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Florida Team

Brad Sylvain, MPA, CAP – Executive Director

Brad brings nearly a decade of mental health and substance use disorder treatment experience to his role as Executive Director of Hanley Center. As the former Corporate Director of Admissions, he was responsible for most appropriately placing patients in treatment programs, either within the Origins’ continuum or with another provider. Brad is skilled at managing and collaborating with organizational teams, as well as providing administrative and operational oversight. Brad holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and is a Certified Addiction Professional. Brad and his family have been personally affected by drug and alcohol addiction; he is passionate about helping others who have also been affected by this disease. In Brad’s personal journey of recovery, he lives by the driving forces of spirituality and the 12 Steps. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching football and playing golf, and Brad is artistically skilled at cooking barbeque.


Deb Lynskey-Lake, LCSW  — Clinical Director

Since 1996, Deb has dedicated her entire career to the study and treatment of substance use and mental health issues affecting people of all ages. She is a certified addiction specialist who has worked as a crisis hotline volunteer, discharge planner, therapist, director of case management, and as a clinical supervisor. Deb received her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College and trained at The Harvard School of Medicine’s Division on Addiction. Deb served as Substance Use Director at one of the largest behavioral health agencies in Florida before coming to Origins.

Dr. Megan Van Ella, Psy.D. – HeadWaters’ Clinical Director

Dr. Megan Van Ella completed her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in addiction and traumatic stress.  She completed her training in diagnostics at the United States Navy in Great Lakes Illinois.  Following her rotation at the Navy, she trained in various addiction treatment centers with an emphasis on therapy and diagnostics.  Dr. Van Ella completed her post-doctoral residency at Cook County Jail in Chicago.  She has served as an Expert Witness for Palm Beach County in her work as a forensic and clinical psychologist.  Dr. Van Ella has both a personal and professional commitment to working with individuals who suffer from addiction.  She works from a relational perspective and believes much personal healing can be done through healthy relationships. In her personal time, she enjoys running and spending time with her daughter.


Timothy Pearce – Executive Chef

Hanley_006RIn 1987, Chef Timothy Pearce began his culinary training in England. During the ’90s he apprenticed for three Michelin Starred Chefs and was working on staff when one British restaurant received the highest Michelin rating. On another exciting evening, he had the opportunity to cater to the Queen of England at Windsor Castle during the Cartier Polo Dinner. From England, Timothy traveled and cooked extensively through Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Laos and Bali. He joined the Hanley Center staff in 2009.

Chef Pearce takes great pride in creating menus that are nutrient-dense and high in antioxidants and omega-3s to help assist individuals in recovery. In addition to spending time with his young son, Timothy enjoys traveling, cycling and photography.