Katy Engel, President
Ms. Katy Engel is currently a student in the MSW program of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1998 with a BA in American Studies. Prior to returning to academia, Ms. Engel worked in both the insurance and private investigation industries, before realizing her true calling in life was social work. Since she was in high school Ms. Engel has served in various leadership roles including serving on PTO boards and performing community service. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Temple Emanu-El in Westfield NJ, where she resides. Ms. Engel loves spending time on LBI with her husband and two teenage daughters, curling up with a good book, and particularly loves being with her adorable dog Max.
Heika Wiese, Vice President
Ms. Heika Wiese is a student in the Kean MSW Program. Ms. Wiese received her undergraduate degree from Trinity University Washington DC in English literature. She became a foster parent 5 years ago, and saw that that there needed to be advocates for the system and families involved. Ms. Wiese decided the best way to do this was to become a Social Worker. She is currently a peer support specialist at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. She will be completing an internship at Jersey Battered Women's Shelter. Her special interests include working with women who have suffered from trauma and are caught up in the social welfare system. Ms. Wiese enjoys reading, baking and kintting, and spending time with her two young children. She a CASA volunteer, a Foster Adoptive Family Services mentor to other foster parents, and an advocate for change in the foster care system. Her home town is Scotch Plains.
Damarys Escoto, Secretary
Ms. Damarys Escoto also received her undergraduate degree from Kean University in Communication Studies. Driven by her passion to help and empower others, she decided to end her career in corporate finance and pursue a degree in Social Work. Her special interests include working with the elderly and immigrant populations, families, and mental health. She hopes to obtain her own clinical practice in the future. Ms. Escoto enjoys traveling, good food, and spending time with family and friends.