Meet Our Staff

Mindy ShemtovExecutive Director / Co-Founder

MINDY SHEMTOV, MSW, LCSW holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She is also Certified in Human Services Management from Rutgers University. She has 20+ years experience in providing mental health and substance abuse counseling to both adults and children. She was the supervisor of the sexual assault program at the Atlantic County Women’s Center and the Mental Health Administrator for Atlantic County. She worked as a consultant and therapist for the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs. She was in private practice where she provided individual therapy specializing in issues of grief, substance abuse and mental health. She was appointed chairperson of the HIV consortium of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. She has served as a member of the Atlantic County Youth Services Commission and The Southern Regional Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council.

TherapistKarly King

KARLY KING, MSW, DRCC is a graduate of Monmouth University with a Masters in Social Work. In addition, Karly holds a certification in professional human resource management from Villanova University and is certified as a Disaster Response Crisis Counselor through the state of New Jersey. Karly became a social worker for two reasons: she has a natural propensity to speak with people therapeutically, as well as possessing an organic empathy towards social injustice and human rights violations. She obtained ample clinical experience working with families and individuals in crisis after Hurricane Sandy through her role as a crisis counselor. Within her role as a case manager working with individuals living with mental illness who have been perpetually homeless, Karly expanded her experience by providing mental heath and substance abuse counseling. Karly began working with families experiencing bereavement through local hospice organizations and continues to volunteer her time working with families who have lost their loved one(s) to trauma. Karly’s practice knowledge, academia and compassionate charisma led her to The Alcove. As the Clinical Program Coordinator, Karly overseas the therapeutic visitation program, as well as provides individual and family therapy.

Bereavement Coordinator Kristin Lees

KRISTEN LEES, B.S. holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Human Behavior, and is actively pursuing an MSW degree from Widener University with a concentration on trauma-based curriculum. In addition, Krissy holds certifications in several therapeutic techniques including Skills for Psychological Recovery and CBT/CBI interventions for youth and communities exposed to violence and extreme stress events. Krissy followed the career path of social work by simply following her natural desire of helping individuals, children and families and their collective well-being. Krissy gained ample experience by working directly with individuals in crisis following Superstorm Sandy and continued in that trauma work by implementing trauma based groups in local communities to children directly impacted by the storm. Krissy’s desire to work with children and families had allowed Krissy to continue on her path while working with many at-risk families throughout Atlantic County. As the Bereavement Coordinator Krissy will facilitate our Bereavement groups in local schools as well as in the agency. Krissy will also oversee the Supervised Visitation program.

School Outreach Coordinator Da'cole Mincey

DA’COLE MINCEY, MSW, LSW is a graduate from Stockton University with a Masters in Social Work. Da’cole is actively seeking progression in her career by obtaining her LCSW. She has always been passionate about working with children and families. Da’cole started at the Alcove as a volunteer and made it a goal to become a part of the Alcove staff. As she volunteered as a Group Facilitator she was also a full-time case manager at Atlanticare, in the Partial Hospitalization Program. While employed there she gained an abundance of experience working with children who had a history of trauma and mental illness. Da’cole enjoyed her time there providing group therapy, psychoeducation groups, and expressive arts. Da’cole takes pride in her ability to effectively listen and instill hope into others. As the School Outreach Coordinator, Da’cole will facilitate school groups for children who have experienced primary/secondary trauma. Her calm and inviting demeanor will be of great assistance to the children.

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KELLY CATRAMBONE is the friendly voice you reach when you call The Alcove and she just about knows everyone in the area, part from being a former realtor and an actively involved mother of four children. Not only does Kelly know so many people in the community, she has an amazing ability to remember all of their names, addresses and phone numbers. Kelly is a tremendous asset to the center, from answering calls and providing information to maintaining databases, she does it all. “I never imagined having a job that could be so life changing. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be part of this awe inspiring Alcove family.”