Executive Team

Gina HernandezGina Hernandez | Executive Director

Gina Hernandez, MA, LPC was appointed by the Board to the position of Executive Director of  Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey and the Child Wellness Institute in April 2021.  Gina has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, clinical services and program evaluation.

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Gina joined the staff of PCA-NJ in 2005 and worked in a variety of roles throughout the agency. As Senior Vice President for 7 years, she was responsible for development, oversight and evaluation of all prevention programs, now serving more than 60,000 families.  She has been published for her research as a co-principal investigator in several publications including the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and Prevention Science for her work on addressing maternal depression and substance use disorders. In 2018, Gina was recognized as “A Woman of Achievement” by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs for her dedication, commitment and extraordinary work on behalf of children and families in New Jersey.

Also under Gina’s leadership, the Child Wellness Institute (ChildWIN) was created in 2019 to  assist and support even more children and families. It was designed to offer healing centered and resilience building skills to professionals, children and families in New Jersey and beyond.  To date, ChildWIN has partnered with more than 30 schools statewide and is working to expand its services.

Prior to PCA-NJ, Gina worked at the Edison Job Corps Academy and Alternatives, Inc in Somerset County and continues to volunteer at several nonprofits throughout the state. She started her career in television and radio broadcasting at WMGM-TV in South Jersey.

Gina has a BA in Communications, an M. in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, holds a Certificate in Play Therapy and earned a Post Masters Certificate in Trauma: Clinical Foundations. She is a co-developer of the Trauma Transformation Initiative and co-author of the Healing Hearts and Building Resilience curriculum.

 

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Veronica FordVeronica Ford | Vice President

Dr. Ford has a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and a PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior from Capella University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) who enjoys working part-time as an Intensive In-Community Therapist and Adjunct Professor.

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Dr. Ford’s education and work experience have afforded her the opportunity to work with individuals and families from various sectors across the human services field. However, she believes working with individuals and families affected by the cycle of child abuse and neglect, substance use disorders and other forms of trauma have been the most rewarding in her sixteen years of practice. She enjoys research and has published journal articles entitled, “Measuring Patient Satisfaction in New Mothers with Substance Use Disorders: A Correlative Investigation”, and “Financial Aspects & Accessibility and Convenience: New Mothers with Substance Use Disorders Satisfaction with Health Care Affordability and Accessibility”. Dr. Ford is also the co-author of “Mental Illness and Crime: A Misconceived Relationship”, which is featured in the Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science and chapter contribution in the textbook, “Primary Theories of Crime and Victimization”, third edition. Dr. Ford has lectured and presented her work at various conferences.

She is committed to serving individuals and families and uses her research as a platform to educate, promote and expand services to those in need.  Her most recent position was the Senior Program Director of Youth and Family Services at the Center for Family Services, where she oversaw several programs including the Atlantic Parents as Teachers home visitation program and the Egg Harbor Township School Based Youth Services Program.

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Pamela StalcupPamela Stalcup | Director of Development and Communications

Pamela Stalcup joined PCA-NJ as Director of Development and Communications in 2014. Pamela is a Board Member of BookSmiles, a Past President of the Rotary Club of New Brunswick, and a Past President of The Kiwanis Club of The Haddons.

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Pamela volunteers as the Camden County Volunteer Coordinator of The Pajama Program, New Jersey Chapter. Previously, she served as Executive Director at Healing the Children New Jersey, New Eyes for the Needy, and The Arc of Hunterdon Foundation; and Director of Special Events at The Institute for Community Living in New York. Prior to her nonprofit career, Pamela worked in public relations and special events at Isolar Enterprises, Columbia Tri-Star Film Distributors and Playboy Enterprises. Pamela completed the 2011-13 Rutgers University Institute for Ethical Leadership Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program at Rutgers Business School-Newark, sponsored by the Prudential Foundation. Pamela resides in Cherry Hill with her family. She is proud to promote great childhoods for all children.

 

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Jane SwiggettJane Swiggett | Director of Human Resources

Jane Swiggett was named Director of Human Resources in 2013. She has more than 25 years of comprehensive Human Resources experience in the nonprofit and private sectors.

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At PCA-NJ, Jane is responsible for leading the efforts to attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce in support of the agency’s mission. She has expertise in employee relations, talent acquisition & management, Human Resources policy, and benefits strategy & administration. Jane holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College.

 

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Donald SurlakRonald Surlak | Director of Finance

Ronald J. Surlak joined PCA-NJ as Director of Finance in December 2015. He is responsible for the accounting and financial operations, budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting, and coordinating all accounting and financial policies and procedures.

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Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of NewBridge Services in Pompton Plains, NJ where he was responsible for the accounting and financial operations, financial reporting, and client billing department. During his professional tenure, he also served as Chief Financial Officer and Controller of First Hope Bank in Hope, NJ, where he oversaw the company’s accounting and financial operations, coordinated the company’s interest rate risk management, and also managed the company’s investment portfolio. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), he earned a BA in Business Administration and a BS in Accounting from Upsala College. He is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is also a member of the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Section.

 

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Colleen HicksColleen Hicks | Director of Grow NJ Kids

Colleen Hicks is Director of the Grow NJ Kids Technical Assistance Center at PCA–NJ. As the TA Center for seven counties in Central and Northeastern NJ, Colleen’s team provides support through coaching, mentoring, and collaborative networking opportunities to infant, toddler, preschool and family child-care programs participating in Grow NJ Kids – NJ’s quality rating and improvement system.

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Colleen joined PCA-NJ in 2005 as the Community Education Specialist for the Parent Education and Technical Assistance (PETA) program. Since then, she has worked extensively with multiple agency programs to conduct program evaluation, oversee model compliance and quality assurance, and provide technical assistance and training to prevention programs and their professional staff statewide. During her tenure at PCA-NJ, Colleen has developed and authored the Title I Parent Involvement Self-Evaluation Toolkit for NJ Schools in collaboration with the NJ Department of Education and was one of the key developers of the Family Friendly Walkthrough; a self-evaluation tool and process adopted by over 80 early childhood and K-12 schools statewide. Colleen has an M.A. in Public Policy from Monmouth University in New Jersey and a B.S in Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is a certified trainer in the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework, Every Person Influences Children (EPIC), National Network of Partnership Schools, and Great Beginnings Start Before Birth Pre-Natal curriculums.

 

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Patty MojtaPatty Mojta | Director of Community Engagement

Patty Mojta is a licensed Social Worker who has been working with children and families for more than 10 years. Patty joined PCA-NJ in 2007 and has worked in various capacities on statewide initiatives to prevent adverse childhood experiences.

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Her positions at PCA-NJ have included the focus areas: early childhood home visitation, child sexual abuse prevention, childhood obesity prevention, substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and several research projects. As Director of Adolescent Programs at PCA-NJ, Patty oversees the Human Trafficking Prevention Program and the Parent Linking Program for adolescent parents. Prior to her work at PCA-NJ, Patty worked as a Care Manager with families of vulnerable children and teenagers and completed an internship at a shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Patty has both a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.

 

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Jessica NugentJessica Nugent | Director of Home Visiting and Community Initiatives

Jessica Nugent joined PCA-NJ in 2012. Jessica provides technical assistance, support, and training to all the Healthy Families (HF) and Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visitation programs in New Jersey. Combined, they reach over 3,500 families annually.

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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 a Healthy Families America National 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.

 

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Jillian Faulks | Director, Essex Pregnancy & Parenting Connection and Early Childhood Systems

Jillian Faulks is committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. She holds a B.A. in African-American Studies and Photojournalism from Temple University prior to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana.

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Jillian’s experience in Botswana led her to further her studies with an M.S. in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Organizational Development from the New School. During her first pregnancy and breastfeeding experience, Jillian realized the importance of wellness beyond the physical, leading her to become certified in Kemetic Yoga and volunteering as a Chocolate Milk Café Facilitator.

Jillian is passionate about offering spaces for families to live their most fulfilling and joy-filled lives from birth onward. All her work is done through the lens of healing from trauma and finding strength within. Jillian has expanded her practice with training as a Holistic Health Coach, Prenatal Yoga, and lactation support. As a current Clinical Mental Health student at Montclair State University, Jillian is looking forward to contributing to mental health programing that will address health disparities, particularly related to maternal and child health. Her mission is to learn, grow, and share various ways to heal.

 

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