Family Service League’s history begins with The Children’s Home Association founded in 1881 and the Altruist Society established in 1887. These organizations, among the nation’s first social service organizations, offered child care, counseling educational programs, job training, and direct assistance to families in need.

Throughout our history, the core mission of the organization has remained consistent: to support and strengthen those in need through counseling, education, and social services.

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  • To help families identify and access their own strengths and resources that will nurture healthy relationships;
  • To provide individuals, families, and communities with the tools they need to cope with crisis;
  • To offer outstanding counseling, therapy and social and educational services without regard to financial status, gender, race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation;
  • To be a leader in New Jersey and in the New York metropolitan area in the comprehensive training of counselors in Family Therapy;
  • To provide free, confidential, round-the-clock access to support and services for survivors of sexual violence, including advocacy, accompaniment, information, referrals, and counseling services;
  • To provide and promote education about sexual violence prevention, outreach, and crisis services.

Our Team

Executive Director:  Christine Ferro-Saxon, LCSW, ACSW

Clinical Director:  Wally Weikert, LCSW, LMFT

Associate Clinical Director:  Paula Ochs, LCSW, CP, PAT

Sexual Violence Program Support and Grants Manager: Nur Kalyoncu, M.S.

Sexual Violence Program Support and Care Manager:  Linda Stephenson, M.S.

Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate Manager: Solange Ramkissoon, M.S.

Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist:  Kiara Sarner, B.A.

Sexual Violence Hotline Manager: Mariella Andrade, M.S.W

Sexual Violence Outreach Educator and Evening Programmatic Support: Stephanie Koeller, MS, MFT

Sexual Violence Outreach Educator: Leontyne Harry, B.A.

Sexual Violence Therapist: Barbara Hanna, MS, LAMFT

Sexual Violence Therapist: Michelle Cerro, MS, LAMFT

Bilingual Sexual Violence Therapist: Marisol Chinchay, MS, LAMFT

Data Collection and Entry Specialist: Winerlva Dazulme, BA



Board of Trustees

Board President

Laurence Slous

Vice Chair

Peggy Cafferty


David Genova


Krista Nerestant

Board Members

Albert Rodriguez

Roxanne Ruiz-Adams

Lori Harris

Bill Hurlock

Mary Marino

Allison Guilbault

Ava Slatkin



Family Service League thanks the many businesses, agencies, and individuals that support our agency.

Grant/Foundation Support

Colbert Family Fund of Coastal Community Foundation of SC 

Essex County Division of Housing & Community Development

Investors Foundation

McMullen Family Foundation

Montclair Rotary Foundation

Partners For Health Foundation

PSE&G Foundation

The Courtside Charitable Foundation

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund

The Healthcare Foundation of NJ

The Hyde & Watson Foundation

The Montclair Foundation

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division on Women

The New Jersey Department of Criminal Justice, Office of Victim Witness Advocacy

The Rotary Club of the Caldwells

The Township of Bloomfield, Community Development Block Grant 

The White Hill Foundation