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  • Connie Greene
  • Connie Greene, MA, CAS, CSW, CPS
    Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery

    Connie Greene, MA, CAS, CSW, CPS, is the Vice President of RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR) and has worked for RWJBarnabas Health since 1993. In her role as Vice President, Connie oversees the daily operations and staff of IFPR’s state-wide prevention and intervention programs. Under her leadership, IFPRhas become a leader in the state in the delivery of behavioral health, drug and alcohol, and addiction prevention and intervention services. IFPR is widely recognized for their training and educational programs for schools, agencies, businesses and health care organizations.
    Expertise and a unique training style have positioned Connie as a well-known trainer and consultant to school districts in the areas of Intervention and Referral Services, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, drug and alcohol prevention and intervention programming and conflict resolution. She is a frequent presenter at state-wide conferences including the NJ School Counselors Association, the State Association for Student Assistance Professionals, New Jersey Prevention Network Conference, Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also regularly called upon to facilitate issues impacting personnel, in all sectors, by providing conflict resolution and team building programming.
    Most recently, Connie has become very active in the state in addiction services, focusing a majority of her professional and personal time on the opioid epidemic. Connie has brought together law enforcement agencies, state agencies, behavioral health, health care and addiction and recovery services to formulate programs and initiatives targeting opioid addiction, detoxification, rehabilitation and long-term recovery. Connie has been an invited guest at a State House Senate Hearing to talk about the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program, has visited with Governor Christie on the subject and has been vocal in the public and the media on the need for resources and understanding of Substance Abuse Disorder.
    Connie earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the City University of New York and a master’s degree in Management and Administration, with a concentration in Personnel, from Central Michigan University. She is also a Certified Addiction Specialist, Certified Prevention Specialist and Certified Social Worker.
    Connie sits on the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ State-Appointed Professional Advisory Committee. She also sits on the New Jersey Behavioral Health Council for Mental Health and Addiction Service, and is a member of the Ocean County Professional Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Suicide Task Force of Monmouth County.
  • Tracy Gross
  • Tracy Gross, Director of Operations

    Tracy Gross is currently the Director of the Institute for Prevention and Recovery. Her responsibilities include managing all Institute grants including researching new growth opportunities, grant writing, marketing the programs to corporations and schools; and promoting all Institute programs throughout New Jersey. Prior to joining Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention, she spent 15 years in business development roles at financial services firms such as Merrill Lynch, Thomson Financial and PR Newswire. She also spent several years in the recruiting industry, most recently heading up College Recruiting for the Global Private Client Division at Merrill Lynch. She received her B.A. in Communications and English from Rutgers University. Tracy completed a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Monmouth County Professional Advisory Committee, Monmouth County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
  • Michael LittererMichael Litterer, Director of Prevention and Recovery
    Michael Litterer, CHES, CPS, is the Director of Prevention and Recovery at RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. Michael oversees all programs and services implemented at IFPR by a team of highly skilled and incredibly passionate staff of professionals.

    A Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Prevention Specialist, he holds a degree in Public Health from William Patterson University and has over 18 years of experience in the field of prevention, early intervention and recovery.

    Michael is a very proud member of the multidisciplinary RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Tackling Addiction Task Force, aimed at holistically addressing the chronic disease of addiction throughout RWJBarnabas Health. The Task Force is working to change the stigma associated with substance use disorder and the way we prevent, diagnose and treat the disease throughout our system and communities.

    Previously, Michael was the Deputy Director and Chief Business Officer at Prevention Links, a community based non-profit leader focused on the prevention of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. His role included overseeing multiple evidence-based programs, the establishment of multiple Family Success Centers and the Health and Wellness Coalition of Union County. Michal was also instrumental in the opening of New Jersey’s first recovery high school, the Raymond J. Lesniak Recovery High School, in Union, New Jersey.

    Michael is also a Class of 2019 New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy Fellow. He is a Rutgers’ Certified Strategic Prevention Framework Trainer and was selected as a member of the 2009 National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD-NJ) - New Jersey Leadership in Advocacy program. He has experience at the local level advocating on issues affecting prevention, early intervention and recovery. A national presenter on the topic of substance abuse prevention, coalition building, current substance use trends, and recovery, Michael has presented to thousands of parents, professionals, and community members.

  • Jennifer LuysterJennifer Luyster, Assistant Director of Clinical Services (Southern Team - Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties)
    Jennifer Luyster is an Assistant Director of Clinical Services for Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the Peer Recovery Program Southern team of Patient Navigators and Support Team for Addiction Recovery Southern team of Case Managers. Patient Navigators screen individuals seeking treatment and recovery support services and help link them to services. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of substance use working for non-profit and for-profit agencies, private practice, and a statewide youth helpline. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Monmouth County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. Prior to that, she was the Coordinator for both the Substance Use Program for Women and the 2ND FLOOR Youth Helpline at 180 Turning Lives Around, the domestic violence agency for Monmouth County. Jennifer earned a master's degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She also is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) and Disaster Response Crisis Counselor for Monmouth County.
  • Jennifer MarzialeJennifer Marziale, Director of Grant and Contract Administration
    Jennifer Marziale is the Director of Grant and Contract Administration for RWJ Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR). In her role, Jennifer ensures that IFPR provides high quality service to the individuals and communities they serve. She is responsible for researching and acquiring funding to support all IFPR programs and services, contract negotiations, reporting, and compliance. Jennifer has been serving in multiple roles within IFPR for the last 5 years. Prior to Jennifer joining IFPR, she was the Regional Coalition Director for Monmouth County and spent more than eight years as a Research Assistant for the Freehold Area Health Department. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College.

  • Eric McIntireEric McIntire, Assistant Director of Recovery Services
    Eric McIntire currently is the Assistant Director of Recovery Support Services overseeing three Peer Recovery Specialist Supervisors and five Program Coordinators. His administrative abilities are essential to the continued growth and workforce development of the Peer Recovery Program (formerly known as OORP). His department currently employs over 65 Full-Time Peer Recovery Specialists and 25 per-diem Peer Recovery Specialists. Eric began his career with RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR) as a Peer Recovery Specialist. He was part of the pioneer team, which developed and implemented key programmatic strategies following the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) grant award for the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP). Eric conducted bedside interventions with patient's entering RWJBarnabas Health System emergency department following Naloxone Administration. Through dedication, passion and collaboration with the medical staff, the OORP Peer Recovery Specialist provided recovery support services to an undeserved population within the healthcare system. Eric brings to IFPR over 15 years of experience in the recovery field, as a founder of a nonprofit organization and developing a 24-hour help hotline to providing interventions for families with loved ones suffering from substance use disorder. Eric is a volunteer for his union's EAP with over 10,000 members. He continues his education in substance use disorder through Labor Assistance Professionals continue education training. He is also active within the RWJBarnabas Health System, helping healthcare professionals understand substance use disorder and the stigma associated with it. As a member of the system-wide Corporate Tackling Addiction Taskforce, Eric aims to ensure RWJBarnabas Health System has the appropriate resources to address the disease of addiction.
  • Kristopher NovakKristopher Novak, MPA, NCTTP, CTTS-M, Assistant Director, Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Program
    Kristopher Novak is the Assistant Director of the Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Program for RWJ Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR). In his role, Kristopher oversees a statewide, 6 county initiative to provide evidence based nicotine and tobacco treatment services. His team consists of a dedicated Community Educator, along with 6 certified tobacco treatment specialists located in Essex, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Mercer counties, partnering with ambulatory, outpatient, specialist, and community organizations in a collaborative effort to reduce nicotine dependence among at-risk populations and those with co-occurring addictions. Kristopher has been overseeing nicotine and tobacco treatment programs since 2013 in collaboration with both the Pennsylvania and Connecticut Departments of Health and is a Master Level Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, certified by both NAADAC and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

  • Lynn SeawardLynn Seaward, Assistant Director of STAR Program
    Lynn Seaward is currently the Assistant Director of STAR program at the Institute for Prevention and Recovery. Her responsibilities include implementing the development for marketing for the six Tobacco Quit Centers in Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Union, Ocean, and Essex Counties. Prior to joining the Institute, she spent 20 years in community based program development and roles at substance use and mental health agencies such as Lakeview Health Services and Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency. She also spent several years in specializing in children’s services. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University. Lynn recently completed a Certificate as a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and has a certificate as a Certified Recovery Coach.

  • Gina Zaccagnino, Assistant Director of Clinical Services (Northern Team - Essex, Hudson, Somerset, and Union)
    Gina Zaccagnino began her career at RWJBarnabas Institute for Prevention and Recovery as a Patient Navigator for the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program where she worked with recovery specialists to assist individuals suffering from substance use disorder manage crisis situations associated with opioid overdoses and successfully connect them to treatment and other supportive services. Gina is currently the supervisor for the Support Team for Addiction Recovery where she oversees a team of case managers and recovery specialists dedicated to long term support of individuals with Opioid Use Disorder, and also supervises the patient navigators for the northern counties. Gina facilitates regular presentations to health professionals, first responders, and law enforcement on the assessing and treating of substance use disorder. Gina has worked with clients and families suffering from substance use disorders and mental health disorders for over 7 years in several community settings. Most recently, she was Director of Outpatient Services at Integrity Inc. Gina earned her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University and is actively pursuing her LCADC and LCSW.

  • Andrea ZapcicAndrea Zapcic, Assistant Director of Prevention
    Andrea Zapcic began her career in the field of substance use prevention in 1998 when she was hired as Brick Township's Municipal Alliance Coordinator. In 2004 she was promoted to Superintendent of Recreation, where she continued to supervise the activities of the Alliance. In 2009, Andrea accepted a position as Director of Parks and Recreation (and eventually Senior Services) with the City of Rahway, where she was responsible for overseeing their Municipal Alliance. Under her direction, the Rahway Municipal Alliance became the Rahway Prevention Coalition, receiving a federally funded Drug Free Communities grant in 2014. In December of 2017, Andrea joined the staff of RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery where she oversees all community prevention programs and the nationally recognized DART Prevention Coalition of Ocean County. Andrea has been a member of the Brick Township Council since 2014 and is the liaison to the Brick Municipal Anti-Drug Coalition.

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