Our Leadership

Gina Plotino

NJ 2-1-1 Board President

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Gina's portfolio of services includes organizational development, fundraising and training and has reaped exceptional benefits for organizations like the Alliance Against Homelessness; The Phoenix Center; Heroes and Cool Kids; Center for Hope and Safety; Jewish Family Services of Bergen and North Hudson; the United Community Corporation; York Street Project; NJ 2-1-1; and Bergen County’s United Way, where she serves as Vice President of Programs and Operations.

Prior to launching her private practice,  GMP Consulting, Inc., Gina served as Executive Director of Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey and raised $1.7 million to open New Jersey’s first “clubhouse,” a haven of comfort for those affected by cancer.

Throughout her career, Gina has made significant contributions in the areas of health and human services. Serving as director of the Bergen County Department of Human Services, she led the 300-member department and managed a $22 million budget funding programs for senior citizens, children, individuals with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, adolescents and veterans. Her appointment was the culmination of an outstanding 10-year record of accomplishments as the director of Alternatives to Domestic Violence. In 1987, Gina’s unwavering commitment to ending domestic abuse thrust her in the national spotlight when the law enforcement training model she developed was endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Gina is well-known as an accomplished administrator and highly motivational professional trainer. Her reputation as an advocate for social justice has made her a frequent lecturer on national television and local radio. She has also published articles on human service issues.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Gina also studied at the Midwest Academy in Chicago while serving as a VISTA volunteer. She is a founding member of Women United in Philanthropy, New Jersey’s first women’s giving circle, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Nonprofits.

Melissa Acree

NJ 2-1-1 Executive Director

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Melissa Acree is an accomplished professional with a rich and diverse background. Her career began in the public school system as a Special Education Teacher and soon transitioned to Training & Development in business. Her business exposure spans corporations, nonprofits, healthcare, accounting and retail organizations.

She joined the NJ 2-1-1 Partnership in January 2013 as the Staff Development and Training Manager. In this newly created position, Melissa standardized the new hire training, managed the AIRS certification process and developed SOPs for new initiatives with UWW, CDC and community agencies. She was promoted to Director of Business Development and Training, in July 2016, where her leadership ability, collaborative nature and strong interpersonal skills are being channeled with our United Way and state partners. Named to the position of executive director on May 1, 2017, she will continue the work of building relationships with existing and future stakeholders. Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from William Paterson and a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Melissa is actively involved in her church as a lector and a member of the fundraising committee. As a mother, she has spent the past 16 years advocating for services and programs for her son who has autism. For enjoyment, she likes cooking, traveling, reading and participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Melissa and her husband, Doug, reside in Morris County with their three teenage children.

Janice Kaniewski

NJ 2-1-1 Chief Operating Officer

Janice Kaniewski has over 15 years of experience and a strong work portfolio in private industry that included high-level management experience in process development, customer service, human resources, collections, budget and analyses. She joined our organization in 2013 to fill the position of call center director and built a talented pool of community resource specialists who are known for their ability to provide hope and help to New Jersey citizens who are searching for solutions to life challenges. She also supported special initiatives and worked closely with community partners to ensure that those in-need could access programs for which they were eligible. Janice was named Chief Operating Officer on May 1, 2017. In this capacity she will continue to oversee call center operations and the implementation of these specialized programs, among other responsibilities. 

Janice has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Management from the College of St. Elizabeth. Janice, originally from New York City, currently resides in Morris County. She enjoys spending time with her family and plays an active role within her community.

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