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Eileen Clifford, MD, SC
Chairperson, Board of Directors
As the first woman to chair Eva’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Clifford brings an in-depth understanding of Eva’s operations and history and a deep commitment to the organization’s mission. She has played an active role in the growth and development Eva’s Village since it first opened its doors as a soup kitchen in 1982. Beginning that year, Dr. Clifford organized a weekly medical clinic for kitchen guests, staffed by volunteer doctors from St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson; the program eventually became Eva’s Medical and Dental Clinic that still serves Eva’s clients and community members today. Dr. Clifford has served as a member of Eva’s Board of Directors since 2009; she was elected Secretary, then Vice President, prior to becoming the Chair in 2017.
A practicing board-certified internist, Dr. Clifford’s professional responsibilities include Medical Director of Care Management at St. Joseph’s Health. She trained and worked for eight years as a nurse, then attended New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, receiving her medical degree in 1977. She has served as a member, officer, and president of St. Joseph’s Health Medical Board, and on the boards of various non-profit organizations. Dr. Clifford has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership and outstanding service to the Passaic County community.
Dr. Clifford joined the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1958. The Sisters engage in education, health care, pastoral and social service ministries in 13 dioceses within the United States, El Salvador and Haiti.
Howard L. Haughton
Chief Operating Officer
Howard comes to Eva’s with a wealth of experience in both the non-profit and for profit world. He oversees Eva’s Finance, Quality & Compliance, Facilities/Security and IT and collaborates with Eva's program directors to advance Eva's mission and vision. In Howard's career, he has experience managing Finance, HR, IT, Facilities/Engineering, Security, Rentals, and Events. Past non-profit roles include CFO of The Riverside Church in New York and CFO and Vice President of Administration for City Harvest, Inc. He also has over 15 years of for-profit experience as the former global controller of Titan Outdoor as well as other positions with Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, Simon and Schuster and as a public accountant.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Valerie is responsible for human resources management at Eva’s Village. She has worked in Human Resources for most of her 25 year career with experience in benefits, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisition and supervision. She has held senior management and consulting positions with large, mid-sized, and small companies in various industries: insurance; manufacturing; travel; marketing; financial services; healthcare; restaurants; and not-for-profit organizations. She is a certified and active member of SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management).
Leslie DeBlasio, LPC, LCADC, ACS, CCS, NCC, CCTP | Executive Vice President, Integrated Health Services
Leslie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She oversees the structure and integration of Eva’s clinical and recovery support programs including substance abuse, mental health, primary medical, psychiatric, OORP, and peer services. She is an accomplished Clinical Administrator with over 15 years’ experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health. Since joining Eva’s Village in 2014, Leslie has worked as a mental health therapist, Clinical Director, and Clinical Administrator and has managed a variety of programs including Women’s Residential Treatment Programs, the Family Shelter and Transitional House for Parents with Children, Criminal Justice Department, and the Mental Health Outpatient Department. She was promoted to EVP of Integrated Health in 2019. Prior to coming to Eva’s, Leslie worked in a variety of behavioral health settings including OTP, detox, hospital-based Access, short-term residential, long-term residential, intensive outpatient, mental health outpatient, and psychiatric screening. Additionally, she performed per diem adolescent substance abuse assessments for NCADD.
Leslie earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nyack College. She obtained her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling where she was an Honors with Distinction recipient. She recently obtained a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from William Paterson University.
Donna Marie Fico, M.A. Ed
Executive Vice President, Supportive Services
Donna is responsible for oversight and management of all non-clinical programs and services at Eva's Village, including the Community Kitchen serving nearly 500,000 meals per year; Men’s and Women’s Shelters, assisting more than 250 residents per year; The Culinary School, training 40-50 students per year; and the Childcare & Education Program, enriching the lives of more than 100 infants and children up to 12 years of age per year. Joining Eva’s Village in 2007, Donna previously served as Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Marketing and Education for the organization and was responsible for establishing The Childcare Department and the Culinary School at Eva’s Village. Donna is a board member of the Health Coalition of Passaic County and serves on the Executive Committee of the Passaic County Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Murtuza Tameem, MD
Medical Director, Eva's Village | Hospitalist, St. Joseph's Health | Board of Directors, American Society of Addiction Medicine, NJ
Dr. Murtuza Tameem is a Board Certified Family Physician. He completed his residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, and currently works as a Hospitalist for St. Joseph's Health in Paterson and Wayne, NJ. He also oversees the Medical Clinic at Eva's Village and provides medical care for Eva's residents and clients. Additionally, Dr. Tameem teaches Clinical Skills at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in New Jersey.