Meet Our Advisory Board
Sharon Darack, MSW, Life Coach
Sharon Darack is the North American Director for OU Israel Free Spirit Birthright, managing Birthright Israel trips from North America. Ms. Darack is a professional life coach specializing in addiction, mental health, and works with families, teens and young adults. Prior to Israel Free Spirit Birthright, Ms. Darack worked for 15 years at The Jewish Boards’ JACS program (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) and is a leading contributor to raising awareness about alcohol and other drug abuse within the Jewish community. Ms. Darack is a graduate of Reading University in the UK in Social Work and has over 22 years of experience counseling families and running educational programs in the UK, Israel and the U.S.
David Drapkin, LCSW
David Drapkin is the Executive Clinical Director of Strive Health of Paramus. David studied and trained in England, Australia and the U.S. and has work history including inpatient psychiatry, sober living houses, outpatient psychotherapy and even being a National Park Ranger in New Zealand! David is a licensed Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor in both adult and youth courses and is a member of the County Alliance Steering Subcommittee (CASS) for Bergen County’s Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (LACADA). Prior to Strive, David was the Behavioral Health Program Manager and Addiction Specialist at Englewood Health.
Dr. Aliza Frohlich
Dr. Frohlich is the Director of Guidance at Yavneh Academy Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey. Dr. Frohlich has a doctorate in School and Child Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, a Masters degree and Specialist’s Certificate in School Psychology from Queens College, a Master’s degree in Jewish Education from YU's Azrieli Graduate Institute, and a Judaic teaching certification from the Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women. She is the President of the Yeshiva Counseling Network, an organization of psychologists and counselors in Yeshivot of the Metropolitan area.
Lesley Gabel, CPS
Ms. Gabel is the Co-CEO at Prevention Resources (PR), a nonprofit agency covering Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth Counties. Ms. Gabel graduated with a Marketing degree from Hofstra University in 1988. She joined the PR team in 2009 to direct the federal Drug Free Communities grant program through the Safe Communities Coalition. She helped develop a nationally recognized coalition called “One Voice,” and, in partnership with the prosecutor’s office, Ms. Gabel has also been one of the leaders in developing an adolescent diversion program. Ms. Gabel has received several local and national leadership awards, and she has been a frequent speaker at federal and state prevention conferences on drug and alcohol misuse.
Rabbi Zvi Gluck
As the son of Rabbi Edgar Gluck, Rabbi Zvi Gluck grew up in a home where public service was paramount. By the time he was 19, Rabbi Gluck was involved in a Brooklyn drop-in center for victims of abuse and addiction, and later certified as a paramedic. He became the chaplain for the Port Authority Police of NY/NJ. Rabbi Gluck founded Amudim Community Resources in 2014, and Amudim is now fielding thousands of phone calls from people in crisis, providing comprehensive clinical case management, support and services, and promoting education and awareness through Narcan trainings with the NYPD and community “Awareness” events.
Dr. Frances Rudnick Levin, MD
Dr. Levin is the Kennedy-Leavy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the Chief of the Division on Substance Use Disorders at NYSPI/Columbia. For over 20 years, she has been the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program at NY Presbyterian; for the past 14 years, she has been the PI of a Substance Abuse Research Fellowship. Dr. Levin graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed her psychiatric residency at NY Hospital-Payne Whitney Clinic. She is Medical Director of both a SAMHSA-supported national training and mentoring initiative focused on addressing the opioid epidemic, as well as a State Targeted Response technical assistance grant to states that received funding.
Rabbi Larry Rothwachs
Rabbi Larry Rothwachs has served as rabbi at Congregation Beth Aaron in Teaneck, NJ since August 2002. Rabbi Rothwachs is a graduate of Yeshiva College, the Azrieli School of Jewish Education, and received his semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. From 1998 through 2016, Rabbi Rothwachs taught Talmud at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey and he currently serves as head rabbi of Camp Morasha. In April 2016, he was appointed Director of Professional Rabbinics at RIETS at Yeshiva University.
Dr. Matisyahu Shulman, MD
Dr. Shulman is a board certified general and addiction psychiatrist and a research fellow at Columbia University Medical Center. His research focus is on opioid use disorder treatment and talk therapy for substance use disorders. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of addiction and general psychiatric treatment. He attended New Jersey Medical School and completed a general psychiatry residency at Northwell Health Hospital System, and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University.
Shelley Stuart, CHES
Shelley Stuart served as the Director of Coalition and Community Services at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources in Fair Lawn, NJ. She has a degree in Public Health, and began her prevention career as the coordinator of a regional tobacco grant in Sussex County and transitioned into Coordinated School Health where she planned and implemented youth leadership trainings and worked with middle and high schools. At BCPC, she oversaw the Garfield Prevention Coalition, which is a Drug-Free Communities grantee, as well as the Bergen County Prevention Coalition, a Regional Coalition.
Lisa Twerski, LCSW
Lisa Twerski received her MSW from NYU in 1990. After graduating, she worked first as staff, and then as a Program Director for Victim Services (now Safe Horizons) providing long-term therapy to adult survivors of rape, incest, child sexual abuse and domestic violence. In 1995, Mrs. Twerski started Brairot, a batterers intervention project for men in the Orthodox Jewish community who had been arrested for domestic violence. Currently, Mrs. Twerski is in private practice in Brooklyn, NY, and is on the Executive Board of NEFESH). She lectures on marriage, domestic abuse and prevention, and has also developed a course in pastoral counseling. In 2011, she published a book entitled, I’m So Confused, Am I Being Abused? Guidance for the Orthodox Jewish Spouse and Those Who Are Trying to Help.
Dr. Rayzel Yaish
Dr. Yaish received her Ph.D. In Clinical Health Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Dr. Yaish is the Director of Guidance at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. She maintains a private practice in NY and NJ, has worked as Head Counselor both at Camp HASC and Camp Simcha, and consults and presents workshops for local and national organizations.