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Mr. Elie DeFranca

Mr. Elie DeFranca

As Executive Director, Elie DeFranca, LCSW,LCADC, DRCC has worked as a clinician supervisor and a clinical director in the field of substance use for over a decade. Elie has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in NJ. He has worked treating recovering adults, adolescents, and their families from addiction and emotional problems as a licensed addiction professional and a licensed clinical social worker.

Mr. Robert Jenkins

Mr. Robert Jenkins

Clinical Director, Robert Jenkins states ” Life is unpredictable. At any time we may become the victims of crime, disaster, illness, or addiction. Frequently the changes we inevitably face in life result in anxiety, depression, anger or stress. As many of these problems occur within the context of relationships, in therapy I focus on the influence of past relationships, events and environments as well as on current beliefs, relationships and feelings to encourage growth, positive behavioral change, happiness and meaning in one’s life.”

“I use a strengths-based approach to help people remove the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. In addition to treating anxiety, trauma, depression, and relationship issues, I specialize in treating particularly difficult issues specific to victims of crime and offenders including addictions, anger management, PTSD, sexual assault, gang involvement, and community reintegration. I also conduct anger management and trauma groups.”

“I am a graduate of New York University, a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinically Certified Supervisor, Divorce Mediator and life coach. I have worked in the social services field over 22 years and have a broad range of experience working with troubled adolescents, adults, couples and families.”

Lionel Anicette

Lionel Anicette

Lionel Anicette, MD works with our facility to provide medical services to patients including but not limited to physicals, blood work for liver function testing and referrals for medication assisted treatment. Dr. Anicette manages a group of physicians who work closely with GECS to also provide APN services to our patients.

David Alabi

David Alabi

David Alabi, DNP provides psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring services to our patients. Patients are assessed in a specialized session and a report is prepared detailing any appropriate mental health diagnoses and treatment recommendations, including prescription medications. Patients prescribed medication as a result of a psychiatric evaluation at GECS will be scheduled to return for brief sessions to ensure consistent and appropriate use of therapeutic drugs.

Ms. Nicole Guarducci

Ms. Nicole Guarducci

As Administrative Director, Ms. Nicole Guarducci provides supervision of all front end administrative staff. Her responsibilities include all patient referrals, intake scheduling and coordination of treatment between our staff and referral sources. She maintains the office roster, opening and closing of cases, upkeep of the group schedule, counselor patient lists and patient attendance sheets. Ms. Guarducci is also a CADC providing assistance to the clinical staff with individual counseling sessions, treatment planning, contact with referral sources and writing monthly reports. She has a full understanding of Case Management and assesses each patient’s needs and refers them, as needed, to other programs as necessary.

Mr. Keith Williams

Mr. Keith Williams

Mr. Keith Williams is a CADC and helps supervise CADC interns. He maintains a full caseload of patients providing individual counseling sessions, treatment planning and the ability to maintain contact with referral sources and write monthly reports. He has a full understanding of Case Management and assesses each patient’s needs and refers them to other programs as necessary. Mr. Williams, along with Ms. Guarducci provide treatment to our patients referred through Drug Court. Together they attend weekly case management meetings as well as court proceedings. Mr. Williams also maintains a close professional relationship with DCPP and the patients referred by them.

Mr. Thomas Wright

Mr. Thomas Wright

Mr. Thomas Wright understands, communicates, and promotes the purpose and value of substance abuse facility group therapy. He conveys knowledge about substance abuse and holds meetings as scheduled in order to set the tone for appropriate behavior of the group through empathy, humor, and openness. Mr. Wright provides ample opportunity for group members to have access to resources and other available services while moderating patient sharing during group discussion to keep the group within appropriate limits and assess when a group member needs more help than the group can provide and refer that person to the appropriate staff member. Mr. Wright is also a CADC Intern running group counseling sessions and maintains a caseload in which he is responsible for treatment planning, case management and individual counseling. Mr. Wright has complete knowledge of the 12 Core Functions. Mr. Wright works very closely with Essex County communities. He works with churches and schools providing treatment education and resources. Mr. Wright received a Community Service Award from the City of Orange for his work with the schools and community.

Ms. Loretta Scales

Ms. Loretta Scales

As Intake Coordinator, Ms. Loretta Scales admits new patients through NJSAMS via an initial evaluation to determine treatment level of care. She verifies insurance and schedules patients for treatment. Ms. Scales is also a CADC Intern running group counseling sessions and maintains a caseload in which she is responsible for treatment planning, case management and individual counseling. She has complete knowledge of the 12 Core Functions. Ms. Scales also works closely with the Hyacinth Foundation who provides HIV counseling and testing; STI/STD screening and treatment; care and treatment support; social and emotional support; and prevention services.

Mr. Bruce Abdullah

Mr. Bruce Abdullah

Mr. Bruce Abdullah maintains a full patient caseload with complete knowledge of the 12 Core Functions. He runs group counseling sessions, provides individual counseling, writes DAP notes and treatment plans. He is knowledgeable and familiar with NJSAMS. Mr. Abdullah maintains constant contact with referral sources and writes monthly reports. He has a full understanding of case management and the ability to assess a patient’s needs and refer them to other programs as necessary. He maintains documentation consistent with working toward CADC qualifications including hours requirements and testing.

Ms. Lisa Nadine

Ms. Lisa Nadine

Lisa Nadine is a CADC Intern and comes to us as an experienced public speaker bringing a message of hope to those struggling with substance abuse. She utilizes this platform to bring awareness and education to the public. She has developed and taught drug prevention and education workshops to at risk youth throughout NJ. She has a genuine passion and commitment to empower individuals in becoming the best version of themselves. She holds certifications in holistic healing, nutrition, and brain health.

Ms. Lockey Maisonneuve

Ms. Lockey Maisonneuve

Ms. Lockey Maisonneuve is a Recovery Coach, yoga guide, author, speaker, and advocate for those suffering from trauma. She facilitates group counseling sessions providing yoga and mindfulness to our patients. After years of hearing “you have to let it go”, “forgive”, and “move on”, Lockey Maisonneuve recognized that it just wasn’t in her DNA to just release the pain of her past. A childhood scarred by sex trafficking, abuse, alcoholism, and abandonment couldn’t be erased with sunnier thoughts; if anything, the push toward making peace left her feeling angrier than ever. For Lockey, healing a lifetime of trauma came through a prescription of vulnerability, recognition, validation, and ownership. After years of talk therapy, hypnotherapy, yoga, tapping, journaling, guided meditation, and energy work, Lockey finally opened up an inner dialogue and began to dismantle the disquieting conversations inside her head and heart. In this talk, Lockey will open up about her trauma and what it took to triumph over everything that almost destroyed her. She’ll share her truths and her toolbox for discovering a sense of self-empowerment through survival.

“They didn’t break me. I don’t believe people are broken. I just believe every person has a really interesting story, and they get to decide what to do with it.”

Sharing my life story in 1 minute

Mr. Myron Matthews

Mr. Myron Matthews

Mr. Myron Matthews is currently working toward becoming a Peer Recovery Specialist. Currently, Mr. Matthews facilitates peer group counseling sessions with supervision. He conveys knowledge about substance abuse from a peer perspective and holds meetings as scheduled in order to set the tone for appropriate behavior of the group through empathy, humor, and openness. Mr. Matthews maintains an open dialogue while moderating patient sharing during group discussion.

Ms. Tameka Jones

Ms. Tameka Jones

Ms. Tameka Jones maintains a full patient caseload with complete knowledge of the 12 Core Functions. She runs group counseling sessions, provides individual counseling, writes DAP notes and treatment plans. She is knowledgeable and familiar with NJSAMS. Ms. Jones maintains constant contact with referral sources and writes monthly reports. She has a full understanding of case management and the ability to assess a patient’s needs and refer them to other programs as necessary. She maintains documentation consistent with working toward CADC qualifications including hours requirements and testing.

Ms. Sarina Sanchez

Ms. Sarina Sanchez

As Administrative Assistant, Ms. Sarina Sanchez assists the Administrative Director at the front end with patient referrals and intakes, greeting patients while signing them in and out of the facility, answering phones and directing callers to the correct staff member or taking phone messages as appropriate. Ms. Sanchez also assists the Managing Members in coordinating repairs to the facility and keeping the facility stocked with supplies.

Mr. Will Linton

Mr. Will Linton

Mr. Will Linton provides laboratory services through Truetox Laboratories. Laboratory services include monitored urine drug screens as well as oral and instant testing services. Breathalyzer tests to confirm alcohol intoxication are also available.

Mr. Glenn Burgess

Mr. Glenn Burgess

Mr. Glenn Burgess provides all our laboratory services through Truetox Laboratories. Laboratory services include monitored urine drug screens as well as oral and instant testing services. Breathalyzer tests to confirm alcohol intoxication are also available.

Mr. Chris Vadas

Mr. Chris Vadas

Mr. Chris Vadas joined the GECS team in 2019 as CFO/Managing Member. Chris brought with him his exceptional business skills which allowed for both the expansion and addition of programming. Chris has helped elevate the quality of care provided to our patients. Chris also runs groups helping patients with finances and credit.

Ms. Katy Linton

Ms. Katy Linton

As CEO/Managing Member , Ms. Katy Linton opened Greater Essex in 2007 along with her Mom, Betsy Guarducci. Together they created a program dedicated to family-oriented treatment. Katy has dedicated herself to hiring qualified compassionate staff and providing a safe and healthy environment for all.

About Greater Essex Counseling

Greater Essex Counseling Services, LLC provides patient oriented programming Mondays through Saturdays in our downtown Newark office. GECS offers two treatment program tracks: Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Counseling (OP), as well as Intensive Outpatient (IOP) services; and Anger Management group sessions which satisfy the New Jersey State Mandate. The Greater Essex staff are dedicated to providing family oriented treatment while maintaining a superior standard of care. Our goal is to help each patient become happy, healthy and whole in all aspects of life.

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