Executive Director

Jake Jones is one of our newest team members. He brings his years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.

He is a seasoned professional in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). His experience includes developing community programs that support children, adolescents and adults with I/DD as well as those with co-occurring mental health and behavioral challenges. Jake has extensive experience in training direct care professionals in supporting individuals who live in community settings. As well, he is a proponent of fair treatment and the development of direct care workers.

A Master Trainer of therapeutic verbal intervention and the use of personal control techniques, he worked as a Consultant training personnel at Community Providers and Schools throughout New Jersey in the use and implementation of such techniques, as well as, certifying trainers at these sites.

Educational Background

Jake holds a Master’s degree from Rutgers University. His educational background includes exploration and experience in music, elementary education, history, liberal studies, as well as, certification for Americans with Disabilities Act Advocate (CADAA) via City university of New York (CUNY). In addition, he proudly served in the United States Army for nine years.

Jake participated with the subcommittees that formulated the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation that supported Employment First initiatives ; in Washington DC. Jake is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children; in a volunteer role advocating for neglected and abused children.

In 2016, Jake was acknowledged by the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) with a Leadership Award at their 33rd annual conference.

Jake is married and the father of two boys. He is also an advocate for animal welfare, the guardian of several rescued pets, and avidly collaborates in the community with other pet rescue organizations and individuals to help homeless animals.

A Letter from the Executive Director