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Learning Community

The Family Success Institute “Learning Community”

In 1970 futurists Alan and Heidi Toffler wrote a remarkable book called Future Shock. In it they foresaw the eventual demise of top down centralized command and control leadership and asked what a positive vision for future leadership might look like. They imagined decentralized, grass roots activities that might reflect enlightened empowered local progress or destructive acts of negativity due to the rapid and relentless nature of the changes they saw ahead. Now, almost fifty years later we can appreciate their wisdom.

The purpose of the Family Success Institute is to understand and pursue high level policies, strategies and funding that support our vision that all families have the resources, opportunities and supports they want and need to successfully raise their children from birth to young adulthood. We are also committed to assuring that people who live and work in neighborhoods and communities have a predominant role in how their futures will unfold. We are blessed in New Jersey to have a cadre of local leaders who have, in their own ways, forged ahead with amazing positive community initiatives despite the dearth of vision, support and partnership from higher level policy makers.

To our great fortune, a number of remarkable local leaders have joined with us to form a “learning community’ – to share information, experiences and inspiration, to formulate positive strategies to grow and sustain their individual and collective work and to demonstrate how powerful place-based community mobilization can achieve better outcomes for children and youth.

Our Charter Learning Community members come from large, medium and small places; places from north, south, central, east and west New Jersey; from urban, suburban and ex-urban communities that reflect the beautiful diversity of our state; they have roots in education, child welfare, community development, employment and training, food security and financial empowerment, community impact, family support, the public and non-profit sectors- for all ages of children and youth and their families. We hope that over time this informal community of interest will flourish and grow.

Our Charter Learning Community members include:

Statewide

Carlos Rodriguez

President & CEO, Community Food Bank of NJ
crodriguez@cfbnj.org

Kathleen Roe

Executive Director, Parents Inc.
kroe@paofnj.org

Doreen Finley

Program Director, Parents Inc.
dfinley@paofnj.org

Rhonda A. Lewis

Executive Director, Greater Newark LISC
rlewis@lisc.org

Gerard Costa

Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University
costag@montclair.edu

Kathleen Mulcahy

Associate Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University
mulcahyk@montclair.edu

Jill Wodnick

Doula & Breastfeeding Educator, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University
Jillwodnick@gmail.com
wodnickj@mail.montclair.edu

From Bergen

Rose Zeltser

Senior Vice President Planning and Program Development – Children’s Aid & Family Services
rzeltser@cafsnj.org

From Camden

Diana Cooper-Vanderlip

President/CEO, Community Planning & Advocacy Council
dcooper@cpachvi.org

Richard Stagliano

President/CEO, Center for Family Success Services
rstagliano@centerffs.org

Merilee Rutolo

Chief Operating Officer, Center for Family Success Services
mrutolo@centerffs.org

Megan Lepore

Director of Development & Sustainability, Center for Family Services
Megan.lepore@centerffs.org

Barbara Ann Johnson-Stokes

Parent Member, First Comes Health
1stcomeshealth@gmail.com

From Essex/Newark

Barbara Dixon

Chief Program Officer & Executive Director of the South Ward Children’s Alliance, Brick Academy
bdixon@bricknewark.org

Dominique Lee

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Brick Academy
dlee@bricknewark.org

Beverly Lynn

CEO – Programs For Parents
blynn@programsforparents.org

Ronald Chaluisan Batlle

Executive Director, Newark Trust for Education
rchaluisan@newarktrust.org

Rasheba Stevenson

Director of Early Learning Strategy, Newark Trust for Education
rchaluisan@newarktrust.org

Victoria Hernandez

Executive Director, Ironbound Community Corporation
vhernandez@ironboundcc.org

Keri Logosso-Misurell, Esq.

Director at Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition
klogosso@greaternewarkhcc.org

Mary Long

Administrative Assistant, Greater Newark Healthcare Colition
mlong@greaternewarkhcc.org

Sean LaCon

Founder & Executive Director, Blessed Ministries Inc.
slacon@bmiworks.org

Lisa LaCon

Co-Founder & Director, Blessed Ministries Inc.
slacon@bmiworks.org

From Hudson

Alex Forrester

Chief Strategy/Innovation Officer, Rising Tide Capital
Alex@risingtidecapital.org

From Passaic/Paterson

Carolyn McCombs

Executive Director, New Destiny Family Success Center, Inc.
cmccombs@newdestinyfsc.org

Robert Guarasci

Founder & CEO, New Jersey Community Development Corporation
rguarasci@njcdc.org

From Mercer

Marygrace Billek

Director of Human Services – Mercer County Department of Human Services
mbillek@mercercounty.org

From Middlesex

Gloria Aftanski

President & Chief Professional Officer, United Way of Central Jersey
gaftanski@uwcj.org

Stuart Grant

Senior Vice President, Community Investment, United Way of Central Jersey
sgrant@uwcj.org

From Monmouth

Jeffrey Schwartz

Director of Human Services, Monmouth County of NJ
Jeffrey.Schwartz@co.monmouth.nj.us

Colleen Verriest

CEO, Family & Children’s Services
cverriest@fcsmonmouth.org

Mary Pat Angelini

CEO, Preferred Behavioral Health Group
mpangelini@preferredbehavioral.org

David Stout

President, Brookdale Community College
dstout@brookdalecc.edu

From Union

Debbie-Ann Anderson

Director of Human Services, Union County of NJ
danderson@ucnj.org

James Horne

President & CEO, United Way of Greater Union County
james.horne@uwguc.org

Janus Solutions

Gena Haranis

Senior VP, Consulting Services, Janus Solutions
gharanis@janussolutions.com

Family Success Institute

Tom Blatner

Board President, Family Success Institute
tblatner@janussolutions.com

Jeanne Warnock

Board Treasurer, Family Success Institute
jwarnock@fisnj.org

Charlie Venti

Board Philanthropic Liaison, Family Success Institute
c20ajdp@aol.com

Timothy L. Carden

Director, Family Success Institute
tim@p5grp.com

Loredana Henry

Community Liaison, Family Success Institute
lhenry@fsi.org

Cindy Lamy

Executive Consultant, Family Success Institute
Celamy4@gmail.com

Guests

Lauren Lilacon

Policy Director, Office of the NJ First Lady
Lauren.Lalicon@nj.gov

Christine Beyer

Commissioner, NJ Department of Children & Families
Christine.Beyer@dcf.nj.gov

Cary Booker

Assistant Commissioner for Early Childhood, NJ Department of Education
Cary.Booker@doe.nj.gov

Retha Onitri

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
ROnitiri@njisj.org

Bari Mattes

Community Member
barijmattes@gmail.com

Juan Carlos Nordelo

Legislative Director, Office of Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez
aswlopez@njleg.org

Dr. Candice Dias

Director of Research and Evaluation, Camden Promise Neighborhood (Center for Family Success)
Candice.dias@centerffs.org

Cecilia Zalkind

CEO, ACNJ
czalkind@acnj.org

Christine Idland

Special Assistant to the Commissioner, NJ Department of Children & Families
Christine.Idland@dcf.nj.gov

Maria Vizcarrondo

President/CEO. Council of NJ Grant Makers
mariavizcarrondo@cnjg.org

Thomas Owens

Executive Director, Newark Mentoring Movement
thomaso@newarkmentoring.org

Mark Dinglasan

Executive Director,
CUMAC: Feeding People and Changing Lives
mdinglasan@cumacecho.org

Adele LaTourette

Director, Hunger Free New Jersey
alatourette@cfanj.org

Evan Delgado

Director of Programs, Turrell Fund
evand@turrellfund.org

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