CCNJ Leadership

Photo: Sheli Monacchio, founder of Caring Connections of New Jersey

Sheli Monacchio

Founder & CCNJ Executive Board President

About Sheli

Sheli founded Caring Connections of New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2011 with just two people and a vision. Caring Connections of New Jersey now has a network of over 600 qualified healthcare professionals throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Sheli’s 19 year experience in the senior care industry has lead her on a journey to help hundreds of families through her extensive experience in Assisted Living, Hospice, Home Care, Skilled Nursing and Senior Living Placement. She will educate families and help them sort through the confusion when it’s time for them to make some very important decisions for those who are planning ahead or those who are in mid-crisis

Her compassionate client-centric approach allows her to personally get to know her clients so she can put together the best options for the family caregivers or the isolated senior. Sheli is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and can assist families who are struggling to manage the behaviors of their loved one suffering from dementia.

Sheli credits the success of Caring Connections of New Jersey to the members who have supported this organization and give their best to serve the seniors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on a daily basis.

John Odalen

John Odalen

Mercer County Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About John

Professional organizer John Odalen is a detail-oriented professional with a natural talent for organizing and an inherent need for order. John spent twenty years in the software industry focusing on customer success, quality assurance and project management before transferring these skills to his new business, Organize and Maintain. John specializes in helping people who feel overwhelmed by clutter and do not know where to start. He helps his clients create a vision and define and achieve their goals while also coaching them on how to get organized and stay organized. He is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO).

His book on organizing, Real Value: New Ways to Think About Your Time, Your Space & Your Stuff, published in March 2016 by Open Door Publications, offers a fresh way to look at organizing your home or business. John has also presented his techniques on how to get organized at local libraries and community groups.

John is a lifelong New Jersey resident, and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College).

Photo: Steve Besserman, CCNJ Facilitator

Steve Besserman

Middlesex County Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Steve

In January of 2010, Steve founded AriJoe Productions, LLC, for the purpose of realizing his lifetime ambition of bringing his parents’ Holocaust Survivors’ love story to the screen. He served as Executive Producer, Writer and Director of this award-winning independent documentary, Only A Number, which has appeared at film festivals, has been broadcast on PBS stations across the country, and is being used in the curriculum of New Jersey schools through the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

Steve expanded AriJoe Productions to provide affordable video documentary storytelling for small-to-mid-size businesses, non-profit organizations and people who wish to capture, share and preserve their family history.

You can contact Steven at: or call 609-577-9206.

Photo: Steve Besserman, CCNJ Facilitator

Bernie Branz

Ocean County Co-Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Bernie

Bernie Branz has been in healthcare and a community advocate for almost 30 years. For fifteen of those years, he has been the Marketing/Business Development Director and RightCare Director for multi award winning Right at Home Homecare Jersey Shore which serves Southern Monmouth and all of Ocean County. He loves helping, supporting, educating, fundraising, and donating to the local communities in his territory. Bernie is the Co-Chair for the northern Ocean County Ethics Committee for over 8 years and continues to participate and support the Southern Ocean County Ethics Committee as well. Bernie believes in serving the community with the upmost integrity and to be a true advocate for the communities. Bernie also serves or has served on many other committees through the years such as the Caregivers Volunteers of Central Jersey, Ocean County Caregiver Coalition Group, Caring Connections of NJ, Shore To Give Non-Profit Organization, American Cancer Society, Business Solutions Task Force and Gala committees, Alzheimer’s Association, and the RWJ Ogle Foundation Committee to name a few. Bernie also has an entrepreneurial spirit and is involved in other business ventures as well. Bernie loves to spend time with his family, listen to music, play drums, and watch soccer.

Photo: Cris Brown, Caring Connections of Monmouth County Facilitator

Cris Brown

CCNJ Executive Board Secretary

About Cris

Cris Brown has been in the healthcare profession for over 23 years. She has been the Director of Community Outreach and Education for Imperial Healthcare in Neptune for the last 14 years. Cris received her undergraduate degree from Monmouth University. Cris maintains a strong relationship with the senior community by providing education on the latest healthcare trends while also planning events that improve quality of life. She very much looks forward to being an integral part of Caring Connections and bringing valued resources to patients and their caregivers.

Photo: Sara Catalano, CCNJ Facilitator

Sara Catalano

Somerset County Co-Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Sara

Sara is currently the Director of Community Relations at Brandywine Living at Middlebrook Crossing in Bridgewater, NJ. With over 12 years of experience in healthcare she has worked in a variety of settings including Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and outpatient physical therapy offices.  She has facilitated contract therapy services for home care agencies and hospice agencies in Assisted Living Communities. Her career started with a passion for physical therapy and operations that quickly evolved to providing the highest quality of care for older adults. She began working at Brandywine Living in 2011 overseeing the contract therapy program provided by Genesis Rehab Services along with teaching exercise classes to the residents, providing educational seminars and health and fitness testing. In 2016 she became the Director of Rehab at a subacute/long term care community but soon missed the merriment that Brandywine Living offers. In 2018 Sara became a Certified Assisted Living Administrator and officially joined the team at Brandywine in 2019. She loves the connection she has with her residents and enjoys helping families and their loved ones in their search for Senior Care options. Sara is looking forward to continuing to help people in Somerset County and surrounding areas and happy to support the Caring Connections Community.

Photo: Leslie Ohlstein, CCNJ Facilitator

Angela Garofalo

Monmouth County Co-Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Angela

Angela Garofalo’s love for the senior population started out in an assisted living community as what was supposed to be a short term, temporary position as a concierge. That was almost eighteen years ago. Assisting families with the difficult decision of placing a loved one, along with making a difference in the life of a resident became a passion.
Angela joined Artis Senior Living of Eatontown a little over a year ago, in what was her dream position of opening a brand new community – and building a community from the first resident!
Angela has been involved in various volunteer organizations, some dealing with seniors, communities, special need groups, as well as other charitable organizations.
Proud mom of a nurse, and a future Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Angela enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Italy is Angela’s happy place, and she looks forward to her yearly summer trip.
Angela is grateful for the opportunity to be part of Caring Connections of New Jersey.

Photo: Janet Kuebler, Caring Connections of Somerset County Facilitator

Janet Kuebler

Somerset County Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Janet

Janet Kuebler has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. janet and her husband purchased the Right at Home franchise covering Hunterdon and Somerset Counties in 2007 and have been providing care to the senior community and disabled adults after personal experience caring for her in-laws. She is a Certified Senior Advisor, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and we are facilitators of the Virtual Dementia Tour, which is a hands-on sensory training tool for those providing care to dementia patients. Janet is also trained as a Mental Health First Responder. In addition to her professional experience supporting seniors in their homes, Janet has years of family caregiving experience over her lifetime caring for various family members.

Photo: Anne Markel, CCNJ Facilitator

Anne Markel-Crozier

Burlington County Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Anne

Anne Markel–Crozier BSW, CSW Bratton Law’s Director of Care Coordination, brings over 25 years’ experience working closely with the elderly in many different facets of health. She specializes in assisting her clients and their families in coordination of their health and long-term care, serves as their advocate and empowers them with the knowledge to attain the highest quality of life given their specific circumstances so they no longer have to manage the complexities of care coordination alone. Most recently, Anne was elected Committee Chairperson of the New Jersey Tri-County Regional Ethics Committee. She also serves as Vice President of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, a national network of holistic law practices that offers legal services, care coordination and advocacy support to help elderly clients and their families respond to the challenges of aging, long-term illness and disability. In addition, Anne is a co-instructor of the Certificate in Elder Care Coordination Program offered by Stockton Center on Successful Aging. Anne graduated from Monmouth College with a degree in social work, and received her Gerontology Certificate from Florida State University. In her free time, she is a volunteer community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Photo: Stacy Matticoli

Stacy Matticoli

CCNJ Executive Board Treasurer

About Stacy

Stacy Matticoli is a Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant based in Central New Jersey and the owner of Put it There, LLC. Stacy received her certification in Advanced International Organization from QC Design School and is a member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), a member of NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers), and a certified NASMM Move Manager. Stacy assists people with downsizing, estate cleanouts, and residential organization, and offers customized sessions to fit the clients best needs. Her services help relieve stress and create efficiency in homes and workspaces and help allow for better use of time. Stacy also is a move manager, helping clients to downsize, purge, and declutter. Stacy ensures to make moving less stressful for her clients and be a helpful part in their journey.

Linda Mundie, CCNJ

Linda Mundie

CCNJ Executive Vice President

About Linda

As the Director of Business Development at The Gardens at Monroe, a 5-Star subacute rehab and long-term care facility in Middlesex County, Linda Mundie has had many opportunities to help families as they navigate the journey of care for their parents and loved ones. She has more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare. Linda has previously held the position of Admissions Director at The Gardens, and, before that was employed for 8 years with Compassionate Care Hospice as a Community Liaison and Educator.

Creating strong relationships and partnerships has been Linda’s longtime approach to business success and she has built a large community of like-minded professionals to support the senior population that she serves. Her involvement with Caring Connections has given her many opportunities to further that objective.

Linda lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband, Mike, and enjoys summer at the “Shore” and beautiful sunsets.

Photo: Leslie Ohlstein, CCNJ Facilitator

Lesley Ohlstein

Monmouth County Co-Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Lesley

Lesley Ohlstein has been the Director of Community Relations for Senior Helpers of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties for the past 12 years. She has a daughter, Amanda 27 and a son, Jason, 23. They are both living on their own and making their mom very proud. Lesley is very involved in volunteering. She has been closely involved with many organizations over the years including Special Strides and the Freehold Clergy Housing and Advocacy Program for homeless men. She is currently a big sister to a beautiful 12 year old girl for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey. In her spare time Lesley enjoys biking on the trails, playing Pickleball long walks, working out, reading, cooking and watching a great Netflix series. She is excited to be one of the 2022 facilitators of Caring Connections for Monmouth County!

Photo: Fran Pannella, CCNJ Ocean County Co-Facilitator

Fran Pannella

Ocean County Co-Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Fran

Fran Pannella is a Licensed Practical Nurse, Dementia Care Practitioner, Senior Personal Trainer, and Brain Fitness Facilitator. She is a member of the American Senior Fitness Association and International Association of Story Keepers. Fran is currently working towards a certification as an Essential Oil Practitioner and Safety Advocate.

Fran has over 20 years of experience in geriatric nursing, dementia care, senior living sales and marketing, senior fitness and wellness and is passionate about positive aging and quality of life for those individuals living with dementia. She created a specialized fitness program for individuals with dementia called Movement Music & Memories and is a member of the Alive Inside Foundation Board of Directors.

Monika Sinha, CCNJ Facilitator

Monika Sinha

Middlesex County Facilitator & CCNJ Board Member

About Monika

Monika Sinha is an entrepreneur and the CEO of Angels Home Care Inc. since 2019. She and her husband acquired the home care company to pursue their passion to serve Elders. She is also the co-founder of WeCare Health System a computer system that specializes in aiding seniors who may need more attention. Monika enjoys helping the senior population and furthers her passion for care through Angels Home Care Inc.; she is focused on identifying the top caregivers in the area that have the same interest in care as she does. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and wants to utilize her knowledge and experience by serving the elders in the community. Monika also understands the importance of taking good care of her Angels: the caregivers who aid the individuals in need. In her spare time Monika enjoys painting, reading and watching movies. She is excited to be one of the facilitators of Caring Connections for Middlesex County!

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