Advocating and advancing the human, civil and legal rights of persons with disabilities


Staff of DRNJ

DRNJ's protection and advocacy work is accomplished with a dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced staff DRNJ is comprised of attorneys, advocates, support, and management/administrative staff. From an initial staff of seven, the agency now has a staff of thirty-three.

DRNJ staff is diverse as to disability, race, ethnicity and urban and rural residence. Several of the staff have disabilities, including learning disabilities, a history of mental illness and deafness. In addition, at least four staff are family members of a person with a disability. Four staff are Latino, with fluency in Spanish, and six are African-American.

Current Staff

Gwen Orlowski, Executive Director

Ellen Catanese, Deputy Director

Safira Arnold - Staff Advocate/PABSS Coordinator
Joel Bimba - Senior Staff Advocate
Michael Brower - Staff Attorney/PAIR Coordinator
Marie Ciallello - Staff Advocate
Dana Caro - Director of Communications and Individual Giving
Yeida Castellano - Administrative Assistant
Mary Ciccone - Director of Policy/CAP & PAVA Coordinator
Barbara Coppens - Advocate Assistant
Cathy Coryat - Chief Financial Officer
Marie Davis - Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Yuriset De los Santos - Intake Specialist

Nicole Fowler - PABRP Coordinator
Erik Gunstensen - Staff Advocate
Susan Head - Staff Advocate/PATBI Coordinator
Jill Hoegel - HCBS Team Leader/PADD Coordinator
Katie Kirkwood - Staff Advocate
Elena Kravitz - Senior Staff Advocate
Naomi Leibowitz - Assistive Technology Specialist
Denise Lugo-Fowler - Coordinator, Internal Operations and Outreach
Regina Lugo, Fiscal Assistant
Mike Marotta - ATAC Program Director
Edris McAllister - Senior Staff Advocate
Christopher Miller - Chris Keener Fellow
Lycette Nelson - Managing Attorney Institutions Team//PAIMI Coordinator
Charles Ouslander - Senior Staff Attorney
Andrea Parente, Legal Fellow
Ivette Rivera - Receptionist
Robert Robinson - Senior Staff Attorney/IOLTA Coordinator
Rebecca Schore - Director of Legal Advocacy
Maritza Williams - Intake CoordinatorMaritza Williams - Intake Coordinator
Tara Wilson - Legal Administrative Assistant

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New Jersey's designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities

Disability Rights New Jersey
210 S Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
1.800.922.7233 (in NJ only) • 1.609.292.9742 (Voice)
1.609.777.0187 (Fax) • 1.609.633.7106 (TTY)
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Legal Disclaimer

DRNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides services to all persons with disabilities regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, sex, sexual or affectional orientation, ancestry or disability. Any concerns regarding the agency’s compliance with these non-discrimination efforts may be brought to the attention of the Executive Director.

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