Our Valuable Team Members
Ikenna Achebe MPH, MA is currently a Health Policy Fellow at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He also serves as a Research Assistant at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University’s New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Global Psychiatric Epidemiology Group at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and at the Laboratory of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind at Columbia University’s Department of Psychology.
Eric Anderson He is a Deacon ordained at Unity Missionary Baptist Church, a professional cook, and a lifetime resident of Newark, New Jersey. He graduated withthe first Community Wisecohort and worked a Community Wisegroup co-facilitator during the second cohort.
Bob Baxter has over forty years of experience in substance abuse care, treatment and prevention. Since 1984, he has served as the Project Director or Principal Investigator for over twenty-five initiatives focusing on preventing HIV infection in injecting drug users.
Steve Santos Belo, MDiv, MPA is an adjunct instructor at Montclair State University and Union County College. He teaches courses in the fields of philosophy and public administration. His current writing project focuses on responding to systemic issues through praxis.
Ellen BenoitPrincipal Investigator
Ellen Benoit is a sociologist at the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI), Inc., where she researches health inequality, particularly as it relates to HIV risk and substance use.
Eliezer de Franca
Elie de Franca, LCSW , LCADC , DRCC has worked as a clinician and supervisor in the field of substance use for over a decade. Elie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in NJ. He has worked treating recovering adults, adolescents, and their families from addiction and emotional problems as a licensed addiction professional and a licensed clinical social worker. Elie excels at helping clients “peel the layers of emotional baggage” that has been built up for years and takes pleasure in joining with the client in achieving personal goals.
Lisa Gaskins is a Counselor/Intern at Integrity Women’s Recovery House. She earned her B.A. in Social Work from Rutgers University and her practice has been with substance dependent population, people with mental health issues and people with history of incarceration.
William J. Hempstead, Jr., graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. He was appointed as a NJ Notary Public in 2015. He has worked as a facilitator for Where Peaceful Waters Flow in Orange, NJ and became certified as a Peer Recovery Specialist with Union County Community Connections. He graduated as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal in 2016 and obtained his Paralegal Certification from the American Alliance of Paralegal Education. He is Nationally Certified as a Mediator, Mediator Trainer, and is also a graduate of the Community Wise.
Christina is in her final year of graduate studies at the Rutgers School of Social Work. She works as a community outreach developer for Brick City Alumni Group, a Newark based non-profit organization.
Alexis Jemal, LSW, JD, PhD candidate, has been a member of the NCCB since 2011. Currently, she is a Pre-doctoral Fellow at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.; a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University School of Social Work; and a therapist at Integrity House.
Teri E. Lassiter, PhD, MPH is the Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Rutgers School of Public Health, Newark, Campus. Her research focuses on prisoner reentry and violence prevention in the City of Newark, NJ.
Carol LeeResearch Staff
Carol Lee, MSW, LSW, is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work. Carol’s research interest includes health disparities among distressed communities and marginalized individuals with special needs.
Roberta Gaban Monteiro
Roberta Gaban Monteiro is graduate student at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Her areas of interest include substance abuse and mental health services. She is currently a research assistant for the NCCB.
Christina is a member of NCCB.
Dr. Pinto is an Associate Professor at Michigan University School of Social Work. His research focuses on the impact of inter-agency and trans-disciplinary collaboration on the delivery of evidence-based services, particularly to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.
Rodney Pollard is a graduate of Community Wise. He is a graduate of Essex County College with an Associate degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Paralegal Studies.
Monique Swift, PsyD, LPC is a private practice psychologist in Woodbridge, NJ. She is especially interested in issues of race and oppression and, to this end, is actively involved in the Newark community and varying capacities.
Warren Thompson is the Program Director of Urban Renewal Corp’s Residential Community Corrections and Emergency Housingdivisions. Warren has a rich history of working with citizens returning to society from incarceration since he enteredthe field of Social Work in 2006.
Liliane WindsorChair and Principal Investigator
Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Ph.D., MSW is the founder and chair of the NCCB and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work. Her research focuses on addressing substance use related health disparities.