The Livengrin Team
The Livengrin Team is a group of dedicated professionals committed to supporting recovery…your recovery!
“All of the people at Livengrin are smart, caring people who are genuinely interested in your success.”
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BY THE NUMBERS: Prescription and over-thecounter drugs are, after marijuana and alcohol, the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14-and-older. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Director of Quality Improvement
Brittany holds a B.S. in healthcare management from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and then joined Einstein Hospital in working in patient services in the ER. Looking for an opportunity to work with those battling addiction, Brittany came to Livengrin, working in admissions to connect those suffering from addiction to find help they need. Brittany’s commitment to patient care led her to the quality department, where she served in a support role before being promoted to Director of Quality Improvement. Brittany’s attention to detail, critical thinking skills and drive to continually learn and improve her workplace makes her an asset to the patients she serves. She is the proud mom of two awesome young boys.
Jim has over 40 years’ experience in public safety. Following two years in the US Army/Military Police, he graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and served with a Transit Police Agency in Philadelphia. Jim has been a Certified Police Instructor at the State and County Police Academies
for 30 years; he is a licensed addictions counselor; a Certified Employee Assistance Professional; President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of EAPA, and an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph University in the Organization Development and Leadership Department.
He served as Director of the New Jersey State Police – Office of Employee Assistance – a position held for 25 years. Jim was honored with the Governor’s Recognition Award (2002); International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s Innovation in Disaster Mental Health Award (2005); recipient of Caron Foundation’s EAP of the Year Award (2008), and the Greater Philadelphia EAP of the Year Award (2012). He was recently recognized with the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey Humanitarian Award. Jim and the FRAT Team have trained over 20,000 first responders in substance abuse prevention for the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Director of Residential Services
Jack has been a cornerstone at Livengrin Foundation for over 32 years. His work and life experience make him an invaluable resource for both staff and patients. Jack is a compassionate, intuitive and skilled clinician, and has functioned in a variety of roles since joining the organization
back in 1984. He has helped countless people over the years and is well known in the professional and recovering communities.
Jack holds a Bachelor of Science in Counseling, and is a Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Criminal Justice Professional and a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor.
Pooja Shah, MSN, FNP-C
Pooja is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 5 years of experience in treating patients with substance use disorder. In 1999, she completed a Master of Microbiology, but quickly decided that patient care was where she wanted to be instead. In 2008, Pooja completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Jefferson University, Philadelphia
and then completed her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner while working as an RN at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After graduation, Pooja has been working with Livengrin Foundation and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
“Every day, working for patients adds to my education as a substance use disorder healthcare provider. This education is not just from co-workers but from the patients and their families. It is very rewarding to help individuals walk through this journey of recovery”.
Director of DUI Services
Helen provides oversight for Livengrin’s DUI Programs at our Oxford Valley, Northeast and Center City Philadelphia outpatient sites. She also serves as the Lower Bucks County DUI Coordinator through the PA DUI Association. Helen was responsible for the creation of the
Bucks County Victim’s Impact Panel, which began in 1993 and focuses on DUI tragedies and fatalities
Helen joined the Livengrin staff in 1989 and is completely committed to DUI education and prevention. She is passionate about her work and has often stated that she feels very fortunate and extremely grateful that her work gives her the opportunity to make a difference in the community.
In her free time, Helen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and traveling with her husband.