Diane Genco, Executive Director
Diane has led numerous programs for families for over 40 years, from summer programs for migrant farm workers to day care programs for senior citizens (now she is one!). Diane is also an associate for the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at Wellesley College, where she has trained school administrators and afterschool professionals in 42 states. She currently serves on the Policy Board of the NJ Professional Development Center for Early Care and Education.
Before her move to New Jersey, Diane was the Executive Director of the Lawrence Extended Day Program (LEDP) in Brookline, Massachusetts, for ten years. This program is a parent controlled program and provides afterschool child care and enrichment classes in a public school. 1n 1979 LEDP was selected as an International Model of the United Nations for the International Year of the Child.
A native of Buffalo, New York, she received a BS in Human Development, Family and Community Relations from the State University College at Buffalo and a MS in Education and Child Care Administration from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
|2013||NJ’s Annual Aletha R. Wright Award for Excellence in Early Care & Education|
|2009||NJ Audubon’s Patricia F. Kane Excellence in Environmental Education|
|1998||Plainfield, NJ YMCA / Outstanding Service Award|
|1992||Dr. John E. Radig Memorial Award/ NJ State-wide Achievement Award for Afterschool Leadership|
Adam Cruz, Digital Technology Director
Adam Cruz is NJSACC’s Digital Technology Director, a certified Adobe Captivate Specialist and a social networking/digital badges guru. For many creative professionals around the world, Adam has become their “go to” guy, building social media awareness for small business owners, artists, and educators. In addition, Adam has facilitated various career and music related workshops to school age children throughout the state, teaching the importance of literacy, passion and drive. Adam earned his BA in Creative Arts & Technology (specializing in Music Technology) from Bloomfield College. He currently resides in Bloomfield, NJ with his wife and their three beautiful children.
Tyneisha Gibbs, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities
Tyneisha K. Gibbs has her BA in Psychology with a double minor in Social Work and Multicultural Studies from Rider University, a Certificate in Non Profit Management from The College of New Jersey and a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Rutgers Business School- Institute of Ethical Leadership.
Tyneisha is also a graduate of the Rutgers Business School- Institute of Ethical Leadership’s Victoria Emerging Leaders Program. She believes learning is a lifelong process and is dedicated to expanding learning opportunities for others.
With over ten years of Youth Development, Management and Supervision experience, she believes, “Unorthodox methods of Education can break generational cycles of mental enslavement.” Her life’s passion is dedicated to uplifting our communities through education and access to resources.
She was born in Newark, NJ and raised in the Jersey shore town of Neptune, NJ. She began her career as a teacher during the day and a Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County. In addition to being passionate about her career, she is a phenomenal wife and an amazing mother to her daughter.
Ebony D. Grace, Director of Partnerships and Quality Initiatives
Prior to joining NJSACC, since 2004, Ebony worked for the New Jersey Department of Education responsible for providing programmatic and budgetary oversight and technical assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Even Start Family Literacy program grants, helping to implement quality out-of-school time programs for New Jersey residents ages birth through adulthood. For over ten years, Ebony worked at various colleges and universities in Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey for the Upward Bound program assisting first-generation students in their goals to graduate high school and obtain post-secondary education. Ebony graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in psychology from Temple University and a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from MCP Hahnemann/Drexel University. She also has experience as a practicing family therapist providing therapeutic services to individuals, families, couples and adolescents. In June of 2015, Ebony completed a 1-year fellowship program with the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship sponsored by the Charles S. Mott Foundation and The Riley Institute at Furman University.
Ebony also has a diploma in Baking and Pastry from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She and her husband live in southern New Jersey with their two dogs and two tortoises.
Jessica Heiberg, Director of Program Services
Jessica organizes trainings, provides technical assistance to afterschool programs throughout the state, and coordinates NJSACC’s annual afterschool conference. She has spent her career working with children. Prior to joining NJSACC Jessica worked in a child care center before becoming a site coordinator for an afterschool program and a summer camp. A native of Westfield, New Jersey, she earned her BA in Women’s Studies from Douglass College at Rutgers University. She lives in Fanwood with her husband and three children.
Lee McDermott Schaefer, Policy Director
Lee coordinates NJSACC’s efforts to build public, private and political support for afterschool. Previously, she served as the Operations Director of the League of Young Voters, a national youth civic engagement organization, where she was responsible for the organization’s finances, human resources, and organizational development. She also worked for the Open Society Institute’s Youth Initiatives program, where she managed grants in the areas of youth media, urban debate and school reform. She studied Economics at New York University and Nonprofit Management at the New School. After several years in Brooklyn, she once again lives in her hometown of Westfield with her husband and three beautiful children and is a proud Girl Scout troop leader.Tweet