Meet Our Team
Nancy began working at Alternatives in 1987. Since 1990, she has been the President of Alternatives, where she is responsible for total operations and oversight of the agency.
Nancy holds a BA from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, and an MSW from the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, with a concentration in Administration, Community Organization and Planning. Prior to coming to Alternatives, Nancy, a Licensed Social Worker, worked as a DDD Case Management Supervisor and a School Social Worker in Hunterdon County. Nancy is the Vice-Chair of the Kingwood Housing Board, as well as a Member of the Somerset County Human Services Advisory Council and the Rotary Club of Somerville & Bridgewater. In her free time, she enjoys music, spending time in Cape May, and being with her pups, Nash and Josie.
VP of Finance
Joe began his employment at Alternatives in 2018. As VP of Finance, he is responsible for oversight of the Finance, Housing, Facility, Property Management and IT Departments.
Joe is a Certified Public Accountant, with a degree from Seton Hall University. He has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in the field of Finance and Accounting. In addition to being a CPA, Joe is a Certified Fraud Examiner. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling (but not professionally), good movies and trips to the beach.
VP of Services
Fresia started her career at Alternatives in 1984. In her current role as VP of Services, she is responsible for the oversight of all of the agency’s services and programs.
Fresia has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Kean University. Prior to her current role, Fresia held positions at Alternatives including Direct Support Professional, Program Manager, Quality Support Specialist and Director of Services. Fresia’s parents were both first generation immigrants from Peru. When she is not working, Fresia enjoys spending time with her beautiful grandchildren, whom she enjoys teaching Spanish to keep her family heritage alive.
VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Aggie joined the Alternatives’ team in 1998 and currently serves as the VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development.
She is responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, as well as identifying and implementing long-range strategic talent management goals. Additionally, Aggie oversees the development of training programs, facilitation of change management initiatives, and review of current development programs to ensure linkage to company goals. Aggie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, with a Concentration in Human Resources, from Rider University, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management, from Capella University. She has received the distinction of PHR & SPHR (Professional in Human Resources) and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Prior to her current role, Aggie held the positions of Human Resources Manager and Director of HR. Prior to working for Alternatives, she held positions including Assistant Manager and Manager in other industries. Aggie also has experience with providing language translation for documents, court translations, and ESL tutoring. Aggie’s personal interests include travel, photography and teaching others.
VP of Quality Assurance and Corporate Compliance
Lynn began her career at Alternatives in 1994. Currently, Lynn serves as VP of Quality Assurance and Corporate Compliance, Privacy Officer and Compliance Officer. She holds a BS in Psychology from Fairfield University and an MS Ed in Educational Psychology from Fordham University.
Lynn is a member of the NJACP Corporate Compliance Committee. Prior to Lynn’s current roles, she was the Director of Fee-for-Service Transition, Director of Service, Quality Support Unit Investigator, Trainer and Auditor. Prior to working for Alternatives, Lynn worked for another provider organization and as a substitute teacher. In her spare time, Lynn trains dogs for therapy work and enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
VP of Admissions and Development
Carolyn joined the Alternatives’ team in 1999. In her current position as VP of Admissions & Development, Carolyn oversees the agency’s centralized admissions process as well as the areas of development, marketing and community relations.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Prior to Carolyn’s current role, she held the positions of Quality Support Specialist, Director of Services, and Senior Director of Services. Prior to joining Alternatives, Carolyn was a Respite Worker, Direct Support Professional, Group Home Manager and Assistant Director of Residential Services for other provider agencies and families. Carolyn is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association of Community Providers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family – immediate and extended – as well as participating in fitness-related activities and staying informed of world events.
Director of Administration
Karola holds the current distinction of having the most consistent longevity in her career at Alternatives. She began working for the agency in 1986. In her current position as Director of Administration, Karola oversees the Clerical Department.
Her responsibilities include providing guidance to the Clerical team, working closely with the President, Leadership Team and Support Departments, serving as liaison to the Board of Trustees, and several other areas. Karola has almost 50 years of experience in the Clerical & Management Field. Karola came to the United States from Germany in 1985, along with her husband and two children. She loves animals, German Crossword Puzzles and spending time with her family.
AVP of Services
Dara began her tenure at Alternatives in 2005. In her current role, Dara oversees several of the agency’s residential programs serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Additionally, Dara oversees the agency’s Abilities in Motion (AIM) day program. Dara has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, and an MA in Counselor Education from Kean University. She is a member of the NJACP Member Resources Committee. Initially, Dara held the position of Director of Services and was later promoted to Senior Director of Services prior to her current role. Prior to working at Alternatives, Dara worked for other provider organizations, as Assistant Supervised Apartment Manager, Supervised Apartment Manager, Residential Director and Assistant Director of Human Resources. Dara lives in rural Warren County with her husband, teenage daughter and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, gardening and watching sports in her spare time.
AVP of Services
Christina began working for Alternatives in 2009. In her current role, as Associate Vice President of Services, Christina oversees several of the agency’s residential programs serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Additionally, Christina oversees the agency’s Support Coordination services, covering Morris, Union and Sussex Counties. She also has the responsibility of oversight of the agency’s policies and procedures for IDD residential programs. She holds a BA and MA in Psychology, both from Marist College. During Christina’s career with Alternatives, she began as an Assistant Program Manager, and later became Program Manager in Community Outreach Services, Assistant Director of Community Outreach Services, then Director of Services, before being promoted to her current position. In her down time, Christina enjoys arts and crafts activities, the beach, as well as spending time with her husband and two young sons.
AVP of Behavioral and Health Services
Nicole has been with Alternatives since 2006. Her current role involves supervision of the agency’s mental health department (Community Outreach Services) and the Health Supports and Behavioral Supports Departments.
Nicole is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds an MSW as well as a Clinical License in Social Work. Prior to Alternatives, Nicole worked as a private therapist, as well as at an inpatient psychiatric facility. When not working, Nicole enjoys reading, watching horror movies and playing with her dogs.