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 2019Is 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

Cathy 2019Is 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. 

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Kauffman

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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.

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

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 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.

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. Before graduating,, she received the prestigious President’s Award. While at Rider, Ruth pulled from her experiences as a Resident Advisor and Experience in Student Government.

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.  Previously, Dave had served as an outside "per-diem" Peer Recovery Specialist for the OORP program since February of 2019. 

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.

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.

Our Office

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

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