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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.

Elizabeth Occhipinti

Elizabeth Occhipinti

Co-Founder & President

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

Jasmin Bethea

Jasmin Bethea

Director of Programs

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

Jonelle Marchese

Jonelle Marchese

Board of Directors

Joined in 2022

Maria Connolly

Maria Connolly

CAN, Assistant Director of Advocacy

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

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.

Heather Janci

Heather Janci

CAN, Assistant Director of Advocacy

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

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

Board of Directors

Founding member of the Board of Directors

Kim Hopkins

Kim Hopkins

Intern

Kim is a Graduate Student at Rutgers University

Merle "Kip" Taylor

Merle "Kip" Taylor

Facilities

Kip Taylor is currently attending Rutgers University Engineering program

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.

James Occhipinti

James Occhipinti

Board of Directors & Co-Founder

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

Joi Fisher-Griffin

Joi Fisher-Griffin

Board of Directors

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

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.

Nicole Epps

Nicole Epps

Advisor, Finance and Operations

With over a decade of progressive leadership experience

Sarah Fulton

Sarah Fulton

Assistant Director, Family Support

An adoptive mom, Sarah Fulton has a background in finance

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