The Roots & Wings Team

Shaun Adams

Executive Director

Shaun is the Executive 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.


Stephanie Laurenzi

Operations Manager

Stephanie earned a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She has worked in the fashion industry in sales management and buying and has years of experience in office management in the real estate industry. Stephanie has decided to join the Roots & Wings team to be part of an organization that aids in the empowerment of young people and has the ability to impact the course of their lives in a positive way.

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 backgrounds.


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 National 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.


Tyra Thomason

Executive Assistant

Tyra is the Executive Assistant at Roots & Wings. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Technology and a minor in Communications. Upon completing her degree, Tyra received an Exceptional Academic Achievement Award, as she graduated Cum Laude. Currently, she is earning her Master’s degree in Public and Organizational Relations at Montclair State University with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She is a certified Mental Health First Aider and is devoted to serving and advocating for communities that are often overlooked. Tyra decided to join the Roots & Wings team because it allowed her to make an impact on the lives of individuals who just need the right support and an opportunity.

Ashley Salmon

Fund Development Manager

Ashley started with the agency in May of 2021 as the Fund Development Manager. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Monmouth University, and has spent the last ten years of her career in the nonprofit sector.  The majority of that time was spent in health organizations, most recently as the Executive Director of the New Jersey chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Ashley has joined the Roots & Wings team with a passion for supporting donors and volunteers as they strive to achieve their goal of impacting our clients. She is excited to help others realize their potential to make such a positive impact on young people’s lives through their generosity and support!

Our Supportive Board:
  • June Toth, CPA, CFF, CITP, CGMA – Board President
  • Marni Neuburger, LCSW – Board Vice President
  • Susan Portnoi, CPA – Treasurer
  • Scott Kraemer – Secretary
  • Debra Shannon – Chair Governance Committee
  • Peter Nadeau
  • Lisa Adams
  • Lisa Smith
  • The Honorable Barbara Curran, JSC
  • Andrea Chasin
  • Fuquan Bilal