Meet Our Team

Heawon Hake, Founder and Executive Director

Heawon Hake, LCSW-R, ASAC is a licensed psychotherapist and addiction counselor with a Post Master’s training in Gestalt psychotherapy. Heawon earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Adelphi University, Master of Substance Abuse Counseling (ASAC) from Pace School, and received her Post Master’s training at the Gestalt Center of Long Island.

Heawon has been in private practice for over twenty-five years with experiences in family, mental health, addiction, eating disorders, and trauma counseling and was awarded $250,000 from New York State to implement her advanced treatment program “Dealing with Addiction with Families Affected By It” on the east end of Long Island.

Currently, Heawon is the founder and Executive Director of NAC M&M Suffolk, LI. Heawon is also the Associate Director of the Center for Marriage, Family, and Individual Counseling. Additionally, she serves as a Field Work Supervisor for students attending Stony Brook University School of Social Work and Sociology. Heawon is following her dream and purpose by enhancing new adults’ lives in everyday practice.

 


Nicole Scruggs, Assistant Director

Nicole Scruggs is the epitome of a “lifetime learner”.  She holds degrees and certifications in Africana Studies, English, Secondary Education, Literacy and Assistive Technology. Currently, she is pursuing an Advanced Certification at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.  It is her philosophy that there is always something more to learn and some gap in your understanding to fill.  

Nicole has worked in higher education for over a decade and has helped countless students to reach their individual goals.  As someone who values education and is a part of the fabric of a place of higher learning, Nicole feels it is her personal responsibility to be informed and a resource to the stakeholders she encounters in her daily life.  

At Suffolk LI Mentors and Mentees, Nicole has the opportunity to work with emerging adults ages 18-34 to support their journey to become more realized versions of themselves.   It is rewarding work.  Nicole believes that as we bridge the gaps of understanding, help to empower individuals, and foster self-advocacy we have the opportunity to make a wonderful difference.

 

 


Noreen Berger, Board Director

IMG_0475Noreen Berger, LMSW earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Stony Brook University. Noreen returned to school after working for 21 years at a major corporation, to purse her life dream of becoming a clinical therapist. Thought out Noreen’s life and professional career, she has adopted a philosophy that includes a proactive approach toward improving the quality of life and advocacy for those in need.

Noreen held the position of Director, for Suffolk County Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) form 2013-2015. Noreen also served on the NYS board for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) form 2013-2015.  Noreen and Heawon first met at an NASW meeting in 2013, Heawon shared her vision for Suffolk LI Mentor & Mentee and Noreen has supported Heawon’s vision ever since. Noreen is a therapist at the Center for Marriage, Family, and Individual Counseling. Additionally, she serves as a Field Work Supervisor for students attending Stony Brook University Business Honors College and interning at Suffolk LI Mentor & Mentee.

 

 

 


Courtney Surmanek, Social Director

Courtney Surmanek is an artist, activist, and educator. Courtney received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art from New York University, focusing on the arts as a tool for change. Courtney currently teaches at the Smithtown Township Arts Council, as well as independently. In addition to her teaching practice, Courtney is currently working at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Administration with the Artistic Programming Department, aiding in the implementation of theater, music, dance, and beyond.

Courtney has worked for a wide range of cultural art institutions in public programming and curation to include the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and in 2012 Courtney founded Community Arts, a program that partners L.I. youths in the arts with local philanthropic and environmental organizations to create collaborative, public art works that benefits each organization’s mission. The program serves to foster a greater sense of community belonging and ownership in its youths.

 

 


Jim Matusiak, Legal Director

Jim Matusiak is an attorney with his own practice located in Manhasset, New York. He attended Hofstra University where he earned a BS in Business Management and received his JD from St. Johns University School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1985 and is also admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey.
 
Jim has recently joined the Board of Suffolk LI M&M as its Legal Director. In this capacity, Jim seeks to ensure that Suffolk LI M&M complies with all applicable New York State and federal rules, regulations and laws thereby allowing Suffolk LI M&M and its members to concentrate on its mission of providing mentoring services to new adults to help them in defining and achieving their life goals.
 
Because Jim has two children who are of the same ages as those being served by Suffolk LI Mentor & Mentee, he was drawn to volunteer with us. Jim believes that it is important to give back to one’s community and he feels strongly that becoming involved with Suffolk LI Mentor & Mentee will not only fulfill his desire to do so but will also help to enrich and better the lives of those new adults whom we mentor.

 

Christie Flinter, Human Resources Director

christieChristie Flinter received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology at Dowling College and her Masters in Social Work at Stony Brook School of Social Welfare. Christie was assigned to the first year of her social work internship with Suffolk L.I. Mentor & Mentee and Patchogue-Medford Library. Upon completion of her internship, she remained a part of our organization as the Human Resources Director.

 
Christie continues to work at the Patchogue-Medford library. She connects with prospective mentees, prepares people to enter the program, and belongs to our Strategic Planning Committee. She also develops and facilitates SMART Recovery meetings for Family and Friends of people with addictive behavior. She hopes to continue assisting people in need of mental health and addiction services.
 
The volunteer work that she does for Suffolk LI Mentor & Mentee is special to her because it helps people reach their goals and follow their dreams. While she enjoys working with any population, it is touching to see others in her age group receive so much support and encouragement.

Alan Reisinger, Administrative Advisor

 Alan Reisinger recently retired after a 30+ year career in the financial services sector.  Alan graduated from CUNY Queens College with a BS in Computer Science/Social Science. Alan went on to earn his MS in Information Technology Project Management Administration from Syracuse University.

Since transitioning from a corporate work life, Alan had been looking to utilize his professional experience within a not-for-profit venue and as had the opportunity to join Suffolk LI M&M as the Administrative Advisor. In this capacity, Alan assists the Executive Director and team members in managing the organization to achieve board decisions and directions, as well as ensuring that the organization’s overall program strategy is on track and maintained.

Alan believed he could be of value to our organization in that he has the capacity to be flexible, collaborative and solutions-oriented. He views his work at Suffolk L.I. Mentor & Mentee as a meaningful effort with a team that truly believes in its mission of offering new adults guided direction and support in order for them to reach their goals and objectives.