Our Organization
J. Michael Armstrong, MA, MBA, Chief Executive Officer
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  • Member and Past President of Board of Directors, New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies.
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
  • Community Advisory Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees and 1st Vice Chairman of Essex Valley Healthcare, Inc. and the East Orange General Hospital.
  • Member, Homeless & Special Needs Housing Sub Committee, NJ Dept of Community Affairs.
  • Co-Chairperson, Morris County Mental Health Professional Advisory Committee.
  • Advisory Committee, Housing Partnership of Northern New Jersey.
  • Recipient of the Leadership in Addiction Advocacy Award from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies in April 2010.
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Mental Health Services to Veterans Award from the NJ Association of Mental Health Agencies in 2008.
  • Recognized as a Behavioral Health Champion by Behavioral Healthcare Magazine in 2009.
  • Former Board Member, The Certification Board, Inc. & The Foundation for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.
  • Former Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Serv Centers of New Jersey based in West Trenton, NJ, with an annual operating budget in excess of $18 million.
  • M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

Julia Bey Ahmet, Chief Development Officer and Vice President of Marketing and Development
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  • 2016 Co-Chair, Sponsorships, NJ Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Conference on Philanthropy.
  • Established the Development Office at Community Hope in 1995.
  • Formerly the Assistant Director of Public and Governmental Affairs; NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, Trenton, NJ.
  • Previously Assistant to the Director of Marketing & Development, St. Elizabeth Hospital (now Trinitas Hospital), Elizabeth, NJ.
  • Recipient of Robert J. Smythe Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the NJ Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in 2008.
  • Board Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Housing and Finance and Leadership Morris Alumni.
  • 2013 Chair, NJ Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Conference on Philanthropy
  • 2014 Chapter Co-Chair, Sponsorships, NJ Association of Fundraising Professionals

Carmine V. Deo, MSW, MBA, LCSW, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services
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  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified Military and Veteran Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor
  • Certified Clinical Social Work Supervisor
  • Certified Non Profit Leader
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies “Courage and Compassion” Award Recipient
  • Past member of the Housing Subcommittee of Governor Cody’s Mental Health Task Force

Marissa H. Fanelli, MSW, Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of Compliance and Quality
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  • Former Director of Community Programs for  New Jersey Association of the Deaf-Blind, Somerset, NJ.
  • Previously served as an IRB Board Member for UMDNJ, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Masters of Social Work from Columbia University.