Senior Staff

Purna Rodman Conare

President & CEO

Purna is a proven leader with more than 30 years of experience in complex health and human services organizations. He has served as President and CEO of the Kennedy-Donovan Center in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Executive Director at ActionAIDS in Philadelphia and as Director of Finance and Controller at Daniel Freeman Hospitals in Los Angeles. He oversees all aspects of the agency’s operations. Contact me:

Tammy Wilson

V.P. of Programs

Tammy joined the CPNJ team in 2017 as the Vice President of Programs. Tammy has more than 20 years of program management experience. Most recently, Tammy was the Regional Director of Middlesex and Union Counties at SERV Behavioral Health System. She oversees all agency programs serving adults with disabilities, including the agency’s adult day programs, community residences and community services. Contact me:

Rick Bornstein

V.P. of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Rick Bornstein joined CPNJ in November of 2016 with more than 40 years of experience in Senior Financial Management. He has served as CFO of a Medicaid funded long-term home health agency and then of a community housing agency. Most recently he lead the financial operations of Kennedy-Donovan Center in Massachusetts. Rick manages CPNJ’s 36 million dollar budget and the agency’s finance department. Contact me:

David Bishop, MPA

V.P. for Development & Communications

David has worked in nonprofit development for more than 20 years, including the last 10 with CPNJ. He oversees the agency’s fundraising activities, as well as press releases, website and social network outreach, publications and CPNJ’s volunteer program. Contact me:

Patti Murray

V.P. for Human Resources

Patti joined CPNJ in 2015, bringing with her more than 20 years of HR experience, including the last 14 years with Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice. She manages a team of five staff members responsible for meeting the needs of more than 800 full- and part-time employees spread across 19 different program locations. Contact me:

Joseph Schwartz

V.P. of Education

Joe joined CPNJ in 2017, bringing to us 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator, including serving as Principal with the CTC Academy (formerly Children's Therapy Center) in Fair Lawn and St. Joseph's School for the Blind in Jersey City. In his capacity as Vice President of Education, he serves as Principal of Horizon High School and also oversees the overall operation of both Horizon Elementary School and Horizon High School, ensuring a unified program and continuity of service for our students. Contact me:

Carolyn Russo-Azer

Director of Early Intervention

Carolyn has been with CPNJ for 26 years and has more than 30 years of experience in non-profits. Carolyn oversees CPNJ's Early Intervention Program which operates in 8 counties throughout New Jersey and served over 500 children last year.

Lori Ricco

Director of Community Services

Lori has worked in the nonprofit arena for more than 10 years, including the last seven years with CPNJ. She is charged with developing all of the agency’s fee-for-service programs. These programs are designed to fill in the gaps in service not addressed by our other programs. Her programs serve more than 350 children and adults.

Hetty Kintiroglou

Principal, Horizon Elementary School

Hetty has been with Horizon for 13 years, starting as a speech language pathologist before being promoted to Director of Therapy and then Supervisor of Instruction. Hetty earned a BA degree from the University of Delaware and a MS degree from Seton Hall University. She holds a school Supervisor’s Certification, New Jersey State Speech Language Pathology License, Speech Language Specialist Certificate and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competency.

Kent D. Dettlo, MSW

Director of Residential Services

Kent has more than 17 years of experience in residential services for individuals with disabilities, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health Services with Easter Seals New Jersey, where he oversaw 55 residential sites. He oversees the operation of all of CPNJ’s community residences as well as our 24-unit apartment complex and supervises a staff of more than 200.

Christina Tesoriero

Director of Day & Vocational Services

Christina has extensive experience in both vocational and adult day programming, including working with Jewish Community Services in Staten Island and with United Cerebral Palsy. She oversees the agency’s three adult day programs that serve over 200 adults as well as our work with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS).

Charlie Andrews

Director of Facilities

Charlie joined CPNJ in June of 2009 as the Facilities Coordinator, with him more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance. In 2015, he was named the Director of Facilities, He oversees all maintenance staff throughout the organization and is charged with supporting the agency’s 19 facilities located throughout Northern New Jersey .

Alicia- Ann Caesar MPA

Director of Quality Improvement, Risk Management & Training

Alicia-Ann joined CPNJ in August of 2015. She has ten years of nonprofit experience. She has been in the field of Developmental Disabilities since 2010. She has a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Alicia-Ann started with our agency as the Director of Training. Now as the head of the recently combined quality and training department she oversees training for over 800 of CPNJ’s employees and quality improvement for all of our agency’s programs.

Katie Bochenski

Director of Information Technology

Katie joined CPNJ in 2014, bringing almost 20 years of IT experience in both nonprofit and corporate settings. She leads a department that is responsible for delivering infrastructure services, information security systems and compliance, administrative systems and support services for our every CPNJ site and our more than 800 employees.