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Prevention Resources, Inc. (formerly known as “Hunterdon Prevention Resources”) was incorporated in 1971 as a private non-profit charitable organization.  HPR was known then as the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc. of Hunterdon County.  It was a community-based information and referral service.  Developed by local residents responding to the needs of individuals, family members, and friends, it focused on its primary goal of prevention, education, information, and referral.

In 1998, Hunterdon Prevention Resources developed its new name, expanded services and implemented its comprehensive holistic program dedicated to the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse, treatment through education, training, intervention, community awareness, information/referral services, and counseling.

Prevention Resources is the Hunterdon County member of the New Jersey Prevention Network, a state-wide model organization of county agencies dedicated to the prevention and education of substance abuse and related issues.

In the new millennium, Prevention Resources, a multifaceted service agency, continued to respond to and meet the diverse needs of its community members by recognizing the severity of chemical dependency and related issues.  This insidious disease touches the lives of our parents, grandparents, and children from all economic and cultural backgrounds. 

Prevention Resources, Inc. is excited to launch our new name to reflect the broader communities we serve, our ability to recreate quality services, and in recognition of the changing geographic boundaries of grants. Our dedication to fighting the effects of addictions has not waned since 1971.

Our Vision

To empower the counties we serve
to flourish and thrive by maintaining healthy life
choices through access to quality programs
and services.


Our Mission

Promoting health and wellness of individuals, families,
and community through education, collaboration, advocacy and treatment.

Our Core Values

Our core values reflect the agency’s philosophy and culture and permeate all we do; empowerment, equality, integrity, confidentiality, and collaboration.

For more information on Prevention Resources, Inc. and the services we provide, please call 908-782-3909, or contact us via our online form.


Meet the Staff

Gabel, Lesley
CPS
Co-Executive Director / CEO

Lesley is currently the Co-Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer at Prevention Resources and has been with the agency since 2009.  Lesley graduated with a Marketing degree from Hofstra University in 1988.   She had over 20 years’ experience in key corporate leadership roles in quality management and training with a focus on statistical analysis, auditing and process improvements.

Recent Recognitions and Community Involvement: Project Director for Safe Coalition, CADCA – Coalition of the Year 2017, Boy Scouts Tout of Leadership Award 2016, NJNEOA Community Leader Award – Narcotics Enforcement 2016, Project Director for Safe Coalition, CADCA “Got Outcomes” 2012 Winner – Intermediate, Project Director for Safe Coalition CADCA, Dose of Prevention Award – 2011, Crime Stoppers of Hunterdon County;Founder & Past Chair, Current Board Member, One Voice Faith Coalition; Current Chair, Partnership for Health Member, Central Municipal Alliance member, Chamber Gov’t and Business committee member, and Board Member of Hunterdon Crossing.

Lesley has been fortunate to live in many parts of the country like Georgia, New York, California, Nevada, Colorado and now New Jersey.  She enjoys her time with her family including her dogs, being at the beach, soccer, as well as working in our community.

Widico, Karen
MSW, CPS
Co-CEO

Karen has been working in the non-profit sector for her entire career, first in treatment for 15 years, and in prevention for the last 8 years. Karen received her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. Karen graduated from a two year Ethical Leadership Fellows Program in 2013 that speaks to her continual desire to provide cutting edge services. Karen strongly believes that prevention and early intervention is the key to minimizing many societal problems.

Karen has been with Prevention Resources for 18 years and has navigated the growth of the agency from a small, single county and focus agency to one with four divisions and serving four counties. Karen believes in serving the community both individually and as an agency. Prevention Resources has received many community awards, and the most recent is from the New Jersey Narcotics Association for Community Leadership. Personally, Karen has served on the Boards of the YMCA, Hunterdon Helpline, Education Foundation, and served as Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Karen is Past President of the Rotary Club of Flemington and received its highest awards as Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris Fellow. Karen received the Chamber Chairman’s Award in 2008 and was Women and Community Business Leader in 2012. Currently, Karen serves as secretary to Flemington Rotary, Vice Chair of the Chamber Foundation, and President of the Flemington Area Food Pantry. Karen enjoys time with family and friends, the beach, and her three adopted fur babies: Adopt Don’t Shop!!!

Camisa, Colette
CFT, CSFN, CCWS, CCFP, CCNP
Finance/Human Resource Manager
Wellness Coordinator

Colette graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in accounting and economics.  She worked for Merck & Co., Inc. and various other Hunterdon County companies as a Finance/HR Manager prior to joining the agency.  Her expertise in non-profit accounting with grant allocations and reporting has assisted our organization in being recognized as a leader in financial administration amongst other non-profits.

In addition to accounting, Colette has always had a passion for fitness and nutrition.  She is a Certified Fitness Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, as well as being certified in Corporate Wellness, Nutrition and Fitness.  She is a coalition leader in a community wide initiative with Hunterdon Healthcare System and 40 other organizations to bring health and wellness to all communities in Hunterdon County NJ.  She enjoys hiking, biking, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Ciullo, Jean
Director of Prevention Programs

Jean Ciullo graduated college in 1979 with a degree in merchandising. Jean started with Hunterdon Prevention Resources in September of 2002 as a part-time Program Coordinator and classroom presenter.  In 2009 she was promoted to Director of Prevention Programs.  Jean and her staff have developed a great reputation with Hunterdon County schools, senior centers and local faith-based groups and have become the go-to agency for all of their prevention program needs.

Jean has been a NJ resident all her life and has resides in Hunterdon County. She loves the beach, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

Collevechio, Jerri
CTTS
Senior Director/Special Events

Currently Jerri is the Senior Director of Prevention resources, and Director of the Safe Communities Coalition in Somerset, collaborating and implementing strategies to reduce substance abuse. Jerri has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, from Kutztown University.

Jerri was president of a family owned business for 25 years, before starting her career at Prevention Resources in 2008. In 2010 Jerri received her certification as a tobacco treatment specialist, which gave her the tools and techniques to coach and support tobacco users in their goal to recover from tobacco addiction.

Jerri is a member of Human Services Advisory Council, member of the North municipal alliance, a notary of the public and 2013 alumni of Leadership Hunterdon. She resides in Readington Township with her husband and 2 children, she enjoys tennis, the beach and the outdoors.

Dowd, Peggy
DFC Coordinator, Prevention Educator

Peggy graduated from Cabrini College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management.  For over 17 years Peggy worked as a benefits systems consultant for Towers Perrin, handling much of the training and development needs.  In recent years Peggy has dedicated time to raising her 4 children and volunteering with her Church, the Flemington Raritan PTO’s, and Girls Scouts.

For many years as a volunteer, Peggy encountered and was very impressed with the prevention programs at HPR . She is happy to be working part time as the Coalition Coordinator for the Safe Communities Coalition, Youth Coalition, and mentor for local coalitions through the federal Drug Free Communities Grant.

Peggy enjoys her time with her family, cooking, theater, golf and tennis.

Gettings, Carmel
FSC Director and Family Partner

Carmel has been actively involved in social ministries in the Hunterdon County area for the past 25 years. Carmel started the St. Vincent DePaul program at St. Magdalen de Pazzi RC Church in 1999 and continues to support the ministry to this day.   She is a recipient of the 2002 Division of Youth and Family Services Award for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.  In 2003, she became a founding member and continues to serve on HCMAP, which has provided over $3 million in free prescription medications for uninsured individuals.  In 2005-2006, she was a member of the Catholic Charities Advisory Board of Hunterdon and Warren Counties.  Carmel was honored by the Diocese of Metuchen in 2010 and received the Immanuel Award.  Currently, Carmel serves on the Executive Board of the Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council (HIOC), Flemington Area Food Pantry Board, Leadership Hunterdon Alumni Board, One Voice Steering Committee, and is a member of the Central Hunterdon Kiwanis Club and Safe Communities Coalition.  Carmel has been a Hunterdon County resident for 26 years.

 

 

Menes, Amy
Project Lead Specialist

Amy is the current Chair for the Rx Workgroup and Leads the Youth Coalition for our Safe Communities Coalition in Hunterdon. She is also the Liaison for LEAP (Law Enforcement Adolescent Program), Hunterdon’s only comprehensive juvenile legal diversion program.

She has been a passionate volunteer turned employee with this agency since 2009.

Graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a degree in Psychology and Political Science, Amy received a background in substance use, mental health, and advocacy.

Amy’s greatest passions are routed in altruism and philanthropy. She enjoys hiking, painting, and exploring new ventures.

 

Reese, Claudia
FSC Bilingual Family Partner

Claudia is a proud mother of two and has lived in New Jersey for the past fifteen years.  She is a seasoned preschool teacher of almost twenty years and an active member of her church where she helps run two ministries.  Helping the Hispanic families in our community gives her great joy.
Currently she is working on programming a “moms” group and a teen group.
Claudia is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and in her spare time she likes to read historical fiction novels and paint in watercolor.

Smith, Lisa
Prevention Educator

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Seton Hall University and is New Jersey certified to teach Preschool, Kindergarten through Eighth grades.  She was a stay-at-home mom for over fifteen years and an active volunteer in the schools and her church.  Lisa entered the workforce several years ago as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in a local nursery school.  As a Prevention Educator with Hunterdon Prevention Resources, she is happy and excited to be working with children of all ages.  She has been in this position for the past five years.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising and reading books.

Trionfo, Penni

Penni Trionfo is the Harvest Family Success Center Development, Resource and Volunteer Coordinator, and has been with Harvest for over 3 years.  She currently organizes and runs the children and teen programing at the center, as well as off-site events for families, such as Mother/Daughter Bonding Workshops, Spring Fling and Fall Fest events. She manages the center’s on site thrift store and is on a constant hunt for donated goods for the center’s low income families.

 

Penni has lived in NJ her whole life, attended Kean University and graduated with honors and degrees in both Business Management and Sociology. She lives on a small farm in Alexandria Township with her husband and many pets, while her two children are away at college. Penni has an organic garden, raises bees and chickens, is active in her church, and is a member of two book clubs.

 

Ward, Patricia
Counselor

Pat is a licensed, clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) who has been working at HPR since March 2012. Her background includes 25+ years of counseling with the substance abuse population and their families. More recently, Pat has been certified in the treatment of Adult ADHD and their families.