Theresa Coppla — Executive Director

Theresa has been a supporter of the the work we do at Buddies of NJ for nearly 10 years.  Theresa had worked closely with former administration as an accountant and now has jumped in to keep the work that we do at Buddies of NJ stable and strong today and in the future..

Michele A. Machado – Director of Operations

Michele hit the ground running a NJ Buddies.  She gives 100% to her family and has included the people she serves at Buddies and all the communities associated to be part of her extended family.   There was no where else to look when it came down figuring out who was the best person to manage the people who serve our partners in beating HIV.  Her smile and concern make every problem a challenge and many hopes a joy! She works so diligently for those she serves and has not yet had an opportunity to submit a bio for this page.  Her priorities match what she says matters most.

Abraham Corsino, MS – Supervisor of Case Management

Abraham has shared a wealth of knowledge and experience with Buddies’ of NJ.  He has spent 12+ years helping to improve the lives of people with severe and persistent mental illness, as well as other vulnerable and undeserved populations. Abraham is a bilingual professional holding a reputation as a great educator, advocate, and resource gatherer for those in need. He has established good relationships with various social agencies; as it relates to housing, food, transportation, mental health, and substance abuse resources. Abraham has earned both a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in the area of Criminal Justice/Courts from New Jersey City University.  He continual adds academic achievement improving his professional competency.  Abraham, outside of work, enjoys spending time with his family and friends having a good laugh, and enjoying all that life has to offer.

Bruce Moore, CADC, CSW – Substance Abuse Counselor

Bruce Moore 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.