Staff - US
Dr. Jane Aronson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Aronson is a board certified general pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases specialist, and has been a practicing adoption medicine specialist for the past 12 years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and the director of International Pediatric Health Services (IPH), which she opened in 2000. Since founding WWO in 1997, Dr. Aronson has visited orphanages in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Latin America. Dr. Aronson and her partner Diana have three children: Hilary, (adopted domestically), Desalegn, (adopted from Ethiopia) and Ben, (adopted from Vietnam). See full Bio.
Chief Operating Officer
Kris Marino has a broad professional background including work in both the for profit and non profit sectors. She has worked in strategic planning for a variety of companies including Procter & Gamble, Dupont and Merck. Most recently she was the Executive Director of a locally based non profit where she was involved in all facets of non profit management including development, communications, financial management and strategic planning. Throughout her professional and work life, Kris has been heavily involved in volunteerism. Kris has served a variety of local, county, state and national organizations, including the Junior League and Court Appointed Special Advocates which serves children in the foster care system. Kris acquired her post-secondary education at Duke University, where she earned both her B.A. in Economics and her M.B.A in Management.
Senior Director of Programs
Mark Beukema has extensive experience managing non-profit and social welfare programs overseas, including child centered social development projects, refugee programming and seafarers’ welfare services. Mark came to WWO after working with United Seamen’s Service as Director of Operations at their New York City headquarters. Prior to that, Mark lived in Asia for many years; working with United Seamen’s Service in the Philippines, Save the Children Fund U.K. in Hong Kong and Vietnam, and World Concern and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society in Malaysia. Mark has a MSW degree from SUNY Albany and a BS degree in Psychology from Houghton College. He lives in the historic Forest Hill district of Newark, NJ.
Director of Development and Communications
Jim Rude brings over ten years of development, marketing and non-profit leadership experience to WWO. Most recently, Jim led the fundraising efforts for FXB International, where he forged relationships with many national and international foundations and began an individual donor cultivation program. Prior to FXB, Jim led the fundraising and marketing team at Somerset County United Way, introducing a constituent relationship management approach to donor relations, along with an aggressive new account development effort, which led to regular increases in annual contributions. Jim has an MBA in Management from Monmouth University and a BA in Business from Muhlenberg College. He is active in multiple nonprofits focused on helping children and their families. He lives in Jackson, NJ with his wife and two children.
Technical Director, Monitoring and Evaluation
Anthony Salandy has over 20 years of experience working in the Legislative and Executive branches of the U.S. Government, academia and philanthropy. He is a skilled researcher and consultant whose work has guided the development of state and federal policies in education, child and family welfare, immigration, public health, and juvenile justice among others. He has worked in Africa and the Caribbean on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support projects. He was twice selected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rust College and a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University.
Sr. Accounting Manager
Kristy Aichroth is the Accounting Manager at WWO. Prior to coming to WWO, Kristy worked for eight years as a Fund Accountant and Manager at a hedge fund based in New York City. In this role, she handled all daily management including investor relations. She also has numerous years in the public accounting field. Kristy earned her BS in Business and Economics with a major in Accounting from Lehigh University. She currently lives in Springfield with her husband and daughter.
Regina Cariddi, Program Coordinator, has broad non-profit experience volunteering in the areas of domestic violence, foster care and service-learning. She is responsible for coordinating the WWO Ranger Program and supporting various volunteer efforts. She is a registered nurse with clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings, has been a nursing instructor and staff development coordinator. Regina earned a BS in Nursing from Clemson University and a MSN in Nursing Administration from Georgetown University.
Rosy Evans comes to WWO with a background in child development and program experience as a consultant for the WWO Toy Library Early Intervention Project. She worked for seven years as a Child Life Specialist in New York City, developing and coordinating child development, play and psychosocial programs for children in a pediatric setting. Rosy is a graduate of the Bank Street Graduate School of Education where she received her M.S. in Child Life and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. Rosy is currently responsible for coordinating WWO Early Childhood Programs.
Eleanor has spent the majority of the past decade involved in international child welfare. She has worked in international and domestic adoption, refugee foster care, child-specific advocacy and camp and mentoring programs for children in out-of-home care. She has also consulted for a variety of non-profit organizations on needs assessments and program evaluation for populations as diverse as midwives in Guatemala, transgender people in California and farmers in Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University, a Master of Social Work from Hunter College and a Master of Public Administration with a focus on International Non-Profit Management and Administration from New York University. She has worked and traveled throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Jennifer Bass has spent her career working at the intersection of environment, global development and communications. Most recently she led the Rainforest Alliance's global web strategy, social media efforts and US press outreach. Prior to that, she was the Conservation Manager at the Earthwatch Institute, setting up research centers on four continents. Jennifer has a BA in anthropology from Tufts University and an MESc in sustainable agriculture and social ecology from Yale University. When not working with words, she is active in promoting progressive learning environments for children. She lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and two children.
Jeremy Friedland brings development, special events, and database management experience from his previous positions at Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A New Jersey native, Jeremy holds degrees from Yale University and Montclair State University. Prior to his work in development, Jeremy was an accomplished bassoonist, playing with many orchestras and chamber music groups throughout the New York City area. When Jeremy is not working to further WWO’s cause, he enjoys spending time with his family and practicing Bikram Yoga.
Communications and Development Associate
Liliana has a broad professional background in the nonprofit sector. Most recently she worked at the United Way, where she was responsible for managing their corporate relationships, leading communication efforts, and establishing their Young Professionals volunteer group. Prior to that, Liliana instructed intermediate level English in Toulouse, France. Since 2008 she has been a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteer, assisting local low-income families file their taxes. Liliana has a B.A. degree in Communications from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing an MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business. She is a long-time resident of Kearny, NJ.
Roz brings to WWO a vast reservoir of executive office experience spanning many years. Her professiona.l history includes 14 years with publisher and mapmaker, Hammond Incorporated, where she held a varieity of positions, including Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and Sr. Vice President. Roz also was tapped as Traffic Manager to direct Hammond's transition from manual cartography to a computerized database. Prior to that, Roz spent eight years in the advertising industry employed by DKB and partners, Inc., a Morristown-based advertising/public relations agency, where she held the positions of Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and Office Administrator/Human Resources. Roz is a long-time resident of Maplewood, NJ.
Ajay Saini, WWO Staff Accountant, has more than five years of experience in various fields of accounting. Prior to joining WWO, Ajay worked with NAWA, a non-profit organization for women’s artists, located in Manhattan, and before that he served as controller for Rangam Consultants, Inc. and was a Staff Accountant for a manufacturing company in Central NJ. Ajay earned his BS in Accounting from D.A.V College in Chandigarh, India. He currently lives with his wife in Colonia, NJ.