Project Help Board of Directors and Nonprofit Leadership

A board member is a member of a governing board of an organization having supervisory powers, and oversight, voting rights and delegated responsibilities that are agreed upon.

Project Help’s board of directors are not the same old stuffy, boring board members most people think of as board members.  Project Help has a diverse board, are crazy creative, and feed off of each other’s brilliance.  They meet once a month and have calls or committee meetings from time to time between monthly board meetings.

The board is always looking for great new talent.  If you think you have what it takes to do this exciting and rewarding work, call Sandy, Executive Director and chief cook and bottle washer at 973-875-2068

Jeremy Curcio, GYSgt/USMC retired, Vice President

Gunnery Sergeant Jeremy Curcio entered the Marine Corps in June 2004 and retired December 2019.  He served as a flight crew member, Operations Manager, Financial Manager, OSHA Safety Manager, Martial Arts Instructor, and a Career Recruiter/Sales Manager.  He has also studied Business Management at University of Maryland University College and is working towards his MBA at Temple University.

Jeremy is an expert at networking through community outreach and negotiating between military and private sector organizations, which will bring value to Project Help’s mission.

Jeremy has been with Project Help from the beginning - sharing the same drive, passion, and long-term vision as the Founder.  Jeremy’s view: “this country’s approach to taking care of our military has improved drastically since his grandfather served in the Battle of the Bulge and his father in-law served in Vietnam”; yet there are still so many gaps to be filled and Project Help will not rest until that mission is accomplished!

Jeremy is happily married and has three sons (and a fourth on the way!) that are all equally Patriotic and selfless; they are proud to be a part of the Project Help team as well!  The family is also heavily involved in the scouts, where Jeremy is an assistant leader.

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Karen Reinertsen, Secretary

Karen has been  a government employee for the past twenty years and prior to that operated a family owned restaurant in Bergen County.  In her free time she loves to cook and participate in “craft sales”.  Although from Hudson County, she resided in Bergen County and now lives in Sussex County with her husband.  She has three grown children and six grandchildren and stays active in her community with Girl Scouts and volunteering.

Karen was married to a Vietnam veteran and has a brother who served as well. She has seen the good and bad of the Vietnam War and the impact it had on society.  She is now dedicated to helping veterans and their families through her service with Project Help.

Carmine Costello, Director of Community Development

Carmine, a former U.S. Army Sergeant with 13 years of service to our country, serving as both a Combat Medic and a Veterinary Technician. Since being Honorably Discharged in 2006, he has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration: Management and an MBA from Centenary University of New Jersey.

After proudly serving his country, he returned to his civilian life in the community and began helping transitioning Veterans through various organizations and programs.

He has served as President, Denville Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, Denville Economic Development Committee, President, Centenary Student Veterans Organization, Volunteer, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Today he is a Lead Analyst: Business Development for the Bank of New York Mellon.  His experience includes over 12 years’ in business operations & development, client acquisition, sales, finance, accounting, and management within various industries.

Throughout his career he regularly performed complete financial analysis, audits, and evaluation for business owners and clients and maintained an outstanding record of building and maintaining strategic relationships across multiple industries and business types.

Carmine resides in Flanders with his wife and daughter.

Reno Schwind, Director of Veterans Services

Reno is a Marine Corps Veteran. Having enlisted shortly after graduating from high school, he held the MOS, or Military Occupational Specialty, of Infantry Machine gunner throughout his time in service.

Upon his transition out of the military as Sergeant (E5), he furthered his education and obtained a Bachelor's degree in the Science of Finance. After that achievement, he pursued his Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He is currently employed as a SOX Finance Associate in Internal Audit at a publicly traded firm.


Kyle Mitchell, Director of Operations, Florida

Kyle Mitchell is a former CPL in the United States Marine Corps. He is passionate about photography and graphic design and began putting his talents to work early in the foundational stages of Project Help.

Being a New Jersey homegrown along with being in the military himself this issue lies deep in his roots. He has worked under his grandmother Sandy Mitchell but with a new chapter opening in his life, he moved to Florida where he will also be leading a new team of volunteers. Leading the Florida Team attached to Project Help he aims to reach the widespread homelessness population in Florida along with any other struggling veterans in the area.

John Sheldon, Director of Business DevelopmentRight after high school John followed his dreams of becoming a United states Army Infantryman. As an Infantryman John served as a Squad Automatic Rifleman and then became a member of his Battalion’s Scout/Recon Platoon.


After complained his time in the Army John then joined Sheet Metal Workers Local 22. Working as a Union Sheet Metal Worker he spent most of career helping construct large addictions for most pharmaceutical buildings and hospitals throughout North New Jersey. Shortly after John Completed Local 22’s five-year apprenticeship he became the Organizer and Marketing Repressive for Sheet Metal Workers local 22.