Katherine Carmichael, M.S.Ed, MSW, LSW, Executive Director
Katherine has spent 20 years within the nonprofit sector in progressively responsible leadership roles within organizations supporting youth, families and communities. After a successful three years in the child welfare sector as Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties, Katherine recently joined Nutley Family Service Bureau. Prior to her work with CASA, she was senior director of operations at the YWCA Bergen County overseeing all aspects of operations for the Aquatics, Health, Wellness, Childcare and Youth programs. Katherine also served as senior director of Program Services and Outreach for the Princeton-Blairstown Center, at the time, one of the oldest university student service organizations in the country and as director for Good Shepherd Services in New York City where she oversaw extensive programmatic activities with the NYC Department of Education. She is a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker. She earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Master’s degree from Bank Street College Graduate School of Education with dual certification in general and special education. Additionally, Katherine is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and completed an Advanced Certificate in Executive Leadership in the Not-For-Profit Sector from the New York University Silver School of Social Work. As a lifelong volunteer, beginning as a girl scout, serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program and most recently as a member of Princeton’s municipal committee, she possesses a strong commitment to community and social justice initiatives.
Staela Keegan, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Interim Director of Clinical Services & Programming
Staela is a dually licensed clinician with over twenty five years of experience in assessment and treatment of individuals and families with behavioral health, substance use disorders and associated co-occurring disorders. Staela has extensive experience in outpatient mental health treatment. In her 10 years working at NFSB, Staela has been responsible for leading the programming of various groups. She developed and facilitated, Families coping with Addictions, a support group for families, and in past years, the NET (Nutley empowering teens) an early intervention group for local youth. As part of the clinical team, she has been responsive to the needs of the community and in this new role she is eager to continue to grow NFSB’s community involvement. Additionally, she has served as Intake Coordinator, where her compassionate and competent communication and assessment skills facilitate clients to initiate the therapeutic process. Prior to joining NFSB Staela worked at SERV Centers of NJ as an outpatient clinician providing individual, couples and family therapy. While at SERV she was a Trustee of Clifton Against Substance Abuse, the municipal alliance that was dedicated to bringing awareness of the dangers of substances to the students and families of Clifton NJ. While at SERV She was involved in Community outreach and facilitated assemblies at the Middle school and High School professional development seminars. Staela is skilled in Family therapy and as a Certified Clinical Supervisor she is interested in teaching Family therapy skills to the clinical staff. Staela is most effective in treating depression, and anxiety, and uses Cognitive Behavioral therapy, psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches in the treatment of individuals and families. Her warm, compassionate, and down to earth style helps to ease people into a meaningful therapeutic relationship.
Peg Conca, Manager of The Shop, The Pantry and Volunteer Coordinator
Peg is responsible for supervising the overall operations of both The Pantry and The Shop, in addition to being Volunteer Coordinator. Under her management, the Shop has flourished with boutique-like sales of diverse value-priced goods from household to decorative to clothing and accessories. Additionally, she established a growing e-commerce shopping presence of higher-end items. Peg oversees multi-operational functions at the Food Pantry: coordinating resources and donations, inventory and storage, and participant distributions. For both The Shop and Food Pantry Peg manages a core of dedicated volunteers upon which operations rely. Peg has been associated with NFSB for many years, including as an administrative assistant at The Psychotherapy Center, and a volunteer. She brings an extensive background of customer service experience from prior work with Met Life Stadium and Bell Atlantic.
Joe Armentano, MSW, LCSW, Coordinator of Education & Staff Development
Since 2011, Joe’s work has focused on therapy for individuals, couples and families utilizing a psycho-dynamic and systems approach to help his clients to achieve healthy levels of individual and relational functioning. Joe has served in several capacities at NFSB, including In-take Coordinator, and a brief tenure as Director of Clinical Services and Programming. He returns to the role of Coordinator of Education and Staff Development. Additionally, he continues his leadership roles with the Men’s Connection and Anger Management Group. Joe received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU, and holds Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) and Certificate in Clinical Supervision credentials. His has experience in the mental health field working in residential and crisis environments and has been an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Justice. Joe brings a passion for facilitating personal growth which was developed during a 20-year history as a professional trainer and coach with the Dale Carnegie organization.
Carline Dumay, MSW, LSW
Carline has been providing counseling to individuals in various settings for over ten years. Carline has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens and highlights her ability to form a therapeutic relationship with others. Carline speaks conversational Haitian-Creole. Carline has a dual role in the community. In addition to her part-time employment at Nutley Family Service Bureau, she is on staff at Nutley Parkside Apartments. She is the resident social worker responsible for linking the elderly, especially those who are frail or disabled, with the support services necessary to continue to live independently. Carline is passionate about helping individuals across the life span and in all walks of life. She believes healing begins by taking one small step at a time.
Vincent Fitzgerald, LCSW
Vincent adheres to the philosophy that healing and growth can be accomplished with increased understanding of how family dynamics and generational patterns create anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulty. Combined with exploration of how fear and uncertainty influences behavior, the seeds to enable a more fully realized self can be planted. Vincent is clinically certified in Bowen Family Systems Theory and practices client-centered therapy. He is influenced by an existential psychotherapy perspective, and believes above all factors, it is the therapeutic relationship that heals. The clinician-client relationship begins at the initiating call, can have life-long impact.
Kerry McCann, MPA, MA, LAC
Kerry started her professional career at NFSB as a Master’s level intern. She has gone on to acquire a wide range of experience providing therapy in various settings to diverse populations who present with a gamut of challenges. For example, she has worked in social service agencies with veterans struggling with mental illness, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and substance use disorders. She has worked in court ordered programs such as Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, and with Drug Court participants. Additionally, she has provided counseling services to incarcerated individuals and their families. Kerry is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Sandplay Therapy, using techniques which she finds beneficial for children as well as adults. Kerry incorporates a humanistic psychological approach to intervention, fostering people’s ability to create change within themselves.
Kristen Petullo, MSW, LCSW
Kristen is a seasoned clinician with experience providing individual, group and family therapy in diverse hospital and outpatient mental health programs. Additionally, she is a certified school social worker who has provided clinical support to students in various settings. She has a wealth of experience helping adolescents and adults with a range of mental health diagnoses, such as depression and anxiety; and has developed an expertise in treating eating disorders. Kristen has a special interest in women’s issues, such as family adjustment during the pre/post partum period. Her approach is psychodynamic, however she is also trained in Cognitive, Dialectical, and Structural Family Therapies which she incorporates into her work. Above all, she believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship provides the foundation for successful growth and healing to occur.
Victoria Bukey, MSW, LSW
Victoria is a seasoned clinician in the area of autism spectrum disorders, providing intervention surrounding areas such as self-regulation, social skills, and effective daily functioning. Vicky implements play and sensory integration as a means of creating a therapeutic environment. She is a Certified School Social Worker, assisting school district’s in creating Individualized Educational Plans and in-home family training. Additionally, as a Child Development and Family Specialist, she provides services to families and individuals, from adolescence through adulthood. Following the Lewis Carroll’s quote, “Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get to…” Vicky embraces the opportunity to empower her clients throughout their journey together.
Regina E. Fitch, LCSW
Regina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the social service field throughout the Essex-Hudson region. Regina is trained in the treatment of complex trauma (C-PTSD); is certified in Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) and School Social Work. She is proficient in modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy. Regina served as an Adolescent Specialist where she supported teens living with ADHD, social issues, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Additionally, Regina has worked closely with survivors of violence, as well as with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, and grief. Regina strives to help clients at various stages of life to find balance in all areas of mental and emotional wellness.
Jessica Hauck, LAC, ATR-P
Jessica is a mental health counselor with specialization in art therapy. Jessica has worked closely with children dealing with bereavement, and has experience in crisis and suicide prevention hotlines. She provides services to children, adults, families, and groups using a variety of interventions, and implements both psychotherapy and art therapy, according to individualized client needs. Jessica typically uses a person-centered and solution-focused approach in her work, and believes in the importance of an authentic therapeutic relationship based on acceptance and empathy. She is published in her field with a focus on ethical practice.
Laura Munoz-Torres LAC, ATR-P, NCC
Laura believes in the strength of the therapeutic alliance and the power of mindfulness. Some of her favorite therapeutic strategies focus on art therapy, visualizations, grounding exercises, and many other CBT techniques. The theoretical framework she utilizes is multi-family, psychoeducational, and evidence-based; incorporating family dynamics and Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs to assess the immediate needs of the client. Furthermore, Laura has done extensive course work on the treatment of trauma and crisis intervention, she is certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). An immigrant herself, Laura understands the multi-level variables that take place when adapting to a new culture. Besides, speaking English she is fluent in Spanish and she enjoys working with her Spanish-speaking community. Throughout her years in the mental health field, she has worked with children of diverse ages providing social skills and she has over seven years of experience working for adults in the ID/DD population in both, community and residential settings. While completing her Master’s degree at Caldwell University she completed an internship at NFSB. She is now excited to be part of the NFSB family once again as a full-time clinician.
Tricia Politi, MSW, LCSW
Tricia has been on staff at NFSB since May of 2013, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Embracing the Person in Environment philosophy of Social Work, Tricia sees clients as individuals with unique challenges specific to their place in the world. Rather than focusing on pathology, she works with her clients to develop their strengths and create positive change both within themselves and in their relationships with others. Of particular interest, is the geriatric population, acquired from years spent delivering social services and counseling in a residential setting. Tricia believes that one is never too old to benefit from the gift of therapy.
Fernando Vázquez, MSW, LSW
Fernando is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. As a first generation Hispanic-American, Fernando’s perspective includes a particular sensitivity to the immigrant experience. Additionally, due in part to his prior career as a high school teacher in the Newark public school system, he is practiced in connecting with teens of varied backgrounds who face diverse challenges. In his clinical capacity, Fernando has worked closely with both adolescents and adults whose primary language is not English, and he uses psychotherapy and psycho-education to empower his clients.