Wellspring Center for Prevention

Promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities
through the prevention of addiction-related problems across the lifespan.

Executive Staff

Ezra Helfand, BA
Ezra duties include: Implementing the agency's strategic plan; Planning for program services, staffing, physical resources, and funding; Monitoring implementation of policies and procedures to assure programs and services are delivered effectively and efficiently; and Establishing and maintaining working relationships with community groups, service providers,
Ezra Helfand, BAChief Executive OfficerEzra.Helfand@wcpnj.org
Helen Varvi,  M. Ed., CPS
Helen provides overall supervision of program services and direct supervision of all staff at our East Brunswick office. She delivers agency programs and is an instructor of CPS classes. She represents Wellspring at various local, County and State organizations and associations.
Helen Varvi, M. Ed., CPSDeputy DirectorHelen.Varvi@wcpnj.org
Lauren Balkan, MSW, LCSW
Lauren currently provides overall supervision of program services and direct supervision of all staff at Pathways. Lauren also provides counseling services to students at Carteret High School and represents the agency at various local, County and Statewide organizations and associations.
Lauren Balkan, MSW, LCSWDeputy Director – Wellspring School-Based Clinical Services Lauren.Balkan@wcpnj.org
Lizette Fallon, BS
Lizette manages all financial activities of the organization to insure fiscal stability and timely submission of all required reports to various funding sources. Prepares all budgets and gathers all data required for full external audit.
Lizette Fallon, BSDirector of FinanceLizette.Fallon@wcpnj.org


 ShaRonda R. Amon, BA
ShaRonda is a dedicated professional with 20 years’ experience with at risk children and their families and over 15 years' experience in the field of prevention At Wellspring, ShaRonda facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula in County schools.
ShaRonda R. Amon, BAPreventionistShaRonda.Amon@wcpnj.org
Karen Boateng
Karen provide assistance to the Pathways Program Supervisor. Guide all activities of office operations to insure efficient work flow. In addition, manage daily sign in sheets and monitor traffic flow to ensure students, faculty and guests are properly directed.
Karen BoatengOffice Manager - Scool Based Clinical ServicesKaren.Boateng@wcpnj.org
Cathy Cardew, MSW, LSW, CPS
Cathy facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula; provides information and referral services, and carries out special projects as assigned.
Cathy Cardew, MSW, LSW, CPS PreventionistCathy.Cardew@wcpnj.org
Mara Carlin, BS, CPS
Mara joined the agency as the REBEL Coordinator, New Jersey’s Youth Anti-tobacco movement. Mara left the agency in 2008 to stay home with her 2 sons, and returned full time in 2015 and is currently the Coordinator of Coalition and Community Programs.
Mara Carlin, BS, CPS Coordinator of Coalition and Community ProgramsMara.Carlin@wcpnj.org
Nicki Francis, BA
Nicki is a trainer for agency programs and after school prevention group programs for middle school students. She also delivers presentations on a variety of topics at school assemblies, to school educators, parents and administrators, and to healthcare professionals.
Nicki Francis, BACoordinator of Program and Professional Developmentnicki.francis@wcpnj.org
Sofia Kuczynski, MSW
Sofia received her Masters in Social Work in 2017 from NYU. She is Licensed Social Worker and will be providing therapeutic services to the Carteret Elementary School. As a Certified Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer Sofia hopes to use the strengths of the students and family to bring about their greatness.
Sofia Kuczynski, MSWProgram Coordinator. School Based Clinical ServicesSofia.Kuczynski@wcpnj.org
Christina Lavigne, MA, LAC, NCC
Christina has her Master’s in Professional Clinical Counseling, is a Licensed Associate Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She will be providing mental health counseling and prevention and leadership programs for The Path program at Carteret Middle School.
Christina Lavigne, MA, LAC, NCCClinician -Scool Based Clinical ServicesChristina.Lavigne@wcpnj.org
Lissette Mejia
Lissette provides support to the Executive Director and Director of Finance and is responsible for the agency’s addiction training courses and general office management. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Lissette MejiaAccounting and Training CoordinatorLissette.Mejia@wcpnj.org
Crystal Mutilitis, MSW LSW
Crystal graduated from Kean University with a Master's in Social Work and also holds school social work certification. She is a Licensed Social Worker providing individual, group and family counseling services to students at The PATH Program at Carteret Middle School.
Crystal Mutilitis, MSW LSWClinician - Scool Based Clinical Services cmutilitis@wcpnj.org
Jeanne Neuwirth, MSW, LCSW
Jeanne is a Licensed Social Worker and will be providing individual, family and group counseling to the students of Carteret high school and middle school. She will be working through the PATHWAYS program.
Jeanne Neuwirth, MSW, LCSW Clinician - Scool Based Clinical ServicesJeanne.Neuwirth@wcpnj.org
Adrienne Ostrove, LCSW
Adrienne is a licensed social worker providing therapy for students in Carteret Middle School's Tier 3 program. She has her Master's degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo and also has a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University at Albany. She is experienced with working with youth in foster care and residential placement, and families in crisis. She utilizes a holistic and trauma-informed approach to support her clients, and provides services in both English and Spanish.
Adrienne Ostrove, LCSWClinican - Scool Based Clinical ServicesAdrienne.Ostrove@wcpnj.org
Alyssa Steele, LCSW
I am a licensed social worker providing mental health counseling services to students at Carteret elementary schools through the PATH program. I have a Masters in Social Work which I received from Salisbury University in Maryland. I also have my school social worker certificate and social work license. I worked as an outpatient mental health therapist and interned in school settings providing counseling services to children.
Alyssa Steele, LCSWClinician - Scool Based Clinical Servicesasteele@wcpnj.org
Hugh Wallace
Hugh possess over 18 years’ experience in the substance use field. Hugh facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula in County schools.
Hugh WallacePreventionistHugh.Wallace@wcpnj.org.
Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS
Heather prepares and presents educational programs directly to students, parents, and community groups. She presents the agency's school-based primary prevention programs as well as staffing the information/referral helpline at multiple community and organizational events.
Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPSCoordinator of School and Family ProgramsHeather.Ward@wcpnj.org
Aja Bradley
Aja graduated with an MSW from Kean University. She is experienced working with adults who have significant mental health and medical diagnoses. She is currently providing counseling services to students at Carteret High School.
Aja BradleyClinician, Scool Based Clinical ServicesAja.Bradley@wcpnj.org
Alejandra Lopez, BA
Alejandra graduated Kean University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology & minor in American Sign Language. She is a Youth Development Specialist providing support, prevention education and behavioral intervention to the students in our Tier 3 program under Wellspring’s Clinical Services Programl.
Alejandra Lopez, BAClinician, Scool Based Clinical ServicesAlejandra.Lopez@wcpnj.org
Anna Gonnello, MSW, LCSW
A licensed clinical social worker providing counseling services to the students of Metuchen High School. Anna received her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2011. A proponent of the strengths perspective and incorporates this modality into all aspect of her work
Anna Gonnello, MSW, LCSWClinician at Scool Based Clinical ServicesAnna.Gonnello@wcpnj.org
Gideon Abadilla, BBA
Gideon graduated Loyola University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. At Carteret High School, he is the advisor for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Incorruptible.US, Letters For Rose, and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA).
Gideon Abadilla, BBAClinician - Scool Based Clinical ServicesGideon.Abadilla@wcpnj.org
Jordan Indyk, MSW
Jordan graduated Fordham University with a Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Social Worker working toward her clinical licensure. She has experience doing in home outpatient work with children and families and will be providing services to children in the elementary schools in Carteret.
Jordan Indyk, MSWClinician - Scool Based Clinical ServicesJordan.Indyk@wcpnj.org