Who We Are
Kamelia Kameli

Kamelia Kameli, MA, LNHA
Founder

Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director

Kamelia offers a unique blend of professional and personal experience relative to this venture. Kamelia has been involved in the healthcare industry for more than fifteen years. She has led the business development projects of programs for children with disabilities, specialty nursing home units, medical adult day care, partial hospital programs and foreign nursing placements. She has extensive experience in developing fundraising campaigns, grant writing as well as community and political outreach.

Kamelia holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology, and a master's degree in Counseling. She is also a Certified Assisted Living Administrator and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Additionally, she is a Certified PCT Trainer (Personal Control and Defensive Techniques.) Kamelia also has an adult son with Autism.

"What makes our services a success is our well-trained and dedicated staff and our commitment to quality care. I wouldn't ask for anything less for my own son, Cyrus. After all, every client becomes a family member and a Friend of Cyrus."

Daren Singhani

Daren Singhani, MBA
Founder

Chief Executive Officer

Daren Singhani has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience in finance, human resources and management. Daren is the CEO of International Medical Resources.

Daren attended Columbia University, where he earned an MBA in Finance. He is also a member - CEO circle: American College of Healthcare Executives.


Barbara

Barbara Darlington, RN, BSN, MS, ANP, LNHA

Chief Clinical Officer

Barbara Darlington is a master's prepared registered nurse with over 40 years experience in the nursing field. She is also a licensed nursing home administrator with 25 years experience. She has been the vice president for professional servies for a national nursing home company with responibility for the policies and procedures for all departments as well as the quality assurance program for the company. She has been an adjunct professor in the nursing department at Bookdale Community College. She is also a certified adult nurse practitioner with ten years experience.

Patricia Kane

Patricia Kane, MBA

Vice President of Adult Services

Patricia brings a wealth of knowledge and 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Patricia serves for several state boards and committees. In her previous positions she has supervised both for profit and for non-profit agencies. She has an eclectic background which gives her the tools necessary to succeed within New Jersey's Human Services changing landscape. Being a strong proponent and advocate for individuals, families and employees, Patricia has worked to develop and open several programs to serve youth who exhibited severe aggression, fire setting and sexual reactive behaviors also known as Specialty Bed (Spec) Program for DCF. In addition, Patricia has opened various Residential Treatment Centers (RTC's) throughout New Jersey.

In developing these type of programs, her expertise and dedication to the individuals she served was recognized and she was offered the opportunity to open one of the first community based programs in New Jersey to serve individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness. The individuals served were housed with the Division of Developmental Disabilities and tiered through the Department of Children and Families based upon the actual needs of the individuals served rather than assigned funding levels, known today as Fee for Service.

With Patricia's well rounded background, she served as a former Executive Director of a For Profit Agency within New Jersey; serving 400 employees and 312 individuals; which included two high schools, day habilitation services, group homes, supervised apartments, supportive living, RTC's and Respite. Patricia has also worked in the human services field as a Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) Agent, Director of Operations serving and expanding DDD group homes, supervised apartments, host homes, treatment homes and day programs through the deinstitutionalization of New Jersey's Developmental Centers in addition to supervising clinical and ancillary services. Patricia has a vast network of resources through the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Children and Families, Department of Education, Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Patricia is a proud leader in the field and more importantly she holds herself and those around her to the highest standards. She believes in starting from where you are and visiting where you need to be; in order to understand where you are going.

Christen Russell

Christen Russell, MS, BCBA

Vice President of Behavior Support Services

Christen oversees the children's division with a focus on quality assurance, compliance, clinical support, supervision, staffing, recruitment, training, strategic planning, business development and growth. She will also work closely with the leadership and management of the adult programs (in-home, residential and day habilitation) on compliance, training and delivery of sound, ethical and effective behavioral supports to the individuals we serve.

As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Christen's clinical experience consists of providing services in the home, academic, community, vocational and residential settings. Christen has established and assisted with the startup, growth and development of three agencies providing ABA services, her own company included. She has supervised about 100 staff, including BCBAs, BCaBAs and RBTs. She is a guest lecturer at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work, presenting on the principles and procedures of ABA. She has received Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider status through the BACB for two agencies, acting as the ACE coordinator. Christen has created over 30 continuing education events.

Christen sits on a Peer Review Committee and is a member of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts. She has published articles on Developing Friendships, Sexuality and Autism and ABA through primary and secondary schooling.

Christen has her Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Working in the field for over 18 years, Christen brings a broad spectrum of clinical expertise to Friends of Cyrus.

Aslam Ali

Aslam Ali, M. Ed, BCBA

Vice President of Adult In-Home Services

Aslam Ali is an experienced program development professional whose expertise is in designing and managing programs that meet the needs of individuals and families who experience severe challenging behaviors.

Aslam has over 15 years of experience working with children and adults in various settings, and has a reputation for finding simple solutions to some of the most challenging situations. Aslam started his career working with students primarily diagnosed with autism in a self- contained school program. His experience has grown to include working with residential programs, crisis stabilization units, adult day programs, camps/recreational programs and in-home services. Aslam loves providing training and professional development to direct support professionals. He also has a passion for mentoring future Behavior Analysts.

In 2012 Aslam took on a challenge to build an in-home services program for a large non-profit organization. At the time the program was in its infancy and served less than 10 families. By the start of 2017, the services had grown to serve over 200 families and had a reputation throughout the region for successful provision of services to the most challenging individuals in the state. In 2013, after hearing about multiple children being discharged from summer camps due to challenging behaviors, Aslam spearheaded the initiative to create sleep away and day camp programs that would successfully support the most challenging youth. Within 4 years, dozens of youth who had either never been away from home or who were sent home within an hour of being dropped off at the sleep-away camp were able to experience sleep away camp for up to two weeks with no major incidents. Additionally, the 3-week day camp program Aslam created quickly became the program of choice for kids throughout the state with attendees commuting for up to 2 hours to participate. At its inception, the program had 19 participants, by year four there were over 75 participants each week.

In 2015 Aslam was promoted to Assistant Vice President. In this role, he spearheaded various initiatives and worked in cross-functional teams, which spanned multiple committees and included the development of training curriculum for agency staff. Aslam continued to innovate in this role gathering support for and leading the development of the agency's continuum of care initiative. Aslam also played a key role in developing new training programs, insisting on designing practical training for staff that gave attendees real tools to use when working with individuals that exhibited challenging behaviors.

Aslam received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rutgers University and a Master's degree in Education with an ABA focus from Arizona State University. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).

Mark Hersh

Mark Hersh, MS

Director of Residential Services

Mark has been working in the social services field for over 15 years developing programs, providing community-based counseling, behavioral and residential supportive services for individuals and families. His concentrations in behavioral and community integration practices have created a solid foundation upon which he built the principals of his person centered focus. Mark remains dedicated to improving the quality of life, while creating enriching community-based opportunities for the individuals with developmental disabilities under his care.

Mark maintains required standards and compliance, provides training and supervision to our team of Direct Support Professionals, Behaviorists and Supervisors, and participates as a member of the agency's Management Team.

Mark holds a Master's of Science degree in Psychology; a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology and is a Certified Elementary Education Teacher. Additionally, he is a Certified PCT Trainer (Personal Control and Defensive Techniques.)

Liz

Elizabeth Haws, MA, Ed. S.

Director of Adult Day Program

Liz Haws is a school psychologist and a certified teacher of the handicapped. Liz thoroughly enjoys working with individuals with developmental disabilities as well as with their families and personnel responsible for providing day services and programming.

Liz's responsibilities include but are not limited to scheduling community-based activities for day program participants, training and supervising staff; monitoring the building, grounds, transportation to ensure compliance; maintaining all participant records; developing relationships with community groups, businesses and agencies for identification of proper educational or recreational activities; maintaining communication with the families, assuring the development and maintenance of the individual plan of care while at the program.

Angela Carter

Angela McDermott, BA

Adult Inhome Supervisor- Southern Region

Angela started her career working with underprivileged youth in Jersey City, NJ providing them with mentoring and inhome supports. She then was introduced to working with adolescents with mental health and behavioral challenges in a residential settings as a case manager. She learned early on that case management is never about meeting the needs of one client, but it's the entire family that needs support.

Angela served 8 years at St. Mary's Hospital residential program, working with individuals on implementing behavior modification programs where she focused on identifying their strengths and abilities rather than their limitations.

Her enthusiasm for improving the quality of like of individuals with developmental disabilities is what makes her an important part of the FOC team.

Diana Martin

Diana Martin, Ed. M, BCBA

Behaviorist

Diana holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from The University of Scranton and a Master's of Education in Learning, Cognition, and Development from Rutgers University. She completed her BCBA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. She worked at Princeton Child Development Institute as an ABA therapist and in-home supervisor for children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism for five years before joining Friends of Cyrus as a BCBA in 2016. She sits on a Human Rights Committee and is a professional member of ABA international. Her dedication to children and adults with developmental disabilities drives her passion to help individuals develop to their fullest potential. Using the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, she works closely with families and staff to foster a positive environment while teaching a variety of social, academic, self-help, and community living skills to improve individuals' quality of life and independence.

Kassi Metz

Kassi Metz, MS Ed/SpEd, BCBA

Behaviorist

Kassi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been providing Applied Behavior Analytic services to children and families diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum since 2007. Kassi attended Florida Institute of Technology where she completed her course work in Applied Behavior Analysis. She received a dual Masters in Education and Special Education from Wager College and a Bachelors in Speech Pathology and Audiology from The Richard Stockton College of NJ. In addition, Kassi holds Teaching Certifications in both New York and New Jersey. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analyst.

Casey Rich

Casey Rich, MA, BCBA

Behaviorist, Children's Services

Casey Rich is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and completed her Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders. During her professional career at the Princeton Child Development Institute, she delivered science-based behavior-analytic services to individuals with autism and their families. Her passion for working with children enhances her ability to promote a positive approach toward behavior programming within the home, school, and community.

Joseph Amorosi

Joseph Amorosi, MA, BCBA

Behaviorist

Joseph has a Master's Degree in Psychology from Kean University in New Jersey and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification.

Joseph has worked with adults and children with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health afflictions, with populations in residential facilities, schools, as well as home-based instruction. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum.

While working in these roles he has worked closely with the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Care Management Organizations, and the NJ Children's System of Care. He has devoted a majority of his career working with children on the spectrum and has a desire to help families and their children grow to their full potential.

Shavon Jackson

Shavon Jackson, MA, BCBA

Behaviorist

Shavon received her Master's Degree in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Rider University in 2014.

She has over five years of experience working with families and organizations to reach positive outcomes for the individuals she serves.

In addition to working with families, her previous work with insurance companies, providing ABA services for children, offers her a unique perspective on approaching best practices. Shavon is passionate about applying the science of behavior analysis to help individuals lead their best lives.

Valerie Keehn

Valerie Keehn, MS, BCBA

Behaviorist

Valerie earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming.

Her first teaching position was in a one room school house at the base of the Big Horn Mountains, where she had 7 students. She then moved to Oklahoma where she taught middle school for three years.

Valerie earned two Master's Degrees from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY, one in special education and some years later in ABA. She worked in early intervention for over 10 years and most recently worked with adults with developmental disabilities. She became a BCBA in Feb. 2017.

Danielle Langford

Danielle Langford, MA, M.Ed, BCaBA

Director of Day Habilitation Services

Ms. Langford's work history is versatile which includes 10 years of experiences working with and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Danielle has worked in several agency settings to include residential programs, in-home, day habilitation and public-school sector.

Danielle has experience writing, implementing and training staff on behavior plans and effective treatment strategies for individuals of all ages. She has experience working with individuals with intense behavior challenges including high risk physical aggression, self-injurious behaviors, elopement and property destruction.

To date, Danielle has assisted with opening five day programs for adults with developmental disabilities. She currently manages eight adult day programs supporting 145 individuals, and supervises 60 staff including program directors and DSPs. She assists them with program and census development, daily program operations, fee for service billing and individual service plans. Over the course of the last three years, Danielle has built a rapport with the individuals she supports, their families, staff, DDD administrators and support coordination agencies throughout the state.

Danielle holds a Master of Art degree in Child Advocacy and Public Policy from Montclair State University as well as a Master of Education in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. Danielle has also obtained a certificate in American Sign Language and is a certified trainer in Handle with Care. Danielle will be pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the upcoming months.

Rachelle Waxman

Rachelle Waxman, M.Ed, BCaBA

Behaviorist

Rachelle graduated with her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from Mercy College in New York, and completed the coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis atFlorida Institute of Technology. She previously worked in Trumpet Behavioral Health, and founded and directed Trumpet Academy, a preschool geared to helping children with autism attain the skills needed to be mainstreamed in a typical kindergarten classroom.

Rachelle is dedicated to improving the quality of life and achieving maximum independence for both individuals and their families.

Malay Shah

Malay Shah, BA

Finance Manager

Malay received a degree in Accounting and Finance from Richard Stockton College. He has extensive experience in accounting, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Malay shah is a highly motivated and results driven finance manager who is also responsible for preparing annual budgets, monitoring key accounts and credit control.

Pritya Singh

Pritya Singh, BA, EMT-B

Human Resource Coordinator

Pritya is the administrative assistant in our human resources department. She recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and is currently working towards her graduate degree.

Pritya has over five years experience working in human services field. In her previous jobs, she worked as a supervisor, a tutor and a peer counselor which helped her gain many HR related skills including organization, effective communication and multi-tasking. She is also a Certified Emergency Medical Technician. Additionally, Pritya volunteers at the rescue squad. Currently, she is attending school part-time and working towards her graduate degree.

Shalini Dumka

Shalini Dumka, CPA

Controller

Shalini has fifteen years of experience as the Controller and Financial Analyst for various IT companies, restaurant franchises, logistics, and the pharmaceutical industry. Shalini has taken on the responsibility for the company's accounting operations and financial reporting functions. She will guide the company's financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures as well as establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.

Jeff Schaetzle, M. Ed

Jeff Schaetzle, M. Ed, BCBA

Director of Residential Services

For nearly a decade Jeff has had the opportunity to work at some of the leading providers in the country. To date, he's opened three residential programs, worked in a special education school and pioneered a day program for adults with developmental disabilities at Bancroft; where he managed the program supporting over 70 individuals. Jeff has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities in nearly every setting, while proactively researching strategies to decrease problem behavior and increase independence

Jeff graduated from St. Joseph's University in 2007 and started his career working at the Princeton Child Development Institute in New Jersey, with a primary focus of applying ABA based interventions for adolescents and adults in workplace and residential settings. In 2012, he worked in classroom settings at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland. He then received a Master's Degree in School Psychology in 2014 with a focus in behavior analysis.

Jeff comes from a very large and close family where he learned the importance of fostering and developing the foundations of positive relationships that he applies to all aspects of both his personal and professional life. Always aspiring to do more for the people he serves, Jeff has joined the FOC team to apply his diversified knowledge base as one of FOC's Residential Directors, in hopes of creating and ensuring the highest quality of programs, standards and service delivery for the individuals we serve.

Shaylynn Lattie

Shaylynn Lattie, MS

Director of Residential Services

Ms. Lattie graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She previously worked for a Care Management Organization (CMO) and within a Quality Assurance Department for providers within the field. Ms. Lattie received her Master’s Degree in Administration of Human Services from Wilmington University in 2014, and has successfully managed a residential team in Philadelphia, PA.

Shaylynn brings a wealth of knowledge including being versed on state reportable, investigations, audits and licensing. Through her studies at both Wilmington and Rowan Universities, she developed proficiency in program development, quality assurance, internal processes and proposal writing skills. In addition, Shaylynn brings training expertise which will help address sensitive and complex problems that could present themselves along our growth and expansion within FOC II.