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Meet Our Team & Board – Pass It Along

Meet Our Team & Board

Kathy Rathbone

Executive Director of Programs

Kathy Rathbone, a graduate from Centenary College with a Bachelors Degree in Business and numerous certifications in negotiations and leadership, left the corporate world and started to work with kids and teens in local schools with reading and leadership programs.  Kathy transitioned from a long time volunteer with PIA to staff in May 2015. As part of her role she has developed toolkits for our clubs, developed leadership programs and enhanced the curriculum for our Discover Your Passion and Purpose program. In addition, Kathy now oversees all Programs and Leadership Development. 

Kurt Walton

Executive Director of Fundraising and Finance

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.

Karen Baldini

Program Manager

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.

Heather Hill

Accounting & Book Keeping

Heather began her time with Pass It Along as a parent of a teen who is heavily involved with the leadership and volunteer opportunities provided by the organization.  When the need arose for a professional to handle the accounting and bookkeeping, Heather saw the chance to combine her professional skills with her passion for Pass It Along.  Heather is a CPA with over 20 years of professional experience in the areas of accounting, tax, audit and financial reporting.  She is thrilled to be able to use those skills to further the mission of Pass It Along.

Jenn Poquette

Manager of Leadership and School-Based Programs

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 Anderson

Manager of Public Relations and Annual Events

Zachary joined Pass It Along in June of 2018 as an intern, and joined the team as Marketing and Public Relations Manager in June of 2019. During high school, Zachary 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 continued through his years in college, and continues to grow through his career with Pass It Along. As of May of 2019, Zachary graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Media Arts, with a Concentration in Journalism.

Our Board

Diane Taylor- Board Chairman

VP Manager of Culture and Engagement, Lakeland Bank

Linda Schmidt

Linda C. Schmidt

President, L.C. Schmidt Associates, LLC.

Amy Lepore

Web Programming Manager ThorLabs

Dan Leary

Dan Leary

Vice President of Business Banking, Lakeland Bank

Bill Askin

Askin & Hooker: Attorneys at Law

Jim Furguson

Director of Communications - Atlantic Health System

Board of Advisors

George Morville

Co-Chair President, Morville Agency 

Tim Allocca 

President, Intercar Inc.

Mark Avondoglio 

Vice President, Perona Farms

Burt Brazill 

President Brazill Brothers

Dennis Brazill 

NY/NJ Sales Manager 

Kimberly Burnett 

VP Human Resources, Selective Insurance 

Robert Davidson

​Sacks Paint and Wallpaper

Anthony DeFalco

The Orthopedic Institute of      New Jersey

William DeGasperis 

Atlantic Imaging 

Chris Dexter 

General Manager, Toyota World of Newton

Buffie Dobbs 

Dobbs Creative Group 

Patrick Fennel 

Empowerment Solutions, LCC 

Tammy Horsefield 

Sussex County Chamber of Commerce 

Carmine Lencsak 


Mike McGuire

President, McGuire Chevrolet Cadillac

Alexandra P. Miller


Don Miller 

Mount Freedom Printing 

John Stanley

Lake Mohawk Country Club 

Nicholas A. Nicolette 

Sterling Financial Planning, Inc. 

Don Somma 

President and Chief Executive Officer, First Hope Bank 

Mark Steele 

CEO, Neo Strata 

Justin Williams