Who We Are
Bruce Jones - Founder & CEO
Bruce Jones is a Woodbridge resident who lives with his wife Kelly, sons Jake, Tyler. Ryan and dog Chloe. Bruce is a 2010 Rutgers graduate and works as the Import/Export Manager for Fujitsu General America Inc. Bruce, along with his wife Kelly, founded Jenni's Toys in 2012 after Superstorm Sandy. Bruce also serves as the President of the Clark Kiwanis Club and secretary of the Ocean County chapter of the Compassionate Friends. Outside of work and volunteering, Bruce enjoys traveling, food and spending time with people he loves.
Kelly Sullivan-Jones is a Woodbridge resident and lives with her husband Bruce, sons Jake, Ryan, Tyler and dog Chloe. Kelly is one of the founders of Jenni's Toys and has been a practicing licensed occupational therapist since 2013. Kelly is a Kean alumna who received a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2013. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2010. Kelly has been a practicing occupational therapist for 8 years and has worked in various practice areas including inpatient brain injury, inpatient neuro rehabilitation, early intervention, outpatient pediatrics, and community settings. Currently, Kelly is the director of the Kean University Occupational Therapy Community Cares Clinic (KUOT-CCC) Outside of her role as an occupational therapist and volunteer, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, attending concerts, and completing DIY projects.
Maria Canales is born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. As a lifelong volunteer committed to community service, Maria naturally started helping Jenni’s Toys in 2015 while working at Papa Grande (Bruce’s family restaurant). In the last 5 years, Maria has raised over $7K towards Jenni’s Toys and continues to help us grow in the Hudson County area. She loves flowers, pretty sunsets and has a 3 year old dog/son named Otis!
Lauren Vacca is Bruce’s self-proclaimed little sister and honored to be a part of Jenni’s Toys for her fifth year. Lauren is a graduate from JMU but first and foremost a TR South grad (Indians for life!). She has been doing marketing & PR for tarte cosmetics for 7 years where her favorite part of her job is working for tarte’s 501(c)3 heart to tarte & of course spreading the joy of beauty from within! If Lauren isn’t working, she’s either watching Harry Potter with her husband or finding the best @chocolatecakearoundtheworld.
Nicole Arden is a Toms River resident and has been a licensed loan officer with Glendenning Mortgage for over 10 years. Nicole served as President of Kiwanis of Greater Toms River in 2020-2021 and is currently serving as Secretary of her club, as well as serving as a Past President and a current member of Extended Arms. Nicole is passionate about helping people and being kind while doing so and has been involved with Jenni's Toys for 5 years now. She believes she inherited these values from her late father whom she was extremely close with. Between her career of helping people obtain financing for their homes and giving back to the community through charity work, Nicole is always on the go! In her down time, she enjoys traveling and going out on her boat with her husband Paul, and their Cockapoo, Lucky.
Kimberly is a long-time Toms River local with strong ties to our community. Kimberly is a proud Alumna of the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Ocean County College, & Toms River High School North. During her years of education & clinical hours, Kimberly served with the ReBuild NJ Americorps Program. Through this service, she organized dozens of volunteers and provided direct hands-on relief to our community members recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Kimberly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in health-care & community based settings. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, going to Rutgers basketball games (Go Knights!), and going to enjoy live music. Kimberly has been involved with Jenni’s Toys since it’s inception in 2012.
Jeremy Pellegrino is a 23 year old New Brunswick resident who is in his last year at Rutgers University. Jeremy is studying economics and is the acting treasurer for Jenni's Toys. Jeremy has been involved with Jenni's Toys since its inception in 2012. Jeremy enjoys traveling, eating out, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.
Alex Mizenko is excited to now be in his second year on the Board of Jenni's Toys. Alex received a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University and is currently the Senior Director of Data Analytics at a healthcare non-profit. He's as passionate about community service as he is about his work, having served as Vice President of the Toms River Regional Schools Board of Education and as a Past President and Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis International. He is currently the Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Toms River and a member of the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council at Community Medical Center. In his down time, Alex enjoys the outdoors, breweries, and cheering on the Mets and Devils.