Our Team

TeenPride counselors love working with teens.  They look forward to coming to school each day to talk with the teens about what is going on in their life.  The counselors bring unique  insights to the conversation from experience they have gained counseling teens for many years.  They build a trusted relationship with each student.  They are smart, friendly, patient, understanding and have a sense of humor.  They know how to help during difficult times, and look forward to celebrating each achievement. 

 
 
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Marlene Scrivo, Associate Director

Marlene Scrivo has been a counselor with TeenPride since 1995.  Marlene is a highly experienced   counselor focusing on social, emotional, behavioral issues in addition to substance abuse and chemical dependency. 

She has extensive experience working with families.  She developed and facilitates the “Girls Group”, a peer counseling group that meets to help enhance the personal development of girls through discussions focusing on positive self esteem, teen pregnancy and prevention, decision making skills, and recognizing and developing healthy relationships. 

She assists Jeff Macko in the direction of TeenPride programs and staff supervision.   Marlene holds a Master of Arts in Psychology with Clinical Concentration from Marywood University and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.    Marlene holds a State of NJ School Social Work Certification and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of NJ. 

Jeff Macko, Director

Jeff Macko is one of the founding counselors of TeenPride, Inc.   Jeff provides counseling services, supervises the counseling staff, and provides overall direction and quality assurance to the program.   Jeff has over twenty five years experience counseling teens across a broad range of issues. 

He specializes in crisis counseling of “at risk” youth.  To provide TeenPride services he collaborates and communicates with Morris School District administration and staff, Morristown and Morris Township Police Departments and other officials in the Juvenile Justice system, community organizations and substance abuse programs. 

Jeff Macko holds a Master of Arts from Kean University and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  He is a Licensed Social Worker with State of NJ Certification. 

 
 

Luli Passet

Luli is a graduate intern from the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  She joined TeenPride in September 2017, and has since been providing counseling services, with a loving commitment to her students, at the Morristown High School in New Jersey.

Her experience includes helping clients with struggles like anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bullying, suicidality, peer and familial relationships, trauma, abuse, loss and grief, and substance use.  An Argentine native, Luli has a good understanding of multicultural aspects of immigration and acculturation in the USA. She works with our American and bilingual populations individually, as well as co-facilitating psychoeducational and therapeutic groups.

Luli is genuine, caring, and has a strong ability to establish trust and rapport with clients who don’t trust easily and are otherwise difficult to connect with. By creating a safe and supportive environment, she helps students learn more about themselves, better understand their thought processes and motivations, and how they impact their feelings, behaviors, and interactions with others.  Luli believes in the power of a collaborative counseling relationship, and uses a multiplicity of therapeutic approaches, based on each student’s individual needs, to help them develop positive change and healthy coping skills for life.

Irem GannoN

Irem has been with TeenPride since 2012. She started as an intern while studying at Rutgers University to obtain her Master's degree in Social Work. After graduating and accepting a job as a counselor at TeenPride, Irem obtained her clinical social work license (LCSW). In addition, she also has a School Social Worker license in the state of New Jersey. 

 Prior to going into the Social Work field, Irem was a pharmaceutical event planner. Irem attended Montclair State University for her Bachelor's and has a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Management as well as a minor in Psychology

 

Carolyn (Lyn) Kleinman

 

After working for 29 years in public schools as a Student Assistance/Substance Abuse Counselor, Carolyn retired to work for Teen Pride. Her experience includes counseling students on a variety of issues, including academics, family and peer relationships, substance abuse and mental health. She's has also run Women's and Men's Issues groups as well as Peer Leadership. 

 

Lyn graduated from Syracuse University and Seton Hall, with a BFA and MA in Group Counseling, in addition to having 53 credits towards an EDD in Child and Family Therapy. She is also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and a certified Student Assistance Counselor (SAC).

 

Blake Sloven

Blake Sloven is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He is board certified and is affiliated with the American Counseling Association as well as the National Board for Certified Counselors. He earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Towson University. Blake has been affiliated with TeenPride for over four years providing individual, group, and family counseling.


Gloria Schwartz

Gloria has been with TennPride since 2015. She started as a bilingual intern while studying at Seton Hall University to obtain her double Master's as a Professional Counselor and Educational Specialist. Gloria obtained her Associate Counselor License (LAC) upon graduation and is currently working towards her Professional Counselor License (LPC).

In addition to her LAC, Gloria is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional as well as a Trauma and Attachment Certified Clinician.


 
 

Kristina Woung-Fallon

Kristina Woung-Fallon is a Licensed Associate Counselor and National Certified Counselor who has been with TeenPride for two years. She graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 2015 and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December 2017.

Kristina began her counseling career as a TeenPride intern in 2016 and has developed the after school activity groups at Frelinghuysen Middle School. She has a passion for helping children and teens achieve the happy and healthy lives they deserve through support and understanding.


Ralph McCabe

Ralph McCabe has been a counselor since 1978. His experiences include: Alternative School Counselor in Somerville, Student Personnel Services (Guidance) in Madison High School and Student Assistance (Drug/Alcohol Counselor) in Morristown. In addition to his counseling responsibilities, Ralph was the program leader for the Personal Development/Peer Leadership Programs in Madison and Morristown in the 1980’s and 90’s. From 1985-2009,

Ralph was a Student Assistance Counselor at Morristown High School. Since retirement from the public school system (2009 to the present), he has worked with Teen Pride as a Counselor and Group Facilitator. He established and continues to maintain an Alateen support group in Morristown High School.

Ralph’s licenses include: NJ Teacher of the Handicapped, NJ Student Personnel Services (Guidance), NJ Substance Awareness Coordinator, NJ Student Assistance Counselor and NJ CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

He attended Lebanon Valley College, receiving a BA in psychology (1973). In 1976 he received an MA in educational psychology from Montclair State. In addition to continuing education courses to maintain certification, Ralph has accomplished 60 graduate credits beyond the Masters degree.

Jose Acevedo

Jose has been working with and assisting families, children and young adults for over 40 years.  His mission has been to help them to improve their lives and to help them to access the different community services, from social services to college attendance to gaining financial aid.

As a guidance counselor, he collaborated with Teen Pride for over two decades and Jose joined the Teen Pride staff at the Morristown High School in the fall of 2013 after retiring from MHS guidance after 23 years as a guidance counselor.  

As a Teen Pride guidance counselor at MHS, he provides guidance and assistance to our students with academic issues, with the college search, application, selection and attendance process as well as assisting them with all the aspects of the financial aid process.  He also invites them to participate in the Wednesday afternoon presentations of college admission representative when they come to visit just to meet with our student.

Jose has a love and passion for making a positive difference in the lives of children and young adults and he strives to encourage them to perform well and to challenge themselves academically and personally.  One of his goals is to help them with their college readiness, by providing supplemental guidance with the college and financial aid process, as he assists them as needed with the tasks of completing college applications,  and the forms, (health, dormitory, meal plan, registration, orientation, etc.) needed to ensure their attendance to the college of their choice as well as to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college.


Naomi G. Still, MSW, LCSW

EDUCATION:

MSW, Direct Practice/Casework, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1996 BS Cum Laude, Biology/Chemistry, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina

Awards: Juvenile Evaluation and Treatment Services (JETS) Leadership Award, 1998 LCSW-1998

Professional Association: Member-New, Jersey Association of School Social Workers.

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE:

Morris School District March 2008-present Morristown High School Student Support Coordinator

TeenPride Counseling Girls’ Group (part time) September 2001-

present

• Co-facilitate high-school and graduate girls’ groups.

Morris School District September 1999-2008

Thomas Jefferson School Counselor/Social Worker

Morristown Memorial Hospital Atlantic Health System, Morristown, NJ Juvenile Evaluation and Treatment Service September 1996-August 1999 Clinical Social Worker

Clinical services provided at Morris County Youth Shelter---a temporary residential facility for adolescents involved with the Morris County Court, Probation Services and other Community Services.

Jersey Battered Women's Service Morris Plains, NJ

May 1994-May 1996 Part-time Counselor

Caroline Pence

Caroline Pence has been a counselor at TeenPride since 2016. Her previous experience includes working with children, adults and families in both one-on-one and group settings at a community-based outpatient clinic.  Caroline earned a Master of Arts from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master in Social Work from New York University.  She is a licensed social worker in the state of New Jersey.