Amy Ashenfelter, Clinical Consultant
Amy Ashenfelter has been working with Allies in Caring since January 2015, she serves as a clinical consultant and is also a Master level therapist. She holds a master’s in counseling and applied psychology from Rowan University and a certificate from Drexel University in applied behavior analysis and is currently pursuing BCBA certification. She has 3 soon to be step-children. Her favorite part about working for Allies in Caring is “The rapport I’ve built with the other clinicians, the opportunity to support them by processing cases, and interacting with all of my families.”
Itzel Saldaña, Employee Relations & Compliance Specialist
Itzel Saldaña has been with Allies in Caring since October of 2018, she serves as the Connector Liaison. She currently attends Stockton University and is expecting to complete her bachelor’s degree by Spring 2020. She is majoring in Anthropology and Sociology while minoring in Migration Studies. After graduating she hopes to continue to help the Latino community and keep her focus on immigration rights. When asked what's her favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, she said “Knowing that I form part of an organization that cares about the Latino community.”
Morgan Bowker, Service Support
Morgan studied psychology, and she is currently an American Sign Language student at Rowan College at Burlington County. She has spent many years working and volunteering with children and adults with disabilities and have a passion for helping others. She grew up in Hammonton and now lives in a farmhouse apartment in Winslow Township with her dachshund, Oliver, and chickens, Penelope, Petunia, Noel, and Marsala.
Sarah Thompson, Grant and Donor Relations
Sarah spent nearly all her life in Atlantic County, New Jersey, and has been a resident of Hammonton for the last 13 years. She started working with Allies in Caring in the Spring of 2020 and worked as the Executive Assistant to the Director over the previous year.
With her background as a legal secretary, title company processor, and content copywriter, Sarah has utilized her office and communication skills and now has eased into the role of Grant and Donor Relations Associate, growing with the organization.
Looking to the future and proceeding toward a master’s degree, she has her sights set on becoming an art therapist and using her love of art and counseling to work with those who need it most in the community. Sarah and her family live right in the heart of Hammonton and enjoy spending their time downtown and among the community here.
When asked what's her favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, she said "The best part of my job with Allies in Caring is having the opportunity to work with a team of caring people who are doing great things to help the people in our communities who need it most."
Melinda Pal Lifango, Finance Specialist
Melinda is an accountant/financial analyst with four years of professional experience. Melinda joined Allies in Caring in June 2020. She graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2016. Melinda keeps accurate records and reconciles accounts for our organization. She manages day-to-day financial transactions associated with AIC. She grew up in Hungary and came to the United States 10 years ago. Melinda speaks English and Hungarian. Work-Life balance is essential to her. She is inspired daily by her husband and her babies. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, horseback riding, arts and crafts, taking trips with her family, cooking with her husband, and entertaining friends and family.
When asked what's her favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, she said "I love the flexibility of the job and to have work-life balance; at the same time, it's also exciting and challenging. The colleagues and management are very welcoming, understanding, positive, and easy to work with. "
Copelia Morales, Con-Vivir Community Relations Manager
Copelia grew up in Hammonton. She has worked as a volunteer for the Migrant Worker Outreach of South Jersey for seven years and currently runs a nutritional program for migrant pregnant women and young kids. She is also a Hammonton Health Coalition Coordinator, and she is part of the Hammonton Heart and Soul initiative. She attended school for phlebotomy and to become a medical assistant. Her passion has always been to help others. She is currently attending school. Copelia loves interacting with people and getting to know the community better. She strives to achieve a healthier Hispanic community, one that can be more comfortable getting involved with other groups and cultures. She joined Allies in caring as our Community Relations Manager to identify, assess, and coordinate community engagement opportunities.
When asked what's her favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, she said "My favorite part about working for AIC is that I get to do what I love helping people and bringing resources to those who don't know them. Being able to help someone and encourage them to reach their goals is essential to me."
Michael Snyder, Program Development Manager
Michael has over forty years of experience in non-profit leadership throughout southern New Jersey. Michael’s expertise is in new program development, implementation, and management of such services. Before joining AIC, Michael led a Children's Behavioral health organization where he utilized his skill set in doing Strategic Planning, branding, change management, and forming strategic alliances.
When asked why he joined AIC, Michael replied he knows that AIC builds supportive relationships in people's lives and having a positive impact on people gives him no greater joy.
Dave T. Mooring, Interim Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Liaison and Behavior Technician
Dave was born and raised in Millville, NJ. After graduating high school, Dave attended Stockton University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. While there, Dave was the President of the NAACP, a gospel choir member, and held various academic distinctions. Immediately upon graduating from his undergraduate studies, Dave attended Miami University of Ohio to receive his Master of Student Affairs in Higher Education Pedagogy in Oxford, Ohio. While there, Dave worked as a Graduate Resident Director as well as taught various collegiate courses.
In 2021, Dave graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law. Dave has been using his legal knowledge and experience with American Sign Language to advocate further and support the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Dave spent the past 5-years freelance interpreting throughout the Ohio region and providing regular interpreting services for Fresh Anointing Impact Church located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dave identifies strongly with his faith and has an (almost) 2-year old son named Sebastian.
When asked what's his favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, he said: "What I like most about working at Allies in Caring Inc. is working alongside other people who are passionate about serving the Deaf community while balancing the nuances of providing education and development surrounding ASL and Deaf culture studies."
Diana Mendez, PR and Communications Manager
Diana is originally from Colombia. She completed her Master in Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso, and moved to New Jersey 8 years ago, where she lives with her husband and kids.
Diana helps organizations to deliver unique content experiences and to connect with their communities authentically. She designs, implements, and evaluates Allies in Caring communications and digital marketing strategy. Diana is a self-motivated leader, passionate about creating social change, with diverse experiences, including public administration, event planning, and community engagement.
She has strong cultural competency, and she has experience working with Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities. Diana is Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Featured Service Providers
Luis Aguirre, Behavioral Assistant
Luis Aguirre holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Medellin, Colombia. He loves education, and for that reason, he is always looking for new educational experiences and his interests in reiki therapy, and he holds a Florida Spanish Teacher K-12 Certification.
Mr. Aguirre has worked in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools as a teacher, academic coordinator, and principal. He loves to work as part of a team, but he is confident in his academic knowledge, following individual and group methodology in diverse settings.
Mr. Aguirre is passionate about his job, offering compassion, empathy, and respect to every individual and family he works with. He is open-minded about the things that can help in his professional development and how they can help the clients he offers his services to.
When asked what's her favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, he said "I am friendly, and I love teamwork. I like to work at Allies in Caring because I can contribute to the organization's mission being myself!"
Wilson Mape, Behavioral Assistant
Wilson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Surcolombian University and a Master's Degree in Education and Human Development from Manizales University in Colombia. He worked in a psychological support team for attention to students with educational needs and students with disabilities for over twelve years, promoting human flourishing.
He has experience in the clinical and educational context. He has assisted at-risk youth through individual, family, and group counseling on issues ranging from emotional difficulties from depression, anxiety to interpersonal relationship difficulties, substance abuse, and scholarship difficulties. He has developed professional skills with artistic skills related to art therapy. Using art therapy, he has made therapeutic and pedagogical interventions with children, teenagers, and adults to express subjectivity and collective heritage.
When asked what is his favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, he said: "I joined Allies in Caring because I believe possibilities and compassion promote human flourishing."