Congratulations to Jefferson Resident Scott Milliken

Scott Milliken of Jefferson has been named the first chief executive officer (CEO) of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson following a nationwide search. The appointment was announced by Bishop of Paterson Arthur Serratelli, Catholic Charities Board President Monsignor Herb Tillyer, and the newly formed Board of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson.

Milliken, a Jefferson Township resident for two decades, has been actively involved in the local community. He has worked and volunteered with the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) and Catholic Charities for 26 years, serving as executive director of the DPD for the past eight years.

The DPD is a nonprofit organization, based in Jefferson Township, that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout New Jersey. In Jefferson alone, the Department operates four group homes, a vocational day program (Gruenert Center), and support coordination services (case management) for people who live in the community.

The CEO position follows the announcement in November that a single board of directors would replace the existing Catholic Charities Boards. The new board members are led by officers Monsignor Herbert Tillyer, president; Dennis Murray, vice president; Sole Anselmi, treasurer; and Dominican Sister of Hope Catherine McDonnell, secretary. Other members are Paul Wittekind, Michael Calabrese, Dr. Anthony Caggiano, Katherine Lordi, Dr. Michelle Baron-Romans, Edward Madzy, Ivannia Vega-McTighe, Julie Tatti, Timothy Potter, Eugene O’Connell, Father Edward Reading, John Sullivan, and Thomas Barrett, ex officio.

The new CEO has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Syracuse University, a graduate certificate in non-profit management, and a master of public administration (MPA) degree from Seton Hall University. He was a featured graduate in Seton Hall’s 30-year history of its MPA program in 2016. Milliken served on the board of Visiting Health Services of NJ-Saint Joseph’s Hospital for 21 years, and has been a national and international peer reviewer of social service organizations for the Council on Accreditation for 18 years.

Milliken is a 4th degree past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus, Joseph F. Lamb Council 5510. He and his wife, Mary, are parishioners of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Oak Ridge.

“I am very proud, honored, and humbled to be selected as the first CEO of our Diocesan Catholic Charities,” said Milliken. “I look forward to working with Monsignor Tillyer, the board of trustees, Dr. Sam Pirozzi, Straight and Narrow and Chris Barton, Catholic Family and Community Services, and our parishes and communities to provide help and create hope for those in need in our diocese.”