Fall in love with what you are going to do for a living. To be able to get out of bed and do what you love to do for the rest of the day is beyond words.
- George Burns
Meet Our Staff
We invite you to learn more about who is who at New Jersey AIDS Services. NJAS's day-to-day operations and programs are overseen by a team of dedicated and passionate experts. Our highly qualified staff and consultants include women and men of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who bring a wide range of knowledge to the task.
Laurie Litt-Robbins, Chief Executive Officer Laurie Litt-Robbins has been the Executive Director of New Jersey AIDS Services since its conception as the Eric Johnson House in 1994 and is still excited about going to work everyday and making a difference. She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Boston University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University. In addition, Laurie has completed post graduate course work is non-profit management and is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has also developed course content and taught numerous classes for professionals seeking their certification in drug and alcohol counseling. For the past 20 years, Laurie has been active in Morris County serving on many human service committees. She has been an active member of The National Association of Social Workers since 1992.
Joann McEniry, Chief Operating Officer
Joann McEniry obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from YeshivaUniversity's Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York City and Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). Her career began over 15 years ago advocating to create housing opportunities for homeless people living with HIV and AIDS. Joann has overseen the delivery of gender responsive programming for at-risk populations, engaged in anti-discrimination efforts and has extensive experience in non-profit development and management. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, as well as the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Joann identifies the mission of New Jersey AIDS Services as the basis for her life's work.
Tara Ely, Clinical Director,Mental Health Counselor Tara Ely began her work with NJAS in 2008 as a part time Mental Health Clinician and was promoted to a full time position in June 2011. Tara has experience working with chemically dependent adolescents and adults, counseling victims of domestic violence, and assisting patients with muscle, nerve, and neurological damage. Tara earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey and holds certifications in Biofeedback and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapies from the NJ Neurological Institute; Family Systems and Chemical Dependency from the Center for Family, Community and Social Justice in New Jersey; and Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) from the N.J. Dept. of Education.
Abdul Jalil, Substance Abuse Counselor Abdul Jalil graduated from the School of Social Work at Rutgers University with a Masters Degree in Social Work and obtained his undergraduate degree, also in Social Work, from Rutgers University in 2007. In addition to his work with NJAS, Abdul has worked at Integrity House, a substance abuse treatment facility, since 2002 providing HIV prevention services to Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and an associate member of the Essex County LACADA (Local Advisory Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse). Abdul has focused his career helping people struggling with addiction to regain control of their lives and brings a wellspring of energy to his work at New Jersey AIDS Services.
Mike Thompson, Facility Manager
Mike Thompson began at the Eric Johnson House as a volunteer in March 2013 and came on as the Facility Manager in October 2013. As Facility Manager, Mike is responsible for new resident orientation, coordinating maintenance and repairs, house related issues such as chores, house meetings, daily living situations, and the HIV education program. Mike is also responsible for keeping the Eric Johnson House compliant with all applicable codes and regulations. Prior to NJAS, Mike held various positions, most recently at ISE Farms in Broadway, NJ and at Yusen Logistics in Port Murray, NJ.
Robert Meredith, Community Case Manager - Housing Specialist Rob Meredith is a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Certified Case Manager, specializing in housing and housing related issues. Having worked in the field of HIV since 1996, Rob brings 15 years of experience in case management and housing. He is responsible for overseeing the housing programs at NJAS as well as providing ongoing case management to the community. Rob is active in the community having served for 5 years as a member of the Newark EMA Health Planning Council Priority Setting committee, was freeholder appointed to the Morris, Sussex Warren HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee and was president of the Sussex County AIDS Task Force for 4 years.
Elisabete Durna, Community Case Manager Elisabete Durna began her work with New Jersey AIDS Services in 2008 as an intern from Montclair State University. She graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Family and Child Studies in 2009 and eagerly joined the staff of New Jersey AIDS Services as our Transportation Coordinator. Shortly after, Elisabete was promoted to Community Case Manager and currently works in our Morris Plains location. Native of Brazil, Elisabete is bi-lingual and has a great deal of experience working on immigrant issues. As a Case Manager, Elisabete is responsible for identifying, obtaining and coordinating the delivery of appropriate services and resources for NJAS clients.