LifeTies Staff

Lori V. Morris, Ph.D.

Executive Director

lmorris@lifeties.org
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Lori V. Morris, Ph.D.

Dr. Morris joined LifeTies as its first Executive Director in July, 2017. She provides oversight to all operations, program development, fund development, new initiatives, program evaluation and development of community partnerships. She has over 20 years of experience working on issues surrounding vulnerable youth involved with the child welfare system. Prior to joining LifeTies, 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 of both programs. 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. Prior to her work at CASA, Dr. Morris worked as a Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service, and consulted with Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy and the NJ Administrative Office of the Courts. She is co-chair of the Mercer County Youth Homeless committee and has been appointed to the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Staffing and Oversight Review Subcommittee. Additionally, she serves on the Mercer County Continuum of Care Executive Committee, CEASE Oversight Committee, and Mercer County Youth Services Commission.

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 agreements with vendors involved.

Priscilla V. Cartagena

Executive Administrative Coordinator

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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.

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.

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.

Robin Wilkins, MSW

Director of T.I.L.T. Mentoring & 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.

Teresa "Teri" Triano-Davis

Mentor Coordinator

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Teresa "Teri" Triano-Davis

Teri Triano-Davis is originally from Newark, NJ. She attended Kean University and the New School for Social Research. Her career has been spent advocating and educating children and families. She has a background that includes research in neurological disorders. Teri worked for 19 years as a Senior Probation Officer in Essex County where she had experience in several aspects of this department including investigations and direct supervision of adults and juveniles. After leaving that position to care for her family, she was employed as a teacher for 8 years. Wanting to re-enter social services again, Teri joined CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties as a Case Supervisor training and supervising advocates for 8 years. While there she worked with the Gang Task Force, as well as the Adoption Day Committee. Teri came to LifeTies in January 2018, to assume the position of Mentor Coordinator. Teri is the mother of three grown children and two beautiful grandsons. Her passions are fitness and spending time with family and friends.

Donna Yates, MSW, LSW

Volunteer Coordinator

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Donna Yates, MSW, LSW

Donna Yates is a Licensed Social Worker and graduated from Kean University with her Masters in Social Work in 2005. She has always had a passion for children and families having begun her career as a caseworker in a transitional home for homeless mothers and their children. Since those early days, she has worked in International and Domestic Adoption and with Legal Services of New Jersey. There, she provided case management for New Jersey residents with low income and civil legal matters. In this role, she gained extensive experience with child welfare, housing, entitlements, domestic violence, and Social Security Income.

Donna joined LifeTies in February 2018, launching the LifeLink Volunteer Program; increasing the number of individual, corporate, and group volunteers and fully integrating them into the critical services that LifeTies provides. Skill based volunteers share their time and knowledge to help our youth attain necessary life skills to learn and grow towards self-sufficient futures.

In the 5 years prior to joining LifeTies, Donna lived briefly in Munich, Germany for 15 months and started a family. She now lives with her husband and two young children in Robbinsville, New Jersey. In her free time, she enjoys exercising with her kids in tow and is a substitute instructor with Baby Bootcamp Princeton. She also enjoys modern calligraphy. You will often find her playing with pen and paper, bullet journaling, and creating hand lettered pieces.

Esther Michel-Auguste

Case Manager at Rainbow House

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Esther Michel-Auguste

Esther Michel August is of Haitian descent. growing up in a third world country Auguste always had a passion to see young people succeed and Excel at the full capacity. With a bachelor in Social work, Auguste worked with her local church counsel and teaching the young people in the community.
Auguste had a thirst for more that's when she started working with the young homeless women and their children in Philadelphia. While working with these women to transition them back into the community was satisfying, Auguste wanted to reach the youth at a younger age. Auguste believes that working at LifeTies will give her the opportunity to influence, guide and support the young adults that she serves and their life changing their Journey.

Alicia Morrison, M.D.iv., MSW, LSW

Residential Therapist

amorrison@lifeties.org
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Alicia Morrison, M.D.iv., MSW, LSW

Alicia Morrison is a Licensed Social Worker and also holds a Masters of Divinity. She was born and raised in Mercer County and is committed to working with marginalized and vulnerable populations. Prior to working at LifeTies, she worked at Arm In Arm, the Trenton YMCA, Womanspace, and MillHill Behavioral Health. Alicia currently works at a local church where she is the Director of Sunday School and the Church Administrator. Alicia and her husband live in Lawrenceville with their two sons. Alicia is a yogi, she enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family, and exploring in the outdoors.

Ashante Taylorcox

Social Service Coordinator, Rainbow House

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Ashante Taylorcox

Ashante Taylorcox joined the LifeTies team in May 2018 as the Social Service Coordinator at Rainbow House.
Ashante graduated with a B.A. in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and received her Master’s in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness (dual degree: LGBT Health, Education, and Social Sciences) from New York University.
Ashante has always had a passion for working with youth in her community, particularly survivors of trauma and individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. From working with at-risk youth in group homes and schools, to working with survivors of exploitation and domestic trafficking in New York City. Ashante’s passion has been committed to the youth and adults impacted by trauma within her community and throughout the tri-state area.
In her spare time, Ashante loves spending time with her family, partner, and two fur babies, a cat named Cinnamon and dog named Molly. Additionally, she enjoys lots of shopping trips to Target, milkshakes, and sleeping.