Group photo of the EmPoWER Staff

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

Brenda Esler

Brenda Esler

Executive Director

(908) 722-4900 ext. 101

Cheryl Pignatelli

Director of Programs
(908)-722-4900 ext. 102

Kristen Schiro

Director of Health and Wellness

(908) 722-4900 ext. 103

Kim Petro-Orlik

Mental Health First Aid Project Coordinator
(908)-722-4900 ext. 203

Katie Hoben

Health and Wellness Program Associate

(908) 722-4900 ext. 104

Aarti Patel

Health and Wellness Program Associate

(908) 722-4900 ext. 205

Jennifer Gomez

Partnerships for Success Program Coordinator
(908) 722-4900 ext. 106

Josh Wolf

Partnerships for Success Program Assistant

(908) 722-4900 ext. 107

Radhika Patel

Program Assistant
(908) 722-4900 ext. 106

Ellen Dazet

Account Manager
(908) 722-4900 ext. 105

Pioneer Family Success Center Team

Tim Wolf


(908) 722-4400 ext. 204

Bethzy Fernandes

Family Success Specialist

(908) 722-4400 ext. 204