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Assistant Director: Joe Hadge, MA, SAC, CPS, LCADC

Joe Hadge is the Assistant Director of TCNJ’s Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP). Joe is a graduate of Penn State University where he achieved an All-American status as a wrestler. Later, he earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Joe has worked in K-12 for 5 years and higher education for 20 years. He has written and received state and federal grant funding upwards of 2 million dollars, chaired the Central NJ Consortium, currently is the Mercer prevention coalition chairman, and organized 17 statewide peer education conferences.

In addition to his role as ADEP Assistant Director, Joe encompasses the most current and effective practices in the field, such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and CHOICES, all of which are early intervention programs for students. Joe is also a trainer for the TIPS (Training in Intervention ProcedureS) program where he trains upwards of 200 students a semester, as well as, being a member of the Ewing Drug Alliance. Joe is also involved in and facilitates the planning of major events such as Peer Institute, a summer, student-oriented program seeking to educate future peer educators.

Contact: hadgej@tcnj.edu or (609)-771-2572

Program Assistant for Health and Wellness: Christina Sargiss, M.S.Ed

Christina (she/her/hers) joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2018 as the Program Assistant for Health and Wellness. As a part of her role Christina supports all of the initiatives of the Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP), Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI), Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL), and the Health and Wellness Peer Education Program.

Contact: sargissc@tcnj.edu or (609)-771-2451

Sana Azam

Sana Azam is a sophomore elementary education and developmental psychology major at TCNJ from Monmouth County, NJ. Aside from being an intern at ADEP, she is also a student researcher in the Cognitive Development Lab on campus, as well as the Recruitment Chair for Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity. Besides being a part of these organizations, Sana also enjoys spending hours at a time watching cooking videos on YouTube, even though she doesn’t like cooking (at all), and is looking forward to another productive semester at TCNJ!

Lauren Wasserman

Lauren Wasserman is a junior at The College of New Jersey, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology. She is a Bonner Community Scholar, facilitating and participating in local community service projects. Her primary focus is on enhancing educational opportunities for young students. Lauren is also active in her professional co-ed fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and Chabad, a religious organization on campus. Lauren is excited to work with the Alcohol and Drug Education Program. As an active student on campus, she is eager to further engage with the TCNJ community, learn new skills and support the program’s initiatives.

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