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Dawne Velianoff, LMSW, MUP

Adult well-being specialist with a background in family services, the aging community & mental healthcare.

Dawne founded DMV Consulting and Networking LLC in 2011, where she offers therapeutic services that include a range of activities; one-on-one sessions, workshops, group therapy, team building exercises and motivation speaking.  Motivational interviewing techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy and parenting skill building classes are some of the most desired interventions and strategies requested.  Dawne is a dedicated thought leader with more than 15 years’ experience in serving urban and rural areas through grassroots, place-based initiatives. Dawne has extensive experience in Family Services, the Aging Community, Community Metal Health, Healthcare Delivery Services (private and not-for-profit) and Federal and State Regulation, Policy and Procedures.  Her career history is vast with successful outcomes in clinical settings, care/case management services, and providing training to diverse groups.  Dawne is an established, leader, an advocate for the people and true to her core beliefs and values.  “All people are made with purpose.  I am .  You are.  We are. History makers and earth shakers.”

Nina Jackson MA, LPC, SCL

Professional and School Counselor with a background in the education and business fields.

Nina Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor & Licensed School Counselor.  Holding a Masters Degree in Counseling Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has over 20 years of experience in the education and counseling fields. Having worked in higher education as an Academic Advisor and Learning Specialist and as a K-12 Program Developer,  School Counselor, and  Mental Health Therapist. Nina owns a counseling consultant business and operates as the Executive Director of her nonprofit mentoring organization.

Ann L. Webster

Expert substance abuse counselor with a background in criminal justice, detox and outpatient programs.

Ann is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She holds a Master’s in Professional Counselling from Central Michigan University. Ann also has a Masters in Administrative Science from Saginaw Valley State University, a graduate certificate from Western Michigan University’s Special Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.  Additionally, she has 8 years of experience working as a substance abuse counselor in various settings including the Michigan Prison system, detox, short term and long term residential and outpatient with adolescent, families and adult clients.  Ann also has 4 years of experience working as a Clinical Supervisor with experience overseeing a program in the Michigan Prison system and currently as Program Supervisor of an Adolescent Outpatient program.

Sarah Claxton, MSW

Over a decade of experience in social work and counseling with a background in sociology.

Sarah is a graduate of Wayne State University and received her Master’s in Social Work. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Grand Valley State University.

Sarah has over 10 years of experience in serving various populations, resolving conflict and providing guidance for those in need. She has worked in clinical, hospital, non-profit and rehabilitation settings, working within the health and human services sector.

Sarah is a certified facilitator in the Duluth Model for Batterer’s Intervention since 2021. She is also ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) certified and trained with the Suicide 2 Hope; Zero Suicide Initiative.

Margaret A. Costello, LLP

Behavioral and cognitive psychology expert with a formal background in rehabilitation and clinical psychology.

Margaret (“Peggy”) Costello is a psychologist (LLP) with more than 30 years of experience in the field of behavioral and cognitive psychology. An honors graduate of Penn State University, Ms. Costello holds master’s degrees in Rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University and in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has worked in various settings, including rehabilitation facilities, private clinics and the Michigan prison system. 

In addition to her training and experience in psychology, Ms. Costello is an attorney, and has practiced law for 25 years. She currently is a law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she was instrumental in establishing the nationally recognized Veterans Law Clinic.

Catherine A. Zoss, M.A., LPC

An expert in substance abuse counseling with over 25 years experience working in the criminal justice system.
Katie Zoss is a graduate of Oakland University and received her Masters of Arts degree in 1994 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (M.A., LPC.). She is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). She has over 25 years of experience in the criminal justice system working as a classification agent, a deputy in the jail, a probation officer and as a group facilitator for court ordered programs.

Executive Officers

Bryan Weinstein, D.O.
Medical Director / CEO

Founder and CEO of ABR, with over two decades of experience in psychiatry and neurology, both in practice and lecturing.

Sarah is a graduate of Wayne State University and received her Master’s in Social Work. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Grand Valley State University.

Sarah has over 10 years of experience in serving various populations, resolving conflict and providing guidance for those in need. She has worked in clinical, hospital, non-profit and rehabilitation settings, working within the health and human services sector.

Sarah is a certified facilitator in the Duluth Model for Batterer’s Intervention since 2021. She is also ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) certified and trained with the Suicide 2 Hope; Zero Suicide Initiative.

Michelle Cantea
President

Over a decade of experience with a background in psychology and criminal justice, overseeing the administration and daily operations of ABR.

Michelle Cantea has worked for ABR for 12 years. She started with ABR as a full-time Intern while attending Wayne State University as a full-time student; where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her minor in Criminal Justice. Michelle’s passion and zeal for helping probationers transform their lives aided in her quick rise to a managerial position with ABR. Michelle is an integral part of the ABR team. She is currently the Director of Operations where she oversees the financials, administration and daily operations of the company. She also serves as a Court Liaison.