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About CIC

Board of Trustees

Committed to Prevention and Recovery

Jody D'Agostini

Jody D’Agostini

Jody is a Certified Financial Planner/Wealth Manager.

Jody is the reason we exist – she is the founder, inspiration and CEO of Community in Crisis and serves on the Finance and Development committees. She is a longtime resident of Basking Ridge. In 2013, two of Jody’s daughter’s friends were tragically lost to an opioid overdose which galvanized Jody to tackle an epidemic that was hidden in the shadows, underfunded and underserved.

Jody is a graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. in Biology and has a Physician’s Assistant Degree from Rutgers Medical School. In her spare time, Jody enjoys tennis, paddle, swimming, reading, travel, and walking her two dogs.

Jody says, “The opiate epidemic is one of the worst tragedies that we have today hurting our families physically, emotionally and financially. The hope is that we can help to improve our community through prevention and education, taking the stigma out of addiction and helping individuals maintain their sobriety and go on to lead purposeful lives.”

Chris Schroeder

Chris Schroeder

AVP Corporate Development, Ammon Labs

Chris has served on the CIC Board of Trustees since May 2017 and is a member of the CIC Recovery Support Task Force. In his capacity as a recovery advocate, he has been a Board Member of C4 Recovery Solutions and the NCADD-NJ. Chris has hosted XM Satellite radio shows, hosted the web based show Afflicted and Affected – interviewing leading figures in addiction and alcoholism treatment, worked as a Media Director and hosted cable TV shows.

Chris has lectured at and consulted with treatment centers for over 20 years on best practices and recovery philosophy. Chris has a true calling to help those suffering from addictive illness and alcoholism and those having difficulty achieving sobriety. Chris has a way of communication that will inform anyone of the nature of this illness and how it can be overcome. He lives with his wife, Andrea, in Bedminster NJ and enjoys music, literature, and history.

Chris says, “I have been involved most of my adult life supporting recovery processes. The CIC teams are amazing people working toward prevention/treatment/recovery and I am grateful to be included with them all.”

John Evangelista

John Evangelista

Consultant and Medical Science Liaison for Titan Pharmaceuticals.

John has extensive experience in MATs for substance use disorders, pharmacovigilance, clinical research, medical affairs and regulatory compliance. He has served on Community in Crisis’s Board of Directors since 2016 and heads up CIC’s Physicians’ Task Force.

Clodette Sabatelle

Clodette Sabatelle

Clodette joined the Board of Directors at Community in Crisis in January 2016. A former pharmaceutical sales representative, Clodette is a passionate community volunteer, with recovery support knowledge. She works closely with The Partnership for Drug Free NJ Town Hall series for Knock Out Opioid Abuse and is the Somerset County Chair for this initiative. Clodette also serves as Chair of the CIC Community Outreach committee and the Volunteer committee as well as sits on the fundraising committee. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Clodette now lives in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Clodette graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University and enjoys cooking, biking and the beach.

John Malay

John Malay

A retired businessman and former mayor of Bernards Township, John has served on the Board of CIC since 2014 and serves on the marketing and fundraising committees. A Basking Ridge resident, John has a B.A. from Gettysburg College and enjoys music and history.

John says, “As a former mayor and a parent I have seen the problems of a society where prescription drugs are plentiful and can cross over into abuse. Community in Crisis was one of the first nonprofit groups to recognize the threat and to work effectively on coming up with solutions. I am proud to be able to help.”

Rich Glicini

Rich Glicini

Rich joined the CIC Board of Directors in 2018 and serves on the Human Resources committee. Rich has over 30 years of professional experience as a Chief Human Resources Officer in the corporate learning, media/publishing, consulting, financial services and non-profit industry sectors. For the majority of his career, Rich performed in the role of Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Pearson Education where he was responsible for managing all HR functions for the company’s 20,000 worldwide education employees. Later while still with Pearson plc, he established the role of Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility where he developed and led the company’s global social responsibility agenda which included philanthropy, volunteerism, literacy and environmental sustainability initiatives. Rich currently works as a Strategic Advisor with Mark Glicini Peak Performance LLC, a mental and physical fitness coaching business.

Rich lives in Mahwah, NJ, and graduated with a BA from North Carolina State University and an MA from Stevens Institute of Technology.

MaryAnn McCoy

Maryann O’Donnell McCoy, Esq.

Maryann joined the CIC Board of Directors in early 2019. She has been a Partner at O’Donnell McCoy Heleniak, LLC, Morristown, NJ, since 2014, a law firm involved in all aspects of trial advocacy with a concentration in defense of personal injury, property damage and coverage cases for major insurance companies, arbitration, criminal, real estate and municipal court matters.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., B.A. and of New York Law School, New York, New York, J.D., Maryann serves on the CIC Board Development and Risk Management committees. Additionally, Maryann’s professional work and experience include: Municipal Prosecutor in the Shared Services Court of the Township of Washington, Morris County, Borough of Mendham and Borough of Califon, Hunterdon County; Municipal Prosecutor in Joint Court of the Boroughs of Madison, Chatham  and Township of Harding, Morris County; Court appointed arbitrator in New Jersey Superior Court; Member New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Expedited Civil Actions; Panelist Morris County Bar Association 2019 LegalPalooza: Hot Topics in Civil Trial Litigation; Panelist New Jersey Defense Association: 2019 Woman and the Law; Trustee, St. James Church, Basking Ridge, New Jersey 2014-2019.

A resident of Basking Ridge, Maryann lives in Basking Ridge with her husband John, Vice President, JP Morgan Chase, New York, New York and they together have three children, Connor, Keegan and Shaye.

Maryann says, “I have seen the desperate effects of addiction at a local level as a municipal prosecutor.  Putting drug users in jail or imposing fines can make them more prone to committing future offenses, cause them to lose family, jobs and homes, and overstresses the system. Tuned into the justice system’s need to develop more effective responses to drug related crime, CIC’s evidence-based treatment and mission of prevention, with its local roots, offers a resource to make a difference in the approach to the prosecution/rehabilitation of drug offenders.”

Jean O'Connell

Jean O’Connell

Jean is the Accountant & Treasurer for Community in Crisis and serves on the Finance Committee, Recovery Support Committee, and Beautification Committee as well. Jean has been with Community in Crisis and on its Board of Directors since its inception in 2013. Jean has a B.S. in Accounting from Long Island University. Jean enjoys golf, tennis, pickleball, biking, reading, cooking, and volunteering.

Jean says, “Hidden in the shadows are those suffering from substance use disorder. With love, support and community we can bring understanding, light and hope.”

Lauren Luik

Lauren B. Luik

Lauren is a Health Advocate and Community Volunteer. Lauren holds a BA in Journalism from Auburn University and a Master of Arts, Health Advocacy, Sarah Lawrence College. Serving on the Board Development, Governance, Fundraising & Marketing committees, Lauren has served on CIC’s Board of Directors since the beginning of 2018.

Lauren’s professional interests include mental health, social justice, child & youth wellness, and end of life issues. For fun, Lauren enjoys travel, wildlife, and gardening.

Lauren says: Since the beginning, Community in Crisis, led by passionate change agents, has epitomized grassroots community organizing at its best, first by raising the alarm about this insidious epidemic, then engaging stakeholders in the identification of solutions, and ultimately, connecting with  — and sometimes placing pressure on — those who are helping make the solutions a reality.”

Pat Aussem

Patricia Aussem

Patricia Aussem is the Director of Clinical Content Development at Center on Addiction, a non-profit in New York City focused on ending addiction. Her expertise is on translating the science of substance use for lay audiences and media, with an emphasis on educating families on the importance of prevention as well as how to intervene in youth substance use.  This entails curating information on current drug trends, risk and protective factors, parenting skills, and how to find and access appropriate evidence-based treatment along the continuum of care.

After completing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth, she completed 3 years of clinical work at a psychiatric hospital, collaborating with psychiatrists to provide comprehensive treatment plans for adult and adolescent patients on detox, rehab and co-occurring disorders units. She also supervised an intervention program for perpetrators of interpersonal violence at Jersey Battered Women’s Services. Ms. Aussem earned licensure in New Jersey and New York as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master Addictions Counselor certification.  In addition to her work at Center on Addiction, she has a small private practice in New Jersey serving families struggling with addiction and is on the board of Community in Crisis, a local non-profit focused on ending the opioid epidemic.

A resident of Morristown NJ, Pat has served on the Board of Directors since early in 2018 and serves on the marketing committee. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology, College of St. Elizabeth 2010; an MBA-Finance, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1985 and a BA Marketing, Michigan State University, 1977. Pat enjoys yoga, almost any sport, cooking and travel.

Pat says, “We have a collective responsibility to ensure our communities have access to accurate information and are able to navigate the treatment system to get quality care related to substance use.  Community in Crisis’s mission and vision to make this happen and “can do” attitude inspired me to join forces.”

Katie Soulas

Katy Soulas

Katy Soulas is a Registered Nurse Manager, Children’s Specialized Hospital Ambulatory Care Center in New Brunswick, NJ.  A resident of Far Hills, NJ, and mother of seven, Katy has been involved in the Bernards’ Township community as a Cub Scout den mother in Pack 454, a homeroom mother, a team mom for several sports, a t-ball coach, a CCD instructor at St. James School of Religion, and a substitute school nurse in the school district.  She served as a member of the Bernards’ Township Municipal Alliance for three years.

In the earliest days of Community in Crisis, Katy was involved in researching all successful evidence- based programs surrounding addiction prevention, and instrumental in showcasing the 40 Developmental Assets of Successful Families to the community. Katy was instrumental in creating CiC’s largest public event, introducing Chris Herren and The Herren Project to an audience of 1,000 attendees.  Currently, Katy is leading CIC’s “Alternative Approaches to Pain Management in Older Adults” to caregivers and seniors in Somerset County.

Katy earned her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified to teach Creativity in Business from Stanford University.  She is a 500-hour certified Baptiste Yoga instructor and earned her teaching certificate in Social Responsibility through the Baptiste Institute. Currently Katy leads group meditation in an Eckert Tolle Power of Now Online Study, and teaches Baptiste Power Yoga and Chair Yoga.

In her free time, Katy enjoys running with her dog, Mia, and taking hot yoga classes.  She is an avid reader, and especially enjoys research.  She feels immense joy bringing chair yoga to adults recovering from cancer.  Finally, when there is spare time, Katy likes gardening, cooking, hiking and biking.

Peter Webster

Peter Webster

Resident Managing Director, Aon

Peter joined the CIC Board of Directors in 2019 and immediately volunteered to help the Risk Management committee. Faced with the challenges that COVID-19 has presented our communities, he has been a most welcome addition to the team! Peter’s education includes RVCC, Business and Marketing, Kellogg Catalyst Executive Program and the Harvard Advanced Leadership Program. A resident of Lebanon, NJ, Peter is an auto enthusiast, a musician and a mentor, and enjoys music, mentorship, and clay shooting. Peter confesses his guilty pleasure is reality TV! Peter is also a member of the Boards of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Commerce and Industry Association of NJ (CIANJ).

Peter quotes Margaret Mead: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.‘

John Gorman

John Gorman

Chief Operating Officer, Somerset County YMCA. Twenty years management experience in profit and nonprofit wellness industry.

Springfield College, BS and MS

Peter Olsen

Peter C Olsen

Partner, Olsen & Thompson, PA

Lehigh University: Double major in Accounting and Finance

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