A Message from the President & CEO
Since Odyssey House opened its doors in 1967, we have helped more than 35,000 men, women, and young adults achieve sobriety and bring dignity to their lives. We now have the capacity to treat 900 people - maintaining 700 in residential beds and apartments - and we employ a staff of 350 at nine locations throughout New York City.
From the beginning, Odyssey House has provided innovative treatments to a broad array of substance abusers. Today, our various programs provide comprehensive services for pregnant women and young mothers with children, teenagers, the mentally ill, people living with HIV/AIDS, the homeless, seniors, and incarcerated and court-mandated clients.
Our programs are embedded in our core values of integrity, commitment to self-help, and respect for the individual, the family, and the needs of the community. These values not only empower our clients but all of us who work and support Odyssey House.
Peter Provet, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees*
Richard C. O'Connor (H/F)
George Rosenfeld (H/F)
Grant Miller (H/F)
Neil Brawley (H/F)
Dwain Carryl (H/F)
Anne Board (H/F)
Janice M. Fetsch (H/F)
Joseph V. Giunta, III (H/F)
Stephen C. Gross (H/F)
Marianne T. Guschwan, M.D. (H)
Jeanne LaCour (H/F)
Craig Montalbano (H/F)
Justin Peters (H/F)
Michael N. Pollet (H/F)
* H=House F=FoundationGeorge Rosenfeld
George Rosenfeld joined Odyssey House and Odyssey Foundation Boards of Trustees in 1997 and was elected Chairman of the Boards in 2002. During his tenure at Odyssey House, Mr. Rosenfeld has championed not only services for families and individuals but the establishment of Odyssey House ElderCare, a residential and outpatient treatment program for older people with substance abuse problems.
Mr. Rosenfeld has served on the boards of several New York nonprofit organizations including Village Center for Care and Little Red School House/Elizabeth Irwin High School, and is a trustee of the Mary and Milton B. Rosenback Foundation.
Mr. Rosenfeld worked in the financial sector for more for than 40 years, primarily as an independent stock broker on the American Stock Exchange. Currently he tutors at the Writing Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.Richard O'Connor
Richard O'Connor joined the Boards of Trustees of Odyssey House and Odyssey Foundation in 2002. He was elected to Chairman of Odyssey House in 2012. Since joining Odyssey House as a member of the Boards of Trustees, Mr. O'Connor has spear-headed several initiatives including obtaining several grants for program development and most recently securing the pro bono services of Siegel + Gale (international strategic branding company) to create and guide the implementation of a new brand architecture and logo for Odyssey House.
Mr. O'Connor has an extensive background in consumer and business to business marketing. He is currently Vice President of Pharmacy Benefit Marketing at CVS/Caremark, and before that was Vice President, Marketing, Aetna Product Group. He is also actively involved with supporting HARC, a Hartford based organization which helps people with intellectual disabilities and their families enjoy lives of quality, inclusion and dignity by providing support, education, and advocacy.Grant Miller
Grant Miller joined the Odyssey House and Odyssey Foundation Boards of Trustees in 2006 and was appointed Vice Chairman of the Odyssey Foundation Board of Trustees in 2010. Mr. Miller serves on finance, strategic planning, and development committees.
Mr. Miller is Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets at Cowen and Company and has been working in capital markets for more than 11 years across many sectors, including health care, technology, communications, media and industrials. Prior to joining Cowen, he worked at Banc of America Securities, Lehman Brothers, and PaineWebber.
Mr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Columbia Business School with a Master of Business Administration, Beta Gamma Sigma.Peter Provet, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter Provet joined Odyssey House as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Previously, Dr. Provet was Vice President and Director of Adolescent Programs and Clinical Support Services at Phoenix House, where he ran the largest adolescent treatment system in the country. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience treating people with addictions and mental illness.
John Tavolacci is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Odyssey House. He is a clinical social worker specializing in addiction treatment with 25 years of experience in the field.
Durga Vallabhaneni is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Odyssey House. Mr. Vallabhaneni joined Odyssey House as an accountant in 1988, holding such positions as Senior Accountant, Assistant Controller and Controller throughout his tenure.
Mr. Vallabhaneni earned a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988. He also has a Master of Arts in public administration, a master's degree (MCom) in management and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from India.Isobelle Surface
Isobelle Surface has served as Senior Vice President and Director of Communications for Odyssey House since 2006. Ms. Surface brings corporate, government, and journalistic experience to her role as communications director including management positions in international public relations, nonprofit communications, and government public affairs.
Ms. Surface graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England; completed an international exchange student fellowship in American history at the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College; and holds postgraduate certificates in magazine production and journalism from the London College of Printing.Colleen Beagen
Colleen Beagen, Vice President, Director of Human Resources is responsible for developing and implementing human resources initiatives for 350 clinical, medical, and administrative staff. Ms. Beagen also manages a department that oversees compensation, training and development, benefits programs, employee relations, human resource information systems, payroll, corporate compliance, legal compliance, organizational development and wellness.
Ms. Beagen earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Lander University (South Carolina) and a Master of Education in Community Counseling from Clemson University.
Gary Harmon, Ph.D., is Vice President, Director of Research and Grants for Odyssey House. He has been overseeing all private and public grant awards, data management and outcomes, and grant development and grant writing since joining Odyssey House in 2007. Dr. Harmon has been working with underserved populations for more than ten years and has a background in program evaluation and data management.
Dr. Harmon was awarded a doctorate in epidemiology in 2010 and a Master of Public Health in 2002 from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Binghamton University.
Justin Mitchell, Vice President, Director of Adult Residential Services, is responsible for the administration of specialized residential chemical dependency services for the adult, eldercare and family center populations. In addition, he provides oversight for Odyssey House’s vocational and educational services and licensed daycare services. Mr. Mitchell joined Odyssey House in 2002 as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and has held positions such as Director of Vocational Services and Director of Mental Health Services before being promoted to Vice President in 2011.
Mr. Mitchell earned a Master of Science in Education (Rehabilitation Counseling) from Hunter College and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.Jeff Savoy
Jeffrey Savoy, Vice President, Director of Clinical Support Services, is responsible for administration of primary health care, specialized criminal justice services and quality management services. He is a licensed clinical social worker and Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) with more than 20 years experience and leadership in program development, quality management & administration, direct practice, and clinical training. Mr. Savoy currently serves on the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Credentials Appeals Board. He earned a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University, Long Island, New York.Abigail King
Abigail King has served as Executive Assistant to Dr. Provet since 2001, a role which entails supporting the President and CEO in all business relating to Odyssey House and Odyssey Foundation and their respective Boards of Trustees.
Ms. King has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and more than 20 years of experience in non-profit and/or non-governmental organizations.