Leadership

President and CEO

Joe Masciandaro
Joseph Masciandaro’s dedication to the individuals and families served through Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus”) is exemplary. His personal mission to bring needed programs, services, advocacy and education to the community emanates through the entire organization. As a result, he now oversees and successfully leads the most comprehensive community mental health care system in Northern New Jersey. As President and CEO of CarePlus, Joe has demonstrated leadership and dedicated service in the field of mental health and substance abuse for nearly 40 years. He has led the Paramus-based organization to new levels of innovation, program implementation, and service since 1978.

Joe has emphasized the importance of the four pillars of behavioral health care: primary care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and access to social services. CarePlus has multiple programs or services that address each of those pillars, and that is why the organization continues to set the bar in providing care, plus so much more. Joe represents CarePlus not only at a community and state level through his involvement with organizations such as the Paramus Rotary, but also on a national level with membership in the National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare and the Mental Health Corporations of America.

Senior Leadership

Tara Augustine Senior Vice President of Children & Family Services
Brigitte Johnson Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Kristine Pendy Senior Vice President of Acute & Adult Services

Board of Trustees

Care Plus NJ, Inc. Officers

John Mitchell
Former Chairman of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, John D. Mitchell, officially joined the volunteer Board of Trustees February 2015. During his time as Freeholder Chairman, Mitchell recognized that the funding for local mental health agencies should not be cut. His understanding would not only benefit those organizations, including CarePlus, but also the taxpayers. Effective mental health care has the potential to save taxpayer money by reducing costly ambulatory utilization and expensive hospitalizations. He also served as Finance Chairman, which resulted in two consecutive years of budget reduction while maintaining and enhancing Bergen County services for taxpayers.There are a number of other organizations that Mitchell has served and continues to serve. He is currently the Assistant Governor for his Rotary district; President, Finance Committee Chairman, Lector and Eucharistic Minister of the Epiphany Parish Council; former Chairman of the Heroes to Heroes Foundation, former Vice President on board member of the Visiting Neighbors; and much more.

Kenneth Ehrenberg
Kenneth R. Ehrenberg is the eleventh Chief of Police to serve the Borough of Paramus. He is a 1982 graduate of Paramus High School and is the fourth generation of his family to reside in Paramus. He joined the Paramus Police Department in January of 1987 and attended the Bergen County Police Academy. In October 2001 Ehrenberg was promoted to the position of Sergeant, followed by Lieutenant in March 2006. In September 2009, he was promoted to the position of Captain. Ehrenberg served as the Commanding Officer of the Operations, Patrol and Detective Divisions. Chief Ehrenberg has served on the Paramus Stigma Free Task Force since its foundation and also sits on the panel of the Paramus Substance Abuse Prevention Committee. He has been a proponent of expanding the Critical Incident Team model to increase law enforcement understanding of mental illness and the utilize the safest and most effecting procedures when dealing with these potentially volatile situations. Chief Ehrenberg has been a proponent of access to care for mental health patients understanding that the criminal justice system is not the proper venue to provide assistance to those suffering from mental health issues. Chief Ehrenberg has been a member of the Board of Directors of Care Plus since June 2015.

Linda Port
Linda has been a CarePlus Trustee since 2009. Her long list of community service includes serving as a Member and Past President of Paramus Rotary Club; as a Trustee and Member of the Fritz Behnke Historical Museum; and as the Co-Chair of Substance Abuse Prevention Committee, appointed by former Mayor of Paramus. Some examples of her service in collaboaration with the Paramus Board of Education include acting as a Committee Member for the “Safe Homes” Program; as President of the School-Age Child Care program; as a member on the Strategic Planning Council; and as a Co-Leader for Parenting Workshops.

Laura Siclari
Laura A. Siclari, Esq. is an attorney at the law firm of McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli, P.C. in Florham Park, New Jersey specializing in special education law, representing the rights of parents on behalf of their disabled children in issues involving their school districts. Laura also practices in the areas of employment and environmental law.

Care Plus NJ, Inc. Affiliated Trustees

James Boyer

Ann Guillory

Gunter Hecht

Randy Neumann

Al Raimondi

Mathew Mendel

Mary Ann Uzzi

William Weiss