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Team Members

Jasmin Bethea

Jasmin Bethea

Director of Program & Events

Jasmin Bethea is a a mother of one vivacious little girl and the oldest daughter of board member, Joi. She is also a PROUD Alumna of Rutgers, The State University of NJ.

Noami Patino

Noami Patino

Board of Directors, Secretary

Founding Board Member

Joi Fisher-Griffin

Joi Fisher-Griffin

Board of Directors

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

Sarah Fulton

Sarah Fulton

Director, Finance

An adoptive mom, Sarah Fulton has a background in finance

Maria Connolly

Maria Connolly

Assistant Director of Advocacy

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

Olivia Occhipinti

Olivia Occhipinti

Intern, Social Media & Marketing

Founding member of the Board of Directors

Merle "Kip" Taylor

Merle "Kip" Taylor

Intern, Heart & Co

Heart & Co. team member

Elizabeth Occhipinti

Elizabeth Occhipinti

Co-Founder & President

Elizabeth Occhipinti Co-Founder & President of 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

Ivonne Droz

Ivonne Droz

Director, Family Support

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

Heather Janci

Heather Janci

Assistant Director of Advocacy

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

Chris Mills

Chris Mills

Consultant

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

Anna Mui

Anna Mui

Volunteer Coordinator

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

James Occhipinti

James Occhipinti

Board of Directors & Co-Founder

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

Kevin McClarren

Kevin McClarren

Board of Directors

Joined in 2022

Jessica Sauer

Jessica Sauer

Director, Advocacy

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

Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt

Administrative Coordinator

Jessica Pratt is the administrative and office coordinator who desires to volunteer for Miriam’s Heart.

Julia Flood

Julia Flood

Intern, Events

Julia is a junior in high school at The Pingry School and attends Evangel Church.

Rebekah Mindrebo

Rebekah Mindrebo

Parent Trainer & Mentor

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

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