About Us

The Prevention Council of Putnam, Inc. (PCoP) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founded in 1985. The Council was established to meet the growing need for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention and education services in Putnam County. PCoP is certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to provide prevention and education to businesses, community organizations, schools and agencies.


Our mission is to promote education and awareness related to substance use disorders and problem gambling to the residents of Putnam County and the surrounding area, by providing the community with up to date information and services related to prevention, treatment and recovery.


The Prevention Council of Putnam aspires to be recognized as the premier alcohol and other drug resource center, offering guidance, information and education to the community. In order to reduce stigma, the Council strives to provide hope, help and healing, and prevent and reduce alcohol and other substance use disorders and problem gambling.

board of directors 12.18.14

Meet the Board of Directors

  • Michael Simone, President
  • Thomas Jacobellis, Esq., Vice President
  • John Mulreany, Treasurer
  • Ruth Greenfield, Secretary
  • John Bourges, RN, CCRN, CEN
  • Joseph Charbonneau, Esq.
  • Sarena Chisick, RN
  • Marianne Taylor-Rhodes, RN, MS, CASAC
  • Dennis Ullman
  • William Wilkens

Meet the Staff

  • Kristin McConnell, M.S., CPP, Executive Director
  • Lucy Guarino, CASAC, CARC, Office Manager
  • Marie O’Connor, B.S. Ed, Project Coordinator, Partnership for Success
  • Katherine Nugent, CASAC-T, CRPA – Recovery Coach


Affiliations and Memberships

  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (ASAP) of New York State
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America
  • Comprehensive Care Network of the Hudson Valley
  • Councils on Addictions of New York State
  • Friends of Recovery Putnam
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
  • Putnam Communities that Care Coalition
  • Student Assistance Services
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