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Disability Rights New Jersey is governed by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are individuals with disabilities or family members of an individual with a disability. The governing board includes representatives from each of the agency’s consumer advisory councils and is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity and geography.Disability Rights New Jersey is governed by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are individuals with disabilities or family members of an individual with a disability. The governing board includes representatives from each of the agency’s consumer advisory councils and is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity and geography.

Mitch Friedman

Chairman of the Board

Daniel Florio

Vice Chair

Carolyn Hayer

Treasurer

Edward Allison

Hazeline Pilgrim

Secretary

Beth Barnhard

Elaine Buchbaum

Nadia Hussain

Tasha Jones

Heather Simms

Linda Soley

Laurie Townsend

Steve Way

About the Disability Rights NJ Board of Directors 

Members of the Board reflect the diverse constituency served by the agency. Federal law mandates that Disability Rights New Jersey serve individuals with developmental, mental, sensory, physical and other disabilities. The Board consists of persons with disabilities, family members and professionals.  

Disability Rights NJ selects Board members representing New Jersey’s diverse ethnic and cultural communities including the different geographic areas of the state. 

The agency’s formal bylaws cover the make-up, duties, powers, terms of office and other details concerning our Board. The Board establishes the duties, powers and terms of office for other positions. 

Disability Rights NJ Presidents Emeriti

Sarah W. Mitchell, Founder and President Emeritus, 1994 to 2008

Joseph B. Young, President Emeritus, 2009 to 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT:  We are now accepting applications for new board members. Click below for more information.