14 years’ experience in the nonprofit field, specializing in marketing, PR and operations. Former Executive Director, Park Street branch of YMCA of Montclair and current board member of a local Somerset County nonprofit, the Ross Farm. Andi has lived in Bernards Township for 29 years and truly values the upbringing that the Somerset Hills has afforded her three now-grown children. Andi enjoys gardening and birdwatching, and is a lifelong dog lover!
University of East Anglia, U.K.
Strategy and Policy Consultant. Former marketing researcher, policy director for state legislator, nonprofit boards. PSU Alumni Council.
Penn State University, Fairleigh Dickinson (MBA).
Director of Recovery Support
A person in long term lived recovery experience, Ken combines his operational skills from an extensive retail career with a person first approach to substance use recovery support. A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with a BA from Hostra University, Ken is committed to offering multiple pathways of recovery to the community. Ken enjoys getting out in nature and a dedicated mindfulness practice.
Susan Visser, MSW
Prevention Program Manager
Over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and behavioral health field. Susan has worked in educational, residential
outpatient and community settings, serving youth and adults.
Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University.
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Her passion for working in the substance misuse and mental health fields led her to CiC to work with youth in creating and maintaining a healthy life specifically in preventing substance use. She hopes to bring her experience in the future to reform the criminal justice system in these areas. In her free time she enjoys practicing self-care, cooking and baking and spending her summers down the shore.
Peer Services Supervisor
Sarah has worked in diverse industries with a range of different roles and functions. As a teen she taught figure skating and eventually began her career as a veterinary technician where her passion lay in animal advocacy. After receiving her Peer Specialist Certification Sarah came to CIC to use her lived experience to try to help others. Though she is a SMART facilitator, she believes recovery is best found throughout many pathways and by living a self directed life.
Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Healthy Aging Program Instructor
Debbie is a registered nurse, Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and a Healthy Aging Instructor for older adults. Debbie’s interests lie in promoting mental health wellness to the community and helping reduce the stigma that is sometimes associated with mental health issues. Debbie has three grown children and has lived in Harding Township with her husband and a variety of pets for over thirty years. Interests include gardening, exercise, reading, and anything to do with being outdoors!
BA in Sociology/Anthropology, Ithaca College.
Healthy Aging Program Coordinator & Instructor
Brenda worked as an IT Project Manager and Consultant in the Telecommunications industry and, for the past 20+ years, has been working with the older adult population as an instructor. Brenda finds the work she does for CiC especially rewarding, as her workshops highlight healthy aging and encourage participants to pursue safe and healthy approaches to pain management as alternatives to opioids. Brenda enjoys swimming, spinning and cardmaking in her spare time.
Penn State University.
Dr. Heather Athanasiou
Vaping Program Lead
Heather is a veterinarian by training and has poured her love of science and teaching into educating parents, students, athletes and school faculty about the teen brain and the risks of early drug use. She was at the forefront of bringing vaping education and support/quit resources to the community as this new challenge emerged. Heather is now focused on educating the community on marijuana and its potential effects. Her goal is to help students make informed decisions about their health and their futures and to help parents with tools and resources to keep their kids risk-averse.
Heather enjoys pickleball and paddle boarding, and is probably the only mom with a collection of over 30 vaping devices and the only veterinarian with just one dog….Charlie.
BS in Human Nutrition, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University.
Amy Mahoney Harris
Consulting Epidemiologist, Epiphany Community Services
14 years of public health research and evaluation experience for hospitals and nonprofits working in medical device development, community health, education, immigration, and youth substance use prevention. Board member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and the Institute for Collaboration in Health. Amy enjoys seeing Broadway musicals, exploring NYC, and learning anything new.
Bachelor of Science in Communications, University of Texas at Austin
Master of Public Health, Columbia University
David joins CiC as a Recovery Advocate and ardent supporter of multiple pathways to recovery from substance use and cooccurring mental health disorders. In addition to his lived recovery experience, David brings more than 30 years of industry leadership from entrepreneurial start-up ventures to large multinational entities and most recently as an independent strategic planning consultant. Extensive travel to more than eighty countries, has provided him a
deepened awareness of global diversities, perspectives, and cultural sensitivities.
York University; RCC Institute of Technology; Rutgers University.
Laura comes to Community In Crisis with years of accounting and finance experience in Fortune 50 companies in both health care and technology. She brings her enthusiasm for process excellence and data analysis to her role in accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo.