Karla Rossini – Executive Director
Karla joined the CU Maurice River team in 2015 as the Program Manager. At that time, she was responsible for the planning, organization, and management of programs and activities. She created many outdoor education and recreation opportunities, developed new outreach initiatives, incorporated CUMR in national citizen science initiatives, and built the foundation for large-scale stewardship projects.
In January of 2021, Karla began her new position as CU Maurice River’s Executive Director. Having lived half her life in other countries and as a world traveler, Karla speaks three languages fluently: English, Spanish, and German. She brings many important skills to this new role. Primarily an educator, she taught English Literature and Language Arts at an Italian high school in Peru. Prior to this Karla taught business English to executives in Argentina. Her Bachelor of Arts degrees at Colorado State University were in Political Science and German Literature, Culture & Language, while her master’s studies involved human rights and equity.
Although she enjoys visiting new places, Karla has always had an affinity for South Jersey, where she attended high school and where her mother and grandparents have lived. Karla became familiar with the issues facing agricultural laborers while at South Jersey Family Medical Center, educating migrant farmworkers on healthy living and local medical services. She learned about the region’s environmental resources while working as a naturalist for the Wetlands Institute, providing a natural bridge to her current position.
Karla resides in Millville with her husband Julián, their daughter Vera, their baby boy Valentino, and their golden retriever Pappo Killini.
Doreen Homan – Membership, Events, and Office Manager
Doreen joined Citizens United as the Membership, Events and Office Manager in April of 2014. However, Doreen had already been working for Citizens United for 28 years, mailing the newsletters and renewal letters and maintaining the membership list. Doreen and her husband, Carl, moved back to New Jersey in January of 2014. They had lived here in New Jersey until the summer of 2002 when they relocated to Virginia and then on to West Virginia. While in those states she worked for 5 different companies as a Bookkeeper, Office Manager, and Accounts Receivable Manager. In 1986, she had become the General Manager of Cumberland Technology Enterprise Center (CTEC), New Jersey’s 1st Business Incubator with offices in both Millville and Vineland. While in that position, she was actively involved in the Vineland, Milllville, and Cape May County Chambers of Commerce and served as President of the Millville Chamber. She also managed a large Bulk Mail Center and worked for Xerox for 13 years in many different management positions.
Doreen grew up in West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a BA in Secondary Education, with teaching fields of Biology, Physical Science, and Home Economics. She spent many hours on her grandparents’ farms, helping with the gardens, and wandering through the woods and trails of the scenic areas where the family farms were located. She is glad to be back in Southern New Jersey where it is flat and the rivers, bays, and oceans are close by.