Joe has been with The Southwest Council, Inc. since 1991. As the Executive Director/CEO, he oversees the daily operations of the agency. Joe’s responsibilities include but are not limited to, grant writing, contract procurement, fiscal accountability, and program implementation.
Rowan University, BA PsychologyLiberty University, MA Counseling PsychologyWilmington University, Ed.D., ABD Organizational Innovative LeadershipRutgers University, Graduate Studies in Alcohol and Drug StudiesRowan University, Post Graduate Studies.
LCADC, LAC, CCS, CPS
Joseph M. Williams
Chelsea joined the Southwest Council team in 2016. She works with her team to deliver evidenced-based prevention curriculums to schools and communities throughout Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties. As a licensed counselor, Chelsea spent her career prior to the Southwest Council in addiction and mental health counseling. Chelsea continues to utilize these skills at the agency through EAS and IDRC services. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys yoga, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Rowan University - BA PsychologyWilmington University - MS Clinical Mental Health CounselingLicensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Director of Prevention Programs
Matthew has been with the agency since 2015. He works with his staff to direct three regional, community-based coalitions across Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester; focusing on preventing the abuse of addictive substances through strategic community partnerships. Additionally in his role Matthew is responsible for the creation, organization and implementation of the agency’s branding and communication strategies including website, educational campaigns and social media. When Matthew is not thinking up innovative ways to create community-wide change for the better, he enjoys the being anywhere outdoors, dreaming with his wife, and tickling his kids.
Houghton College - BA Psychology & Business Administration
Director of Coalitions & Communications
Having been employed at the Council since 1996, Alexis enjoys sharing her experience with staff. Alexis has the tenure that makes her a wealth of knowledge and currently serves as the Director of Operations managing aspects of contract/grant acquisition and compliance which includes fiscal and operational administration, Human Resources, and HIPAA. With over 20 years’ experience at The Southwest Council, Alexis acts as a mentor in assisting staff to enhance the Council’s growth. In addition to her role in fulfilling the agency's mission, Alexis also has a passion for Autism awareness.
Cumberland County College - AAS Legal Office ManagementCumberland County College - AAS Marketing
Director of Operations
Jackie has worked for The Southwest Council since 2011. She currently serves as the coordinator for the clinical services offered by the agency. Jackie works as a credentialed intern in the Employee Assistance program, and oversees the aspects of the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center in both Cumberland and Salem counties. She also works in The Counseling Center at The Southwest Council which seeks to provide quality mental health and addiction services to adults aged 18 years and older.
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey - BA PsychologyWilmington University - MS Clinical Mental Health CounselingLicensed Associate Counselor
Clinical Services Coordinator
Tom joined the Southwest Council, Inc. in 2010 and serves as the Director of EAP and Early Intervention Servicesproviding employees with workplace-based resources for those who may be experiencing personal or career difficulties which could potentially interfere with their abilities to perform their job duties. Tom also provides substance abuse counseling, early intervention programs, and US Department of Transportation drug and alcohol regulatory compliance services and evaluations in New Jersey.
Glassboro State College - BA CommunicationsGlassboro State College - MA Student Personnel ServicesRutgers University - Center of Alcohol Studies
LCADCEmployee Assistance Professionals Association, Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP)United States Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)Addiction Professionals Certification Board of NJ – International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC)
Director of EAP & Early Intervention Services
Kevin has been with the Southwest Council, Inc. since January of 2018 and serves as an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Specialist. Kevin provides evidence-based school and community wide-programs in Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem County. He also assists in facilitating Camp YEY.
When not working, Kevin enjoys playing basketball, cheering on the New York Giants, and spending quality time with family and friends. He is currently pursuing an MS in Mental Health Counseling at Capella University.
Rowan University - BA Psychology
Candice joined the agency in 2015 and currently serves as the Coordinator for the GRASP (Gloucester Regional Addictive Substances Prevention) Coalition. GRASP aims to reduce and prevent prescription drug abuse, underage drinking, and illicit drug use among youth and young adults in Gloucester County. Candice also oversees the GRYP SQUAD, GRASP’s teen division. In addition to coalition responsibilities, Candice helps with the planning and facilitation of Camp YEY.
Temple University - BA Broadcast Telecommunication and Mass Media
GRASP Coalition Coordinator
Luisa started at The Southwest Council in 2014 in the capacity of agency intern. Her main responsibilities include assistance with the agency’s Intoxicated Driver Resource Center.
Rowan University - BA Psychology & BS Health and Exercise Science and Education CertificateRowan University - Substance Awareness Coordinator CertificationRutgers University - pursuing Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification
Tara has been with the agency since 2014. She coordinates the Partnership for Success Coalition in Gloucester County and focuses on the prevention of underage drinking, marijuana use, tobacco use, and prescription drug abuse among youth, adults and older adults in the community. She also provides resources and support to the NJ returning veterans. Tara forms partnerships with key stakeholders in Gloucester County in order to hold educational events in our community. In her free time, she enjoys being active, doing home improvement projects, playing the piano, traveling and mostly spending time at home with her husband and 2 dogs.
Rowan University - BA Psychology
Partnership for Success
Joann has been with SWC since 2017. She has diverse duties in the execution of fiscal responsibilities, and has over 20 years of public accounting experience. Joann works with the staff organizing fiscal requirements on a daily basis, and handles fiscal operations and human resource responsibilities. Joann has a passion for diversity and educational opportunities, which is prevalent within SWC. Joann is also a licensed minister who works with children of all ages in both a ministry and counseling capacity. She enjoys cooking and baking for family and friends on a regular basis. Joann has completed a 300+ hour alcohol and drug internship at First Step Clinic in Bridgeton working with the youth.
Harris School of Business - AS Accounting
Biblical Life College & Seminary - BA Biblical Counseling
Fiscal Operations Assistant
Adrienne has been with the Southwest Council, Inc. since 2015 and serves as an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Specialist. Adrienne provides evidence-based school and community-wide programs in Salem County. Additionally, she helps to plan and facilitate Camp YEY.
Rowan University - BA Law & Justice
Ernie is a driver for The Southwest Council's transportation program for residents of Cumberland County.
Robert has been with the Southwest Council, Inc. since January of 2018 and serves as an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Specialist. Robert provides evidence-based school and community wide-programs in Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem County. He also assists in facilitating Camp YEY.
When Robert isn’t hard at work he enjoys coaching his youth and high school baseball teams, as well as spending time creating memories with his friends and family.
Rowan University - BA Communication Studies & Journalism
Angelica has been with the Southwest Council, Inc. since 2016 and serves as an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Specialist. She provides evidence-based school and community-wide programs in Cumberland County. Additionally, she helps to plan and facilitate Camp YEY.
Rowan University - BA Early Childhood Education, BA Liberal Studies
Hanna has been with The Southwest Council since 2013. She is the coordinator for the agency’s Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. Hanna also assists with the Cumberland County Human Services Transportation Program and with the scheduling of counseling services. Additionally, Hanna is a member of the agency’s Wellness in the Workplace Committee.
Rutgers University - BA History
Ashley joined the agency in 2014 and currently serves as the Salem-Cumberland PFS Coordinator. Ashley works closely with community organizations, municipal partners, and families by utilizing environmental strategies and initiatives that will reduce underage drinking and prescription drug abuse. She is also responsible for tobacco prevention efforts, while building strong community relationships with community organizations that serve older adults and New Jersey returning Veterans. Ashley serves on the agency’s Wellness in the Workplace Committee and participates in the planning and implementation of Camp YEY.
Rowan University - BA Health Promotion and Fitness Management
Partnership for Success
Christa has been with The Southwest Council, Inc. since 2013 and serves as the Prevention and Recovery Services Coordinator. Christa works as the Patient Navigator for the Salem County OORP as well as an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Specialist. Christa participates in evidence-based programming as well as community outreach in Gloucester, Cumberland, and Salem Counties. Christa is also actively involved in the implementation of Camp YEY.
Rowan University - BA Communications Studies
Prevention and Recovery Services Coordinator
Donald joined the agency in 2016 as the coordinator for the SCRATCH (Salem-Cumberland Regional Action Toward Community Health) Coalition. The coalition employs environmental strategies to change community norms which might be favorable to substance abuse in both Cumberland and Salem county. Donald also assists in the planning and implementation of Camp YEY.
Rowan University - BA Sociology
SCRATCH Coalition Coordinator
Michael interned with The Southwest Council from 2008 until he became an official staff member in 2010. He currently acts as the coordinator for the Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition. Among his responsibilities, Michael is in charge of the coordination of the coalition’s Youth Network. The Youth Network is a group of teens from Cumberland County interested in living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Additionally, Michael assists in the planning and implementation of Camp YEY and serves as a team leader.
Rutgers University - BA Psychology & BA History/Political ScienceRowan University - MST Secondary Education: Social Studies
CCHCC Coalition Coordinator
Beth has been with the Southwest Council, Inc. since 2016 and serves as an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Specialist. Beth provides evidence-based school and community-wide programs in Gloucester County.
Asbury University - BA Social Work
Fred has been with the Southwest Council Inc, since January 2018 and serves as an Program Assistant. While he assists with different areas within the Southwest Council Inc, his main responsibility is teaching the Spanish version of the Cumberland County Intoxicated Driving Resource Center class. He interacts with Southwest Council’s Spanish speaking clients, helping them with their needs, or pointing them towards the right direction. “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” ~ Paul Shane Spear
Rowan University - BA Law and Justice
Freddie J. Vega III
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Phone: (856) 794-1011Fax: (856) 794-1239
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Gloucester County Office550 Bridgeton Pike, Suite 3 & 4Mantua, NJ 08051
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