Nick has been a Board Director for the Westfield Area Y for the past 26 years. He currently serves on its Executive Committee and is Chair of its Long-range Planning and Financial Development Committees. Previously, he was Board Chairperson and Chair of the Child Care Committee.
Over the last six years, Nick has mentored executives in the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Management Programs and currently serves as a Board Director of Stanford Alumni Startups New York. Previously, he spent most of his career as a Managing Director and Operating Partner in private equity. He was an executive and/or Board Director for 12 companies, including La Petite Academy, Inc., which provided 90,000 students with early childhood education at 750 schools across 33 states.
Suad has devoted the last 12 years of her career to expanding and improving out of school time opportunities as Director of School Based Services at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS). As a result of her leadership, the Club Ed Afterschool Program has grown to serve approximately 1000 students across 6 public school districts. Since 2003, her mission in the nonprofit sector has been to increase prospects for children and families in socioeconomically challenged areas.
She has experience in designing, generating, and implementing curricula for students in grades K to 12. Her experience also includes professional development for teachers and childcare workers. Suad join the NJSACC Board to help support out of school programming because she believes that families should have a safe and affordable place where their children can grow socially, emotionally, and academically.
Krista is a Child Care Service Area Director for Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen. She currently oversees 17 child care programs in four counties that serve approximately 1300 children including early learning centers, before and after school programs, and summer programs . Krista has worked for Catholic Charities for over 20 years and has volunteered her time with a focus on improving the quality of child care services both statewide and nationally. Krista has been instrumental in expanding her child care services over the years in both school age programming and the preschool sector. Her preschool center is a 3 star Grow NJ Kids program while nine of her school age programs previously received national accreditation through the National Afterschool Association (NAA).
Krista has a Bachelor’s in Education and Art and received her Master’s in Business Administration in 2016. She has been a dedicated board member for many years and involved with NJSACC since 1999. Krista continues to focus on improving her programming in an effort to meet the needs of the families her organization serves and recognizes the importance of quality school age care in the out of school hours.
Dana Lodge is the Chief Financial Officer of Everest Insurance. She joined the NJSACC Board in May of 2021.
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.
Anne L. Thompson
Anne Thompson is a co-founder of Laurus Grant-Writing & Evaluation Services, where she is the grant-writing lead and provides evaluation services to nonprofits and school districts in New York and New Jersey. As a grant writer, she has secured major federal, state, foundation and corporation grants for a variety of clients, including universities, school districts, and nonprofit organizations.
Grants awarded include those for Full Service Community Schools, 21 st Century Community Learning Centers programs, YouthBuild programs, New York City SONYC/COMPASS programs, Teacher Quality Partnership programs and more. As an evaluator, she works closely with New York City school districts and a variety of non-profit organizations.
Prior to founding Laurus, Ms. Thompson served as an independent grant writer and evaluator. She has also been the Director of Evaluation and Special Projects for New Jersey After 3, Program Officer for The After-School Corporation (now ExpandEdSchools), and Curriculum Developer, Program Supervisor and Site Coordinator for the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (now New York Edge).
She authored Program Operations Manuals for TASC and Children’s Aid Society and is the author of Fabulous Fashions: Links to Learning, Literacy and Life, in Afterschool Matters (Corwin Press 2007). She also worked as a health care attorney in Atlanta and New York City.
Ms. Thompson has a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Fred C. Wasiak
Fred C. Wasiak, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Food Bank of South Jersey
Fred C. Wasiak was named president and CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) in 2018; he oversees all aspects of the organization, including financial sustainability, operational efficiency, community engagement, advocacy, staff enrichment and board development.
Under Fred’s leadership, FBSJ which was established in 1985 with the mission to provide an immediate solution to the urgent problem of food insecurity, continues the mandate to alleviate hunger by eliminating barriers to food access and offering relevant programming and resources that seek to improve the lives of impacted residents.
As an accomplished executive with over 35 years of management and leadership experience, Fred is steering FBSJ, the leading hunger-relief organization in the southern region of New Jersey, into a future that builds upon the organization’s core competencies while paving the way for innovation and sustainability.
Currently, Fred is the President of the Medford-Vincentown Rotary Club and serves as a member of Board of Trustees for the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC). Prior to joining the Food Bank, Fred was owner/principal of Humanics Consulting where he provided consulting, training, coaching and mindful development services for board, staff and nonprofit organizations. He also served 27 years in several YMCAs spanning from New York to New Jersey as a program director to CEO and worked for Goodwill Industries of New Jersey and Philadelphia initiating their community development program.
Fred holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management/Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Fred resides in South Jersey with his wife, Betsy. They have three wonderful children and a wonderful son-in-law and daughter-in-law.