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2023 Board of Trustees 


About Willie

Willie Stroever, Esq., is co-chair of the intellectual property group at the law firm of Cole Schotz. Willie guides his clients in protecting the brands, inventions, and other things they create, and in maximizing the value of those innovations for their businesses.

Willie first became involved with Family Promise of Morris County through donation drives and on-site projects, but was quickly drawn to the organization's mission, and the staff and volunteer's passion for that mission. Willie joined the Board in 2016 and currently serves as the Board of Trustees President.

William Stroever, Esq.


Board Member Since: 2016

Member, Cole Schotz P.C.

About Sharon

Sharon Yoo is a social justice attorney who has advocated for the rights of individuals and families affected by disabilities for 10+ years. She currently is an attorney at Legal Services of Northwest Jersey where she provides legal representation to seniors on end-of-life planning and to individuals affected by mental health and disabilities at civil commitment and administrative hearings. In 2016, Sharon launched HEAL, one of the first medical legal partnerships in New Jersey combining both medical and legal care for patients. She also managed Urban Justice Center's Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities Project, advocating for the rights of parents with disabilities to remain with their children. As the former County of Morris Human Services director, she was first introduced to Family Promise through their Navigating Hope partnership. Sharon saw the difference FP made in the lives of individuals and families; this impactful work led her to joining the Board in 2020.

Sharon J.L. Yoo, Esq.


Board Member Since: 2020

Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, Inc.

About Frank

Frank Novak has had a long and successful career in Information Technologies, holding various positions over time, including with AIG and currently as a Sr. Data Architect at Munich Re – MRSI. As an IT professional, he managed many technical transformations to a successful completion. Frank is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway where he coordinated many community outreach projects while chairing or serving on the Outreach Committee for the congregation. Frank’s involvement with Family Promise started when a new hosting congregation to FP needed a support congregation and his church came on to play that role. Over the years and seeing the work and success of Family Promise, he looked to get more involve beyond his current service. Seeing the care and the holistic approach FP gives to their guests led to Frank becoming a board member and serving on the Congregational Outreach Committee. He currently serves as board Vice President.

Frank Novak

Vice President

Board Member Since: 2017

Sr. Data Architect, Munich RE - MRSI

About Chris

Chris McManus is a Financial Professional who specializes in Life Insurance, College Planning, Retirement, investment and Estate Planning. He is also the founder of Monthly Connectors, which connects local business leaders together with the goal to promote growth within the community and their businesses.

Having grown up in the Morristown area, Chris is passionate about his community and helping folks however he can. He joined Family Promise of Morris County’s Board of Trustees in the October of 2022 and looks forward to furthering their mission within the community.

Chris currently lives with his wife, two cats, and two dogs in Morristown, where they plan on adopting and raising a child in the near future.

Chris McManus


Board Member Since: 2022

Financial Service Professional, OneLegacy Financial Group


About Amy

Amy Ochsenreiter has spent seven years within the building materials industry with GAF focusing on renewable energy investing, product development, strategy, and her current role of leading growth and innovation operations. Growing up with a contractor father and mother in the building materials industry, Amy has a strong passion for enabling all to have a space that they can call home.
Amy received her Master of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Pennsylvania where her research focused on corporate sustainability strategies for investments in renewable energy and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College. Amy also sat on the Alumni Board for the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership from 2015-2020 and the National Roofing Contractors Association’s Roof Integrated Solar Energy Board from 2015-2018.

Amy Ochsenreiter

Board of Trustees

Board Member Since: 2021

Dir. Enterprise Priorities, GAF

About Don

Born and raised in New Jersey, Don grew up along the ridge of Long Hill in Gillette. He is pleased to again call New Jersey home. Don brings over 35 years of senior leadership, fundraising, consulting, and coaching experience to a diversity of non-profit organizations. Don has served over 60 non-profits, for which he has played a key role in securing over half a billion dollars in funding. He currently serves as the VP with The Angeletti Group of Morristown, as well as the Managing Partner of Collaborative Partners LLC. Don has served on many boards, and currently volunteers with multiple advisory boards, including several in Patterson, NJ; Young Life Garden State Region; and the Operating Council of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Don is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div), and the Boston University Questron School of Management (MBA). He lives in Morristown with his wife Liz.

Donald Stahl

Board of Trustees

Board Member Since: 2022

Collaborative Partners LLC/Angeletti Group of Morristown

About Jose

Jose Ortiz was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. He received a BA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Jose began his career in sales and marketing before transitioning into the restaurant industry as a multi-unit restaurant manager, and later, as a Business Consultant. In 2012, Jose opened his first restaurant in Jersey City, Blue Moon Mexican Grill. In 2015, as Jose’s role as a father grew, he transitioned into a new industry with Jersey Central Power & Light’s Meter Reading Department, and in 2020, was awarded the position of External Affairs Consultant. In 2021, Jose began his role as the Smart Meter Program’s Change Agent, where he would lead a state-wide implementation of the program. He is co-chair of JCP&L’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Community Involvement Lead for First Energy’s Economic Business Resource Group (EBRG) Mosaic. Jose is a 2019 graduate from Leadership Morris.

Jose Ortiz

Board of Trustees

Board Member Since: 2023

FirstEnergy Corp.

About Melissa

Melissa Geiger has been in the financial industry since 2006. She began her career with Commerce Bank and was part of its merger with what is now known as TD Bank. After successful and rapid career growth, she moved to M&T Bank, where she has held several leadership positions, joining the Business Banking team as a Vice President/Relationship Manager in March of 2019.
Melissa serves on multiple boards in the Morris County area. She is a current member of the Executives’ Association of New Jersey, where she has served on the Board for the past 4 years. She is also a graduate of The Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Leadership Morris Program. She currently serves on the Leadership Morris Alumni Committee, is an ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, and will be the Lead Chair in 2023. Melissa is well-known in her community for her involvement in both non-profit and community events, and for her passion about what M&T can do.

Melissa Geiger

Board of Trustees

Board Member Since: 2023

Vice President, Business & Professional Banking

About Larry

Larry Ragonese is a veteran communications specialist, with a long career in journalism and then state and county public relations. He started his career in local New Jersey radio, in music and news, and then moved to print journalism for three decades.
Larry worked for the Morristown Daily Record before moving to the Star-Ledger for 26 years. Subsequently, he served as Governor Chris Christie’s environmental spokesman at the New Jersey DEP and most recently was communications director for Morris County government. Larry joined the Family Promise of Morris County Board of Trustees in 2021.
A very proud father of two children, Nikki and Kyle, three beautiful grandchildren, and a wonderful wife and best friend, Alicia, he is honored to be of service to Family Promise of Morris County.

Lawrence Ragonese

Board of Trustees

Board Member Since: 2021

Morris/NJDEP/Star-Ledger, Retired

About Vernon

Vernon is currently a Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis in the banking industry. A graduate of Purdue University and Cornell University, he holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision and M.B.A in Business Administration respectively.
Vernon has more than 25 years’ experience in Operations and Finance. He lives with his wife and best friend, Crystal, and their three children. He is passionate about financial inclusion and enjoys working with the amazing people who serve those experiencing homeless in Morris County. Vernon joined Family Promise of Morris County’s Board of Trustees in the fall of 2022.

Vernon Bell

Board of Trustees

Board Member Since: 2022

Vice President, FP&A

About Shannon

Shannon is currently the AVP of Learning & Development for Arch Insurance. She has over 20 years of experience leading learning function, developing rewards and recognition programs, and championing inclusion and belonging initiatives. Shannon served on several committees for Global Women in Technology (GWIT), received the 2017 GWIT Person of the Year Award, and was selected for the 2020 Women’s Executive Leadership Initiative. Previously, she founded a company which led learning engagements for state agencies and large enterprises. Shannon marries her passion for people, diversity, and engagement to drive results and promote a nurturing environment for employees. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; a master’s in Business Education from NYU Steinhardt School of Education; and a certificate in High Performance Leadership from Cornell University. She is married to Emerson and has three children, Bryce, Danielle, and Bayliss, who fill her heart with joy every day.

Shannon Simon

Board of Trustees

Board Member Since: 2023

Arch Insurance

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