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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 people who not only care, but who have “been there” and have the desire to help others as they were once helped themselves.

Diana Autin

Executive Director

Diana is an attorney who has used her legal knowledge to help train and support parents and parent leaders as advocates for their children and families as they navigate the education, health, mental health, child welfare, and other systems. Diana brings the voices of parents, families, and communities to the table on a number of state and national advisory committees on health and education. Diana is a graduate of University of Michigan Law School and studied economic development and management/ organizational leadership at Columbia University as a Revson Fellow. Diana has participated in several national leadership programs including serving as an Advocacy Institute Senior Leadership Fellow. She is the adoptive mother of four children, from diverse cultures, and also a proud grandmother. A Cajun and Native American, Diana is deeply committed to cultural reciprocity and language access.

Danielle Green

Chief Operating Officer
Danielle joins the SPAN team as the Chief Operations Officer. With over 20 years of comprehensive experience in operations and logistics, her passion is in helping organizations fulfill their mission by balancing thought partnership and strategic vision. Danielle received an M.S. in Business and Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a B.A. in Music from William Paterson University. She is currently pursuing her Psy.D in Leadership Psychology at William James College. In her spare time, Danielle shares a variety of creative pursuits with her daughter in New Jersey.

Management Team

Carolyn Hayer

Senior Program Director, National/Regional Projects

Peg Kinsell

Director of SPAN Public Policy

Jeanne McMahon

Senior Program Director, State Projects

Roy Maynard

Director of Finance

Al Pelham

Director of Human Resources

Support Team

Ayo Bajomo

Executive Assistant

Evann Hardy

Intake Coordinator

Ivor Knight

Fiscal Manager

Maria Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

Joyce Sykes

Office Assistant

Family Resource Specialists

Lauren Agoratus

Family Voices NJ Coordinator/Regional Family-to-Family (F2F) Coordinator

Heroina Beras

Spanish Language 
Family Resource Specialist Hudson County
Warmline Statewide 

Wendy Broadbent

Family Resource Specialist-Bergen County
Warmline Statewide

Brenda L. Figueroa

Director, Family to Family Health Information Center/Parent to Parent of NJ (Bilingual-Spanish)

Garima Jain

Multilingual Family Resource Specialist, Family  WRAP: Atlantic,  Burlington, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean Counties

Ewelina Mickiewicz-Szram

Bilingual Polish
Family Resource Specialist-Burlington County
Warmline Statewide

Donna Milanowycz

Family Resource Specialist-Ocean County
Warmline Statewide

Patricia Paraskevacos

Director, Family WRAP –
Warmline Statewide

Fanny Ochoa

Family Resource Specialist
Bilingual Spanish
Family Wrap: Counties –
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union Counties

Kim Rivers

Family Resource Specialist
Warmline Statewide

Lola Sims

Family Resource Specialist
Autism Medical Home-Hackensack University Medical Center

Erin Seigh

Transition Coordinator

Tara Syzmanek

Family Resource Specialist
Cape May, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren Counties

Henry Tejada

Bilingual Spanish
Family Resource Specialist
Warmline Statewide

Cathy Waldron Balto

Family Resource Specialist – Monmouth
Warmline Statewide

Health & Family Support

Kasey Dudley

Project Director, Parents as Champions for Healthy Schools

Arelis Martinez

Co-Director /Supervisor, Sister to Sister Community Doulas of Essex County

Patricia Paraskevacos

Director of Family WRAP

Nicole Pratt

Senior Trainer, Empowering Women Project Director; Diverse Parent Engagement & TA Specialist

Rachel Ruel

Co-Director /Supervisor, Sister to Sister Community Doulas of Essex County

Early Childhood & Education

Including Special Education and Bilingual Education

Pam Aasen

Project Director, 
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

Myriam Alizo

Resource & Product Coordinator

Stefanie Babits

Parent Group Specialist-Middlesex, Monmouth, Union, Ocean

Josie Badger

National RAISE Center

Denise Bouyer-Hargrove

Director of NJ Inclusive Child Care Project

Tatsiana DaGrosa

Co-Director of START-EPSD–Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland

Kathy Demarco

Early Childhood Inclusion Coordinator-Middle

Maria Docherty

Director of Individual Assistance

Monique Dujue

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

Debbie Esposito

Co-Director of START-EPSD–Camden, Gloucester, Salem

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)
Bilingual Trainer

Sharon Melahn

Program Coordinator-NJLEND

Dawn Monaco

Project Director, REAL Transition Partners

Fanny Ochoa

Parent Group Specialist-Bergen, Essex, Sussex

Erin Seigh

Transition Coordinator

Deepa Srinivasavaradan

Early Childhood Screening Initiatives

Michele Tyler

Parent Group Specialist & Literacy Coordinator


Tom Franklin

Strategic Communications Director

Melanie McLaurin

Website Content Manager

Advocacy and Empowerment

Debra Jennings

Intersectionality | Race and Disability | Family Engagement and Empowerment

Meet Our Board Members



John Morel, CPCU, ARM

Board President

Senior Vice President, Life Sciences Casualty Placement
Marsh USA, Inc.

John Pennett

Board Vice President

EisnerAmper LLP

Dara Baldwin

Board Treasurer

Director of Public Policy, Center for Disability Rights

Nancy Romanyshyn

Board Secretary

Director, Talent & Rewards (HR)
Willis, Towers, Watson



Diana Autin

Executive Director
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

Kaleena Katea Berryman

Director, Abbott Leadership Institute
Rutgers University–Newark

Barbara Glazewski

Former Professor
Kean University
Former Coordinator
Graduate Speech Pathology Program

Nekia Lewis

Program Manager, Global Health and Wellness Strategy

Libby Stone-Sterling

Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation,
Maine Department of Labor