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Our Team

Gilda Romeo
Executive Director

Gilda Romeo is Executive Director at The Haven Detox-New England, where she commands over 10 years of experience in healthcare and operations to deliver exceptional care through our facility’s services and treatments. Central to the coordination, facilitation, supervision, and compliance, Gilda loves the daily rewards of working with both staff and clients at a residential and detox facility that operates around the clock to introduce freedom from addiction into people’s lives. An alumnus of Fitchburg State University—Gilda is an effective, committed leader. The Haven Detox offers seamless programming for all patients through her efforts and talents.

Dr. Karl Liebermann
Medical Director

Dr. Liebermann is Medical Director at The Haven Detox-New England. He has been treating individuals with addictions since 2006 in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  He has been board-certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine since 2012, and he has held a Certificate of Added Qualification in Addiction Medicine by the American Osteopathic Association since 2018. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine. He also holds board certifications in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.

Michael Leggiero
Vice President of Business Development

Michael Leggiero is Vice President of Business Development at The Haven Detox-New England. In his role, Michael genuinely enjoys making an impact on people’s lives by being an agent of change. He helps steer the direction of our organization’s development in Massachusetts and its influence beyond from a unique perspective, having been involved in grassroots recovery for many years. In recovery himself for over 12 years, Michael is dedicated to helping those in active addiction find hope and begin healing. With his strategic vision and skill, The Haven Detox constantly expands its ability to help people in need of treatment find accessible yet exceptional care.  

Zachary Sweet
Program Director

Zachary Sweet is the Program Director at The Haven Detox of New England. Zachary oversees the facilities operations, safety, supervises staff, and ensures Environment of Care compliance while helping to treat patients for mental health conditions with expert clinical direction. An organized and compassionate team leader—Zachary attended Quinsigamond Community College with a concentration in Nursing. With over five years in the field of behavioral health, he continues to follow his passion for helping others find health and wellness through our programs, catering to each patient as the unique individual he sees before him.

Christie Kauppila
Director of Nursing

Christie Kauppila is Director of Nursing at The Haven Detox-New England. With so many years of experience with the cycle, symptoms, and process of recovery—Christie is a natural leader of our nursing team, working to give patients a comfortable, coordinated, and elevated experience from intake to aftercare. A graduate of Quinsigamond Community College, Christie uses her expertise, education, and experience to enhance nursing standards at our facility, constantly pushing for better patient outcomes through best practices across teams through excellent supervision and direction. With Christie’s leadership and insight, The Haven Detox offers sound nursing care for every patient.

Laura Anderson
Lead BHT

Laura Anderson is the Lead BHT at The Haven Detox of New England. Laura oversees all Behavioral Technicians daily tasks and operations. Laura is a compassionate and detail oriented leader who utilizes care and kindness to ensure clients and staff alike receive the best experience possible. Behavioral Techs under Laura’s guidance oversee clients day to day activities and ensure operational success for the facility as a whole. Prior to the Haven, Laura was the sole owner and operator of Kidz n Curlz, a daycare serving the families of the local Worcester area. Laura leads by example and shows us what care and compassion is all about on a daily basis.

Brian Manzi

Brian Manzi is Chef at The Haven Detox-New England. Serving up tasty meals for patients daily—Brian began his culinary journey at an early age, cooking at a family-owned restaurant. Winner of Worcester’s “Best Chef” Competition, Brian prepares an exquisite menu for patients that brings them refreshment and nourishment as they recover in our center. Inspired by his grandfather’s creations and those of Bobby Flay, Brian ensures that patients feel satisfied and supported through the simple but profound pleasure of eating delicious, well-executed food while in treatment. The Haven Detox is proud to serve his gourmet, award-winning cuisine.