Board & Staff
Board of Trustees
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.
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.
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.
Mariella Klinger Seamon
Mariella Klinger Seamon is an artist, singer, dancer, feminist, professional actor, director, choreographer, bookworm, and survivor. Mariella first got involved with Town Clock CDC in 2018 when she directed a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues, donating all the proceeds to Town Clock. Since then, she has been committed to bringing awareness to this organization. On top of her work with Town Clock CDC, she is currently working toward degrees in Graphic Art and Interior Design, and also serves as the Operations Manager for First Reformed Church of New Brunswick. In her (limited!) downtime, you can find her working on new musicals with her playwright/composer fiancé, or savagely consuming books to fulfill her reading goals for the year.