The People of Alina Lodge

The Little Hill Foundation Board of Trustees includes an executive committee:

Michael Hornstein

BS, MA, Executive Director

Michael Hornstein

Michael is the current Executive Director of Little Hill Foundation which operates Alina Lodge and Haley House, holds a Master's Degree in Biology and a BS in Pharmacy. He was a pharmacist for 20 years changing career paths in 1983 to become a teacher in the Miami Dade County school system. He was a Department Chair of the Science Department and taught in this school system for 25 years. For over 15 years he was an administrator of a bio medical academy that trains pharmacy technicians, nursing assistants, emergency responders and EKG technicians. From 1985 to 2000 Michael was a DUI instructor and Group Therapist for Broward County Commission on Alcoholism. During this time he received his CAP license. He served as an Adjunct professor at Barry University for the Early Credit Program (1997-2007).

Michael hails from Florida and has been involved with the Alina Lodge alumni group, past member and past president of the Board of Trustees. Michael has three sons and currently has five grandchildren, all of whom reside in Florida. He has been the Executive Director of Little Hill Foundation since August of 2008.

Donald A. Yurga

Chief Financial Officer - Connect with Don on LinkedIn

Don Yurga

Don attended Rutgers University School of Business and graduated from William Patterson University with a BA in Accounting in 1989. Immediately following graduation Donald was employed by Orvill B. Wert, CPA followed by William M. Colantano, CPA. He then advanced his career through a position of Chief Financial Officer of Lebenon Township from 1996 - 1999.

Donald began his career with Little Hill Foundation in December 2, 1999 as Accounting Manager and was promoted to Business Administrator in June of 2000. His duties include managing the financial operations of Alina Lodge and Haley House as well as renovations and maintenance of both facilities. He supervises all administrative staff including Admissions, Development and Marketing.

Donna Pittala

MA, LCADC, CODS, CCS, Director of Family Services

Donna Pittala

Donna graduated as a Psychology major from East Stroudsburg University and received her Masters in Addictions Counseling from Marywood University in Pennsylvania. She was fortunate to train with Dr David Powell of Rutgers University in NJ to complete her Clinical Supervisor Certification. She worked as a staff therapist at The Family Guidance Center of Warren County for 11 years as the addictions specialist working with clients and families with co-existing disorders.

Donna first arrived at Alina Lodge in 2001 and worked for a year as a primary counselor and assistant to the Family Director. She moved on to become Director of Family Services and today works with all the Alina Lodge families to provide education, support and therapeutic intervention as well as facilitate the residential family program. Donna is currently training with Tian Dayton to incorporate the Relationship Trauma Repair module in the Alina clinical program and supervise the psychodrama trauma workshops. As a dedicated professional Donna is available to current Alina families and students as well as Alumni. She supports the philosophical foundations and history of the Lodge while incorporating all that cutting edge research and medical science in the field today can provide us for the treatment of addictive disease to establish a healthy, strong family system.

Virginia Davis

Assistant to the Executive Director

Ginny Davis

Ginny began her career at Alina Lodge in 1984 as the Assistant to the Family Director. In 1994 she was promoted and became the Assistant to the Executive Director.

Her duties include the coordination of the Board of Trustees business, management of Housekeeping and Dietary departments as well as overseeing the furnishings of all the buildings.



Renee Harman

Director of Development - Connect with Renee on LinkedIn

Renee Harman

Renee graduated Dover Business College, Dover NJ, in 1989. Prior to her employment at Little Hill Foundation, she was Director of Publications at Kinsley Associates, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ where she worked as the Office Manager coordinating designs, content and accounts for three annual publications.

Renee began her career with Little Hill Foundation in August of 2004 as the Development Assistant and was promoted to Director of Development in 2011. Her duties include creating and implementing the annual fundraising plan, grant writing, donor financial reporting and implementing Alina Lodge communications including web site, global emails, quarterly newsletter and facility brochures.

Patricia Schneider

Admissions Coordinator

Pat Schneider

Pat previously worked at the Johnson Rehab Institute in Edison, NJ and was employed there for 10 years. Her primary role was as administrative assistant and to help facilitate incoming medical records between the referring agency and the families.

Patricia began her career at Alina Lodge in August of 2012 and serves as the Admission Coordinator. She is currently responsible for all possible admission phone calls and communication with the potential clients and their families. She facilitates all the communication between our medical and clinical team regarding incoming admissions as well.

Patrick Howlett

Outreach Coordinator

Patrick Howlett

Patrick is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He comes to Alina Lodge with over ten years of mental health and substance abuse experience. Patrick has had the opportunity to represent inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities throughout his career. He comes to the Lodge from Retreat at Lancaster County where he was a Senior Marketing Coordinator.

Patrick began his career with Alina Lodge in April of 2013. As Outreach Coordinator, Patrick's main responsibility is to assist in the development and maintenance of new and existing referral relationships. He works closely with doctors, clinicians, other treatment facilities and Lodge staff to ensure a positive treatment experience for all Alina Lodge clients.

Laurie Andrysiak

Alumni Coordinator

Laurie Andrysiak

Laurie attended Northampton Community College's Office Skills Specialist/Business Administration Program. Prior to her employment at Little Hill Foundation, she worked as a production scheduler at United Envelope and as an Executive Assistant at Pocono Manor Investors.

Laurie began her career with Little Hill Foundation in April of 2010 as the alumni coordinator. Her duties include communicating with alumni regularly, organizing Lodge anniversaries and luncheons as well as Admissions coverage.

Clinical Team

Gerry Gunnels

LCADC; Clinical Director

Gerry Gunnells

Gerry is a LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and the Clinical Director of Alina Lodge. He brings more than thirty years of counseling experience to the clinical team, the students and their families. Gerry began his career with Alina Lodge in September of 1983.

Gerry worked under Geraldine Delaney for many years, learning first-hand the formula of success for addiction treatment that has made the Lodge a leader in treatment for more than 57 years. He passes on the time-honored traditions of Alina Lodge:  self-discipline, spirituality, surrender, family education, the 12 steps, and the tincture of time, as well as guiding a team of credentialed clinicians with vast experience in addictions and co-occurring issues. Gerry participates in family interventions, educating families in helpful methods that support the recovery process, strengthening and uniting them in this process.

William Robbins

LCSW

William Robbins

Bill is a licensed clinical social worker having earned a Master's Degree from Columbia University's School of Social Work in 1996.  He worked at The Educational Alliance in New York City as a staff therapist in a Therapeutic Community for adults with drug and alcohol dependence.  After several years he was promoted to clinical director, where he served in that capacity for seven years, overseeing all clinical, administrative, and fiscal responsibilities.  During this period William opened his own private psychotherapy practice specializing in treating individuals with drug/alcohol dependence, as well as anxiety and depressive disorders.  William then transitioned to High Focus Centers in NJ where he provided addiction counseling to adult patients in an IOP setting.  After a brief time, he was moved into a supervisory position where he balanced the administrative needs of the program while continuing to provide clinical services.  

William joined the dynamic clinical staff at Alina Lodge in July of 2012.  William is currently pursuing his LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and holds his CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor), allowing him to provide clinical supervision to other therapists.  

Thérèse Smerklo

MA, LAC

Therese Smerklo

Thérèse is a recent addition to the female Counseling team at Alina Lodge. Thérèse received her MA in Counseling in 2013 and holds a post Master's certificate in Advanced Counseling from Montclair State University. Thérèse served as an intern for NJ AIDS Services in Morristown, NJ for a year working with HIV/AIDS clients presenting with co-occurring disorders. Thérèse is in the process of obtaining her LAC with the state of NJ.

Prior to changing careers into the counseling field, Thérèse worked in the investment and securities' field for over 20 years.

Christina Sgaramella

LCSW, LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

Christina Sgaramella

Christina attended The College of New Jersey and received a BA in Psychology in 2007. Christina began working at Capitol Care, Inc. in April 2008 where she remained for over 4 years working in the substance abuse department. Christina was a counselor in the Intensive Outpatient Program and developed an IOP for adolescents. After working at Capitol Care for 2 years, Christina was promoted to the Manager of Substance Abuse Services and remained in this position for the remainder of her employment at this agency.

Christina received a Master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in May 2013 and is Licensed Social Worker as well as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Chris Cain

BA

Chris Cain

After graduating Texas Tech University Chris was a police officer for 5 years.  He was then a student at Alina Lodge for the majority of 2011, and then returned to work at the Lodge as a facilitator in September of 2012.  Chris was promoted to lead facilitator and recently joined the Men's Counseling Team in 2014. 

Currently, Chis is mentoring under our seasoned staff and working toward obtaining his CADC, which he hopes to have completed shortly.  Chris is looking forward to a long career at Alina Lodge, giving back to people who were given the same gift he was.

Megan Hein

MA, LCSW

Megan Hein

Megan received her BA in 2006 from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. She received an MA from Montclair State University in 2007 and an MSW from Monmouth University in 2012. Megan is a Licensed Social Worker for the state of New Jersey.

Megan has been a member of the Alina Lodge family for many years, served as an intern in 2011 and joined the Clinical team full time in January of 2012. Prior to coming to Alina Lodge, Megan was the Senior Case Supervisor for Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Eileen Reuter

LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor), MAPC

Eileen Reuter

Eileen has been employed off and on since 2003 at Alina Lodge.  She was a facilitator, driver, and resident assistant at Haley House.  During this time she returned to school to finish a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.  While working at Haley House, she worked toward her addictions certification.  She became a counselor and worked for two years at an outpatient treatment facility in Bangor, PA.  During this time she started her Master's Degree in Pastoral Counseling.  She was then rehired by Alina Lodge to work part-time as an eating disorder counselor. 

After graduating with her Master's in May 2013, Eileen began full-time employment as Primary Counselor on the women's team at the Lodge.  Her interests include substance abuse, eating disorders, and spirituality. She runs the Eating Disorder Recovery Group.

John Thomson

CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

John Thomson

John is a counselor on the men's team at Alina Lodge.  John worked at Today Inc. from 1996 to 2006 with various positions including Recreation Counselor, House Manager, Recovery Weekend Lead Counselor, and Family Therapist. 

In 2006 John earned a BA in Psychology and was hired at Carbon Monroe Pike-Mental Health/Developmental Services as a Targeted Case Manager.  In 2009 John worked at Resources for Human Development in Norristown, PA as an addictions counselor before being hired at Alina Lodge in July 2014.  John is certified in M-TREM (Men's Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model).

Frank Mellana, Jr.

CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

Frank Mellana - Alina Lodge

Frank is a counselor on the men's team at Alina Lodge. He began his career at Alina Lodge in 2010 as a Facilitator and decided to complete his Counseling Internship here to earn his CADC.

Frank worked as a Primary Counselor at Alpha Healing Center in Jersey City and was in charge of overseeing the Intensive Outpatient Program. "I've always felt that long term inpatient treatment was the best way to learn how to stay sober." Which is why he feels very blessed to be working at Alina Lodge.


Bill Rust

Counselor

Bill Rust - Alina Lodge

Bill began his Alina Lodge career in 2011 as a Facilitator and decided to pursue a CADC after seeing Students' lives transformed over the course of their stay in treatment. As part of his internship, Bill also worked at The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton NJ. There he was tasked with overseeing their Intensive Outpatient Program as well as providing classroom instruction for the Sussex County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center program, a court-mandated class for DUI offenders. Bill is currently completing the final requirements for CADC licensure.

Bill attended Boston University and is a veteran of the US Air Force. Besides his passion for Recovery, Bill's other love is music performance and he is delighted to bring musical ensembles to perform at the Lodge for staff and students. Bill's favorite quote: "The meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life is to give it away."


Support Staff

Support Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Jeannette Greenemeier, Administrative Assistant to Counseling Personnel

Silvana Tirri, Development Assistant

Diane Mulch, Accounts payable/Personnel Coordinator

Deborah Bryan - Receptionist

Leanne Accounts Receivable Billing Coordinator




Intimacy Group Therapy

Caroline Smith

MA, LPC, CSAT-S, CMAT, CIP, EMDR

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist-Supervisor, and a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist. Ms. Smith is the Director of Addiction Services at Pine Grove Behavioral Health Women's Center.

She is EMDR trained and holds clinical expertise in the areas of trauma resolution, relationship attachment patterns, addiction interaction disorder, and the two most primary process addictions, food and sex. Caroline Smith brings her expertise to Alina Lodge on a regular basis to work with our women's community.

Mark Drax

Recovery Coach

(Certified with the International Coaching Federation)

Mark Drax

Mark's own experience helps foster empathy and trust for reassurance in the early stages of recovery while coaching and mentoring around sensitive subjects. His deep understanding of addiction, sexuality and the addictive cycle as a whole gives him the ability to understand buried anger, pain, fear and shame, as well as the disruption they bring to every aspect of a person's daily existence.

Mark brings his expertise to Alina Lodge on a regular basis to work with the men's community on topics which at the best of times can be hard to discuss even in the most determined relationships.

Spirituality Program

Reverend Robert Griner

Reverend Robert Griner

The Spirituality Program at Alina Lodge is led by The Reverend Robert Griner. Robert received a degree in Psychology from Drew University and studied Theology at the University of Oxford before completing a Master of Divinity degree at Yale University. After 911, Robert was hired by FEMA as a Crisis Response Counselor. He also held the position as Director of Psychiatric Services in a Jersey City Center. He has been serving as a parish priest for over 30 years.

Robert's goal is to help our students develop skills through meditation and prayer to cope with where their lives are, find moments of grace in their lives now and to change their perception of the future where hope abounds. He strives to show them that spirituality can elevate the joy of living.

Medical Department

Alexander Kudryk

MD, ABIM, ABAM

Dr. Alexander Kudryk

Dr. Alexander Kudryk is a graduate from Manhattan College in Biology and St. John's University in Pharmacy. Dr. Kudryk completed his residency, was Chief Resident and instructor in Internal Medicine at St. Barnabas Internal Medicine Residency Program. Currently he is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is active in General Internal Medicine, ICU coverage at Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health/Somerville campus.

Dr. Kudryk is also an Urgent Care Physician for Atlantic Health Group and holds an American Board of Addiction Medicine certification. He has been the Medical Director at Alina Lodge for more than twenty years.

Daniel Greenfield

MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Daniel Greenfield - Alina Lodge

Dr. Daniel P. Greenfield, is a board certified psychiatrist, preventive medicine specialist, and addiction medicine specialist. He was educated and trained in these areas at University College London (University of London), University of North Carolina, Harvard University, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and Rutgers University. He has had extensive clinical and forensic experience in psychiatry and addiction medicine over the past 30 years and has lectured, testified, and published widely in these areas.

Dr. Greenfield is the author, most recently, of Writing Forensic Reports. A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, and of other works. He was the Book Section editor of the former The Journal of Psychiatry & Law. In addition to his clinical and forensic professional activities, Dr. Greenfield is Clinical Professor of Neuroscience (Psychiatry) at Seton Hall University/New Jersey Neuroscience Institute (South Orange and Edison, New Jersey), and a voluntary faculty member and teaching attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, New York). He has also taught courses and seminars at Rutgers University, CUNY, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Bergen Regional Medical Center, the College of Saint Elizabeth, and Trinitas Medical Center.

Nursing Staff

Nurse Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Paul Buurman, LPN

Leslie Melanson, RN

Kathy Harkins RN Director of Nursing

Jennifer Moye, RN

Kathryn Andres LPN Assistant Director of Nursing




Maintenance Department

Maintenance Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Randy Davis, Supervisor

Will Blohm

Scott Cooke






Housekeeping Staff

Housekeeping Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Kathy Shelp

Debbie Senkier

Michelle Lerch






Dietary Department

Kitchen Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Hon Cheung - Co-Director of Food Service

Michael Gross - Cook

Holly Hardy - Cook Assistant

Ami Cain

Jeanette Crisman

Deborah Stoll