Cynthia B. Wildermuth
Chief Executive Officer
As a sibling advocate for her brother with profound developmental disabilities, Cindy has been in the field of serving those with special needs her entire life. Her passion for ensuring the success of individuals of every level of ability has led her to her position today.
Cindy joined Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. in 2000 as the Business Manager, moved into the role of CFO in 2008, and was selected as CEO in 2012. Prior to Abilities, Cindy spent 13 years at First Hope Bank, with her last position held as CIO/VP of Operations. She worked in a variety of roles early on with the Arc of Warren County and local school districts.
Cindy holds a bachelor of arts degree from Kean University, and advanced certifications from Allentown Business School and Rutgers Institute of Ethical Leadership. Cindy is a member of the Washington Rotary Club and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a volunteer for the Equine Tranquility Wellness Center, offering supports to riders with different abilities.
Chief Development Officer
Sue is the Chief Development Officer for Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. and lifelong resident of Warren County. For many years, Sue has dedicated her life to making a difference in the life of persons with disabilities in the community. While working towards her undergraduate degree, Sue interned for the Family Guidance Center, where she worked in a mental health partial care program. After obtaining her bachelor of science degree from East Stroudsburg University, Sue began working for the Center of Humanistic Change. It was in this same year; Sue began working for Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc., as a Facility Case Manager/Job Developer/Job Coach. In this position Sue was responsible for providing vocational case management and began developing employment opportunities in the community for those with different abilities, giving them an equal chance in the workforce.
Sue was promoted within the organization to become the Director of Employment Service where she initiated the development and growth of Abilities supported employment program, and launched the school to work student transition. Sue was promoted yet again, where she was given the title of Chief Development Officer (CDO) where she was instrumental in the development of SustainAbilities social enterprises and overseeing the agencies employment services and fund development departments.
When not creating opportunities for individuals with disabilites, Sue devotes a substantial amount of time to a variety of community and civic organizations. She currently served on the Morris Sussex Warren Workforce Investment Board where she presently remains an active member and sits on several WIB committees. Sue is a member of the Warren County Human Services Advisory Committee and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Michael Nicholson, Ed.S., MS, CCTM, CSSO
Chief Financial Officer
Michael is the Chief Financial Officer for Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. He was hired in July 2013 and assigned to manage finances, operations, technology, facilities and transportation. He was previously the President and Chief Operating Office for Educational Business Designs, LLC. Mr. Nicholson has over 25 years of experience in business.
Michael has developed policies and procedures to supervise finance, human resources, information technology, programs, transportation, outreach and facilities for clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. In his role working with Executive Directors and Chief Executive Officers he has analyzed departmental budgets, targeted opportunities to increase revenue, decrease expenses and conducted trainings that increased staff efficiency for a non-profit with three campuses.
Michael’s prior work history includes his role as the Chief Operating Officer for Beginning with Children Charter School, Senior Director for Education Station, LLC and an Executive Director with CONTACT We Care, Inc. As an Executive, Mr. Nicholson has been a change agent and instrumental in managing million dollar budgets, developing systems, training staff and designing new services for organizations.
Director of Employment Services
Stefanie holds a master’s degree in Education. She attended Fairleigh Dickinson University for her bachelor's and master's degrees. She has 11 years’ experience in mental health and serving people with disabilities.
Stefanie started her career at Somerset Medical Center on the Eating Disorder Unit for six years until moving on to develop and implement a grant funded employment program funded through DVRS.
Stefanie has worked providing transition services, day habilitation services and employment services. She now specializes in employment related services for people with disabilities.
She oversees all employment related programs including social enterprises at Abilities of Northwest Jersey.
Director of Program Services
Michelle is the Director of Program Services for Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. She has over twenty-five years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She began her career in the field as a Treatment Technician providing direct care in a group home with the Center for Humanistic Change.
In the summer of 1996, she started at Abilities as a substitute staff, and by early 1997 had been promoted to the dual role of Agency Behaviorist and supervisor of the Individual Specialized Program. Ms. Savino’s commitment to consumers, program excellence and quality service provision is reflected in her attention to detail. She has worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist and the Assistant Director of Day Program Services during her tenure at Abilities. She became a Director in 2013 and is responsible for overseeing the Day Habilitation and Home Based Programs, as well as the clinical staff.
She has a Masters of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Social Work from Cedar Crest College. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Arlene Swanston, SHRM-CP, PHR
Human Resources Manager
Arlene became the Human Resources Manager and Corporate Compliance Officer of Abilities in April 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The City University of New York at York College in 2006. She also earned her Professional in Human Resources designation from the Human Resource Certification Institute in 2012 and is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management, both National and Sussex/Warren New Jersey chapters. She earned her Society of Human Resources Management, Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification in January 2015.
Before working at Abilities, she amassed years of experience working in the banking industry for Chase Manhattan Bank, in retail as a Sales Manager for Federated Department Stores and Filene’s Basement, with her longest tenured position as an Onsite Supervisor for Manpower, a staffing agency.