Naomi served as a Camden City Public School Community School Coordinator at St. Bartholomew School, Forrest Hills and Camden High School. With her roots firmly grounded in family, this position afforded her countless opportunities to assist youth and their families to reconnect, to rebuild and to do better.
Naomi earned her BA in Human Services from Antioch University and continued her career in the Camden City School System working with the youth and their families and is a graduate of Leadership NJ and NLI Neighborhood Leadership Institute.
In 1991, Naomi was selected by the Camden County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Inc. Board of Directors to serve as the first executive director and was given the charge to develop a council right here in Camden county. She was the first African American woman Executive Director/CEO serving in this capacity in the State of New Jersey.
Under Naomi’s leadership, the CCCADA was developed and established as a private, non-profit organization serving the residents of Camden County.
As a former school teacher, Andrea encountered many students who were impacted by family addiction and other social service issues. Although she found teaching very rewarding, Andrea felt drawn to finding a community-based career that would take a meaningful and holistic approach to preventing and reducing addiction in the family. Even prior to her start at the Council, Andrea knew that “prevention” was a key piece to the puzzle in helping students succeed academically, socially and personally. For almost twenty-one years now, Andrea has had the honor and privilege of working with youth, families, the community and other professionals on substance abuse prevention in a meaningful and rewarding way. Her current role consists of coordinating a regional drug free community coalition that takes a systems-approach to bring awareness, training and resources to local communities and schools to help prevent and reduce substance use and abuse.
When Andrea is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty-seven years and their two college-age children. With a large extended family and friend group, there are always reasons to host or attend special events that serve to celebrate one another and new beginnings. If Andrea could meet any famous person she’d like to meet Pastor Joel Osteen or (the real) Beverly Goldberg.
Sarah started her career in substance use prevention as a middle schooler in one of the CCCADA’s many youth programs. Her experiences in the program fueled her passion for the importance of community prevention and the incredible impact that youth can have on their communities. She was brought onto the CCCADA staff as a high school intern and has spent the last 13 years in the prevention field. She specializes in youth programming and spends a lot of her time teaching life and leadership skills in local middle schools. In addition to her work with youth, she specializes in tobacco and prescription drug prevention. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in political science in 2013.
In her time outside of the CCCADA, Sarah enjoys writing, yoga, hiking, and loves to spend time with her many rescued dogs and cats and her husband of five years, James. She takes frequent trips to the Catskills, Adirondacks and Green Mountains to go hiking and backpacking with her husband and dogs. If she could meet any famous person she’d like to meet the poet Mary Lambert or the Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot Gritty.