Our Founder and CEO
Felecia Pullen lives her life in addiction and her journey in recovery out loud. After a 30 year career in advertising, she surrendered and admitted that she was in active addiction for decades. In 2012, One year after in-patient rehab and out-patient counseling, she entered the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University where, after completing her Masters, she is now pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Social Work Policy.
As a licensed social worker, Felecia specializes in substance use disorders, prevention, and addiction recovery supports. Her work focuses on community-based approaches to poverty alleviation, the reduction of recidivism, and the development of social equity. Her belief is that through multi-tiered initiatives, we can reduce active addiction, and promote healthier communities.
While in the masters program, Felecia founded and is the President of Let’s Talk SAFETY, Inc., a not-for-profit which includes SAFE in Harlem, a teen-led coalition, designed to prevent teens and youth from drug and alcohol consumption; and The PILLARS, Manhattan’s first OASAS-funded Recovery Community & Outreach Center. It offers holistic approaches for individuals in recovery, and for family members loving someone in active addiction.
Felecia’s advocacy and activism has led her to be recognized by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a luminary in her field. She was recently appointed to a NYC substance abuse and mental health subcommittee. Alongside other leaders in the field of addiction, recovery, and mental health, she hopes to inform policies to reverse the stigma of addiction and mental illness, while advancing a healthier New York City.
BSW Intern and Community Engagement Specialist
Miranda Cazin is currently in pursuit of her BSW at Silberman School of Social Work.
BSW Intern and Health & Wellness Specialist
Shannon Blanch is currently pursuing a BSW at Silberman School of Social Work. She spearheads the health and wellness program at The PILLARS, as well as outreaches to other agencies in the city. She hopes to become a LMSW and work with young adults.