Staff

Albert Aveta is a 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 7 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 University and is currently enrolled in Rutgers University working on his Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Social Work and a minor in psychology. In addition, he has 5 years experience as an Extended Stay Counselor working with Drug Court clients at Discovery Institute for Addictive Disorders.



Edward Bisceglie Edward Bisceglie is a Recovery Specialist for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. 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.

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 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 Dan Carroll is a Recovery Specialist with RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, 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 Angela Cicchino from Ocean County is a Recovery Specialist for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. 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 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 interventionist.

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 a integral part of the work as a Recovery Specialist and connecting people to treatment and recovery.


Pete Leone is a Recovery Specialist for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. He is a dedicated professional who is vested in the treatment of substance abuse and awareness, especially in the Ocean County area and will often assist those involved with the criminal justice system find secure employment so they can work towards a sober productive prison free life. Mr. Leone has a passion for spreading the message of recovery and is dedicated in bringing the message to the still sick and suffering who are court mandated to treatment often giving of his own time so other might be spared the misery of addiction.

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.



Michael Liedtka Recovery Specialist for RWJBarnabas OORP program is a CARR certified recovery coach, and outreach coordinator. Michael is a recovered alcoholic and heroin addict in the sense of recovering from a hopeless state of mind and body. His objective it to help others find hope and faith in the darkest of times and show through his own experience, strength, and hope that a new light for life can be seen.

Jennifer Luyster is the Patient Navigator for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program. Jennifer along with the team of Recovery Specialists connect individuals who were reversed from an opioid overdose to treatment and recovery support services. She has just under 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 Abuse Program for Women and the 2ND FLOOR Youth Helpline at 180 Turning Lives Around, the domestic violence program 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 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 a Recovery Specialist for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. 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.

Tara Meyer is a Recovery Specialist with RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. In long- term recovery herself, she knows the importance of sharing personal experiences in order to break stigmas surrounding Substance Abuse Disorders. She is currently an Outreach Worker with Oxford House Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe housing for people in recovery. Tara also works with incarcerated inmates to bridge a gap between Jails and safe housing.

Lee Platt is a Recovery Specialist with RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery 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.

Jenna Reidy

Jenna Reidy is a Recovery Specialist with the RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery 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 Community College.

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.

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.

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 Dickinson University.
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