We support and guide each individual as they pursue their personal aspirations. We strive to spark conversations where each person can choose the direction or path that makes sense for their vision. We strive to discover each person's gifts as a way that they may contribute to their community.
We provide support for individuals seeking to enhance their opportunities in the community through paid and organic resources. We guide each person as they explore choices that fulfill their goals and ambitions.
We believe in YOU, your voice and your passion to succeed. We want your voice to be heard and we will work with you to achieve each goal and the steps needed to get there.
Together we have more than 25 years experience planning and helping people achieve their goals and dreams. We believe in you, your voice and your passion to succeed.
Union, Essex, Middlesex, Hudson, Bergen & Passaic
Founder and Support Coordination Supervisor
Karen was led to this field by pursuing her passion for helping people and making a difference in their lives. This passion stems from growing up with limited opportunities and feeling like she did not fit in or have a voice. She began working in Support Coordination in 2011 and instantly realiz
Founder and Support Coordination Supervisor
Karen was led to this field by pursuing her passion for helping people and making a difference in their lives. This passion stems from growing up with limited opportunities and feeling like she did not fit in or have a voice. She began working in Support Coordination in 2011 and instantly realized that this field was where she belonged. It has allowed her to devote time supporting each person as they create and achieve their goals and live creative, fulfilling lives using their voice and gifts. Karen obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University – New Brunswick in 2005. One of her favorite quotes is “Live the best possible life you can and never let your dreams die. Hold on to them and they will hold on to you.” In her leisure time, Karen enjoys partaking in volunteerism for various causes such as the Suicide Prevention Walk, feeding the homeless and dedicating time to local shelters during the holidays. She also enjoys reading and traveling with her children.
Founder and Daily Operations Coordinator
Annmarie is a passionate, creative and outgoing person who came into Support Coordination because she saw the struggle many families have daily for their loved ones, trying to find things that would give each person's life meaning. Having an extensive background in the Arts and sciences, moving into
Founder and Daily Operations Coordinator
Annmarie is a passionate, creative and outgoing person who came into Support Coordination because she saw the struggle many families have daily for their loved ones, trying to find things that would give each person's life meaning. Having an extensive background in the Arts and sciences, moving into this field was the next logical step for Annmarie. She has a brother with Down Syndrome and watching him grow into an amazing man was all the motivation she needed to further help other people have the amazing opportunities her brother does. After many years of volunteer work and working at a day program for a short stint, Annmarie has found herself in Support Coordination for almost 15 years. When not working you can find her gardening, cooking or out walking with her husband, son and 2 dogs in her community. Annmarie also has a strong passion for volunteering and is always looking for an opportunity to help people and make a difference.
The Aspiring Journeys team is comprised of talented women who have extensive experience in human services and go above and beyond daily for each person they support and their team members. Each Support Coordinator is fully trained in resources in their respective county. They are also experienced writers and certified in the ISP and PCPT
The Aspiring Journeys team is comprised of talented women who have extensive experience in human services and go above and beyond daily for each person they support and their team members. Each Support Coordinator is fully trained in resources in their respective county. They are also experienced writers and certified in the ISP and PCPT documents as well as all the mandated DHS trainings including Danielles Law and Kominos Law. Each Coordinator loves what they do and are passionate about helping people succeed to live their best life.
Marissa has been a Support Coordination Supervisor with Aspiring Journeys since their formation in 2016. She studied at Rutgers University and has Master's Degrees in Education as well as Spanish Translation. Prior to working for Aspiring Journeys, she spent 13 years teaching elementary and middle school Spanish in public school, as well as teaching English as a Second Language. She loves being part of the caring, compassionate, hard-working team we have here at Aspiring Journeys, and finds it very fulfilling to be part of the process of helping others live their best life. When she's not working, Marissa enjoys hiking, boating, and going to the beach with her husband and two daughters. She also enjoys cooking, crocheting, and gardening.
Ana (Arosemena) Davis has been working with Aspiring Journeys since 2016. She is dedicated, understanding, and caring. Ana has a passion for helping others, assisting families to navigate different services and planning for their future. She enjoys going for walks and spending time with her family.
Carissa attended the College of Saint Elizabeth. In 2008 she received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology then in 2010 went on to earn her Master's Degree in School Counseling.
She previously worked at ECLC PRIDE (2010-2016) and left to start her family, but loved working with the special needs population. She began working at Aspiring Journeys Support Coordination in 2017, which allowed her to do what she loves and be with her family.
She is a wife and Mother of 2 girls. She enjoys warm weather, exercising, good food and good company.
Rose has a bachelors degree in Family & Child Studies and a Masters degree in Teaching Students with Disabilities. Rose became a Support Coordinator in the summer of 2018, she is caring and loves helping the people she supports. In addition to being a Support Coordinator, she is also a special education teacher. Rose loves traveling and exploring new places. In her spare time she enjoys learning about health/nutrition and being as healthy as she can.
Gina has a bachelors degree in Humanities, minoring in Clinical Social Work. She has been a Support Coordinator for almost three years, and also currently works with individuals who are deaf and/or blind. She was a Job Coach for 4 years previously. Gina is also conversational in ASL. When she is not busy chasing after her two daughters, she fosters dogs with a local shelter, do DIY projects, and co-run a children’s play group for her town.
Catherine has a bachelors in fine arts from SUNY Purchase College. She has previous experience as a teachers aide, residential youth advocate, support coach, behavioral technician and ABA therapist. She’s been with Aspiring Journeys as a Support Coordinator since 2019. She is compassionate, attentive and has personal passion for various mediums of art.
Alexis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kean University. She has previous experience as a Direct Support Professional, Group Home Program Manager and Electronic Health Record Specialist. She became a Support Coordinator in the summer of 2021. She is a soon to be wife with a toddler son and baby girl. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, volunteer, craft and shop. Alexis loves what she does and is dedicated to helping individuals improve their quality of life.
Nosa has been a Support Coordintor for 6 years however she has over 10 years experience in the DDD field. Her experience range from working at a Group home, day program as well as an Employment Specialist. Nosa has a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and an Associates in Early childhood education. What attracted Nosa into the Human Services field was because of her sister who was diagnosed with MID. Nosa witnessed the struggles of what her mother went through to secure services for her sister and now wants to help others navigate the DDD system. During her spare time Nosa enjoys trying exotic foods and taking road trips.