Staff Spotlight: Evening & Weekend Counseling Team

Paul Marron
Paul Marron
January 12, 2022

Meet Tully Hill’s Evening and Weekend Counseling Team

Included in our 16-hour patient day is a full menu of evening and weekend clinical programming that’s as much a key part of effective patient treatment and care as the weekday programming we provide. And without the commitment and effort our evening and weekend counseling staff provide, patients at Tully Hill would fall short of achieving their treatment plan goals and the stabilization necessary for a successful transition to an appropriate next level of care.

Our evening and weekend staff reinforce and expand the trust and progress patients make each day. Meet these important and dedicated people who we think are fundamental to the continuation of effective treatment and care at Tully Hill…

Virgil in his office

Virgil Brave Rock | MSW | Counselor

Virgil Brave Rock | MSW | Counselor

Why did you decide to work at Tully Hill?

Virgil: “I learned about Tully Hill and this position after moving back to the area recently. I have found through my 30 years of experience as a social worker that addiction and social work run hand in hand with each other, and that addiction is the cause of many social problems I’ve dealt with. I realized at Tully Hill I could work helping with the addiction and social work aspects affecting patients who are coming to treatment.”

 

What do you like most about your position at Tully Hill?

Virgil: “My time working in the addiction field has all been positive, I really enjoy the patients and watching how patients in effective treatment change and grow. I’ve been at Tully Hill only briefly and already love the work and staff here. I also like being involved with helping patients understand and prepare for the challenges they will face after leaving treatment at Tully Hill.”

 

Tell us about your interests outside of working at Tully Hill?

Virgil: “Me and my partner are very involved in arts and craft work, creating leather products like wallets and belts and carry packs, creating art and crafts via techniques involving wood-burning, and also doing acrylic work. We infuse our work with our Native American philosophy and tradition, and offer it at the many craft shows we attend. I also love outdoor activities.”

 

 

Chelsey Blodgett | BA (MSW-pending) | Counselor

Why did you decide to work at Tully Hill?

Chelsey: “I was looking for expanded opportunity to use the clinical tools I’ve learned and continue to learn, and saw this position as a good fit to do just that, especially as I’m also still in school and going to get my MSW this coming May.”

 

What do you like most about your position at Tully Hill?

Chelsey: “I love having the chance to interact with patients here at Tully Hill, and learn from them. I also like very much being with my peers here and interacting with and learning from them, all in this very professional environment.”

 

Tell us about your interests outside of working at Tully Hill?

Chelsey: “I love spending time with family and friends, and also traveling and experiencing new things and having some adventure. I also have two cats – Poppy and Pebbles – that I adore and spend a lot of time with.”

 

 

Chelsey at her desk

Chelsey Blodgett | BA (MSW-pending) | Counselor

 

Christiana sitting at her desk

Christiana Will | BA, CASAC-T | Counselor

 

Christiana Will | BA, CASAC-T | Counselor

Why did you decide to work at Tully Hill?

Christiana: “When I graduated with my BA in psychology and anthropology, I wanted to work in the addiction field and kept hearing that this was the best place to do that. So I applied, and voila! Here I am.”

 

What do you like most about your position at Tully Hill?

Christiana: “The patients, the patients, the patients – and being able to give back to the community. Addiction’s affected my life one way or another, and it’s important to me to give back.”

 

Tell us about your interests outside of working at Tully Hill?

Christiana: “Well, I have two Rottweilers, both females that are great fun to spend time with. I also paint and sell my artwork. And I really like spending time with family – I’m going to be an aunt soon, and I’m anticipating the day like you wouldn’t believe!”

 

Laverne Lyons | BA, MSW | Counselor

Why did you decide to work at Tully Hill?

Laverne: “I’ve always had my hand in the addiction field, my professional background includes working on the Onondaga Nation here in Nedrow and when I saw a counseling position was available at Tully Hill I applied and was hired. I had trouble with alcohol when I was a younger man, got sober, and wanted to learn about and work in the field and give back. Tully Hill has been a good place for me to do that.”

 

What do you like most about your position at Tully Hill?

Laverne: “This is a good place to work. It’s great that patients for the most part really want to be here and get helped and do the program. I like interacting with and helping them.”

 

Tell us about your interests outside of working at Tully Hill?

Laverne: “I’m a golfer – I love to golf. I think in the winter I hibernate and get ready for the warm golf weather!”

 

Lavern at his desk

Laverne Lyons | BA, MSW | Counselor

 

Sheila in her office

Sheila Muters | BS, CASAC-T | Counselor

Sheila Muters | BS, CASAC-T | Counselor

Why did you decide to work at Tully Hill?

Sheila: “I’ve always had an interest in some way helping to serve humanity, having taught Sunday school, having volunteered at Literacy Volunteers and Interfaith Works. And because I also have family with a history of addiction, I read a lot about it and became motivated to work in the field. I started my CASAC work online and needed an internship, and in searching found there was a position as a driver at Tully Hill, which is how I got my foot in the door here. I’ve progressed to my present position working directly with patients. If I could sum up why I work at Tully Hill it would be in this one sentence: it helps me separate the myths from the facts of my own life.”

 

What do you like most about your position at Tully Hill?

Sheila: “I love working with the patients and experiencing their hope and courage. I also love working at such a good recovery place as Tully Hill.”

 

Tell us about your interests outside of working at Tully Hill?

Sheila: “I’m very involved in spirituality and spiritual things, and love doing things like gardening, bike riding, and being outside in nature.”

Paul Marron

Director of Business Development

Paul Marron, Director of Business Development, joined Tully Hill Chemical Dependency Treatment Center in July 2012. Mr. Marron graduated Magna Cum Laude from both Saint Bonaventure University with a BA, History/Pre-Law and Boston University with his MS, Public Relations. He worked most recently at Central New York Eye & Tissue Bank where he served as their Director of Business Development. He has extensive experience in healthcare administration, contracting, marketing and development in Central New York.