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Founded in 1971, Prevention Resources, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse within the communities we serve.
Known at its inception as the National Council on Alcohol Drug Dependence, Inc. of Hunterdon County, the organization was developed by local residents in direct response to the voices of individuals, family, and friends. The founders saw a need for a solution to substance abuse, and based mission in the realm of prevention, community education, information, and referral to services. The agency later changed its name to Hunterdon Prevention Resources.
In 1998, the agency went through a second change in name, evolving to reflect the expansion in services and changes to the geographical area served. However, this did not affect our mission. Now more than ever, Prevention Resources, Inc.is visible throughout the communities we serve. You can find us providing our citizens with top quality prevention education, direct community engagement, professional trainings, early intervention, community awareness, information/referral services, and counseling.
Prevention Resources represents Hunterdon County in the New Jersey Prevention Network, a statewide organization composed of the various New Jersey county agencies dedicated to substance abuse prevention and education.
Substance abuse does not discriminate, and has ripple effects that rock the community far beyond the individuals struggling with substance use disorders. People of every age, gender, sexual orientation, race, and socioeconomic background feel the damage caused. Our dedication to preventing and healing these wounds has not waned since 1971.
To empower the counties we serve
to flourish and thrive by maintaining healthy life
choices through access to quality programs
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 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
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 Recognition and Community Involvement: Hunterdon County Business Woman of the Year – 2018, 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.
Karen is currently the Co-Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer at Prevention Resources. She 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!!!
My mom, Colette, and I enjoy helping the community heal with friendship and comfort. Likes smiling, long walks, and treats.
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.
Cara graduated from college with an associates degree in graphic design. She worked for 17 years as a preschool teacher nurturing and helping children grow. She joined Prevention Resources in March of 2020. Prior to that she worked in an outpatient program helping individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.
In her spare time she likes to spend time with her two sons, enjoy nature, and being creative.
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.
Erin graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from Lock Haven University in 2000. She taught elementary and middle school for five years in Virginia before becoming a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. During that time, she volunteered in the school library and served on the PTA Board as secretary and president before moving to Hunterdon County in 2015. She re-entered the workforce and taught at a local preschool for three years. She began with PR as a prevention educator, and in 2019 moved on to become the Positive YOUth Project Coordinator.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.
Currently Jerri is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) 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.
Sasha graduated Rutgers University in May of 2018 with a BA in Political Science. She has dedicated her career to fostering success in children and adolescents through their education, as well as supporting individuals recovering from substance abuse. In addition to her time as a Montessori preschool teacher and middle school English tutor, she has involved herself in Social Emotional Learning curriculum research and implementation in urban schools. Through her community outreach on behalf of the Safe Coalition and The Hunterdon County Recovery Center, she is able to bring the education, support, empowerment, and resources needed to build a strong and substance-free community. She firmly believes in the power of tuning into emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and self-esteem through creative expression. She nurtures her own emotional intelligence through watercolor painting, guitar, exercise, poetry, and literature.
Jennifer brings compassion and an open heart to her position as Family Support Coordinator. Her experience in the recovery community has uniquely prepared her for this role, for which she is very grateful. Anticipating the completion of a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies in the spring of 2019, Jennifer is a certified Spiritual Director who has experience companioning individuals in recovery. She has been a volunteer Pastoral Care Associate in her faith community for many years. Her education includes a Master’s Degree in Human Development as well as in Library and Information Science. Jennifer stepped away from her Academic Librarian positions to embark on the journey of rearing five children with her husband. She now enjoys traveling to visit her young adult children and grandchildren, and spends much of her free time outdoors and with her small menagerie of cats, dogs, rabbits and donkeys!
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.
Paige graduated from Rider University with a B.A. in Filmmaking, Television & Radio. She worked for Susan G. Komen CSNJ and Princeton Public School District prior to joining the agency. She joined Prevention Resources in June of 2020.
In addition to media production, Paige has always had a passion for animals and SCUBA diving. In her spare time, Paige enjoys spending time traveling, photographing wildlife and watching documentaries.
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.
Amanda graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Labor and Employment Relations. She has spent the past few years in local schools substitute teaching. Amanda enjoys volunteering with other non-profit organizations in her spare time such as the Hunterdon County 4-H program and Sue’s Memorial Co-Pay Fund. Amanda grew up in the 4-H program and when she aged out, became a leader of the Round Valley Riders 4-H Horse club. Sue’s Memorial Co-Pay Fund is near and dear to Amanda’s heart because it is in memory of her Aunt Sue; the Fund pays cancer patients’ co-pays at least once per month at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Aside from volunteer work Amanda enjoys spending time with family, friends, her dog, and her miniature horse!
Amy came to us with an extensive background in business management and healthcare. Her passion for helping others guided her towards advocacy and policy change. Working towards her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Rutgers University, she began an internship at Oceans Family Success Center in September 2019. In December, she was welcomed as Family Partner and Advocate. After graduation in May 2020, Amy will continue towards her Master’s in Social Work with a focus on policy. This could not have been accomplished without the immeasurable support from close family and friends who helped steer her towards this journey.
In her spare time, she enjoys camping, swimming, bike rides, movies, or family game nights with her husband and two sons
Dennis LoGiudice is the Community Partner and Volunteer Coordinator at Oceans Family Success Center. Dennis joined Oceans FSC in November 2019. He graduated from St. John’s University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. His career has spanned over 20 years in education, non-profits, and government, specifically in community outreach, volunteer management, public administration, and operations. Dennis loves helping people, and he especially loves working to make the community a better place by bringing folks together to collaborate and learn from each other. He feels that community organizing is essential to making positive change from the ground up, one person at a time.
Dennis is dedicated to his family and his three Labradors. In his spare time, he works on refinishing his mid-century ranch, enjoys cooking, studying languages, volunteering with various community projects, and traveling.
Nick was first introduced to the Harvest Family Success Center as a college intern. Upon earning his Associates Degree in Human Services/Pre-Social work through Raritan Valley Community College, he was offered a temporary position with HFSC. He is now well on his way to completing his Bachelor’s in Social Work at Centenary University and is now an official Family Partner at Harvest Family Success Center. In addition to consulting with clients and assisting with data entry, Nick provides excellent technical support to our team, often enhancing forms and handling daily troubleshooting. While continuing his education, he lives with his family in Franklin Township. In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with his Pug (Douglas), reading books, seeing movies, and playing video games.
Amy serves as the Chair of the Hunterdon Safe Communities Coalition. She is a results-oriented team leader, focused on achieving data-driven community level change. She is an expert in cutting edge prevention strategies, data analytics, and case management. Graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Political Science. She is a Certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor, and working toward her CPS (Certified Prevention Specialist). She is also currently enrolled at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Amy has been a passionate volunteer turned employee with this agency since 2009. Her greatest passions are routed in altruism and philanthropy. She enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time with loved ones.
Meghan graduated from Rutgers University in 1999 with a B.A. in History. She joined Prevention Resources in November of 2019. Prior to that she worked for a social service agency in South Jersey as a case manager. In her role as a case manager she worked with families who have children in the foster care system in NJ. She worked to help families achieve their DCP&P goals leading to the families being reunified. Meghan moved to Hunterdon County in 2018, in her spare time she practices yoga and teaches cycling classes.
Sue joined Prevention Resources in March 2019 as Finance / HR Assistant and is a resident of Hunterdon County. Originally from the UK, she moved to the USA in 2016 with her husband, two children and pet dog. Previously working in England for Cheshire Police Force as a Systems Administrator and also has over 23 years’ experience working for Barclays Bank, both within the branch network then the IT Centre where she was involved in training and project implementation.
In her spare time, she likes cooking, golf, skiing, travelling and spending time with family both here and in England.
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.
Flor was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. She gained citizenship in the United States and has been resident of Hunterdon County since 1994. Although established since then, she spent some of that time living overseas after receiving opportunities to live in Mexico and Costa Rica. She has worked with Prevention Resources for ten years, focusing mainly on health prevention, chronic disease self-management programs (including diabetes), and Spanish programs for elementary and middle school students. Citizens throughout the community as well as the agencies she works with, such as United Way, Latino Health Coalition, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, and Immaculate Conception Church, consider her a committed and responsible person.
Rocky has her BS, she also received her Wellness Coaching, Family Training (CRAFT), Partnership for Drug Free Kids Parent Coaching and Smart Recovery Friends and Family certifications. She was presented the 2018 Advocacy Award by the Mental Health Association. Rocky is a staunch behavioral health advocate, fueled by lessons learned through personal experience and success in navigating the system. She has testified before the New Jersey Assembly, on Capitol Hill, met with the NJ Attorney General’s staff and testified to the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Wendy has been involved in education for many years. It started with working in the corporate world in Human Resources and Training. Ultimately leading to a position as Director of Training for a technology consulting firm. Wanting to spend more time with her children, she stayed at home for a few years and dabbled in recruiting and training on a consulting basis. Ultimately, she began working with preschool and kindergarten aged children in Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties as a computer teacher for Compuchild. Her most recent role was working in a local preschool in Whitehouse NJ. Wendy is currently a certified CAP (Child Assault Prevention) Facilitator for Hunterdon and Warren Counties and a Prevention Educator for Prevention Resources.
Wendy graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and Columbia University Teachers College with a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology. She lives in Readington Township with her husband, two sons and a crazy Beagle named Brownie.
Tiffany Cherry is the Volunteer and Community Partnership Coordinator at Ocean’s Family Success Center serving the Greater Asbury Park community. She had the ability to volunteer with the Oceans Family Success Center before becoming a full-time team member. Tiffany has resided in Monmouth County for her adult life and now she is making a difference in the same community.
Penni Trionfo is the Harvest Family Success Center Development, Resource and Volunteer Coordinator. She currently organizes and runs the children and teen programming 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.
Pat is a licensed, clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) who has been working at PR 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.
Christine Graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Management and Marketing. Prior to working with and supporting families Christine spent 20 years in various marketing and advertising positions at Merck & Co. Inc. Christine brings a strong capacity of understanding and empathy to her position as a Family Support Coordinator. Her life experiences of navigating through and advocating for adolescent programs, facilities, and professional providers, has given her a wealth of knowledge and resources that she brings to her role. Her most recent professional experience included working as a Family Support Partner for The Children’s System of Care as well as a Family Support Partner with the Juvenile Justice Commission through The New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations.