Lisa Wilson, MSW
Lisa, a Philadelphia native, migrated to New Jersey in 2006 when she married her husband Mark. Lisa was introduced to the Long Branch Concordance by Monmouth University. She was an MSW intern in 2007. She graduated from the program with a Masters in Social Work concentrated in International Community Development. Lisa has her BA in Political Science. She was hired as the agency’s Program Director in 2008.
Since becoming Executive Director in 2009, Lisa has grown the agency in delivery of literacy and education programs focused on family economic self-sufficiency and sustainability. She has solidified relationships with New Jersey universities by expanding experiential learning contracts for field interns in the areas of administration, governance, program, outreach, and direct practice. She has maintained state funding for the 8th consecutive year despite the economic downturn, and has been able to maintain private and corporate sponsorships as well.
Lisa said, “When I learned how invaluable the FSC is to the community, I knew this was a place I wanted to be. We work with all sorts of people, provide an astounding array of services, all with a small staff and a tiny budget. Fortunately, CCFSC has a fabulous staff and an astounding Board.”
Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator
Kaitlyn has worked as the Center’s Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator since early 2021. She’s a New Jersey native. Kaitlyn earned an associate’s degree in Social Work from Brookdale Community College and will earn her BSW at Liberty University in Virginia in the spring of 2023.
Kaitlyn supports families in many different ways in order to help meet their needs. She is our lead on program development and implementation while organizing collaborative activities and larger events. “It has truly been a blessing to be a part of the incredible team at Coastal Communities. Witnessing the impact of our programs and services on the families who we serve has inspired me greatly,” says Kaitlyn. “I’m learning all of the time while working closely with parents and their children at the Center. The work is truly rewarding.”
Bi-lingual Family Support Partner
Angelica Romero is the Center’s Bi-lingual Family Support Partner. She’s worked at the Center for two years. Born and raised in Newark, she has worked in the non-profit industry for more than ten years. Angelica is committed to building strong relationships both with the community and amongst its families.
Over the years she has worked in a variety of settings with diverse populations assisting with long and short-term interventions. We consider Angelica an expert on the resources available to our families. She advocates tirelessly for parents and children in need of support and representation. “In an environment of compassion, understanding, and support anyone can overcome barriers to move forward and thrive” says Angelica. She currently resides in Toms River, NJ with her son Ethan.