Faces in the News

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ — Here are your weekly Faces in the News for the Cumberland County region, September 19th-September 25th 2018:

Steiner Speaks to Service Clubs

Jackie Steiner, executive director of The Arc of Cumberland County, spoke to members of the Vineland Service Clubs Council at a recent meeting. 

Steiner discussed the myriad ARC programs and services available to people with developmental disabilities. The organization is truly committed to securing, for all people with developmental disabilities, the opportunity to make personal decisions, often in conjunction with their family members, and to realize personal goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play.

The ARC of Cumberland County is further committed to reducing the incidence and limiting the consequence of developmental disabilities through the education, research, advocacy, and the support of families, friends and other members of the community at large.  

From left: Chris Volker from The Boys & Girls Club; Sandy Firman of Vineland Downtown Improvement District and Elwyn; BJ Giercyk of The Tiny Tim Foundation; Steiner; Bruce Middleton of Vineland Rotary Club; Dr. Charles Valentine from The Office of Aging and Environmental Commission; and Rich Gardella of the Lions Club.

Local First Responders Assist in North Carolina 

Communications Technician for the Cumberland County Office of Emergency Management Will Mosely traveled with his colleagues from NJ Task Force 1 to be ready to assist those in need in advance of Hurricane Florence’s arrival. The photo was taken in Kingston, NC. Cumberland County sincerely thanks Will and all of the first responders. 

Italian Cultural Foundation Donates to M25 Initiative

The Italian Cultural Foundation of South Jersey recently made a contribution of $1,200 to the M25 Initiative Program of Cumberland County.

The funds will be used to sponsor “Welcome Home Kits” for two chronically homeless individuals moving into their own apartment as part of the M25 Initiative’s Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative. The Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative (CCHFC) is a consortium of social service organizations, faith-based institutions, and government officials committed to tackling the problem of chronic homelessness in Cumberland County. A unique feature of our Housing First Program is having families, groups, organizations, churches, companies, etc., assist by “adopting a homeless neighbor,” which involves providing a “Welcome Home” Kit of collected household items for individuals as they move off the streets into permanent housing.

To learn more about the Italian Cultural Foundation and to support their programs, visit icfsnj.org or call 609-805-3757.

From left: Maryam Nassiri, Trustee M25; Dr. Rob Weinstein, president and founder M25; Robert Odorizzi, president Italian Cultural Foundation; Carol Musso, Trustee M25.

Sanders Hired as Habitat for Humanity ReStore Manager

Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce the recent hiring of Jeff Sanders as ReStore manager. A resident of Pitman in Gloucester County, Jeff has an extensive background in sales, marketing and resource development for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. His most recent role was with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gloucester County as Resource Development Director, after serving as a volunteer Board of Directors member since 2009.

Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity has been rehabbing / building homes and serving residents here for 29 years. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. To donate and/or volunteer call 856-563-0292, ext. 2 or visit cumberlandnjhabitat.org.

Mauricetown Native Works for Center for Information Warfare Training Command

Laurie Luke, a Mauricetown, NJ native works for a Navy command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world. Luke has served her country for a combined 36 years, and works as a personnel qualifications standard (PQS) manager, operating out of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, FL. For the past 12 years, she has served as a government employee, and prior to this, she proudly and honorably served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years as a cryptologic technician (communications) (CTO) and as a cryptologic technician (networks) (CTN).

Cumberland Stars Light Up the Night

Miss Cumberland County Olivia Cruz, Miss Vineland Sarah Layton and Miss NJ Pre-teen Rylee Howerton held a Talent Night fundraiser, aptly called Cumberland Stars Light up the Night. Local performers of all ages showcased their talent on stage at the Landis Theater.   

Proceeds benefited Casa Prac, Challenger League,  Love though Laces and the Miss Cumberland County Scholarship Pageant. Co-hosting the event were Olivia Cruz and Nor’easter Nick Pittman, chief weather forecaster for SNJ Today.

From left: Shalimar Gonzalez, Rylee Howerton, Sarah Layton,  Olivia Cruz, Tony Melendez, Nor’easter Nick Pittman,  and Alex Kaganzev.

Local Manager Achieves Board Certification in Medical Practice Management 

Dawn Mercogliano, CMPE, practice manager for Cumberland Internal Medicine has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).  

Mercogliano has managed the practice of Cumberland Internal Medicine since July 2008. Her achievement is consistent with the practice’s desire to keep its team at the forefront of industry developments, maintained by continued education. She has been instrumental in the practice’s participation and success in quality initiatives such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiative Meaningful Use of EMR; Horizon BC&BS of NJ initiative Patient Care Medical Home (Level III); and the Horizon BCBSNJ & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative of Innovative Performance Improvement Project.

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