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Our Mission

We offer choices from a variety of person-centered, meaningful, age-appropriate options designed to enrich the life experiences of those we support. Community and on-site activities are created to foster independence, acceptance, and belonging. Our highly trained Direct Support Professionals implement strategies designed to achieve participants’ personal outcomes.     

Meet Our Team

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Laura Walsh has held the position of Executive Director over the last 10 years. During that time frame she was instrumental in the growth and development of one of the premier day habilitation programs in the state of New Jersey. She has been with the Children’s Center family since its inception, over 30 years ago as a Teacher of the Handicapped and Supervisor.  In addition, Laura developed the employee on-the-job, and continuous development training programs for all Teacher Assistants. Laura received her undergraduate degree from Trenton State College and her Master’s degree in Administration, Supervision and Curriculum from Georgian Court College. Utilizing her extensive education and work experiences, Laura continues to provide outstanding leadership and program development for our day habilitation program. 

Laura Walsh
Executive Director

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Jen holds a Masters in Human Resources Management (MHRM) and a B.S. in Marketing, with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University. Jen began her career in Human Resources and later discovered her passion to support individuals in need while working in the Personal Preference Program of the Department of Human Services. She then became certified by the Division of Developmental Disabilities as a Support Coordinator and has trained and supervised other Support Coordinators throughout the state. In September 2017, Jen joined CC Program’s Adult Day Habilitation Program in an effort to assist the organization with the increased complexity of requirements and regulations related to NJ's Medicaid Waiver - Supports Program. Jen is committed to supporting and enhancing the lives of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She believes in person-centered services and community inclusion for all.  

Jennifer Aronson
Program Director

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Over the past 18 years, Alan has served in various capacities while with the Children’s Center Programs of Monmouth County. Presently, Alan is the Chief Quality and Strategy. In this role, he has established the onboarding and staff development programs, co-developed a DDD-approved policy manual with Laura, and generated a multitude of family satisfaction surveys. Before this position, Alan was the Vice President of Human Resources, Quality, and Information Management at a large electronic security and alarm system company. As a result, Alan has earned numerous awards and recognitions from local, state, and national professional organizations, such as Best Human Resource Practices and Human Capital Executive of the Year. Alan also works as a part-time faculty member in several universities throughout the state. Alan has a doctorate from Rutgers University, an MBA in Human Resource Management, and a MA in Psychology.

Alan Fazzari
Chief Quality and Strategy Officer


Meet Our Professionals

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Tracey Wikander
Board Certified Behavior Analyst



Zareen Shueib
Quality, Compliance, and Event Management Specialist 

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Gina Fyfe

Human Resources

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Tona Brown

Program Supervisor

Victoria Ali 
Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Meet Our Building Supervisors

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Kim Alston
Building 6

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Jennifer Squires
Building 7

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Julie Ricciardi
Building 8

With each having over 20 years of experience with the Children’s Center and Adult Program, our building supervisors are seasoned professionals capable of managing the operations of their respective buildings. They work closely with our room supervisors to ensure they have the equipment and materials they need to go through with their planned activities for the Participants. In specific, the building supervisors perform daily check-ins and host weekly meetings with the room supervisors, making note of anything out of the ordinary and communicating such findings to the appropriate administrators. Their role is unique in that they are mentors to the staff, yet they also involve themselves with the activities and well-being of our men and women enrolled in the Adult Program. Our building supervisors are proud of the work they do, and will continue to put our Participants and their families first.

Meet Our Nurses

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Carolyn Barfoot, LPN

Building 6

Tina Laprise, BSN

Building 7

Sandy Arredondo, LPN

Building 7

Elizabeth Gannon, RN​​

Building 8

The nurses are an integral part of CCP’s Adult Day Habilitation Program. They offer unmatched assistance and supervision when taking care of our Participants. From distributing medications on a daily basis, to ordering refills, to handling any and every type of medical emergency, to supporting our Participants’ families and home representatives with ever-changing medicinal needs-- they are the foundation of support every family deserves. They undergo rigorous assessments and internal observations provided by the Department of Disabilities and administered by CCP. Not only are they experienced and qualified, but they love what they do and it shows in their work and relationships with the men and women enrolled in our program. 

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