 as a Counselor’s Aide/Milleu Technician but moved fulltime to the Admissions Department as an Admissions Counsellor in December 2022.
Outside of work, Daryl has a keen interest in gender issues as well as the environment. Daryl is a long-term member at the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG), the longest-running NGO in Antigua and Barbuda. Daryl also serves on the regional board of the Caribbean Male Action Network, or CariMAN, a regional organization dedicated to working with men and boys for gender justice and gender equality, serving as Antigua and Barbuda’s representative.
Dr. Saran P King
Dr. Saran P King is one of Crossroads Centre contract physicians in the medical department. Dr. King has worked in both the public and private sectors of healthcare in various capacities. Dr. King brings more than 12 years of experience as a general physician. She is very passionate about all things health and wellness related with a particular interest in and as an advocate for mental health and addiction.
Dr. King strongly believes that our health is our greatest wealth. She also believes that we should prioritize our health not because we want to but because it's necessary to reduce our risk of chronic ailments and to be able to fully show up for ourselves and for those who may depend on us.
The Crossroads Centre program is in direct alignment with Dr. King's personal beliefs and practice. Crossroads Centre focuses not only on the physical aspect of health but from a mental, emotional and spiritual health approach. Getting to the route of the client's addiction issues, providing solutions in a safe and comfortable environment and the team creating a plan before the clients return home and into society.
During her time at Crossroads Centre, Dr. King has also held the position of Manager of Medical Services and occasionally acts in the said position as needed. Dr. King is also a health coach, an author and bilingual, proficient verbally and written in English and Spanish. Dr. King is delighted to be part of such a prestigious team helping clients locally, regionally and internationally and encourages clients to reach out if they are struggling with an addiction problem.
Jamie has worked within the social services sector for 7 years, both within the public and private sector. In 2018 he attained his BSc for Public Sector Management, Psychology, Sociology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
Jamie is the Co-Founder of a local NGO called Initiate Spark that does awareness and charity work around gender, mental health and substance use and abuse.
Jamie is also the Executive director of the national gender bureau in Antigua and Barbuda which has a mandate of promoting gender equality and has worked closely with the local government substance prevention centre, in that capacity. Jamie began working at Crossroads centre as a weekend admissions counsellor in January 2022.
Alisha Thomas is an aspiring research-practitioner, who has a passion for mental health and plays an active role in increasing awareness and reducing stigma through sensitisation within the local community. She has experience working with secondary school students as an educator, track and field coach and life coach, and believes that educating youth about mental health will consequently contribute to an increase in the value placed on this area.
Ms. Thomas also believes that addiction is a misunderstood disease and is elated to be a part of the Crossroads team, which is committed to providing persons with the tools to help them along their journey to recovery. Additionally, the holistic approach applied in the program aligns with her personal and professional values, as she believes that care of the mind, body and spirit is crucial for the maintenance of mental wellness.
Alisha holds a bachelor’s in Psychology with Management from the University of the West Indies and a master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Wales.
Dr. Javane Powell
Dr. Javane Powell is a dedicated Medical Doctor who joined the Crossroads Antigua team in March 2023.this year. With a warm and relaxed approach, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role. Javane completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, from 2012 to 2017.
In his professional journey, Javane has specialized in various areas of medicine, making significant contributions to healthcare. He serves as a Medical Officer at Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital from October 2022 to the present. In this role, he excelled in analyzing patients' mental status, diagnosing mental health issues, and initiating appropriate treatments. He also managed medical and surgical concerns, ensuring seamless out-of-hospital referrals when needed.
As an Adjunct Faculty member at the American University of Antigua since April 2022, Dr. Powell plays a crucial role in the Emergency Medical Training Centre (EMTC). He facilitates clinical simulations for students, guiding them through various medically urgent and emergent scenarios using advanced, life-like mannequins. Additionally, Javane is a certified Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Instructor.
Before joining Crossroads, Dr. Powell worked as a Medical Officer at Bellevue Hospital (Psychiatric) in Jamaica from January 2020 to March 2022. In this capacity, he not only analyzed patients' mental status and diagnosed mental health issues but also managed medical and surgical concerns. He collaborated with nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals to provide optimal patient care. Javane also played a pivotal role in managing Covid-19 isolation and quarantine wards, ensuring the well-being of institutionalized psychiatric patients during the pandemic.
Dr. Powell began his medical career as a Senior House Officer at Windward Road Health Centre from September 2019 to December 2019, where he was responsible for the complete management of medical and minor surgical concerns suitable for a primary care setting. He continued to hone his skills as a Senior House Officer at Bellevue Hospital (Psychiatric) from January 2019 to August 2019, handling responsibilities similar to his January 2020 post.
In earlier roles, Javane contributed to the management of patients presenting various health concerns and emergencies. As a Medical Intern at Kingston Public Hospital from July 2018 to December 2018, he focused on internal medicine and general surgery. From April 2018 to June 2018, he served as a Medical Intern at Victoria Jubilee Hospital, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr. Powell also contributed to the management of paediatric patients' health concerns and emergencies during his time as a Medical Intern at Bustamante Hospital for Children from January 2018 to March 2018.
Javane Powell is motivated by a deep passion for medicine and a strong commitment to learning, growth, and excellence. He is excited to be a part of the Crossroads team, where his expertise and dedication continue to make a positive impact on the healthcare community.
Steve is 2008 alumni of Crossroads.
He is active in his recovery community in Columbus, Ohio and for Crossroads in the United States. He believes because of the strong foundation of the abstinence-based recovery the Crossroads program is based on, today he can engage with life and work.
Today Steve runs a 3rd generation family commercial construction business.
He is also involved with volunteering at the Delaware County Jail and is involved in local workforce development committees and initiatives.
He loves to spend time with family and friends, work on spiritual development, and inspire people with positive support.
Billie Sterling-Lewis is a Psychologist and Certified Life Coach who has been in the helping profession for over 15 years. She has a master’s degree in counselling psychology, an MBA in Hospital and Health Services Management, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Loss, Grief, and Trauma Management. She also holds a certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University. Billie has worked in the field of Substance Misuse Prevention and Treatment for over ten years, and designs and operationalizes social change programs, including adolescent and adult substance misuse intervention and Gender-Based violence (GBV) programs. She is a member of the American Counselling Association, and the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), and a continuing student at the Lifestyle Medicine University where she receives training in Root-Cause Analysis and Lifestyle Medicine.
One of her passions is perinatal loss, an area she has worked with since 2016. As an angel mom herself, she is active in the organization of the annual Baby Loss Awareness Week- a global activity to bring awareness to the familial effects of baby loss, advocate for the reduction of preventable baby deaths, and provide therapy to families in grief after baby loss. She hosts and conducts several trainings and seminars, including Mental Health First Aid, Lifestyle Change, Women’s Healing and Empowerment, and Youth Mental Health Camps.
Billie joined Crossroads in 2009 as a Counsellor Aid but left a few years after to relocate. She returned as an Admissions Counsellor in 2023. Billie loves nature, laughter, traveling, and experiencing different cuisines. Her belief in faith and family keeps her grounded.