Monmouth County ACTS

Community Partners

At its core, Monmouth ACTS is a partnership. Read on to meet our County government and community partners.

Monmouth County Department of Human Services

The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners established the Monmouth County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) in 1987. It reflects the Commissioners’ long-standing commitment to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens, and those who may be struggling with an unexpected event that has left them unsure of where to turn.

MCDHS’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for people in Monmouth County through the planning, purchasing and delivery of human services by highly effective employees in partnership with public and private organizations. More than 140,000 Monmouth County residents receive one or more services from MCDHS each year.

Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council

The Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council (MAAC) represents a number of nonprofit organizations whose goals are to assist County residents in meeting a broad array of human service needs relating to mental health, disabilities, addiction, aging, housing, child care, food insufficiency, transportation and more.

Peter Boynton
Chair, Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council
Director, Monmouth County Dept. of Human Services

Kathy Collins
Vice-Chair, Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council

Susan M. Kiley
Monmouth County Commissioner

Teri O’Connor
Monmouth County Administrator

Behaviorial Health Hub Co-Chairs

Wendy DePedro, Mental Health Assoc. of Monmouth County
Lynn Seaward, Monmouth County Department of Human Services

Early Childhood Success Hub Co-Chairs

Colleen Nelson, VNA Health Group
Kim Perrelli, Child Care Resources

Financial Empowerment Hub Co-Chair

Yolanda Taylor, Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development
Semaj Vanzant, Interfaith Neighbors

Housing & Homelessness Hub Co-Chair

Tim Hearne

Positive Youth Development Hub Co-Chairs

Dustin Knoblauch, Monmouth County Office of Child and Youth Development   
Samantha Muccini, 180 Turning Lives Around     

Successful Aging Hub Co-Chairs

Randy Bishop, Neptune Township Department of Senior Services and Senior Center
Michele O’Shaughnessy, Monmouth County Department of Human Services – Division on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services

Transportation Hub Co-Chairs

Joseph Annecharico, County of Monmouth
Patricia Carlesimo, LADACIN Network     

Pat Bohse, Bohse & Associates LLC

Sara Burrill, Brookdale Community College

Tony Comerford, Ph.D., New Hope-IBHC, Inc.

Paul Dement, Monmouth University

Anna Diaz-White, 180 Turning Lives Around

Thomas F. Hayes, New Jersey Natural Gas

Steve Heisman, HABcore, Inc.

Gwendolyn O. Love, Lunch Break

Rev. Dr. Patricia S. Medley, Freehold Clergy Association

Beatriz Oesterheld, Community Affairs & Resource Center (CARC)

Rev. Robert Pierce, I Beseech Thee Development Corp.

Pastor Terrence K. Porter, Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank

Dr. Lester W. Richens, Monmouth County Office of Education

Louis Schwarcz, Family and Children’s Service

Marta Silverberg, Monmouth Family Health Center

Rev. Ronald L. Sparks, Bethel AME Church

Arlene Spiegler

Triada Stampas, Fulfill

Dr. Anita Voogt, Brookdale Community College

Mary Pat Angelini

Ginger Mulligan

Randi Moore, Affordable Housing Alliance

Geoffrey Perselay, County of Monmouth

Lori McLane, United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties

Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Members:

Karen Asay, Division of Child Protection & Permanency

Ellen Cohen, Office of Youth Services Planning

Christopher Merkel, Monmouth County Department of Health

Nelson Troche, State of New Jersey Department of Human Services

Nicole Cyr

Desiree Whyte

Residents can find any of these organizations, and the many more that provide helpful services and programs, at the MonmouthResourceNet.

If you are interested in becoming involved with one of the Monmouth ACTS Hubs, feel free to reach out to any of the co-chairs by clicking on their names.