ShaRonda Amon is a Prevention Specialist for the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.
She facilitates the TALK program at Hope Academy Charter School in Asbury
Park, NJ, working with children, parents and school staff. She has developed
and conducted several workshops and trainings on topics, including substance
use prevention, bullying and team building. She also facilitates the Strengthening
Families program with children and families in Essex and Monmouth counties.
She began in the prevention field running an after school peer leadership
program for high school students in Asbury Park and Long Branch. Under
her direction, the students won several awards, including a Proclamation
from the City of Asbury Park. ShaRonda received her B.A. in Sociology
and Women’s Studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Edward Bisceglie is a Recovery Specialist for Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.
He has twenty-five years in the recovery community counseling families,
individuals and adolescents. He assists those involved with the criminal
justice system on a daily basis assisting families and their loved ones
work toward a productive life.
Chris Brennan is a Recovery Specialist for Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention
and a former Securities Broker from Philadelphia and currently resides
in Riverton, New Jersey. He is a recovered heroin addict since March 1994,
during which time he has personally mentored many others through the recovery
process. He is uniquely qualified in this area and looks forward to joining
the Barnabas team.
Michele Buldo, DART Colaition Coordinator, has more than ten years of experience in the
field finance and has been with IFP since 2002. She received a bachelor’s
of science degree in Business from Montclair State University and a master’s
degree in Administrative Science from Farleigh Dickinson University. In
2013, Michele became the Coordinator of the DART coalition.
Michael Capko is currently the DART Coalition Manager. In this role, he works to collaborate
with community-based organizations and local community members to implement
environmental prevention strategies aimed at reducing substance abuse
in Ocean County. Michael has more than 7 years of experience in the field
of substance abuse prevention. He previously worked as the Regional Coalition
Coordinator in Union County. Michael holds his Bachelors of Science Degree
in Business Management from Kean University.
Dan Carroll is a Recovery Specialist with Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention,
originally from Southwest Florida and now an Ocean County resident working
in addiction recovery for seven years. He has prior levels of treatment
working in various levels of care including IOP, Residential Inpatient,
and Sober Living Placement. He is a CADC, CCAR, Recovery Coach, First
Aid/CPR/AED Certified, and currently enrolled in KEAN University. He as
seven years of experience in the recovery process and is dedicated to
his clients and helping them find their path on this journey to recovery.
Angela Cicchino from Ocean County is a Recovery Specialist for Barnabas Health Institute
for Prevention. She has been in recovery for over four years and knows
what it is like to have addiction change her life. She brings this experience
to her job and the ability to understand and empathize with others. She
takes great pleasure in helping to guide and empower those dealing with
Substance Use Disorders so that they can make healthy changes in their
lives that are necessary for the recovery process.
Neil Ciccone is a Recovery Specialist with the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program In
Ocean County. Neil has 25 years in 12 step recovery and is a certified
Prior to that, in his early recovery, he worked with Royal Caribbean Cruise
Lines and served a greeter for “Friends of Bill W.” a 12 Step
recovery group at sea.
His professional career prior to 12 Step recovery, consisted of Sales
and Marketing Manager for a number of large food distribution companies.
He has consistently held speaking commitments to bring the message of
recovery in Prisons, Rehabs, Youth centers, and various other meetings
since he began in the program. His solid foundation and ability to meet
individuals where they are at in their path will be an integral part of
the work as a Recovery Specialist and connecting people to treatment and recovery.
Krista DeFilipo As a Prevention Specialist with Barnabas Health, Institute for Prevention,
Krista DeFilipo currently coordinates and facilitates a comprehensive
school-wide prevention program for the staff, students and families of
the Walnut Street Elementary School in Toms River, NJ. Krista has spent
most of her career providing programming to children and families who
are at risk- for delinquency and/or substance use disorders in several
schools and communities throughout both Ocean and Monmouth Counties.
In addition, Krista is trained and facilitates the evidenced-based Strengthening
Families program, is a trained Lead and Seed Facilitator, and is certified
to work with trauma impacted children by providing, Skills for Psychological
Recovery (SPR) and Classroom Based-Interventions (CBI). Krista has extensive
experience working with and engaging children and families with a history
of substance use disorders, divorce, involvement with New Jersey’s
system of care, Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P),
probation and/or other social service agencies. Krista has developed and
conducted trainings on topics relating to parenting, classroom interventions,
bullying-prevention and working with children impacted by substance use
disorders, as well as relaxation and meditation.
Krista’s passion is raising awareness among children and adults
around building and enhancing the skills required for positive and healthy
life long decision-making. She collaborates with several Ocean County
youth and family serving organizations to support her passion. Krista
graduated with a B.S. in Public Health from Rutgers University and holds
her Certification as a Prevention Specialist (C.P.S.) from the Addictions
Certification Board of New Jersey.
Aida E. Hernandez, M.A., LAC is a Prevention Specialist with Barnabas Health, Institute for Prevention,
where she works implementing Evidence-Based programming with youth through
the TALK Program in Monmouth County. With 10 years of experience working
in the field of child development, behavioral health, and evidence-based
instruction, Aida has experience working with individuals of all ages,
in a variety of capacities, ranging from community outreach, to school
and outpatient-based treatment and programming support. As a bilingual
counselor, Aida has adapted interventions and sought collaborative support
to address the diverse needs of Spanish-speaking communities. Aida earned
her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and earned
her M.A. in Community Counseling from Montclair State University.
Jennifer Marziale is the DART Coalition Director for Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.
In this role, she is responsible for managing all grants that support
the Coalition and implementing sustainable prevention programs and strategies
to reduce substance abuse in Ocean County. She has more than five years
of experience in the field of substance abuse prevention in both local
government and non-profit agencies. Most recently, Jennifer served as
the Regional Coalition Project Director in Monmouth County. Prior to that,
she was an Alliance Coordinator and spent more than eight years as a Research
Assistant for the Freehold Area Health Department. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s
of science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Ithaca College.
Eric McIntire is a Recovery Specialist for Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.
He has over 12 years in the recovery field from starting a nonprofit organization
to providing a 24-hour help hotline as well as providing interventions
for families of loved ones who suffer from addiction. He is a volunteer
for the EAP of his union of over 10,000 members. He has been continuing
his education in the addiction field with the Union by attending Labor
Assistance Professionals training and continues to bring the message of
hope to the still sick and suffering addicts in prisons jails and institutions.
Dan Nelson, an Ocean County native, is a Recovery Specialist for Barnabas Health
Institute for Prevention. He has been working in addiction recovery for
two years and has prior treatment experience working in various levels
of care including intensive outpatient and residential inpatient. He is
a CCAR, Recovery Coach, and Nationally Certified Interventionist who uses
results based methodology in his approach. Not only is he passionate about
guiding others through a pathway to recovery, he is devoted to change
the language of addiction and the stigma given to those battling substance
Lee Platt is a Recovery Specialist with Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention
and a retired NJ Police Officer. He is also an Interventionist and Outreach
Coordinator. Lee has been in recovery for six years and continues to give
back what was so freely given to him, a message of hope and a different
way of life. He specializes in helping the substance abuse disorder sufferer
start their spiritual journey and has aided in the placement for all stages
of treatment along with a commitment to be involved with the continuum of care.
Joel Pomales is a Recovery Specialist with Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.
In long-term recovery himself, he is a dedicated recovery-advocate with
the mission of helping others with substance use disorder, while raising
awareness and eliminating stigma that surrounds addiction and recovery.
He is a CCAR-Certified Recovery Coach and assisted in developing the Mentorship
Program at the Raymond Lesniak Experience Strength and Hope Recovery High
School, New Jersey’s first and only recovery high school. Joel is
a member of the Coalition for Healthy Communities, and a member of the
East Brunswick Municipal Alliance, while also being an Advocacy Leader
with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-NJ. Joel is
the Clinical Outreach Coordinator for College Recovery and a full time
student pursuing a doctorate in psychology.
Abigail Priece is a Prevention Specialist for the TALK program at Aldrich School in Howell,
NJ. She previously facilitated the TALK Program inNewark, NJ. Previously
Abigail has also worked as an adoption/permanency worker for a child welfare
agency in Phildelphia, PA and as a Crisis Counselor with the Institute
for Prevention working with Hurricane Sandy survivors.
Abigail earned an MS in Counseling and Human Relations and a BA in Human
Services, both from Villanova University. She is a certified school counselor
and currently volunteers as an NJ Disasters Response Crisis Counselor
and a children's grief group facilitator.
Jenna Reidy is a Recovery Specialist with the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention
and is in long term recovery since 2008. She is an active member of Young
People in Recovery, a national advocacy organization and is the New Brunswick
New Jersey Chapter secretary. In addition, she participates as a volunteer
advocate for the NCADD Monmouth County advocacy team and is also involved
with the student mentoring program at the Raymond J. Lesniak Recovery
High School and is pursuing an Arts & Humanities degree at Brookdale
Debbie Tallia is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager for Barnabas Health Institute
for Prevention, and in her role supports all departments and employees
at the Institute for Prevention. Debbie started her career with Barnabas
Health as the Administrative Assistant for the Turning The Tides program
and has transitioned into her current role as of June 2014. She brings
with her 20+ years of experience in the corporate and human resources
Megan Tucker is a Prevention Specialist for the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.
She facilitates the TALK Program at Mill Pond Elementary School in Lacey
Township. Megan has been working with children and families since graduating
from Rowan University in 2005 with a Bachelor of the Arts. Megan joined
the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention Turning the Tides team in
2014 in order to work with children who had been impacted by Super Storm
Sandy. It was this experience that introduced Megan to the concept of
using the Arts as a method to help heal trauma. Megan held the position
as a Youth Development Counselor for Preferred Children's Services'
School Based Youth Services Program at Brick Township High School as well
as Veterans Memorial Middle School. Megan has worked with the Center for
Family, Community, and Social Justice as a Community Resource Specialist.
She also has earned her Certificate of Eligibility to teach Social Studies
K-12. Megan utilizes her creativity and knowledge of schools to engage
children in a positive learning experience.
Kathi Viola is a Prevention Specialist who coordinates and facilitates the TALK Program
at Lillian M. Dunfee Elementary School in Barnegat, NJ. She has more than
five years experience in the prevention field plus twenty years in youth
serving organizations with evidence-based social emotional learning curriculums
and community development. She is a certified facilitator of Strengthening
Families Program, Children in Between, First Aid for Mental Health and
Skills for Psychological Recovery Training. Her passion is working with
youth to help them develop life skills for success with family, friends
and their future. She has a Masters of Applied Science from Fairleigh