On January 16, 2004, Special Agent in Charge, Michael Pasterchick, Jr. presented the 2nd Anthony D. Cammarato award of excellence for outstanding dedication and commitment in the field of prevention to Ms. Frances Miceli. The presentation was made at the 4th Annual Prevention Conference, "Leading the Response," at the Ocean Place Resort and Conference Center, Long Branch, New Jersey.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Addiction Services employs Ms. Miceli. She is presently the director of prevention services for the Division of Addiction Services, responsible for all community-based grants, statewide prevention initiatives and the comprehensive tobacco control program. Further, Ms. Miceli is adjunct professor for New Jersey City University where she teaches the four graduate courses required for the substance awareness coordinator certification. She is also on this faculty of the summer school of alcohol studies Rutgers University.
SAC Pasterchick delivered the keynote speech to over five hundred (500) attendees who consisted of prevention specialists, treatment providers, education officials, faith worshipping groups, and law enforcement. SAC Pasterchick spoke in regards to an alarming drug issue in New Jersey, stating, "The problem I'm referring to is the growing use of heroin among our youth and citizens, and the spread of this terrible drug that enslaves all of our neighborhoods. Not only do I believe it is our biggest enforcement challenges, but I believe it is our biggest health threat."
Soon after the keynote speech, SAC Pasterchick spoke in memory of SAC Anthony D. Cammarato, "On January 08, 2003, after a battle with cancer we at the DEA, New Jersey lost a true leader. SAC Cammarato lived for the job and committed every resource in fighting for a cause that he truly believed in. That's why it is very important to continue his commitment in drug law enforcement, to include our education and prevention programs.