Staff and Trustees


Executive Director
Patricia Teffenhart
ext 1205

Director of Prevention and Evaluation
Jyoti Venketraman, MPA
ext 1202

Fund Development Associate 
Danielle Raines
ext 1207

Administrative Assistant
Litza Reyes
ext 1201


Julia McClure, Esq. –  Chair
Nicole Bearce, Lowenstein Sandler PC Vice-Chair
Darrin Ferrel, JP Morgan Chase  – TreasurerAbdul State, Prevent Child Abuse - NJ, Secretary

Judith W. Dorsey

Christine Ferro

Gabrielle Gault, Middlesex County Rape Crisis Intervention Center

Deborah Jacobs

Sharon Levy, Taking Tea In Style

Linda Sloane Locke, LSL Consulting

Denise Rosen - SERV - Center for Family Services

Jill Zinckgraf - Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County

Trustee affiliations are for information only.


As the elected body of NJCASA, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and financial stability of the Coalition. Together with the professional staff and the Sexual Violence Program Members, the Trustees are responsible for the overall strategic direction of NJCASA.

Board members set broad policies and goals and give the Executive Director the responsibility to implement them in the day-to-day management of the Coalition. Board members also are "trustees" of the Coalition. They approve an annual budget (income and expense) that ensures that the Coalition can meet its financial needs. In addition, the Board monitors the overall health of the Coalition by reviewing annual reports of the auditor recommended by the Executive Director and/or Finance Committee. The Board of Trustees meets at least six times each year. It currently has four committees: Executive, Governance, Fundraising, and Finance.


The Board of Trustees is responsible for:

  • Furthering the mission of NJCASA
  • Promoting the development of the Coalition as a membership movement
  • Establishing policy
  • Insuring that the Coalition's policies and practices reflect NJCASA's organizational commitment to racial, ethnic and cultural diversity
  • Insuring the financial integrity of the Coalition
  • Raising funds
  • Maintaining community relations
  • Providing expertise
  • Creating and approving strategic plans and directions
  • Hiring, supporting, evaluating the Executive Director
  • Insuring that the Coalition's programs match the mission



NJCASA is always open to new Trustees that bring expertise in the area of fund raising, governance, marketing, and strategic planning for the Board. The Board looks for candidates from all backgrounds that are committed to NJCASA’s mission. NJCASA prioritizes a board that is diverse in age, gender, race and ethnicity, as well as skill, life and work experience.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, but preferred by mid year and no later than September 1 to be considered for a term beginning the following January. Elections are held annually in mid-November for terms beginning January 1.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Trustees, please review the documents below and complete a Board Application.

Read NJCASA's Trustee Job Description and Pledge Click Here
Download a Board Application Click Here (1MB)

If you cannot download these documents, but are interested in joining the Board of Trustees, please call 609.631.4450 to have these materials sent to you.