Meet the Home Visiting Team

Eva Szmutko – Director, Home Visiting

Eva Szmutko joined PCA-NJ in 2012.  She is a PAT National Trainer, a certified ASQ/ASQ:SE Trainer, and a member of the International Council of PAT Leaders. She previously worked with out-of-school time programs and oversaw AmeriCorps members in the City of Trenton.  She believes that all families deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential, and that programs continuously learn from each other and families on how best to support families. Eva is an alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA, NYU, and Rutgers University, where she obtained a Master’s in Public Administration.

Nancy Oliveira – Manager, Home Visiting

Nancy Oliveira joined PCA-NJ in 2012. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, youth and families in different roles and programs. She is a certified ASQ & ASQ:SE-2 trainer and also a certified peer reviewer for the HFA network. She was accepted to participate on the HFA Accreditation Panel, which reviews the model’s accreditation process to identify best practices and refine current practice to ensure model fidelity. Nancy earned her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from NJCU.

Elizabeth Paterno – Senior Program Specialist, Home Visiting

Elizabeth Paterno joined PCA-NJ in 2015 and has over ten years of experience working with children, youth, and families in different capacities. Elizabeth is a certified HFA Foundations for Family Support training and an HFA Peer Reviewer. She conducts trainings for the home visiting network on IPV, Trauma, FSW Refresher, and Supervisor’s Core. Elizabeth is a part of the agency’s ChildWIN team, conducts trainings on Trauma 101, Resilience, Self-Care, Child Exposure to IPV, Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention, and is a Youth Resilience group leader. She received a BA from Montclair State University with a degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Family Services. She also received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Kean University and is a Licensed Associate Counselor.

Gina Hoffman – Program Specialist, Home Visiting

Gina Hoffman recently joined PCA-NJ with over ten years’ experience serving communities in New Jersey. Gina is no stranger to New Jersey’s home visiting network, with over four years’ experience managing Healthy Families-TIP, Parents as Teachers, and Connecting NJ (formerly Central Intake) programs in the southern part of the state.  She is passionate about enhancing communities through outreach and facilitating key partnerships. Gina has completed the Brazelton Touchpoints certification series and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a specialization in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies from Rowan University.

Michellé Alequin – Program Specialist, Home Visiting

Michellé Alequin joined PCA-NJ in 2022. Michellé has always maintained a passion for working with families and has experience working in the field for over 7 years. Previously, she has worked as an early childhood educator, an ABA therapist, and a Service Coordinator for the Regional Early Intervention Collaborative. She has high regard for both the HFA and PAT home visiting models and loves seeing the beneficial impact it continues to make for many families. Michellé graduated from Kean University where she received her BA in Psychology.

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