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 is a Certified Prevention Specialist in New Jersey and Internationally (ICRC), and was nationally certified as a Bullying Prevention Specialist by Clemson University. He is currently completing the requirements to be a NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
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 @ 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.
Certified Prevention Specialist
Jennifer Pielhau has been working the field of substance abuse prevention since 2002. After earning her BA degree in Sociology (2000) from Stockton University, she returned to the institution in 2002 to acquire a second BA degree in Elementary Education (K-8). It is upon completing her second undergraduate degree, that she began working for Atlantic Prevention Resources. In addition to her study at Stockton, Jennifer received a Certificate of Completion from Ocean County College in the Interpreter Training Program (ASL). She is also a Certified Prevention Specialist.
Jennifer is trained and currently facilitates the following programs: Life Skills Training Program (Botvin), Strengthening Families Program, and the Chronic Disease Self- Management Program. She is a nationally certified trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Jennifer is also trained to facilitate the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) and A Matter of Balance.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her 3 children. If you don’t find her coaching, you will often find her at the field watching her children play sports or leading a Girl Scout troop on their next adventure.
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 for 11 years. 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.
Brian J. Wilson