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.
Born and raised in New York, as the youngest of three children by her single mother, Mary credits her solid worth ethic and compassion for others to her family. Mary attended Mabel Dean Bacon Vocational High School, where she studied the art of cosmetology. Shortly after, Mary discovered her love of the clerical field working with the Harlem Children Zone at the age of 15. In 2001, Mary moved to Phillipsburg, New Jersey with her mother, son and daughter. After working in cafeteria services for the Chartwell Company for three years, Mary continued her education at Warren County Community College and graduated in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. While attending WCCC, Mary discovered a job listing for a Vocational Trainer for Abilities of Northwest Jersey, launching her career at the organization.
After working as a Vocational Trainer for two years, Mary was given the opportunity to step into her clerical roots as the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant at Abilities’ Washington office in 2009 and shortly after, became the Executive Assistant for Abilities. Since 2016, Mary has been diligently working as the Office Manager at Abilities’ Washington office where she assists with IT, takes part in courier responsibilities and even steps back into her Direct Support experience from time to time.
Debarati is the HR Generalist with Abilities of Northwest Jersey. Debarati joined Abilities in 2017 as a recruiter. Along with her responsibilities as a recruiter she also assisted other HR functions within the organization. In 2019 Debarati progressed to her current role. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and is an SHRM-CP certified professional. Other organizations she has worked in the past include The Arc of Essex County and TE Connectivity.
Debarati is originally from India and moved to the US in 2006 to join her husband. She lives in Allamuchy with her husband and son. The family loves hiking, camping and picnics with friends.
Fleet & Facilities Manager
Deb Martin is the Fleet & Facilities Manager for Abilities of Northwest Jersey. Deb joined the Abilities team in 1998 as a part-time Licensed Practical Nurse for Abilities’ Medical Special Needs Program. Through her hard work and dedication to the service recipients she worked with, Deb took on the role of Assistant Supervisor of the Medical Special Needs program, and later became the MSN Supervisor in 2007. In June of 2019, Deb was then promoted to her current position of Operations Manager.
Deb graduated from Warren Hills High School in 1978 and later attended Warren County Technical School for her LPN degree, graduating in 1996. Deb previously worked for Warren Haven Rehabilitation Center as a nurse’s aide and worked for a New York life insurance company. Deb credits her success to her natural ability to multi-task and her strong work ethics. Her goal for any position she takes on at Abilities, is to provide the best day for the people she serves.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Deb lives in Oxford with her husband, Mike. When she’s not working, you can find her spending time with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson.
Director of Training and Quality Improvement
Michelle is the Director of Training and Quality Improvment for Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. She was formerly the Director of Day Program Services and 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, Michelle 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.
Michelle 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.
Donna Zimmerman first began her career at Abilities in 2014, as a staff accountant. Within her five-year career with Abilities, Donna moved up to the position of Abilities Controller. Donna credits her success to her strong organization skills as well as her accounting and math minded skills. A New Jersey native, Donna was born and raised in Warren County and previously lived in St. Petersburg, Russia and Las Vegas before moving back to Warren County.
Donna graduated from Centenary University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and later continued her education to earn her MBA from Lehigh University in 1999. Donna previously worked for Mars Chocolate in Accounting, Sales and Office Services before starting her career with Abilities.
Chief Operating Officer
Sue is the Chief Operating 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.