Elijah’s Promise Executive Director Lisanne Finston will give the inspirational opening talk at the CDC board’s retreat on March 16th. She has been a leader in the fight against poverty throughout the past two decades. Her agency assists homeless and low income individuals and families. with food, social services, job training and recovery from addictions. She was a recipient of the 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award for her efforts to clothe and feed the needy of Middlesex County. Her collegial style and supportive approach lead many in the community to see her as a mentor and trusted adviser. “Lisanne is able to recognize a problem, connect with people in the community, develop solutions and work to make things happen” stated Camilla Carruthers of New Brunswick Tomorrow.