LifeTies Staff

(Updated 12/14/17)

Lori V. Morris, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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Lori V. Morris, Ph.D.

Dr. Morris was co-founder and the first Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mercer County, Inc. which was established in 2000. In 2011, CASA of Burlington and CASA of Mercer Counties merged and Dr. Morris was the director for both programs. Under her leadership, the programs became well established in the family court system and over 200 volunteer advocates served over 320 foster youth annually. After leaving her position in February, 2016, she moved on to two consecutive Interim Executive Director posts at CASA of Union County and Bergen County CASA to assist them with organizational transitions. She is co-chair of the Mercer County Youth Homeless committee and is a member of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Staffing and Oversight Review Subcommittee. She also served as co-chair of the National CASA Performance Measurement Committee.

Aaron W. Chavis, M.P.A

Chief Operating Officer

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Aaron W. Chavis, M.P.A

Aaron Chavis graduated Rowan University in 1999 with a B.A. in Law and Justice Studies. Earned a Master's of Public Administration degree from the Askew School of Public Administration at The Florida State University in 2001. His areas of expertise include: Strategic Human Resource Development, Nonprofit Management. Program Development and Operations. Aaron has been an adjunct professor for over 15 years. He has taught various Sociology courses at Rowan University; Rider University; The College of New Jersey; Mercer County Community College, and Rowan College Burlington County. His research areas include: Urban Deviance, Family and Intimate Relationships, and Youth Development.

Emily Anne Mattek, LCSW

Director of Clinical Services

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Emily Anne Mattek, LCSW

Emily Anne Mattek, LCSW has been the Director of Clinical Services for LifeTies since March of 2014. During her time at LifeTies, she has revamped the clinical department to increase the individualized clinical care offered to our four specialty populations: LGBTQ+ youth, youth with chronic medical conditions, pregnant and parenting youth and youth with complex trauma, hiring and training therapists who specialize in these areas. As a representative of LifeTies in the local community, she sits on the Traumatic Loss Coalition (TLC), the Coordinating Inter-Agency Council on Children (CIACC), and the Youth Services Commission (YSC). Before her tenure at LifeTies and continuing concurrent to her LifeTies service, Emily acts as a part-time clinical supervisor at Millhill Outpatient Clinic. For a decade prior, Emily worked as a school social worker for Children’s Day School. Emily has dedicated her personal and professional time to the social work values of social justice, service and integrity and spends her personal time fighting for civil rights for all, against hatred, and playing with her children

Luba Tarantin

Bookkeeper & Officer Manager

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Luba Tarantin

Luba Tarantin and her family immigrated to the United State as refugees in May of 1991. She worked in construction engineering for 18 years in Moldova former USSR. For four and a half years she was working at ShopRite and finished Business School. Her professional career in the United States started at the YWCA in Trenton in July of 1993. In September of 1995, a bookkeeper’s position opened at LifeTies and was offered to Luba. Her duties include bookkeeper’s functions and coordinating benefits for LifeTies, supervising repair and maintenance jobs performed at the LifeTies facilities, and negotiating business agreement with vendors involved.

Priscilla V. Cartagena

Executive Administrative Assistant

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Priscilla V. Cartagena

Priscilla V. Cartagena is the Executive Administrative Coordinator to the Executive Director of LifeTies, Inc. In this position, Priscilla provides administrative assistance for the Board of Trustees, Executive Director, Chief Operating Office, Bookkeeper/Office Manager in addition to the Directors of each Program and Clinical Services. She serves as the primary contact for external offices and assists on special projects such as: fundraising events, annual appeal mailing, holiday wish program, donations, etc. Priscilla provides logistical support for multiple projects, meetings, conferences and workshops. Priscilla joined LifeTies, Inc. in 2011. Prior to her position at LifeTies, Inc., she served as an Administrative Analyst and Assistant at IBM for 3 years and as an Executive Administrative Assistant at Johnson & Johnson for 9 years as assisted in the launch of new products.

Amanda Savas, MSW, LSW

Residential Therapist

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Amanda Savas, MSW, LSW

Amanda Savas began her work with LifeTies in October of 2016 as a therapist servicing the youth living within the group homes. Amanda graduated in 2016 from Rutgers with her Masters in social work with a concentration in Health. Amanda is a licensed social worker and is a certified school social worker. Her past experience includes internships working with children and adolescents with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and counseling youth with chronic medical illnesses. Amanda also spent a great deal of time during her internship working with transgender youth and programming at the medical institutions. She also worked for an outpatient substance abuse clinic for youth before starting her work with LifeTies. Throughout her time in the field, Amanda continues to specialize in trauma, grief and loss

Vivian Harmon M.Ed., MSW, LSW

Director of Group Home Services

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Vivian Harmon M.Ed., MSW, LSW

Vivian D. Harmon is a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker with 16 years of diligent service to youth, adults and families. Vivian has extensive experience in various settings including: adolescent residential care, secondary and higher education student services, Intensive in Community Counseling, and the criminal courts. She has committed her education and career to empowering youth and families through education, trauma-informed and strengths based practices, advocacy, and civic engagement. She received 2 degrees from Rutgers University- B.A. in Political Science- Douglass College in 2001, MSW- Graduate School of Social Work in 2009. She also holds a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. It is Vivian’s personal philosophy that every individual has the ability to attain greatness in all its forms. In order to achieve this greatness, it requires 3 basic things: a desire for greatness, the tenacity for the journey, and the unwavering support of committed persons. She has instilled this in her adult children, a niece and a nephew that she’s raised since they were young children; and the youth that she has committed her life to serving every day. Vivian currently serves as the Director of Group Homes for the LifeTies, Inc. Rainbow and Triad Houses.

Stephanie Mansfield, LSW

LifeTies Residential Therapist

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Stephanie Mansfield, LSW

Stephanie Mansfield has been working at LifeTies since June 2017 as a residential therapist. Stephanie has over 7 years of experience working in adolescent residential for different organizations throughout the state. Stephanie has her Masters in social work with a concentration in clinical practice with families and children, school social work certificate, and LSW with her LCSW just around the corner. Stephanie has received training in TF-CBT and DBT as well as being knowledgeable of life skills today's adolescent and young adults need for success in the world. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as playing board games.

Madeline Cauthen-Lloyd

Coordinator of Residential Services

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Madeline Cauthen-Lloyd

Madeline Cauthen-Lloyd is the proud mother of 3 amazing children; Khyir, KhyAsia and Makaya. In addition to being a proud mother, she has committed 14 years of her career in service to youth and families. She served diligently as Head of Security and Discipline for Emily Fisher Charter Middle School. She received her certification as a Medical Administrative Assistant and Medical Billing and Coding from the National Healthcare Association in 2013. Madeline has given 4 years of dedicated service to the youth of the LifeTies, Inc. Rainbow and Triad Houses as the Medical Liaison and Coordinator of Residential Services. In this role she demonstrates stellar leadership in supervising a team of 20 residential support staff; and provides a invaluable service to both homes. Madeline is a woman of integrity and Christian character who brings passion, great leadership, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to the LifeTies, Inc. family.

Catherine R. DeWitt, BA, MS

Rainbow House Case Manager and Mommy & Me Coach

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Catherine R. DeWitt, BA, MS

Catherine R. DeWitt has worked in the Human Service field for 22 years. She has a wide range of experience in the human services field; Catherine has worked with the Developmental Disability, Mental Health and has a Case Manager and Supervisory background as well. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Thomas Edison State University and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Studies from Capella University. After receiving her MS degree she continued her studies and received a Certificate in Contemporary Mental Health Theory. Presently, Catherine is a Case Manager/Mommy and Me Coach at Lifetimes, Inc.; she works with at risk adolescents who has persistent chronic health issues, emotional and behavioral challenges, and with pregnant/ parenting adolescents.

Brittany Johnson, MSW

Triad House Social Service Coordinator

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Brittany Johnson, MSW

Brittany Johnson was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. At the age of 14, she started her first job as a junior counselor at the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton. This job opportunity lead to her ultimate goal of wanting to become a social worker. Years later, she pursued her education at Montclair State University majoring in Family and Child Studies and a minor in Psychology. After obtaining her Bachelors, Brittany continued her education at Rutgers University where she obtained her Masters of Social Work. She also became a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Brittany is currently the Social Service Coordinator for LifeTies.

Robin Wilkins, MSW

Director of T.I.L.T. & Mary’s Place

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Robin Wilkins, MSW

Robin Wilkins, native born to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with individuals and families who have experienced homelessness. She joined the LifeTies’ family in May 2006, as the Program Director of the agency’s first housing program, called Mary’s Place designated to serve youth ages 18-21 impacted by homelessnessor transitioning from the Child Welfare System. In May 2013, Robin also became the Program Director of our T.I.L.T. Program, which is Teenage Independent Living Training, a program designed to provide skills needed to transition into adulthood such as money management, budgeting, career planning, education planning, health and wellness, and community resources, etc. The mission of the T.I.L.T. program as of 2015 includes providing mentors to our youth, matching them with life-long caring adults to be a friend, a resource and a positive role model in the lives of the youth served. Robin is passionate about the needs and goals of consumers and provides them with much-needed support. She specializes in providing youth the necessary skills and housing resources to attain healthy and productive lives. In her, spare time; Robin enjoys being with family and friends, and spending time with her fiancé. She also enjoys listening to music, playing the drums and organizing youth-driven, fun-filled activities with the youth ministry at her local church.

Tameeka Picou

Mentor Coordinator

tpicou@lifeties.org
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Tameeka Picou

Tameeka Picou the Mentor Coordinator at LifeTies Inc. She graduated from Mercer County Community College and William Paterson University for her undergraduate degree. She majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology, one of her main passions is to help people. Her life philosophy for life is͞My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.͟ Maya Angelou.

Nomora Pearyer, LCSW

Social Service Coordinator, Rainbow House

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Nomora Pearyer, LCSW

Nomora Pearyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with at-risk youth and families. Nomora believes that a helping hand, an open heart and creativity is the key to social services. Nomora has served many teenage youth and babies for the past five years as the Social Service Coordinator at Rainbow House, providing therapy, case management and crisis intervention. Moreover, Nomora has provided intensive in-community therapy services throughout Middlesex and Somerset counties. She has previous experience working with the adult deaf and blind community and within New Jersey’s Juvenile Justice Commission.
Nomora holds a MSW from Rutgers University School of Social Work and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University – Douglass College. She gained a Violence against Women and Children Certificate and admission into the Phi Alpha Honor Society as well.
During her leisure time, Nomora enjoys being a member of a Middlesex County community-based organization, Ebony Suburbanites, painting, traveling, and refurbishing furniture.