Linda Oristano | Project Coordinator
Linda Oristano, a Northport resident has joined the Northport-East Northport Community Drug & Alcohol Task Force (NDATF) as the Project Coordinator. Linda has over 20 years of experience in the fields of social services, community service, and health care. She has acquired expertise in counseling, training, advocating, mentoring, and educating individuals in various settings. She excels in community outreach, providing support to individuals and families by increasing client’s commitment towards recovery. She has a dedicated work ethic coupled with a lot of energy, enthusiasm to help support individuals attain their goals in the community.
Catherine Juliano, LMSW | President
A life-long resident of Northport, Catherine (Cat) Juliano is a Northport High School alumna who received her BS from SUNY New Paltz and her LMSW from Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare. She initially joined DATF as a volunteer, inspired to be part of an organization dedicated to creating a healthier, safer community. In 2017, supported by a federally-funded SAMHSA Drug Free Community Grant, Cat was hired to develop DATF’s first-ever youth coalition. From 2020-2021, she served as the full-time Project Coordinator of DATF. Currently, she serves as the president and works as a school social worker for the Huntington Union Free School District.
Sharon Richmond | Vice President
Sharon Richmond, a Northport resident is a determined advocate for those who battle addiction and their families. She is an educator in the North Shore School District and a member of the Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task. She is honored and excited for her new role as NDATF Vice-President. After losing her only child to a fentanyl related overdose Sharon’s goal is to educate and reduce the stigma associated with addiction. Sharon is passionate about raising awareness and creating meaningful connections to grow important conversations in our community.
MaryEllen Moll | Secretary
MaryEllen Moll joined the task force after retiring from the Northport-East Northport Public Library, where she served as Head of the Community Services Department. Through the coalition’s educational work, as well as by sharing the story of her own family’s experience with the disease of addiction, she hopes to help reduce the stigma that prevents many from seeking the support and treatment they need.
Rod Miller, LMSW | Treasurer
Rod Miller is the Executive Director of Youth Directions and Alternatives (YDA), a local non-profit community and youth agency serving youth and their families in the Elwood, Harborfields and Northport-East Northport school districts. The YDA is long-standing and valuable partner of DATF.