Long Island Business News 30 Under 30 Award Honors FCA Senior Director Lisa Ganz
Congratulations to Lisa Ganz for being selected as a 2018 Long Island Business News 30 under 30 award recipient! The award ceremony was held at The Piermont in Babylon, NY on September 13th, 2018.
As the Senior Director of Family & Children’s Association’s (FCA) Peer and Recovery Services, Lisa Ganz, LCSW, CASAC, brings extensive experience and compassion for the vital care and oversight she provides to enhance the lives of Long Islanders struggling with addiction and working through recovery.
While the opioid epidemic continues to affect countless individuals and families across Long Island, Lisa’s outstanding program development has led FCA’s innovative Peer and Recovery Services, THRIVE and SHERPA, to save and change lives, bringing families closer together and connecting them with resources. THRIVE is Long Island’s first recovery community and outreach center in Hauppauge, NY, where Lisa oversees staff and volunteers, creating a supportive and welcoming environment for THRIVE’s 700+ participants who attend substance-free recreational/social/wellness activities, family workshops and co-dependency support groups. Lisa’s strong relationship with the partnering agencies, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.), and the Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA), which operate THRIVE alongside FCA, also contributes to the Center’s success. Lisa also oversees FCA’s SHERPA program which provides support through peer recovery coaches trained to meet with overdose survivors and their families in emergency departments. SHERPA is being piloted at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, NY.
Prior to working for FCA, Lisa served as LICADD’s (affiliate of FCA) Clinical Director, supervising services such as Family Education and Support, Heroin Outreach and Prevention Education, and the 24/7 Suffolk County Hotline for Substance Use. Other responsibilities included managing LICADD’s grants and program development, and serving on local task forces. Prior to being LICADD’s Clinical Director, Lisa was the Coordinator of LICADD’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) and was instrumental in further developing the program to deliver prevention education services to nearly 30,000 students, parents, professionals and community members annually.
Lisa, a certified life strategies coach, operates a private practice treating young women with a history of anxiety, trauma and substance use. She has also received several awards including the 2015 Caron Treatment Center Award for Educational Excellence. Additionally, Lisa presents at numerous conferences, and has conducted trainings on gaming addiction, healthy coping skills and other topics. She holds a Masters in Social Work from LIU Post.
Photo (L to R): Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA; Joshua Lafazan, Nassau County Legislator; Lisa Ganz, Senior Director of Peer and Recovery Services, FCA; Amory Mowrey, Peer Recovery Coach, SHERPA, FCA; Krystle, Stoddard, Peer Recovery Coach, SHERPA, FCA.