Board & Staff
Board of Trustees
Lisa Smith McFall
Raymond E. Warren
Rev. Susan Kramer-Mills
Susan Kramer-Mills, Executive Director, has been working with our organization since its inception. As the co-pastor of the First Reformed Church, New Brunswick, Rev. Susan chaired the committee, which began to investigate “how to use the buildings of the church” with greater missional purpose. After several years of discussion and investigations, the Town Clock CDC was founded. Rev. Susan was instrumental in the process, as well as leading the construction changes, interviewing the residents, and setting up the programming. Dina’s Dwellings was completed in April 2016.
Rev. Susan has had an unusual history. After graduating from seminary, she worked as a registrar and campus chaplain for Naumburg Seminary, located in the former eastern Germany. She also served several years in various yoked congregations in that region. In 1998, she received a call as Associate Pastor to Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She served in that position until 2000, when she and her husband accepted a call as co-pastors to First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
In April 2004, Rev. Susan began working part-time as the Executive Minister to the Classis of New Brunswick, which requires her to visit RCA churches in the region, helping them with issues and visioning. She continues in this position still to this day. Rev. Susan has served civically as a Girl Scout leader and serves on various non-profit boards in New Brunswick.
Digital Marketing & Communications Consultant
Elise Brancheau is a nonprofit/arts administrator with a background in classical voice performance. Her first foray into administration was when she cofounded a boutique opera company shortly after finishing her graduate studies, and ever since she has acquired a wide variety of skills, including marketing and communications, fundraising, event planning, grant writing, program and production management, proofreading and editing, and more.
In addition to her work as a digital marketing and communications consultant for Town Clock CDC, Elise is the executive director of C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a contemporary choral ensemble in New York City; an event coordinator for LongPoint Group, a nonprofit consulting group; a professional choral singer and cantor for St. Joseph’s Church, Yorkville; and a member of the board of directors for coLAB Arts, an arts and social advocacy nonprofit organization in New Brunswick.
She received her master’s degree in vocal performance from Mannes College of Music and her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College.
Christine Edwards is the case manager at Town Clock CDC, where her main goal is teaching the residents the strength in gaining control. Victims of domestic violence are often so controlled by their abuser that they lose a sense of identity. As a case manager, Christine's major focus is assisting survivors with identifying who they are on their own terms, and then guiding them to rebuild their lives by taking their control back. Control can be represented as control over their emotions to control over their life goals.
Christine has worked in the field of social services for 10 years, and is currently working towards her counseling degree at Montclair State University, where she is majoring in clinical mental health counseling. She has experience working with the mental health and homeless population, individuals with substance abuse disorders, and victims of domestic violence. She obtained her AAS and BA in human services from Touro College. In her spare time, Christine loves to write poetry.
Working with victims of domestic violence is a job you must be passionate about - for it is your passion that will fuel you in the most challenging moments.
Communications & Marketing Consultant
Patty Murray, founder and principal consultant for Murray Public Relations, has been helping nonprofit and business clients for more than 25 years. Her professional background includes Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations and Government Affairs. Patty has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, midsize companies, nonprofits & associations, US & international organizations.
For her nonprofit clients, Patty provides a range of services including: strategic planning, association management, project management, marketing campaigns, editorial services, website development, social media management, conference management, and webinar production.
Patty has served two elected terms as a Council Member for the Borough of Milltown, NJ. For about 20 years, Patty has played volleyball weekly in co-ed leagues and pickup games. She will play volleyball any chance she gets on any surface: court, sand or grass!
Professional Development & Education
Rutgers Center for Management Development, Mini MBA, Financial Essentials
Rutgers Center for Management Development, Mini MBA, Business Essentials
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Center for Government Services, Completion of the Municipal Elected Officials Certificate Program
Douglass College, Rutgers University, BA in Journalism with Honors
Dr. Debra Ruisard
Debra Ruisard holds a BA in Recreation Administration (University of Alberta), an Ed. M. (Temple University), and an MSW and DSW (Rutgers University). She is the Consultant for Trauma Informed Care at The Center for Great Expectations, a nonprofit agency in Somerset, NJ, where she has held previous positions of Program Manager, Clinical Director and Chief Clinical Officer. Prior to this she was a Primary Therapist at Hunterdon Behavioral Health and at the Princeton House Women’s Trauma Program. Debbie has extensive clinical experience in simultaneously treating trauma and addiction issues primarily with women involved in the child welfare system and has facilitated workshops and trainings at local, state and national conferences. She is dually licensed as an LCSW and LCADC and is a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Debra is also in private practice, specializing in the treatment of adults who have experienced traumatic life events, including childhood abuse and domestic violence. She is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Child-Parent Psychotherapy.
Dave holds a BA in Political Science from Calvin University, and served for 7 years on the staff of U.S. Congresswomen Marge Roukema, six as her District Administrator. He left politics to serve as Communications Manager for NJ Conservation Foundation, a leading open space preservation organization.
Dave later transitioned to a freelance role in order to serve as primary caregiver to his three children. In that capacity he served a small group of non-profit clients in a variety of organizational, administrative, communications and development roles. Returning to the traditional workforce several years later, Dave joined PathStone as manager of an employment and training program for low-income senior citizens in several northern New Jersey counties. Most recently, Dave served as Executive Director of the Holland Christian Home Foundation, the development branch of a small, non-profit continuing care retirement community in his native Passaic County.
In his years working freelance, Dave gained experience with several church/non-profit relationships, and has also served his local church as catechism teacher, deacon chairman and outreach ministry team leader.