Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.) today announced the appointment of Mara Carlin to the position of Coalition Coordinator.
In this position, Mara will coordinate the efforts of the multi-sector Coalition for Healthy Communities. Her duties include the facilitation of coalition meetings, implementation of initiatives, and assisting with reporting requirements for funders. Mara will continue to spearhead the Coalition’s Tobacco Task Force and liaise with Middlesex County residents (youth, parents, clergy, etc.) and professionals (law enforcement, businesses, local government, etc.) to expand the reach of the coalition. Mara is expected to design and conduct trainings/presentations for coalition members and/or the community; also, to coordinate with members to implement coalition action plans with a specific focus on environmental strategies and moving coalition initiatives toward sustainability. Mara will continue to work with Wellspring, and move coalition initiatives toward sustainability.
Mara will continue prepare and present developmentally and culturally appropriate educational programs and presentations directly to students, parents, professionals, and community groups in various settings.
“Mara has been an integral part of Wellspring and the Coalition for a long time,” said Wellspring Executive Director Ezra Helfand. “I expect that she will continue to bring passion to her new designation as Coalition Coordinator.”
Mara graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1999. She began work as a SPARK counselor for the New York City Board of Education from 1999-2002, where she provided prevention programs to students at Sheepshead Bay High School. She was also the peer leadership advisor through the SPARK program where she helped high school students facilitate conflict Resolution. In 2002, Mara joined the NCADD team as the REBEL Coordinator, New Jersey’s Youth Anti-tobacco movement. She then began to present school based prevention services and transitioned to a Prevention Educator, and soon after became the Education Coordinator for the agency. Mara left the agency in 2008 to stay home with her 2 sons, and returned as a part-time employee in 2014.
The Coalition for Healthy Communities, an initiative of the Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.), brings together professionals from multiple disciplines who have a passion for the prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse problems.