Meet Our Prevention Staff
Robert Zlotnick, Ph.d.
Dr. Bob Zlotnick has been the executive director of Atlantic Prevention Resources since 1995 and has worked professionally in the field of addiction prevention and treatment since 1989. He received a B.A. in Psychology in 1991, a M.Ed. in 1992 and in 2001 earned a Ph.D. in Psychoeducational Processes, all from Temple University. He has been an appointed member of the NJ Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse since 2010.
Kim Burns has worked and volunteered in the prevention field for over twenty-three years. She has been employed at Atlantic Prevention Resources since 2000. As an employee of Atlantic Prevention Resources, Kim was the REBEL(Reaching Everyone By Exposing Lies) Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for the Atlantic County program for ten years. In this position she worked with youth and adults across Atlantic County and in sixteen Atlantic County schools to educate young people about the dangers of smoking and tobacco. She worked with adults from the Communities Against Tobacco Coalition(CAT) and REBEL youth to raise the percentage of tobacco free policies in municipalities and schools. Through these efforts several towns and schools were successful in enacting new Tobacco Free policies. Kim and her group also actively worked on activities related to the passing of the Smoke Free Air Law in 2006. Throughout her nineteen years at APR, Kim has done hundreds of presentations to local youth, parents, and community members on the dangers of tobacco, underage drinking and other drugs.
Kim is the Tobacco Coordinator for the Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ, Southern Region and oversees tobacco grants. She is also the Quit Center Coordinator.
Cert. Health Education Specialist
Amanda graduated from Stockton University with a BS in Public Health, concentrating in Community Health Education. She started her career at Atlantic Prevention Resources in January of 2015. She facilitates the Life Skills Program, Forest Friends, and the Strengthening Families Program throughout Atlantic County. She is also a member of the Brigantine Municipal Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys being active, all things outdoors, traveling, and playing music.
Robin M. McClain
Robin has been at APR since 2015. She teaches prevention programs in the community, which includes Forest Friends, Life Skills, Strengthening Families Program, Wellness programs for older adults, and administrative tasks in the office. In addition to her work at APR, she is a full-time student at Stockton University. In her free time you will find Robin doing homework or spending time with her family.
Carlo Favretto Jr.
Regional Youth Coordinator
Carlo Favretto Jr. is the Regional Youth Coordinator of South Jersey for the Youth Tobacco Action Groups Program -- a Program of Tobacco Free for a Healthy New Jersey -- for the new Incorruptible.Us Campaign. Carlo has a B.A. in History with a concentration in International Studies from Rowan University, and started working for APR in January 2019. Carlo was a former REBEL Youth Advisory Board member when he was in high school, and now helps facilitate Atlantic County's Stand Up and REBEL program. Carlo is also a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and his favorite response to use around the office is "Very Good."
Kathleen Merlino McFadden, Associate Director has been with Atlantic Prevention Resources since 1993. Throughout the years, her job responsibilities have changed with the growth of the agency and according to grants awarded to APR (many which she wrote). Kathleen was instrumental in getting APR involved in the Strengthening Families Program and implementing Botvin Life Skills – both evidence based programs recognized for their effectiveness in the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report., “Facing Addicition in America”. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from Montclair University and completed graduate work at Georgian Court College to obtain a New Jersey State Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) certification. For many years, Mrs. McFadden worked in schools of Atlantic County facilitating groups and doing individual counseling with high-risk youth.
Long before it became a state mandate, Kathleen recognized the need and value of bullying prevention in the schools and APR was on the cutting edge of becoming trained and certified in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Together, with CEO Bob Zlotnick and later, Jen Pielhau, over 25 school committees have been trained in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
Kathleen continues to coordinate the scheduling of all school programs and other activities required under state, county, and Municipal Alliance grants. She monitors and reports the progress of all programmatic requirements completed under those funding sources. She also is the Program Director of the federally funded Drug free Communities Grant by which Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC) operates.
Lastly, she happily supervises an excellent staff of six full time and two part time employees.
Brian J. Wilson
Facility Manager/Project Coordinator
Brian joined Atlantic Prevention Resources in 2007 shortly after graduating from Stockton University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. His role as facility manger is to oversee the day to day operations to ensure a pleasant, safe and efficient work environment. In addition to that he is also the Project Coordinator for Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC) a county wide substance misuse prevention coalition. He has played a major role in the implementation of placing permanent prescription drop boxes located in police departments throughout Atlantic County for the safe disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medications. Brian has also worked on many different initiatives combating substance misuse throughout our area. He has been a active member of the Egg Harbor Township Municipal Alliance since 2010. Outside from work Brian is a martial arts enthusiast having trained most of his life. He also loves the beach, surfing, and being active outdoors whenever he can.
Tobacco Prevention Specialist
Ashley Hulek grew up in South Jersey and currently resides in Absecon. She graduated from Towson University with a BFA. At APR Ashley is the Southern Regional Coordinator for the Tobacco Free Workplace Wellness initiative and the Smoke Free Housing initiative. When Ashley’s not working she enjoys yoga and spending time with her family and friends.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Marilyn graduated from Virginia State University with a BS in Psychology in 2014. She started her career at Atlantic Prevention Resources in March of 2020, and was trained as a tobacco treatment specialist in May of 2020. At APR Marilyn is a Quit Center Counselor all throughout Atlantic County assisting adults in quitting and maintaining a tobacco- free lifestyle.
Community Initiatives Coordinator
Laurie Smith is the Community Initiatives Coordinator for Atlantic Prevention Resources. She is in her 20th year with the agency and is the coordinator of Join Together Atlantic County, the Atlantic County Opiate Task Force and co-coordinates the Cape Atlantic Bridge Coalition. She is a certified trainer of Botvin Life Skills Program, Strengthening Families Program, Coping with Work and Family Stress and the TiPS program. Laurie also facilitates Peer Leadership, Forest Friends and other programming throughout the county working with both youth and adults. She is a member of the Atlantic County Juvenile Officers Association, both Atlantic County and Southern Regional Children’s Interagency Coordinating Councils, and the community liaison board of the Egg Harbor Township High School Teen Center. Laurie is also an advocacy leader for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of NJ. She has received numerous awards in the field of prevention including 2016 Outstanding Service Award from the Hope All Day Foundation, Volunteer of the Year awards from Egg Harbor Township Municipal Alliance in 2002, 2007, 2010, and the Atlantic County Alliance in 2011. She was the recipient of the first ever W. Cary Edwards State Volunteer of the Year award given by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and was one of the Atlantic City Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2015.
Certified Prevention Specialist
Lisa Catalano has been working at APR since 2006. She has a BA in Psychology from Stockton University and received her CPS credential in 2016. Lisa facilitates evidenced-based programs including, Life Skills Training, the WISE program for seniors, CDSMP, APB and the Strengthening Families Program. She currently serves as the chairperson for the Township of Hamilton Municipal Alliance. Additionally, she is a counselor intern for APR’s Treatment Program. Presently, Lisa is working toward her CADC. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys being at the beach and spending time with family.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Allie graduated from The College of New Jersey with a BA in International Studies. She started her career in public health in April of 2019, when she joined the tobacco team at APR. She was trained as a tobacco treatment specialist in May of 2019 and started counseling for the Quit Center soon after. As a Quit Center counselor, Allie works with community members throughout Atlantic County who are interested in quitting tobacco products. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Melanie Started at APR in 2019 shortly after graduating from Stockton University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She facilitates evidence based programs such as Botvin Lifeskills, Forest Friends and Strengthening Families. In her free time she loves to spend time on the water with her friends and family.
Community Coalition Assistant
Amber joined Atlantic Prevention Resources as a Community Coalition Assistant in January 2020. She graduated from Stockton University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She works on many different initiatives to combat substance misuse throughout our area for Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC) a county wide substance misuse prevention coalition. When not at work, Amber enjoys camping, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with her husband, two children and two dogs.