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Vision Mission Goals and Objectives
Coalition Leadership Coalition Teams Coalition Membership

UPinPC 6 Year Anniversary 

Our Vision:

United for Prevention in Passaic County (UPinPC) seeks to create environmental change relating to substance abuse by promoting awareness, communication, and support for all county residents.

Our Mission:

Prevent and reduce alcohol and drug abuse among the youth and adults of Passaic County by offering trainings, community education, sharing of resources and encouraging collaboration between communities.

Our Goals and Objectives:

  • Reduce Underage Drinking
  • Reduce the Availability of Prescription Medication
  • Increase Communication and Collaboration
  • Support and Collaborate with Young Adults
  • Increase Membership from Various Sectors Across the County

When the Passaic County Council on Alcoholism closed in 2011, the County experienced a loss in prevention coordination. At the same time the Childhood Drinking Coalition experienced a period of inactivity. UPinPC will fill the resulting gap by providing substance abuse resources and community trainings for the County. UPinPC will also strive to enhance communication and collaboration among the prevention agencies including support with the gathering and analyzing of local data.

UPinPC works to support young adults throughout Passaic County by providing educational programs, trainings, resources and support to develop substance abuse prevention initiatives.


In March 2013, United for Prevention in Passaic County adopted coalition bylaws. The Executive Team which is made up of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Membership Coordinator and Youth Coordinator along with the Team Coordinators from each of the three teams will manage UPinPC.

Click here for our bylaws



ChairpersonVice ChairpersonSecretaryMembership Coordinator

Joanne Graziano

Hawthorne Municipal Alliance


Marianne Edmond


Donna Huber

Passaic County Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

County Alliance Coordinator

Tenee Joyner

Paterson Municipal Alliance Prevention Program (MAPP)

Youth Membership CoordinatorAction Team CoordinatorCommunication Team CoordinatorData Team Coordinator

Yaritza Valencia

Passaic County Community College Student

Lt. Ralph Danna 

Lieutenant of the Passaic Police Department

Tenee Joyner

Paterson Municipal Alliance Prevention Program (MAPP)

Dr. William Kernan

Professor & Chairperson, Department of Public Health, William Paterson University



Action Plan TeamCommunication TeamData Team

Creates strategies and action plans to meet the three identified goals.

Provides accessible substance abuse prevention information, resources and updates to the coalition membership and all county residents.

Collects, analyzes and documents local data for ongoing needs assessment and evaluation.


UPinPC members represent the following sectors:

• School
• Business
• Parents
• Media
• Youth
• Civic / Volunteer

• Law Enforcement
• Religious / Fraternal
• Youth Serving Organization
• Healthcare field
• State / Local / Tribal Government
• Other Substance Abuse Prevention Agencies
• Other Agencies



Director of Coalition & Prevention ServicesHealth Promotion SpecialistNJCC AmeriCorps VISTAResearch DirectorAdministrative Director

Sherrine Schuldt    

CPS, CHES, Prevention Specialist

Vanesa Apaza

CHES, Health Promotion Specialist

Makeda Marshall

CHES, Community Health Program Coordinator

Dr. William Kernan    

MCHES, Research Director 

Dr. Glen Sherman 

Administrative Director

Research Students: 

Andrea Pereda- William Paterson University 

Daniela Ramirez- William Paterson University