Our Valuable Team Members

Ikenna Achebe
Ikenna Achebe
Ikenna Achebe is a Community Health Coordinator in the Department of Sociomedical Science at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, a Research Assistant at Columbia University’s Department of Psychology, and a Medical Service Officer in the US Army Reserve Medical Service Corps.
Ellen Benoit
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
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.
Lisa Gaskins
Lisa Gaskins
Lisa Gaskins is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Integrity Women’s Halfway 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.
Darris Hawkins
Darris Hawkins
Christina Inyang
Christina Inyang
Christina Inyang brings a passion for supporting mental health and substance use initiatives while promoting a cohesive environment of knowledge sharing, lessons learned, and industry best practices. Christina earned a Master of Social Work from Rutgers in 2016 and has served as a Member for the Newark Community Collaborative Board since 2015. She is a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who during her clinical tenure work provided in-depth comprehension and hands-on counseling in stress-coping, shame, trauma, and substance use. Her research interests include manifestations and impact of racial/social inequities at the micro, meso, and macro level as well as the dismantling of and healing from these systemic oppressions.
Alexis Jemal
Alexis Jemal
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.
Mishal Khan
Mishal KhanResearch Assistant
Teri Lassiter
Teri Lassiter
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 Lee
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.
Sharon McClain
Sharon McClain
Steve Morris
Steve Morris
Rogério Pinto
Rogério Pinto
Dr. Pinto is an Associate Professor at Michigan University School of Social Work. His research focuses on the impact of interprofessional collaboration on the delivery of evidence-based services, particularly to racial/ethnic and sexual minorities affected by HIV/AIDS. His most recent research uses autoethnographic theater and visual art as methods for healing and advocacy.
Rodney Pollard
Rodney Pollard
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
Monique Swift
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
Warren Thompson
Warren is currently a Professor in the Social Work department in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark. Warren has a rich history of working with marginalized populations returning to society from incarceration since he entered the field of Social Work in 2006.
Liliane Windsor
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.