Pictured left to right in the back row: Dr. Allen H. Weg, Nicole Torella, Adrienne Friedman, Dr. Rachel Strohl, Dr. Marla Deibler. Seated: Julian and Ina Spero. Missing: Dr. Rob Zambrano
Adrienne Friedman - President
Adrienne Friedman discovered the NJ Affiliate of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation after a family member was diagnosed with OCD more than four years ago.
She is a continuous volunteer for the OCF, NAMI and assists in educating others about mental illness and OCD. Adrienne is a certified Family to Family educator, facilitating the Family to Family education course.
She founded and runs a support group for spouses, significant others, friends, family members, and overall supporters of people with OCD.
Adrienne is married and the proud mother of two. Her daughter is in pharmacy school and her son is in high school.
Allen H. Weg. EdD - Vice President
Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey licensed psychologist. While employed for 14 years at a major Central New Jersey community mental health center, he worked with a large variety of clients, but found himself particularly interested in working with people suffering from anxiety disorders, and in particular, OCD.
Dr. Weg's independent practice, Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, PA, is located in East Brunswick. He and his associates specialize in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders for children, adolescents and adults. They offer individual and group treatment. More than 3/4 of the clients seen have a primary diagnosis of OCD. You can find out more about Dr. Weg by going to his website at StressAndAnxiety.com.
Robert Zambrano, Psy.D. - Treasurer
Dr. Zambrano is a licensed psychologist at Stress and Anxiety Services of NJ in East Brunswick. He received her Masters of Psychology and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP).
Dr. Zambrano has been certified by the Trichotillomania Learning Center in the Treatment of Trichotillomania and other body focused repetitive behaviors (i.e. skin picking, nail biting, etc.) Dr. Zambrano works with clients of all ages who have OCD and other anxiety disorders and is proud to volunteer his time with OCDNJ. You can find out more about Dr. Zambrano at StressAndAnxiety.com
Rachel Strohl, Psy.D. - Recording Secretary
If you have been to any of our conferences or quarterly meetings over the last several years, you have probably seen her. She can usually be seen taking photos or furiously taking notes on the presentation being given.
Dr. Rachel Strohl is a licensed psychologist at Stress and Anxiety Services of NJ in East Brunswick. She received her Masters of Psychology and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). Dr. Strohl received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from George Washington University, Washington, DC. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned many distinguished honors, such as induction in Phi Beta Kappa and the Psychology Honors Program.
She has developed a specialization in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders and works with adults, adolescents, and children. She has experience working with clients individually, in families, and in groups. We consider Dr. Strohl to be a great asset to our growing organization and feel very fortunate to have her share with us her clinical skills and insight, as well as her cheerful disposition! You can find out more about Dr. Strohl by going to StressAndAnxiety.com.
Marla Deibler, Psy.D.- Secretary
Dr. Marla Deibler is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia,LLC, an outpatient behavioral health treatment center that specializes in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
You can find our more about her practice and what she does by going to her web site at: thecenterforemotionalhealth.com
Nicole Torella - Newsletter Editor
"I became interested in OCD a few years ago when a family member and I were both diagnosed with OCD by two different doctors. I joined the affiliate so I could continually learn more about OCD and began to volunteer as the newsletter editor almost two years ago. I work full-time at a county college in central NJ in the Department of Marketing and College Communications as the Manager of Publications and Communications. In my responsibilities at work, I am an editor/writer and a desktop publisher, and thought it would be fun to volunteer my time and skills to help out the OCDNJ"
Ina and Julian Spero
Julian Spero was a retail merchant for 35 years and was joined by his wife Ina for the last 15 years that the business was in operation.
They are the parents of an adult son who is an OCD sufferer.
Upon their retirement in 1995, they began working to form the NJ Affiliate of the National OCF. Finally, in 1998, their efforts came to fruition in incorporating the NJ Affiliate. When not involved in the Affiliate work, they continue to offer their volunteer services to the Trenton War Memorial and to Raritan Valley Community College.