Our Team

Joyce Sagi

Joyce S. Sagi

Founder and CEO

Joyce S. Sagi has numerous disaster and hazard related accomplishments to her credit that have prepared her to head this hard working, committed organization. At DARA, Joyce’s role is to advocate for disaster preparedness, provide resources for disaster recovery and lead her team in their disaster response efforts. Joyce is passionate and tireless in helping communities recover from disasters more quickly, more efficiently and with the involvement of all stakeholders. Additionally, Joyce has studied at Rutgers University and was employed there for 26 years.

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Jill Simonelli

Creative Director

Jill brings works hard to impact hard hit communities through her graphic design. Her work has appeared in such publications as New Jersey Commerce, and Ms. Magazines, and the New York Times. She is also the recipient of a National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Bronze Medallion, and four First Place Awards from the New Jersey Press Association for her work.

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Tess Tomasi

Tess Tomasi

Project Manager

Tess Tomasi is a community development professional with a concentration in community resiliency, affordable housing, and social services. Tess started her career in service in 1995 in San Francisco. Since then, she has worked in homeless shelters, housing authorities, affordable housing nonprofits, and other social service agencies, with duties ranging from community organizing to program development. She credits this varied experience with providing her with the necessary tools to address the needs of communities in preparing for and recovering from disasters.

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Todd Sayles

Todd Sayles

Campaign Strategist

Todd Sayles works to get the word out about how to be prepared and how to come back from a disaster. Through the blog, social media, press releases and more we educate the communities we serve on how to navigate through their many options.

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