Annual Professional Fall Conference Will Feature Experts Who Will Address the Challenges Facing Our Youth Today

nual Professional Fall Conference presented by the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon/Somerset(Coalition) and Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR).


“Our Conference provides professionals from school, law enforcement and prevention sectors with information about current drug trends, not just from local speakers, but from national experts as well,” says Jerri Collevechio, Coalition Senior Director and Conference Coordinator.  “This year, we are so proud to have the New Jersey Acting Attorney General (AG), John J. Hoffman, as one of our keynote speakers, as well as Helen Hernandez who is Administrator, Drug-Free Communities Support Program, part of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.”  A detailed description of what AG Hoffman and Ms. Hernandez will be discussing can be found below.


The Conference will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm.  This event is intended for parents and professionals, such as school administrators, Student Assistance Counselors, guidance counselors and school nurses, as well as local government officials, law enforcement and prevention/treatment professionals, who will benefit from the information presented in order to help children navigate safely through their adolescent, teen and young adult years.  The Conference is presented in collaboration with the Hunterdon County Municipal Alliance and RVCC.


On the agenda in the morning, the following guest speakers will provide Conference attendees with educational and thought-provoking information on heroin and opioid use and abuse, underage drinking, and how other coalitions are tackling these issues across the country:


  • New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman will discuss how heroin and opioids are being tackled on the State level in New Jersey.
  • Helen Hernandez, Administrator for the Drug Free Communities, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will speak about the important work being done by coalitions throughout the United States.
  • Officer Jermaine Galloway, the “Tall Cop,” will present High in Plain Sight.  Officer Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized instructor and is well known for his countless hours of research on alcohol and drug trends.



“When you attend an event such as our Fall Conference, you expect to be educated.  But we want our participants to also have the opportunity to have their specific questions answered,” said Ms. Collevechio.  Therefore, the afternoon session of the Conference will be a Panel of Experts from Prevention, Treatment and Law Enforcement who will answer questions about the Heroin Crisis being seen in our region.  The panel will be moderated by Karen A. Widico, HPR Co-Executive Director, and will consist of:


  • Anthony P. Kearns, III, Hunterdon County Prosecutor
  • Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor
  • Lorin Gaffen, LPC, LCADC
  • Officer Richard Ozieblo, Manville Borough Police Department
  • Patrolman Frank Emanuele, Borough of Flemin