Chief Executive Officer
Victor has managed CSPNJ’s financial services and property management activities since 1996 and has been integral in developing Community Enterprises Corporation (CEC), a subsidiary of CSPNJ. His more than 20 years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations and low-income communities make him a valued asset. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico, Victor brings strong credentials to his work, as he is a graduate of the PRATT Community and Economic Development Intern Program, a Certified Nonprofit Housing Management Specialist, a Certified Assisted Housing Manager, and holds a Certified Housing Choice Program Proficiency.
Carol Sainthilaire, Chief Executive Officer
Community Enterprises Corporation (C.E.C.)
Carol M. Sainthilaire is a homeless policy advocate, with over a decade of experience working on low income housing and homelessness issues. Prior to joining CEC, Carol was at the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), the national leader in supportive housing, managing initiatives related to housing for reentry, transition-aged youth and child welfare involved populations across NY, New NJ and PA. Her work included overseeing criminal justice housing initiatives and providing technical assistance to child welfare agencies on expanding housing programs for youth and families and Housing First. She initiated three Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) pilot programs in Hudson County, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; and Chattanooga, TN. These programs serve vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness who need supportive housing and are frequent users of public systems, especially the local jail and behavioral health services. Prior to joining CSH, Carol was a Program Director, leading housing and community development projects in Hudson County and also managed HUD homeless contracts at Breaking Ground, New York's largest supportive housing provider and developer. Carol earned a master’s degree in Urban Policy Analysis from the New School and a bachelor's degree from Boston University.
Mark Duffy, MSW, ACSW
Chief Operating Officer
Since co-founding CSPNJ in 1985, Mark has assisted CSPNJ in its growth, while being a stimulus for change within the agency to meet constituent needs. From 2000-2002, he was the Director of Economic Development for the Community Enterprises Corporation, a consumer directed property management and economic development initiative affiliated with CSPNJ. In 2002, Mark transferred to CSPNJ, eventually becoming its Chief Operating Officer. In his 35 years of leadership in the behavioral health field, he has seen the value of a Recovery/Wellness oriented system that supports self-help/mutual aid and economic empowerment in assisting individuals with disabilities reach their potential.
Anne Smullen Thieling, MS, LPC, CPRP
Deputy Director Northern Region
Anne Smullen Thieling, MS, LPC, CPRP, obtained her MS in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University and her MA in Psychological Services from Kean University. Anne works with individuals from the perspective of a fellow traveler, using her lived experience with behavioral health challenges as a means to connect with others along their wellness and recovery paths. Since coming to CSPNJ, Anne has held several different roles within the agency, including positions in Enhanced Services and Wellness Respite Services. In her current role as Deputy Director of Peer Outreach & Coordinated Specialty Initiatives, Anne works to integrate CSPNJ's Wellness Respite Services, Wellness Centers, Supportive Housing, and Special Projects in the Northern part of the state.
Deputy Director Central Region
Heather started her journey with CSPNJ in 2001 as a recipient of supportive housing services. She has embraced the opportunity to grow within the agency. Since 2002 Heather has been employed at CSPNJ using her life experience to be a voice for all. Heather has had various positions in her years at CSPNJ starting as a direct support worker in Supported Housing to numerous specialty positions including Housing, Employment and Wellness and Recovery. She has also worked to mentor new support workers and oversee a peer led supported housing program with in a Community Wellness Center. Heather has been recognized by NJAMHA in 2007 for “Consumer Provider of the Year” and also in 2017 for “Outstanding Leadership”. As Deputy Director of Peer Advocacy and Community Initiatives she is using both her lived and professional experience to lead advocacy efforts and oversee the Community and Hospital Wellness centers.
Rich manages the financial organization for CSPNJ including fiscal, financial services, and Medicaid billing departments. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Baruch College in NYC and his master’s in accounting at Monmouth University. Prior to joining CSPNJ, Rich worked in financial services and banking corporations in technology as a project manager. His prior experience includes help desk analyst, application trainer, LAN administrator, application integration, and server management. After almost two decades in the private sector, Rich decided to switch gears and move into the not-for-profit world finding a home at CSPNJ.
Chief of Staff
Since joining CSPNJ in 2011, Ginny has used her education and experience in business to provide operational support to CSPNJ senior management, conducting research, preparing special projects, and coordinating various activities and initiatives in the agency. In addition, Ginny serves as liaison to the Governing Board, working closely with the Board president on preparing and presenting materials, coordinating meetings, and ensuring follow-up on action steps. Because she is dedicated to the mission of CSPNJ, Ginny enjoys completing assignments that enable the organization to promote the recovery and wellness of people with the lived experience of a mental illness.
John J. Kulesza, MSW, LSW, CPRP
Deputy Director Southern Region
Prior to coming on board full time in 1999, John was a volunteer member of our housing board. John came to CSPNJ from a hospital-based community mental health center where he was assistant director. John has experience running programs including a club model psychiatric rehabilitation day program. He has experience in the field of developmental disabilities, working with adults & adolescents. John was the first Director of Supportive Services for CSPNJ, where he ushered in psychiatric rehabilitation as a philosophy and service approach and was instrumental in centralizing the operations of the CSPNJ regional offices. John currently is the Director of Ethics & Integrity and is playing a major role in preparing CSPNJ for third party billing. John is a leader in NJPRA. John is a lifelong learner; having earned his BSW in 1980 and his MSW in 1985, he earned 24 credits toward his doctoral degree. Committed to mission, vision, and values of CSPNJ, John believes that we achieve success by helping others to succeed.
Rachael O'Brien, MSW
Joan Butcher-Farkas, MSW, ACSW
Director of Housing
Joan Butcher-Farkas received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and her master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She began her career in direct practice focusing on Drug and Alcohol counseling. Joan began her work for CSPNJ as a Supervisor of Supportive Services and in that capacity worked in collaboration with Public Housing Authorities. In 2001, Joan joined Community Enterprises Corporation as the Director of Housing where she oversees the day to day operations of various supportive housing projects including the administration of CSPNJ’s PHA functions for the Section 8 Mainstream Housing Program and Shelter Plus Care Programs.