The OEOD is comprised of a group of professionals with diverse backgrounds possessing a broad range of expertise in mental health, substance abuse, critical incident stress management, conflict resolution, occupational stress, organization development, and health or fitness. Our Regional Managers are licensed mental health clinicians and certified employee assistance professionals. We are knowledgeable about the mission, policies, procedures, and culture of the Department of Law and Public Safety.
Karen Husband has been with OEOD since 1997. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Master's degree in Health Care Administration. Karen holds certifications in Trauma, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Myers-Briggs testing. She believes the mental health of the employee and workplace is key to the long term success of the organization. She is passionate about the services OEOD offers to the organization, employees, and their families because they provide opportunities for personal and professional growth within the workplace.
Jackie Pestana has been working for the OEOD since 1998. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jackie enjoys helping people as they navigate through challenging times in their lives. She believes it is a sign of internal strength and fortitude to seek help for one’s personal issues. Jackie has a warm, engaging, informal, and at times, humorous style which can put people at ease. She is skilled at assessing organizational needs, providing coaching to managers, and developing plans of action to address employee and organizational needs with the goal of improving work performance and workplace morale.
Sherry is a graduate of Georgian Court University with a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, as well as, a certified School Counselor. Sherry is a Clinical Supervisor holding both the Approved Clinical Supervisor and Certified Clinical Supervisor accreditations. She has been in the substance abuse and mental health treatment fields for over 20 years. Her experience includes working in direct care treatment, individual and group therapy, intensive outpatient and outpatient care, case management, care coordination, clinical supervision, and program management in a variety of settings with a range of age groups. She is married to a police officer, and knows personally the challenges they and their families face. Sherry is very happy to be a part of the EAP team and feels she can best support our mission by applying her knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by law enforcement officers and their families with her years of education, clinical experience, and expertise.
John retired from the NJ State Police after 25 years of service. He was assigned to various duties including community policing, academy instructor, and station commander. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with certifications in critical incident and disaster response crisis counseling, and EMDR trauma related therapy. Upon retiring, John was employed as a School Counselor in Asbury Park, and an Employee Assistance Counselor providing services to first responders and veterans in Ocean and Monmouth counties. He was a hospice volunteer obtaining World War II veterans experiences so their families would have a record of their service which may have never been shared. John’s focus in counseling is to assist clients in navigating the personal and work-related stress they face to improve their quality of life.
Mike joined the OEOD team in 2015. He has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and an MBA with a concentration in Management. Mike is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He also is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional and is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management. Mike has 11 years of experience in the EAP field working for the US Postal Service Employee Assistance Program. Mike is passionate about working with individuals and organizations to improve productivity and the workplace environment.
Michael Parmenter was a member of the New Jersey State Police for over 26 years retiring in 2008. He served in Troop A, was a Detective in the Auto Theft and Major Crime Units, and a Lieutenant in the Employee Relations Unit. In this position, he developed initiatives providing support and assistance to employees who were experiencing difficulties in their professional or personal lives. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is certified as an Instructor by the Police Training Commission, an Employee Assistance Professional, a Disaster Response Crisis Counselor, and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. He is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management. After retirement, Michael was employed at the Livengrin Foundation’s First Responder Addiction Treatment Program and by the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch where he served as a First Responder Coordinator.
Cinda Burnside is an experienced employee assistance professional serving with the OEOD since 1982. She has an Associate's degree in Business Administration and is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and Domestic Violence. She enjoys conducting trainings in stress, communication, employee assistance, and other related areas. To further her personal and professional growth, Cinda has volunteered as a Crisis Intervention Hotline Operator for Contact We Care, as well as a Domestic Violence Liaison for the Bridgewater Police Department. She is committed to the philosophy of helping others help themselves for the enhancement of their personal and professional lives.
Jenny Lanna has been employed with the New Jersey State Police since 2001 and joined the OEOD in 2012. She is an integral part of the office acting as a liaison between the staff and employees seeking assistance. Jenny is a certified Strength Conditioning and Weight Training Instructor and serves both the Office of Health and Wellness and the OEOD in providing personal training sessions to employees seeking to achieve a mind, body, spirit, and emotions connection. She is pursuing her degree in Health and Exercise Science at Mercer County Community College.