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, and leads the community engagement arm of The PILLARS. She handles external communications with our network of partners and creates content for our monthly Connections newsletter and social media. Outside of The PILLARS, Miranda is passionate about growing awareness around sexual exploitation and trafficking. She desires to empower women to live in full freedom and to help others do the same, making a difference for generations to come.
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.
Nicole Troche is one of our yoga and mindfulness instructors here at The PILLARS. She has been practicing yoga around the world since 2014. After becoming ill her senior year of high school, she decided to take her health into her own hands, finding holistic ways to heal and eventually leading her to the path of yoga. In 2017 she became certified to teach at Yoga to the People, a donation based studio throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn focused on bringing yoga to all walks of life. Throughout her young life, Nicole has found the reward in practicing Karma yoga; the act of selflessness and service to others. She believes the work we do is how we express our love for others and the world we live in.