The Arc Remembers... a Former Board Member, an Employee, and a Stepping Stones Alum

April 20th, 2020

Jacqueline Juster was a member of The Arc of Essex County’s Board of Directors for more than 30 years. During her tenure on the board, she served as the chair of the nominating, government affairs, and finance and budget committees. She also served as a two-time delegate to The Arc of New Jersey from 1988-1990 and 1999-2002.

Carolyn Martins-Reitz was a parent of Stepping Stones alum Thomas Martins and former employee at The Arc of Essex County’s Community Link Day Program. Kind and compassionate, Carolyn was loved by Day Program attendees and staff alike. She was a devoted mother, wife, and advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Thomas Martins graduated from the Stepping Stones School 20 years ago. An outgoing student, Martins loved birthdays and was able to celebrate his 30th birthday virtually with friends before his passing. He was exceptionally close with his mother as well as his step-father and sister.

The Arc of Essex County conveys its condolences to the Juster and Martins-Reitz families during this difficult time. If you would like to make a donation to The Arc of Essex County in their memory, please visit and note that your donation is in memory of Jackie, Carolyn, or Thomas – an acknowledgement of your tribute will be sent to family members.