Interim Deputy Director

As Interim Deputy Director, Alisha De Lorenzo MS, NCC, LPC, SAC oversees programs, development and policy at Garden State Equality as it relates to education and health care. Alisha brings her expertise from over 16 years in public education and as a licensed mental health clinician to guide the development and expansion of LGBTQ programs, education and advocacy for youth, educators, families and older adults.

She is also the Founder and Owner of Living YES, LLC. Created from her passions for education, equity, mental health and contemplative practices. Alisha provides quality professional development and consultation to school districts seeking to integrate wellness as an approach to address educational equity and the emotional literacy of all members of the school community.

Alisha received her Baccalaureate degree in Movement Sciences and Education and has worked in public education as a teacher and Student Assistance Counselor. Before leaving the public education system, she served as New Jersey’s first Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, designing and implementing an “Integrative Education” model.

She received her Masters degree in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University, NJ and has been trained in an integrative mental health model using conventional and contemplative approaches to help clients access physical, emotional and spiritual freedom. She has a private practice in Red Bank where she works with individuals and families around anxiety, depression, relationships, well-being and affirming LGBTQ+ identity and expression.

She has been recognized for her dedication to the mental health field and for the transformational work she brings to communities by receiving the Award of Excellence from the United States Army, Outstanding Alumni Award from Monmouth University, Outstanding Community Activism Award from the Monmouth County Latino American Society and the NJ Governor’s Educational Service Professional of the Year Award by the New Jersey Department of Education.

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