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 Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).  In her role as Executive Director, she is responsible for supporting program staff, developing policies/procedures, grant writing, fund development, agency growth/sustainability, networking, providing professional development training in the community and creating a positive, inclusive and safe space for all team members, volunteers, community members and consumers. Jocelyn 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 walking with people as they work toward their goals.  Jocelyn is passionate about social and racial justice, antiracism and equity.  As an avid lover of animals, Jocelyn enjoys spending time outdoors with her fur babies, Oliver and Pablo!

Assistant Executive Director

Barbara Sprechman

Barbara 2019Is Assistant Executive Director for Mercer Council.  She has been in the prevention field for over 28 years in various capacities including prevention educator, prevention professional course instructor, grant writer and program administrator. 

Director of Operations

Catherine Arulmohan

Cathy 2019as the Director of Operations manages the Council's finances and fiscal reporting requirements, facility oversight, office and human resource, outreach initiatives and IT.  

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Kauffman

Lisa Kauffman Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant Lisa provides assistance to all aspects of Mercer Council. She is the face that greats you when you enter our building and the voice on the phone when you call.

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.

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

Vanessa DeRosa

Vanessa DeRosa Program Coordinator

is a Program Coordinator for Mercer Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University and an MSW degree from Rutgers University. Vanessa has been employed by the council since February 2015 and facilitates the Protecting You, Protecting Me (PYPM) alcohol use prevention program for children in grades K-5.

Mercer County Grant Coordinator

Ruth DelPino

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Is the Mercer County Grant Coordinator and Former Trenton Municipal Alliance Coordinator. Ruth graduated from Rider University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, American Studies, and Global Studies with a Certificate in Leadership Skills. 

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.

Peer Recovery Specialist/Navigator Assistant OORP

David DeCamp
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David DeCamp currently serves as a full-time Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and Assistant Patient Navigator for the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) at Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction since November of 2019.   

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.

Program Coordinator

Dan Winter, MSW

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Dan is the Program Director for the Available School Youth Support Services Team (ASYSST), which is the School-Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) housed at Ewing High School. He received his BA from York College of Pennsylvania, and his MSW from Temple University. 

Youth Development Specialist

Shakita Johnson

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is a graduate from The College of New Jersey, with a degree in Business.  Helping others is her passion.  Shakita is the Youth Development Specialist working at ASYSST, housed at Ewing High School.  She has been working with School based youth since 2013.

Mental Health Clinician at ASYSST

Carly Scanlon 

Carly websiteis a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She received her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health & Counseling from The College of New Jersey. Carly is a mental health clinician working at ASYSST, housed at Ewing High School. She provides a safe, warm, and supportive environment for all.

Our Office

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

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