Exceptional Staff for an Exceptional Treatment Center

The founders, clinical & executive staff, at The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center comprise a team of highly regarded individuals who are all dedicated to excellent, compassionate care. They, like each and every staff member of the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Centers, are driven to empowering our guests so they may find their inner strength, and conquer their addictions to substance abuse.

Darryl StrawberryJohn PiccianoCathy BensonRon DockJames O'Shea
Co-Founder, Former MLB, Ordained Minister

Darryl Strawberry Darryl Strawberry is a former American Major League Baseball Outfielder. During his 17 year career, he played with the NY Mets, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Darryl was voted Rookie of the Year in 1983, was on the team that won the 1986 World Series, and was inducted into the NY Mets Hall of Fame in 2010. Over the past decade, he and his wife, Tracy, have gone to extraordinary lengths to make the world a better place to live in. Their foundations, including the Darryl Strawberry Foundation, Fight for Autism, and Strawberry Ministries, have famously advocated Action for Autism, youth & community outreach, Christian healing, and support for those dependent upon alcohol & illicit substances. Rising above years of self-destructive behaviors, including drug addiction, Darryl has become an everyday hero spreading hope and a message of spiritual fitness and conditioning throughout the United States and in the sports world. Darryl and wife, Tracy have a successful ministry which offers hope to those who are desperate and seeking a path to recovery.
Recently, Darryl and his wife founded the Darryl & Tracy Strawberry Christian Recovery Program in Longview, Texas. The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center is yet another step towards lending help to those in need.

To learn more about Darryl & Tracy’s foundations, visit strawberryministries.org.

Chief Executive Officer, LCSW, MSW

John Picciano John is a healthcare professional with over 35 years of experience working in the health care sector. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Leo’s College and earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University. John began his career as a Catholic Priest and served the church in the Diocese of Orlando, Florida for over 14 years. He was appointed Director of Ministry for Disabled Persons in the Diocese of Orlando and was responsible for drug and alcohol counseling and performing interventions while working for the church. Since leaving the priesthood, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer for more than a dozen inpatient mental health hospitals, rehabilitation programs and long-term care centers. Throughout the years John has developed many specialty treatment programs. In 1989 he opened an in-patient treatment center in Clearwater, Florida for hearing impaired patients. It was the only successful in-patient substance abuse program for hearing impaired individuals in the country. John also oversees The Impaired Physician Program in Columbus, Ohio.

Currently, John serves as Chief Executive Officer of not only DSRC, but also Oglethorpe Inc.: a Tampa, Florida-based Management Company. He directs the operations for 8 hospitals that are located in Florida, Ohio, Texas, and Louisiana with affiliates in Pennsylvania. He is committed to the highest standard of quality, compassionate treatment for those afflicted with addictions and mental health problems.

Corporate Marketing Director

Cathy Benson Cathy began her career as a direct services addiction counselor for a not-for-profit statewide agency in Pennsylvania in 1979. She developed one of the first outpatient treatment programs for adolescents and families with substance abuse problems in the state of PA. In 1987, after relocating to Florida, she began to work with John Picciano to develop adolescent inpatient programs in a Clearwater, FL hospital, and has remained with the company for 29 years.

Her personal experience with addiction and over 36 years of recovery is her most successful accomplishment. Cathy believes there is hope for anyone seeking treatment. She is committed to helping others find recovery and has been instrumental in removing the obstacles addicts have to face, so that recovery can become a reality. Her skills are in program development and marketing in hospital based and residential treatment programs. Cathy has always believed that to change a system, one must work within that system. Her favorite quote is “Be the change you want to see in the world”. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband of 40 years.

Interventionist, CAC, EAP

Ron Dock Born and raised in New York City, he was one of a group of triplets. His two brothers succumbed to drug addiction at ages 19 & 40, but Ron beat the odds. He overcame his own addiction, with over 22 years in recovery, homelessness and incarceration. Adversity made him unique, tough, trusted and authentic. He transformed himself into a person that people with problems could trust and lean on. It resulted in this extraordinary success as the Intervention Coordinator with the New York Yankees for the past 13 years. In addition to his current experiences as an Addiction Professional, Ron served as a Marine in Vietnam and plays a vital role in the treatment and support of the Veterans we serve through our partnership with the Veteran’s Administration. He also worked as a correctional officer in Washington D.C. and has been recognized as an advocate for youth in the fight against drug abuse. He has been featured on 60 minutes, ABC Turning Point, ABC Eyewitness News and has been quoted in the New York Times.

For the past 16 years, Ron has been an advisor and motivational speaker to players, coaches and executives with the New York Yankees, University of Alabama, Florida State, University of South Florida and the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is the founder of “STARS R SOBER” and has helped not only star athletes, but ordinary people and their families in their search for recovery.

Chief Operations Officer, MHA, NFL Alumni

James O'Shea James O’Shea is a professional health care administrator with over 30 years of experience in the management of health care organizations. Jim attended Boston College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. In 1978, he received a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from George Washington University, with advanced training with the US Public Health Services. Jim has served as the administrator for several health care organizations, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric hospitals and physical rehabilitation agencies. He is a licensed Health Care Risk Manager, and managed a residential drug and alcohol residential treatment center in Delaware for 5 years. He is licensed in the states of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania as a nursing home administrator.

Prior to entering the healthcare field, Jim was a professional football player for the NFL, having been drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1971.