JESPY welcomes actress and business consultant to board
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JESPY welcomes actress and business consultant to board

Diane Davis, left, and Samantha Jones
(Photos courtesy JESPY)
Diane Davis, left, and Samantha Jones (Photos courtesy JESPY)

Business consultant Samantha Jones and Broadway actress Diane Davis were named to the board of trustees for the JESPY House. A nonprofit based in South Orange, JESPY House provides a wide range of support services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Samantha Jones of Princeton brings experience in executive coaching, digital transformation, leadership, and change management to JESPY. She was impressed with the support that JESPY provided for adults with IDD. “With a close family member with an IDD, I often think about how life will be for them as they get older,” she said. “So I knew I had to join the JESPY board to contribute to this great cause.”

Diane Davis of Maplewood, who has a longstanding ties to JESPY, is known for starring on stage as Ginny Potter in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway.” She has also appeared in other Broadway and off-Broadway productions and regional theater, and on television. In 2018, she worked with JESPY clients on a campaign to help keep and continue DDD (the Division of Developmental Disabilities) funding in New Jersey, coaching clients on telling stories about what JESPY has meant for their lives.

“I then helped to edit and roll out a series of videos directed to state senators,” she said. “I fell in love with the clients, the mission, and with all that JESPY brings to our SOMA community.”

Both of JESPY’s new board members look forward to participating in the future of the agency.

JESPY offers support services to adults with IDD, who are 18 and older, in the areas of clinical and behavioral health, residential options, athletics and fitness, recreation, daily living skills, and employment. For more information, go to www.jespy.org.

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