For more than 22 years NJACP has held a STARS! Award event. STARS! is a special time for members to recognize an individual client from their agency who has overcome obstacles and challenges in their daily life. These individuals who are a part of the IDD community have succeeded in their lives in more ways than one, showing resilience in the face of diversity. What began as an in-person dinner evolved to a virtual event during COVID, and because more people are able to participate, cheer and celebrate each STAR virtually, the event has remained virtual. Over the years we have had many shining STARS!, and will continue to pay tribute to them each spring.
NJACP is fortunate to have so many wonderful supporters cheering on people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Over the years, many VIPS, legislators and state officials have participated in person (prior to 2020) or with a video or proclamation to the event (after 2020).
STARS! 2023 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Elizabeth Sauer- 21 Plus, Inc.
Joel Contreras- Abilities of Northwest Jersey
Latoya Martin- Allies, Inc.
Amanda Weber- Alternatives, Inc.
John Delasandro Avidd- Community Services of NJ
Shane Mullin- Bancroft
Colleen Oese- Broadstep
Bradley McCall- Dept. for Persons with Disabilities, Diocese of Paterson
Michael Gibson- Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health NJ
Adam Leventhal- Disability Allies
Nicholas Alfonso- Easter Seals of NJ
Christine Simon- Eden Autism Services
Gerardo Toledo- Elwyn NJ
Carolina Lopez- Enable, Inc
John Brancato- Everas Community Services
Alicia Cotugno- Family Resource Network
Richard Schickler- JESPY House
Robyn Kenney- Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities (J-ADD)
Gionna (Gigi) Ferguson- Jewish Services for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD)
Jasmine Fitzpatrick- Kelsch Associates NHJ
Barry Silverman- Merakey
Matthew Braski- Midland Adult Services
Evan Prowse- National Institute for Persons with Disabilities (NIPD)
Latasha Williams- New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID)
Margaret Holshue- Oaks Integrated Care
Rebecca Jones- Occupational Training Center of Burlington County
Emanuel Thomas- Partnerships for People, Inc.
Kyle Schultz- Quality Management Associates
Lori Denaro- Rescare
Robert Schear- SERV Achievement Centers, Inc.
Adam Morris- The P.I.L.O.T. Services
Because our STARS Awards event is virtual, we need help to pull the event off…and a member of each agency with a STAR recipient stepped up. We refer to them as our STARS Captains because they were the “captain” that arranged for the videos to be taken, provided NJACP with all the needed information needed, from photos and success stories to t-shirt sizes. They also coordinate all of the festivities for their STAR’s Award ceremony and watch party! There would not have been a virtual event this year without the help of these captains:
Sarah LaBore, 21 Plus, Inc.
Nichole Pene, Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.
Taneshia Allen, Allies, Inc.
Jacque Archer‐Kennedy, Alternatives, Inc.
Maureen Idleman, Avidd Community Services of NJ
Maureen Bonanni, Bancroft
Theresa Coursen and Gloria DeLeva, Broadstep
Kay Muriuki, Department for Persons with Disabilities, Diocese of Paterson
Shirley Tussey, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health NJ
Victoria Feinberg, Disability Allies
Heather Webb, Easter Seals of NJ
Brooks Sanders, Eden Autism Services
Shaniqua Massengill, Elwyn NJ
Robyn E. Steinman, Enable, Inc.
Jennifer Rector, Everas Community Services
Vicki Baxter, Family Resource Network/Caregivers of New Jersey
Michelle Rampersant‐Faulk, JESPY House
Autreece Williams, Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities (J-ADD)
Harry Klein, Jewish Services for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD)
Rashanda Smith, Kelsch Associates NJ
Sonia Ebanks, Merakey
Ree’Sheema Boone‐Jones, Midland Adult Services
Meghan Jacob, National Institute for Persons with Disabilities (NIPD)
Kellie Hirth, New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID)
Philamer Benjamin, Oaks Integrated Care
Amanda McAleer, Occupational Training Center of Burlington County
Nadine Celestin, Partnerships for People, Inc.
Lakia Roberts, Quality Management Associates
James Markowitz and Love Kenneh, ResCare
Jenifer McBride, SERV Achievement Centers, Inc.
Larry Koleosho, P.I.L.O.T. Services
STARS! T-Shirt Design Contest
When the STARS Awards became virtual, NJACP looked for a way to give all of its members’ staff and individuals in their care an opportunity to have some input into the annual event’s “look” or theme.
And inspiration came at NJACP’s headquarters. If you walk through the building, you see beautiful art hanging on the walls courtesy of our Member Agencies and their talented individuals. We asked our Members to submit graphic designs made by either their staff, individuals or a group effort that represents the STARS Event. The logo/graphics contest began.
The rules have been kept simple. Original art only (no clip art or stock photos). Any entry that used graphics that could be affiliated with another organization (such as Autism puzzle pieces) could not be considered for legal reasons. The artwork submitted must be in good taste, and represent the STARS Award. Artwork must be created by an NJACP member’s staff, individual, or any combination thereof.
All entries are submitted for an anonymous vote by the Member Resources Committee.
The 2023 Logo graphics design winner is: “STAR Emojis” created by Carolina Lopez and submitted by: Enable
The graphic was chosen for its bright design. The Member Resources Committee found it cheerful and made everyone smile! Congratulations Carolina for submitting the winning design! Carolina is also a 2023 STAR recipient.
23rd Annual Community STARS Advertisers
21 Plus, Inc.
Avidd Community Services of NJ
Broadstep NJ Inc.
Butler Human Services
Delta T Group
Department for Persons with Disabilities, Diocese of Paterson
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health NJ
Everas Community Services
Family Resource Network (Caregivers of NJ)
Interstate Fleet Services
Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities (J-ADD)
Jewish Services for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD
Kelsch Associates of NJ
Matthijssen Business Systems
Meeker Sharkey & Hurley
Midland Adult Services
NJ Institute for Disabilities
Oaks Integrated Care
Occupational Training Center of Burlington County
Quality Management Associates
Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP
SERV Achievement Centers
Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy
The P.I.L.O.T. Services