CREATING THE HOMES THAT MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
If you ask us what sets the Rose House apart from other organizations, we would point you towards our clients and staff.
Our staff are caregivers and advocates that protect the rights of our clients and ensure that they are afforded the same opportunities as anyone else in the community. Our clients embrace our staff as part of their family because they work hand in hand with them to accomplish their goals and realize their dreams and potential. It’s not just about meeting an objective. It’s about helping them become empowered, independent, and creating a sense of self-worth and fulfillment.
Director of Residential Services
Director of Independent Living & Self-DIrected Services
Director of Marketing & Development
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Abelew is a parent, businessman, and community leader. He founded IMPAC, a marketing consulting firm, in 1984 and has served recognizable clients including Ciby Geigy, Lucent Technologies, Nabisco Foods, Kraft Foods North America and Celgene, a leading biotech pharmaceutical, as well as small B2B companies. He also is Chair of the Cultural Arts Committee of Hanover Township and has held previous Board positions in the Hanover Wind Symphony, Chatham Community Band and Temple Adath Shalom. He has also been a member of numerous corporate steering committees. He is an active participant as Committee Chair for several Rose House organizational and functional initiatives. His business and marketing acumen has proved invaluable to the Board of Trustees and to The Rose House organization.
Andy founded and manages Strategy People Culture, LLC, a business dedicated to fostering better awareness for people and business. Strategy People Culture offers Workplace Culture consulting, Executive Coaching and Independent workplace investigations. Andy began his career as an auditor with Arthur Anderson where he gained exposure to large publicly traded companies such as Aramark, Universal Health Services and Levitz Furniture. Andy has worked for a top 10 national staffing and payroll agency where he gained experience in recruiting, payroll, and risk management. Most recently, Andy was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the 15th largest accounting firm in the nation. Andy was a Principal and human resources leader for another top 25 national accounting firm prior to being sold to one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Andy was a key driver in implementing a business strategy for this firm to achieve recognition on Fortune Magazine’s exclusive Best Companies to Work For in America. Andy has a degree in Accounting from Villanova University, a MBA in Human Resource Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a JD from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, and a graduate certificate in Executive Coaching from the University of Texas. Andy is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Andy is SHRM and HRCI certified and is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York. He is also a member of AWI (Association of Workplace Investigators).
Mark Kramer founded The Rose House in 1999 and served as Executive Director until 2014. He continues to serve on the Board of Trustees. He has a Bachelors in Economics from CCNY and a Masters in Planning from NYU School of Public Administration. Mark and his wife Pearl, also a founding Board member of The Rose House, have two daughters, one of whom is a client in the residential program.
Ms. Lehmann served as Director of Social Services for Morris County, where she was responsible for the administration of all state, federal, and local public assistance and social service programs as well as the administration of a 429-bed nursing home and two adult day care centers. She has also served as Northern Regional Supervisor for the NJ Department of Human Services, and has had significant experience in the development of creative solutions and helping contentious factions reach consensus. In addition, she was Executive Director of The New Philharmonic of New Jersey, a professional symphony orchestra.
Kem has been involved with the Rose House in various capacities for many years. He rejoined the Board in April 2020. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Family and Marital Therapist. Ken’s varied career includes senior level administrative and clinical positions in two NJ hospital systems. These healthcare and behavioral health programs included service delivery systems for dually diagnosed individuals, often critical to the services needed for our Rose House residents. He also has extensive experience as a trainer and consultant to State-wide healthcare systems, both hospital-based and free standing outpatient sites. As a consultant to healthcare organizations, skill sets include vision and mission development, board retreats, strategic planning initiatives and various aspects of quality management. Ken’s experience also includes a number of national and state conferences where Kem has been a presenter, workshop leader, and panel member.
Beth began her financial services career as an Account Executive with the institutional brokerage firm Tullett Prebon. In 1999, she joined Prudential Securities (Wells Fargo Advisors predecessor firm), and joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2014.
Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Rutgers University New Brunswick. She is a Certified Financial Planner(TM), a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Recently Beth earned the Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation from The American College of Financial Services. Beth is a Portfolio Manager, as a Portfolio Manager she can help clients pursue their objectives by managing on a discretionary basis her own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies. Away from the office, Beth enjoys spending time with her son and three daughters. Beth stays active by biking, hiking, running and pursuing other outdoor activities with family and friends. She is also passionate about her charitable work, including Summit/New Providence Rotary Club and Lumind/Research Down Syndrome Foundation.
CEO and non-voting Member
Tom Mitchell started with The Rose House in 2014, and has over 25 years of experience in the social services/healthcare field. He has earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in healthcare administration and possesses experience that encompasses residential, day and educational services as well as the care of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Tom and his wife Robyn are proud parents of their three sons, Aiden, Austin, and Ashton. He is very active in his community, coaching baseball, football, wrestling and basketball and is a member of the High Point Midget Football Board.
Edward J. Yaw is the President Emeritus of County College of Morris, and was President from 1980 to 2016. He has served as Chair of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council and was a member of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Yaw earned his Ed.D. from Columbia University, his M.S. from Southern Illinois University, and his B.A. degree from Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton.