Our Board of Directors is an enthusiastic team of active and retired professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries. This energetic group brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership and community support to help the homeless.



President, Michael Fabricant, Ph.D.

Professor, Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work
Finance/Property, Board Development committees


Vice President, Betsy Fabricant

Director of Support Services, Footsteps

Fundraising, Program, and Board Development committees


Secretary, Kathy Skrupskis

Board Development and Fundraising committees


Treasurer, Jeff Crum
Director of Real Estate, NJ Community Capital

Finance committee

Benjamin DiNapoli
Transportation Professional
Fundraising committee

Emily Driscoll-Kelly

Fundraising committee

Catherine Felegi

Staff writer, Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Program committee

Barbara Gaines

St. Joseph Social Services Center

Program committee


Amanda Leon de Gavarrete

Elizabeth Board of Education

Program committee


Eileen Martines

Standard and Poor’s Financial Services

Fundraising and Communications committees


Rosmery Pena

Fundraising committee


Susan Rifkin

Athletic Director, Bruriah High School for Girls

Board Development and Program committee

Carmen Rivera
Investors Bank
Fundraising committee


Marta Rivera

Branch Manager, New York Community Bank

Fundraising committee


Stephen V. St. Hilaire, Esq.

Retired, Central Jersey Legal Services

Property and Program committees


Michael Szarek
Assistant Vice President, Community Relations and Conference and Event Services, Felician College

Fundraising committee


Veronica Thomas

St. Joseph Social Services Center

Program committee


Allie Tunis

New York Historical Society

Program committee



Gerard Campbell

Retired, Investor, Merrill Lynch
Finance, Fundraising committees


Roy Thomas Colicchio
Teacher, Edison Board of Education
Fundraising committee


Edith Cheney, Ed.S.

Member Emeritus, Therapist, St. Joseph’s Social Service Center

Board Development committee


Sr. Jacinta Fernandes, OSB, MSW

Member Emeritus, Former Director, St. Joseph’s Social Service Center

Board Development Committee

Ellie Lesperance

Retired Assistant Chief Investigator, Office of the Public

Defender, Law Guardian Program in Newark

Fundraising committee


Arthur Martines

Retired Vice President of Human Resources, Saint Barnabas Health Care System

Finance and HR Development committees


Patricia Ann Vogler, Esq.
Attorney, New Jersey Public Defenders
Basketball Committee





Linda Flores-Tober

Executive Director, The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless