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. Download Press Release.
Staela Keegan, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Interim Director of Clinical Services & Programming is dually licensed and specializes in co occurring disorders. Staela brings over 20 years of experience in assessment and treatment of individuals and families struggling with Substance Use Disorders and associated mental health problems. She coordinates the NET (Nutley Empowering Teens) Program, a specialized group that focuses on local at-risk teens by providing substance abuse education and skills development in order that they can better cope with related peer group and behavioral/socialization pressures. Additionally, Staela is the facilitator of the Women’s Support Group, where she brings a competent, compassionate approach to issues of anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship difficulties, and difficulties with grief and loss.
Joe Armentano, MSW, LCSW. Since 2011, Joe has been a psychotherapist specializing in couple’s therapy and working with individuals, couples and families utilizing a psychodynamic and systems approach to help his clients to achieve healthy levels of individual and relational functioning. Joe assumes the role of Director of Clinical Services and Programming at NFSB following his tenure as a member of the clinical team, during which time he served in multiple roles, including intake coordinator, coordinator of clinical team training and development, intern coordinator and supervisor, coordinator of the anger management program, and Men’s Connection group therapy developer. In his current capacity, Joe expands his work in the management, administration and clinical operations of the Psychotherapy Center, keeping in mind his professional philosophy of, “give someone a fish and you feed them for a day, teach someone to fish and you feed them for life,” coupled with the Bureau’s mission to strengthen the mental well being of individuals and families. Joe received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU, and both SIFI (Seminar in Field Instruction) credential and Certificate in Clinical Supervision. He 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
Victoria Bukey, MSW, LSW, 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, 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.
Vincent Fitzgerald, LCSW, 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.
Jessica Hauck, LAC, ATR-P, 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.
Carline Dumay, MSW, LSW 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.
Tricia Politi, MSW, LCSW, 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, 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.