Karen Bergbower, LMSW, CAADC, CPC-M
Karen Bergbower is the President, Program Director, and Clinical Director of KBA. She received her master of social work degree from the University of Michigan and is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in the State of Michigan. Karen has over 25 years of experience working with adults, youth, and families. She works with mental health and substance use issues and is a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor (CAADC). Karen is trained to provide trauma-informed assessments and interventions. She has also provided counseling and consultation for adult and juvenile courts, as well as schools. She is currently a treatment provider for the Livingston County Adult Drug Court Program.
In addition to her clinical work, Karen is a leader in local prevention initiatives. She is a certified prevention consultant in Michigan (CPC-M) and has been active in prevention work since 1994. Karen currently serves as the Coordinator of the Livingston COMMUNITY PREVENTION Project (LCPP), which is a collaborative made up of Karen Bergbower & Associates, Key Development Center, and Livingston County Catholic Charities. The LCPP partners work together to implement several evidence-based prevention programs that target youth, parents, schools, and the community, to reduce childhood and underage drinking, reduce prescription and over the counter drug abuse/misuse, and reduce illicit drug use. Karen also provides oversight for additional prevention programming that reduces youth access to and use of tobacco and vaping products.
Karen lives with her family in Livingston County and is active in the community. She previously served as an appointed member to the Human Services Collaborative Body and served as a member of the Substance Use Disorders Prevention and Treatment work group and the Community Needs Assessment and Evaluation work group. Karen was a member of the Steering Committee of the Livingston County Trauma Informed System of Care and the Livingston County Trauma Assessment Team. She is the chair of the Substance Use Disorder Data Committee of the Livingston County Community Alliance as well as a steering committee member of Wake Up Livingston. When not at work, Karen enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, photography, and the beach. She also spends a lot of time cheering for and photographing her children's soccer and football teams.
Denise Geroux is the President of Operations and brings over 41 years of customer service and office management to KBA. She has worked in this field for the past 20 years and understands the unique needs of our clients. As a Livingston County resident, Denise knows what resources and services are available within the community, which enhances her ability to assist clients.
Alison Cox, LMSW, CPS
Alison specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families while they navigate a wide range of issues. Alison guides families through challenges such as substance use, behavioral disorders , and relationship challenges. Alison received an undergraduate degree in Women and Gender Studies with a double minor in Psychology and Human Sexuality from Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Alison is also the regional Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representative (DYTUR) for Livingston, Washtenaw, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties. Alison and her family have lived in Brighton for the last 19 years and she enjoys being an active part of the community.
Donna Chalich, LMSW, CAADC
Donna is a clinical therapist who has worked in the mental health/substance abuse field for over 25 years. She is very passionate about her work. She finds it very rewarding and humbling to walk the path of recovery with others. "It can often be difficult to take the first step in asking for help in dealing with emotional issues of life. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgemental environment that will allow you to discuss your concerns freely."
Leah Grandetti, BS, MSW Intern
Kristen Hart, LMSW
Kristen is passionate in her mission to empower individuals in their journey to take back control of their lives. She works to support individuals in gaining self-awareness and begin the process of emotional healing. She is a firm believer in self-care and its importance in maintaining a balanced life. Kristen received an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) who specializes in substance abuse and mental health issues. Kristen is also trained to provide trauma informed counseling.
Sandra Parker, LLMSW, CPS
Sandra is a Community Prevention Specialist and Outreach Coordinator for Karen Bergbower & Associates. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Master's degree in Social Work. Sandra has an extensive background working in substance use disorders, prevention and recovery education. Working with youth, adolescents and students, has always been her passion. As a Prevention Specialist, she provides a variety of resources, including leading educational support groups, curriculum-based support groups and meeting with individual students to offer support. As the Youth-Led Outreach Coordinator, Sandra has the pleasure of facilitating and working alongside our youth while organizing activities and events, making connections and building relationships throughout the community.
If you are interested in services for you or a family member, or to become involved in a community-wide prevention initiative, please call Karen Bergbower & Associates at 810.225.9550 or email us at email@example.com.