Staff

Albert AvetaAlbert Aveta is a Program Coordinator and Recovery Specialist at RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, concentrating in the area of substance abuse/addiction. His career-oriented path began with his own surrender to substance abuse. He has continuously practiced the principals of recovery for over 9 years. The experience and gratitude intrigued his interest in educating himself personally, and academically, in the field of behavioral studies. As such, he has as Associates Degree in Science of Psychology from Brookdale College and a Bachelor’s Degree with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University.


Michele Buldo Michele Buldo, DART Colaition Coordinator, has more than ten years of experience in the field finance and has been with IFPR 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 Michael Capko is the DART Prevention 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 10 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.


Angela Cicchino Angela Cicchino is a Program Coordinator, Recovery Specialist and a person in long term recovery. Born and raised in Ocean County, Angela has been serving the community through RWJ Barnabas Health’s Opioid Overdose Recovery Program since the launch in 2016. She has been in recovery for over six years and knows what it is like to have substance use disorder 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.


Michelle Garcia is a Social Impact Coordinator at RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, working with youth and communities in Newark, New Jersey since February of 2018. She has worked with youth in at risk communities for over 20 years providing empowerment, leadership and support to those most in need. She has two Master’s Degrees, one in Educational Psychology and another in Public Health. She is also a Leadership Newark Fellow, a program dedicated to promoting leadership skills in people dedicated to empowering families in the community of Newark.


Emily Iovine is the Community Prevention Coordinator for the Communities that Care program in Toms River. Emily received her bachelor’s in Psychology and Certificate in Child Advocacy in 2015 and her master’s in public health in 2017 from Montclair State University. She began her career in prevention during her undergraduate studies at the Montclair State University Office of Health Promotion, planning and implementing health education programs for substance abuse prevention at the university. Emily grew up in Toms River and attended Toms River schools, so she is especially passionate and invested in the work she is doing.


Jennifer LuysterJennifer Luyster is the OORP Clinical Supervisor for Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program Patient Navigators. Patient Navigators complete an assessment and help link individuals seeking services to treatment and recovery support services. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of substance abuse 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) and Disaster Response Crisis Counselor for Monmouth County.


Jennifer Marziale Jennifer Marziale is the DART Coalition Director for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. 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 McIntireEric McIntire is the Recovery Support Coordinator for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. He has over 14 years of experience in the recovery field, from starting 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 the EAP of his union of over 10,000 members and has continued his education in the addiction field by attending Labor Assistance Professionals training. He is also active within the RWJBarnabas Health System, helping healthcare professionals understand substance use disorder and the stigma associated with it. Eric is a member of the system-wide Tackling Addiction Taskforce, aimed at ensuring RWJBH has the appropriate resources to address the disease of addiction.

Jenna Reidy

Jenna Reidy is a Program Coordinator/Recovery Specialist with the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. Jenna is a person in long term recovery since 2008, she believes strongly in the power of advocacy and education to help combat stigma. Jenna has been involved in grassroots advocacy efforts in the state of NJ since 2012, with volunteer organizations such as NCADD-NJ and Young People in Recovery (YPR). As a member of YPR, she assisted the Raymond J. Lesniak Recovery High School in creating the student mentoring program. Jenna is currently pursuing her higher education majoring in Arts & Humanities.
Debbie Tallia is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, and in her role supports all departments and employees at the Institute for Prevention. Debbie started her career with RWJBarnabas 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 environment.

Abby ThompsonAbby Thompson, Community Prevention Coordinator, has been with the Institute for Prevention and Recovery since 2017. In this role, she works with the DART Prevention Coalition to implement environmental prevention strategies aimed at reducing substance and alcohol abuse throughout Ocean County. With a background in community health, Abby takes great pleasure in working in the field of prevention to impact and promote positive health behaviors in all Ocean County residents, especially among youth. Abby holds her B.A. in Planning & Public Policy and Communications from Rutgers University.


Megan Tucker is a Prevention Specialist for the RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. 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 RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery 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.

Colleen Woods, MSW, LSW, joined RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery in January of 2018 as a Substance Use Navigator for Monmouth County. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton and went on to obtain her Master’s in Social Work, with a specialty in Administration, Policy, and Planning from Rutgers University. Colleen is a Licensed Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Colleen has worked in both clinical and administrative roles including grant-writer, committee chair, therapist, community liaison, and team leader.

As Substance Use Navigator, Colleen brings her clinical and administrative skills along with her experience working with children, families, and other providers to act as navigator for the Children’s System of Care.


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. 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 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 where she manages the school-based programs in Monmouth and Ocean Counties and oversees the operation of the DART Prevention Coalition. Andrea has been a member of the Brick Township Council since 2014 and chairs the Brick Municipal Anti-Drug Coalition.

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