Who We Are
Bruce Jones - Founder & CEO
Bruce Jones is a Woodbridge resident who lives with his wife Kelly, son Jake and dog Chloe. Bruce is a 2010 Rutgers graduate and works as the director of logistics for Bridgeport Trading 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, son Jake 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 old Toms River resident who lives with her husband Jared and son Nico. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Executive Director of Senior Care Options, a professional geriatric care management company that provides a variety of services to our senior community members. Kimberly is a proud Alumna of the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, and the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Kimberly brings with her over ten years of healthcare experience in the hospital, community, rehabilitative, and emergency based settings - as well as - volunteer and community engagement experience after serving in the ReBuild NJ AmeriCorps/United Way program providing direct hands-on relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy. Kimberly has been involved with Jenni's Toys since 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.