Meet Our Staff

EmPoWER Somerset’s professional and skilled staff members are committed to carrying out the mission of the agency.  Our dedicated staff members deliver a diverse range of programs and services to help enhance the quality of life for those living in our communities.

Empower Somerset Team

Kristen Schiro

Executive Director

Cheryl Pignatelli

Director of Programs

Melanie Milo

Director of Development,                        Grant Writer

Ellen C. Dazet

Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Gomez

Director of Health and Wellness

Amisha Manhas

Health and Wellness

Program Associate

Bethzy Fernandes

Health and Wellness

Program Associate

Marvi Rizza Cruz

Adolescent Health

Program Associate

Radhika Patel

CARA Project Coordinator

Kim Petro-Orlik

 Mental Health Awareness

Training Grant

Project Coordinator

Josh Wolf

Partnerships for Success 

Project Coordinator

Esther Lee

Overdose Fatality Review

Program Coordinator

Noelia Hinds

Prevention Hub 

Program Associate

Isabella Salafia

Prevention Hub

Program Associate

Vanessa DeRosa

Lifelines School Outreach Coordinator

Jo Gonzalez-Goldstein

Statewide Lifelines School

Outreach Coordinator

Marline Souffrant

Overdose Fatality Review

Program Associate

Pioneer Family Success Center Team

Tim Wolf


Sara Cubas

Bilingual Family Support Specialist

Rachel Wolf

Coordinator of Community 

Partnerships & Volunteers