The CAPCO Staff


A picture of our Executive Director/CEO, Jerry C. Dillard, smiling while wearing a suit in our office.

Jerry C. Dillard, CSW, CAS, NFAS

Executive Director/CEO
(973) 742-6742, Ext. 305
capcojcd@aol.com

Jerry C. Dillard has served as Executive Director/CEO for CAPCO Resource Center since 1999. He is responsible for the agency’s strategic planning, program development, and overall fiscal management. He supervises CAPCO’s Case Management Team in the implementation of ten programs, and he supervises the Prevention Team in the delivery of comprehensive HIV prevention services.

In addition, he is a Consultant/Trainer for the Rutgers University, the NJ Department of Health- Division of HIV, STD and TB Services, and for the various Eligible Metropolitan Areas (EMAs) and Transitional Grant Areas (TGAs). Training includes Supervisor Skills Building, Motivational Interviewing, Behavior Change Theory, Harm Reduction, Treatment Adherence, Client-Centered Strategies and many others.

Since 1987, he has experience coordinating the full spectrum of biopsychosocial support for persons who are chemically dependent and/or living with HIV Disease. In his roles at various agencies, he has established protocols to track persons who are mentally ill, medically compromised, and/or substance dependent; implemented team-building exercises to maintain staff cohesion; and assisted in the integration of behavior change theories into the delivery of HIV service management and drug treatment.

He holds the following advanced credentials: New Jersey Certified Social Worker (CSW); American Academy of Health Care Providers Certified Addictions Specialist (CAS); National Association of Forensic Counselors: Nationally Certified Forensic Addictions Specialist (NFAS).

Tisa N. Smith, CCM

 

Medical Case Manager
(973) 742-6742, Ext. 306
resourcets@verizon.net

Tisa has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS for over 11 years. Her background includes Addiction Services, Housing (Section 8), Group Homes and Transportation Services. Tisa earned her Case Management Certification through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ’s Center for Continuing and Outreach Education: Division of AIDS Education.

 

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Yadira L. Guillen

 

Case Manager/Administrative Assistant
(973) 742-6742, Ext. 301
capcoyg@aol.com

Yadira has over 10 years of experience in Bilingual HIV Case Management services. Yadira has years of experience providing outreach to inner-city populations. She is trained as a Health Educator to deliver individual and group-level interventions to youth and women. In addition, she has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide counseling for HIV testing, STD/STI testing, pregnancy testing, and preventive contraception. She is also certified to conduct HIV counseling and testing by the Department of Health in New Jersey.

 

Sandra I. Rodriguez

 

Case Manager
(973) 742-6742, Ext. 307
capcosr@aol.com

Sandra has over 11 years of experience in Bilingual Case Management services. She enjoys working with people from all cultural backgrounds and aims to make a difference in her community. Sandra is certified to conduct HIV Counseling & Testing services by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

 

 

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Constance Leverett, AS

 

Community Health Worker
(973) 742-6742, Ext. 302
capcocl58@aol.com

Constance received her Associates in Science Degree at PCCC in 2016 and is now a CADC candidate. Constance has a nine-year history working with PLWH and substance abusers. As a Peer Navigator she took newly diagnosed PLWH to their medical appointments. She is a New Jersey Certified HIV Counselor and Tester. She is the head facilitator for Montclair State University’s Project THANKS. Project THANKS (Turning HIV/AIDS into New Knowledge for Sisters) is an empowerment program that assists PLWH in understanding personal, social, and other factors that create inequity across the healthcare continuum.

Constance was hired at CAPCO as a Community Health Worker due to her compassion. She is charged with finding PLWH in the community who have been out of care. Her primary purpose is to provide emotional support, education and guidance necessary to re-engage PLWHs into care. As part of her commitment to success, she will accompany clients to medical visits, mental health appointments, substance use treatment, and social service appointments. Lastly, she will problem-solve all barriers that hinder treatment adherence.

A picture of Kristy Santos, a Latina woman who serves as CAPCO's Bilingual Disease Intervention Specialist.

Kristy Santos

 

Bilingual Disease Intervention Specialist/Case Manager
(973) 742-6742, Ext. 308
capcoks@aol.com

Kristy Santos has over 4 years’ experience in Case Management services. Kristy has experience in working with diverse populations, from people living with HIV to veterans to aging populations. In 2015, Kristy received her bachelor’s degree in family and child studies from Montclair State University. She is currently enrolled in a master’s program of social work as she plans to become a licensed social worker working closely with the substance use population. Kristy has worked as a prevention counselor and case manager under the Ryan White and MAI (Minorities Aid Initiative) programs in Paterson and beyond. As a Bilingual Disease Intervention Specialist, Kristy serves both English- and Spanish-speaking individuals who have been diagnosed with syphilis or other STIs by linking them into care.

 

LaShone Arnett, Substance Abuse Counselor (LCSW/LCADC)
(973) 742-6742, Ext. 304
capcolpa@aol.com

LaShone has several years’ experience in providing Substance Abuse Counseling to individuals from all walks of life. She currently runs a private practice in this field in addition to providing substance abuse counseling to people living with HIV through CAPCO’s funding from the Minority AIDS Initiative. LaShone provides mental health counseling with a focus on all forms of substance use and addiction, including both alcohol and narcotic addiction.