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Team Members

Anna Mui

Anna Mui

Volunteer Coordinator

Currently attending Rutgers University, Anna Mui is the Miriam's Heart Volunteer Coordinator.

Chris Mills

Chris Mills

Consultant

Chris is an external volunteer data and research consultant a PhD Candidate at Princeton University.

Ivonne Droz

Ivonne Droz

Director, Family Support

Ivonne Droz is the Director of Family Support for Miriam's Heart.

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

Board of Directors

Founding member of the Board of Directors

Jonelle Marchese

Jonelle Marchese

Board of Directors

Joined in 2022

Lilyana Occhipinti

Lilyana Occhipinti

Intern

Lilyana Occhipinti is a driven and compassionate high school student who is embarking on an exciting journey as a high school intern at Miriam's Heart.

Noami Patino

Noami Patino

Board of Directors, Secretary

Founding Board Member

Arista Chase

Arista Chase

Administrative Assistant

Arista has a background in hospitality, events, and the design & creative fields.

Elizabeth Occhipinti

Elizabeth Occhipinti

Co-Founder & President

Elizabeth Occhipinti Co-Founder & President of Miriam’s Heart.

James Occhipinti

James Occhipinti

Board of Directors & Co-Founder

Co-founder of Miriam's Heart and founding member of the Board of Directors

Jessica Sauer

Jessica Sauer

Director, Advocacy

Jessica is a lawyer and zealous advocate for children and families.

Kevin McClarren

Kevin McClarren

Board of Directors

Joined in 2022

Maria Connolly

Maria Connolly

CAANJ, Assistant Director of Advocacy

Maria advocates to make changes to NJ’s foster care system.

Rebekah Mindrebo

Rebekah Mindrebo

Assistant Director, Family Support

An Empowered to Connect Parent Trainer, Rebekah is passionate to support parents.

Beth Olson

Beth Olson

Office Assistant

Beth Olson is an adoptive mother who desires to live out her faith in Jesus Christ.

Heather Janci

Heather Janci

CAANJ, Assistant Director of Advocacy

Heather has a background in child development, behavior analysis and education.

Jasmin Bethea

Jasmin Bethea

Director of Programs

As Director of Programs, Jasmin's current focus is developing the organization and managing programs.

Joi Fisher-Griffin

Joi Fisher-Griffin

Board of Directors

Joi Fisher-Griffin is an Educator, Entrepreneur, Author and Mother.

Kim Hopkins

Kim Hopkins

Intern

Kim is a Graduate Student at Rutgers University

Merle "Kip" Taylor

Merle "Kip" Taylor

Intern

Kip Taylor is currently attending Rutgers University Engineering program

Sarah Fulton

Sarah Fulton

Assistant Director, Family Support

An adoptive mom, Sarah Fulton has a background in finance

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