Jacques Hryshko became the Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Since then he has worked with the Executive Team to ensure that Family Connections is the best answer to the toughest challenges facing individuals and families in Northern New Jersey. He came to Family Connections in 1993 as a clinician providing in-home services to children and families in Essex County. As a clinician and later as Manager, Jacques and his team provided support and implemented new and innovative programs to support children and families. Jacques was the Chief Operating Officer at Family Connections, for 12 years prior to becoming CEO. As Chief Operating Officer he oversaw all the agency’s services. Now, as CEO, Jacques is very proud to experience the growth and development of Family Connections through staff who first provided outstanding services in our programs and then advanced to become leaders of the agency. This development and growth has ensured that Family Connections is built from our services. Jacques received has BS degree from Union College in Biology/Chemistry and his MS Degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Counseling Psychology – Rehabilitation Counseling with a Specialization in Family & Group Therapies. He is a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
Krista Zuccheri, LPC, SPHR is the Chief Operating Officer at Family Connections, overseeing program operations and facilities. Krista started her career in family and social services in 2002, and joined the Family Connections team as an in-home clinician in 2004. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Krista also holds a certification in clinical supervision and human resources.
Thelma D. Villamor, Chief Financial Officer, joined Family Connections in 2012. Thelma’s role includes, but is not limited to, management of the Finance Team, Information Technology, Billing, Payroll and Benefits Administration. Thelma has spent most of her career in for-profit corporate companies holding various positions; the last as a Senior Director of Finance and Accounting. Thelma joined the non-for-profit sector to apply her expertise to an agency she believes is making a difference in the community. Thelma received her BS/BA in Accounting from Trinity College, and an MBA in Finance from Ateneo University.
John Surface, LCSW, Chief Strategy Officer, joined FAMILYConnections in 1998 and has served as a Clinician, Program Coordinator, Director of Substance Abuse Services, Grant Writer, and Director of Program Development. He is a member of the Agency???s Executive Committee and also supervises the Agency???s services on behalf of Veterans. John received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his MSW from Rutgers.