Strengthening Families Program Facilitators
Jennifer has been working in the field of prevention for eleven years.
She earned a BA in Sociology from the Richard Stockton College of New
Jersey and in 2002 returned to the institution and earned a second BA
in Elementary Teacher Education. She is currently a Bullying Prevention
Program Trainer, Strengthening Families Program facilitator, WISE Program
Coordinator, and teacher for Life Skills Training Program and Forest Friends
Deena has been a Strengthening Families Program facilitation for RWJBarnabas
Health for more than 10 years. She earned a BA in Political Science from
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is a Certified Alcohol
and Drug Counselor, Women’s Treatment Specialist, and Certified
Tobacco Treatment Specialist. She is currently employed as a Perinatal
Risk Reduction Specialist, educating consumers in the community regarding
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other drug use during pregnancy.
Anita is an accomplished elementary school counselor with 25 years experience
in the field of counseling and education. She has been a child/teen facilitator
with Strengthening Families since 2003. She earned a BA in Education from
Rowan University and a MS in School Counseling from Austin Peay State
University. She also holds a certificate as a school counselor. In addition
to being an anti-bullying specialist, I&RS and 504 Coordinator, District
Testing Coordinator and District Homeless Liaison, Anita is a certified
Sexual Assault Response Team Advocate (SART) ,a nationally certified Anger
Management Specialist and a certified Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC).
Karen has a MS in Social Work from Rutgers University and holds a certificate
in School Social Work. She has extensive experience working with children,
adolescents, adults, and families in both individual and group settings
and currently works full time as a Site Coordinator and Therapist for
a school-based youth service program where she provides counseling and
other supportive services to students and their families.
A Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator, Yvelisse earned a BS in Behavioral
Science, with a minor in Special Education, from York College of Pennsylvania
and a MS in Social Work from Rutgers University, As a Licensed Social
Worker, the majority of her professional experience has been working in
the maternal and child health field.
Janel has been facilitating Strengthening Families for 7 years at various
locations. She has earned a BS from Rutgers University, holds a school
Social Work Certificate and is working towards a master’s degree
in Social Work. She currently works full time as a school-based youth
services social worker, where she provides counseling and other supportive
services to students and their families.
Currently a Community Resource Development Manager, Mark has trained hundreds
of resource parents (foster and adoptive) for NJ’s Division of Child
Protection and Permanency. He has provided drug and alcohol prevention
programs in Asbury Park and has coached multiple sports, at various levels,
including the NJ Special Olympics
Mariella is a Spanish Certified Medical Translator and is currently enrolled
in classes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Social Services. She
has a wide range of experience working with the community and has led
health education programs for pregnant women. She is currently working
with women suffering Post Partum Depression.