Our Board

Abigail A. Daly

Founder and Executive Director

Abby spent several years representing both children and adults who were involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospitals and then the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services in abuse and neglect actions and termination of parental rights cases. She is a graduate of Smith College and Dickinson School of Law. In 2001, she left the practice of law to be at home with her children. Bringing the Bridge of Books to New Jersey provided a perfect vehicle for her to remain involved with at-risk children, to pursue her love of reading and to expose her children to the concept of giving back to the community.

Ellen McNamara

Ellen’s entire career has been spent working with children in one fashion or another. She spent the last fourteen years working as an investigator for the Office of the Law Guardian, which represents the interests of children in abuse and neglect actions in court. Prior to that, she spent several years with the Welfare Board in Newark, New Jersey, where she was always assigned to work with children. After retiring in June of 2002, she continued her involvement with children by becoming a Big Sister and facilitating the arrival of Bridge of Books in New Jersey.

Walter Molineux, Jr.

Walter spent 40 years working with New Jersey Bell. Retiring as an assistant vice president, he was very active in community affairs on behalf of the company. In the past, he was a driver and treasurer of FISH (For I Shall Help, an organization which provides transportation for low-income individuals). He also serves as a municipal court mediator for two towns in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Jeanne Navagh

Jeanne is the Executive Assistant Director at Collier Youth Services, a social service agency for at-risk children in Marlboro, NJ. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Seton Hall University in 2002. Bridge of Books especially attracted Jeanne by its commitment to improving disadvantaged youngsters’ access to books.

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen left her position as a managing director at Merrill Lynch Trust Company in 2007 to start a consulting business and to spend more time with her two children. Kathleen is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and Columbia Law School. As an avid reader, Kathleen is passionate about the power of books to change lives.

Kim Willemstyn

Kim has been an active Speech & Language Pathologist for nearly twenty years in both academic and clinical environments. More recently, she has volunteered her time assisting in fundraising activities for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County and is actively involved in supporting her local school district and PTO functions. She has a Bachelors Degree from Ithaca College and earned her Masters Degree at Kean University. Kim is thrilled to be devoting her time and attention in support of Bridge of Books.

Courtney McCormick Winters

Courtney is an Associate General Counsel specializing in corporate law at Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, a publicly traded energy and energy services company headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Barnard College and law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Courtney’s life-long love of reading and recognition of the importance of literacy both to the individual and to society as a whole underlie her commitment to Bridge of Books.