News Release
March 24, 2006

DEA New Jersey Division
Hosts 6th Annual Prevention Conference and Presents
Anthony D. Cammarato Award

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L to R: Joan Krier - New Jersey Prevention Network, Executive Director; Carolann Kane-Cavaiola - Assistant Commissioner-Division of Addiction Services, NJ Department of Human Services; Charles Cunningham - 2006- 4th Annual Anthony D. Cammarato Award Recipient; Fran Miceli - Director, Office of Prevention and Training, Division of Addiction Services, NJ Department of Human Services; Brian F. Donga - Acting Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division

On March 24, 2006, the DEA New Jersey Division hosted the 6th Annual Prevention Conference, “Leading the Response,” at the Ocean Place Resort and Conference Center, Long Branch, New Jersey. The focus of the conference was “Methamphetamine, Being Prepared”…. Acting Special Agent in Charge, Brian F. Donga presented the 4th Anthony D. Cammarato award of excellence for outstanding dedication and commitment in the field of prevention.

Acting SAC Donga presented the 4th Anthony D. Cammarato award of excellence for outstanding dedication and commitment in the field of prevention to Dr. Charles Cunningham. Dr. Cunningham is employed with the Titusville Academy located in Lakewood, New Jersey, and serves as the School Principal. (See attached Bio)

The conference was hosted by DEA-New Jersey Division, New Jersey Prevention Network, State of New Jersey-Department of Human Services, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey National Guard, Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, Addiction Treatment Providers, Council of Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, and Saint Barnabas Health Care Systems. Over six hundred and fifty (650) attendees who consisted of prevention specialists, treatment providers, education officials, faith worshipping groups, and law enforcement attended this program.

Acting SAC Donga 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”.

The keynote speaker was Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D. Dr. Freese is the Director of Training for UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and the Director of the Pacific Southwest Addictions Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC). Dr. Freese serves as Project Director on a number of studies including research on Methamphetamine use. Dr. Freese gave an overview of the current use and abuse of Methamphetamine and educated all attendees regarding the prevention, intervention and treatment regarding this insidious drug.


Charles Cunningham was born in Eufaula, Alabama on March 23, 1968 to Clearance and Martha Cunningham. At the age of five his family relocated to Lakewood, New Jersey. Through his active participation in the community and school athletic programs and events, Lakewood became his home.

Fortunately, there were people in his life to help guide his decisions: and after graduating from Toms River High School South he chose to continue his education at Ocean County College. It was there that he earned as Associates Degree in Community Service. His next academic stop was the Richard Stockton State College where he earned a Bachelors degree in Social Work.

He then enrolled at the New Jersey City University, where he earned a Masters degree in Special Education and second Masters Degree in Urban School Administration. Dr. Cunningham completed his doctorial program at Nova Southeastern University.

He has held the position of School Principal at the Titusville Academy for the past 9 years. In addition, Dr. Cunningham is the Alliance Coordinator for the Lakewood Municipal Alliance. It is here that Dr. Cunningham has developed and facilitated various programs to serve at-risk adolescence within the community. He has worked with Omega 13 for the past 15 years. Omega 13 is a program developed by Dr. Michael Rush 30 years ago to help African American males in the community. It began as a program working with underprivileged youth in Lakewood, but has since branched out to a more intensive, daily program for both middle and high school students.

To date as the principal of Titusville Academy, Dr. Cunningham has had two graduating classes of students go onto college that he is very proud of.

Dr. Cunningham’s focus has always been steadfast in the direction of helping children. He has worked with many children in his career and continues to devote himself to making a difference in the life of a child.