Ann Klein Advocate Awards


32nd Annual Ann Klein Advocate Awards &

2019 Michael D. Lione Accessibility Award



You are invited to join us in supporting and celebrating the contributions made

by this year’s honorees to the lives of people living with disabilities.




Phillip Lubitz, MSW

Associate Director NAMI New Jersey, The National Alliance on Mental Illness


The Miracle Project

Mayo Performing Arts Center



Gina M. Plotino

Vice President, 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.




Michael R. Dribbon, PhD

Vice President of Business Development & Chief Innovation & Research Officer, Children's Specialized Hospital & Center for Discovery, Innovation & Development 



David Lazarus, retired director of litigation and David Popiel, retired senior managing attorney are receiving special recognition awards for their more than three decades of policy, litigation, legislation successes on behalf of persons living with disabilities.



The Community Health Law Project’s student intern program and other advocacy initiatives are supported through the annual awards event, named in memory of Ann Klein former Commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services and Mike Lione former CHLP Board member.  The awards recognize outstanding individuals who have improved the lives of people living with disabilities.


The awards reception and presentation will take place at The Wilshire Grand, West Orange, NJ, at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 24, 2019.


We would be grateful to have your attendance and support of this event through sponsorship, advertising in our program journal or a donation for the silent auction.  All of which are explained in the attachments below. 


2019 Awards Sponsorship Form


2019 Silent Auction Form

Community Health Law Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization


If you have any questions, please contact Martha Prezuhy at 973-275-1175 or mprezuhy@chlp.org









2018 Ann Klein Advocate Awards Honorees

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

The Ann Klein Advocate Awards has been held each year since 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. Past honorees have included legislators, scientists, advocates, corporate leaders, reporters, and entertainers. Past Masters of Ceremonies have included Governor Brendan Byrne, actress Olympia Dukakis, and former Attorney General Robert Del Tufo. Proceeds from the event are used each year to support student interns in law, social work, and public policy, and for the general support of CHLP services and programs.

The 31st Annual Ann Klein Advocate Awards took place on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ.


This year's Ann Klein Advocate Award honorees are:

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 was presented to:

Advancing Opportunities Inc.
Jack Mudge, CEO

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