Jass Pelland LCSW, LCADC, CJC 

Title:

Clinical Director, Acting Executive Director

Since:

2004

Experience:

Jass Pelland was raised in Warwick, RI. She graduated from Prout Memorial High School in 1973. She returned to school in 1986 and attended Community College of RI where she earned a AA degree in Social Work, Substance Abuse and Mental Health. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. After graduation, she packed up her life in RI and drove to Piscataway, NJ and attended Livingston College where she earned a BA in Social Work and Psychology in 1991 and graduated with high honors. She was admitted to The Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University immediately after receiving her BA and completed her graduate work in a year and a half. She earned her MSW with a Specialty in Addictions. Jass earned a LCSW, an ACSW, a LCADC and a CJC. She has 20 years of experience working in the addiction field. Jass has worked in a variety of settings and worked with a variety of populations.

Theory:

Jass's primary approach to treatment is Cognitive Behavioral and Behavioral, especially in the initial phases of treatment. She thinks that addiction is a biochemical disease that is reenforced by adaptive behaviors that no longer work. She also believes there are many ways to change and if you can't think your way into right action, then you can act your way into right thinking.

Hobbies:

When she is not working, Jass likes to play basketball with her friends. She loves the Rutgers Scarlet Knight Women's Basketball team, as well as the WNBA Phoenix Mercury and the Boston Red Sox. Jass loves to camp out, especially in New Hampshire where she can canoe and fish. She also love to go deep sea fishing, especially for fluke.

 

Mary Hanley, MA 

Title:

Prevention Director

Since:

2003

Experience:

Mary Hanley has been working in the counseling field since 1995, and has worked in a variety of residential and outpatient settings. The majority of her professional experience has been working with teenagers, and says she has a white hair for every student she's worked with. She currently heads up our prevention programs here at HDAP and has done a tremendous job working in the Hunterdon County community. After working so many years with teens who are in the abuse or dependence stage of the addiction cycle, it is very rewarding for Mary to work with teens in the at risk stage. It is very rewarding for Mary to help teens in the at risk stage hoping to help them avoid the tragedies that occur during the addiction cycle.

Theory:

Mary's primary mode of treatment is Cognitive Behavioral and Behavioral approaches, and Mary also relies heavily on Art in therapy. Mary believes that change occurs from within and she believes that her role is to have someone to believe in order to help that change process.

Hobbies:

Mary enjoys working for Glenn Duncan, she's done it for 11 years and knows nothing else. Glenn and Mary have worked together since 1995, and when Glenn joined HDAP he immediately asked Mary to fill the Prevention Director position. She has done an incredible job doing so.

 

Jill Piperata, Billing 

Title:

Executive Assistant

Since:

2002

Experience:

Jill has been with HDAP since 2002, having previously worked in the corporate world. She works very diligently to keep HDAP organized and in compliance. Her main function at HDAP is making sure Glenn Duncan looks like he actually knows what he is doing and appear organized. This is not an easy task and requires constant due dilligence, but she continues to stick with it, so something must be going right. It is a privilege to be part of an awesome team of individuals that is dedicated to helping those in need find their way through the dark world of addictions because TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Hobbies:

When she is not at work Jill enjoys spending time with her son Peter, gardening, fishing, reading and just enjoying the simple pleasures that life offers. Currently she volunteers for the Italian American Cultural Club of Lehigh Valley and the Easton Farmer's Market. Jill feels these volunteer efforts help to enrich her life and cause her to work on Sunday's. :)

 

Cindi McCormack

Title:

Office Manager

Since:

2005

Experience:

Cindi McCormack was born in Union County, NJ. Graduated from Linden High School in 1970. She has worked as a secretary/administrative assistant since that time at various offices. She started work at HDAP in January 2005. She thoroughly enjoys her position at HDAP and can honestly say that most days looks forward to coming in to work.

Theory:

She feels we have a great staff who work very hard for each and every client and hopes that in some way she can help make a difference in someone’s life.

Hobbies:

She has three children whose ages range from 17 to 25, a husband, 3 Ragdoll cats and a California king snake (which actually belongs to her oldest son) named Saturn. She collects Boyds Bears, loves candles and spends a good part of her spare time grooming her three Ragdolls. Cindi is a HUGE Yankee and Giants fan. She enjoys horseback riding even though she does not do it as often as she would like to.

 

Martin Demarais, LCADC

IDRC Director

 

Tracie Casey, CADC


CADC Intern

Title:

Clinician (PT)

 

Helen McIntosh LPC, LCADC, CCS 

Title:

Clinician - Part Time

Since:

2007

Experience:

Helen is a licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Certified Social Worker. Helen graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2002 with a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling with a specialization in Addictions Counseling. Helen began working with the developmentally disabled in 1973 until 1979 when she moved to Oregon. She worked as a head start teachers aid while she volunteered for the Dunn House the local battered women’s shelter. Helen attended her first year of college in 1985 at Southern Oregon University as an Art Major and began working with emotionally disturbed children as a work study job. Although she loved Art and was very good at it (she aced that first year) she knew her heart was in social work and counseling. Helen moved back to New Jersey in 1986 and shortly thereafter began working with MICA clients (clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues) at the Warren County Easter Seals Program. She was there for 7½ years until she realized that in order to advance in her career she would have to go back to school. So at the ripe old age of 40 Helen enrolled at Warren County Community College and five years later had earned her Masters degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2001 Helen took a position as a counselor at Anderson House, a Halfway house program for Women in Recovery in Hunterdon County. A year later she was offered the position of Clinical Director at Anderson House and she continues to hold that title there as her full time position. In October of 2007 Helen accepted a part-time position at Hunterdon Drug Awareness to teach the 16 week Alcohol and Drug Education Classes for the IDRC Program. This gives her the opportunity to both teach and counsel and she is truly enjoying her time here.

Theory:

Helen is a client centered relational therapist. She strives to help her client’s to understand the relationships they have created with the drug or behavior of their choice and how this affects all of their other relationships, with them selves, their families their co-workers, friends and larger community. She works with her clients to find healthy alternatives to their addictions and better more effective coping skills to relate to the world around them.

Hobbies:

Helen is an avid organic gardener, artist and musician who loves to work on her house, read practically everything and romp and play with her dog and two grandsons every chance she gets.

 

Christopher Lombardi, LCSW, LCADC

Title:

Clinician - Full Time

Since:

2015

Experience:

Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey in May of 2012. Chris then received his Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University in May of 2014. Chris became a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in July of 2014 and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in July of 2015. Chris has experience working in outpatient, intensive outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment facilities. Chris joined the HDAP staff in March of 2015.

Theory:

Chris primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) with his clients. Further, Chris’ understanding of the cause of addiction is based on the biopsychosocial model, which states that biological, psychological and social factors contribute to a behavior or set of behaviors. Through CBT and MI, Chris hopes to help his clients understand the different factors that contribute to their addictions in order for his clients to identify and develop the necessary behaviors that will help alleviate their addictions.

Hobbies:

Chris is a huge sports fan (an avid follower of the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers and Brooklyn Nets). Chris also is interested in fitness, particularly weight lifting, running, cycling, and swimming. Further, Chris is a fan of music, particularly the indie folk and indie rock genres. Poetry, photography, and reading are also hobbies that Chris enjoys, but often finds that he lacks the time to engage in these hobbies on a regular basis.

 

Lynn Shell, Ph.D. APN-C

Title:
Nurse
Practitioner (PT)

 

Dennis Ritter

Title:

IDRC Clinician

Since:

2001

Experience:

Dennis graduated from Pace University in 1967 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration and Marketing major. Dennis is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, having worked initially at Honesty House in 1989. Since that time he has also worked at Catholic Community Services, Overlook Hospital and finally retired his full-time career (on March 1st, 2008) at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. Dennis joined HDAP part-time as an Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center (IDRC) counselor and also as an outpatient counselor, working with adolescents. Before making a career change working in the Addictions field, Dennis worked for Lucent Technologies and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Theory:

Dennis is a recovering alcoholic wiht 26 years of sobriety (since 1981). He bleieves he experienced a spiritual awakening in 1981. This awakening followed years of unsuccessful attempts at recovery which included 28 day inpatient treatment and numerous medical detoxifications. He feels his past treatments and spiritual awakening allowed him to surrender to his disease. Dennis' message to newcomers is "don't quit until the miracle happens." He also believes that honesty plus change are essential ingredients to recovery as is acceptance.

Hobbies:

Dennis enjoys both saltwater and freshwater fishing, working with model trains, doing stock market analysis, astronomy and paleontology.

 

Tony Sciarappa, CADC

Title:

Clinician (PT)

 

Joyce Corboy 

Title:

IDRC Receptionist

Since:

1996

Experience:

Joyce graduated from Rider University with an AA degree in Secretarial Science. Early places of employment included Ternstedt Division of General Motors in Trenton – secretary in the front offices. After staying home to raise a daughter, Joyce pursued a career at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. Starting in the mailroom, Joyce was fortunate to be able to work her way up to being the Executive Secretary to one of the Senior Vice Presidents, and was employed by that organization for seventeen years. In addition to being the Administrative Assistant for the Hunterdon County Intoxicated Driving Program for the last ten years, Joyce is also the secretary to the Environmental Commission and the Recycling Coordinator for the Recycling Committee of East Amwell Township. Joyce also organizes and publishes the semi-annual Township Newsletter.

Theory:

Although Joyce is not directly involved in counseling, she enjoys being able to help people get back on their feet after the devastating ordeal of a DUI conviction. If you have a question or a problem concerning a DUI, call her, that is what she is here for.

Hobbies:

For approximately twenty-five years, Joyce participated in the dog show world by breeding and showing the American Cocker Spaniel. That hobby took her all over the East Coast, and even to Bermuda showing her dogs. Joyce also met some of the most interesting people when showing dogs. Now her hobby is embellishing ornate and fancy sweaters and beading jewelry.

 

Vivian Prado 

Title:

Evening Receptionist - Part Time

Since:

2010

Experience:

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Graduated from Prospect Heights HS in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from high school has worked various secretarial positions for large companies, mainly in New York City. I am currently employed by North Hunterdon High School in the Guidance Department, which I really enjoy because of the interaction with the kids.

Theory:

Since starting at HDAP, I really like the job and the people. I truly see the care and concern that the staff has for its clients. I enjoy meeting the people and hope to make a difference in any small way.

Hobbies:

I have been married for 30 years to my husband, Ray and have three children, two sons ages 28 and 25, and a daughter age 20. I love reading, going to the movies, spending time with family and friends, and going to watch my daughter’s college volleyball games.

 

Patty McDonnell 

Title:

Prevention Specialist

Since:

2005

Experience:

Patty graduated from Eastern Michigan University witha Bachelor's Degree in business management. After several years in sales and marketing and the birth of her second child, Patty resigned from her position, in order to at home full-time with her children. As her children entered school, Patty initially spent time as a volunteer in classroom. As soon as the school realized what a valuable resource they had with Patty, she became employed as a teacher's aide and was also a substitute teacher. Patty moved to Flemington, NJ in 2003 and started working at HDAP in 2005. We also soon discovered what a valuable asset Patty is and moved her from part-time to full-time in 2007.

Theory:

Patty enjoys every minute spent with the youth of Hunterdon County, and strongly feels that substance abuse education is the best preventative measure we have to deter addiction. Every year one of our youth delays the onset of substance use, decreases their likelihood of becoming substance dependent.

Hobbies:

Patty enjoys spending time with her family, preferrably on a beach, reading and taking in the sun. She also likes to cook and she is an avid knitter.

 

Elizabeth Connolly, LSW, LCADC Intern 

Title:

Clinician - Full Time

Since:

2015

Experience:

Elizabeth was raised on Long Island and decided to move to New Jersey after graduating from high school. She attended Keystone College in PA and ultimately completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Kean University. She worked for a Property and Casualty Insurance Company in various capacities in their Accounting Department for 27 years. In 2012 Elizabeth decided to make a career change and attended Rutgers University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work and successfully completed the requirements for the Addiction Counselor in Training program in May 2017. Elizabeth started at Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program as an intern in September 2015 and effective July 2017 she became a full time employee of the agency. She recently passed the exam to become an LSW and is currently working towards earning her LCADC and LCSW.

Theory:

Elizabeth gained experienced in individual, group and couples counseling while here Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and strength-based approaches to assist the clients in identifying and achieving their life goals. Her main focus is substance abuse disorders and would like to become more knowledgeable in trauma related issues and evidence based treatments for those who have experienced trauma.

Hobbies:

When Elizabeth is not working, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with her two children, her sisters and her nephews and niece. Elizabeth’s favorite activities include doing anything outside; especially when the sun is shining and the temperature is over 70 degrees. She enjoys playing most sports but especially enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, hiking and kayaking. She recently has tried paddle boarding and has found it to be almost as relaxing and therapeutic as kayaking. Elizabeth enjoys reading and spending quiet time listening to music.

 

Cheryl Caskey, CADC Intern

Title:

Clinician (FT)

 

Terbett Fairman MFT, LCADC

Title:
Clinician

 

Alyce-Michelle Hoffmaster

Title:
Bookkeeper/Receptionist