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Staff

Sharon Alexander, M.A, Primary Therapist

Sharon Alexander is a primary Counselor for Garden State Treatment Center. She is currently working on her Licensing/certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Sharon graduated from La Salle University in 2014 with master’s in clinical counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Sharon began her career as an intern at Center for Families and Relationships in Philadelphia, Pa where she worked with couples, families and children.  Sharon also brings with her 4 years of experience working at a long-term residential program with women & families who struggled with addiction.

Through a personal family exposure to addiction, Sharon found a passion for helping others in recovery and feels blessed to be able to do so. “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” -Steve Jobs

Danielle Riley, Case Manager

Danielle Riley, our case manager at Garden State Treatment Center, grew up in Jefferson, NJ. She began her work in substance treatment three years ago and has been an advocate in the recovery community ever since.  Danielle has worked in all different facets of the field, eventually landing in case management. Her passion is to help other alcoholics and addicts get on track and start to build their new lives in a healthy, positive way. She works hand in hand with our clients to make sure their discharge planning and needs are met during their stay with us. We are pleased to have her as a part of the team.

Matt Macaluso, Director of Operations

Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Matthew began his career in the Substance Abuse Treatment field shortly after achieving sobriety in Florida in 2011.  He started as an entry level Behavioral Health Technician.  Always maintaining his continued involvement in the South Florida Recovery Community, Matthew went on to manage the daily operations at the largest sober living facility in South Florida.  He helped that facility navigate the transition from sober living into a licensed treatment center.  Shortly after that, Matthew was relocated to Tacoma, Washington to assist in the corporate restructure of six existing treatment facilities.  While in Washington, he also helped facilitate the opening of a new 48-bed detox and residential treatment program.  It has always been a goal of Matthew’s to bring quality treatment to the area in which he grew up, so when the opportunity arose, he moved back home to New Jersey to join the Garden State Treatment Center team.

Dr. Michael Ganon, D.O.

A 1982 graduate Of UMDNJ/SOM, Dr. Ganon is board certified in Family Medicine. In a busy career spanning over 30 years, Dr. Ganon has taken on many clinical and leadership roles.  Dividing his primary care between Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, he has been an Emergency Department Director and a Paramedic Medical Director. With an early interest in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Ganon directed an active detox and rehab center in Delaware in the early 1990s.  More recently, he has worked extensively in an Outpatient Treatment Program in St. Mary’s,  Georgia; overseeing the care of those seeking treatment for substance use disorders, as well as consulting for a detox here in New Jersey and providing Medication Assisted Treatment as a consultant for a local non-profit organization.  Dr. Ganon is actively pursuing board certification in Addiction Medicine and is a vital part of the Garden State Treatment Center team.

Cheryl Semiz, Director of Marketing

Cheryl is from Hopatcong NJ and grew up in the Sussex County and North Jersey community. Cheryl has been a part of the Garden State Treatment team before inception and has helped to establish the program. She has touched the lives of many inside and outside the community by providing 24/7 availability, in-home interventions, alumni events, family outreach and much more. Cheryl loves helping people and families afflicted by alcoholism and addiction and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come.