Our Staff

The NCADD staff is a dedicated group with decades of experience in addiction treatment and social work. They are passionate about helping women and their families get into recovery and learn to live healthy, productive lives. If you are interested in joining the NCADD staff, please email your resume to thelmar@ncadd-phx.org



Thelma Ross


Before becoming CEO of National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in 2010, Thelma spent nine years as the Clinical Director where she supervised clinical staff and developed new programs including extensive wrap-around services. As CEO, she has grown the agency to over sixty staff members serving almost 500 women with four in-patient facilities. Thelma is viewed as one of the experts in the field of addiction in Arizona and was recently appointed to Governor Ducey’s Substance Abuse Task Force.

Thelma got her degree in Chemical Dependency at Rio Salado Community College in 1986 following which sh worked as a counselor and clinical supervisor for Calvary Rehabilitation Center for ten years while concurrently teaching classes in family and group dynamics, chemical dependency and ethics at Rio Salado.

Kathleen Hurley


Beverly A. Wohlert

Director of Career Services

With a PhD in Rehabilitation with an emphasis in health behavior, Beverly makes a huge impact in the lives of the women at NCADD. She runs the vocational and educational programs providing women the means to become financially independent and plan for long-term recovery. Beverly also provides group and one-on-one therapy, supervision and coaching for the Career Services staff and seeks alternative funding sources for the programs. Beverly spent the early years of her career in the mental health industry providing patients with discharge plans that addressed mental, physical and vocational needs. She also spent many years in crisis and grief counseling. In her spare time, Beverly is an Adjunct Professor and a Peer Support Instructor. It is this unique combination of experience along with her compassion and resourcefulness that makes her such an asset to the NCADD team.

Holly Williamson, MA, LISAC

Clinical Director

Holly has been a practicing substance abuse counselor for nearly 20 years. She has worked in several different behavioral health settings, including residential, outpatient, and prison programming before coming to NCADD 11 years ago. She is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) and also holds a master’s degree in political science.

Her specialty and areas of interest include the provision of gender and population specific programming. She has a particular interest in trauma informed care and in the prevention and treatment of violence against women and other marginalized populations. As clinical director of NCADD, she seeks to provide meaningful and comprehensive programming for the populations served at NCADD, while also facilitating a robust and engaged clinical supervision dynamic to support and enhance the clinical team that supports the NCADD population.

Most importantly, Holly believes in the healing power of the sharing of story. Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” At NCADD, the clinical environment seeks to provide a space for each woman to safely share her untold story to move forward on her path of recovery and begin to reconnect. Undoubtedly, there is no greater privilege than being a part of creating that space.

Carol Lagnese

Substance Abuse Counselor and Program Supervisor

Carol Lagnese is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and Program Supervisor with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).  She has been with NCADD since 2003 where she started as a Case Manager and Intake Clinician.  Presently, Carol manages 2 housing programs, Sally’s Place and Legacy House, as well as the Healthy Connections Program. Carol has spent the last 25 years working in the Behavioral Health Field with over 20 of those years working directly with the pregnant and addicted population.  Carol is originally from New York and came to Arizona in 1990 to go to a 90 day treatment program.  Carol is in recovery and uses her past and present experience, strength and hope to motivate and relate to, the women who come through the doors at NCADD.

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