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Kelly Hart Program Director

Kelly Hart is a graduate of Emerson College with a BA in Media Productions and Minors in Psychology and History. She spent 6 years as the Lead Teacher in the Early Head Start classroom at Center for Family Resources. She also was the Site Coordinator at their Clifton Father Mychal Judge location. Kelly is a motivated, driven young woman who has proven herself as a natural leader. She also has made it her career to focus on helping to strengthen and educate children and families.  Kelly was appointed to serve on the West Milford Municipal Alliance (C.A.S.A.) representing a youth serving organization. She was also elected Vice Chair of C.A.S.A. for 2019. As a longtime resident of this community, Kelly has made West Milford her home and is excited to explore this next step in her career. Taking on the role of Program Director, Kelly hopes to engage the community to help both her neighbors, and her family, thrive. Kelly and her husband, Jared, are the proud parents of two daughters.

Heather Saraceni Community & Volunteer Coordinator

Heather Saraceni is the Community and Volunteer Coordinator at the Highlands Family Success Center.  She is a graduate from The University of Rhode Island with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Heather was the Lead Teacher in the Early Head Start classroom at the Ringwood location of Center for Family Resources for eight years.  During her time at Center for Family Resources, Heather has also worked 21st Century Exploring Parenting and was the co-facilitator of the children’s Safe Place program. In an effort to help with the drug epidemic in the community, Heather is the Project Coordinator for The Alliance of Wanaque and Ringwood for Education and Awareness for Substance Abuse Prevention. Heather is hardworking and passionate about having a positive impact on the lives of others and works towards building relationships and strengthening the community at the Highlands Family Success Center.

Samantha Ellis Family Partner

Samantha Ellis is a Family Partner at the Highlands Family Success Center in West Milford, NJ. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her BA in Studio art in 2008. She went on to work as the Business Manager of Prescott Park Arts festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Samantha continued her education and received her M.Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Missouri – St. Louis 2011. She completed her internship at the Covenant House Missouri, where she counseled homeless youth in both individual and group sessions. She is also a photographer and painter, loves playing tennis, hiking, and skiing with her family.

Grace Hawruk Family Partner 

Grace Hawruk is a Family Partner at the Highlands Family Success Center in West Milford, NJ.  She graduated from The College of New Jersey in Ewing with her Bachelor’s in Psychology with her minor in Deaf Studies. She is alsovproficient in American Sign Language. After interning with us in the summer of 2018, her passion and dedication made her the perfect fit for our team. Grace is a voting citizen member of West Milford’s Municipal Alliance ( C.A.S.A ) and is also an avid advocate for Tourette’s Syndrome. Through the HFSC, Grace hopes to build relationships and strengthen the community.

Debbie O’Brien Case Manager

Debbie O’Brien is the Case Manager at the Highlands Family Success Center. She has a B.A. in Sociology and Communications from William Paterson University. Debbie previously worked at the Passaic County Board of Services, mostly in the Emergency Assistance Department. She is currently serving her third term on the West Milford Board of Education, which she finds extremely rewarding. A resident of West Milford for over 30 years, Debbie and her husband, John along with their sons are most thankful to call West Milford home.