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.
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.
John joined Eagle in August of 2020 with a track record of results-driven performance based on a strong strategic decision making and analytical skill set. He brings over 20 years of leadership experience in both commercial and operational functions. Prior to joining Eagle, he held an executive role at Celgene / Bristol Myers Squibb as the Head of Strategic Planning and Decision Analysis.
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.
Reverend Rick Morley
Rick grew up in Ocean City, New Jersey, where he began to hear the call to ministry. He went to college at Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, and seminary at Emory University in Atlanta. Ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, he served there for seven years, before coming to St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge. One of the themes of Rick’s ministry has been walking with people who suffer from substance abuse. Helping people be freed from such use and abuse, and keeping others from being ensnared by its grip at all, is a passion of his.
Jean is the Accountant & Treasurer for Community in Crisis and serves on the Finance Committee, Recovery Support Committee, and Beautification Committee. 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.”
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.
Michael H. Robertson is a former Assistant United States Attorney who recently served as the Prosecutor for Somerset County, New Jersey. Mr. Robertson has significant investigative and litigation experience in complex criminal matters and internal investigations.
As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Somerset County, he managed and supervised all county law enforcement functions, across twenty-one municipalities and nineteen police departments, with more than 650 police officers. He oversaw the operation of his Office with over 30 attorneys, 50 detectives, and staff. Mr. Robertson worked closely with outside law enforcement agencies and organizations to address the opioid epidemic, social media and youth concerns, cyber threats, gun violence and drugs, school security, and community safety. He was regularly a guest speaker on various law enforcement issues facing the State of New Jersey and Somerset County.
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.
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.
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).
Dr. Terrence Welsh
Dr. Welsh combines the latest in evidence-based medicine, interventional techniques and interdisciplinary care to treat a wide range of chronic and acute pain – and improve quality of life for his patients.
He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University. Dr. Welsh also completed subspecialty training in pain management at Stanford University, where he was elected Chief Fellow. He is a diplomat of The American Board of Anesthesiology with added qualifications in pain management.
Laurie Wolfe joined the CIC Board of Directors in 2020. She is a Managing Director, Wealth Advisor at Peapack Private Wealth Management, a division of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Ms. Wolfe is a financial services professional specializing in tax preparation, planning and compliance for individuals and their businesses. She works alongside the firm’s investment advisors, advising them in matters relating to taxation and their impact on their clients’ Investment and Financial Plans.