The Team

The Roots & Wings Team: Committed To Excellence


Shaun Adams

Program Director

Shaun is the Program Director here at Roots and Wings. He earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree from Iona College, and a Master’s degree from The Hunter School of Social Work. For over 14 years, Shaun has been working in the fields of trauma and supportive housing. Shaun’s passion has been to help those who have endured cycles of trauma and abuse break free of those harmful relationships, patterns, and belief systems. He is passionate about building healthy communities, creating stable and nurturing environments, and supporting a strong team of clinicians to make a significant impact in helping our clients to define and achieve full and satisfying lives for themselves.

Allison Mirabelli

RISE Case Manager

Allison Mirabelli is one of Roots and Wing’s Case Managers. Allison is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of New Jersey and a Nation Certified Counselor. She earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Allison began her involvement with Roots and Wings as an intern where she developed a passion for helping young adults work towards their goals and independence.

Roben Rasheed-Hernandez

Volunteer Coordinator

Roben Rasheed-Hernandez is the Volunteer Coordinator at Roots and Wings.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University.  Prior to joining Roots and Wings, Roben worked in the corporate sector for 30+ years as a communications consultant, media spokesperson and employee and volunteer programs coordinator. A former board member of the Urban League of Union County, she believes in helping NJ communities in need achieve positive and lasting change.

Lamont James

RISE Case Manager

Lamont James is one of Roots and Wings Case Managers. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Bloomfield College. Lamont is currently pursuing a boxing trainer certification at Aces Boxing Club in Boonton, NJ and a Personal Training certification at the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). Lamont has a passion for helping people from all ages and back ground.


Amanda Elgarhi

FLY Program Intern/RISE Case Manager

Amanda Elgarhi is FLY Program Intern at Roots and Wings. She earned her Bachelor’s  degree in English from Dominican College. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of Idaho, and due to graduate December 2019. Prior to joining Roots and Wings, she worked with children on the autism spectrum for over 5 years. She is passionate about helping those with disabilities reach their full potential.

Our Amazing Interns

Amanda Elgarhi, Program Intern
Dajah McGowan, Admin Intern

Our Supportive Board


  • Maria Chernock, President
  • June Toth
  • The Honorable Barbara A. Curran
  • Cynthia Evans
  • Donna Hughes
  • Brian Jennings
  • Scott Keith Kraemer
  • Farad Lowther
  • Wendy Masteller
  • Marni Neuburger
  • Lisa Phillips
  • Susan Portnoi
  • Robert Winston