creating opportunities
for true and lasting
change to occur
[302] 999.1106 Wilmington
[302] 856.9746 Georgetown
[302] 384.6926 ARGO

About Us


Aquila is a CARF- Accredited and Licensed agency dedicated to identifying and treating substance abusing dually diagnosed adolescents and young adults. Because the issues facing today's youth are complex and demanding, we have designed highly specialized treatment programs that help adolescents and young adults confront their problems and overcome them. We believe that substances abuse affects every level of a family's functioning and we encourage maximum family involvement in treatment. Our goal is to assist adolescents and young adults in creating a dynamic and creative recovery process that will become the foundation of a productive life-style.


Joan Chatterton RN, LCSW, CCDP-D
Founder / Executive Director

Ms. Chatterton designed the Aquila treatment model in the late 1980's and opened Aquila for service delivery in 1991. The model has become a standard of care for adolescent substance abuse treatment, throughout the state of Delaware. Ms. Chatterton is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and certified in the treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate, certified Diplomate in Forensic and Domestic Violence Counseling.

Mandell J. Much Ph.D, D.A.B.P.S.
Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Much trains and supervises all the clinical teams at Aquila and is responsible for the continual clinical innovation and outcome research that supports Aquila's treatment excellence. Dr. Much is a Licensed Psychologist and a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology and Substance Abuse Psychology.

Amanda Venezia LCSW, CAADC
Clinical Director of Aquila in Sussex County

Ms. Venezia is responsible for the management of all Aquila  treatment services in Sussex County. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, and holds certification as a Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate.

Lauren Rhoades LPCMH, CCDP-D
Clinical Director of Aquila in New Castle County

Ms. Rhoades is responsible for the management of all Aquila treatment services in New Castle County. She is a licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health, and holds a certification as a Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate. She graduated from Wilmington University.

Wendy A. Joines AAS, CADC
Administrator Director for the ARGO Institute

Mrs. Joines is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a preferred provider for children exposed to trauma by the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services. She has been working with dual diagnosed adolescents and young adult for over 13 years.

Stephanie Traynor, PsyD, MBA
Clinical Director for Aquila Intensive Outpatient Services in New Castle County

Dr. Traynor is responsible for the management of Aquila's Intensive Outpatient Program. She is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in the areas of trauma and loss.  Dr. Traynor received both her doctorate of psychology and master of business and health administration from Widener University. She is also bilingual (Spanish). 

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Aquila Wilmington

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1812 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE 19808

Aquila Georgetown

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20093 Office Circle
Georgetown Professional Park
Unit 207
Georgetown, DE 19947

Argo Institute

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1812 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington DE 19808