Our Staff

Our professional staff have been trained in evidence-based prevention programs and practices and are passionate about their work.  Our staff come from backgrounds as teachers, social workers, certified prevention specialists or mental health professionals. Our core values include integrity, teamwork, empathy, accountability, relevance and commitment to those we serve and one another.

Executive Director

Jocelyn Cooper

Jocelyn Cooper Executive Director

Jocelyn Cooper is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), who received her graduate degree from The College of New Jersey.  She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).  In her role as Executive Director, she is responsible for supervising and supporting program staff, developing policies and procedures, grant writing, fund development, agency growth and sustainability, networking, proving professional development trainings in the community and creating a positive work environment for all employees and volunteers. Jocelyn also provides short-term, confidential counseling services to individuals through the Council’s Metro Employee Assistance Program.  Jocelyn values a person-centered, solution focused approach to life’s challenges and is passionate about supporting people from all walks of life as they work to achieve their goals.  As an avid lover of animals, Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her fur babies, Oliver and Boddah!

Assistant Executive Director

Barbara Sprechman

Barbara Sprechman Assistant Executive DirectorIs Assistant Executive Director for Mercer Council.  She has been in the prevention field for over 25 years in various capacities including prevention educator, prevention professional course instructor, grant writer and program administrator.  For the past 8 years, she has been working at Mercer Council as coordinator of the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County.   She holds a bachelor’s in French Language and Fine Arts, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.  She is a board member of the Addiction Certification Board of NJ.

Director of Operations

Catherine Arulmohan

Catherine Arulmohan Director of OperationsIs Director of Operations for Mercer Council.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and holds a Bookkeeper Certification and has more than a decade's experience in office administration and IT.  As the fiscal head of the Council she is responsible for sustaining the revenue of the agency and looking for new funding opportunities to expand the Council's services. 

Trenton Municipal Alliance Coordinator

Ian Smith

Ian Smith Program Coordinator Trenton Municipal AllianceIan has worked for Mercer Council since 2013 as a prevention educator and program coordinator. He has a Bachelor's degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in counseling. As coordinator of the Trenton Municipal Alliance Committee, he facilitates and administers substance abuse prevention education programs and activities for Trenton.

Substance Abuse Evaluations

Cy K. Jones

Cy Jones Substance Abuse CounselorHas been doing substance abuse evaluations for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission at their detention centers in Middlesex and Burlington counties since 2003. He is their only full-time evaluator. The juveniles he meets with come from all backgrounds, have all kinds of biopsychosocial issues and use a wide variety of substances.

Mental Health Clinician

JoAnne Oliver, LPC,

JoAnne Oliver Mental Health Clinician ASYSSTHas been the mental health clinician at ASYSST, a New Jersey school based youth services program at Ewing High School since 2009. Born and raised in southern California, she started a career in teaching after graduating from college.

Program Coordinator

Amy Argiriou

Amy Argiriou Program Coordinator LifeskillsIs a program coordinator for the Mercer Council. She is a certified k-6 elementary school teacher. She has taught at the elementary school level as well as the preschool level. She is a certified Botvin LifeSkills Training facilitator and works with middle school students in Mercer County. She has been with the Council since March 2017.

Program Coordinator

Malissa Arnold

Malissa Arnold Program Coordinator Drug Free CommunitiesIs the Program Coordinator for the Drug Free Communities grant at Mercer Council which focuses on assisting communities with drug and alcohol misuse and focuses on families, students, and other individuals across the lifespan. She holds aa bachelor's degree in History/Political Science from Salem Women's College and a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Rutgers University.

Program Coordinator

Vanessa DeRosa

Vanessa DeRosa Program CoordinatorIs a Program Coordinator for Mercer Council. She has an MSW degree and has been employed by the council since February 2015. Vanessa facilitates the Protecting You, Protecting Me (PYPM) alcohol use prevention education program for children in grades K through 5.

Patient Navigator

Brian L. Bittings, OORP

Brian Bittings OORP Patient NavigatorBrian is a graduate of St. John's University with a BS in Psychology. "Operation Enduring Freedom," Army Veteran. He is working towards a graduate degree in Psychological Counseling. Brian is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and CRSP-Certified Recovery Support Practitioner.

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Kauffman

Lisa Kauffman Administrative Assistant

 

is the Administrative Assistant for Mercer Council. She has been employed by the council since April 2017. Lisa has been in the Administrative field for more than 25 years in various types of situations including, Municipalities, hospitals, doctors offices, churches and business offices. She handles multiple tasks as needed, Coordinates our staff meetings and events to make sure all things happen the way they should. Her smiling face is usually the first one you see when when entering Mercer Council.

Our Office

Mercer Council on Alcoholism & Drug Addiction
1931 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrence, NJ  08648

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