The Board of The Children’s Hope Initiative, a committee of the
Friends of Somerset County Youth, Inc.
Barbara Barkley has been active in community service for over twenty-five years, working extensively with Hospice, local schools, and her church. Currently she is serving as the Coordinator of Stephen Ministry at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, and she is also a board member for SHARE in Africa, a charitable organization that seeks to empower girls in Africa through education. Barbara is married with two children.
Carin Blatteis is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked on behalf of foster children for over 18 years. Most recently Carin has worked as the Senior Case Supervisor for CASA of SHaW and hopes to continue to work with families involved in the child welfare system.
Jim Buccini is the Chief Operating Officer for Couch Braunsdorf Insurance Group, Inc., a New Jersey insurance agency based in Somerset County.
Kim Charles is an Independent Marketing Consultant and an active member of many community organizations. Her lifelong passions involve working on child abuse and hunger initiatives and currently volunteers with Proactive Parenting while also working on her hunger initiative 1canCAN. She currently serves as Archivist, National Trends Chair and Technology Chair for the Central New Jersey Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She is also Lead Teen Advisor for the Central New Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Additionally, she is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts and Montgomery Township School District.
Stacey A. Cozewith, Esq. is a Partner at Snyder & Sarno, LLC, a law firm exclusively devoted to family law matters. Stacey is a resident of Somerset County, a member of the Somerset County Bar Association and Trustee of the Somerset County Bar Foundation. Stacey has been recognized as a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and featured as one of New Jersey’s Women Leaders in Law for 2012.
Richard S. Diamond has been a practicing attorney in New Jersey since 1985 and the managing partner of Diamond & Diamond P.A., a law firm exclusively devoted to family law litigation, mediation & arbitration work. He is a Certified Matrimonial Trial Lawyer by the New Jersey Supreme Court and an accredited divorce & family law mediator and trained arbitrator. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and has lectured on various family law topics over the course of years.
Susan Dilts was for many years, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey.
Thomas Dilts is a retired Superior Court Judge who handled child abuse cases for 16 of his 20 years as a judge in Somerset and Hunterdon counties He is President of the CASA of New Jersey Board of Trustees and is co-chair of the New Jersey Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board.
Carol Dvooris and was formerly the Hunterdon County Site Director for Safe Harbor Child Access Center, an all volunteer agency that provides court-ordered supervised visitation. Carol believes in assisting families to not only survive but to thrive.
Meghan Fitzgerald is a mom of two, dedicated to improving the lives of all of our children. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and has a background in mentoring within schools – specifically in inclusive special education classes.
Jane R. Fox is a long time teacher who now, in her retirement from teaching, is a volunteer at Safe Harbor supervising parents who are working hard to reunite with their children.
Diane Lefebvre is a management consultant. Previously she worked at Princeton University, JP Morgan Chase and Telcordia Technologies responsible for project management governance, financial management and reporting, status reporting and metrics. Diane is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Somerset County.
Daniel Puntillo is Dan is the President of Friends of Somerset County Youth, Inc., our parent organization. In 2012, Daniel retired as Executive Director of Middle Earth after serving the young people of Somerset County for over 40 years. Dan and his family live in Somerville.
Colleen A. McCarthy is an attorney in private practice in Somerset County. She is a member of the Somerset County Bar Association and was awarded the Chief Richard Z. Voorhees Award for Child Advocacy in 2011.
Amy Zylman Shimalla has been practicing law since 1986. She limits her practice to family law matters. She is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a matrimonial attorney and is an accredited divorce and family mediator and trained arbitrator. She is also a collaboratively trained practitioner. Ms. Shimalla lectures and presents at the New Jersey State Bar Association as well as the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.