Elise M. Tretola
Elise began in social services as a Program Development Specialist, developing housing for people with disabilities. This meaningful experience ignited her passion for the field and led her to Allies where she says she is grateful to have the opportunity to fulfill her life’s mission to help people realize their dreams. Nothing is more important to Elise than developing individualized supports for people that promote their independence with dignity, respect and understanding.
Elise brings a unique perspective to Allies, having first started as a small business owner. She owned a Homemade Pasta & Catering Company for many years, where she gained experience in all aspects of business management—knowledge that is proving valuable running such a large and diverse organization that serves over 1,700 people with disabilities. Promoting positive customer relations is another important lesson Elise took from her business. At Allies, she takes great pride in ensuring her staff works one on one with families to design comprehensive assistance plans that are as unique as the people they support.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Elise is very active in her community. She is a past Rotarian and recipient of the Paul Harris Award for the Hamilton/Washington Rotary, and was honored as Woman of the Year by Women Helping Women in 2009. Most recently, Elise was inducted into the New Jersey Women’s Hall of Fame by the Trenton YWCA.
Elise is a graduate of Kean University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a minor in Marketing.