2019 YNPN-NJ Board Members
We are excited for our outstanding class of new board members who will be joining our board in 2019! Stay tuned for more information about them coming soon, as well as more exciting news about our new YNPN-NJ Advisory Board and opportunities for committee volunteers in the coming year that will be released in early February.
KRYSTLE ALLEN | Board Member
Krystle Allen is no stranger to work that involves community development, social change, and grassroots efforts. She served her first AmeriCorps VISTA term during the Winter of 2017 for the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, where she assumed the role of the marketing planning and development coordinator. Her responsibilities held a strong influence toward her professional development in the areas of social media marketing, network building, sponsorship acquisition, and planning/developing the organization's small and large scale programs and events.
Krystle also serves as the founder and president of a budding nonprofit organization called Eyes Like Mine, Inc., which has a mission to share awareness about the abilities and potential of vision loss through community service initiatives, comprehensive empowerment workshops, and innovative social change awareness events. Currently, Krystle is a member of the Leadership Newark class of 2020 and serves on the National Federation of the Blind community service division alongside numerous advocates who happen to be blind or vision impaired. In spite of her vision loss, she has a vision gained to impact one community at a time with dedication to serve.
CUTHBERT ASHBY | Vice Chair
Cuthbert Ashby has a master degree of science with a concentration in administration from the Metropolitan College of New York, in New York City. He has been involved in healthcare and social service as an administrator for 18 years. He has experience in managing multiple budgets, writing and implementing policies and procedures, providing in-service trainings for policy change(s) or new program evaluation; such as expectation of grant deliverables (goals and objectives), report writing, and staff performance evaluations. He has developed at-a-glance reports for several different programs at previous organizations that he has been employed at, using different methodologies, such as databases, physical chart reviews and observation of face-to-face interventions and interviews.
The following are the departments/units/programs that Mr. Ashby years of management experience which includes his recent completion of the Union County Nonprofit Leadership Program in September of 2018 he has also has been responsible for: HIV counseling, testing and referral (CTR) units; an Aftercare program (discharge planning, risk assessment and personal health counseling) for ex-offenders who have been diagnosis with HIV (ensure they have primary medical care upon release); youth center (safe-place for youth that have been identified as at-risk ‘addiction or incarceration ages’ 14 – 24), and; Ryan White programs that consist of primary medical care, medical case management, psychiatric care, mental health and substance abuse therapy, food pantry, other all incentives associated with these mediations (transportation, McDonald food vouchers, etc) and medical nutritional therapy. He has also represented his organizations at outside functions, meetings and conferences pertaining to new services and on-going quality assessments (Continuous Quality Improvement ‘CQI’). Mr. Ashby also represents community activism within and outside of his community. For example he was the Chairperson of the Coalition for Effective Newark Public Schools and volunteers at his church in different capacities (Usher, Men’s Ministry and Center for Business Excellence).
CATHERINE HENDERSON | Treasurer
Catherine Henderson is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work, concentration Management and Policy. She is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, and chose to continue to live in Middlesex County after her time at the Rutgers New Brunswick campus. Catherine is currently serving as an Americorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member with both the Puerto Rican Action Board and the United Way of Central Jersey. As a VISTA, and in previous years as an MSW intern, Catherine has been working in early childhood research, program coordination, and advocacy.
Prior to serving as a VISTA, Catherine worked as the Assistant Coordinator of Holocaust Survivor Services at Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County. She also served as Treasurer for the Undergraduate Social Work Organization at Rutgers, and as a group facilitator for veterans and active duty servicemen at her social work field placement with Empower Somerset. She is deeply invested in her community, and in her burgeoning social work career.
When Catherine is not working or volunteering, she loves reading science fiction, writing short stories, biking, and playing video games. Catherine is honored and thrilled to be joining the Board of Directors of YNPN-NJ, and to work alongside fellow passionate young professionals to help strengthen the nonprofit community.
JESSICA HIGGINS | Board Member
Jessica Higgins is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she received her master’s degree in communications and nonprofit management. She received her bachelor degrees in public relations and sociology at Quinnipiac University. Jessica is currently residing in Hillsborough and is working on the sales team at Macmillan Learning.
Prior to her current position at Macmillan, Jessica worked in the communications and community engagement departments at the Parkinson’s Foundation. She also completed communications and marketing internships at the Alzheimer’s Association and Lupus Foundation during undergrad, which initially sparked her passion for the nonprofit sector.
KATHRYN LYNCH | Board Member
Kathryn Lynch is currently the Director of Community Support Services at YWCA Union County, the lead domestic violence agency in Union County. In this position, Kathryn supervises a variety of programs, including: Counseling, Workforce Development, Case Management, Court Advocacy, the Crisis Response Team and Community Education. Kathryn started at YWCA Union County as an intern.
In 2016, Kathryn took on the role of STEP Job Specialist, where she supported domestic violence survivors with financial, educational, or employment goals. Within a few months, she become the STEP Coordinator. As the coordinator, Kathryn was responsible for supervising the STEP Job Specialist, creating workshops for the survivors, networking in the community, and assisting clients with their goals. In 2017, Kathryn took on her current role of the Director of Community Support Services. Working with domestic survivors is her passion, and she hopes to continue to grow in this field while making a positive impact in her clients’ lives.
Kathryn is a graduate from Seton Hall University, where she has earned both her Bachelors Degree and Masters in Social Work. In July 2017, Kathryn enrolled in a Doctoral program to receive her Doctorate in Social Work. Kathryn will earn her degree in June 2020. Kathryn will focus on using her Doctorate to prove the effects a Workforce Development program can have on domestic violence survivors.
ONEIL MADDEN | Board Member
Oneil Madden currently works as an Analyst for The State of New Jersey with the Department of Environmental Protection. Oneil’s work experience consists of being a Project Manager with experience in budgeting and directing special projects for nonprofits and private sector organizations.
Oneil was born in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the United States in the late 1990’s. Through frequent international travels and oversees work experience, Oneil developed a passion for policy implementation, human rights, and sustainability. His ultimate goal is to become an International Development Manager for a global organization.
Oneil is a first-generation college graduate from New Jersey City University with dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics. He pursued a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University with concentrations in Healthcare Administration and Nonprofit Management. He was elected as the Vice President for Rutgers University - School of Public Affairs and Administration Alumni Network. Oneil plays a vital role in his community through mentoring youths and serves on several leadership boards for youth led organizations.
DIANA ONUSCHAK | Board Member
Diana Onuschak is currently the Program Coordinator at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), a statewide legal services organization based in Newark, NJ. Diana is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with a B.S. in Environmental Policy, and minors in Social Justice and Women and Gender Studies. Diana joined the VLJ team as a legal assistant in 2013, and became program coordinator in 2015, where she now continues to support a number of VLJ's pro bono programs, facilitate volunteer recruitment and recognition, assist in development efforts, manage staff and more.
When not working or volunteering, Diana is most often found somewhere outside, hiking and biking, or just enjoying a scenic view.
Diana was, and remains, confident that she will always work in the nonprofit sector, as she finds the work to be a necessity, and is honored to contribute. Diana is excited to join YNPN-NJ and meet other professionals involved in the nonprofit sector, or who have other interests in supporting the nonprofit community, and further her involvement to increase access to justice throughout New Jersey.
MALLORY VISSER | Board Member
Mallory Visser is currently a student at Rutgers University Newark where she is pursuing her graduate degree in social work with an emphasis on policy and management.
Following her passions, Mallory has held many positions related to bettering the lives of women and children in New Jersey. She has previously worked at Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey and currently works at domestic violence shelters around the state. She is a Fellow Advocates for Children of New Jersey and the state Division on Women. In both positions she advocates for laws and policies to improve the lives of New Jersey's vulnerable populations.
When she is not saving the world, Mallory enjoys reading true crime books, playing with cats, and sampling craft beers.
NICOLE WETTSTEIN | Secretary
Nicole Wettstein is a life-long New Jersey resident and currently resides in Cedarville, New Jersey. Nicole is a graduate of Cumberland County College, Stockton University, Drexel University, and is planning to enter Rowan University’s Higher Education Leadership Doctoral program in the fall. She currently works at Rowan University as the Assistant Director of Advancement Services providing data and information services to build a strong base of support for the University.
Nicole also volunteers as a Coach for the Robotecs, a middle school FIRST FLL Robotics team, who recently won the 1st Place Champions Award at the Glassboro, NJ regional qualifier. She has also served on the event leadership team of her local American Cancer Society Relay For Life event for the past eleven years. Nicole is a member of the American Association of University Women, the ACE Women's Network at Rowan University, and currently serves as President of the Cumberland County College Alumni Association. She also serves on the Cumberland County College Advisory Board and as webmaster for the Cumberland County Bar Association and Foundation website. Nicole is passionate about serving the youth in her community and volunteers as a scholar mentor for the Give Something Back Foundation and served as chairperson of the 2018 Cumberland County Youth Empowerment Summit for Girls. Nicole has recently incorporated South Jersey STEAM, a local youth focused non-profit based in South Jersey whose mission is to provide neuro-diverse youth with access to programs and experiences that connect science and technology with the arts.
Nicole is married and has a thirteen year old son and enjoys nature, traveling, learning, music, and all things Disney. She enjoys singing in the a cappella group, The Next Chapter, and can still be found playing the trumpet now and then. She is excited to be continuing on the YNPN-NJ Board of Directors and is eager to help bring professional development and networking opportunities to New Jersey's current and future non-profit leaders.