Staff

Victor Luna
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.

Heather Simms
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.

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.

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.

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