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  • Experience supervising staff with a variety of educational and social backgrounds.

  • Experience with quality assurance, service plan coordination, team building, and training within a multimillion dollar program.

  • Specialization in working with people who have both mental health and substance use disorders.  Experience working with people who are hard of hearing . Flexible counseling approach to work with people who have a variety of medical, emotional, and developmental issues.

  • Seasoned speaker who has presented for the Supportive Housing Association, the NJ Counselor's Association, the NJ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, The North American Drama Therapy Association, and the Morris County Co-Occurring Task Force.

  • Focus on wellness and recovery and strength based treatment.


 Addictions and Special Initiatives Manager

Dec 2014Present

Addictions and Special Initiatives Manager

NJ211 Partnership Addictions

Personnel Management: including interviewing, hiring, training and supervision of appropriately credentialed addiction call specialist.  Ensure that specialists are aware of best practices in substance abuse treatment.

Program Management:  including identifying opportunities for improvement and standardization in service delivery, connecting callers to treatment services, oversight of overall operation , 24/7scheduling, preparing for accreditation opportunities, and assisting with updating data content and structure for ease of use during referral process.

Learning courses

Sep 2013Dec 2014

Addictions Quality Assurance Coach

NJ211 Partnership Addictions
  • Provide coaching and supervision for Addictions and Special Initiatives staff including utilization of best practices.
  • Provide coaching to all NJ211 Partnership employees.
  • Assist Addictions and Special Initiatives Manger with daily and monthly reporting and operations
  • Provide CQI for NJ211 Partnership
  • Call protocol scores increased over 20% within 9 months to 87% agency average
  • Assist in training new hires
Aug 2012Aug 2013

Private Practitioner

  • Providing individual and group therapy in a private practice situation
May 2003Apr 2012

Director of Supportive Housing Services

Mental Health Association of Morris County
  • Supervised and trained over 20 staff
  • Started the program from its inception
  • Developed and implemented prototype program housing people discharged from state psychiatric hospitals or at risk in the community in their own apartments

  • Utilized a "housing first" model

  • Oversaw housing of over 80 people in independent living.

Jul 2011Aug 2013

Part-Time Supervisor

NJ 211 Partnership Addictions Hotline
  • Supervise crisis calls and provide oversight to staff on the weekends and other times to adhere to the Division of Addiction Services (DAS) requirements.
  • Assess callers using the SASSI, UNCOPE, and Immediate Needs Profile to refer to rehabilitation programs throughout the state.
Jun 2001Jan 2003

MICA Coordinator

  • Oversaw case loadof 17+ clients in a psychiatric day treatment setting.
  • Facilitated groups including Co-Occurring 12 step, Dual Recovery Therapy, and Drama Therapy. 
  • Developed Co-Occurring Track for program based on Best Practices.
Jan 2003May 2003

Clinician 3

University Of Medicine and Dentistry-NJ- University Behavioral Healthcare
  • Provided individual therapy to women participating in DBT (Dialectic Behavior Therapy) and/or Co-Occurring Disorders treatment.
  • Provided clinical guidance for counselors.
  • Performed intakes on incoming clients.
  • Facilitated group and individual therapy sessions for mental health clients
  • Worked with elderly population tract with modified drama therapy activities.
May 1998Feb 2001

MICA Specialist

Morris County Aftercare
  • Provided individual counseling to clients participating in the outpatient methadone maintenance program.
  • Facilitated group for women in treatment with children under five.
  • Specialized in working with Co-Occurring Disorders population and pregnant women.
Jan 1995Aug 1996

Independent Living Coach

Volunteers of America
  • Worked with people who were chronically homeless with co-occurring disorders to obtain apartments in the community.
  • Assisted tenants with developing daily living skills to assist in maintaining housing.

Membership and Volunteer Experience

CCM Student Nurse Association-Member


NJ Creative Arts Therapy Coalition- Former Chair


Hands of Change Spiritual Organization- Picnic Coordinator


Triboro Animal Welfare, animal shelter- Former Cat Manager


Triboro Animal Welfare, animal shelter-Volunteer


North American Drama Therapy Association-Board member


NJ Sharing Network 5k Walk, Team Captain


Mental Health Association of NJ Walk for Wellness, Team Captain



Jul 2012Present

RN program

County College of Morris

Completing nursing curriculum in part time evening program.  Expected completion date December 2015.

May 2013Sep 2013

Accelerated Nursing Program

UMDNJ/Rutgers School of Nursing

Began coursework in the accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Sep 1996Aug 1998

Master of Arts

New York University

Drama Therapy

Aug 1993Aug 1995

Bachelor of Arts

University of North Florida

Psychology Major. History Minor.

Sep 1990Aug 1993

Associate of Arts

County College of Morris

Humanities/ Theatre Option


Jul 2014Jul 2016

LCADC- Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

NJ Board of Marraige and Family Therapists

DRCC- Disaster Response Crisis Counselor

NJ Addiction Professionals Certification Board
Sep 2013Sep 2015

CIRS-Certified Information and Referral Specialist

competence in the field of information and referral.