“The Smile of Hopatcong” Board of Directors are all professional people with varied business backgrounds, who have faith, passion and a strong commitment to help those families in need. We understand the current environment of those families who worry about who will care for their son or daughter when the time comes. We know that this is not just a local issue, it is an issue that faces our nation. If we can help even a little, it makes us all stronger knowing that we have helped a family find a place to live in peace, faith and strength the rest of their lives!
Patty Milford – Executive Director
Mrs. Patty Milford is a Paraprofessional in a multiple handicapped classroom of the Jefferson Township, Board of Education. She has also worked in the Hopatcong, New Jersey School System for children with “Special Needs”. Patty Milford is very devoted and understands the special and unique developmental and environmental needs that these handicapped children require.
Mrs. Milford, along with her husband Al, founded “The Smile” which is a 501-(c)(3) charity for young adults that have “Special Handicaps and Special Needs”. The experience that Patty Milford brings to “The Smile” will help make this charity different from others. And this is because both, Patty and her husband Al, have a Down Syndrome young adult named Steven. And it is because of Steven, that the Milfords have recognized the need to help their own child, Steven, as well as others with handicaps. And “The Smile” is the Milfords vision and commitment to all that seek a home and place of camaraderie for young adults who need to be taken care of.
Allan Milford – President
Mr. Al Milford is a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer with HARRIS for 37 years.
Mr. Milford is also the President of “The Smile”. He and his wife Patty are the founders of this wonderful charity organization. The Milfords have a son, Steven, who has Down syndrome. They recognize he will require support and a healthy and happy living environment when they become unable to continue to care for him. In researching placement in the future, they learned the “waiting list” for people with disabilities is insurmountable! Instead of complaining about it, They decided to do something about it.
Mr. Milford along with his wife, Patty, have worked tirelessly to bring “The Smile”, a 501(c)3 charity, to fruition. Their dream is to help others, like their son, who deserve a place to learn, grow and thrive with others like them.
Chris Colabella – Vice President
Mr. Chris Colabella is the Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza, & Thompson. He received his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware in 1988 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University in 1985. Mr. Colabella is a practicing attorney since 1988.
Mr. Colabella is a community minded individual, volunteering for charitable organizations for many years. As a board member attorney and project volunteer for local charities, Mr. Colabella has established a great deal of experience dealing with the complexities of non-profit organizations.
John Kedash – Treasurer
Mr. John Kedash is a Strategic Relationship Manager with the Corporate Learning Group at Harvard Business Publishing. He has been working in the technology field for 30 years since receiving his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Rowan University.
In addition to serving on the Board of Smile, Mr. Kedash has also serves on the Board of Grace – The Church on the Mount – in Morris County NJ, and previously served on the Board of Meadowbrook Church in Bergen County NJ. He also volunteers with a local Chapter of Prison Fellowship, visiting inmates in Sussex County Correctional Facilities.
Sal Guglielmello – Secretary
Mr. Salvatore Guglielmello is a Senior Business Analyst with KMK Consulting, Inc. and is currently providing services to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Oncology Division. Sal has served as a volunteer for numerous organizations including Hopatcong Recreation Commission, Hopatcong Hawks Soccer Club, Hopatcong Drama Club, and Grace – The Church on the Mount.
Sal hopes to be able to utilize his past experiences to help SMILE grow so that more special needs individuals can live in safe and happy community with one another.
Michael Roome – Member
Mr. Michael Roome is an Associate Director with AT&T Corporation with 30 years of experience in Finance, Marketing and Technology. He received his Master of Business Administration Degree from Wilkes University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ramapo College with a dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing. Mr. Roome has been continually involved in community service. He served on the Roxbury Township Board of Adjustment for 6 years. Mr. Roome has also been a coach for over 20 youth sports teams. He has volunteered with numerous organizations such as local food banks and soup kitchens as well as the NJ Special Olympics, Epilepsy Foundation and various other organizations. Mr. Roome joined the SMILE Board in early 2016. He and his wife Laurie have seven children and reside in Roxbury Twp., New Jersey.
Kim Koppenaal – Administrator
Ms. Kim Koppenaal is a special education teacher, currently working with children with Autism at a school in Essex County. In addition to her work in the classroom, she also works with children in their homes, providing supplemental instruction and behavioral support. Ms. Koppenaal earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University in 1999 and has over 20 years of experience working with both children and adults with varying needs and abilities in academic, day program, and residential settings. Ms. Koppenaal is an active member of her church, participating in community outreach programs, serving as an usher, volunteering on various committees, and as member of the Women’s Leadership Team. Ms. Koppenaal joined the SMILE team in 2016. Currently, she lives in Mt. Olive with her three children.
Susan Gallagher – Director of Community Affairs
Susan Gallagher serves as the Director of Community Affairs for SMILE. She began her career within the nonprofit community as a Direct Support Professional and quickly found her calling. Susan has since served as a Residential Manager, Senior Coordinator of Recreation, a Special Olympic Coach, an Administrative Assistant, and a Support Coordinator.
Her passion and commitment has led to the support and empowerment of many individuals with developmental disabilities. Susan continues to strive for the provision of quality services and to assist in the education and support of persons with developmental disabilities. Susan received her dual bachelor degree in elementary and special education from East Stroudsburg University.