About The New Leaf Club
The New Leaf Club is a non-profit (501c3) community organization—located in the heart of the Main Line—dedicated to providing a space for wellness and recovery-related events, activities, lectures, education and support groups. We value mindfulness, openness, diversity, acceptance, balance, collaboration and cooperation.
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“The New Leaf Club is a non profit education and entertainment community center dedicated to assisting young people and adults connect to their whole, healthy, and artistic self.”
- A center for today’s youth to socialize in a healthy and energizing environment.
- A space for dances and musical performances.
- An exhibition hall for student art shows.
- and so much more…
The New Leaf Club also offers programs that further awareness and promote healing from a number of issues that affect teens and adults. We offer healthy alternatives to pervasive problems such as chemical dependency, depression and eating disorders.
“25 to 30 Teens show up from Radnor H.S., other High area Schools and a few Colleges once a month to sing songs, play music composed by themselves, and recite poetry they have written. It is a remarkable thing to see and it wouldn’t be possible without New Leaf, they love you as do we, and are very grateful…”
Rodney D. Jones Sr. CEO & Mrg Partner National Capital Resources
“What I loved about New Leaf was the creative atmosphere the entire place has. The lights, art, and furniture were all appealing and inviting. On the subject of acting, it was a very personal theatre to act on and it was easy to involve the audience. Also, New Leaf was easy to work with and set up dates for performances.”
Aidan Guynes, Shakespeare Players
“We’ve attended several events and participated in many programs at New Leaf over the past year. Since you opened last summer, the speakers in the various events we attended, (Dr. Lou Bevillacqua “Teens and Depression” Michael Blanche, ‘Youth and Technology’, Rick Shugart, ‘Power Struggles and Power Enhancement’ Patty Anne MacAndrews, ‘Importance of Community’ and ‘Chris Kennedy Lawford, Recover To Live, book signing’), have always been professional, engaging, informed and most importantly – local (!) – Providing much needed information on a variety of recovery related topics for parents, students and the Main Line community at large. The facilities are clean, comfortable and laid back – you walk in and immediately feel at home. It’s a good place to get involved with one of the activities, or just hang out. We are so happy you have launched, grown and prospered – and look forward to enjoying the people, music and atmosphere for years to come.”
Pam and Bill Roberts
“Thank you for hosting The Noble Try tonight! You were very accommodating and your beautiful venue was perfect for an improv show! Looking forward to the next one!”
Chris Grouzes, Penncrest High School
The New Leaf Club suggests the following websites as helpful resources. Additionally, one can find various support groups and 12-step meetings held at our location, including a weekly Parent Support Group (for parents with children struggling with addiction) on Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm. Please do not hesitate to call us at 610-525-1711, and we hope the following links will be helpful to you.
Mental health Professionals and Support:
Dr. Lou Bevilacqua, When you Can’t Snap Out of It: Finding Your Way through Depression: Click here to view his powerpoint presentation from May 11, 2015
Chris Brennan from the Banyon House
The New Leaf Club has established special affiliations with Minding Your Mind and Speak Up: two local non-profits dedicated to raising awareness in our local high school about issues that affects teens.
In addition, we work closely with the Caron Foundation to raise awareness about chemical dependency and behavior disorders for the entire community.
Susannah Baker Bell has studied art at Briarcliff College, New York University, the Art Students League, the New School, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the Woodmere Museum. Her work has been displayed at the Prouts Neck Art Show as well as various art shows in Portland, Maine. A New York native, Bell moved to the Philadelphia area in 1977. During 1988 to 1992, she lived in Bermuda while managing the corporate entertaining of an offshore shipping company.
Bell has served on the Women’s Committee at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 1988. She is a member of the Gulph Mills Golf Club, the Prouts Neck Country Club, the Prouts Neck Bathing Association and the Prouts Neck Ladies Auxiliary.
Michael Blanche is a licensed clinical social worker with over 14 years experience providing direct counseling for those who are dually diagnosed with addictions and other psychological disorders. He has worked at all levels of care in the treatment of addiction and has a comprehensive knowledge of the treatment options available to dually diagnosed adults and adolescents. He has created programs and opened sites for Rehab After Work. He has developed inpatient programs, school trainings, staff development and professional seminars. He was the recipient of the Addictions Professional of the Year Award in Greater Philadelphia in 2006 and is part of their Recovery Care and Management Treatment team. He obtained a Bachelor of Human Services Degree with a double minor in Psychology and Sociology from Villanova University. He completed his Master’s degree in Social Services at Bryn Mawr College. He currently consults with undergraduate and wellness programs at both Bryn Mawr College and West Chester University, providing education and counseling on campus.
Michael Colleran spent 35 years in the television industry in senior management positions with network owned stations at both ABC and CBS. As President of the CBS Station Groups Miami and Philadelphia, Sales, News, Finance, Operations, hiring, training, mentoring and staff management have all been within the scope of his responsibility. Throughout his broadcast career, Michael was a committed supporter of charitable causes and non-profit organizations, including The Komen Foundation, The Police Athletic League and Cure Autism Now and The Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Most recently, he founded Interview Wise LLC, an interview and motivational coaching system dedicated to interview success, career choice and personal optimization. Michael is also General Partner at eHCInteractive, a healthcare technology and data management company based in Wayne, Pa.
Susan Strauss Kelly is a licensed social work professional with experience and training in group and individual counseling with individuals with substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, and familial substance abuse. Ms. Kelly is passionate about de-stigmatizing substance use and mental health challenges in families and adolescents and was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Child and Family Wellbeing while pursuing her Masters in Social Service at Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
An avid proponent of “the Recovery Movement,”— as brought to light by such visionaries as William White, Greg Williams and Alexandre Laudet — Ms. Kelly has consulted with local treatment facilities on the development and implementation of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. She has been intensely involved with the recovery community for over 30 years.
Christopher Kennedy Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive and producer. He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Symptoms of Withdrawal (2005) and Moments of Clarity (2009). His new book Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction, will be released in January, 2013. Currently he campaigns tirelessly on behalf of the recovery community in both public and private sectors. He presently works with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization. He also consults with Fortune 500 companies and numerous non-profit groups, speaking around the world on issues related to addiction, mental health and Hepatitis C. In 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Christopher to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drug & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care and recovery. He also serves as national advocacy consultant for the Caron Treatment Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a juris doctor from Boston College Law School, and a Master’s Certification in Clinical Psychology from Harvard Medical School where he held an academic appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry.
Sharon McGinley, President of the New Leaf’s Club Board of Directors, is the Founder of Eddie’s House, the non-profit organization that supports young people exiting the foster care system. From 2002-2006, she served on the board of the Support Center for Child Advocates, a legal service for abused and neglected clients. In 2003, she was placed in charge of conducting an evaluation of the foster care system through communication with young men and women who had grown up in this environment. She organized a group of 12 individuals whose experience formed the basis of Eddie’s House. She is an organizer of support and action. For the past six years, she has served on the Executive Committee of The Caron Foundation Board. For 15 years, she has hosted Caron’s alumni group and has periodically organized weekend retreats. She is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Education and Criminal Justice.
Patrick Mckeon is a recent graduate from St. Joseph’s University where he received his BS in Political Science. An avid runner and athlete, Patrick is pursuing a career as a professional triathlete and has competed in 15 triathlons and over 25 races. He has held internships at Philadelphia Insurance Companies in Underwriting and Marketing. Patrick is a volunteer and fundraiser for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and a volunteer at St. Vincent’s Church in Germantown.
Mary Nixon is the Founder and Executive Director of the New Leaf Club. She serves on the advisory board of the Caron Foundation, a comprehensive Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility. She has served as a volunteer with Contact Care Line of Great Philadelphia, a crisis intervention hotline and suicide prevention service and as member of the Board of Directors of Eddie’s House, a non profit safety net helping young 18-21 year olds transition from foster care to independent living. Prior to founding the New Leaf Club, Nixon worked in the fashion industry and in film and television production. Nixon holds a degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is an accomplished commissioned portrait painter. Nixon is also the president of Galen’s Cove LLC, a vacation rental property in St. Croix.
Wendi Platt graduated magna cum laude from American University in Washington, DC with degrees in economics and finance. Ms. Platt worked as a CPA and foreign exchange trader before her current position as a marketing consultant to Virgo III. Ms. Platt has been involved with many non-profits in the Philadelphia area, including Project H.O.M.E., the Salvation Army, and the Support Center for Child Advocates. Most recently, she has joined advisory boards at the Agnes Irwin School and the Lower Merion Youth Coalition. An avid runner, Ms. Platt was responsible for establishing the first Run/Walk for Minding Your Mind last year. Ms. Platt lives in Wynnewood with her husband and three children.
Kelly Wolfington is President of Wolfington Media LLC, an independent production company which she founded to produce quality film, documentary, educational and promotional programs. Wolfington has produced a wide range of award-winning shows including the critically-acclaimed American Women of Achievement – a ten-part series profiling the lives of remarkable American women. The award-winning series was given four and five stars, the highest possible, by media associations that rank entertainment industry performance in the United States. Wolfington’s Equality: A History of the Women’s Movement in America received a Telly award, a Vision Award, and the American Library Association’s YALSA award which honors America’s top selected and highest ranking children’s programs. In 1999, Wolfington produced Internet Searching Skills, a program designed to teach young adults how to search successfully on the Internet. The program received the Film Advisory Board of Excellence Award as well as the YALSA award. Wolfington also received critical acclaim for her contributions on The 80’s, a ten-part series produced for the ABC Television Network which documented events which shaped the 1980s, and Heroes, a 26-part series produced for the Arts and Entertainment Television Network which profiled congressional medal of honor recipients. Wolfington has also directed, written and produced hundreds of promotional and training films as well as international corporate meetings for the auto industry. Her clients include: Cadillac Motor Division, the HAC Group (a well-respected international automotive consulting group), and Ford Motor Company’s Global Divisions in North America, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Taiwan. Kelly Wolfington began her career 29 years ago as a television journalist for an ABC Television Network affiliate and worked for several CBS, NBC affiliates. Her ongoing commitment is to producing insightful television and educational programs like those which have given her company its success.
The New Leaf believes that teens have bright ideas and perspectives. To that end, we are launching a Student Advisory Council so that youth leaders from several area high schools can provide input and guidance into the development of the programs they would like to see offered at the New Leaf. We are excited about bringing together an energetic, thoughtful, and results-oriented group of teens to who will be dedicated to help shaping the youth programs at the New Leaf.
Highlights of the goals and responsibilities of the Student Advisory Council will be to:
- Act as a liaison to each of their respective high schools with the responsibilities of sharing important information about New Leaf events and the multi-level benefits of participating in the club’s programs;
- Help develop new learning opportunities in business and entrepreneurship;
- Share ideas on teens participating in a variety of artistic venues including music, video, poetry, writing, art, and sculpture;
- Brainstorm programs and opportunities that could support academic and college preparedness, as well as individual well-roundedness;
- Discuss the potential need for social awareness programs to support the unique and critical issues facing teens today;
- Provide thoughtful and impactful ideas regarding ways to help improve the social, emotional, and physical health of young people today; whether through nutrition, yoga, or other inspiring avenues; and
- Discover new and exciting programs that will add purpose and benefit to each and every young person’s investment of time and energy at the New Leaf Club.
At this time, we are requesting the names and contact information of two students from each school who would be strong candidates to join our Student Advisory Council. We would appreciate your recommendations.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
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