Wellspring Center for Prevention

Promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities
through the prevention of addiction-related problems across the lifespan.

Executive Director/CEO

Ezra Helfand, BA

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As Executive Director, Ezra is the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.

His duties include: Implementing the agency's strategic plan; Planning for program services, staffing, physical resources, and funding;  Monitoring implementation of policies and procedures to assure programs and services are delivered effectively and efficiently; and Establishing and maintaining working relationships with community groups, service providers, government offices, and the media. Ezra also continues to develop print and electronic publications for the Council and manage the agency's web sites.

Ezra can be reached at Ezra.Helfand@WellspringPrevention.org.

Our Staff

Lizette Fallon, BS
Lizette manages all financial activities of the organization to insure fiscal stability and timely submission of all required reports to various funding sources. Prepares all budgets and gathers all data required for full external audit.
Lizette Fallon, BSDirector of FinanceLizette.Fallon@WellspringPrevention.org
Lauren Balkan, MSW, LCSW
Lauren currently provides overall supervision of program services and direct supervision of all staff at Pathways. Lauren also provides counseling services to students at Carteret High School and represents the agency at various local, County and Statewide organizations and associations.
Lauren Balkan, MSW, LCSWDeputy Director – PathwaysLauren.Balkan@WellspringPrevention.org
Helen Varvi,  M. Ed., CPS
Helen provides overall supervision of program services and direct supervision of all staff at our East Brunswick office. She delivers agency programs and is an instructor of CPS classes. She represents Wellspring at various local, County and State organizations and associations.
Helen Varvi, M. Ed., CPSDeputy DirectorHelen.Varvi@WellspringPrevention.org
Lissette Mejia-Bacharde
Lissette provides support to the Executive Director and Director of Finance and is responsible for the agency’s addiction training courses and general office management. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Lissette Mejia-BachardeAccounting and Training CoordinatorLissette.Bacharde@WellspringPrevention.org
Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS
Heather prepares and presents educational programs directly to students, parents, and community groups. She presents the agency's school-based primary prevention programs as well as staffing the information/referral helpline at multiple community and organizational events.
Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPSCoordinator of School and Family ProgramsHeather.Ward@WellspringPrevention.org
Mara Carlin, BS, CPS
Mara joined the agency as the REBEL Coordinator, New Jersey’s Youth Anti-tobacco movement. Mara left the agency in 2008 to stay home with her 2 sons, and returned full time in 2015 and is currently the Coordinator of Coalition and Community Programs.
Mara Carlin, BS, CPS Coordinator of Coalition and Community ProgramsMara.Carlin@WellspringPrevention.org
Nicki Francis, BA
Nicki is a trainer for agency programs and after school prevention group programs for middle school students. She also delivers presentations on a variety of topics at school assemblies, to school educators, parents and administrators, and to healthcare professionals.
Nicki Francis, BACoordinator of Program and Professional Developmentnicki.francis@wellspringprevention.org
Anna Pepe, MSW, LCSW
Anna is working with teens from Carteret High School. Anna supervises program Clinicians both at the high school and middle school. She oversees the Girl Talk program, and the Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club.
Anna Pepe, MSW, LCSWClinical Supervisor - PathwaysAnna.Pepe@WellspringPrevention.org
Mallory Stufsky, MSW, LCSW
As the SUN, Mallory provides consultation to community providers, Children’s System of Care (CSOC) system partners, families, advisory groups, and/or governmental entities serving or advocating for youth with substance use challenges.
Mallory Stufsky, MSW, LCSW Substance Abuse Navigatormallory.stufsky@wellspringprevention.org
Jeanne Neuwirth, MSW, LSW
Jeanne is a Licensed Social Worker and will be providing individual, family and group counseling to the students of Carteret high school and middle school. She will be working through the PATHWAYS program.
Jeanne Neuwirth, MSW, LSW Clinician I - PathwaysJeanne.Neuwirth@WellspringPrevention.org
Karen Boateng
Karen provide assistance to the Pathways Program Supervisor. Guide all activities of office operations to insure efficient work flow. In addition, manage daily sign in sheets and monitor traffic flow to ensure students, faculty and guests are properly directed.
Karen BoatengOffice Manager - PathwaysKaren.Boateng@WellspringPrevention.org
Karolyn Estevez, BA
Karolyn is a graduate of Rutgers Universityy where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. At Wellspring, Karolyn facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula in County schools and the various communities the agency serves.
Karolyn Estevez, BAYouth Development Specialist - Pathwayskarolyn.estevez@wellspringprevention.org
Lisa Lussier, LSW, MSW
Lisa is a Licensed Social Worker and provides individual, family and group counseling to the students at Carteret middle school. Lisa serves students who may be at risk where violence or dependence is concerned.
Lisa Lussier, LSW, MSW Clinician -PathwaysLisa.Lussier@wellspringprevention.org.
Melisa Damcevska, BS
Melisa is a recent graduate of Rutgers University where she studied Public Health and minored in English. Melisa facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula in County schools.
Melisa Damcevska, BS PreventionistMelisa.Damcevska@wellspringprevention.org
Gina-Marie Miraglia, BA
Gina is a graduate of Rowan University. At Wellspring, Gina facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula in County schools and the various communities the agency serves.
Gina-Marie Miraglia, BAPreventionistginam@wellspringprevention.org.
Jenna Lynn Bonstein, BA
Jenna comes to Wellspring having worked in various organizations that enhance people's lives and help individuals reach and sustain recovery. She is a graduate of Kean University. At Wellspring, Jenna facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula in County schools.
Jenna Lynn Bonstein, BA PreventionistJenna.Bonstein@wellspringprevention.org
 ShaRonda R. Amon, BA
ShaRonda is a dedicated professional with 20 years’ experience with at risk children and their families and over 15 years' experience in the field of prevention At Wellspring, ShaRonda facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula in County schools.
ShaRonda R. Amon, BAPreventionistShaRonda.Amon@wellspringprevention.org
Cathy Cardew, MSW, LSW, CPS
Cathy facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula; provides information and referral services, and carries out special projects as assigned.
Cathy Cardew, MSW, LSW, CPS PreventionistCathy.Cardew@WellspringPrevention.org
Hugh Wallace
Hugh possess over 18 years’ experience in the substance use field. Hugh facilitates evidence-based prevention curricula in County schools.
Hugh WallacePreventionistHugh.Wallace@wellspringprevention.org.