Elaine Young, President

Elaine has been volunteering with Family Promise of Monmouth County since the agency opened its doors in July of 2001.  She started out as a volunteer coordinator for a host congregation (St. Luke’s UMC, Long Branch).  She also worked as a case manager for Family Promise from 2004 to 2006.  In 2009 her church could no longer support the ministry and had to step down as a host congregation.  Not long afterward, Elaine was invited to join the Board of Trustees.  She became President of the Board in 2011.  

Elaine has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling, both from Georgian Court University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a private practice in Colts Neck.  In her spare time, she writes, sings and preaches an occasional sermon at her church.

Mike Meriton, Vice President

Mike has been an active member of the Board of Family Promise and supports our fund raising, community engagement, and advises on our business operations. Mike’s advocacy for homeless families includes key support for our FPMC 501 Building campaign and other fundraising activities.  Mike and his wife Marie also have established a local Rainbows chapter in Monmouth County.  Rainbows is an international non-profit providing support groups for children that have experienced loss due to separation, divorce or death of a family member.  

Mike’s 25+ year business career in technology has included serving as an executive at Oracle and D&B as well as the CEO of GoldenSource. In 2005, Mike also co-founded the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council, a non-profit trade association for the global advancing data management where he currently leads industry engagement.  Mike and his wife, Marie, reside in Monmouth Beach NJ. Their family is blessed with two daughters and four grandchildren.

Wendy Lightner Carofano, Secretary  

Wendy is a licensed pharmacist currently working as a Director of Regulatory Affairs in the Pharmaceutical industry. Wendy received her Bachelors’ of Pharmacy degree From Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. She has life-long interests in improving human health and quality of life.  Wendy hopes to help improve the lives of members of her community by using her communication, organization, and analytical skills to work with Family Promise of Monmouth County to accomplish their mission. Wendy and her family live in Monmouth County and are happy to be involved with Family Promise of Monmouth County.

Frank Maag, Treasurer

Frank Maag is a CPA specializing in not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and is on their exempt organization committee. Frank seeks to improve the lives of members of his community by using his experience servicing NFP organizations to help Family Promise of Monmouth County efficiently and effectively accomplish their mission. Frank and his family live in Monmouth County and are proud to be able to support and assist Family Promise of Monmouth County.


Jessica Stepanski

Jessica Stepanski recently joined the Board of Directors of the Monmouth Country chapter of Family Promise.  An active contributor to various charitable organizations in Monmouth County over the past ten years, Jessica looks forward to serving the organization and families who benefit from its services.  Prior to joining the Board, Jessica performed fundraising and event planning for the Monmouth County Day Care organization and several other eleemosynary foundations.  Combining her experience in pharmaceutical sales with her Master’s Degree in Social work from Columbia University, Jessica applies practical corporate experience with extensive case work to help charitable organizations expand the impact they can have in their communities.  A busy mother of four, Jessica is eager to contribute her extensive experience and expertise to such a worthy organization and cause.

Rev. Dr. David G. Henritzy

David is a minister in the United Methodist Church serving currently as the Director of The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society of the Episcopal Church. He is also Secretary of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, Monmouth County Branch.

Previously David served as Pastor of the Pomeroy United Methodist Church, Pomeroy, PA; Assistant Administrator-Chaplain for The Methodist Home for the Aged, Bronx, NY; and Executive Director at The Bowery Mission, New York City. He was also a Protestant Chaplain at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, New York City; Director for Healthcare Chaplaincies and Registrar/Data Manager at The Office of the Bishop for the Armed Forces of the Episcopal Church, New York City and ministered full-time in this office including clergy in hospital-healthcare chaplaincies, as well as prison/jail ministries. His portfolio included all non-military chaplains. David recruited, ensured the competence of, helped place, and supervised chaplains throughout the United States, on behalf of the Bishop. A very challenging, but important period was helping to coordinate the response of this office to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. David created and “took on the road” a training refresher course aimed at enabling clergy to respond to the multitude of grief issues raised. He also became the major grief counselor for the employees at the Episcopal Church Center offices in New York City.

Lynne Ciliento

Lynn has been a Human Resources Professional for over 25 years for various global companies. She has also served on various nonprofit boards and brings a wealth of expertise to Family Promise’s operational compliance. Lynne and her husband have been members of Monmouth Church for over 20 years and have been the coordinators for Family Promise for eight years.