Organizational Leadership

James P. Curtin, MBA, LCADC

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jim Curtin wears many hats as he directs and oversees all clinical and administrative policies and procedures, support services and staff training programs. Jim also serves as the liaison between Daytop New Jersey and all state and community meetings, and public relations activities.

Since 1986, Jim has served Daytop New Jersey in many capacities and is extremely well versed in the Behavioral Health Services arena. His vast experience and leadership, over the years, has enabled Daytop New Jersey to continually provide highly effective comprehensive Behavioral Health Services for teens and adults in the state of New Jersey.

His extensive affiliations include President for the Daytop New Jersey Academy, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Task Force, State of NJ Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Professional Advocacy Committee, Strategic Family Therapy Trainer and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Surveyor.

Daytop New Jersey presently has two Adolescent Residential Facilities located in Mendham and Pittsgrove, three Outpatient Facilities located in Morris, Hunterdon and Ocean Counties and a Residential Women’s Halfway House located in Skillman.

Treatment in all Daytop New Jersey programs is a process of education, reflection, self-development and restoring hope to individuals, families and their futures. Daytop New Jersey empowers individuals to accomplish what is necessary to achieve and sustain recovery through individualized treatment planning in a client-centered environment.

Laura Taverna, MBA

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Laura Taverna has been with Daytop New Jersey since 1999, bringing to Daytop her extensive experience in the for-profit finance field, having worked for General Chemical Corporation, Oxford Superconducting Technology, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson in various leadership positions. Since July, 2011, Laura has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Daytop New Jersey as well as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Daytop New Jersey Academy. Ms. Taverna has served on several non-profit Boards and was the first Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Northwest NJ Early Intervention Collaborative, Inc., a non-profit corporation serving children with developmental disabilities and their families. Ms. Taverna earned her MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Anne Bradley, MA, CFRE

Director of Development

Anne Bradley began at Daytop NJ in June 2015. She worked with runaway and homeless youth since 1982 and was employed at the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children from 1986 – 2014 beginning as a youth counselor and holding many positions during her tenure including director of development and associate executive director. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey and a Master’s degree in organizational psychology from Goddard College in Vermont. Anne is a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) as well. She is past President of New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, and is President-elect for the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Anne lives in Pennington with her wonderful son Clay, who is a junior in high school and their recently adopted French bulldog, Ned.

Michael Buonauro

Director – Information Technology

Michael Buonauro hails from Bergen County, New Jersey and has worked in the IT and Communications field for 32 years. Prior to joining the Daytop New Jersey team, he worked as the Director of IT for the Daytop National Organization based in New York, where he managed a team of fifteen people responsible for maintaining and delivering IT services to twenty-eight facilities spread over six states.

In his current position as Director of the Daytop New Jersey IT Department, he oversees operations which provide services to six facilities throughout the State of New Jersey and is responsible for developing technology plans, producing and maintaining IT equipment budgets, acting as a HIPPA Security Officer, managing all communication systems (cell phones, IP intra-facility phones) and managing all IT contracts. He is also the senior Administrator for Daytop New Jersey’s Electronic Health Record and provides extensive support for all media output.

Throughout his 32 years of working in the Behavioral Health field, he has, and still continues to, develop strategic plans with one goal: to provide systems that will enhance the treatment we provide to the individuals and families we serve. He has proven that technology for technology’s sake is worthless unless it is used to further our mission of restoring persons and families to healthful lives.

Ellen Bewalder

Director – Human Resources

Ellen Bewalder has been with Daytop New Jersey since March of 1999, bringing to Daytop her experience in the areas of Human Resources from both Pfizer International and the County College of Morris Counseling Office.  In July of 2011, Ellen was appointed Director of Human Resources of Daytop.  Having studied at Queensborough County College, and gaining her HR Certification from County College of Morris, she continually attends Human Resource programs related to the field of non-profit.

Program Leadership

Gregory Bunt, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Gregory Bunt graduated from NYU School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He was among the first to complete the Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, and has since been on the NYU Medical School Faculty in the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, currently as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.  He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry.

Dr. Bunt is the Immediate Past President of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine and currently the President of the International Society of Addiction Medicine. He has been the Medical Director for Daytop Village for 25 years and is now the Medical Director for Daytop Village New Jersey.  He has authored over a dozen publications, and speaks nationally and internationally about addiction medicine and therapeutic communities.

Peggy Waller MSW, LCSW, LCADC, CCS

Managing Director-Ocean County Outpatient

Peggy joined Daytop Village of NJ in January 2012. Peggy is responsible for the administrative and overall clinical management of the Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient program.

Peggy has over 20 years’ experience working in the addiction field with extensive knowledge of opioid use disorders. Peggy earned her undergraduate degree at Trenton State College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Monmouth University. She is a New Jersey State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New Jersey State Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a New Jersey State Certified Clinical Supervisor.

Prior to her current position, Peggy was the co-founder of Agape Counseling Services a New Jersey licensed, faith-based nonprofit organization, and which she served for 11 years

Kimberly O’Connor, MSW

Managing Director – Mendham

Kimberly O’Connor has been in the substance use and mental health field for over 15 years. She has served in various roles throughout Daytop New Jersey. Most recently, at the Mendham Facility, Kim manages a high performance team culture that provides quality services to adolescents and their families.

Prior to returning to Daytop New Jersey in 2014, Kim ran various clinical programs including psychiatric inpatient, residential and outpatient services in Kansas City, Kansas from 2007 to 2013.

Kim is a graduate of West Virginia University, with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, and holds a Masters of Social Work from New York University. She is trained in Trauma Systems Therapy and has received extensive training from the Minuchin Center for Families and is licensed as a LCSW in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

Eriach Fox, MHS

Managing Director-Pittsgrove

Eriach has spent his career employed at Daytop Village of New Jersey working with adolescents experiencing behavioral health issues, as well as their families. Eriach started as an intern at the Mendham facility, and in 2004 was part of the team of staff responsible for opening the Pittsgrove facility. Since then he has served as managing director of both the Mendham and Pittsgrove facility. He has gone on to become a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) and to pursue his Masters degree in Human Services.  He is a NIATx process improvement coach and the agency certified nonviolent crisis intervention (NCI) trainer. His main philosophy for treatment is to find ways for the person served to develop a healthy self-identity that can lead to the ability to develop healthy relationships in the community.  This culminated with Daytop partnering with St. Hubert’s animal welfare center to develop a week-long teen enrichment program in which he received the star of recognition at their gala in 2015.


Managing Director-Crawford House

Brenda Pateman is a graduate of Rutgers University-Livingston College in Sociology and Political Science. She has her Masters in Social Work and Public Administration from Marywood University, Pennsylvania. She has continued to work tirelessly in the substance use disorder field since 1983. Having been a co-occurring specialist in addictions work she went on to pursue her Clinical Social Work License in 1997, she has been employed in most levels of care along the American Society of Addiction Medicine continuum. She has specialized in adolescent treatment and now women as the Managing Director of Daytop’s Crawford House. Before returning to direct practice as the Managing Director of Daytop’s Crawford House Brenda was working in Somerset County Government for 17 years as the County Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Coordinator and Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. She has a small private practice counseling persons affected by gambling since 1998. Brenda serves on the Somerville Senior Citizens Housing Board of Directors. She is married to Mark Pateman and has two adult children and twin grandsons.