Our staff is a dedicated group of individuals who believe in progressing the mission and values of the organization. We have a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and education that we bring to our work everyday in the forms of inclusion, caring, and responsibility.
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The Admin Team is responsible for overseeing the daily and programatic operations of the organization.
The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC) is an active group of professionals ranging from civic/volunteer groups, businesses, faith-based organizations, government, health care, law enforcement, media, parents, prevention/ recovery community, schools, youth and youth-serving organizations.
Partners in Prevention educates members of Hudson County on topics pertaining to the overall health of the community. Our prevention educational programs touch the lives of individuals on all levels.
Our mission is to guide young people to realize their leadership potential and become empowered to create positive changes in themselves, in their schools, and in their communities.
Doug Bratton has served as the Executive Director of Partners in Prevention for the past 10 years. He has worked in the prevention field in a variety of capacities over the past 25 years, including director of New Jersey’s statewide Teen Institute, lead trainer for New Jersey’s youth tobacco prevention program REBEL, speaker/trainer, and grant writer.
He is a proud father who loves baseball, coaching, comics, and writing. In another life, Doug was a syndicated newspaper and magazine cartoonist.
Associate Executive Director
Yaisa Coronado is the Associate Executive Director for Partners in Prevention. She is responsible for the daily program operations for a nonprofit organization that has served Hudson County and NJ residents for over 30 years.
After dedicating close to 10 years to child welfare, Yaisa came to the nonprofit field seeking grassroots alternatives to the social ills that plague our communities. She fervently believes in the power of public health, wellness, and prevention as ways to confront societal concerns before they become entrenched problems.
In addition to her work at PIP, Yaisa volunteers at various organizations in Hudson County whose mission addresses her passions of women’s issues, homelessness, immigrants’ and children’s rights, and is a contributor to the lifestyle internet magazine, “Only in NOHU”.
She is an Ann Baran scholarship recipient, a PI Alpha Alpha honor society member, and a Peer Education Award winner. Yaisa holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Rutgers University.
Khadijah is the Finance Director who works with Partners in Prevention by overseeing all financial, accounting and Human resources day to day operations. Khadijah holds the work she does for the agency close to her heart. The work done in the community by the agency is what makes her most proud to be apart of the team.
Khadijah has supported Partners in Prevention by continuing to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations and guidelines. Khadijah has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience.
Khadijah has attended Rutgers University and New Jersey City University receiving a Bachelor degree in Finance and a certification in Human Resource management.
Mark joined Partners in Prevention in 2019, and has served as the agency’s executive administrator since 2020. Covering everything from tech support to office management, Mark enjoys working with every department on a variety of projects.
Above all else, Mark believes in supporting good people doing good things for others, and gets the chance to do so every day at PIP.Mark graduated magna cum laude from Ramapo College with a degree in Contemporary Arts: Professional Communications, and is pursuing his masters degree in public and organizational relations from Montclair State University.
In his spare time, he enjoys movies and spending time with his wife and two cats. He promises he’s more interesting than the previous sentence would make him seem.
Jamie Sierfeld has been a part of the PIP team since 2015, when the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute officially became a program of the agency. She has supervised and directed the Teen Institute since 2003, and has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the fields of youth engagement and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention.
A former participant of the Teen Institute herself (1995 Alum!), Jamie truly believes in the power of young people, and in the importance of providing space and opportunity for youth to gain leadership skills and confidence in themselves and their unique abilities.
Jamie is a mom and step mom to 4 human children and 1 fur child. She loves Broadway musicals and Animal Crossing.
Senior Program Director
Jeanette is Partners in Prevention’s senior program director. She helps oversee PIP’s program implementation throughout Hudson County and the process of acquiring grants in order to continue our substance misuse prevention efforts throughout the community.
Previous to this role, Jeanette worked as part of the coalition team and focused on community outreach, advocated for positive policy changes, and promoted positive community norms regarding substance misuse.
The Hudson County community is very important to Jeanette as she grew up in North Bergen. Previous to joining Partners in Prevention, Jeanette worked with adults who were in recovery from substance addiction.
Jeanette obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Kean University after completing an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts from Hudson County Community College.
Marketing & Fund Development Specialist
Ryan is the Marketing & Fund Development Specialist who works with the various programs and departments at Partners in Prevention. He uses his communication and design skills to help share the stories and mission of the agency to better support the communities it serves.
Ryan’s passion for prevention began back in 2009 when he attended the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute’s Summer Leadership Conference and later became an Executive Member of his high school’s Student Prevention Education League.
Ryan holds a Masters in Communication from Kean University and a Bachelors degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University.
Courtney joined Partners in Prevention in 2020 and serves as the Office Administrator.
She is the first line of communication for the office, from community referrals to accounts receivables, and enjoys assisting in all aspects of the services that PiP offers.
Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Ramapo College.
She has a strong love for nature and the outdoors, and enjoys working with computers in her free time.
Anthony Menafro is the Coalition Supervisor for the Hudson County Coalition, a group of individuals working to combat substance abuse and misuse within the county. He is a certified Prevention Specialist as of 2020 and has worked within the prevention field for over five years.
Being a life-long Hudson County resident, Anthony has a lot of passion and love for his community. He knows that the work being done in Hudson County has true impact based on the ongoing research initiatives that provide proof that Partners in Prevention does incredible, effective work. With a love for research and data, this has always been a major focus of assessing the agency and its respective initiatives for success and what changes need to be made to continue to improve the community.
Anthony holds a Bachelors degree in Public Health & Psychology from William Paterson University where he worked on and had work published, focusing on substances and public health.
He is also in progress of obtaining his Masters of Public Health in Biostatistics & Epidemiology from the University of Southern California in order to gain more skills and knowledge to assist the agency and community as a whole.
My name is Gyzial (Giselle) and I work on the Coalition Team. I am a former Rutgers graduate with a Major in Public Affairs and Administration and a minor in psychology.
Since graduating I have served Hudson county. I love what I do and my awesome team. Being a part of the Coalition has not only helped me professionally but also personally.
Day after day I learn something new about my the community I serve and gain knowledge that will carry me through my professional career. I plan to continue to service my county and educate the people around me.
Motivation is defined as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. I know that I am destined to help others soar beyond the limits of their potential.
My journey started as an HIV Counselor/ Health Educator within Hudson County. I enjoyed helping people find ways to live a healthier and safer life by providing one on one counseling, prevention outreach, and health education presentation within the Hudson County community.
However, as a front-line helper within the community, I saw a bigger calling and need within the youth dealing with substance abuse that leads to other chronic conditions. I knew then in order to make a change, I needed to help enforce the importance of youth substance abuse and prevention. Shortly after, I was hired as a Coalition Coordinator with the Hudson County Coalition For A Drug-Free Community, which was the best decision I made to help create a change within our youth.
As one of the new members of the Hudson County Coalition For A Drug-Free Community, I am now able to start this new journey of educating and providing substance abuse prevention strategies to the youth and community members of Hudson County.
Priya is one of the Coalition Coordinators for the Hudson County Coalition. Hudson County is my her home and she loves the diversity and culture the community has to offer!
During her master’s, she learned the importance of addressing the social determinants of health to prevent adverse health outcomes. Since she graduated, she have been working with non-profit organizations which increased my passion for working in a team to conduct outreach in local communities to initiate sustainable social change.
Priya has always had a passion for working with children and youth as well as working with the mentally ill population, and people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She is so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an amazing team to educate and protect the youth in the community!
Mike Silverman is a Coalition Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator for the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community.
Mike has been a part of the prevention world since high school, where he has been volunteering with the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute since 2008 and previously worked with the Bergen County Prevention Coalition in 2018-2019. Since coming to Hudson, Mike has been passionately working on reaching out to meet the many different partners around the county and understanding the community more and more.
Mike is an advocate for understanding social justice issues and supporting the goals of agencies fighting for equity and equality.Mike received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in School Counseling from Rider University (’14, ’17), also having a Student Assistance Coordinator certification in the state of New Jersey.
Pam Presinal is the Education Department Supervisor for Partners in Prevention, where she plans to execute a variety of goals and visions for her team.
She was born and raised in Hudson County, thus being relatable and part of the communities we serve. Pam believes that prevention education to those of all ages should be fun, engaging and meaningful.
Graduating from William Paterson University, where she pursued a bachelor’s degree of Science in Public Health and a minor in Economics, has impacted the quality of her life on a multitude of levels. She has gained experience throughout the nonprofit world, exercising her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge in several communities and municipalities across New Jersey.
Assistant Education Supervisor
Estrella Borrego is the Assistant Education Supervisor who works with individuals of all ages in Hudson County by providing substance abuse prevention education programming.
She believes respecting the community you serve allows you to have the necessary resources that will help them lead healthy lives and make positive choices. Estrella has worked diligently at building relationships with schools, and other agencies throughout Hudson County whose mission, goals, and objectives align with Partners in Prevention.
Estrella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Education from New Jersey City University.
Jessica Fuentes has eleven years of experience working in various communities with a wide range of diverse populations. Jessica believes that communities must come together in order to break stigmas and to assist those in need of resources.
Jessica’s experience in outreach has allowed her to do just that. She has held seminars and workshops targeting those affected by mental health disabilities, domestic violence, substance abuse and is dedicated to being the voice for those who need it.
Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute Supervisor
Rachel is a proud product of the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (Alumni ’09)! She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Montclair State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public and Organizational Relations.
She believes that prevention education is most effective when youth are engaged in creative and meaningful ways and aims to bring a little bit of fun to everything she facilitates.