NJCDD Members & Staff

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Council Members

Council members review the state’s service systems for people with developmental disabilities and advise policy makers on the best ways to change those systems to better serve the population. Members also review and award grants to spark innovative projects throughout New Jersey as well as advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families on an ongoing basis.


Paul Blaustein, Edison, NJ
Family Member Advocate

Vice Chair

Kevin Nunez, Willingboro, NJ

Self Advocate Members

Todd Emmons, Voorhees, NJ
Andrew McGeady, Jackson, NJ
Myrta Rosa, Elizabeth, NJ
Ryan Roy, Saddle Brook, NJ
Gary Rubin, Elizabeth, NJ
Kevin Nunez, Willingboro, NJ

Immediate Family or Guardian Members

Walter Fernandez, Barnegat, NJ
Michael J. McCarthy, CPCU, Dumont, NJ
Safiyyah Muhammad, East Orange, NJ
Paul Blaustein, Edison, NJ
Margaret (Peg) Kinsell, Browns Mills, NJ
Nantanee Koppstein, Princeton Junction, NJ
Elizabeth C. Dalzell, Haddonfield, NJ
Helen I. Steinberg, Plainsboro, NJ
Kara Kushnir, Pompton Lakes, NJ
Sarah Aziz CPA, Monroe Township, NJ
Annette Smith, Newark, NJ

Federally Mandated Members

Federally mandated members of the Council serve in accordance with the federal Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights and Assistance Act.

Disability Rights New Jersey
210 S. Broad St.,Trenton, NJ 08608
Gwen Orlowski, Executive Director
Email: gorlowski@disabilityrightsnj.org
Jill Hoegel (Designee

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Liberty Plaza, 335 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Joyce Jelley, Training & Consultation Spclst.
Email: joyce.jelley@rutgers.edu

NJ Dept. of Health/Title IV of Social Security Act
Div. of Family Health Services
PO Box 364, Trenton, NJ 08625
Lisa Asare, Assistant Commissioner
Dawn Mergen (Designee)
Email:  dawn.mergen@doh.nj.gov

Department of Human Services/ Title XIX Social Security Act Division of Disability Services
PO Box 705,Trenton, NJ 08625
Peri L. Nearon, MPA, Executive Director
Jacqueline Moskowitz (Designee)
Email:  jacqueline.moskowitz@dhs.state.nj.us

NJ Dept. of Education/IDEA
Office of Special Education Policy and Dispute Resolution
PO Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625
Kathy Ehling, Assistant Commissioner
Alexandra Pensiero, Ed. S. (Designee)
Email:  alexandra.pensiero@doe.nj.gov

Public Member

The Arc Ocean County
815 Cedar Bridge Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Laura Williams, Executive Director
Phone: 732-363-3335

NJ Department of Labor Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation Service
PO Box 398, Trenton, NJ 08625
Karen Carroll, Director
Email:  Karen.carroll@dol.nj.gov

NJ Department of Human Services /Title XIX Social Security Act.
Div. of Medical Assistance & Health Services

PO Box 712, Trenton, NJ 08625-0712
Jennifer Langer-Jacobs, Director
Phyllis Napier Melendez, Designee
Email: phyllis.melendez@dhs.state.nj.us

NJ Department of Human Services – Div. of Developmental Disabilities
PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726
Jonathan Seifried, Assistant Commissioner
Email: jonathan.seifried@dhs.state.nj.us

Division of Aging Services/Older Americans Act 1965

Public Member

The Arc Ocean County
815 Cedar Bridge Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Laura Williams, Executive Director
Email:   laura.williams@arcocean.org

Council Staff

Executive Director
Mercedes Witowsky

Administrative Assistant
Jacinta Williams

Coordinator of Regional Family Support Planning Councils
Kyoko Coco

Regional Family Support Planning Council Liason
Kerry McGrath

Chief Fiscal Officer
Jodi Fox

Public Policy Coordinator
Robert Titus

Youth Leadership Coordinator
Frank Latham

Communication Officer
Gary L. Brown

Graphic Designer/ Web Administrator
Maria Ali

Special Project Consultant
Maria Leary

Advocacy and Outreach Assistant
Jesse Schwartzman

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Liaison
Jade Pollock

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