Meet the Board
Dave is currently the Director of Social Services for the City of New Brunswick. Under the auspices of the City of New Brunswick, the Youth Services System provides FREE afterschool care for 800+ youth during the school year and 1700+ in the summer months. Dave's extensive background in community organizing, urban planning and social work lends NJSACC valuable insight into how to best serve urban communities. Dave is, "committed to making positive changes in the delivery of services for children and young people in New Jersey."
Suad is Director of School Based Services at Jewish Family Services, Inc. for 8 years. Under her leadership, the Club Ed Afterschool Program has grown to serve over 650 students in four different public school districts. Suad has over a decade of experience providing students with a wide range of service from Pre-k to 12th grade. Suad joined the NJSACC Board to help support afterschool programming because she believes that families should have a safe place where their children can grow socially and academically.
Krista is an Assistant Division Director of Program Operations for the Child Care Services Division of Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen. The division currently offers over 40 child care programs ranging from early learning centers to before and after school programs. Krista has worked for Catholic Charities for nine years and has also been a board member for several years. Krista has many years of experience working with children of all ages. She joined the board because she is dedicated to the advancement of quality school age care.
Craig Nowlin has been focused on children and afterschool programs for over a decade. Currently Craig is the Director of Operations and Strategic Planning at Prevention Links, which provides character education programs to children in K-12, afterschool, family settings and special events. Craig has had 12 years of senior management experience in a nonprofit, including the YWCA which served over 100 children in an afterschool program. He also serves on the board of directors of the Gingham Giraffe Preschool and served 6 years on the Scotch Plains - Fanwood Board of Education.
Craig joined the NJSACC Board because of his commitment to provide a continuum of care and support for the children and youth of New Jersey.
Bob established and served as the Program Director/Site Coordinator of an afterschool program in Linden, NJ from 2005-2010. At its peak, the enrollment was 360 students at three elementary schools. Before entering the field of afterschool programming, Bob held senior management positions in two hospitals in New Jersey where responsibilities included the oversight of both professional and service departments, all aspects of human resources management, strategic planning, quality assurance, insurance and risk management, legal services and policy and procedure development.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a BS in Psychology and the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a Master of Hospital Administration. He joined the Board to offer his experiences in both youth development and nonprofit businesses and because of his interest in promoting high quality expanded learning opportunities for youth in their out-of-school time.
Denise has dedicated her career to working with children since her graduation from The College of William and Mary in 1973. She has been the Executive Director of Haddonfield Child Care, a private, not-for-profit before and after school program serving the school district of Haddonfield, NJ, for over thirty years. Prior to entering the world of out of school time, was a preschool teacher and special events coordinator at the YMCA, and teacher of the handicapped at a private school for children with extraordinary special needs.
Denise has been an active member of the afterschool community on both a state and national level, serving as an early and decades-long member and co-chair of the NJSACC Board of Trustees, which she left for several years but returned to in 2015. On a national level, she was an ASQ Advisor, an endorser for the NAA Accreditation process, a member of the committee which developed the NAA Code of Ethics, and an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance. Denise has served as a representative for school-age on PINJ and the MAP to Inclusive Child Care, where she was instrumental in the development of the curriculum and certification for Administration of Medication in Child Care. She was also a fellow of the Afterschool Matters/PhilWP Fellowship, which led to her article, “Nana for a New Generation,” published in 2010 in Afterschool Matters.
She believes strongly that "it takes a village to raise a child," so her personal life reflects the same level of commitment to children, whether through her work on various committees of her women's club promoting literacy and girls' leadership, or the board of Bancroft School providing opportunities for people with special needs, as well as the time she devotes as "Nana" to her two school-age grandchildren and helping out at their elementary schools.
Tom is the Chief Operations Officer at North Jersey 4Cs (North Jersey Community Coordinated Child Care Agency) in Paterson. He chose his profession because of the profound impact made on him by someone who ran an after-school program that he attended as a child. He considers resources and networks among the most valuable services that NJSACC provides its members in his role on the NJSACC Board, Tom advocates for New Jersey's youth programs with both federal and state legislators.