Meet Our Team & Board
President & CEO
Kurt retired in 2017 after a 31-year career as an educator in Sussex County. Most recently he served as Vice Principal at Newton High School in Newton, N.J. Over the course of his career he has served as principal, athletic director and as history teacher. Walton holds a B.A Degree from Hobart College and Masters Degrees from New Jersey City University and the University of Albany, SUNY. He is an avid golfer and lives in Wantage, N.J.
Finance and Events Director
Joining the Pass it Along staff in January, 2012, Eleanor first began as lead volunteer in 2010 creating and directing the organization’s first triathlon event. This event has grown to be PIA’s biggest and most successful fundraiser attracting participants throughout the entire tri-state area. Eleanor is a Rutgers University, School of Business graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has 12 years combined experience in the fields of accounting, audit and tax. She is married, and raising two daughters in Sparta, New Jersey.
Director of Development
Kathy left the corporate world and started to work with kids and teens in local schools with reading programs and leadership clubs. Kathy transitioned from a long time volunteer with PIA to staff in May 2015. As part of her role she is developing toolkits for our clubs and enhancing the curriculum for our Discover Your Passion and Purpose program. In addition Kathy works with our teens in the Altitude Program, Service Corp and various Annual Service projects.
Director of Programs and Community Engagement
Mike grew up in Sparta, NJ, and interned with Pass It Along in 2011 while in college. During his internship, Mike volunteered with SCARC which set him on his career path. Mike has spent the past 7 years working with adults with disabilities in Boston and New Jersey, supervising vocational day programs, creating new volunteer opportunities, and providing support coordination services. Mike holds his bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University. In his free time, Mike enjoys playing guitar, reading comic books, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.
Starting as an intern completing her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Montclair State University, Jenn joined the Pass it Along team in September 2017. Demonstrating a passion for working with youth, Jenn has a strong educational background in psychology, as well clinical training and experience within the field of mental health. She considers herself to be an individual who finds great joy in working, motivating, and inspiring others through fitness, behavioral, and emotional domains. Jenn is an enthusiastic young woman eager who will be working with teens throughout her roles in Altitude, Discovering your Passion and Purpose Workshops, Pass it Along clubs, as well as our organization’s programs and volunteer opportunities.
Zachary joined Pass It Along in June of 2018 as an intern, and has recently joined the team as Marketing Manager. During high school, he became a part of Pass It Along, participating in Merriam Mentors, as well as Ryan's Cases for Smiles. Zachary's passion for working with the community has continued through his three years in college, and continues to grow through his career with Pass It Along. As of May of 2019, Zachary will graduate from Montclair State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
In November 2015 Karen became another volunteer who has transitioned into a staff member at Pass It Along. She is a licensed clinical social worker who has an active practice in Ogdensburg, NJ. With over 30 years experience in social services and networking Karen has the resources to further develop the sensitivity for mental health needs of teens in our communities as it relates to our programs.
Nyesha is a former New Englander who received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. With 7 years’ experience working with youth through career counseling, residential services, case management, and direct care, Nyesha finds passion and enthusiasm helping youth strive. Nyesha also has a passion for the arts involving dancing, singing, acting, and painting.
Diane Taylor- Board Chairman
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