Meet Our Team

Thomas Wright, MD

Dr. Thomas Wright is the Chief Medical Officer for Rosecrance Health Network and is Connections Counseling corporate liaison. He is certified as a child and adolescent psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Wright is also certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He served on the faculty Read More

Shelly Dutch

CSAC, ICS - Founding Director

Shelly Dutch has been dedicating her life work to young people and their families for almost 30 years. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her dedication to the alcohol and drug problem in our society. She is certified at both the state and national levels, and emphasizes mentoring and service as the key to recovery...

Rob McCreadie

CSAC, ICS, Asst Director

Rob brings a depth of experience and compassion working with individuals who suffer from substance use disorders.  Rob is recently relocated from the Milwaukee area where he provided clinical leadership, quality assurance management and MAT clinical support to local programs.  Rob is trained brain spotting practitioner.  Rob has provided valuable community support to various substance Read More

Pete Meagher

PhD, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor

Dr Pete Meagher is a full time professor who offers his expertise and passion part time at Connections. Pete teaches in a clinical social work program and specializes in mindfulness based approaches to treating anxiety, depression, trauma and dually diagnosed clients. Pete uses a unique approach to help clients discover and own their strengths to Read More

Chuck Callender


Chuck is responsible for Rosecrance Connections Madison operations and services. Chuck brings decades of corporate experience with a strong personal understanding and compassion for the importance of what we do for the patients Connections serves and their families. Chuck also serves on the Recovery Foundation Board of Directors.

Ian Powell

MD, Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine

Dr. Ian Powell is an Internal Medicine MD specializing in Addiction Medicine.  Dr Powell has over 25 years of diverse experience with out-patient and in-patient settings.  Dr Powell supports patients receiving psychotherapy at Connections Counseling and one other Rosecrance location.  Core passions include working with patients with substance use disorders, co-occurring psychiatric and medical disorders, Read More

Yee Xiong

MD, Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine

Dr Xiong is a board certified psychiatrist with an addiction specialty earned during an addiction MD fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  Dr Xiong provides psychiatry via telehealth only.

Tim Bautch


Tim has worked in the field of substance abuse/mental health for 16+ years in inpatient, outpatient, residential and correctional settings. He believes people know what they need to do to become healthy, however need assistance through positive relationships.

Cory Divine


Cory works primarily with teens and young adults through the process of change. He believes in the strength of individuals, but also in the power of group thoughts as a means of transformation. He is also a musician who performs in a successful band, which has received recognition in Rolling Stone Magazine, and has toured nationally.


Joe Kuehn


Joe currently is a licensed mental health and substance abuse counselor. He started his own journey of recovery in 2007 at Connections Counseling and has continued to learn, grow and give back in the years since. Joe has experience working with a wide variety of ages, cultural and economic backgrounds. He believes that people who were once deemed "hopeless" in their struggles with mental health and substance use disorders, can become hopeful. Joe holds a BBA in Marketing and Finance, and a Master of Arts in Counseling with a Community Counseling emphasis. In addition to being a counselor, he is responsible for community outreach where he organizes and participates in speaking panels for schools, organizations and conferences.

Mary Kay Aide


Mary Kay has over 25 years working with individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings and organizations, such as day treatment for youth, community mental health, employee assistance consulting, and private practice. She has a master’s in Rehabilitiation Counseling, with an emphasis in AODA issues, is a Professional Certified Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor. Mary Kay brings a solution-focused and strength based philosophy to her work with couples and families that help her clients move forward in a healthy, positive direction.

Shannon Adamczyk


Shannon is dually licensed for both mental health and substance use and has been a member of the Connections counseling family since 2014. Shannon works primarily with young adults, college students, and teens and is involved in individual work, group counseling, as well as UW-Madison BASICS, CASICS, and CHOICES programs. She has experience working with a wide range of issues Read More

Ethan Scofield


Ethan obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW-Madison and his master’s degree in professional counseling, with an emphasis in clinical mental health, from UW-Oshkosh.  He sincerely believes the therapeutic space he shares with a client is sacred, and considers it an honor to bear witness to, and celebrate, an individual’s lived experience. He is convinced that change occurs Read More

Brooke Mulcahy


Brooke enjoys therapeutic work with people from all walks of life, especially adolescents and young adults who are struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. She has a background working in a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs and a foundation in DBT.  Brooke believes in empowering clients through a person-centered and strengths-based treatment approach.

Jennifer Pitzo


Jennifer enjoys working with clients from all walks of life, and believes a holistic approach is important in supporting clients to make lasting changes.  Jennifer is an EMDRIA certified EMDR practitioner. She is also nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and works in the Adolescent Program.  She serves clients of all ages in both mental health and substance abuse counseling.  She loves working Read More

Leslie Taylor

MD, Psychiatry

Dr. Leslie Taylor is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, addiction, clinical research and medication management of psychiatric disorders. Dr Taylor is a pioneer in guiding FDA approved TMS treatment in Madison and specializes solely in TMS treatment at Connections. She has over 25 years of experience treating adults, and adolescents.

Lara Lewandowski


Lara is a mental health and substance abuse therapist who has been a part of the Connections Counseling family since 2014.  Lara has a passion for working with individuals, primarily college students and young adults. She has facilitated Connections University of Wisconsin and Edgewood affiliated college programs, BASICS, CASICS and Choices.  In her practice, Lara Read More

Lisa Moon

Lisa is a Substance Abuse Counselor in long term Recovery, who began her own sobriety journey with Connections in 2017. Lisa enjoys working with adults both in individual counseling and group facilitation. As a counselor, she strives to help clients reframe their choices and find their unique strengths. Lisa transitioned from a career in speech Read More

Emily Ricter


Emily works with individuals, adults and couples on issues including anxiety, depression, self esteem, trauma, grief and loss, addiction, life transitions, interpersonal relationships and parenting. Emily believe that change happens most effectively in the context of relationship and views the relationship between client and therapist to be one of the most important pieces of successful Read More

John Weibel


John is a dually credentialed counselor focused on mental health counseling and substance abuse counseling. John has been practicing since 2010 and has a passion to help improve treatment outcomes for persons with diverse backgrounds.  John has substantial experience with adolescents and adults.  John is an EMDRIA trained and active EMDR practitioner.

Kim Hurd

Mentor Coordinator, CCAR Recovery Coach

Kim is a recovery coach and interventionist in long-term recovery, passionate about mentoring clients and families to a path of long-term, sustainable recovery through multiple pathways.  At Connections, Kim has primary responsibility for the Mentorship Program, an essential part of Connections recovery services,  connects clients to peer support, hosts sober events and supports IOP services.  Read More

William Howell


Will is grateful to be in long-term recovery and a therapist working with mental health and substance use disorders. Will aims to provide a safe, non-judgmental space to allow for clients to process struggles and growth in both individual and group settings. Will endorses a holistic, interpersonal style of counseling helping to build healthy relationships Read More

Jason Plesh


Jason brings compassionate person-centered care to both substance use and mental health concerns.  Jason brings a depth of experience working in a medication assisted treatment facility with individuals with opiate disorders.  His broader training, experience and passion brings help and hope.

Taryn Cates

MS, Art Therapist, LPC-IT

Sometimes words just aren’t enough to capture the essence of how we’re doing. This is where the power of art comes in. As a Master’s level Art Therapist and licensed professional counselor (in training), Taryn is trained to not only offer her clients support through words, but will also teach them how to tap into Read More

Alison Owens

Ali is a compassionate woman in long-term recovery who has worked in the area of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. She started at the TMS Center of Madison in January 2021 and is Brainsway certified to administer TMS treatment. At the TMSCM, her responsibility is to provide best patient focused care and interpersonal support to Read More

Tony Utrie


Tony's aim in his practice as a therapist and substance use counselor in training is to be an empathetic and practiced listener whose foundation in humanistic therapy supports clients with a person-centered, strengths-based approach. Tony enjoys working with clients of all ages who are managing through challenging personal circumstances and those who may be exploring pathways to sustained Read More
Karilin Bare

Karilin Bare


Karilin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and has been providing therapy to individuals since 2012. Karilin is passionate about treating clients with respect, compassion, and dignity. She sees adolescents and adults 18 to 65. Karilin uses an eclectic approach to treatment Read More

Tom Farley

Rosecrance Community Relations Coordinator

Tom Farley is the Community Relations Coordinator responsible for arranging community activities and developing business relationships in southern Wisconsin. He manages strategic relationships with local and regional referral sources and works in the community to raise awareness about addiction and mental health. Tom has a marketing degree from Georgetown University. Prior to joining Rosecrance and Read More

Shadow Backus


Shadow has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997. She specializes in treating trauma, anxiety & depression. She dedicates her energy to individuals wanting clarity & support around stress, relationships, personal growth, sex, and parenting. In her sessions, she holds space for mind-body-spirit awareness to be used as guidance systems for cognitive & emotional processes Read More

Liz Light


Liz earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College and has experience in day treatment, in-home, group, and outpatient clinical settings. As a mental health therapist, Liz utilizes an intersectional, systems-based lens in order to co-create therapeutic connections that are both affirming and enriching for all clients. Liz’s clinical interests include Read More