Meet the Home Visiting Team

Jessica Nugent, Director of Home Visiting and Community Initiatives

Phone: 732-246-8060 x106

Jessica Nugent is the Director of Home Visiting and Community Initiatives, having joined PCA-NJ in 2012. She has always had a passion for home visitation programs and is enthused by the positive impact these services have on families. Jessica also manages the Regional Technical Assistance Center designated by PAT National Center, providing support services to PAT sites in New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. In addition, Jessica participates in many national CQI and evaluation initiatives, focusing on data collection and analysis to determine how to strengthen and expand home visitation programs nationally. She is an HFA Peer Reviewer and an HFA Nationally Certified Parent Survey Trainer. Jessica earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Rutgers School of Public Health.

Nancy Oliveira, Home Visitation Program Coordinator

Phone: 732-246-8060 x121

Nancy Oliveira is a Home Visitation Program Coordinator, having 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 trained in both HF and PAT models, and also a certified peer reviewer for the HFA network. She recently 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 Education from New Jersey City University.

Eva Szmutko, Home Visitation Program Coordinator

Phone: 732-246-8060 x114

Eva Szmutko is a Home Visitation Program Coordinator, having joined PCA-NJ in 2012.  She is a Parents as Teachers National Trainer, is a member of the International Council of PAT Leaders, and takes part in advisory groups for the PAT National Center.  Eva works with our NJ HV programs and our NY PAT Programs. Eva is also a Healthy Families America Peer Reviewer and a certified ASQ & ASQ:SE trainer.  She previously worked with out-of-school-time programs and AmeriCorps members in the City of Trenton.  She strongly believes that all children and families deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Eva is an alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA, New York University, and Rutgers University, where she obtained a Master’s in Public Administration.

Sarah Baig, Home Visitation Program Specialist

Phone: 732-246-8060 x122

Sarah Baig is a Home Visitation Program Specialist, having joined PCA-NJ in 2015. Sarah attended Elon University in NC where she obtained a BA in Human Service Studies and traveled to 10 different countries in Central America, Europe, and Asia doing service work surrounding issues of violence against women and children and music and arts education. She is an HFA Peer Reviewer. Sarah believes in these home visiting models and enjoys seeing the positive impacts the programs have on families and children. Sarah is a licensed social worker certified in Violence Against Women and Children and Non-Profit Management. Sarah received her MSW from Rutgers University.

Elizabeth Paterno, Home Visitation Program Specialist

Phone: 732-246-8060 x113

Elizabeth Paterno is a Home Visitation Program Specialist, having joined PCA-NJ in 2015. She is an HFA Peer Reviewer, Domestic Violence Response Advocate, and a Sexual Assault Response Advocate. Previously, she worked at Wynona’s House Child Advocacy Center in Newark, NJ as a Program Specialist, where she worked with children who were abused and/or neglected. She graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Family Services.

Alyssa McFarlane, Home Visitation Program Specialist

Phone: 732-246-8060 x127

Alyssa McFarlane is a Home Visitation Program Specialist, having joined PCA-NJ in 2018. Alyssa has worked in maternal and child health as a Community Health Worker connecting expectant mothers to local resources. She also has significant experience in community health education working with parents, teens and young adults. Having worked in the community Alyssa has seen first-hand the positive impact of the home-visiting programs. Alyssa received her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health from William Paterson University. She is currently working towards her Master in Public Health from the University of New England.

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