Changing Lives in Cape May County and Beyond
Executive Director Katie Faldetta is the driving force behind Cape Assist’s leadership team, a role she has held since 2016. Katie is both a leader and a hands-on worker. She heads up the promotion and communication efforts to spread Cape Assist's life-saving mission. Her personal involvement has resulted in greater visibility throughout the community, expanded staffing at Cape Assist, and increased outreach.
Previously, Katie spent nine years as the agency’s Associate Director, overseeing the Accounting, Prevention Services, and Community Initiatives departments and supervising the coordination of coalition activities and agency programs.
Katie plays a vital role in various local initiatives, offering her experience and passion to help inspire change within the community. Specifically, she participated in the Cape Regional Wellness Alliance’s multi-year grant study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in youth in Cape May County – an emerging concept for the area and much of New Jersey. Findings from that study led the Middle Township Police Department to develop the Handle with Care program, formally adopted statewide in New Jersey in 2020. The research data also was the catalyst for the School Resiliency Team training series for school districts within the county, led by education specialists Dr. Lori Desautels and Michael McKnight. Both initiatives put Cape May County at the forefront of ACEs care for youth in New Jersey.
Katie is well-respected among the community, peers, and her staff. But that respect goes both ways. She prides herself on building relationships with those in the community and working with an incredible team of caring, supportive, and wise professionals who truly want to help.
Background and Education
Katie joined the Cape Assist team in 2003 as the Operations Director, a role she held for four years before moving into the Associate Director position. Prior to Cape Assist, Katie was the Program Coordinator for the New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN), a statewide nonprofit that focuses on substance misuse prevention. Her work there helped develop her knowledge of community needs and ways to address them.
Katie earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Administration from the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury State University. She also completed Regis University’s Master of Nonprofit Management program.
Katie is a Certified Prevention Specialist through The Certification Board, Inc.