FLEMINGTON – Megan L. Johnson of Clinton has been appointed executive director of the Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program, a non-profit organization which provides drug and alcohol abuse education, prevention and counseling services.

She succeeds Glenn Duncan, who left the agency last year after serving 15 years in the top position to devote all his time to his business which provides education for behavioral healthcare professionals needing clinical supervision training. HDAP Clinical Director Jass Pelland filled in leading the agency until Johnson started work.

HDAP’s Search Committee considered many candidates before proposing Johnson, noting her proven leadership and management skills, past budget management and responsibility, and her “strong connections within the community, with a passion to make the county safe for her for her own children and to address the county’s issue with not addressing the problem with substance abuse openly.”

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Johnson, a licensed clinical social worker, has lived in Hunterdon County the past 14 years, in Annandale before moving with her husband and daughters to Clinton, where she was elected to Town Council for a three-year term starting last year. She earned her masters of social work in 2008 from Rutgers University after receiving a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Delaware.

She has worked for or with a variety of social service agencies in New Jersey, most recently in the Training and Consultation Department at Rutgers. She was consultant to the state Department of Children and Families, Children’s System of Care, where she assisted with data analysis, program development, quality improvement and clinical consultation. Prior to that she was vice president of behavioral health for Allies, Inc., a statewide non-profit working with developmentally disabled adults and children.

And she was a youth therapist and then program director for Devereux New Jersey. Early in her career she was a guidance counselor at Immaculata High School in Somerville and worked at the Carrier Clinic, Belle Mead.

HDAP was formed after a small group of South Hunterdon residents came together in 1977 to figure out a way to offer a local substance abuse treatment option after the region suffered multiple drug-related deaths of young people. The eventual outcome was HDAP, based in Lambertville before moving to Flemington. For more information, go to www.hdap.org or call 908-788-1900.