Members & Staff

Council Members


Paul Blaustein, Edison, NJ
Family Member Advocate

Vice Chair

Myrta Rosa, Elizabeth,NJ

Self Advocate Members

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

Immediate Family or Guardian Members

Ellie Byra, Flemington, NJ
Walter Fernandez, Barnegat, NJ
Leah Ziskin, Cherry Hill, NJ
Safiyyah Muhammad, East Orange, NJ
Tara Montague, Burlington, NJ
Paul Blaustein, Edison, NJ
Betsy Smith, Montclair, NJ
Margaret (Peggy) Kinsell, Browns Mills, NJ
Elizabeth C. Dalzell, Haddonfield, NJ
Helen I. Steinberg, Plainsboro, NJ
Kara Sellix, Pompton Lake, NJ


Federally Mandated Members

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

A.) State Agency Representatives

NJ Department of Health Division of Family Health Services
Lisa Asare, Assistant Commissioner
Felicia Walton, Designee
PO Box 364, Trenton, NJ 08625

NJ Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs
Susan Martz, Assistant Commissioner
Kimberly Murray, Designee
PO Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625

NJ Department of Labor Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Alice Hunnicutt, Director
David Free, Designee
PO Box 398, Trenton, NJ 08625
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NJ Department of Human Services Div. of Medical Assistance & Health Services
Valerie Harr, Director
Phyllis Napier Melendez, Designee
PO Box 712, Trenton, NJ 08625-0712

B.) ADD Funded Agencies

Protection and Advocacy System – Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ)
Joseph Young, Executive Director | Jill Hoegel (Designee)
210 S. Broad St., Trenton, NJ 08608
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University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service –
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers University
Liberty Plaza, 335 George Street | New Brunswick, NJ 08901

C.) State Statute Mandated Members

NJ Department of Human Services – Div. of Developmental Disabilities
Elizabeth M. Shea, Assistant Commissioner
5 Commerce Way, Hamilton NJ 08690 or
PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

NJ Department of Human Services Division of Disability Services
Joseph M. Amoroso, Director
Harry Pizutelli, Designee
PO Box 705, Trenton, NJ 08625

Public Member

The Arc of Morris County
William Testa, Executive Director
P.O. Box 123, Executive Drive, Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Council Staff

Executive Director
Kevin T. Casey

Administrative Assistant
Jacinta Brister

Coordinator of Regional Family Support Planning Councils
Kyoko Coco

Fiscal Officer / Office Manager
Gail Furrer

Public Policy Coordinator
Robert Titus

Gail Hodges

Grants Manager
Frank Latham

People First NJ and Youth Leadership Coordinator
Jaymes Brill

Communications Manager
Jonathan Waller

Graphic Designer/ Web Administrator
Maria Ali

Health & Transportation Coordinator
Dennie Todd

Coordinator of Advocacy
Jennifer Brown

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