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Alan Furst

  Excecutive Director

"Start everyday with new hope; leave bad memories behind and have faith for a better tomorrow."

Alan Furst, LCSW, Executive Director

Alan N. Furst, LCSW was introduced to the helping professions by his father, the late William Furst, MD. Community Psychiatric Institute, a dream of Alan and his father was founded in 1972 providing evidence-based psychiatric and addiction treatment. Alan earned his masters in Social Work with a specialization in casework and group work from Rutgers University in 1974.
 
Alan has steered the course and development of CPI from a small psychiatric clinic in the early 1970’s to a multi-modal comprehensive behavioral health and substance use treatment organization. CPI began with two staff and has grown to over 40 professional and support staff today. Alan developed one of the first free standing mental health partial hospitals in New Jersey for young adults in 1980. He is responsible for the overall management, program development, personnel deployment and for infusing CPI’s spirit and carrying on his dad legacy. Today, CPI is widely recognized and highly respected.
 
Alan is married and the proud father of 2 children. His daughter, Jill Furst, NP, is a Nurse Practitioner, a recent graduate of Columbia University and has followed in her grandfather and father's footsteps. Jill accepted a position providing psychiatric services and medication management to homeless mentally ill women in New York City.

"Always end your day with a positive thought. Now matter how things are, tomorrow is another chance to make things better."

Douglas Reichert, LPC, ACS, Administrative Director

Doug Reichert has over 35 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field.  He is a member of the American Counseling Association, has a Master's and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College (MA), is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. 
 
Mr. Reichert joined CPI in May of 2019 as the agency's Administrative Director.  He is primarily responsible for the agency's day to day operations as well as ongoing regulatory compliance with all State and Federal agencies.  With his clinical background Doug is routinely working to ensure that CPI is providing only the highest quality of services based upon evidence based practices.  

Prior to his employment at CPI, Mr. Reichert worked in many levels of behavioral healthcare including inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, outpatient and in-home services and had been previously employed at several quality organizations including Elizabeth General Medical Center, Fair Oaks Hospital and Catholic Charities.

Ruth Ann Furst, Adminstrator

Ruth Ann is the Administrator at CPI and has been a dedicated member of the staff since 1992. With over 27 years experience in the mental health arena, Ruth Ann has been instrumental in the development, direction and expansion of CPI as a dually licensed mental health and substance abuse treatment facility.

Ruth Ann is responsible for Human Resource protocols, Financial planning, agency wide acquisitions, implementation of the US Department of Agriculture Food program, and overseeing many program functions. Additionally, she supervises all client benefit eligibility issues and is the point person for all agency Marketing and community relations.

Prior to coming to CPI, Ruth Ann worked in the field of banking.  She was educated at the Hill Institute as a Court Reporter in the early 90's. She has completed 4 years of training as a Practitioner of New Thought teachings and is a certified Reiki practitioner. Additionally, she currently holds a license as a NJ real estate agent.

Ruth Ann is a devoted animal lover and has rescued and placed dozens of homeless pets found over the years at CPI. She is the proud owner of Mitzi a rescued ShihTzu – Yorkie mix.
 

George Georgiou, MS, MIS Director

Mr. Georgiou has been with CPI since 1991.  He has a Masters of Computer Science from Montclair State University. His experience in computers supports CPI’s extensive computer network system. He is also responsible for CPI’s medical and financial information systems.
 
George has developed a detailed network of training programs for all new employees and assists in the presentation of a myriad of in-service programs.

"Faith, hope, and patience are the key to things getting better. Just give it another day."

Michelle Certosimo, LCSW, Clinical Director

Michelle began her career at CPI in 2016.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College.  Michelle has been in the field for several years and has a variety of experience in many areas.  She has worked previously in eldercare services as well as intake and referral services.     


Michelle is responsible for the clinical oversight, programming and clinical staffing at CPI along with participating in the development of the organization. One of her main goals at CPI is to work with Staff so they can help Clients make changes and reach their highest level of functioning.   

Vincent M. Lim, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Lim has been the Medical Director of CPI since 2010. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at the NJ Medical School/UMDNJ Rutgers and his Fellowship in Psychopharmacology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY. His responsibilities include psychiatric evaluations, Medication Management and Psycho-education and educating the staff on various mental health protocols. He has extensive experience with co-occurring and SPMI populations. Dr. Lim provides community based psychiatric management to a variety of programs throughout NJ.  He also has his own private practice.
 
Dr. Lim is involved with Doctors without Borders and participates in Medical missions abroad for underprivileged people. During his free time, he loves to listen to all kinds of Music from Rock, Reggae, Alternative, House, Hip Hop and Top 40’s.  His introductory words to a patient are…”Hello and welcome to CPI. My name is Dr. Lim.  I’ll be your Psychiatrist here and I’ll be taking care of you. We are available to help you in any way we can.”

Judi Ali, RN Nurse Manager

Judi joined CPI in 2012, fortifying our competence with over 38 years of experience in the medical field. Judi holds an Associate Degree from Interfaith Medical School of Nursing and a Diploma in Spanish language from CEDA (Dominican Republic). Her certifications include Substance abuse CADC (Pending), Forensics (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), FEMA and Red Cross Emergency Management.
 
Ms. Ali’s background includes Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse, Medical Surgical, Forensic, Public Health and Emergency Management. She has worked administratively at Trinitas Regional Medical and Cornell-Weill in New York City.

Albert John "Jay" Silao RN, BSN-Nurse

Jillian Marmo, LSW, LCADC

Jillian began working at CPI in 2018.  She has a BA in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an MSW from Rutgers University with a Minor in Gender Studies and Substance Abuse.  Prior to coming to work at CPI, Jillian worked at Straight & Narrow as a counselor for 6 years.  She also worked as a Co-occurring Specialist for Begen County PACT for a year and a half.
 
At CPI Jillian currently provides supervision to staff interns who are pursuing their CADC/LCADC.  She also runs both substance abuse & mental health groups and provides individual sessions for Drug Court, SAI and DCPP clients.  In addition, she works with NJSAMS intakes, assessments and LOCI's.

In her spare time, Jillian enjoys listening to music, dancing and spending time with her 3 cats.  Her favorite music artists are Lada Gaga and Ariana Grande.  She also has a fondness for anything Halloween.

Kayla Ray, LPC, Counselor

Kayla began her career at CPI as a per diem counselor in 2016 and in 2017 became a full-time staff member.  She has a BA in Psychology from Columbia College (MO) and a Master's in Counseling from Liberty University (VA).  She is currently in the process of completing her requirements for her LCADC.

 

In 2019 Kayla was promoted to Program Coordinator.  She works closely with the programs Clinical Director in managing program operations and creating daily treatment schedules for consumers.  Kayla is also the Task Supervisor for CPI's counselors, students and interns where she assists with training staff and clinical preparation of comprehensive treatment plans.

Kayla is the proud mother of 4 amazing kids.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, watching football and caring for her cat and dog.

 Curtis StylesMS, Counselor

Curtis has been a counselor at CPI since 2018 and has 39 years experience in behavioral health & substance abuse. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. in 1979 and an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix in 2012. He is currently pursuing his LCADC through NJPN (New Jersey Prevention Network)
 
Prior to working at CPI Curtis worked at the Beth Israel Medical Center in their Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program in NYC with over 400 clients.  He began working as an Addictions Counselor and was promoted and worked as the Clinic Supervisor for over 6 years.  Curtis also worked as a Senior Counselor for the Kintock Group for 3 years in Community Corrections at a Halfway House for men where he managed a caseload of 40 clients.  In addition, he worked at Care Plus of New Jersey as an Addictions Specialist for the PACT program where he provided outreach counseling, assisted with medication management and social service appointments.

Curtis enjoys working in the Behavioral Health & Addictions field "fulfilling his love for helping others."  He is also a professional musician/keyboardist and recording studio owner.  He has been able to combine aspects from both careers while achieving his professional goals.  At CPI he has taken the initiative to facilitate specific Music Expression groups. 

 Daniel Feinstein, LSW, Counselor

Michael Brown,  Counselor

Jillian Marmo, LSW, CADC, Counselor

Danielle Zimmerman, Counselor

Anna Farmer, LSW, Counselor

Curtis Styles, MS, Counselor