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Samantha J. Herrick, PhD., Immediate Past President

“Anyone can become a member of the population of people with disabilities, and are likely to at some time in life. Yet people with disabilities are the most universally maligned in our society and worldwide. I work on behalf of those who experience prejudice and discrimination. As a person with more than one diagnosed disability myself, I teach the next generation of rehabilitation counselors to have an even greater impact on the people we serve.”

  • Scholarship athlete and Bachelor of Arts in Communications, University of Rhode Island; Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies, Springfield College; Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor and Chair, School of Health-Related Professions, Rutgers University – New Brunswick Excellence in Teaching Award; 2013 Emerging Leaders Fellowship, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

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"A Talk With Families"

The stories of three families with loved ones who have disabilities and who use PLAN|NJ's trust administration and care coordination services are told through interviews conducted in their homes by Executive Director Ellen Nalven.


Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey PLAN|NJ
PO Box 547
Somerville, NJ 08876-0547
908-575-8300 (Phone)
908-927-9010 (Fax)


Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities
Association of People Supporting Employment First
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Guardianship Association
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PLAN | NJ - Lifetime Advocacy for People with Differing Abilities



PLAN|NJ’s mission is to help families of individuals with disabilities answer all of the challenging questions embedded within the larger one:

“Who will care for my loved one when I am gone?”

We coordinate the supports needed by individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, and challenges with mental health, including people with autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, severe mental illness and more.

Spanish Translation

If you speak Spanish and would like more information or need to schedule a consultation, please contact:

Nancy Dilliplane, Director of Trust Services
Bilingual assistance: 908-575-8300 ext 15