The Enlightened Solutions teams is what makes us different than most treatment centers. Our people are our biggest asset! We have put together clinicians and teachers that each specialize in the area they are teaching. Get to know them by reading below...
JENNIFER HANSEN - CEO
My addiction took me to places I never imagined. I lived on the streets with a $300-a-day heroin habit. With dark circles under my eyes and track marks along my arms, I felt dead; my soul was gone. At the time, life seemed hopeless.
After several attempts at rehabilitation, I finally successfully detoxed at Seabrook House in Seabrook, NJ. I then entered a women's transitional facility in Southern California where, during my 3-month stay, I began to gather the tools I needed to live without drugs. I learned the simple life skills that are necessary to stay clean and obtain serenity in my life. I stayed in California for 2 & 1/2 years while working and participating in 12-step recovery before returning home to NJ.
I saw the need for something following the short term treatment that addicts were getting and began to pursue opening some housing for recovering addicts in NJ similar to what I experienced in California. So, here's what happened…
- 2001 - The Hansen Foundation, Inc. was formed.
- 2004 - Hansen House for Men opened with 34 bed capacity
- 2005 - Hansen House for Women opened with 34 bed capacity
- 2007 - Serenity House for Women opened with 11 beds
- 2008 - Serenity Meadows for Women opened with 10 beds
- 2012 - Randy Scarborough House for Men opened with 12 beds
- 2014 - Serenity Rose House for Women opened with 11 beds
- 2015 - Serenity Estates opened the first luxury sober living house for Women in NJ
- 2015 - September 15 - Enlightened Solutions opened with Partial Care, IOP & OP Treatment
- 2015 - Serenity Estates for Men opened with 14 beds
- 2015 - Hope Farm opened to the community to provide theraputic equine services
I have been drug-free for 20 years and along with continuing to keep recovery my #1 priority, I practice yoga regularly and believe in eating healthy and organic foods. We are what we eat after all and our body is really all we have so we better take good care of it! I am so excited to be able to incorporate all of what I have learned in my recovery for the benefit of those in Enlightened Solutions and all of the Serenity Houses.
ROBERT SNYDER, MHS, LCADC, CCS - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Robert Snyder has been working in the field of substance abuse for ten years. He has experience in residential and outpatient settings, and has helped a wide variety of people battle addiction, including both adults and adolescents. He received his Master’s degree, LCADC and CCS in 2013. He teaches assessment skills for addiction studies as an adjunct professor at Atlantic Cape Community College. As a person in longterm recovery, Robert is active in his community and has a passion for helping others attain positive change in their lives.
dr. charles meusburger, m.d. - medical director
Charles E. Meusburger, MD is a graduate of the University of Rome Medical School and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He is a Board Certified Diplomat of Neurology and Psychiatry and has been a practicing psychiatrist for more than 25 years. A former Department Chairman of Psychiatry, Residency Director and Medical Director for Behavioral Health Services in a large health system, Dr. Meusburger is an independent practitioner specializing in adult and adolescent psychiatry. He takes pride in providing his patients full 60-minute sessions in order to best understand their unique behavioral health needs and individual goals. He is distinguished among his patients for delivering superior clinical skills in a caring, compassionate and deeply sensitive manner. Though Dr. Meusburger has a thriving private practice, he also serves as the psychiatrist for a community mental health program that cares for homeless individuals with intellectual and behavioral disabilities. Dr. Meusburger is a speaker on many topics and a published author of numerous articles on behavioral health conditions and management.
KATHRYN GIBSON, LPC, LCADC - CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Kathryn Gibson has been working as a family adolescent addiction therapist for over 11 years and has dedicated her life to helping those who suffer from addiction. She is experienced in providing treatment for co-occurring disorders in individual, group and family settings. Kathryn specializes in improving communication and building healthy relationships. She does so using insight oriented therapy in order to help connect childhood experiences to present day relationships. Kathryn is especially skilled at building rapport and is best known for her ability to have unconditional positive regard for those she works with. Kathryn graduated from Saint Joseph's University summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree, earning the Interdisciplinary Health Services Departmental Award for Excellence. She completed her Master's Degree in Counseling Services at Rider University and was the 2006-2007 recipient of the Lincoln Walker Memorial Award for the "possession of those traits and characteristics that have a lasting impact on other".
LISA CORDASCO, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, CCTP
Lisa Cordasco is a group and individual therapist at Enlightened Solutions. Lisa has worked with individuals with mental health and addiction issues for the past five years at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. Lisa utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches in her work with clients and pulls from multiple skill sets including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and acceptance based behavioral therapies, such as DBT and ACT, as well as psychodrama and experiential therapies. Lisa believes in tailoring her approach and interventions used to the specific needs of each client. She is known for her approach which combines compassion with a knack for confronting the issues that pose as barriers to her client's recovery. Lisa is a person in long term recovery herself and finds it deeply rewarding to help others find their path to personal healing and growth.
Lisa received her Master’s degree in social work from Fordham University in New York, NY. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of NJ. Lisa graduated summa cum laude after studying clinical social work, with a specialization in addictions and a strong focus in trauma informed care. This last year, Lisa received her LCADC in New Jersey, which is the clinical licensure for the treatment of addictions. Lisa has also earned her certification as a clinical trauma professional with the international association for trauma professionals and specializes in treatment of individuals struggling with both trauma and addiction. Upon coming to Enlightened Solutions she has implemented a "trauma track". In addition, Lisa recently attended the part I of EAGALA certification training and looks forward to completing part II in October to be able to utilize EAGALA work with the clients once she is certified.
GEOFFREY FLOWER - CADC INTERN
Geoffery Flower is no stranger to facing challenges and overcoming adversity. For the last 5 years, he had dedicated his time and efforts in helping others, with a purpose and passion for accompanying others on their journeys toward recovery and wellness. Combining a psychodynamic, strength based approach with 12-Step philosophies and principles, Geoffrey effectively treats clients in individual and group settings, aiding in relapse prevention and the overall process of recovery. Assessing and exploring past experiences, family dynamics, other early relationships and their impact on present day functioning is of special interest as it allows him to support his clients through emotional healing. With unwavering compassion and empathy, and a reputation for challenging clients past their points of comfort, it is Geoffrey's mission to inspire, encourage, and motivate those he treats in making the changes necessary to achieve the outcomes they desire and most importantly, for living the lives they deserve.
TARA PEAK - CADC INTERN
Tara has been working with addicts in a similar capacity at a neighboring treatment facility for the past 3 years and we are excited she wants to join our team. She is a person in long term recovery who is completely engaged in the recovering community. Tara is a board member of the Hope All Day Foundation and volunteers much of her time to the Hope All Day Recovery Center. She is of service in her 12-step fellowship and is a shining example of how recovery works! When new in recovery, addicts need to learn a new way to have FUN...we at Enlightened Solutions believe that this is a vital piece of the puzzle and Tara will lead the way on this endeavor!
JEN SHIPMAN - CADC INTERN
Jennifer Shipman is a graduate of Atlantic Cape Community College earning an Associates Degree in Human Services. Jennifer is currently enrolled in Stockton University’s Social Work program, and working towards completing her CADC certification. Jennifer is compassionate, and patient while helping clients help themselves. Jennifer’s mission is to guide clients to realize they are not defined by their past decisions, and that anyone can recover. Jennifer’s current position is case manager, intake coordinator and CADC intern. Jennifer has the opportunity to meet with clients as they arrive for treatment to perform intake assessment. Jennifer believes that during this time most clients are nervous because it’s a new environment and they are unsure of what to expect. Jennifer’s goal is to make them feel welcome by way of supporting, and encouraging them. Jennifer is responsible for scheduling appointments for clients and family sessions. Jennifer is a CADC intern which includes observing and helping counselors with groups.
MATTHEW REMINGTON, CADC INTERN
After seeking out help for my own substance abuse problem by addressing the underlying issues, I became motivated to help other individuals in need. I spent 2 years working with the homeless population, where I connected people to the appropriate services. In addition, I was part of a task force that combatted human trafficking, and I helped spread awareness by facilitating presentations to other social service providers. I have since graduated from Rutgers University with my bachelor's degree in Social Work. I am currently in a graduate program at Rutgers University where I am pursing my Masters in Social Work. My passion to help all individuals who are vulnerable keeps me motivated to try and promote social change.
Matthew began working with the addiction/mental health population and focused his postgraduate work learning and refining a variety of therapeutic techniques used to help people in early recovery. He recognized that a lot of people have underlying/unresolved trauma and used substances to cope with life. Matthew realized that no single therapeutic intervention is applicable to all persons who struggle with addictions.
At Enlightened Solutions, Matthew focuses on facilitating group therapy sessions. He works with other therapists who specialize in a variety of therapeutic techniques in an effort to reach clients in different ways. Matthew believes in taking an individualized approach when treating clients. Matthew attempts to help each client identify both their strengths and core issues by utilizing various applications of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Matthew combines both therapeutic interventions with recommended outside community support and group involvement to help individuals recover and develop new ways to cope with life.
Kiersten Workman - Director of Admissions
Kiersten Workman is the Director of Admissions at Enlightened Solutions. Kiersten is a graduate of Atlantic Cape Community College earning an Associates Degree in Human Services. She is currently enrolled in Stockton University’s Social Work program and working towards completing her CADC. Kiersten sought a holistic approach to long term recovery over four years ago and is very active in her recovering community. When Kiersten is not at Enlightened Solutions working or attending class, she can often be found tending to her beehives at the Hope Farm.
Jonathan Greenberg, DC, CCEP - Chiropractor and Health Consultant
Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, DC is a licensed chiropractor and Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) serving South Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Dr. Greenberg was voted one of America's Top Chiropractors in 2004 & 2009 by Consumers' Research Council of America.
Dr. Greenberg has a deep respect for those in pain having suffered a severe low back injury as a result of a surfing accident while attending Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California. For most of his remaining time at chiropractic school, he suffered severe, debilitating pain. Some of the best orthopedists and neurologists in the country tried to aid him to no avail. He found the same results with the numerous chiropractors he subsequently sought out, although the DCs did manage to produce at least a measure of symptomatic relief. Even so, Dr. Greenberg's prognosis was grim. "After 9 months of being worked on, I was unable to stand up for longer than 2 minutes," he says.
Dr. Greenberg decided he was going nowhere fast on these paths to healing, so he took matters into his own hands. Unable to engage in any physical activities, he had plenty of time to do research in the hope of finding the answers he needed. Soaking up knowledge from a couple of his forward-thinking professors, along with pouring over stacks of books and journal articles from the fields of chiropractic, orthopedics, neurology and physical therapy, Dr. Greenberg, over a span of 2 years, developed an approach to care that ultimately freed him from the pain and put his frame in stronger, better stabilized shape than before the accident. At that point, he stopped seeing his injury as misfortune, but rather as a godsend.
Dr. Greenberg has been freeing people of pain in private practice since 2001. As a chiropractor with experience, he is committed to promoting optimal health and well being for his patients.
Dr. Greenberg uses a "whole person approach." This approach to wellness means looking for underlying causes of any disturbances or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that will optimize the conditions for normal function. He not only looks at the spine, he evaluates a patient's entire body and treats accordingly, because all the parts affect one another's condition. Using this unique system, Dr. Greenberg is able to help his patients accelerate and/or maintain their journeys to good health. He also happens to be married to Jennifer Hansen, Enlightened Solutions CEO, which has put him in position to have worked closely with the addicted population for the past 8+ years. He has grown very passionate about this work and loves to see addicts change their whole lives and find alternative answers for their pain.
Ericka Dice - Acupuncturist
Enlightened Solutions is lucky to have Ericka Dice as our in-house Acupuncturist offering accessory services. Erica worked at the detoxification clinic in the South Bronx and was specifically trained to treat people struggling with addictions.
Ashley Gordon - Yoga Teacher
Ashley Gordon is a 200 hr certified yoga teacher specializing in Baptiste Yoga (power vinyasa). She has had the privilege to train with founder of Baptiste Yoga, Baron Baptiste as well as several Baptiste Institute workshops to empower herself and her students. She is also obtaining her life coaching certification from The Institite for Professional Excellence and Coaching. The moment Ashley Gordon enters the studio to teach, her infectious positive energy lights up the room. Her warm and light greeting is followed by an essential teaching style that challenges her students to reach for new possibilities. Ashley’s passion is to share yoga and awaken consciousness by helping others realize their infinite potential for what they truly want to create for their life. She invites her students to practice with limitless intention both on and off the mat. " BE YOU. THE WORLD WILL ADJUST. "
Brenda Kiss - Reiki Master & Energy Healer
Brenda Kiss has a passion for helping people find peace and harmony their life. She is known as the Self Love Mentor. Brenda has been practicing Reiki for the past three years and has become a Reiki Master in the past year. She enjoys inspiring others to find their inner strength from understanding what their body is telling them. As a Reiki Master, wellness expert and transformational guide she has guided people to find their inner peace. Brenda has been teaching and coaching people since 2004. Brenda Kiss also has a bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science giving her an understanding of how food, stress, and exercise affect the body, mind, and soul. She is currently studying to be a NAP and NLP practitioner.
VERN MORIN - FAMILY CONSTELLATION Facilitator
Vern Morin is one of the few certified in Family Constellation Work developed by Bert Hellinger. Hellinger is considered one of the most respected psychotherapists in the world today, he has revolutionized the heart and soul of family therapy by illuminating the unconscious, and often destructive, loyalties within families. Family Constellation Work is an effective therapeutic process that helps to break destructive family patterns of unhappiness, illness, failure and addiction. The results are often immediate and life-changing. The Family Constellation approach is becoming one of the most rapidly expanding forms of therapy in the world and is practiced in more than 35 countries.
Vern is also the founder and owner of Morin Laboratories, a nutriceutical company that develops herbal medicinal products with many of the herbs he has grown on his farm. Vern is a person in long term recovery who has an intimate understanding of addiction and alternate methods of treating imbalances in the body.
Amy Corris - Office Manager
Amy Corris is the Office Manger/Administrative Assistant at Enlightened Solutions. Amy is actively engaged in the recovery community and a 12 step program. She is a person in long term recovery. She has a passion for helping others. Amy attended Brookdale Community College and aspires to work toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. Amy is excited to be a part of the team at Enlightened Solutions because of the diversity of the various therapies that help open the minds of struggling addicts.
Jason Cameron - Maintenance/Groundskeeper
Jason Cameron is the maintenance/groundskeeper for Enlightened Solutions. Jason has a passion for being a part of what Enlightened Solutions portrays in its philosophy. Jason uses his skills in landscaping/construction to keep Enlightened Solutions well maintained and looking vibrant. Jason is an active participant in long term recovery and enjoys seeing the transformation of lives at Enlightened Solutions.
Allistair Pemberton - Chef
Allistair is from Dutch St. Maarten/Netherlands Antilles, an island that is hugely influenced by French cuisine and home to many other cuisines. While living there, Allistair worked for numerous restaurants and two hotels, including Sheraton Mullet Bay and Port de Plaisance Resorts, as a banquet chef de parti, fish butcher/smoker, and rotation relief line cook. Allistair attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park N.Y. where he sharpened his skills in classic French cuisine. Allistair then traveled to London where he worked as a private chef/ butler for DVB associates, a recording company. He volunteered himself to Missionary work, traveling throughout the Caribbean, N.Y, N.J., Chicago and Canada cooking for the homeless and shelters as part of a Christian based outreach program. Needless to say, he fell in love with N.J. and returned in 2000 permanently, working at the Brighton Steakhouse, the Boo Koo room, and Medicci in the Sands Casino A.C. He flourished under the leadership of chefs Michael Williams and Paul Drew (currently regional director for Phillips seafood). Blessed to have also worked under chefs Andrea (Andrea’s Trattoria’s), Rene Weibel (American Airlines), John Cozzi (Fusion in Cape May), John Manzione and Brian Vallios, former and present Chefs at our renowned Hidden Creek Golf Club, where I have worked for the past 5 years. Missionary work has given me a passion for helping those who are hurting and in need of an intervention. I feel tremendously blessed to be a part of this great vision.