Meet Our Staff
Mark Anderson, M.A. – Executive Director
Mark first joined Buddies as a volunteer in 2007. He served clients through the Food Bank, fundraising, and educational outreach. Mark was hired in 2008 as the Office Manager, handling grant administration, client and staff support services, as well as community outreach and education.
Mark's prior career focused on marketing and human resources. He developed and launched a business in 1995 providing medical massage in NYC and Northern NJ, specializing and helping patients coping with cancer, HIV/AIDS, lymph drainage, and pain management.
Mark is a graduate of Paul Smith's College and the University of Connecticut, and serves as chair of the NJB AIDS Walk.
Susan Vitale, LPN, CADC - Client Advocate
Susan has worked with people living with HIV/AIDS in all areas of HIV including medical case management and addiction services.
She has encouraged client engagement and retention in medical care by case coordination, advocating for our clients, reducing stigma barriers, counseling treatment adherence, and other support and education.
Marie Hill – Case Manager
Marie joined Buddies of New Jersey, Inc. in October 2004 as a Case Manager. She has a Bachelors of Science Sociology from Adelphi University. Over the past 10 years she has worked as an HIV/AIDS case manager, advocate, and outreach worker/educator in Bergen County, New Jersey.
As a Case Manager, Marie works with the clients to provide client-centered services that link diagnosed and multiply diagnosed persons living with HIV/AIDS with primary medical care, education, housing, pharmaceutical assistance, and a array a different services.
Ana Munoz – Case Manager
Ana joined Buddies in December of 2008, and is a graduate of Bloomfield College in New Jersey where she obtained a Bachelor of Art in Sociology. She has 8 years of experience working and providing an array of services to the HIV/AIDS community.
Ana's mission is to provide on-going case management services and case coordination that encourages engagement and retention in medical care. Case Management includes development of an individualized consumer-centered service plan linking clients to the community to obtain needed services.
Debbie Mosley – Housing Case Manager
Debbie joins us with over 12 years of experience working as a Housing Case Manager. She has worked with the HOPWA program since its inception in 1993. After a full assessment of need is completed, Debbie's mission is to help assess all available services to ensure our clients can obtain and retain secure affordable housing.
Isander "Alex" Robles – Transportation Coordinator
Joining the staff at Buddies, Alex is enjoying a job where he is helping others and taking the opportunity to learn and understand the needs of our clients. Alex is bilingual, has a great personality and is committed to getting everyone safely and comfortably to their designated appointments.
Emil Vitale, LCADC, CCS – Clinical Director
Emil has been counseling for 17 years. His educational background includes Jersey City State College and Rutgers School of Alcohol and Drug Studies. He trained at the Bergen Pines Evergreen Program, working in both Out-Patient and In-Patient modalities.
Emil's career has included working with DYFS and NJ Parole clients, and he has been the Clinical Director at Redirections, LLC since 2007.
Emil is a lifelong resident of Bergen County, and a proud Grandfather of three.
Raymond Welsh – Manager: Harrison House, Fundraising & Events
Ray has been part of Buddies since 1994 and part of our staff since October 2009. His 30+ years of service in the local, Catholic Church, HIV & GLBT Communities serves as a great asset in understanding the needs at the Harrison House, S.E.L.F. Support Group, and the Community at large. He strives to tear down stigma and build lasting relationships in our community with fundraising and events.
Ray is a founding and current board member of the New Jersey AIDS WALK, Inc.; Member of the NJHPGs Gay Men's Work Group; and the director's alternate for the Bergen/Passaic - Paterson HIV/AIDS Planning Counsel.
Ray has a BA-Sociology from William Paterson University.
Samuel Manoharan, A.S. - HIV Counseling and Testing Coordinator
Sammy came to Buddies in 2010 as a volunteer and has since worked in several capacities in the field of HIV including Substance Abuse, Prevention, Outreach and Harm Reduction.
Samuel most recently spent several years working in an HIV Clinic in Newark and has worked with many agencies throughout Bergen, Passaic and Essex Counties.
Sammy is also our Social Media Coordinator and facilitates a support group for PLWHA.
Bruce Moore, CADC, CSW - Substance Abuse Counselor
Bruce has worked in and around NJ as a CADC substance abuse counselor and certified social worker for the last twenty-five years. He has had extensive clinical experience dealing with diverse treatment populations such as adolescents, MICA, and the chemically addicted homeless.
He was first employed by the Bergen County Department of Health in their long-term, inpatient adolescent drug treatment facility (Network) in Rockleigh NJ. He also later worked at the Phoenix Academy program which had replaced that program in the same location. some time later, he then went to work as a Drug Counselor/ Case Manager, for the Bergen County Community Action Program/ Ladder Project for fifteen years. More recently he was employed in the private substance abuse treatment sector by the High focus Center, Intensive Outpatient Program and New Pathways IOP which were both located in Paramus, NJ.
Kathy Lebron, Case manager / HIV Testing
James Carter, ACA Insurance Medicaid Navigator
Barbara Cantrella, LPN MCM Medical Case Manager
Barbara lends professional nursing experience to help clients manage their medical needs.
This Ryan White Certified Medical Case Manager & Hepatitis C Educator has been associated with Buddies of NJ, Inc. since 2000 and has extensive volunteer service hours in the communities in which she serves.
She also has been involved in local coat drives, volunteering at veterans' homes, and the wounded warrior project. She continues updating in new courses related to HIV & Hep C; recently, she has added a certification in I PreP.
Barbara works to place clients needs first and foremost above all of her other efforts.