Board of Trustees
Committed to Prevention and Recovery
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
Chief Operating Officer, Somerset County YMCA. Twenty years management experience in profit and nonprofit wellness industry.
Springfield College, BS and MS
Peter C Olsen
Partner, Olsen & Thompson, PA
Lehigh University: Double major in Accounting and Finance