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The New Jersey Association on Correction (NJAC) has a tripartite Board of Trustees. This means that one-third of our board is made up of low-income individuals or those that represent low-income individuals and/or families; one third are elected officials (or their representatives); and the remaining are from business, industry, labor, religious, law enforcement, education, or other major groups and interests in the communities we serve. Our board is a cross-section of individuals that all come together to help guide the direction and overall effectiveness of the work of the organization. We appreciate the time and efforts of the following volunteers currently serving on our board:

Kathy Ahearn-O’Brien President

Kathy Ahearn-O’Brien


Ms. Ahearn-O’Brien serves as the Executive Director of The Hyacinth Foundations. She has been a board member since 2012.

CalvinJohn Smiley, PhD Vice President

Calvin John Smiley, PhD

Vice President

CalvinJohn Smiley, Ph.D. is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees for NJAC. He has been a board member since 2013 and Vice-President since the end of 2015. Chair of Quality Assurance and Program committee. Dr. Smiley is a member of the Sociology Department at Hunter College-CUNY.

Michael K. Decker Treasurer

Michael K. Decker


Michael Decker is president and CEO of Eden Autism Services. A member of the board since 2019 he is Chair of the Finance committee.

Ann M. Elliott Secretary

Ann M. Elliott


Ann Moulton Miner Elliot has served in senior leadership roles that led to the improved health and wellbeing of countless Middlesex and Mercer County residents and inmates. Ms. Elliott has been on the NJAC Board since 2014 and was elected as Secretary to the Executive Board a year later. She is also Chair of the Governance committee.

Jonathon Shenk

Jonathon Shenk

Jonathan Shenk is the president of Greenleaf Painters LLC, a commercial and residential painting company based in Lawrenceville, NJ, which he launched in 2006. He has been a board member since 2015.

Anthony Carabelli, Jr.

Anthony Carabelli, Jr.

Anthony Carabelli currently serves as the Director of the Mercer County Office of Economic Development. He has been a board member since 2018.

W. Reed Gusciora. Esq.

W. Reed Gusciora. Esq.

Reed Gusciora was sworn in as the 48th mayor of the City of Trenton on July 1st, 2018. Prior to becoming Mayor, he served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 1996, representing the 15th Legislative District, which includes portions of Mercer and Hunterdon Counties. He has been a board member since 2018.

Gabriela M. Mosquera

Gabriela M. Mosquera

Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera was sworn into office on March 5, 2012 representing South Jersey families in the 4th Legislative District which consists of municipalities in Camden and Gloucester Counties. Ms. Mosquera has been a board member since 2015.

Jason Williams, PhD

Jason Williams, PhD

Jason M. Williams is an assistant professor of Justice Studies at William Paterson University. He chairs the criminal justice department of the Hampton Institution and he is co-editor of Black Males and the Criminal Justice System, recently published by Routledge. Dr. Williams has been a board member since 2018 and is Chair of the Personnel and Affirmative Action Committee.

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