Recovery & Medical
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Chief Executive Officer
Dan provides strategic leadership, oversees daily operations and coordinates our efforts across our Recovery & Medical, Food & Housing, and Education & Training Programs. He is a former member of our Board of Directors and volunteered here since 2012. Before coming to Eva’s, Dan held a number of executive positions at major media companies. He served as EVP of Media Production for NBC Universal where he oversaw production operations for NBC News, MSNBC, NBC Sports, and Late-Night Programming. His other responsibilities included the Security, Crisis Management and Facilities teams. Before this position, he spent over 20 years at the Walt Disney Company and NBC, where he held several leadership positions in a variety of areas including ABC News, NBC News, CNBC, CNBC Europe & Asia, Finance, Advertising & Promotion and Graphics. Dan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Leslie DeBlasio, LPC, LCADC, ACS, CCS, NCC, CCTP
Executive Vice President
Integrated Health Services
Leslie oversees the structure and integration of Eva’s clinical and recovery support services, including substance abuse, mental health counseling, primary medical and psychiatric care, with the goal of offering a “Recovery Oriented System of Care” to the community. She is an accomplished Clinical Administrator with over 14 years’ experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health. For the past five years she has worked here at Eva’s as a mental health therapist, Clinical Director and, most recently, she’s headed up our Women’s Residential Treatment Programs, the Family Shelter, Transitional Housing for Parents with Children, Criminal Justice Department and the Mental Health Outpatient Department. Leslie has worked at Turning Point, Inc., Monsignor Wall Social Service Center, Bergen Regional Medical Center in a variety of substance use disorder treatment and mental health settings including OMT, detox, hospital-based access, short-term residential, long-term residential, intensive outpatient, mental health outpatient, psychiatric screening, and JJC evaluation for NCADD.
Leslie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nyack College majoring in Psychology and has her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling where she was an Honors with Distinction recipient.
Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus
Mark will continue to serve Eva’s Village in an advisory capacity. His years of service as CEO, Interim Director, Board President, Culinary School Advisory Board, and Eva's Cookies and Brownies Board, member give him a broad perspective and unique insight into the programs, operations, mission and vision of Eva's Village. During his career, he worked as a professional business administrator, and was owner and partner of several companies prior to retirement. He and his wife Denise raised their family of three children in Wyckoff, NJ, and are active members of St. Elizabeth Church there. They are now proud grandparents to nine grandchildren, some of whom attend St. Elizabeth’s school.
Janiene Diaz-Fasano, MBA
Janiene establishes and implements a compliance program to prevent illegal, unethical or improper conduct. She reports directly to the Board of Directors, and supports the CEO by monitoring and reporting results of the compliance and ethics efforts of the company. She guides the Board and senior management on compliance issues and reporting, and with the Compliance Committee implements actions to ensure effective compliance. Since 2012, Janiene has worked to develop, implement, and adhere to policies and procedures to meet industry and state regulations, and manage the expansion of services to meet the needs of clients and the community.
Director of Facilities
Curtis is responsible for space management, safety, renovations, and maintenance of the 14 properties owned by Eva's Village. He coordinates with outside vendors and supervises a staff of five, who maintain buildings and grounds for the more than 20 residential and supportive programs at Eva's. Curtis joined the staff in 2001.
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
Development & External Relations
Heather oversees relationships with key stakeholders of Eva’s Village, including donors, volunteers, and government and community leaders. She is responsible for creating and implementing strategies to secure public and private support for Eva’s operations, through partnerships with city, county, and state agencies, as well as individual and institutional philanthropy and fundraising events. Her team also handles marketing and communications, public and community relations, and volunteer management and stewardship. Heather has more than 18 years’ experience in fundraising and marketing, and has held previous positions at Park Avenue Armory and Citymeals-on-Wheels in Manhattan. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Certificate in Fundraising from NYU, and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Finance through Cornell University.
Donna Marie Fico
Executive Vice President
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 Child Care Department and the Culinary School at Eva’s Village. Currently,
Donna is responsible for oversight and management of all non-clinical programs and services at Eva's Village, including the Community Kitchen serving more than 500,000 meals per year; Men’s and Women’s Shelters, assisting more than 250 residents per year; The Culinary School, enrolling more than 40 students per year; and Child Care, After School and Summer programs, enriching the lives of more than 100 infants and children up to 12 years of age per year. 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.
Belgica Carbonara joined Eva's Village, Inc in March 2018 as consultant and was hired as Controller in July 2018. She brings over 20 years of experience in the government and private sector. She began her career with the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin- Mount Loretto, an agency that provides foster care and other programs to people with disabilities. She then joined The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services as an assistant controller, working closely with all government and contract funds, and bringing the organization up to date with their consolidated fiscal report (CFR) and the Statewide Standards of Payment (SSOP). She holds a master degree in accounting and an postgraduate MBA degree.
Human Resources Consultant
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).
Sue is responsible for the organization’s internal operations, including staff relations, security, technology, HR, and transportation. Since joining Eva’s Village in 2011, Sue’s focus has been on improving technology and office systems and procedures. Sue is an active member of Holy Spirit Church in Pequannock and the Bishop Navagh Columbiettes.
Edwin Cruz, MHS-C, LCADC
Clinical Administrator of Outpatient Substance Use Disorders Treatment & Recovery Support Services
Edwin oversees Outpatient Substance Use Disorders Treatment program for all clients, and is responsible for the direction, provision and quality of this program. Edwin also oversees recovery support services including Eva's Recovery Community Center and Maternal Wraparound Program. He holds extensive experience working with people with substance use disorders and is skilled at navigating the judicial and legal system, including drug court. He became a therapist to help people live healthier, happier lives and believes in a holistic approach to treatment. He received a Master's degree in Human Services from Lincoln University with a concentration in Counseling.
Melanie oversees the daily operation of the Medical & Dental Clinic at Eva’s Village. Her responsibilities include planning, managing, supervising and coordinating the operations, administration and special projects for the medical and dental ambulatory care clinics. She supervises all clinic staff; oversees billing and collecting procedures; monitors delivery of patient services, and acts as liaison between patients and Eva’s administration. Melanie holds a Master’s in Counseling from Montclair State University, as well as a certification in advanced counseling. She has worked for more than 14 years in social service settings, where she developed supervisory expertise in medical and substance abuse programs, including outpatient and withdrawal management, and medication assisted treatment.
Culinary School Director
Chef James oversees curriculum, recruitment, retention and job placement for The Culinary School at Eva's Village. He first joined The Culinary School's staff in 2015 as a Chef Instructor. He trained at YTI Career Institute for Culinary Arts in Lancaster, PA, and has worked as Executive Sous Chef and Executive Chef in the Washington, D.C. , area, and for corporate clients. He discovered a passion for cooking and international cuisine while serving for 12 years in the Marines.
Coordinator of Childcare and Education
Judy oversees the operation of the Childcare, After School and Summer Programs for children at Hope Residence, supervising a staff of 11. The programs serve over 100 children each year. She came to Eva’s Village in 2012 after working for many years in early childhood education. She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Elementary Education and Community Service, with a concentration in Early Childhood.
Community Kitchen Chef Director
Chef Dave directs a staff of 6 that produce over 500,000 meals yearly for Eva’s guests, residents, and staff. He has previously worked in kitchens in both the non-profit and for-profit world. His culinary adventure has taken him from New York City to Las Vegas and back home to New Jersey. Chef Dave holds a culinary certificate from The Art Institute of New York and a B.A. from George Washington University.