Who We Are


Zeenie and Tariq Sharif, Co-Founders

Zeenie was a junior at West Morris Mendham High School when she founded the Storied Lives program in 2012. Zeenie developed the concept and served as the program’s first Program Leader, overseeing the day-to-day execution of the inaugural year of the program. She currently attends Rutgers University as an Honors student studying Psychology, Management, and Arabic, and continues to play an active role in guiding and growing the program. Tariq (Zeenie’s dad) helped bring the program to life and serves as the overall program advisor. He is a Marketing Executive at a Fortune 1000 company.

Student Program Leaders

Olivia Sylvester, Morristown, 2015

Olivia Sylvester is a senior at West Morris Mendham High School. In addition to serving as Program Leader in 2015, Olivia continues to volunteer her time to help grow the program. She also volunteers at Morristown Neighborhood House which helps individuals, families and new immigrants who are confronting economic and other life challenges. Olivia’s experience in Storied Lives has enhanced her love of writing and its power to help people even more. When not writing, volunteering or being a busy student, she enjoys swimming and playing tennis.

Diana Soriano, Westfield, 2015

Diana Soriano is a senior at Mother Seton Regional High School. She was an inaugural participant in the program and returned as Program Leader to make an even bigger impact (along with her sister!) Diana brought a new wrinkle to the Westfield Closing when she dedicated a piano piece she played to her elderly resident.


Claire Scott, Morristown, 2014

Claire Scott successfully served as the Storied Lives Morristown Program Leader in its third year, helping to grow the program and initiating a Facebook group. Claire is majoring in Marketing at Loyola University Maryland and hopes to study abroad in Copenhagen.



Alyssa Ziobro, Westfield, 2014

Alyssa is a freshman at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland where she is studying communication design and graphic art.. In 2014, she successfully served as a Storied Lives Program Leader, expanding the program to include a second school, and has continued to stay closely involved with the Mother Seton program. Alyssa is also the original developer and designer of the Storied Lives website.

Olivia Hays, Morristown, 2013

As a senior at West Morris Mendham High School, Olivia served as the 2013 Storied Lives Morristown Program Leader, helping to grow and promote the program within the school for a second successful year. She attends Elon University and is pursuing a degree in Communications.


Adult Volunteers

Patti Milligan

Patti is Storied Lives’ first regional advisor, founding the first program outside of New Jersey (Fountain Hills, AZ) and exploring additional new programs in the Western part of the USA. Outside of Storied Lives, Patti has been in the nutrition field for 30 years. Working in both the clinical therapeutic nutrition and integrative medicine/natural foods fields, she brings a unique blend of clinical, educational, holistic, consumer, and PR experience. She has authored hundreds of articles and has appeared on numerous national TV news segments covering an array of food and nutritional topics and their impact on sustainable high performance and quality living. She currently consults with Tignum (tignum.com), international company engineering sustainable high performance with executives.


Kristina Ziobro

Kristina has been providing creativity, ideas and support to Storied Lives and its founders since its inception. She was instrumental in the founding of the Westfield program, and established the relationship with Sunrise Senior Living.

Kristina is Director of Global Brand Strategy for Dun & Bradstreet, leading the rebranding effort to transform one of the oldest US-based companies. Prior to that she worked in the advertising agency world in account management. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, a wife, mother of two, and has a passion for travel.

For more information, please contact us: storiedlives@gmail.com