Catherine has 27 years of business experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Prior to JA New Jersey, Catherine worked at ADP and had also served as VP Marketing for Junior Achievement New York, where she began her post college career. In 2004, Catherine was named President of JA New Jersey, where she is charged to manage statewide operations that impact 80,000 students in 4,000 classrooms annually. Headquartered in Edison, she reports to the statewide Board of Directors consisting of senior-level executives.
In her tenure, Catherine and her team have turned JANJ into a thriving, fiscally-responsible NGO, and were awarded their 11th Star Award in 2018 for operational efficiency and financial sustainability, and their 4th JA USA Peak Performance Team Award in 2015. Catherine and Team received the 2014 Charles R. Hook Award, Junior Achievement USA’s most prestigious honor, that recognizes an area president and staff whose professionalism and performance have promoted the growth and development of JA.
Catherine serves as Co-Chair of the Education and Workforce Development Committee for the NJ Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), is a member of the JA USA HR Committee, and an Independent Director for the KearnyBank Foundation. Catherine was appointed to the NJ State Employment and Training Commission (SETC) in 2016, and most recently became Chair, Shared Youth Vision Council for SETC.
Acknowledgements include the NJBIA Leonard C. Johnson Award, NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business, South Jersey Biz Magazine’s 25 Women to Watch, Muriel Siebert Financial Literacy Partnership Award (NJCFE), Christ the King Prep, Newark, President’s Award, and YWCA Princeton Tribute to Women 2018 Award. Catherine is a graduate of Lead New Jersey, Class of 2011.
Ashley Donecker joined Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) in January 2013 to launch the new nationally recognized capstone program in the state of New Jersey. Ashley has spent more than 14 years working in the non-profit industry in the areas of programming, fundraising, marketing, and communications. Ashley began her non-profit career working with America SCORES, the nation's largest soccer, health, and literacy program serving youth in urban, low-income communities. During her tenure, she held a broad range of responsibilities including program and curriculum development, fundraising, marketing, and communications. In 2009, Ashley joined Carnegie Sports & Entertainment, an agency dedicated to cause marketing and philanthropy. As a Senior Vice President, Ashley specialized in non-profit start-up, fundraising, and marketing. Prior to joining JANJ, Ashley was the Development and Communications Manager for Minds Matter National, Inc., a college access program for accomplished, low-income high school students.
Ashley graduated from Messiah College in 2000 with a degree in Sport & Exercise Science and resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children, Noah and Haidyn.