Danielle Bruschi, CASAC-T
Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder
Danielle is a CASAC-T (OES, Reiki II) with extensive experience working in the social service field serving a diverse population. In addition to conventional treatment she also has experience providing holistic healing methods. Danielle developed a series of innovative programs, providing underserved and at-risk populations with alternative methods of healing.
Danielle’s struggle with addiction began at the early age of 12. After being in and out of institutions throughout her youth, she first discovered recovery as a teenager. It was her dream and passion to create a safe haven where all services were provided under one roof. This idea, based on the love and compassion that she found in recovery, led to the formation of New Hope Rising. Today she is a person in long-term recovery who has dedicated her life to helping others to recover and find the light that was lost in the darkness of addiction.
Lauren McNamara, MSW
Chief Operating Officers/Co-Founder
Lauren is a Master of Social Work with a degree earned from Boston University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Stony Brook University with a concentration in women’s studies and sociology. Ms. McNamara has been working in the social service field for the past 10 years in a multitude of different arenas and has experience with alternative healing methods as well, and is a Reiki II practitioner. She is also an NYS Department of Labor Offender Employment Specialist.
With a combination of conventional treatment and holistic healing Lauren continues to dedicate her life to helping individuals heal. Learning firsthand from a young age that addiction is a family disease, Lauren’s passion for helping addicts and alcoholics and their families to heal was realized through the founding of New Hope Rising.
Board of Directors
Charlene McAleavey, LCSW CASAC
Board Member – Program Director (LICR)
Charlene has been working in the field of addiction treatment and social work for the past 16 years. In addition to her CASAC certification she is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is currently the program director at Long Island Center For Recovery after a long career there as a counselor and clinical supervisor. She is also in private practice as a psychotherapist.
Alexandra Halsey Storch, Esq.
Secretary of the Board
Alexandra is an associate attorney with the law firm Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP. Alexandra has a general practice with a focus in matrimonial and family law. Alexandra received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster in 2008 and her Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2013. While in law school, Alexandra participated in the Children’s Rights and Family Law Clinic where she represented low-income clients in family court proceedings and worked for the Urban Justice Center in Manhattan where she assisted victims of domestic violence throughout the course of child custody and support proceedings and orders of protection proceedings.
Board Member – Community Member
Local community member and real estate agent, Leah, brings her experience of having a loved one struggle with addiction to the board. She has turned her experience into a passion for carrying forward NHR’s mission to help other individuals and their families. She has a special interest in fundraising and raising community awareness of addiction.
Board Member – Local Business Owner
Millie joins the NHR board with years of experience as a small business owner and directorship of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce. She brings with her a strong background in fundraising, community activism, marketing, management, and administration.
Board Member – PSEG
Patricia has worked in Customer relations for 33 years with PSEG. With the help and guidance of PSEG, she started and became President of an Electric Business Resource Group (EBRG) called H.E.L.P., which stands for Helping Eastern Long Island People. She also volunteers every week at Suburban Housing, a family shelter in Bay Shore, as a mentor for children ages 4 to 15. She organized planting an organic vegetable garden for the children to learn to take care and to eventually take the food home to eat. PSEG HELP also assisted with purchasing computers and printers for the children to able to do their homework, and with hosting a yearly Christmas party. Patricia also volunteers with several low-income senior communities by organizing Lunch and Learns, yard clean ups and home repairs. She brings her years of extensive experience with organizing fundraising events and volunteer work to New Hope Rising!
Sean Marsciovetere, BA
For years, Sean struggled with the disease of addiction and never thought he would be able to get and stay clean. After many failed attempts at achieving sobriety, he found himself in yet another treatment center where he finally felt completely hopeless and desperate. Completely discouraged and believing there was no way out of addiction, Sean became willing to do whatever it took to stay clean.
Today, his life is far beyond anything he could’ve imagined for himself. After staying clean for several years, he has found a true purpose in helping others in recovery. In addition to his position at New Hope Rising, Sean also works in the admissions department at the Long Island Center for Recovery. Of all the things he has done in life, nothing has been as fulfilling and purposeful as helping fellow addicts on their journey in recovery.
Web Services Coordinator
Designer of our current website, Conor comes to us with years of background in both web design and recovery from drug addiction. A current CASAC student at Suffolk County Community College and Crisis Intervention Counselor with the Crisis Text Line, Conor’s unique combination of design and treatment experience has helped New Hope Rising deliver our present and future clients a beautiful online experience.
In Memoriam of John Baier
Former Board Member
One of our original board members, John attended The Julliard School of Music and Long Island University C.W. Post Campus where he studied music with a separate major in finance. John had a long-standing, successful career in both finances and music. He was the owner and operator of East End Piano Lessons. John had an extensive history of active involvement in non-profit organizations and charity work, and New Hope Rising would not be where it is today without his contributions. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your years of selfless service.