Meet the people working behind the scenes
Anthony Gray Jr. (he/him)
Direct Services Coordinator
Caitlin O'Neill (they/them)
Drug User Health & Liberation Strategist
Caitlin is a survivor, a healer, and a harm reductionist. They were introduced to Harm Reduction in the 00’s through utilizing a local syringe service program, and spent a dozen years or so informally serving as the harm reductionist of their social circle while working full-time as a massage therapist & bodyworker.
Caitlin believes it is the birthright of every human being to experience joy, dignity, and bodily autonomy. Co-founder of New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition, they work to build a world in which people who use drugs have access to resources for healing and self-determined care, regardless of background or choices.
Eddie Frierson (he/him)
Director of Statewide Harm Reduction Services
Jenna Mellor (she/her)
Jenna has over ten years of experience at the intersection of direct service and public policy. She previously served as the first Associate Director at Point Source Youth, aide to Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Outreach Manager at HIPS, and has advised the New Jersey Department of Health on harm reduction best practices.
Jenna holds a BA from Harvard College and completed her Master’s in Public Affairs at Princeton in 2020, focusing on drug and housing policies that promote public health and human dignity. Jenna is a co-founder of NJHRC, and previously served on the boards of New Leaders Council — New Jersey and the New Jersey Abortion Access Fund. Jenna is also a proud product of Atlantic County and lover of the Pine Barrens.
I love harm reduction because it works — it values deep relationships and longterm investment in people’s wellbeing. The power and change that comes when people are respected and treated as the experts in our own lives is truly remarkable.
I have three: consistency, syringes, and policy change!
Consistency is so key to building trust. And while harm reduction is about much more than syringes, injection is also the most stigmatized form of drug use. If we embrace safer injection (“building from the margins” style), we’re probably moving toward more equitable drug policy for everyone.
Finally, on policy change: we always try to look at systems and structures and see if we can get at the underlying causes of harms that our team bears witness to during outreach.
Take baths, hang with my sweetheart and cat, watch the Eagles (I’m a big fan of Jalen Hurts!), and (if the weather is sunny!) go tubing with loved ones. Being near water, whether a bathtub or ocean or river, makes me happy.
Harm Reduction Supply Assistant
Sheilah Powell (she/her)
Manager of Mail-Based Services & Community Distribution
Sheilah Powell is a woman in recovery from Substance Use Disorder, mental health challenges, and domestic violence. She entered recovery in 2015 and sustains her wellness through various pathways including Recovery Dharma, medication, Harm Reduction, and advocacy. A lifelong native of New Jersey, she believes that all individuals inherently deserve services that promote health and reduce risk, and she is dedicated to increasing access to evidence-based strategies to promote harm reduction within the system of care.
A tireless advocate, she serves on various grassroots committees throughout New Jersey and is the Board secretary of Ruby’s Vision, Inc. in Paterson. Sheilah is a mother of three children, and loves the beach, yoga, and her dog, Starla. She is an active volunteer for The Phoenix and Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children.
Tina Martinez (she/her)
Harm Reduction Supply Assistant
Tina is a Harm Reduction Supply Assistant at NJHRC, and she started on the team as a compassionate Community Ambassador with a big heart! Tina has always been a helpful member in her community.
Equipped with substantial interpersonal experience, Tina is a survivor and a vital member on our outreach team. Insightful and driven, Tina is a fighter who leads both staff and volunteers to make a difference in the lives of others. Most importantly, she believes that every life deserves saving no matter who it is.
Harm reduction ambassadors increase awareness about harm reduction, naloxone availability, and the impacts of the drug war in their communities.
Milton "Keith" Pittman (he/him)
Milton K. Pittman aka Keith (he/him) entered recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in 2012 and is a person in long-term recovery. Keith was previously the Residential Supervisor for the Salvation Army residential living facility in Philadelphia where he oversaw over 120 program participants. From there, he went on to develop his facilitation skills by training participants to earn their Serv Safe certification, helping them excel in the workforce.
Keith began volunteering with NJHRC in 2023 and is now the newest Community Ambassador with New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition, where his duties include preparing overdose prevention and public health supplies and ensuring they get distributed throughout New Brunswick. When he isn’t saving lives, he enjoys cooking and his favorite cuisine to prepare is barbeque.
Roxy Walker (she/her)
Dr. Amesika Nyaku, MD, MS (she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases;
Co-Director of the Northern New Jersey Medication-Assisted Treatment Center of Excellence
Ami Kachalia (she/her)
Campaign Strategist, ACLU-NJ
Ami Kachalia is a Campaign Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she develops and leads policy advocacy campaigns with a focus on criminal legal reform, drug policy reform, and immigrants’ rights.
Reverand Dr. Leslie Harrison
Pastor at Mt. Zion AME Church & Founder of Let It Flow Enterprises (LIFE)
I believe in harm reduction because harm reduction saves lives. Also as a member of the human race and a faith leader it is my duty to help individuals live life to the fullest in the healthiest way possible.
My most effective outreach tool is my presence and my voice.
To relax I try to get myself, a thick blanket and salty snacks in the presence of some moving water (i.e. river, ocean, fountain) and when that is not possible I turn on some water soundscapes audio or video and eat some chips while resting with my eyes closed and breathing deeply while laying on a soft blanket.
Michael Enich (he/him)
Not to be too academic, but I believe in harm reduction because the evidence is there that it works! I also deeply value bodily autonomy and admire how firmly rooted in that value harm reductionists are.
Harm reduction is essential. A harm reduction approach to drug use is the best strategy we have to end the overdose crisis, reduce risks associated with drug use, and affirm the dignity and bodily autonomy of every New Jerseyan.