Ann Klein Advocate Awards

The Ann Klein Advocate Awards was created in 1988 to honor Ann Klein, former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, who was instrumental in establishing a community-based system of care for people with mental and physical disabilities. The award recognizes honorees for the outstanding contributions they have made in improving the lives of people living with disabilities.


2019 Ann Klein Advocate Awards Honorees

Peter Scerbo, Gina M. Plotino, Phillip Lubitz, Francine Reibman, Cathy Roy (MPAC)

Phillip Lubitz, MSW
Assoicate Director, NAMI New Jersey, The National Alliance on Mental Illness
The Miracle Project
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Gina M. Plotino
Vice President of Programs & Operations, Bergen County’s United Way
President, GMP Consulting, Inc.
Rabbi Dr. Francine Reibman
Co-founder & Co-chair, Children’s Emergency Medical Fund of New Jersey
Peter Scerbo
Executive Director (Retired), CBHCare, Inc.
The Michael D. Lione Accessibility Award was established in 2013 in memory of long time Community Health Law Project Board Member and former chair Michael D. Lione. This award is presented to an individual or entity that has performed exemplary work as an advocate for accessibility on behalf of persons living with disabilities.
Michael R. Dribbon & Harold B. Garwin
Michael R. Dribbon, PhD
Vice President of Business Development & Chief Innovation & Research Officer,
Children’s Specialized Hospital & Center for Discovery, Innovation & Development




2018 Ann Klein Advocate Awards Honorees

Jack Mudge, Lisa McCauley Parles, Linda Gochfeld, Cory Storch, Dean Pastras


Linda Gochfeld, M.D., Psychiatrist
Former Medical Director, SERV Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.
Past President, New Jersey Psychiatric Association
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers Medical School

Lisa McCauley Parles, Esq.
Parles Rekem LLP

Cory Storch
President & CEO
Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services

Dean Pastras
Executive Director
Bergen's Promise

The Mike Lione Accessibility Award

Advancing Opportunities Inc.
Jack Mudge, CEO

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