About One Voice
What is "One Voice"?
The vision of One Voice is to provide a two way communication process that addresses social issues through our faith communities. The mission of One Voice is to bring together law enforcement and the Safe Communities Coalition with leaders of the faith-based community to have “one voice” when addressing today’s difficult challenges like substance misuse, crime and the safety of our community. Social level change can be achieved with all groups working together, delivering the same message.
When creating One Voice, the ideal vision was that on a dedicated weekend in all of Hunterdon County, all places of worship would be addressing the same critical topic with their congregations, so everyone would be speaking with one voice about a current and critical community issues.
How did One Voice get Started?
In early September 2012, Hunterdon County prosecutor, Anthony Kearns, sought the help from Prevention Resources and the Safe Communities Coalition. Together, they wanted to find a way to reach and connect with the faith based leaders when it came to addressing substance misuse and crime. Prosecutor Kearns knew that we were not reaching the community in a way to fully inform them of the growing dangers of substance misuse and other community concerns. He was very aware that many of our neighborhoods don’t really have central meeting places except when it comes to places of worship.
Prosecutor Kearns and Lesley Gabel, Project Director of the Safe Communities Coalition, held a series of presentations on the dangers of prescription drugs with the help of law enforcement for faith-based leaders and representatives. At each presentation, faith leaders were asked to volunteer to develop a “One Voice” Steering Committee.
By the end of September, the One Voice Steering Committee was formed. While the intent started that it was primarily to be faith based, it expanded over the course of time to include other concerned community members. The 15 member One Voice Steering Committee meets monthly to discuss the issues within the county and best determine topics and communication approach.
Our Partners in Prevention
Peggy Dowd – One Voice Program Director
Peggy graduated from Cabrini College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. For over 17 years Peggy worked as a benefits systems consultant for Towers Perrin, handling much of the training and development needs. Through volunteer work, Peggy encountered and was very impressed with the prevention programs at Prevention Resources, and began working for PR as a Project Coordinator for the Safe Communities Coalition, Youth Coalition, and mentor for One Voice, a faith based coalition. In 2018, One Voice of Hunterdon, Inc. was awarded the federal Drug Free Communities Grant. Peggy now serves as Program Director for One Voice and is responsible for the management and implementation of the DFC grant, and uses her experience with the Strategic Prevention Framework model in leading the coalition. Peggy also continues her work on the Safe Communities Coalition and serves as Pastoral Council Chairperson for St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church. Peggy enjoys tennis, golf, theater and travelling with her family.
Rev. Harry Mazujian- One Voice Project Outreach Coordinator
Fr. Harry is on the One Voice Steering Committee 2012-present, with faith-based leaders joining with officials and agencies to address issues in Hunterdon County, NJ: opioid crisis, suicide prevention, drug abuse and disposal, etc. He is a founding member of Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council (2009-present) to address gaps in assistance for people in need. He assisted with developing interfaith groups: Flemington area (2016), Suicide Response (2017), Wrestling with Racism (2018), Flemington Advocacy Committee for Tenants (2013, for Latinos and others). He was ordained in 1988 as a priest in the Episcopal Church and has served parishes in Maryland and New Jersey, including Calvary Episcopal Church, Flemington (1998-2017). Fr. Harry enjoys ministry with youth. He also is a member of the Flemington Rotary Club since 2004.
Michele Beckman – One Voice Youth Coordinator
Michele graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Psychology. She taught in Catholic schools in Chicago for three years. When she came back to NJ, she continued as a Catholic school teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom. In 2013, after volunteering for many years with the youth group, Michele became the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Magdalen de Pazzi. She is excited to combine her work in youth ministry with the initiatives of One Voice to educate the youth of our faith communities. Michele enjoys time with her family, baking, Disney World, and reading.
Colette Camisa – Finance Manager
Colette graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in accounting and economics. She worked for Merck & Co., Inc. and various other Hunterdon County companies as a Finance/HR Manager prior to joining Prevention Resources in 2012. Colette has an expertise in non-profit accounting with grant allocations and reporting and has assisted other non-profit organizations in being recognized as leaders in financial administration. This experience, as well as her expertise with the Drug Free Communities Payment Management System, is a perfect fit for Colette’s position as Finance Manager for One Voice. In addition to accounting, Colette has always had a passion for fitness and nutrition. She is a Certified Fitness Trainer and a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as well as being certified in Corporate Wellness, Nutrition and Fitness. She is a coalition leader in a community wide initiative with Hunterdon Healthcare System and 60 other organizations to bring health and wellness to all communities in Hunterdon County NJ. She is also serves our community as an EMT. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping and being outdoors spending time with family and friends. In the very few quite moments she enjoys reading and counted cross stitch.