Michele M. Eichorn joined the Family Guidance Center in August 2018. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC).
Ms. Eichorn received the Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and is featured in the Edge Magazine article entitled Now in My Backyard: Tales from the Front Lines of New Jersey’s Heroin Epidemic.
Michele served as a sergeant in the United States Army. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University and is currently working toward attaining her MBA from Rutgers University.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” ― Martin Luther King, Jr..
Dr. Ying-Chang joined the Family Guidance Center of Warren County as its Medical Director in September 2020. She has been a psychiatrist for 20 years, specializing in child psychiatry. She attended medical school at the Tulane University School of Medicine and trained at NYU Medical Center for her general psychiatry residency as well as earning a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway. Prior to working at FGC, Dr. Ying-Chang worked at St. Clare’s Hospital.
Greg Romano, RN, MSN, APN-C, began working with Family Guidance Center recently as an Advanced Practice Nurse and Nurse Manager. As the nurse manager, he is responsible for not only providing direct services to consumers, but also works closely with the medical staff regarding administrative issues. Greg is a recent graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, where he earned his post-master’s certificate from the Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Greg received his RN degree from Northampton Area Community College. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing education from Cedar Crest College. Prior to coming to Family Guidance Center, he was employed as a medical/surgical nurse with Lehigh Valley Health Network since 2007. While there, Greg was the recipient of the Daisy Award for Excellence in Nursing, which is given out monthly to a nurse nominated by his/her patients, and was nominated for this award five additional times.
Director, School Based Youth Services Programs
Jeff joined School Based in April 2013. Born and raised in New Jersey, he completed most of his education and gained most of his professional experience in the Garden State. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 1993 and a master’s in social work at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Jeff began his professional career in Seattle working in a supportive housing program for chronically mentally ill homeless adults. He returned to New Jersey, where he began a 12-year run with Family Intervention Services’ Kid Connection program, which delivers in-home therapeutic and case management services to youth and families involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly DYFS). Jeff wore many hats during his tenure with Kid Connection, including clinician, assistant director and clinical supervisor. Jeff remains excited about School Based, its talented and caring staff and the Warren Hills community. If you are interested in participating or learning more about School Based, Jeff would be happy to take your call at (908) 689-3050, extension 3618.
School Based is that program everyone wishes they had in their school. It features a staff of patient, caring adults promoting the resiliency and wellness of youth in the throes of adolescence (and even more acute challenges) and gives students a safe place to connect, to relax and to give and receive much appreciated support.
Director of Program Services
Laurie Boehm has been working in the behavioral health field since 1976. She received her MSW from Rutgers School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor. She has worked at the Family Guidance Center since 1990 and is responsible for overseeing crisis intervention services, rehabilitative services and family support services. Laurie also serves as FGC’s Privacy Officer and is responsible for the implementation of all quality assurance activities at the Center. Over the years, she has served on numerous state- and county-wide committees, task forces and work groups focusing on developing and improving behavioral health services for consumers and their families.
At the Family Guidance Center, we’re helping people make positive changes to improve their lives. We believe ‘Although no one can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new future.’
Director of Administrative Services
Dana began employment with Family Guidance Center in 1996 as a receptionist and secretary in the Phillipsburg office site. On her journey to Director of Administrative Services, she held several administrative support positions, including administrative assistant, accounting clerk and Supervisor of Administrative Services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Salisbury University. Dana’s responsibilities include direct management of facilities, computer network, electronic health record system, corporate compliance and administrative support staff; administration of human resources and benefits, commercial and medical insurance policies; and staff liaison to the Board of Trustees. She also oversees front desk, billing, information management and secretarial support operations.
As an adolescent and young adult I had envisioned a career in public service. I now know the public I was meant to serve are those who face the challenges presented by emotional distress, mental illness and substance abuse disorders. I have personally seen consumers with mental illness live full lives and those with substance abuse disorders prevail over their addiction.
Director Prevention and Substance Use Services
Ingrid Fernandez, MSW joined the Family Guidance Center of Warren County in December 2018 as the director of Prevention Connections. As the program director of the substance use prevention program, Ingrid oversees the various initiatives provided by state and federal grants. Within her first year at the agency, Ingrid submitted her first state grant proposal, “Alternative Approaches to Pain Management for Older Adults,” which was accepted and awarded in 2019. She also developed the Institute for Prevention and Treatment, Family Guidance Center’s continuing education program. Ingrid received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in social work at Kean University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. Prior to joining the Family Guidance Center, she worked as an intake coordinator at Family and Children’s Services and as a substance abuse specialist at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Ingrid has quickly proven herself to be an integral part of the Family Guidance Center, and we are thrilled to have her onboard.
Don’t limit your abilities. If you want something, believe it and achieve it, because everything is possible.
Director of Outpatient and Rehabilitation Services
Heidi Herrick-Lynn, MS, LPC, ACS is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor who joined Family Guidance Center in November 2019 as the Intake Coordinator before transitioning to the Director of Outpatient and Rehabilitation Services. Heidi provides supervision to the Gateway Partial Care program, the Supported Employment Program and the Quality Commercial Cleaning crew business. In addition, she serves as a consultant to the Better Future Self-Help Center.
Heidi has been in the behavioral health field since 1995. Prior to joining Family Guidance Center, she was the Program Director of an adult and children’s partial care program in Essex County, NJ. Previous to that position, Heidi held administrative positions in the mental health field in Massachusetts, including operating an outpatient department at a community mental health agency, managing the mental health programs in the Massachusetts correctional system and managing the clinical department of a methadone program.
The invaluable services that Family Guidance Center provide are an incredible asset to the county. All of our programs and initiatives provide our clients with the tools necessary to live the life they envision.