With an accredited staff, Solstice Counseling & Wellness Center offers intensive outpatient programs, outpatient programs, individual counseling & anger management.
DAVID BOREK, LPC, LCADC, NCC, MAC, CAMS-II
Clinical Director / Anger Management Specialist II
David holds dual licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, providing David with in depth knowledge of the intersections of mental health and substance use. He graduated with his Master’s in Science from Monmouth University with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling. David is a National Certified Counselor through the Nation Board of Certified Counselors. David has also earned the title of Certified Anger Management Specialist II through the National Anger Management Association.
David has worked in a variety of settings ranging from community wellness centers, private practice, and correctional facilities. He works with a diverse population serving many different communities. His experience focuses on adolescents through adulthood. David’s passion for the field is evident through his work ethic and client feedback. He is eager to provide a variety of services that fit individual and community needs.
JANET HUMMEL, LCADC, CCS
A Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor, Janet is a graduate of Keen University. Janet holds Bachelor Degrees in History and Art History. She also has a Masters Degree in Psychology from John Jay College. Janet has a lengthy history of employment in the substance abuse field, having maintained employment in private substance abuse facilities and clinics for over 30 years. She was also an adjunct professor at Camden County College, teaching in the Substance Abuse program. She is currently the Clinical Supervisor, here, at Solstice.
Janet loves to cook and has traveled, extensively, pursuing this hobby. She has taken classes in California, Italy and France, as well as locally in New York and New Jersey. Janet previously held a position as a cooking instructor and also owned her own catering company.
STEPHEN M. NEFF, M. Div, MSN, APN, PMHNP-BC
Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Stephen is a board-certified Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.He brings over a decade of experience in the mental health field from all levels of care. He has seen and treated children and adolescents in traditional outpatient settings, intensive outpatient settings, group therapy and partial care programs. Mr. Neff also brings additional skills that you won’t find in other practices. He has previously helped run pediatric inpatient psychiatric units, including acute stabilization units and was the former Clinical Director of the Intermediate Behavioral Care Unit at Bridgeton Hospital, a pediatric longterm unit providing psychiatric care to some of the most troubled children in the state.
Mr. Neff took his psychiatric training at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently holds an appointment there as a Clinical Associate, training and supervising nurse practitioner students and lecturing on occasion.
JANE STIUV, LPC, NCC
Drug & Alcohol Use Counselor / Co-Occurring Specialist
Jane is a state-licensed and National Board Certified clinical Mental Health Counselor and an American Mental Health Counselors Association diplomat. She is actively working towards her LCADC and works with the NCAAD as an advocate. She has counseling experience in many areas including trauma and crisis, substance use disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, co-occurring disorders, and survivors of domestic violence. Her areas of interest in research include crisis intervention, trauma, stigma in relation to mental illness, substance abuse and domestic violence, as well as spirituality and creativity in counseling.
QUINCY BLOXOM, MA
Drug & Alcohol Use Counselor, Drug Court Liaison
Quincy is currently a full-time student/researcher at Rutgers University and is a decorated former Army SSG and Operation Iraqi Freedom War Veteran. While Quincy was starting his PhD in Public Affairs/Community Development, he elected to continue at Rutgers for a second Master’s degree in Social Work. He is also the principal investigator for two Human Service research projects; one emphasizing post-incarceration reintegration through education and relapse prevention, and the other a High School and Community College Co-op program designed to guide at-risk urban youth away from the “school-to-prison pipeline”, though Hip-Hop Scholars.
PAUL CARBERRY, LPC
Drug & Alcohol Use Counselor/Co-Occurring Specialist
Paul holds licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Services obtained at Rider University. Paul has over 13 years’ prior experience in the addictions field working a variety of different levels of care (Inpatient, Intensive Out Patient, Out Patient and Partial Care Program). Paul also spent 3 years as a Clinical supervisor at an in-patient drug/alcohol rehabilitation center. Paul also has worked 8 years as a Clinical Supervisor working with individuals who have developmental disorders in conjunction with the Department of Developmental Disorder of New Jersey as supervisor of numerous residential group homes within the state of New Jersey. Paul also has worked in several private practice settings: specializing in mental health therapies, cognitive retraining (with head injuries) addictions, individual therapy, couple’s therapy, marriage therapy and family therapy. He graduated with his Bachelors in Psychology from Stockton in 1990.
Paul enjoys spending his free time with his wife of over 25 years three children. Paul is an enthusiastic fisherman; he fishes in both fresh water and salt water tournaments and believes in finding a balance in life is the secret to success.
JESSICA BRUM, MSW, LSW
Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Counselor, Drug Court Liaison (Burlington County)
Jessica graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. In the past, Jessica has worked with incarcerated women, at-risk youth, and older adults with chronic health conditions and severe mental illness. Jessica is pursuing credentials as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Outside of work, Jessica enjoys baking, hiking, traveling, reading, and watching true crime documentaries.
JAMES A. CASADIA, M. DIV, MSW, LSW
Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Counselor
Jim has always had a desire to help others reach their personal goals. He understands that change is both exciting and challenging. Sometimes we need help to take the next step. He employs a person-centered approach which helps clients identify their goals for treatment and their unique path for getting there.
Jim has a graduate degree in pastoral ministry/spirituality and social work, with an emphasis in mental health counseling. He also has a certificate in drug and alcohol counseling. He recently received training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive behavior Therapy, and mindfulness therapies. Jim has spent the past two decades serving communities in Southern New Jersey as a pastoral minister.
MARCUS JOSEPH BA, CADC
Drug & Alcohol Use Counselor, Drug Court Liaison (Gloucester County)
Marcus graduated with his Bachelors in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from Montclair State University. He brings multiple years of experience from both medication assisted treatment modalities (harm reduction), and abstinence based modalities of treatment. He has also spent time working in the mental health field as a MICA counselor.Marcus has years of prior experience in the addictions field working in a variety of different levels of care (Inpatient, Intensive Out Patient, Out Patient and Partial Care Program). Marcus has worked in a variety of settings ranging from school based youth service programs, mental health facilities, and alternative homes for youth. He has also worked in the field in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California giving him a wide range of insight from various states and backgrounds.
AMANDA ELKER, MSW, LSW
Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Counselor
Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree as a double major in psychology and criminal justice, and achieved her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Concurrently, as a graduate student she obtained her certificate in the Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Program. Amanda has worked at outpatient and inpatient substance use/co-occurring treatment agencies with adolescents and adults. She has a variety of experiences with different client populations. These include clients utilizing methadone maintenance treatment in addition to therapeutic services as well as adolescent boys struggling with substance abuse, sexual offenses, and emotional management. Amanda’s passion for and engagement with clients having substance use and/or co-occurring disorders inspires her in continuing to pursue credentials as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
NAKIA TOOMER, LAC, NCC
Drug & Alcohol Use Counselor / Co-Occurring Specialist
Nakia obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Montclair University and a Masters degree in counseling at Kean University. She is currently a National Certified Counselor as well as a Licensed Associate Counselor working on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The bulk of Nakia’s experience is providing counseling services to individuals living with a mental health diagnosis and co occurring illnesses.
Nakia strives to spread happiness and positivity to everyone she comes in contact with through laughter and genuine empathy. Her passion for the field is evident in her attempts to make a difference in the lives of anyone she has the pleasure of providing services for.
SHANEI STILL, BS
Drug & Alcohol Use Counselor, Alumni Association Coordinator
Shanei graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Exercise Science in 1998. Before coming to Solstice, her passion and love for children and families led her to work for over 10 years as a Reproductive Health Educator and Group Facilitator for Planned Parenthood of Southern NJ and the Camden City School Based Youth Services Program. While in this position, she was a trainer for PPSNJ’s Peer Educators Program and provided professional development training for various agencies. She has also worked for over 5 years as a Case Manager/Counselor for the Partners in Parenting Program, a program specifically geared toward servicing pregnant and parenting teenagers in the areas of academics, life skills and parenting skills. In July 2015 she completed the Rutgers Addiction Counselor Training Program and also obtained her certification in Mental Health First Aid and has since shifted her focus, creativity, and passion to the field of addictions.
NICHOLE TATCHER, CADC pending
Drug & Alcohol Use Counselor
Nicki attended Camden County College where she graduated with an Associate’s degree in Addictions Counseling in 2015. Nicki plans to further her education by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Addictions and Psychology. Currently she is working towards her state Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.
Administrative Care Coordinator
Alisia attended Camden County College, from 2011 until 2013, where she obtained two Associate Degrees; one in Human Services and the other in Addictions Counseling. Alisia plans to further her education by pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. Before delving into the field of Social Services, Alisia worked as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist at a dental practice in Pennsylvania.
When she is not working, Alisia enjoys spending time with family and friends, going out to eat, and settling down with a good book.
BRANDI WREN, BA, BCC
Brandi’s passion for the field of substance abuse counseling ignited while acting as the Assistant Command Drug and Alcohol Prevention Advocate onboard the mighty USS O’kane, the United States Navy’s finest warship. In her six years of service, she directed the early intervention and education of active duty sailors and acted as a liaison for sailors seeking recovery services. Between deployments she was able to attain an Associate’s of Applied Science in Technical Studies with a focus in Electronics. After separating from the Navy, she found herself in New Jersey where she completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Rider University in 2016. Brandi continued on to graduate school at Rider to complete a Master’s level career certificate as a Board Certified Life and Career Coach, a credential she is hoping to add after taking the national exam in 2017. While her experience in the field is limited, her dedication and lively spirit have given her a means to excel.
Tanicia completed her Associates Degree in Human Service and Social Sciences at Gloucester County College in 2010. She is continuing her education online at the University of Phoenix where she hopes to complete her Bachelors degree in Human Service and Social Sciences in 2015. She has worked in the social service field for over eight years as a program manager, volunteer coordinator, and intake coordinator. Tanicia is active in her community and church. She’s also received awards for her outstanding mannerism and customer service skills.
In her spare time she loves to relax on the beach, sing, shop, and play basketball.
Ed Gergler worked 28 years as a heavy labor construction pipe worker and as a drug and alcohol counselor for adolescents from 1997 to 1999 and celebrated 20 years of recovery in 2016. In 2008, he was in a near fatal car crash, leaving him with chronic back pain. After months of rehabilitation and pain management efforts, doctors wanted to perform surgery on his back to try to relieve his pain. Ed was introduced to hot yoga, and with regular practice, his back pain was greatly relieved. Given the opportunity to open a hot yoga studio in 2010, Ed chose to make his passion for yoga and sharing its benefits with others his primary purpose. He is now the owner of the BYSJ Hot Yoga Studio of South Jersey in Hainesport, NJ.
Ed is certified in Bikram Yoga, Barkan Method Levels I, II and III Vinyassa. Ed continually develops professionally through ongoing training. He is certified in Budokon, a yoga/ martial arts method and most recently he has certified with Master Yogi Amrit Desai in the Amrit Method 200 Hour Program, Amrit Method Yoga Nidra, Yoga Nidra Master’s Training, Amrit Method Yoga Therapy, and Thai Yoga. Ed is truly committed to sharing yoga with others in recovery in hope that they may benefit as he has. Ed’s positive, energetic and hands-on approach to helping students achieve their full potential in class is both comforting and inspiring.