Judith Hutton, Chief Executive Officer
Judith Donohoe Hutton is the CEO of the YWCA Princeton and the former Executive Director of Anchor House. A leader in our community for more than 30 years, Judy has dedicated her career to affecting positive change within our families, neighborhoods and workplaces. She has done so by working passionately to advance the missions of eliminating racism, empowering women and ensuring the wellbeing of children and youth.
Judy shares the successes of the YW’s Breast Cancer Resource Center, English as a Second Language Program, Latinas Unidas, the HiSET® Testing Center, the Yound Wonders Child Development Centers and Stand Against Racism with other YWCAs both nationally and around the globe. And those are just a few of the initiatives she oversees! From all-girls competitive robotics, to dance and arts & crafts, to book clubs, to educational lectures and seminars, to a Newcomers Club that welcomes people from all over the world, more than 5,000 participants are personally touched by the programs and services led by Ms. Hutton each year!
Judy’s collaborative spirit has been very evident over her career. She has served as President of the Garden State Coalition of Youth & Family Concerns, was named Mercer County’s Professional of the Year in 2004, and received the 2014 Community leader of the Year Award from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Concurrently, she received a national award from the US Department of Health and Human Services in recognition of her diligent work with groups including the Youth Services Commission, and the National Network for Children and Youth.
Judy has served globally, regionally and locally as a member of the YWCA World Service Council, the Princeton Regional Chamber’s Women in Business Alliance (WIBA) and the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Greater Princeton.
Ms. Hutton earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s Degree in Education from the College of New Jersey. She resides in Bordentown with her husband, Craig,. They have a son, Sean, who resides in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Samantha Bobila, Director of Fund Development
As the Director of Fund Development at YWCA Princeton, Sam Bobila oversees all fundraising, marketing, and communications efforts. She serves on the Board of the Trenton Circus Squad and the Board of Advisors for Action Together New Jersey. She also serves as an Officer-at-Large for the Mercer County Human Services Advisory Council and as a member of the Mercer County Government and Policy Committee. She is a current Fellow, Class of 2020, with Lead New Jersey. Bobila is deeply committed to grassroots advocacy and volunteers for local, state, and federal campaigns. She has a Master’s in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s in History, minor in Political Science, from Saint Joseph’s University.
Bobila has spoken at the Rutgers School of Social Work on grant writing and fundraising. She has also appeared on Comcast Newsmakers, Princeton Community Television, and was profiled by the Times of Trenton.
Julie Sullivan-Crowley, Director of Operations
Julie Sullivan-Crowley has an extensive career in building process-based, comprehensive database systems for both higher education and non-profit administration. From the self-insured office of human resources to the faculty administration at Harvard University, Julie has developed and implemented systems ranging from claims processing to workload measurements. During her time with the Arts Council of Princeton, Julie designed and implement registration and donor management systems, as well as oversaw facilities management and space rentals.
After coming to YWCA Princeton in 2017, Julie immediately assessed the IT in place; recommended a plan for replacement, maintenance, and training; and successfully launched five new administrative systems. Julie now serves on the YWCA Facilities Committee on the renovation of our Program Building and the planning for new space to replace our Bramwell House, as well as on the Mission Committee overseeing our advocacy work.
Julie lives in Princeton with her wife and two daughters.
Tara O’Shea, Director of Child Care and Programs
Since January 2007, Tara O’Shea has served as the YWCA Princeton Director of Youth Programs responsible for managing the youth activities which include gymnastics and martial arts, summer camps and winter/spring breaks, Princeton University reunion camps, and after school programs sponsored by the YWCA. In this capacity, she facilitates the development of new programs, oversees the program offerings, and supervises staff across the departments to ensure these programs embody the YWCA’s mission and serve the needs of the community.
From November 2005 to January 2007, Tara previously served as the YWCA Princeton Director of Athletics and Fitness. She holds American Aerobic Association International certifications in Personal Training and Primary Aerobics.
In 1998 in conjunction with the Aquatic Director, she established and managed the YWCA Princeton Aquatic Outreach Program at the West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School. She continues today to be involved in the program as an instructor. She is certified as an American Exercise Association Water Aerobics teacher and an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor Trainer.
Tara’s teaching experience includes teaching physical education and instructional swimming within the Montessori program, and specializing in reading instruction at the fifth grade level from 1983 to 1987. While taking time to focus her own children during their early years, Tara was employed as a caregiver for several children for over ten years. Her involvement with the education and development of children spans 28 years. Tara’s experiences have allowed her to grow both professionally and personally when working with people of all ages and cultures.
She received a BS in Early Childhood Education and an MS in Reading from Brooklyn College. She resides in Plainsboro with her two college-age children.