Board of Trustees and Staff

Board of Trustees

Karen Coviello, Co-Chair

Julia Barugel, Co-Chair

Susan Mazzeo, Secretary

Graceanne Talarico, Treasurer,

Raymond Brush

Isa Fowler

Eric Houghtaling

Tiffany Miller

Vasu Nacha

Heidi Zaentz

Family Support Partners

Dawn Ellis

It's my belief system that there is more happiness in giving than receiving. Everyone has strengths and talents--they just need support in finding them. Giving of myself allows me to pay it forward and work with the unique differences within families.

Michelle Donofrio

I do this so no other caregiver feels like I did and no other child has a caregiver ignorant to a challenging system like my son did. I do this so that there are more caregivers who have a voice than there are that feel that they don't. I do this to validate feelings that myself and my family didn't suffer for nothing, that every hurdle has a purpose, and every victory is proof of that.

Jennifer Entwistle

As a mother, who has been through my own personal  journey with my family. Working with a "Family Support Partner" made me realize that I too could give back to others. FBSANJ has given me the opportunity to guide families through their individual process.

Martha Santiago

Mother of two fantastic sons and caring husband. After struggling with one of my son's major challenges I was paired up with FBS, which gave me the right support reinforcing my journey to education, advocacy and stabilization. Today, I give back to others like myself because I work for the same people that helped me.

Catalina Murcia

It is my pleasure to service the bi-lingual community and their unique challenges. I am enriched by the efforts of the families and the progress they make to improve the lives of their children

Monique Dowgin

Administrative Assistants

Rennee Cooper

Working at FBSA has provided me with so much support in my own journey with my child. I like the opportunity I have to help parents when they call asking for help and information. Its very rewarding for me.

DD Specialist

Joan DeFilippo

Youth Partnership

Shatiya Whitley

Youth Coach

I am dedicated to empowering youth and families. I enjoy providing a safe place where the youth can explore their strengths in a supportive and inclusive environment where they can be uniquely "themselves".

Manny Itzol

Assistant Youth Coach

I am a naturally positive person. It makes me happy to see the difference kindness can make in a kids life. I know things can be hard for them but I try to show them that there are always new opportunities around every corner.