Eileen Dewey, LCSW-C, Director | View Resume (PDF)
Eileen founded the Columbia Addictions Center (CAC) in 1988. She is the Director of CAC and has over 30 years of professional counseling and therapy experience.
Eileen earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Shepherd College in West Virginia. She is licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners as a Supervisor of Candidates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW & LCSW-C) and by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) as an Approved Alcohol and Drug Supervisor. As a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), she is qualified to make clinical recommendations for those who are in safety-sensitive positions and have committed a work-related drug or alcohol infraction. She has advanced training in this field, which enables her to work with this special DOT (Department of Transportation) clientele.
Eileen has served on several state and federal advisory boards and chaired the continuing education program of the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work for eight years. She lectures and trains in many areas related to substance abuse, including serving as a field instructor for several universities and colleges. Ms. Dewey is also trained in collaborative law.
Eileen is proud of Columbia Addictions Center and its staff: “We have helped thousands of people and their families. We have a fabulous staff; many services have been added over the years and we constantly try to improve. But, the one thing that will never change is our dedication to helping people while treating them with dignity and respect.” Read more about Eileen’s career: View Highlights (PDF).
Mandy Smith, LCPC, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor
Mandy is one of our “Operation Breakthrough” facilitators.
Mandy obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and started her career as Community Organizer, coordinating and implementing programs focused on mentoring, emergency assistance and prevention for youths and adults. Winding her way between work, travel, and school, she eventually earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling with a focus on how mindfulness and the mind/body connection can enhance all aspects of life.
Mandy has been licensed as a Professional Counselor since 2004 and is a board approved supervisor for LGPC’s as well as a Certified Addictions and Drug Supervisor. When she is not working at the Columbia Addictions Center, she is at her private practice in Towson, Maryland working with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions.
Mandy believes that having a multi-faceted approach with adults and adolescents who suffer from addictions and mental health issues, is the only way to address the complexities of the human experience. Her goal is to help individuals and families learn and heal in a holistic way to lead fulfilled balanced and meaningful lives.
Outside of work, Mandy enjoys either spending time outdoors or hiding in dark movie theaters… depending on the weather.
Cindy Garvin, Director of Operations
Cindy serves as the Office Manager for the Columbia Addictions Center and brings over 20 years of office administration experience from her prior work with large US Government projects. She joined the Columbia Addictions Center in August of 2015 and oversees the broad spectrum of administrative functions in the front office by ensuring smooth and efficient operations. She also does case management for our clientele, ensuring that they get the support and follow-through they need to complete our program successfully.
Cindy is passionate about making clients feel welcome and her goal is to create a warm and comfortable environment upon their first arrival and throughout the course of their program. She is thrilled to be supporting the entire team at CAC.
Litsa Williams, LCSW-C, Clinical Supervisor | View Resume (PDF)
Litsa took a long and winding road to end up in the field of social work. She holds two BA degrees, in Philosophy and Religious Studies from St. Mary’s College, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Warwick (England).
After realizing that the life of an academic philosopher was not for her, Litsa found a deep passion for helping others. She then earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Litsa spent five years working with individuals experiencing homelessness, and developed a specific interest in grief and trauma. She works part time at CAC, while in her full-time work she works with individuals and families grieving the loss of a loved one. Additionally, she runs a grief support blog, What’s Your Grief (www.whatsyourgrief.com), which provides online grief and bereavement resources.
In her free time, she reads, hones her skills as a photographer, and spends time with her pit bull, Amos.
Janine Byrnes, LCSW-C, CCDC, SAP
Janine is one of our newest counselors here at Columbia Addictions Center. Specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, she provides counseling to individual clients and helps facilitate our treatment groups and our adult education group. Janine also performs client intake evaluations, including SAP evaluations.
Janine also works as a volunteer Therapy Dog Team with her rescue chocolate lab, Billie Holiday for Fidos for Freedom.
Janine earned her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University in 1988 and has been licensed in Maryland since 2005. In 2001, she became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the International Committee of the Red Cross and has been a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) with the Department of Transportation since 2006. Janine has been certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) since 2008. She utilizes methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and brief solution focused therapy in her treatment.
Outside of work, Janine enjoys hiking and spending time outside, playing with her dog, and being with family. Janine also enjoys quilting, and is an active member of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.
Jason Manning, LCPC
Jason joined Columbia Addictions Center as a therapist who does individual counseling, group therapy, and evaluations. He specializes in working with adolescents, the deaf community, and the LGBTQ community. Jason uses strengths-based approaches and solution-focused approaches to help each client identify the skills they already possess to enact transformative changes in their life.
Jason has a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Interpretation from North Central University. He also has a master’s degree from Liberty University in Professional Counseling. Jason has worked for the past three years in the Montgomery County Public School System as a Child and Family Therapist in their Linkages to Learning Program. He has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges and mental illness, which allows him the ability to address a wide range of social and emotional difficulties. Additionally, he has also worked in an Outpatient Community Clinic and has experience working with more acute mental health issues, working with adults with co-occurring disorders, doing assessments, treatment planning, and treatment groups. Jason works from a holistic approach, collaborating with other disciplines and professionals to provide his clients with every available tool to reach their desired goal.
Jason grew up in Maryland and enjoys reading, playing tennis, traveling, and learning about new languages and cultures.
Elana Bouldin, MSW, LGSW
Elana has been a part-time employee of the CAC team since February 2014, conducting assessments and facilitating groups. She works full-time at Sheppard Pratt as a Quality & Evaluation Services Coordinator, coordinating patient advocacy and education, reviewing clinical documentation to ensure Joint Commission compliance and analyzing data for areas of performance improvement.
Elena graduated Howard University with a Bachelors’ of Science in Psychology and went on to earn her Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland. She specializes in substance abuse and co-occurring disorders with a clinical focus on motivational interviewing techniques. She approaches her practice from a holistic center, with a focus on life skills, self-awareness, and emotional wellness. She understands the importance of humor in her mental health practice and group work.
Elana is a proud dance mom, and when not working, is either spending time with her daughter or traveling around, attending concerts and music festivals.
Janelle Weather, LGPC
Janelle started her adventure here at CAC as a student intern while completing her Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel College. After completing her degree, Janelle joined the CAC team to conduct assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, and educational therapy.
Janelle brings over six years of experience working in the field of special education, human services, and behavioral health. She has experience with substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and play therapy. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic which allows her to meet her clients where they are, and use appropriate techniques to assist them in meeting their personal goals.
When Janelle is not helping others, you can find her doing stand-up comedy for her family and friends.