The vision of our founders, which has benefited the community for over 110 years, continues to guide us as we work to fulfill our mission to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to support people during challenging times in their lives.
Colleen Verriest, MSW, LCSW - CEO
Colleen joined Family & Children’s Service as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2019, becoming the 18th leader of the agency since its founding in 1909. Colleen brings to the position more than 15 years of leadership experience in social services delivery in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Counseling and Social Services with the Community YMCA where she directed daily operations at three Community YMCA locations and oversaw the delivery of services at eight community sites and 50 schools. Prior to that, Verriest served as a clinical director at Barnabas Health Institute of Prevention. She also maintained a private practice where she specialized in counseling children and adults who have experienced trauma and life adjustments. A licensed clinical social worker, Verriest earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.
FCS Board of Directors
Deborah Zilai, Chair
Patricia A. Keating, RN, Vice Chair
Richard J. Angelo, Esq., Secretary
Carrie Page, Treasurer
Clay Kingsbery, Assistant Treasurer
Anna Burian, FACHE
Daphne Halpern, FACHE, CFRE
Rabbi Marc Kline, J.D.
Timika L. Muhammad
Madonna Goss Robinson
Tiffany Senft, Board Chair-Elect
Deborah Zilai - Chair, Board of Directors
Retired New Jersey Resources (NJR) executive Deborah Zilai is chair of the Family & Children’s Service (FCS) board of directors. She succeeded Paul Stach whose two-year term expired in December 2017. Since joining the FCS board in 2004, Ms. Zilai has served in a number of leadership capacities, including vice-chair of the board and co-chair of the programs and strategic planning committee. Previously, she served as vice president of Corporate Services at NJR where she oversaw technology, human resources, office services, facilities and security. Prior to joining NJR, Ms. Zilai spent two decades with IBM. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cedar Crest College and holds multiple professional certificates. Ms. Zilai and her husband Rob, reside in Brielle where she serves on the governing board of The Church in Brielle and volunteers as a Sunday school teacher.
“It is an honor to be chosen as chair of the FCS board of directors,” Ms. Zilai explains. “I am grateful to our outgoing chair, Paul Stach, my board colleagues and our CEO, Delly Beekman for providing a solid foundation and positioning FCS to address the needs of our community today and in the future. Together, with our dedicated staff, we will continue the agency’s tradition of supporting people at challenging times in their lives.”
In December of 1956, Olivia Dutcher, a longtime FCS Board member, invited a group of women to her home to discuss the formation of a Rumson-Fair Haven auxiliary to support the mission of the agency. The informal get-together on a chilly winter day in March 1957 evolved into The Navarumsunk Auxiliary. The group took its name from the Native American tribe that once inhabited the island. Since then, this group of active community volunteers has helped raise thousands of dollars and much-needed awareness of Family & Children’s Service programs and services.
The Auxiliary hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to support the agency. Its premier event, the Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, now in its 61st year, will take place Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Branches in West Long Branch.
In the fall, Auxiliary holds its annual Navarumsunk Bridge Benefit, a duplicate bridge tournament and luncheon where Master Points are awarded. The tournament raises more than $5,000 for FCS programs and services annually.