Staff Bios

Dr. Sharon E. Harris, Ph.D, Executive Director

Dr. Sharon E. Harris is a New York State Licensed Psychologist with more than 15 years experience in the field of mental health counseling, drug and alcohol, prevention, intervention, education and treatment.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Dr. Harris has been the Executive Director of Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE), Inc. in Glen Cove, New York since 2000, administering the Court Consultation Center and providing evaluations and referrals to treatment services to the City of Glen Cove mandated defendants.

In addition, she coordinates the City of Glen Cove Employee Assistance Program, assisting City of Glen Cove and Glen Cove Housing Authority employees and their families with personal and work-related problems, as well as monitoring mandated Federal DOT random urinalyses for employees who hold commercial drivers licenses. Dr. Harris serves as the Co-Chair of the Glen Cove PRIDE Project Coalition, which is currently in its 9th year of successful funding from the Drug Free Communities Support Program.

She is also the acting President of the Glen Cove Interagency Council, a collaboration of human service agencies in Glen Cove.  In her private practice, Dr. Harris conducted Forensic Custody Evaluations for Nassau County Court system and psychological evaluations of children and adults.

Ashley Ferrufino, MHC, SAFE Coalition Liaison

As SAFE Coalition Liaison Ashley Ferrufino provides support to both the School and Parent committees of the Glen Cove Coalition, facilitating prevention educations programs and events, attending strategic planning sessions of the Coalition and supporting the implementation of the committees stated action plans.

She is also available to SAFE’s Community Walk-In Program clientele who are in need of evaluation and referral services for alcoholism and substance abuse, crisis support, housing, employment, Department of Social Services liaison and community based referrals.

Ashley eared her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Old Westbury. She received a Bachelors in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. Prior to joining SAFE, she completed two internships at Seafield Services and Melillo Center.

Patti Averopoulos, Administrative Assistant to Executive Director

Patti Averopoulos is the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director, providing support on all aspects of the agency’s daily operations as well as coordinating meetings and strategic planning sessions for SAFE’s board and the Glen Cove Coalition.  Prior to joining SAFE, Patti provided temporary administrative/managerial oversight of medical office personnel, training of new staff including the permanent administrative manager, preparation and submission of payroll for a medical office in the North Shore LIJ health care system.