MEET THE STAFF

Get to know the Spectrum Team: Staff

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Ann Marie Sullivan, Founder & CEO

After a progressive career that included executive-level positions at several companies that she co-founded in the US and Europe, Ann Marie combined a strong entrepreneurial sense with more than two decades of experience in building and managing start-up organizations to co-found Spectrum Works. She was the co-founder/COO of Absolute Publishing which published the luxury lifestyle magazine Absolute NY and the founder/CEO of Helix Communications AB in Sweden. Helix Communications specialized in developing educational marketing products for the pharmaceutical industry in the Nordic countries. These products included 25 peer reviewed medical journals and interactive continuing medical education programs which were developed in collaboration with medical institutions and medical opinion leaders. In addition to her for-profit experience she was a management consultant for NESC and assisted in the establishment of their Social Enterprise program which helps nonprofit organizations develop earned income programs.

 
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Beverly Ficon, Program Manager

For many years, Beverly was Dean and subsequently President of Katharine Gibbs College, located in Montclair, New Jersey. She has effectively trained young adults in their pursuit of employment and implemented a job placement program for students. Gibbs’ students have attained roles of leadership and respective positions in their employment and in communities. In recent years she has been dedicated to serving her community as a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and a member of CIACC (Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council) of Essex County as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mental Health Clinic of Passaic. As a graduate of Georgian Court University, she holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Education and a M.S. from Seton Hall University in General Professional Education. Beverly is the mother of three and has a granddaughter diagnosed with Apraxia and Global Development Delay.

 
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Mary Peragine, Training & Development Specialist

Mary has worked with Autistic young adults in day programs for the past four years. Previously, she worked in the public school system as a  aide in the special education classroom  for seven years and most recently worked at Passaic Community College advising  transfer students . She currently volunteers through Catholic Charities as a visitor to a special needs adult in a group home. She has a BS in Finance from St John’s University and an MBA in Management from Montclair State University.  She is the mother of three grown children.

 
 
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Jonathan Rojas, Training & Development Specialist, Graphic Designer

Jonathan graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Visual Communication Design with a minor in Visual Arts. While attending Ramapo College Jonathan worked as a provost student designer and office assistant for the college where he worked with promotional photos and DVDs. Jonathan started at Spectrum Works as a graphic design intern and now works as a job coach teaching graphic design to students enrolled in the program.

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Francesca Petracco, Training & Development Specialist

Francesca graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Elementary/Special Education and Social Work. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at University of Southern California. Before coming to Spectrum Works, Francesca was actively involved in her school system as a substitute teacher, paraprofessional aide for students with disabilities, and after-school childcare site leader. She has had various internships in a variety of schools and non-profit agencies doing advocacy and mental health work with individuals of all ages. Francesca loves running and giving back to her community and spends her time volunteering as a coach for Girls on the Run and as a catechist at her local church.

 
 
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Christina Grzybowski, Development Associate

Christina graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations and minors in Nonprofit Studies and German. Christina first worked for Spectrum Works in the Summer of 2018 as a Social Enterprise Management Intern. 
Before joining the Spectrum Works team again in February 2021, Christina interned and later worked part time at the New Jersey office of the Arthritis Foundation. She also interned and transitioned to full time after graduation at Powered by Professionals, a fundraising and event management company based in New York City that specializes in helping charity and nonprofit organizations. 

 
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Harry Wollenberg, Training & Development Specialist

Harry graduated from Rutgers University with a Masters in Social Work (MSW), and from Felician University with a Bachelor of Arts in English (BA). While attending graduate school, Harry worked at Catholic Family and Community Services to design and implement programming centered around helping seniors stay engaged with their community during the Covid-19 pandemic. He also interned at the Johnson Public Library in Hackensack, providing patrons with free psychotherapy, and acting as a liaison to connect them with local services.

 

At Spectrum, Harry works directly with students on tasks provided by partner companies. He also develops new curriculum and protocols to aid in student growth and is the project manager for our Sample Pack Project. While working with students, Harry strives to lead by example, modeling professional behavior through a hands-on approach that encourages student participation and team camaraderie.

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Alyssa Pulci, Training & Development Specialist

Alyssa graduated from Iona College with a B.S majoring in Psychology and minoring in English and Dance. Alyssa is currently pursing her Masters in Social Work from Montclair State University. Alyssa has worked with the Autistic population in her time volunteering as a children's soccer coach. She has had internships in high school and middle schools with the School Social Worker and Counselors prior to her time at Spectrum Works. On her free time, Alyssa loves playing soccer and running.

 

Get to know the Spectrum Team: Board of Directors

Robert Butters, Board Chair

Robert is a serial entrepreneur who started his business career as an accountant at Price Waterhouse. He then worked as CFO and Vice President for Business Development for the Really Useful Company (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatrical producing and theater real estate company). In 2001 Robert started his own production company and after success producing large scale events, was the founder of Green Distribution, an apparel printing and distribution company. In 2016 with 1,000+ employees Robert sold a majority share in Green Distribution. He continued his role as CEO until 2018 when he left to start Green Light Development, an incubator company focused on servicing quick turn production to the e-retail community. Robert’s philanthropic endeavors include serving as the board chair of Spectrum Works since 2012 and former board chair of Monmouth Medical Center Foundation.

 
 

Sam Jaafar

Sam offers a history of success spearheading all facets of enterprise operations.  By applying strong business acumen, systems acuity, and leadership talents, Sam is much at home creating operational centers of excellence.  Sam was the GM of FM Expressions championing the Spectrum Works employment program.  Sam was the Operations Manager for Morgan Advanced Materials and transformed operations to achieve EBITDA percentage increase by 12%.  He is currently the GM of Odeko, Chairman of the Rent Leveling Board in North Bergen, and Board Trustee on the North Bergen Board of Education.

 

Corinne G. Catalano, Ph.D

As Assistant Director for Consultation Services at the Montclair State University Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Corinne supports families, teachers and other staff members in school districts and community settings throughout New Jersey.  She is the project manager for the NJ Inclusive Education Technical Assistance (NJIETA) project, a partnership between the NJ Department of Education, Montclair State University and the NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education. 

Corinne teaches graduate courses on autism spectrum disorders in Montclair State University’s Teaching and Learning Department and is a faculty member for the Infant and Early Childhood Development Ph.D. program at Fielding Graduate University. She is a member of the NJ State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) for Early Intervention and serves as Chair of the SICC Personnel Preparation Committee. 

 

Get to know the Spectrum Team: University Interns