Meet the SPAN Staff

We Live What We Do!

SPAN’s staff members don’t just work here—about 70% of our employees first received support for their children through SPAN workshops, trainings, conferences, and other events before coming to work with us. Many started as SPAN Resource Parent (SRP) volunteers before becoming part- or full-time employees. So when families call on SPAN for help, they can know they are working with someone who not only cares, but who has “been there” and has the desire to help others as they were once helped themselves.

Management Team

Diana Autin

Executive Co-Director

Debra Jennings

Executive Co-Director

Carolyn Hayer

Director of Parent & Professional Partners

Peg Kinsell

Director of SPAN Public Policy

Roy Maynard

Fiscal Manager

Al Pelham

Director of Human Resources

Support Team

Ayo Bajomo

Executive Assistant

Melvina Baskerville

Intake Coordinator

Ivor Knight

Fiscal Coordinator

Rosslin Mensah-Boateng

Administrative Assistant

Maria Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

Joyce Sykes

Office Assistant

Family Resource Specialists

Cathy Waldron Balto

Family Resource Specialist-Monmouth County

Heroina Beras

Family Resource Specialist-Spanish

Wendy Broadbent

Family Resource Specialist-Bergen County

Garima Jain

Family Resource Specialist-Middlesex County

Janet Martinez

Family Resource Specialist-Camden County

Sharon Melahn

Family Resource Specialist-FASD Prevention

Donna Milanowycz

Family Resource Specialist-Ocean County

Ewelina Szram

Family Resource Specialist-Burlington County

Henry Tejada

Bilingual Family Resource Specialist

Michele Tyler

Family Resource Specialist-Mercer County

Health & Family Support

Jeanne McMahon

Director of Health & Family Support Programs

Pamela Aasen

Director of EHDI Mentoring & Family Engagement

Lauren Agoratus

State Coordinator of Family Voices NJ

Joanne Aidala

Co-Director of NJDOH Whole School/Community/Child

Connor Ames

Snapshots Deaf Mentor Coordinator

Alyssa Buchholz

NJ Deaf Mentor Program Coordinator

Kasey Dudley

Regional Coordinator, Family to Family Health Information Center

Rachel Jean

Community Doula Liaison

Shirley Johnson

Northern Project Coordinator-Essex Family WRAP

Arelis Martinez

Community Doula Project Assistant

Patricia Paraskevacos

Director of Family WRAP

Michele Puzio

Northwest Regional Associate, Parent to Parent

Mercedes Rosa

Director of Family-to-Family Health Information Center

Rachel Ruel

Director, Sister to Sister Community Doulas of Essex County

Deepa Srinivasavaradan

Southern Regoinal Coordinator, Family-to-Family Health Information Center

Special Education & Early Education

Myriam Alizo

Resource & Product Coordinator

Stefanie Babits

Parent Group Specialist-Middlesex, Monmouth, Union, Ocean

Josie Badger

Co-Director, National RAISE Center

Denise Bouyer-Hargrove

Director of NJ Inclusive Child Care Project

Tatsiana DaGrosa

Co-Director of START-EPSD

Kathy Demarco

Early Childhood Inclusion Coordinator-Middle

Maria Docherty

Director of Technical Assistance

Monique Dujue

Parent Group Specialist-Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Somerset, Warren

Debbie Esposito

Co-Director of START-EPSD

Nicole Harris

Early Childhood Inclusion Coordinator, NJ Inclusive Child Care Project

Jamirah Heyward

Early Childhood Inclusion Coordinator, NJ Inclusive Child Care Project

Jeannette Mejias

Director, Special Education Volunteer Advocates (SEVA)

Sharon Melahn

Program Coordinator-NJLEND

Dawn Monaco

Co-Director, REACH for Transition

Fanny Ochoa

Parent Group Specialist-Bergen, Essex, Sussex

Nicole Pratt

Coordinator, FASD Project/Trainer

Kim Rivers

Technical Information Specialist/Essex Family Resource Specialist

Erin Seigh

Transition Coordinator

Michele Tyler

Parent Group Specialist & Literacy Coordinator

Jessica Wilson

Director of Communication & Dissemination