Each of our community leaders are committed to promoting our collective mission, goals and activities through their networks, helping to generate new and mutually beneficial partnerships, serving as a positive voice for youth and families, and providing input to shape our programming and initiatives. If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a community leader, please get in touch with us!
New Hope-Solebury High School Student
I am currently a senior at the New Hope-Solebury High School and will be studying engineering in college. In my free time, I enjoy coaching at a summer swim program and teaching violin lessons to elementary schoolers. I am passionate about sharing my interests with others, and I strive to make the community safer and healthier by encouraging positive alternatives to substance abuse through my involvement with NHSC and the T.O.D.A.Y leaders.
New Hope-Solebury Resident
I was born in Pennsylvania and am the president of four companies and a published author. I served with the U.S. Naval Security Group during the Vietnam War, and have degrees in Finance, Economics and Marketing from The Wharton School of Business. I believe in making a difference in this community and endeavor to do so by providing grants from 'The Warren Family Foundation'. I am happy to continue supporting NHSC as I played a key role in bringing this organization to our community. I am dedicated improving the lives of children and young adults by enabling them to become self-reliant without the use of drugs.
The Reverend Richard (Rick) Lee Vinson
Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury
I am the priest and pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, Pennsylvania and a Virginia native who has served in both parish and institutional settings around the country. I have resided in Bucks County for the past 6 years with my partner in marriage, Ellen Levy Vinson. With over 30 years of ministry, I bring a wealth of experience in both church and community work. In addition to my work with NHSC, I head up the Recovery Advocacy Network of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and serve as member of the Board for Episcopal Community Services. Being personally dedicated to work within the recovery community, I work to blend the work of recovery and spirituality.
Chief Dominick Bellizzie
Solebury Township Police Department
As Solebury Township's Chief of Police since June 1, 2006, I bring varied experience in all aspects of special patrol, investigations, administration and narcotics. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and have extensive police training, including the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In addition, I previously acted as Commanding Officer for the Narcotics Intelligence and Investigative Unit for the City of Philadelphia, responsible for coordination of all federal, state and local task forces including DEA, FBI, Customs and BNI. I also had direct command and responsibilities for the Forfeiture Unit, Narcotics Computer Information Unit, Technical Services Unit and Intensive Drug Investigative Squad in the City of Philadelphia. Working with a local community organization like NHSC is an important and positive way for law enforcement to communicate with its community.
Will you be the next Business Sector Leader?
New Hope-Solebury Cares is looking for a strong local business leader to join our team. With your voice in the mix, we will be uniquely equipped to support a safe, healthy, and addiction free New Hope and Solebury. Will you join us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Owner/Editor, Bucks County Herald
I was the founder, with my late husband, Joseph T. Wingert, of the Bucks County Herald and since its founding in 2002, I have been the editor of the publication. I have worked for many years as editor and writer for community publications. Supporting NHSC, which is focused on positive change, fulfills the mission of Bucks County Herald, whose mission is “to reflect the community it serves.”
Chief Matt Taylor
New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company
I am the Chief of the Eagle Fire Company serving New Hope and Solebury and have 27 years of emergency and disaster relief experience. My service, and that of my fellow firefighters and first responders has been deeply impacted by the effects of substance abuse. We bear witness to the toll it takes on individuals and families, on our roads, and in our homes and businesses. Never more so than today. Our own members are not immune, especially given the tragedy they encounter. We recently lost a former firefighter to addiction....a young, intelligent, and compassionate man who was full of promise. For these reasons, I am partnering with NHSC to support the health and welfare of our community. We will all benefit from its efforts and it is fully aligned with the life-saving mission of my organization, the Eagle Fire Company.
Executive Director, Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.
I am the Executive Director of Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc., located in Warminster, Pennsylvania, which is the Single County Authority, and the lead drug and alcohol agency in Bucks County. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and over 35 years of experience in the field of substance use prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports, programming and administration. It is extremely important for an organization like BCDAC, Inc. to connect with local organizations like NHSC who are working on prevention in their individual communities.
Pharmacist, Giant Food Stores
Dore Wong received her Pharm. D. at Temple University and has been a Staff Pharmacist for Giant Supermarkets for 17 years. As a local pharmacist, she believes that community patient education is extremely important. She appreciates working with NHSC on initiatives such as National Take Back Medication Day and dispersal of Deterra prescription drug disposal systems and hopes that initiatives such as these will inform and educate the community so that patients can make better informed decisions with accurate information.
Substance Abuse Organization
Melissa Groden, MS
Council of Southeast PA, Inc.
As a Human Service Professional with 23 years of experience in the field, I engage in a person-centered approach to support, educate and empower those in need. I have been at The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. for ten years, overseeing the Prevention, School Services, and Training programs and am also a Certified Trainer in the PA Student Assistance Program and Youth Mental Health First Aid. I have an M.S. in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College, a B.S. in Psychology from Temple University and am an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Keeping the community of New Hope and Solebury healthy and safe is a common goal of both NHSC and the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania which is why it is important for us to work together.