Celebrating 25 Years of DAWN
DAWN Center for Independent Living has been serving people with disabilities since 1997.
As one of 12 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in New Jersey, DAWN was established to advance the Independent Living Philosophy by changing attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate dependence for people with disabilities. DAWN currently serves over 3,000 people a year.
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Click here for a letter from DAWN’s Executive Director Carmela Slivinski reflecting on the last 25 years!
25 Years Supporting the Community
Thank you to DAWN’s community partners who’ve supported us throughout our history:
DAWNcil’s Board of Directors Past and Present:
DAWNcil has been extremely fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers who have guided the organization these past 25 years. Without you, DAWN would not have accomplished this milestone. Your selfless support and guidance has made it possible for DAWN to serve our community and support the countless individuals in need of our services. Words can never express how grateful we are to all our dedicated board members for your significant contributions.
Current Board Members
|Christopher D’Marco, Chairperson||Bill Kostyak, Treasurer|
|Aimee Goldy||Brenda Pitts,|
|Cathleen Capasso||Elizabeth Lehmann|
|Hansel Borrego||Jim Koons|
|Justin Gonzalez||Laura Sullivan|
|Matt Rodaman||Mike Bannon|
Founding Board Members:
This group of individuals was instrumental in creating an organization that was solely dedicated to meeting the needs of the individuals residing in Northwest NJ. Known originally as Disabled Advocates Working for Northwest, the founding board members had the vision and the motivation to ensure this organization would flourish. We thank them for their dedication to making this organization a reality. While many are no longer with us, their efforts will never be forgotten.
|Christine Crawn-Schnorr, Founding Chairperson||Ann McCrostie|
|Arne Jorgensen||Arne Jorgenson|
|Chuck Vitosky||Eileen Oesterle|
|Janet Happ||Joan LoSapio|
|Joan Meirowitz||Tom Kennedy|
Former Board Members
|Amit Sachdev||Barbara Flint|
|Barbara Peterson||Bob Panzer|
|Cameron Wallace||Craig Gutzweiler|
|Donald Pauselius||Florence Depol|
|Gabrielle Waldman||Gary McNabb|
|Gina Gerardo||Gretchen Schoenhaar|
|Harry Russell||Henry Dinger|
|Jackie Engel||Janice Hunts|
|Jean Rudio||Jeff Gray|
|Kelly Matika||Ken Brucato|
|Kerri Martin||Lori McCormack|
|Louis Bodian||Lucinda Brooks|
|Lydia Kirschenbaum||Margaret (Peggy) Heyderhoff|
|Marissa Patawaran-Tonnesen||Martha Nystrand|
|Mike White||Phil Hunt|
|Phillip Dicks||Ray Vigano|
|Rick DePol||Robbie Furman|
|Sharon Fitch||Thomas Maier|
Celebrating Successes and Sharing Testimonials:
Join the Celebration!
To celebrate DAWN’s silver anniversary and honor those who work tirelessly to advance our organization’s goals, DAWN is holding a cocktail party featuring live music and small plates at Vasa Park, 1 Vasa Drive, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 on Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Click here to download a pdf of the full invitation.