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Office Locations

Collingswood
(Home Office)

566 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: (856) 858-9314
Fax: (856) 858-5672

Camden

1000 Atlantic Ave • 5th Floor
Camden, NJ 08104
Phone: (856) 964-3955
Fax: (856) 964-9332

Marlton

2003C Lincoln Drive West
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 596-8007
Fax: (856) 596-8699

People


Gabe Guerrieri 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.


Barry Bailey Barry Bailey, Executive Director

Barry is a graduate of Madison University with a Masters in Chemical Dependency Counseling. Barry has worked in the Behavioral Health industry for over 35 years and specializes in Adolescent and Family Issues, as well as Juvenile Justice System involved youth. Barry joined Genesis in 1987 and has worked as a Student Assistance Counselor, and he has provided direct service, as well as coordinated all Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs. Barry designed the Comprehensive Adjustment Program (CAP), a Re-entry Day Reporting Program for Juvenile Justice Commission youth being paroled back to their respective communities from Juvenile Prison. This program was established in 2000 and was later adopted as the state day reporting model.

Barry has been responsible for the development and implementation of Genesis' Early Intervention Program (EIP). The EIP program works with Adolescents and Families being referred from a variety of sources and provides family stabilization and prevention services for both parents and adolescents. Schools, Child Protective Services and individual families are this program's primary referral source. Barry facilitates the EIP group sessions, and meets with families participating in the process, and also trains the clinical staff on the unique approach required to ensure the success of the program.

Barry has worked to expand services in southern New Jersey and helped develop the many services offered in the city of Camden, where he has worked for many years. He has provided consulting services to other community treatment providers, which demonstrates his willingness to collaborate to work in the best interest of individuals in need of care.

Barry continues to be intimately involved with the agency's fund raising and public relation efforts, and he works to maximize agency productivity through his management of the entire agency's day-to-day operations which is his primary responsibility as Executive Director.


Karen Vernon Karen Vernon Cole, Vice President of Operations

Karen began her career in Special Education but circumstances moved her life in another direction. She worked in Orthopedics, Physical Therapy and General Practice before joining Genesis Counseling Centers as an Office Manager in 2006. She has used her 35 years of experience to help set up policies and procedures to manage a growing company. Since then, she has become Vice President of Operations managing IT for computers and phone systems, daily operations, staff credentialing, and staff training.


Carol Nitzberg, Vice President of Finance

Carol graduated from Juniata College with a B.A. in History. She has worked in Advertising, and Fundraising, before concentrating in the financial side of non-profit management. Her recent positions have been as Administrator for the Charlotte Cushman Foundation, Bookkeeper at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and Business Manager at the Philadelphia Film Society. Carol is excited to be back at Genesis, where she worked as a bookkeeper alongside the former VP of Finance.


Lynne Purul 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.


Casey Johnson Casey S. Johnson LSW, LCADC, Operations Manager

Casey Johnson was originally born in Michigan and moved to New Jersey as a young teenager. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business, from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Casey joined the Genesis team in January 2013. In 2017, Casey graduated from Rutgers University with a Master's degree in Social Work. After graduating, Casey became a License Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and well as a Licensed Social Worker.

During his career with Genesis he has worked, in several capacities within the organization. Working, primarily out the Camden City out-patient program, he worked with both adolescents and adults with substance use issues. For the past three years, Casey has overseen a Municipal Court initiative that was implemented as a diversional program, to assist defendants who identified as having a substance use related problems. Acting as a liaison between the courts, police department and treatment providers, Casey assists defendants in accessing treatment. In November, 2017, Casey was promoted to Operations Manager at Genesis and oversees the day to day operations of the organization.


Davis Rodriguez Davis Rodriguez Melendez, MA, LCSW, Mental Health/Co-occurring Coordinator - Camden Site

Davis completed his MSW from New York University in 2012 with a concentration on Evidence-based Practices (EBP) and psychodynamic approach. He worked in New York Metro Area for 5 years where he focused on providing services to diverse communities which included LGBTQAI+, Spanish and Portuguese speakers' immigrants, Domestic Violence Victims and Batterers, HIV+ and partners and chronically mentally ill populations. Davis clinical approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodrama, psychoanalysis and Humanistic Approach. In addition, Davis has over 15 years in social services at different levels in New Jersey and New York City. Davis joined Genesis Counseling Centers in April 2018 where he serves as the Mental Health/Co-occurring Coordinator and as a clinician.


DONNA WINDER, MSW, Collingswood Site Manager

Donna Winder is the Collingswood Site Manager here at Genesis Counseling Center. Donna has over 30 years of experience as a social worker and a substance abuse Clinician. She is a former Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Criminal Justice Counselor and holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. Throughout Donna's career she has served a broad spectrum of clients in most populations. Donna worked for Genesis in 1994. She lost her daughter in 2000 and became involved in grief and loss counseling herself. Donna has returned to Genesis, where she continues to focus on delivering her clinical skills to individuals in need. She is a skilled professional with a proven senior management level of experience.

As site Manager, Donna performs several duties that include facilitating Clinical Treatment team meetings to assure that the services provided include strong clinical structure. Donna also manages the Sites daily counseling activities to improve the delivering of therapeutic services. In addition to her management duties, Donna provides substance abuse counseling to the Agency's Drug Court clients, helping them to achieve and maintain abstinence from addictive substances. Donna has helped them enhance their functioning and has restored balance to their life. This has added to the reduction of the relapse rate decreasing recidivism, by successfully helping clients reintegrate back into their communities. Donna's execution of her clinical skills coupled with her personal and extensive professional history has assisted this agency in providing counseling to improve the betterment of individuals; continuing to provide therapeutic interventions and rehabilitative services.

Donna's most recently implemented addition of Services provided by Genesis in Collingswood includes her facilitating a Women's program. Donna is proud to address the special needs of women assisting them to recover from gender specific addiction issues, utilizing evidence-based practices.

Donna made her television debut in the late 1990's with the Camden County Drug Court team in the Documentary advocating treatment as an alternative to incarceration.

Mrs. Winder is a Merchantville resident, devoted to improving her community. She is a volunteer of Youth Partnership of Camden County CMO, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Donna believes in networking in the community to promote health, wealth and healing to all she comes in contact with.


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

Board of Directors

Tony Messina
James McAleer
Bill Roseboro
Jennifer Iommie
Roger Butler
Yvonne Riley
Jeff Kerstetter, Esq.
Alan Sims
Ann Sims
Virginia L. Bernier
John Cunningham
Edward Schultes, Jr