At our core, The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center provides teens and young adults the counseling, therapy and support they and their families need for substance use and behavioral health issues. We are the only program in Broward County, Florida to offer these types of services to teens, and our innovative approach to working with families has been successful in helping our clients reach their dreams and aspirations.
More importantly, we are part of this community and we offer our services in a safe, homelike setting. Here, you will find a comfortable atmosphere—nestled in a quiet, inviting neighborhood and staffed by professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping teens and their families.
The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center provides the highest quality intervention and therapeutic services for adolescents and their families who are dealing with substance use or behavioral health issues. We render our services without regard to race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin.
We will preserve and respect the dignity of the people we serve and those with whom we work.
Our goal is to have our clients learn skills that will facilitate their success.
Staff & Board of Directors
Ms. Kelly is responsible for the overall operations of the company. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southwestern State University. Ms. Kelly is a senior-level business development and sales executive with a diverse background that includes strategy, new business development, finance and sales leadership, with a proven track record in generating revenue.
Ms. Kelly has worked for several Fortune 500 companies during her career and is very involved in her community. She has served on numerous non-profit boards in the community, holding leadership positions and helping them raise much-needed funds.
Ms. Kelly served on the Board of The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center prior to assuming the role of CEO.
Mr. Benson is responsible for the daily operation of The Bougainvilla House, including accounting, finance and administrative compliance. He works closely with the CEO and Clinical Director to strategically plan for the organization’s future, ensuring that The Bougainvilla House is able to provide a valuable service to the community.
Mr. Benson received both his bachelor’s degree in management and his Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. He has extensive experience in nonprofit financial management.
Dr. Jenna Wilson is a licensed marriage and family therapist and earned a Ph.D. and a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy-approved supervisor. Dr. Wilson is an adjunct professor for Nova Southeastern University, teaching and supervising master’s- and doctoral-level student therapists. She has presented her clinical research on hope and substance misuse nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and is published in her field.
Clinically, Dr. Wilson has years of experience helping individuals, couples, teens and families manage and navigate a variety of life circumstances, including relationship issues, life transitions, substance abuse, trauma, daily stressors, mental illness or diagnoses, bereavement and loss, employment and housing challenges, career- or school-related difficulties and physical or sexual abuse.
Dr. Wilson works from a hopeful, systemic, solution-oriented approach to therapy. She collaborates with her clients to build hopeful solutions and create a therapeutic space for possibilities and positive change.
Dr. Pushka is a board certified psychiatrist. He attended medical school in the Ukraine and did his Psychiatry Residency Training and fellowship in adolescent psychiatry at Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He graduated in 2004. Dr. Pushka is affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital, Joe De Maggio Hospital and Larkin Hospital and is the Medical Director for the Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center.
Wynette Green is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Saint Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida. Ms. Green is a Ph.D. candidate in family therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
She has years of experience working with individuals, couples, teens and families throughout the community, treating a variety of individual and family issues such as substance abuse, relationship issues, trauma, daily stressors, physical and sexual abuse, mental illness or diagnoses, bereavement and loss, employment and housing challenges and career or school difficulties.
Ms. Green works from a systemic, integrative therapeutic approach, utilizing a solution-focus as the fundamental treatment model. She views her therapeutic role as a facilitator who works with her clients and families to assist them in achieving and maintaining their goals.
Stephen Dawson is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a wealth of experience working with families and individuals during difficult times and life transitions. Stephen has developed a specialty working with men and teens on male issues, helping clients to begin to manage and express emotions, relationships and life changes in healthier ways.
As a family therapist, Stephen utilizes relational techniques in collaboration with mindfulness as a way to help establish balance inside and out. This typically results in drastic changes in perspective and identity, a more present-focused mind and an increased awareness of how thoughts, feelings and behavior affect day-to-day living. Stephen helps each client realize they have unique strengths and resources that can be the power in making realistic and fundamental changes. His collaborative style during the therapy process prioritizes empowerment and balance, helping clients become their own proponent of progress.
Simone Alicia, The Self Esteem Doctor, is a motivational speaker, personal coach and wellness consultant. Simone coaches every type of person “through the hard times” using the power of higher self-esteem.
Individuals, schools, nonprofits, small businesses and large corporations all choose Simone because she uses her magnetic personality and beloved sense of humor to solve problems, transform negative or stagnating mindsets and provide relief during some of the most challenging and confusing times of life.
Simone is a certified neuro-linguistic programming practitioner with an honorary doctorate degree in divinity. Alongside her master’s in business management and bachelor’s in education from the University of Florida, she is also an active member of the Association for Integrative Psychology.
Whether easing the pain of negative memories, sadness and bullying or guiding you step by step through how to manage stress, achieve goals and empower your inner being, Simone helps you to shift your mindset and finally get the results you’ve been searching for.
The Self Esteem Doctor will embrace you warmly, inspire you confidently and successfully coach you through the challenges of life.
Tom Moody grew up outside of Atlanta Georgia, but has called Fort Lauderdale his home since 1985. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has owned and operated local area businesses since 1991. He is the founder and President of Moody Insurance Group which has been doing business for over 20 years in downtown Hollywood.
Tom has had a parallel career since 2000 as a real estate developer and has developed, owned and operated multiple Self Storage facilities in Florida and Georgia under the USA Self Storage brand.
He has been active with the youth of our community through the Holiday Park soccer league and the Fort Lauderdale Indian Guides program. Tom currently serves as a board member of the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Aviation Advisory Committee for the city of Fort Lauderdale. Tom is a private pilot who enjoys boating, diving, fishing and snow skiing. Tom met Lory, his wife of 39 years, in the insurance industry and together they live in downtown Ft. Lauderdale with their son.
David is a South Florida native and an attorney with his primary practice area in Commercial and Bankruptcy litigation. A proud honors alumnus of St. Thomas High School with a family history of devotion to the practice of law, David pursued a Bachelors and Masters degree from Florida State University before receiving his law degree.
James is a true native of Florida, having been a resident of Fort Lauderdale his entire life. He attended Stonehill College in Easton, MA, graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration. James began his career in the financial industry in 1987 at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for Northern Futures, a subsidiary of Northern Trust Bank. He then became a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and traded in currency and financial futures. He returned to Florida in 1992 as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Keegan and joined Morgan Stanley in 2004. James is NASD Series 7, 67, 31, and Insurance licensed and holds the designation of Vice President.
In 1996 Maggie graduated from University of California, Magna Cum Laude, with a Degree in Economics.
Maggie began her career with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network developing the college marketing and recruiting strategy and executive recruiting for the South Florida Group from 1996-2005. She was a national leader within this organization in recruiting and retention. She was appointed the Managing Director of their Miami firm in Coral Gables, one of their largest offices, from 2005-2010. She is a financial advisor.
In 1999, she established resumes2you, inc, a consulting firm specializing in training and development for C level executives, managers, and recruiting teams in the financial industry working with organizations in the areas of recruiting, leadership, and new financial representative/ advisor development. Maggie speaks nationally to leadership teams in workshops centered around developing recruiting goals and financial representative/ advisor productivity for aggressive growth, accountability models for leadership teams, effective prospecting, referral lead generation, community development and marketing, streamlining the recruiting and selection process, effective language and skill development, interviewing processes, creating a powerful college marketing plan, brand marketing, recruiting using the internet and social media, team building and expectations and financial representative/advisor development.
Her consulting team works with organizations, small and large, understanding goals and visions; establishing metrics and goals for recruiting and selection team, developing top recruiters, leaders and sales managers and weekly/monthly/quarterly coaching to assist organizations in achieving these goals.
Colonel Franklin C. Adderley is a native of Fort Lauderdale and the youngest son of Bahamian immigrants, the late George and Frankielee Adderley. He was raised in the Fort Lauderdale’s Northwest Community, attended Broward County Public Schools and is a 1979 graduate of Stranahan High School. He began his police career at the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department in October 1980 and was the youngest cadet in the 81st graduating class of the Broward County Police Academy.
During his tenure with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Colonel Adderley worked in the Patrol Division, the Community Support Division, the Special Investigations Division, the Office of Internal Affairs and was appointed Chief of Police on June 1, 2008.
Colonel Adderley received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. He is a graduate of the 206 Session of the FBI National Academy, Graduate of the 52nd Session of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Commanders Course, Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program at Florida Atlantic University and a graduate of the 33rd Session of the FBI’s National Executive Institute. Colonel Adderley was the 2007 Sistrunk Historical Festival’s Outstanding Achievement Honoree, recipient of the 2013 Dorsey Riverbend Civic Association’s President Award, was inducted into the Broward College’s Hall of Distinction in 2014 and an adjunct professor of criminal justice studies.
Colonel Adderley is Past President of the Broward Chiefs Association, he serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Dangerous Narcotics and Drug Committee and a former member of the Florida Commission on the Status of Black Men and Boys. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Alpha Chapter in Miami Gardens. His hobbies include golf, tennis and distance running.
Marlene Aguero, a native Californian, has resided in Fort Lauderdale for 28 years. After finishing school and moving to Florida she began a career in real estate and met her husband in 1989. In 1991 she left real estate to join efforts with her husband in his medical supply business. During her 14-year career beside her husband she wore many hats: managing operations, customer service, marketing and human resources. In 2006 Marlene and her husband began a family with boy/girl twins. Today, she's dedicated to raising her children and volunteering in their classrooms at Nova University School. In her spare time, her passion is her service work with women in various fellowships and social networks. Being a woman in recovery for 9 years, she is especially committed to service work in 12-step programs. Being a stay-at-home mom affords her the flexibility and the time to carry the message of hope to others who struggle with addiction. Marlene is a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, The Humane Society, The Heart Gallery, Broward Children's Center and the Museum of Discovery and Science. She looks forward to meeting the board members and contributing to the Bouganvilla House in a meaningful way.
Tom has been a resident of Ft. Lauderdale for over 35 years. He was born in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the University of Miami. Tom served in the U.S. Army after which he became the youngest Cadillac dealer in the country. After moving to Ft. Lauderdale, he became involved in the marine industry and has held a number of management and ownership positions in the industry. Presently, he is employed by National Liquidators, a yacht recovery and remarketing company. He has served on the Board of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida for four years and on the Board of Hospice Care of South Florida for two years. In addition, he is active in the Seafarers House and the Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club.
Ned Skiff is a landscape designer and contractor and a lifelong resident of Ft. Lauderdale. He is a graduate of Stetson University in De Land, Florida. Over the years, he has served on the boards of several organizations including Hospice Care of Southeast Florida, Outreach Broward, Twig House and 2nd Century Broward.
Debbie Banks- Snyder was born at Broward General Hospital. She attended Pine Crest School and St. Thomas Aquinas and then went on to graduate from University of Florida in 1988 earning a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a major in Psychology. As soon as Debbie completed her degree she obtained her real estate license and took several classes at Nova University for Hospitality Management which prepared her to enter her family’s business at Lago Mar Resort. Debbie started as Concierge and worked her way into the Sales Department where she served as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for 13 years until the night before she gave birth to her first child, Demi.
After giving birth to Demi in 2001, Debbie entered one of the most challenging but rewarding time periods of her life which was giving birth to 4 children in 7 years and being a “stay at home mom” for 10 years in total. During this time, she did not always stay home but chaired many events. Now that all 4 children are attending Pine Crest, Debbie has gone back to Lago Mar as Owner/ Vice President and loves working with her dad every day. She is mainly devoted to her four children and the family’s resort but still treasures her community involvement, which is currently Tiffany Circle for the Red Cross and Board Member of the Bougainvilla House.
Cady Watson has lived and worked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida most of her life. She is a third-generation South Floridian as well as a third-generation graduate of the University of Florida.
Following college, Ms. Watson moved to Atlanta, GA to launch her career in the Apparel Industry and moved back to South Florida in 1999. She is now owner and president of All Told Clothing Company, Inc., an apparel company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ever-expanding company launched a successful children’s line in 2009 and has since grown to include women’s clothing, with plans to launch boy’s and men’s in 2013. In addition to running her own apparel company, Ms. Watson is also an award-winning exhibiting artist. Artwork by Cady Watson graces private collections worldwide.
Ms. Watson’s charitable involvement includes The Bougainvilla House, Jack & Jill Children’s Center, Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, HospiceCare of Southeast Florida and Broward Schools.
Judge May graduated from Broward Community College in 1971, and Florida Atlantic University in 1973. She received her Juris Doctor Degree in 1981 from Nova Law Center and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2009. She clerked for the Honorable Peter T. Fay, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals from 1981-82. She served as a Circuit Court Judge on the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit from April 15, 1991, until her appointment to the Fourth District Court of Appeal by Governor Jeb Bush on October 31, 2001. Judge May currently serves as Chair Elect of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges. She has chaired and served on the Education Committee of the Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, and currently serves on the Annual Conference and Executive Committees of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal. She chaired the Department of Children and Family Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Advisory Board, and serves on the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health. She was a member of the Department of Corrections Reentry Advisory Council. She also serves as Chair of the Shepard Broad Law Center’s Board of Governors, and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of Nova Southeastern University.
Events With The Bougainvilla House
Open House May 2016
Holiday Lunch 2016
School Administration Event 2017