566 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: (856) 858-9314
Fax: (856) 858-5672
1000 Atlantic Ave • 5th Floor
Camden, NJ 08104
Phone: (856) 964-3955
Fax: (856) 964-9332
2003C Lincoln Drive West
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 596-8007
Fax: (856) 596-8699
Gabe Guerrieri, Founder
Gabe Guerrieri M.Div., M.Ed., M.A.C., L.P.C., began Genesis Counseling Center over 30 years ago with a vision to provide quality, inventive and caring mental health and addictions counseling to those who need it, regardless of their economic status or ability to pay. Gabe graduated from St. Vincents College and Theological school in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1963 with a BA in Philosophy and in 1967 a M. Div. in Theological Studies.
Gabe also graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1972 with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. Gabe served as a guidance counselor at Camden Catholic High School, in Cherry Hill, for five years. He then moved to Houlton Maine, and worked as a counselor at the Aroostook County Mental Health Center for three years. Gabe then served as Associate Professor of Psychology and Dean of Students at Ricker College, before moving back to New Jersey.
Upon moving back to New Jersey Gabe served as the Director of Alcoholism at Achievement through Counseling and Treatment (ACT) in Philadelphia before becoming The Director of the Comprehensive Alcoholism Program at the James C. Giuffre Medical Center, also based in Philadelphia.
In 1979, after seeing a need for change, and wanting to help those in the community, Gabe founded Genesis Counseling Center. At that time a one room walk-up office on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey and over the 32 years Genesis has expanded to two additional locations, and much larger space in Collingswood.
Kevin Gregan, Executive Director
Kevin Gregan, M.Ed.,CCS, CCJC, Executive Director received his Master Degree in Educational Counseling from Antioch University in 1986. He began his career in the behavior health field in 1972 at The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase. aka "The Bridge", a long-term residential substance abuse program designed to treat adolescents who were struggling with substance abuse, family, educational, and social issues.
During his tenure at the Bridge, Kevin was instrumental in designing, developing, and implementing therapeutic, educational, and life skills programs that supported teens in becoming substance free and able to navigate successfully the challenges of adolescent life. Throughout his 25 year career at the Bridge, Kevin held multiple titles: Life Skills Counselor, Therapist, Re-Entry Therapist, Life Skills Program Coordinator, and ultimately, Program Director. It was working within these roles that Kevin was able to reach thousands of teens and their families and help them go on to lead successful and healthy lives.
Kevin has served as mentor, educator, lecturer and trainer for many professionals working in the mental health and substance abuse field today. Kevin has participated in the development of licensing standards for both adult and adolescent substance abuse programs in both residential and outpatient programs. He has served as chairperson for county advisory groups responsible for addressing substance abuse and mental health concerns in their communities.
It was in 1997 that he crossed the river into New Jersey and became the Clinical Director and eventually the Executive Director of the Alcove Program, Virtua Health Systems, Department of Addiction Medicine he was responsible for providing clinical and programmatic over site for a medically managed hospital based detoxification unit, adult residential short term and outpatient program.
In 2003 Kevin became the Clinical Director of the Genesis Counseling Center. Kevin focuses on developing services to assist families who are struggling in their lives due issues related to education, substance abuse and /or mental health related concerns. His understanding of the importance of family systems led to the design of a family focused intensive outpatient program which is reflective of today's best practice models for adolescent treatment. As the Vice President of Behavioral Health Services Kevin maintains focus on one primary goal; to help improve the health of the community one person at a time. He is responsible for the over site of all licensing, funding streams and all contractual treatment service agreements.
Kevin is a Certified Clinical Supervisor for the State of New Jersey, International Certified Criminal Justice Counselor and a trainer in Non Violence Crisis Intervention.
Karen Vernon, Vice President of Operations
Karen began her career in Special Education but circumstances moved her life in another direction. She worked at Cooper Orthopedics as their Account Manager then in physical therapy, general practice and now in counseling. She has 25 years experience in management.
William Weiley, Vice President of Finance
William graduated from Glassboro State College with is M.A. in Education. He then worked in the educational field as a guidance counselor for over 16 years, and after that worked for 17 years as a controller for a transportation company. Bill joined Genesis in 2005 and worked in Human Resources and Bookkeeping before taking on the Finance role.
Lynne Purul, Human Resources Coordinator
Lynne was previously a supervisor of 23 employees in a large Insurance Company for 37 years, as well as the Human resource coordinator of a Branch office. Lynne then retired from Insurance and in 2003 joined the Genesis team in the billing department. Lynne quickly moved up to become the Executive Assistant for the Executive Director and then in 2008 became Director of Human Resources.
James Jackson, Addiction Services Supervisor
James has worked in the Addictions field for over 25 years and has a LCADC from NJ Department of Consumer Affairs. He is also a certified HIV counselor. James joined Genesis in 2003 as a therapist for the Adult IOP program in Camden and a therapist in the Jail Second Chance Program. In 2004 James was promoted to Addictions Coordinator for the Camden programming and has been responsible for helping to develop this program to the high standards it achieves today. In 2006, James has become Clinical Addictions Supervisor.
C.P. Mirarchi, III, LCADC, CCDP-D, MA, JD, NCGC-II/BACC, Clinical Director of Gambling Treatment
CP came to Genesis in 2008 as a LaSalle intern in order to pursue a career as a therapist, wanting to specialize in the treatment of both addiction and mental health. While serving his Internship, he was able to secure a grant from the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling, for the Treatment and Education of Pathological Gambling.
Currently, CP serves as the Clinical Director of Genesis Gambling and Treatment Program. He has been certified as a provider of services for gambling treatment in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in New Jersey; a Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional-Diplomate (CCDP-D); and the only National Certified Gambling Counselor/Board Approved Clinical Consultant in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. He holds a Master's Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University (2010) and a Law Degree from the Widener University School of Law (1976).
Nancy DiFrancesco, Licensed Associate Counselor/Site Director for the Marlton Office
Nancy DiFrancesco is originally from Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a Sociology minor, from Temple University in 2002. In 2004, she graduated from Temple with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. After graduating, Nancy became a Certified School Counselor. Nancy joined the Genesis team in October of 2007. For the first six years of her career here, she worked primarily with adolescents, running the adolescent substance abuse out-patient program in the Mt. Laurel and Marlton offices. In 2013, she focused on working with adults with substance abuse issues. In 2014, she became a Licensed Associate Counselor, enabling her to expand her focus to include mental health, as well as, substance abuse. Recently, she was named the site director in the Marlton Office.
James F. Bunte, LPC, LCADC, CCS, Addiction Supervisor/Site Director of the Collingswood Office
Jim was born and grew up in the Cleveland area of Northeast Ohio. He received a Bachelors of Science, Summa Cum Laude with Honors degree from Ohio State University in 1997. In 2005, Jim received a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University in 2005. In September of that year, he was hired as an Intake Counselor at Genesis Counseling Center. During his ten-plus years at Genesis, Jim received licenses and certifications as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Also, he has been credentialed with all the insurance companies that contract for service with the agency. Jim is currently working as the site coordinator of the Collingswood office, and is a clinical supervisor, with a full caseload of clients that he provides counseling services for.
Kristina Banks, MSW, LCSW
Kristina Banks, MSW, LCSW graduated from Rutgers University in 1991. She began her career in 1989 where she was a Child Life Therapist at the Children's Seashore House in Atlantic City, NJ. In May 1990, Kristina began working at Drenk Mental Health Center, as a Crisis Therapist in the Family Crisis Intervention Unit. She was promoted at Drenk within two years and was the Supervisor of the Adolescent Offender Treatment Unit. In 1993, she received her LCSW and New Jersey School Social Worker Certificate. In the day she worked at Hampton Academy as a school social worker for 18 years. During that time frame, Kristina spent 6 years working nights in a private practice dealing with sex offenders and victims. Since 2012, Kristina has worked in several organizations as an in-home therapist; Dealing with parenting skills, children's behaviors, psychiatric issues, anxiety, depression, abandonment, grief and loss, substance abuse and other abuse issues. Presently, Kristina is Camden's Site Director, dealing with mental health and co-occurring clients. She is excited about making positive changes and growing the Camden Site.
Steven Ginsburg, LPC/CADC/ACS/CCS-Clinical Supervisor and Therapist
Mr. Ginsburg holds a Master's of Education Degree and a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology both from Temple University. He also completed his post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Beck Institute. Steve provides psychotherapy to help people recover from addictions and mental illness. His expertise is in facilitating Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation to help people move forward in their lives. Steve has worked for Genesis for over 9 years and has conducted almost 1,000 Clinical Substance Abuse and Mental Health Evaluation at our center. Finally, Steve provides Clinical supervision and training of Genesis Staff toward obtaining their various licenses and certifications.
Advisory Board Members
Salvatore Siciliano, Esq., Siciliano & Associates, LLC Attorneys at Law
Jim Bathurst, Former Superintendent of Collingswood Public Schools
Joe Nardi, III, Esquire, Brown & Connery, LLP