Leadership & Partners

Jeff Brain, MA, CTS, CEP
Executive Director

Jeff has been advising, counseling, guiding and mentoring youth, young adults and adults throughout his 26 year career. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a certified trauma specialist and a certified educational planner. Jeff has extensive clinical and administrative leadership experience in a variety of residential and outpatient settings and has worked with individuals with a variety of mental health, substance use, developmental and behavioral issues.

Jeff has served hundreds of families as an advisor, advocate, therapist, behavior specialist and trauma specialist working almost exclusively with individuals in their homes and the community. Jeff also developed and co-founded an innovative, residential transition program for emerging adults with mental health challenges as well as founded and leads a therapeutic youth group for adolescents with social skill deficits. He is an expert in anger management, having developed and copyrighted a successful and innovative anger management curriculum for adolescents and young adults.

As Director, Jeff provides leadership, training and supervision to coach-mentors as well as being a liaison to referring professionals, family members and the individual served.

Karen E Fitzhugh PhD
Director of Community Relations

Karen has been in program marketing and operations for programs serving children, adolescents and adults for the entirety of her career. She holds both an MA and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Special Education and has worked at both the clinical management and executive levels. Karen has broad administrative and clinical experience in traditional inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding school settings.

Karen’s passion is sharing information about services with others that really work. She chose to join Coach-Mentors because the application of the Company’s practical and realistic approach to coaching and mentoring support gives clients the opportunity to find real world success that lasts over time.

Karen works directly with Executive Director Jeff Brain and the Regional Supervisors and referral sources to ensure everyone has a chance to access this life-changing program.

Dr. Mark R. Dell, M.A., Psy.D.
Clinical Partner

Dr. Dell has his master's degree in counseling psychology and his doctorate in clinical psychology. Over the past 20 years Dr. Dell has had the opportunity to care for and treat a broad portion of the young adult population in a variety of different clinical settings such as high school, college, residential and hospital programs, as well as the New Jersey State Prison System. Presently, Dr. Dell manages his own private practice where he treats a majority of young adult males struggling with co-occurring diagnoses (i.e., depression and addiction).

Dr. Dell vehemently advocates for a holistic approach toward the mental health field. He sees his clients as individuals who share a universal struggle: creating a life defined by purpose and meaning. It is in this sense that he finds Coach-Mentors to be of inherent value because of the collective and collaborative treatment program that it affords the general public.

Dr. Dell believes that the integrative relationship between the therapist and coach-mentor enhances the personal growth, self-reliance, and self-confidence of each client along with expediting the overall therapeutic process.

Dana Quinn, B.A., L.M.S.W.
Regional Supervisor

Dana received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Child and Family Studies from Stonybrook University and her master's degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. She is a State Licensed Master Social Worker.

Dana comes to Coach-Mentors with vast experience working with teens, young adults and families. She started her career as a Counselor/Case Manager working in a residential program for adolescents with emotional, social and behavioral difficulties. From there she became a Clinician in a supervised residential facility working with young adults who had both developmental disabilities and mental health diagnosis. Dana went on to become a caseworker with a nationally recognized mentoring agency and ran a mentoring program designed specifically for teens who were "at risk", pregnant and/or parenting with a focus of modeling positive behaviors and coaching these young individuals to become healthy and productive adults.

In addition to the role of Regional Supervisor at Coach-Mentors, Dana currently holds the position as the Program Coordinator for a Family Self-Sufficiency program, assisting families and individuals remove barriers to leading more stable and productive lives while lessening their reliance on social benefit programs.

Dana holds the belief, that given the tools, most individuals have the ability to thrive and live a healthy, positive, productive and full lives. She sees Coach-Mentors as a vehicle that bridges with therapeutic interventions, to help people acquire and develop strategies and tools that foster confidence, self-esteem, motivation, action and, ultimately, personal growth to become more independent and develop self-determination and skills of self advocacy leading to overall well-being. 

Yvette Nieves, M.A. ED, PhD
Regional Supervisor

Dr. Nieves has her master’s degree in education, specializing in Administration and Supervision and her doctorate degree in educational psychology. Dr. Nieves has extensive experience in the field of education, both as a classroom teacher as well as school administrator. Much of her career as a teacher was spent educating young adults on the secondary level. Before teaching Dr. Nieves worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and community educator for domestic/dating violence in school districts. As an advocate for victims of domestic violence she worked with women and families to help them overcome the physical, mental and emotional trauma of abuse while simultaneously presenting information on dating/domestic violence to high school students in various districts.

Dr. Nieves is a wife and mother of 2 boys, ages 11 and 6. She is currently pursuing a role in higher education with her recently obtained her PhD in addition to serving in the role of Regional Supervisor with Coach-Mentors.

Dr. Nieves believes in the power of positive thinking and strongly believes that each of us can be our best self when we focus on the positive things in life even when it is difficult to do so. She is delighted to be a part of the Coach-Mentors team and sees this as an opportunity to help individuals maximize their ability to achieve a healthy mental state and well-being.

Stephanie G. Haffield, MSW, LCSW
Regional Supervisor

Stephanie earned both a Bachelors and Masters degree in social work. She then earned her license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after successfully completing 2,000 hours of supervised therapy.

Stephanie started with Coach-Mentors with a wide range of diverse experiences in the mental health and substance abuse fields over the last 9 years. She has worked in both private practice and for out-patient programs. She had the pleasure of working with children, adolescents, young adults and adults. Stephanie has worn many hats over the years, but she is most excited about this serving as a Coach Mentor and Regional Supervisor.

Her passion comes from her own personal experiences with mentors, crediting them all with her opportunity for self growth and change. One of her favorite sayings is “if you set out to be or know a thing, find an expert or master in this area and follow them, study them, and learn from them”. Everything out there has had a first something, a first-time author, a first-time nurse, a first-time dancer, and so on. She believes that we are all whole, we are ultimately responsible for doing the work to let go of and dispose of any blockages, mental health issues, buried emotions. Stephanie believes it is all of our responsibility to become the greatest version of ourself, and to express those passions out to the world, inspiring others along the way. When we clear everything out and away, we are left with who we are and our gifts to be shared in the world. This is no easy task and she feels that we are not meant to do it alone.

She is enthusiastic about Coach-Mentors because she believes that it is a great avenue to assist any willing participants to clear and release old habits and self-limiting thoughts, negative self-talk and repetition of old patterns learned in childhood, and become their already “perfect self”. She will also have an opportunity to jump in and do some coach-mentoring work herself.

This is her passion, helping others, that she was afforded through the mentors who came into her life, and allowed her the space and skills to uncover, so she can now share more of her gifts! That is her ultimate goal for each and every client who decides to take this journey!