Nicholas DeSimone MS, LCADC, LAC, ICGC PhD(c)
Beginning as an All-star basketball player in High School, and heavily recruited to play in college, Nick’s energy, determination and drive were always notable factors in his personality. With success came temptation, and basketball recruitment took a backseat to partying. Lost opportunities and burnt bridges were a regular occurrence of this downward spiral. After receiving his Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations/Advertising and Communications from Rowan University, Nick entered the volatile and fast-paced world of banking. Attracted to the work hard play hard mentality, Nick quickly became a top performer in this field. The money and hours supported his addiction. Though he appeared successful, the addiction was consuming his entire being.
The turning point for Nick was the day he admitted he needed help. He had tried to overcome addiction his way, but realized in his own strength he couldn’t do it. He needed God. Within the same day, he connected with a friend who became his sponsor, and began his journey into recovery. The help Nick received from local recovery and treatment centers was extremely valuable, but there was still something missing. Nick continued to search for that missing piece. He realized there was a spiritual solution to this disease that ravaged him for 22 years. Along his journey Nick experienced several treatment facilities only treated the symptoms of the addiction, never leading people to lasting change. He realized that true and lasting change comes from helping the whole person: spirit, soul and body.
This realization led him to obtain his Masters of Science in Addictions Counseling from Grand Canyon University (LCADC – Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor / ICGC – International Certified Gambling counselor), and his LAC – Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey. Nick is currently working on his PhD in Performance Psychology. “My life experiences breathed life into Kingsway.”
Life Verse: “I believe in progress, not perfection.“
Being a Licensed Practical Nurse in New Jersey for 12 years, Michelle is experienced in client centered treatment. Treating a person’s spirit, soul, and body are all concepts at the core of her practice. Having personal experience in loving someone who is addicted, Michelle is passionate about making resources accessible for family members and loved ones of the addicted one.
Life verse: “I’m not interested in whether you’ve stood with the great; I’m interested in whether you’ve sat with the broken.”― Sue Fitzmaurice
Director of Communications
Joseph P. Mitsch
South Jersey Native and Liberty University Graduate, Emily brings her tenacious energy to Kingsway. Majoring in Criminal Psychology and interested in pursing a career in law enforcement, Emily is a key role in seeing people win.
Life Verse ” For I know the plans I have for you” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11