Our staff work hard to support the day-to-day operations of Special Olympics New Jersey. Want to get in touch?  View each staff member by team.

Executive  |  Program  |  Field Services  | Inclusive Education |
Corporate Development  |  Law Enforcement Torch Run  |
Marketing and Communications  |  Finance and Administration

Phone extensions are for the main phone line to the SONJ Sports Complex: 609.896.8000


Heather B. Andersen, President & CEO hba@sonj.org

Vanessa Glenn, Executive Assistantvg@sonj.org, ext. 294

Carmen Bannon, Chief Program Management Officercb@sonj.orgext. 231

William DePonte, Chief Operating Officer – wjd@sonj.orgext. 285


Jeff Baldino, Senior Director of Program – jjb@sonj.org, ext. 252

Amelia Hamilton, Healthy Communities Managerarh@sonj.orgext. 247

Susan Mejia, Games Systems Director – sm@sonj.orgext. 282

Samantha PetersackVolunteer Managersjp@sonj.org, ext. 240

Brianna Santoro, Young Athletes/Health Managerbss@sonj.orgext. 426

Amy Simmons, Director of Program – ajs@sonj.orgext. 272

Jess Stevenson, Manager of Program – jns@sonj.orgext. 286

Field Services

Joanne Monaco, Senior Field Services Managerjdm@sonj.orgext 274

Chris Tobin, Field Services Managercat@sonj.orgext. 230

Matt Willey, Field Services Managermaw@sonj.orgext. 442

Inclusive Education

Carolyn Marano, Interim Director of Inclusive Education – cjm@sonj.orgext. 278

Lauren Tyndorf, District Development and Expansion Director, Unified Champion Schools – lat@sonj.org, ext. 265

Emily Springle, District Program Manager, Unified Champion Schools – eps@sonj.org, ext. 264

Corporate Development

Diane Paraskevas, Senior Director of Corporate Developmentdp@sonj.orgext. 261

Christina Baldini, Corporate Events Director – cmb@sonj.orgext. 273

Laura Contini, Special Events Manager – lac@sonj.orgext. 424

Julia Hadinger, Development Assistantjnh@sonj.org, ext. 259

Jeanene LeppertDirector of Individual/Corporate Giving – jcl@sonj.orgext. 258

Beth Starr, Director of Corporate Partnershipsbas@sonj.orgext.262

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Jason Schubert, Senior Director of LETR Initiatives – jcs@sonj.orgext. 256

Edward Dean, LETR Special Events Director – end@sonj.orgext. 267

Jake KupferLETR Special Events Manager jzk@sonj.org, ext. 269

David Reed, Director of LETR Special Events – jdr@sonj.orgext. 287

Marketing and Communications

Jeremy Davis, Director of Marketing and Communicationsjld@sonj.orgext. 297

Larry Fried, Visual Content Managerlmf@sonj.org, ext. 271

Erica HartMarketing and Communications Manager – elh@sonj.orgext. 254

Edward Hartman III, Visual Content Director – ejh@sonj.orgext. 268

Finance and Administration

Cheryl Willis, Director of Finance and Administration caw@sonj.orgext. 279

Brian Wertz, Senior Director of Operationsbmw@sonj.orgext. 245

Lenny Yanchar, Operations Assistantlwy@sonj.orgext. 245/293

Taisha Cullum, Finance & Grants Coordinator tic@sonj.orgext. 429

Nate McMullan, IT & Database Managernlm@sonj.org, ext. 237

Elena Volkova, Accountant Ieyv@sonj.org, ext. 428