John Lieberman: Director of Operations

John Lieberman: Director of Operations

From the beginning, John Lieberman has been an integral part of the fabric that makes up Visions. In 2002, he came to us as a consultant, recruiting, doing outreach, and helping develop the initial building blocks which make Visions what it is now. After two years, John came on full-time and he’s never left. It’s hard to describe exactly what John does, because in truth, he does so much–if you were to ask him, he would divert you elsewhere!  The fact is, he is the first supportive face a desperate parent sees when they reach out for help. John is the initial guiding light that allows a scared, hopeless family to walk through one of the hardest periods in their lives: deciding to send their child to treatment and everything that entails. John does this with respect, compassion, and kindness; he is the one that makes sure the hand of Visions is always there for families, regardless of what stage of treatment they’re in.

But, the staff’s accolades really say it all:

Joseph Rogers, our Educational Director at our Outpatient Day School said, “John is a consistent person I turn to whenever someone comes to me with a family member or friend in crises.  I can always count on his ability to calmly help me find a solid resource when people need it most.  I feel John would be the kind of person I would most want with me when absolutely everything fell apart.

Christina Howard, our Director of Business Development had this to say: “Three words that best describe John Lieberman: Loyal, Dedicated and Passionate.  John’s drive to provide exemplary care for each and every family at Visions continually pushes the growth and depth of our clinical services.  His love for socks also make him extremely fashionable.”

Chris and Amanda Shumow placed their trust in John ten years ago. Their gratitude is endless: “What can I say about a man who has literally saved thousands of lives.  John has been an amazing partner, example of recovery and most of all one of our best friends.  John’s dedication is unparalleled.  Day or night, he is available to the staff and families at Visions.  He cares about each and every person that touches his life and tries to get them the help they need with us or somewhere else.  With over 20 years in the business of mental health and substance abuse, John has the experience and knowledge to make a difference.  To ask John about his job, he would say that he does community outreach, marketing, intake, crisis management, human resources, is a group home administrator….and may even plunge the toilet when necessary ;).  John sets the example of what it means to be humble and gracious no matter what he takes on.  Visions would not have the reputation it has without John Lieberman.

Hear what John had to say when we threw some wacky questions his way!

1.  If Chewbacca from Star Wars was your Best Friend where would you meet him for     lunch this weekend?

I would meet Chewbacca at Animal restaurant.

2.  Cats or Dogs?


3.  “Early Bird Gets the Worm” or “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”?

The slow ones get eaten first.

4.  If you won the Miss America pageant what would you wish for?

World peace.

5.  What was the last song you were listening to?

Mumford and Sons “Little Lion Man”

6.  How do you like your steak?


7. Favorite memory with your granddaughter?










8. Coffee or Tea?


9. What was your best Halloween costume?

Dressed up like a pimp with the Shumows

10. What does Visions mean to you?

Visions is what dreams are made of! Almost from the day I got sober I wanted to be able to give back the love, fun and acceptance that was shown to me. The treatment center I went through made me feel safe. Visions is a safe place for families and their kids.

  • Bj Hickman

    March 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm Reply

    First of all, I’m stunned to hear that John’s not a “cat” man. Who knew??? 😉

    John is one of those people that brings out the sarcasm in everyone. You just can’t resist the banter! But truly, John is one of the most passionate, genuine men I’ve ever met, and the work he’s done for parents and their kids is remarkable. I’m blessed to know him and call him friend.

  • susan oconnor - the art lady

    March 6, 2012 at 12:04 am Reply

    I have known John from the start. Love the guy… just wish he would do some art with us… Seems like he is quite the colorful person. Congrats John. You are the best.

  • Colleen Kelly Phd, MFT

    March 6, 2012 at 1:43 am Reply

    I truly love working with John so much. He is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and his knowledge of adolescent treatment is beyond compare. His passion for recovery and helping families is palpable. And it’s really cool to know someone who looks 30 years old but is a grandfather… Inspiring.

  • Darshonna Lieberman

    March 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm Reply

    I really don’t know where to start. I’ve know John since the moment that I was born [I know, very odd] and I’ve never known my daddy drunk. That is the biggest blessing of all. He has always been my biggest fan and I will always be his. In rehab we had an assignment where we had to come up with our idea of unconditional love. The other clients used their cats and dogs…. not me. I used my dad and if you know him then you know why. He is the greatest man that I have ever know and he is a true example of what we can all grow to be. I love you dad.

  • Laura Fraser

    March 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Love you bro <3

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