About NJCRI

TAKING CARE OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY

ABOUT US

NJCRI distinguishes itself by its over 35 year history of providing HIV/AIDS care and treatment to individuals in Northern New Jersey. We are a strong integrated team between all our departments and our full service model, makes NJCRI unique and a welcome oasis for our community. We will continue to adapt and support our clients with essential and innovative services.

The North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) is one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS community-based organization. Our mission is to "empower our clients by reducing social and health disparities in the greater Newark area.”Over the past 30 years of service NJCRI has adapted and changed to rally the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as providing important social services to our community. In 1988, the initial focus was to provide clinical trials in Newark so those that were infected with the HIV virus could gain access to promising investigational treatments. At that time patients were required to travel to New York to receive these services. NJCRI was the first AIDS service organization in New Jersey to provide medical care to those with HIV. Our staff have published more than 30 research articles and have presented their research findings at local, national and international AIDS conferences.
Today with over 40 different grant-funded programs, NJCRI continues to be on the cutting edge of HIV treatment. We understand that HIV is much larger than just a medical issue, and take pride in providing those in the midst of health disparities with the opportunity to improve their quality of life. We have taken a holistic approach by streamlining all our services and creating a one-stop resource center for our clients. Named after an esteemed and respected former colleague, the Dr. George Perez Medical Care Center provides care and treatment to both HIV negative and HIV positive patients alike.

Additional services we offer include behavioral research, transgender medical care, pediatrics, primary medical care, chronic illness management education, street outreach, substance abuse treatment, transportation, mental health/psychiatric services, food pantry, syringe exchange, an adult drop-in center for the homeless , and many LGBTQ services including a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth. We are also strong community advocates and provide technical assistance to other community-based organizations in our area. Approximately over 10,000 people avail themselves of our free and confidential services each year

OUR DIRECTORS

Brian McGovern, MSW, LSW
Chief Executive officer
AWILDA RIVERA, BS
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Jose Valencia, MBA
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Kevin E. Taylor, BS
DIRECTOR OF development
& lGBtq+ services
Corey destefano, BS
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Dr. poblete, MD
medical director
Dorinda Coleman, BA, CADC
DIRECTOR OF behavioral health
To Be Announced
Director of Quality Assurance
Michael DiNicolas
DIRECTOR OF Human Resources
Heather SchirMer RN, MSN
DIRECTOR OF Nursing

Board of trustees

William P. Orr, M.A
FOUNDER, NJCRI
James M. Oleske, M.D.
CHAIR, INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD

Board of trustees

John V. Jacobi, Esq (President)
SInce 1999
Sarah P. Cole, Esp
Since 2023
Thomas A. Flynn, MBA, FASHE, (Treasurer)
Since 2005
Dr. Amesika Nicole Nyaku
Since 2022
Anthony Smith
Since 2011
Rafael E. Pérez-Figueroa, MD, MPH
Since 2023
Mervin I. Griffin MD, FAAEM
Since 2015
Annie Collart, Esq
Since 2023
Salvatore P. D’Alia, Esp
Since 2023
Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Since 2023
Tracey Norman
Officer Brian Holmes
Rob Finni-Tedesco

Our Staff

NJCRI employs 114 full-time employees, most NJCRI's management and professional staff have worked 20 or more years in the field of HIV. Their licensure, accreditation, and certifications make them highly qualified. They combine extensive experience in community service with concern, knowledge, compassion, expertise and professionalism.
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