In all counties of New Jersey, The Columbus Organization provides person-centered and choice-based support coordination services modeled on the principles of self-determination. Our focus is on providing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to lead a self-directed life with improved employability, relationships, and ability to make positive life decisions.
Specifically, we help clients with the following:
• Resource navigation
• Support and facilitated communication
Meaningful social interactions, integration in the community, and independence are the key pillars by which we help individuals and their families to follow their dreams and enhance their lives.
Tanya M. Wyant, PhD
New Jersey Executive Director of Support Coordination
100 Franklin Square Drive, #400
Somerset, NJ 08873
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Meet Our New Jersey Team
Tanya (New Jersey Executive Director of Support Coordination): Tanya comes to the Columbus Organization with over twenty years in behavior health care from direct service to executive leadership, ensuring quality care that is person centered. Her compassion and dedication to service is the foundation of her ambitions. Through the years she has developed programs, secured funding and worked with many teams, providers, Boards and State entities across the care spectrum. She has prepared companies for Care Coordination Health Home divestiture and from case management to care coordination services. She has developed policies, procedures and work flow where strategic planning and the mission and vision of companies are embraced. Her years of success working with and leading many teams are a few of her various skills.
In her free time, for the past ten years she has been teaching behavior and social sciences in higher education and mentoring doctoral students. Some of her hobbies include painting, reading, traveling and cooking. Although there are many, one of her favorite quotes is “And when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails” (Elizabeth Edwards).
Julian: Julian knew he wanted to dedicate his life to helping others from a young age. He found this calling in working with adults with developmental disabilities and has developed a passion for helping this population. For the past 7 year he has a formed a successful career working in direct support, behavioral support and support coordination. During his career in support coordination Julian has worked with some of the most intensive and challenging cases in the state of New Jersey, while developing a proficiency for navigating the New Jersey DDD system. Getting to share this knowledge to the entire support coordination team and creating positive outcomes has been a dream come true. Julian is also passionate about languages and culture being in fluent Italian and conversational in Spanish enabling him to work and create meaningful relationships with families of many different backgrounds. Julian is proud to be a part of the Columbus Organization where he can continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.
Shruti: Shruti has spent the last year and half, almost 2 years as a Support Coordinator at The Columbus Organization. Shruti earned her Bachelor of Social Work at Ramapo college which she accumulated 680 hours of field experience at Care One, Care Plus, and CASA for Children. Shruti obtained her graduate degree in Master of Social work from New York University where she accumulated 600 hours of field experience at the County of Bergen, Juvenile Family Crisis Intervention Unit-Family Guidance.
Karen: Senior Support Coordinator Karen has supported individuals with I/DD for over 30 years. Her experience is rich in that she has worked as a direct support professional through to senior administration roles, including leading quality management, staff development, and residential services teams. Karen has a lifetime commitment and passion for helping others. This paired with a Masters/ Post-Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Karen is happy to be part of the team at the Columbus Organization, where she can continue to support and advocate for individuals and their families to live meaningful and happy lives. Karen has been with Columbus for one year and in addition to her role as a Support Coordinator, she is responsible for training new Support Coordinators, on-going staff development, and assisting with leadership for the NJ Support Coordination Team. Karen enjoys reading, music, and traveling.
Khris-Ann: Support Coordinator Khris-Ann has been a Support Coordinator for two years, and began working with Columbus in December 2018. Before working with the Columbus Organization, Khris-Ann was a Support Coordinator at Progressive Comprehensive Services for eight months. She graduated from Rutgers State University with her Bachelors in Social Work. Khris-Ann enjoys reading, listen to music and trying restaurants from various cultures.
Wendy: Support Coordinator who brings 15 (+) years of experience in the Mental Health and NJ Children’s System of Care. Wendy has a passion for helping others succeed. Wendy enjoys spending time with family, cooking and meditation.
Penelope: Support Coordinator, Penelope, has worked with individuals with disabilities for over ten years. She has performed many roles in this field from direct care support professional to a program manager for a thriving day habilitation program. She has her Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in adult and transition services. Penelope has a passion for helping individuals live meaningful enriched lives while accessing available supports in their community.
Brian: Brian has worked as a high school teacher, a college professor, a mental health advocate and educator, a filmmaker, and a writer since graduating from Columbia University with his Master’s in clinical psychology in 2001. He has taught English literature, SAT verbal prep, psychology, human sexuality, psychology of gender, human development, film, and health. He has also written short stories, profiles/interviews, literary reviews, and essays for the literary journals PANK and Bloom, the third largest newspaper in New York, Newsday, the Andy Warhol-founded pop culture magazine, Interview Magazine, and co-founded and edits The New Engagement, a literary journal. He has also had a novel and graphic novel published and a feature film produced.
Dan: Dan holds a master’s degree in School Counselor Education and joins our team after a decade of being a Professional School Counselor. Prior to that, he worked in victims’ services and corporate training for Brinker Restaurants. He has a wife, a cavapoo, and a knack for photography and loves travel.
Anna: My name is Anna, and I have been a support coordinator for two years. I have a master’s inPsychological Services and bachelors in Psychology at Kean University. I have had experience working as a support counselor for six years in group homes and community based supports. My passion is to advocate for parents and caregivers with special needs. I am also a mother of three and have a child with autism. I also attend meetings at the Family Support Council of Union and Somerset County, and I am interested in public policy and affecting change in our community.
Dolores: Dolores “Lori “ has been a support coordinator for the past two years, and recently joined the Columbus team to continue to advocate for individuals for a quality life. Lori has 8+ years experience working with DCCP and presently volunteers with Domestic Violence response team helping victims of DV. Lori enjoys gardening and is a USDA certified urban farmer providing food ensure individuals with knowledge and produce to sustain themselves from food shortages. Lori encourages people and enjoys her husband and children. She likes the outdoors where she rock-climbs, skis, bike rides and gardens. Lori has an MPA from Rutger University.
JoAnn: JoAnn is new to The Columbus Organization and comes to us after spending the last 3 ½ years as an employment specialist. While in this position she worked tirelessly to help adults, with all types of disabilities, prepare to enter the competitive workforce. JoAnn earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. While working toward her BS, JoAnn also earned her Special Education Certification. It was during her special education student teaching experience that JoAnn realized her dream, which is helping adults with disabilities to reach their full potential. JoAnn is looking forward to a long and fulfilling career with The Columbus Organization.
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