Purna Rodman Conare
President & CEO
Purna is a proven leader with more than 30 years of experience in complex health and human services organizations. He has served as President and CEO of the Kennedy-Donovan Center in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Executive Director at ActionAIDS in Philadelphia and as Director of Finance and Controller at Daniel Freeman Hospitals in Los Angeles. He oversees all aspects of the agency’s operations.
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Hassan joined Pillar in 2019, bringing with him more than 20 years of CFO and senior level management experience, including with the ARC of Warren County and the New York Road Runners, as well as with private corporations. Hassan manages the agency’s $40 million budget and oversees all activities of the finance department as well as that of IT, maintenance and transportation.
V.P. for Development & Communications
David joined the agency in 2001 and has worked in nonprofit development for more than 25 years. He oversees all of the agency’s fundraising activities as well as marketing, media outreach, websites and social media, publications and the agency’s volunteer program.
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V.P. for Education
Joe joined Pillar Care in 2017, bringing to us 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator, including serving as Principal with the CTC Academy (formerly Children's Therapy Center) in Fair Lawn and St. Joseph's School for the Blind in Jersey City. In his capacity as Vice President of Education, he serves as Principal of Pillar High School and also oversees the overall operation of both Pillar Elementary School and Pillar High School, ensuring a unified program and continuity of service for our students.
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V.P. of Programs
Tammy joined the Pillar Care team in 2017, bringing more than 20 years of program management experience. Most recently, Tammy was the Regional Director of Middlesex and Union Counties at SERV Behavioral Health System. She oversees all agency programs serving adults with disabilities, including the agency’s adult day programs, community residences and community services.
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Director of Facilities
Charlie joined Pillar Care in June of 2009 as the Facilities Coordinator, with him more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance. In 2015, he was named the Director of Facilities. He oversees all maintenance staff throughout the organization and is charged with supporting the agency’s 19 facilities located throughout Northern New Jersey.
Director of Information Technology
Katie joined Pillar Care in 2014, bringing almost 20 years of IT experience in both nonprofit and corporate settings. She leads a department that is responsible for delivering infrastructure services, information security systems and compliance, administrative systems and support services for every Pillar Care site and our more than 800 employees.
Director of Quality Improvement, Risk Management & Training
Alicia-Ann joined Pillar Care in August of 2015 with 10 years of nonprofit experience. She has been in the field of Developmental Disabilities since 2010. Alicia-Ann started with our agency as the Director of Training. Now as the head of the recently combined quality and training department she oversees training for over 800 of Pillar Care’s employees and quality improvement for all of our agency’s programs.
Director of Volunteers
Corry came to the agency in 2008, having formerly worked as a school teacher. Corry built the volunteer department from scratch, establishing numerous innovative programs to enrich the lives of our program participants. The volunteer program now serves all agency programs and coordinates more than 800 volunteers each year.
Kent D. Dettlo
Director of Residential Services
Kent came to Pillar Care in 2014 with more than 17 years of experience in residential services for individuals with disabilities, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health Services with Easter Seals New Jersey, where he oversaw 55 residential sites. He oversees the operation of all of Pillar Care’s community residences as well as our 24-unit apartment complex and supervises a staff of more than 200.
Principal, Elementary School
Hetty has been with Pillar Elementary since 2005, starting as a speech language pathologist before being promoted to Director of Therapy and then Supervisor of Instruction before being named Principal in 2018.
Director of Community Services
Lori has been with the agency since 2004. She is charged with developing all of the agency’s fee-for-service programs, including the Public School Therapies Program, After School and Extended Day Programs, and In-Home Supports. These programs are designed to fill in the gaps in service not addressed by our other programs. Her programs serve more than 350 children and adults.
Director of Early Intervention
Carolyn has been with the agency for more than 26 years and has worked at every level of the early intervention system. Carolyn oversees the agency’s Early Intervention Program which operates in eight counties throughout New Jersey and serves over 500 infants and toddlers each year.
Director of Day & Vocational Services
Christina joined the agency in 2017, bringing extensive experience in both vocational and adult day programming, including working with Jewish Community Services in Staten Island and with United Cerebral Palsy. She oversees the agency’s three adult day programs that serve over 200 adults as well as our work with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS).