Luke J. Nasta, our Executive Director since 1976, has extensive experience in the non-profit substance abuse rehabilitation arena.
Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, Nasta endured a turbulent adolescence. A dropout at 15, he became addicted to heroin. His continued downward plunge was punctuated by repeated arrests, incarceration, and probation.
His turning point came when he was 25 and entered Exodus House, a drug treatment facility in Harlem. He remained for 2 ½ years in a therapeutically intensive campaign to win his personal war against drug usage. The experience would later serve as the foundation for his professional convictions and achievements.
Luke created and established the only Staten Island residential chemical dependency treatment program, and has received approval for an additional residential program for women. He has also founded and developed multi-site prevention/intervention projects.
Luke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in community and human services at Empire State University in Manhattan, and made the dean’s list in earning a Master of Science degree in public administration at Metropolitan College, also in Manhattan.
In 2001, he received the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioners Award for 25 years of Outstanding Service.
In 2006, he received the Community Services Award for 30 years of dedicated services and commitment.
Mr. Nasta is the author of many chemical dependency related articles which are published regularly in the Staten Island Advance.
Luke resides in Frenchtown, New Jersey with his wife and three children. He also has a son from a previous marriage, and four grandchildren.