Nancy Good, MSW, LSW
Vice President of Finance
Joe began his employment at Alternatives, Inc. in 2018, and has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in the field of Finance and Accounting. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant, with a degree from Seton Hall University. In his role as VP of Finance, Joe is responsible for oversight of the Finance, Housing, Facility, Property Management and IT Departments. In addition to being a CPA, Joe is a Certified Fraud Examiner. In his spare time, Joe enjoys bowling (but not professionally), good movies and trips to the beach.
Agatha Niemiec, MHRM, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Vice President of Services
Fresia started her career at Alternatives in 1984 as a part-time Direct Support Professional (DSP), and upon graduation from Kean University, with her BSW, she was promoted to Manager of the agency’s Supervised Apartments. Fresia has held many positions within her 30 year career at Alternatives, including her current position as Vice President of Services. Fresia took a 7 year break to raise her children with her childhood sweetheart, and husband of 34 years. Fresia’s parents were both first generation immigrants from Peru, and when she is not working, Fresia enjoys spending time with her beautiful granddaughter, whom she enjoys teaching Spanish to keep her family heritage alive.
Aggie joined the Alternatives’ team in 1998 as Human Resources Manager, and was later promoted to Director of HR and then to VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development, where she currently provides executive-level leadership and guidance to the organization’s HR operations. Aggie is responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, and 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. Aggie received the distinction of PHR & SPHR (Professional in Human Resources.) Prior to working for Alternatives, Aggie 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.
Nancy Good began working at Alternatives in 1987. Since 1990, Nancy 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, Nancy enjoys music, spending time with her husband, at their home away from home in Cape May, and being with their pups, Crosby and Herbie.
Lynn began her career at Alternatives in 1994. She holds a BS in Psychology from Fairfield University and an MSed in Educational Psychology from Fordham University. Prior to working for Alternatives, Lynn worked for another provider organization and as a substitute teacher. Currently, Lynn serves as VP of QACC, Privacy Officer and Compliance Officer for Alternatives. Prior to these roles, Lynn was the Director of Fee-for-Service Transition, Director of Service, Quality Support Unit Investigator, Trainer and Auditor. In her spare time, Lynn trains dogs for therapy work and enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Vice President of Quality Assurance and Corporate Compliance
Carolyn has worked in human services since 1989, and at Alternatives since 1999. Before becoming VP of Admissions & Development, Carolyn held the positions of Quality Support Specialist, Director of Services, and Senior Director of Services. Prior to joining Alternatives, Carolyn was a Respite Worker, DSP, Group Home Manager and Assistant Director of Residential Services for other provider agencies and families. When Alternatives’ admissions functions were centralized, Carolyn assumed the role of supervising that area, and subsequently, the development functions of the agency, including fundraising, marketing and community relations. Carolyn is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association of Community Providers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, and 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 about world events.
Vice President of Admissions and Development
Karola holds the current distinction of having the most consistent longevity in her career at Alternatives. She began working for the agency in 1986 and has been here ever since. Karola has almost 50 years of experience in the Clerical & Management Field, including her current position as Director of Administration. In her role, Karola oversees the Clerical Department, and her responsibilities include providing guidance to her staff, working closely with the President, Leadership Team and Support Departments, serving as liaison to the Board of Trustees, managing vendor contacts, processing requests from staff for supplies, agency phone management, and several other areas. Karola came to the United States from Germany in 1985, along with her husband and 2 children. She loves animals, German Crossword Puzzles and spending time with her family. Karola considers Alternatives, Inc. to be her second family.
Director of Administration
Christina began working for Alternatives in 2009. She holds a BA and MA in Psychology, both from Marist College. In her current role, as Associate Vice President of Services, Christina oversees half of the agency’s residential programs serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Additionally, Christina oversees the agency’s Support Coordination services, now covering Morris, Union and Sussex Counties. She also has the responsibility of oversight of the agency’s policies and procedures for IDD residential programs. Christina’s career with Alternatives started out as an Assistant Manager, then Program Manager in our Community Outreach Services; Assistant Director of Community Outreach Services, then Director of Services before being promoted to her current position of Associate Vice President. Christina also played an active role in getting our Support Coordination services up and running in 2013. In her down time, Christina enjoys arts and crafts activities, the beach, as well as spending time with her husband and 2 young sons.
Vice President of Services
Nicole has been with Alternatives, Inc. since 2006. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Clinical License in Social Work. Prior to Alternatives, Nicole worked as a private therapist, as well as on an inpatient psychiatric facility. Her current role involves supervision of the agency’s mental health department - Community Outreach Services, the Health Supports and Behavioral Supports Departments. When not working, Nicole enjoys reading, watching horror movies and playing with her dogs.
Nicole Kurdyla, LCSW
Vice President of Behavioral and Health Services
Dara began her tenure at Alternatives in 2005. Initially, she held the position of Director of Services and was later promoted to Senior Director of Services and then to Associate Vice President of Services. Dara has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, and an MA in Counselor Education from Kean University. 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. In her current role, Dara oversees half of the agency’s residential programs serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Additionally, Dara oversees the agency’s supported employment division, Bridges to Employment, as well as the agency’s Abilities in Motion (AIM) day program, the Career Development Center, serving individuals with hearing loss, and Transition Services. 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.