The People of Alina Lodge

William Robbins

Executive Director, LCSW, CCS

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 holds his CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor), allowing him to provide clinical supervision to other therapists.

William joined the dynamic clinical staff of Alina Lodge in 2012 and was promoted to Executive Director of Little Hill Foundation in January 2019. He oversees clinical programs and operations at Alina Lodge, Haley House and North Warren Counseling Center offering a continuum of care and treatment.

Michael Hornstein

BS, MA, Executive Director Emeritus

Michael Hornstein

Michael Hornstein was the recent Executive Director of Little Hill Foundation which operates Alina Lodge and Haley House. He 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 was the Executive Director of Little Hill Foundation from 2008 to 2019 and now continues his leadership role as Executive Director Emeritus.

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.

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.

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.

Heather Ferris

BA, BRI-C - National Director of Marketing and Admissions

Heather Ferris

Heather Ferris began working in the mental health field in 1997. She started out at a non-profit psychiatric facility where she was involved in residential services, crisis unit and detox services. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from FAU she assumed the role of case manager where she excelled in working with the dual diagnosis population.

Heather transitioned into the substance abuse field in 2012 where she began her career in referral relations and admissions aspect of the industry. She has also trained in several models of intervention training and education over the last 8 years and has been a candidate member of the Association of Intervention Specialists since 2012. Heather is currently pursuing her CIP through the Pennsylvania Certification Board.

Renee Harman

Director of Development and Communications - 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.

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.

Matthew J. Shroba

Assistant to the Executive Director / Emergency Management Officer

Matt Shroba

Matthew started as a Facilitator at Alina Lodge in 2011.  His background includes Logistics Operations for Knight Commercial Seafood out of Brunswick Georgia, and Genco ATC in Tobyhanna Pennsylvania, coordinating the storage, transportation, tracking and distribution of goods, as well as maintaining compliance standards.

Matthew has found his passion working with the people and professionals at Alina Lodge, working as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director and the liaison to the Board of Trustees.  Matthew also oversees the Facilitation, Transportation, Housekeeping and Dietary Departments and is the Emergency Management Officer.

Becci Shaak

Chief Financial Officer, MBA, CHFP

Becci Shaak, CFO

Becci has been working in the addiction treatment industry in both the financial and operational areas for almost 20 years. After spending 7 years in public accounting and the private sector, Becci joined Richard J Caron Foundation as their Controller in 2000. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration concentrating in Executive Medical from Alvernia University 2004 while working as Caron’s Corporate Director of Finance. Later, she became the Vice President of Finance for Caron and earned the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional designation through the Healthcare Financial Management Association of which Becci is an active member.

In 2017, Becci formed her own consulting firm Shaak Consulting LLC and started provided financial and operational consulting to several addiction treatment clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It was at this time Becci became affiliated with Little Hill Foundation in August of 2017 as its acting CFO. While maintaining this relationship, Becci took on the role of EVP of Operations from January 2018 to July 2019 for Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge. In October 2019, Little Hill Foundation named Becci Shaak Chief Financial Officer.

Clinical Team

Carol Bauder

Counselor, MA, LAC, NJ-DRCC

Carol Bauder

Carol received her BA in Management and Marketing from Montclair State University and worked in a variety of fields: financial services; retail management and manufacturing. She was motivated to change her vocation through participating with Suicide Prevention organizations and pursued obtaining her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Centenary University.

Carol has worked in the recovery field at treatment centers offering different levels of care: detox; short term residential; and long term residential aftercare. She has also received certification as a NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor.

Megan Hein

​Counselor, MA, LCSW, LCADC

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

​Counselor, LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor), MAPC

Eileen Reuter - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

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.

Bill Rust


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."

Thérèse Smerklo

Counselor MA, LPC, LCADC

Therese Smerklo

Thérèse has been a counselor on the women's team at Alina Lodge since 2014. Thérèse received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Montclair State University in 2013 and holds a post-Master's certificate in Advanced Counseling from Montclair State University. Before joining Alina lodge, Thérèse completed a year-long internship at NJ AIDS Services in Morristown, NJ where she worked with HIV/AIDS clients who presented with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Thérèse is both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) with the state of NJ. In addition, she is a Grief Recovery Specialist® and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Thérèse currently facilitates the Grief and Loss, and Sex and Relationship specialty groups offered at Alina lodge.

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

Bryan Smith

​Counselor, MA, LAC, LCADC

Byran Smith - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Bryan graduated from Kean University with a Master's Degree in both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2018. His undergraduate studies were completed at Bloomfield College in 2004. While gaining his undergraduate Degree in Psychology Bryan played two seasons for the Bloomfield College Basketball team. Shortly after graduating in 2004 he began working with children in Middlesex County area providing services as a coach and mentor.

While working on his Master's Degree Bryan was the President of Kappa Upsilon Nu, a Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota which is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. During that time, he also worked at Straight and Narrow in Paterson, NJ providing counseling services and case management to men in Residential long-term treatment. Before transitioning to Alina Lodge in September 2018 Bryan was promoted to team leader of the Intensive Outpatient Department at Straight and Narrow. In addition to residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment Bryan also works as an in-home therapist helping at risk adolescents dealing with mental illness. Currently he is awaiting his Licensure for both LAC (Counseling) and LCADC (Substance Abuse).

Support Staff

Support Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Silvana Tirri, Development Assistant

Lorie Getchius, Accounts Payable/Personnel Coordinator

Laura Brininger, Program Coordinator

Jeanette Greenmeier, Office Coordinator

Deborah Bryan, Receptionist

Missing: Leanne Wright, Accounts Receivable/Billing Coordinator

Intimacy Group Therapy

Caroline Smith


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

​Medical Director, MD, ABIM, ABAM, FASAM

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.

Jennifer Moye

​Director of Nursing, RN

Jennifer Moye

Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse at Alina Lodge since 2015. She assumed the role of Director of Nursing in 2018. Jennifer brings over 25 years of nursing experience to the Lodge ranging from public health to corporate health.

On a daily basis, Jennifer covers many roles within the nursing department, none more important to her than the health and well-being of each and every student.

Daniel Greenfield


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.


Facilitation at Little Hill Foundation

Marybeth Holzhauer, Women's Facilitator Supervisor

Jennifer Davis, Women's Facilitator

Bernard Newns, Men's Facilitator Supervisor

Gregory Anderson, Men's Facilitator

Ellen Sagan

Nutritionist, B.S., RD

Ellen Sagan - Alina Lodge

Ellen graduated from James Madison University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a minor in Biology. She did her internship at University of Virginia and became a Registered Dietitian in 1990. Her experience includes clinical dietitian for cardiac unit, ICU, renal, respiratory units and general medicine floors in St. Clares Denville and Pocono Medical Center, consulting dietitian for long term care for The House of Good Shepherd and Warren Haven Nursing Homes, and private consultation for medical and sports facilities.

She came to Alina Lodge in 1995 and has worked as a part of the clinical/medical team helping residents gain an understanding of the importance of nutrition in recovery. She assists the food service managers in maintaining a well-balanced menu and meeting the individual nutritional needs of the residents. She works closely with the students who struggle with Eating Disorders and works with the team of clinicians to provide a continuum of care for best treatment.

Nursing Staff

Nurse Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Fran Christmas, RN

Fran Magner, LPN

Patricia Latzenstein, LPN

Susan Yarzab, RN

Jennifer Moye, RN, Director of Nursing

Kathryn Andres, LPN, Assistant Director of Nursing

Maintenance Department

Maintenance Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Will Blohm

Scott Cooke

Doug Powers

Randy Davis, Supervisor

Housekeeping Staff

Housekeeping Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Kathy Shelp

Debbie Senkier

Michelle Lerch, Department Supervisor

Dietary Department

Kitchen Staff at Little Hill Foundation

Raven O'Hern (front row)

Ami Cain

Kristen Stoll

John Sheridan, (back row)

Kathleen Ferguson, Cook's Assistant

Hon Cheung, Co-Director of Food Service

Greg Camp, Co-Director of Food Service