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Meet Our Staff

Jean Banti, MS, MFT, LMFT, Executive Director – CFS was founded by Ms. Banti, who has been a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania for over twenty five years, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in New Jersey, and an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor. She has two Master’s degrees; one in science with studies in psychology and one in marriage and family therapy. Ms. Banti is currently the Executive Director of CFS, where she provides clinical supervision, direct services, and corporate administration.

Melissa von der Heide, MA, LMFT, Associate Director – Ms. von der Heide has a Masters degree with studies in Behavioral Sciences, concentrating in Psychological Services from Kean University. Ms. von der Heide has an additional professional diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kean University. Ms. von der Heide has extensive experience working with children. She has also published on the topic of helping parents establish literacy through play. In 2010, Ms. von der Heide entered training to become a Parent Child Interactive Therapy Trainer. She also has many years of experience working with families who are grieving and children who have been victims of sexual abuse. Ms. von der Heide joined CFS in January 2007. 

Geanie Rizzo, MA., Ed.S., LPC . - Ms. Rizzo is a licensed professional counselor with an MA in Counseling from the College of New Jersey. After practicing for six years she went back to the College of New Jersey for a Ed.S. post graduate degree in Marriage and Family therapy. She has worked as a family therapist at CFS for over ten years. Prior to coming to CFS she worked a supervisor at Middle Earth in Somerville.

Krystin Eckert, MA, LMFT - Ms. Eckert has a Master's degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy from the College of New Jersey. Ms. Eckert is currently working towards becoming a registered play therapist and incorporates play therapy with family therapy when needed. Prior to working at CFS she facilitated SMART Recovery groups for individuals recovering from addictive behaviors. From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Eckert worked with children with autism and their families at the Somerset Hills Learning Institute. At SHLI she helped parents implement behavior plans, as well as helping plan instruction and treatment goals. Ms. Eckert joined CFS in April 2014.

Jennifer Spuckes, MA, ACS, LPC - Ms. Spuckes has a Master's degree in clinical Bilingual Counseling, School Counseling and soon to be Educational Leadership. She holds a Clinical Supervisor and Professional Counselors license in the state of New Jersey. Ms. Spuckes has experience working with teenagers, with 15 years of experience in the school system. Working with issues such as anxiety, school refusal, depression, substance use, eating disorders, and sexual abuse both in inpatient and outpatient settings, Ms. Spuckes has a broad range of expertise. Mrs. Spuckes joined Contextual Family Services in 2003. She is available to work in Warren County

Renee Perrette, MA - Ms. Perrette has a Masters degree with studies in Behavioral Sciences, concentrating in Psychological Services from Kean University. She is continuing her studies in family therapy at Kean in the Marriage and Family Therapy professional diploma program. Ms. Perrette has years of experience working with adults in both intensive outpatient and partial care settings. In these programs, clients often had additional substance abuse difficulties. Ms. Perrette also worked as a child care assistant in a school district for over 3 years. She can provide individual or family therapy in Somerset County.

Ryan Jahnke, MA, LAC - Mr. Jahnke was a Behavioral Assistant at Contextual Family Services from May 2017 to May 2018. In May 2018, he received a Masters degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy from the College of New Jersey. He is a Licensed Associate Counselor. Mr. Jahnke has years of experience working at Carrier Clinic with clients of all ages. Through his education and experience Mr. Jahnke has done extensive work in anger management, communication and family interaction. He is available to work with families or youth in Somerset County.

CFS Board of Directors

The CFS Board of Directors is committed to the quality of services and the growth of the agency. They generously donate their time to help govern and lead the agency towards its goals. They are:

Geralyn Prosswimmer, M.D., FAAP
President of the Board

Stan Hall

Kathleen Hindle
Cindy Iarussi, MA, EdS, LMFT
Marianne Schlegel
Terry Poon
Thomas Kowalczyk
Patricia McLaughlin, LMFT
Daniel S. Makoski 



Contextual Family Services - A New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation
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