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              FACES IN THE NEWS

       Vineland Elks Supports Veteran’s Program

          Late last year, the Vineland Elks Lodge 1422 presented the NJ Veterans
       Memorial Home in Vineland with a donation of $3,500 to support the Uber
       Food Truck Program for its Veterans Home residents.
          Since the COVID pandemic, which began in March of 2020, restrictions
       remained in place, curtailing the residents from outside activities. The
       Uber Food Truck Program was developed to allow residents of the Home
       the opportunity to order meals from local restaurants, providing the resi-
       dents with a safe alternative to enjoy a meal not offered in the facility.
          This donation was made possible through the Elks National Foundation
       Beacon Grant.

           Lisa Williams, Life Enhancement Supervisor, was presented with a check from
                            Vineland Elks #1422, Exalted Ruler Joseph E. Romano

     BBBS Welcomes New Board Member                                            Asselta Accepts White House Appointment
        Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem                           The Southern New Jersey Development Council
     Counties (BBBS) is happy to announce that Jonathan                        (SNJDC) is proud to announce that President Biden has
     (J.T.) Triantos has joined the Board of Trustees. Born                    appointed Jane Asselta as New Jersey State Director
     and raised in Cumberland County, J.T. is now an attor-                    for Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S.
     ney with the law firm of Brown & Connery, LLP in                          Department of Agriculture that provides loans and grants
     Westmont, NJ. J.T. has volunteered as a Big with BBBS                     to expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural
     since 2008 and was recognized as the 2021 “Big Brother                    areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improve-
     of the Year.”                                                             ments; business development; housing, community facilities
        The BBBS Board of Trustees provides financial and                      such as schools, public safety, and health care facilities; and
     strategic support and guidance to advance the mission                     high-speed internet access in rural areas.
     and vision. The BBBS Board is a diverse, compassionate,                     In making the announcement, SNJDC President
     and dedicated group of individuals willing to do what-                    Marlene Asselta states “Jane has been an invaluable leader
     ever it takes to help improve the lives of children in the                with the SNJDC for over 10 years and will be missed by
     community.                                                                staff, members and colleagues throughout South Jersey.
        “Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to welcome this                   In sharing her talent and skills in association management,
     longtime mentor and 2021 Big Brother of the Year to our team. He is such a talented   economic development, and government affairs she has
     and compassionate individual,” said BBBS President and CEO Donna Bennett. “J.T.   contributed to the growth and prominence of this organization. I am very proud that she
     exemplifies success in the professional world but also demonstrates excellent relation-  has been nominated to this position and am sure she will be as successful there as she has
     ship building and mentoring when he volunteers. Adding his experience and passion as   been with us.”
     a mentor to our Board will help advance our mission and vision into the future.”   Jane, the first woman to hold this position, will lead a team, will lead a team of over 20
        J.T. received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College, where   specialists delivering a comprehensive suite of investment programs and services designed
     he played NCAA Baseball and finished his career as the college’s all-time hits leader.   to help residents and businesses in New Jersey’s rural communities increase economic
     Thereafter, J.T. received his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Law School, where he   opportunities and improve quality of life standards and conditions.
     graduated cum laude and met his wife, Nicole.                               “I am honored to be appointed by President Biden and grateful for the privilege to serve
        As an attorney, J.T. concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation and represents   the rural towns, residents and businesses in northwestern and southern New Jersey,” says
     many public and private sector clients in matters throughout New Jersey. J.T. has been   Jane Asselta. “I couldn’t be more prepared to take on an opportunity such as this thanks to
     recognized as a “Top Attorney” by SJ Magazine and as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.   the leadership of the SNJDC, its staff, and the results of working with so many members
        J.T. shared, “I am both excited and honored to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters   over the past 10 years ... to support economic development and business retention and
     Board of Trustees. I am eager to get to work and to continue to give back to the commu-  expansion in South Jersey.
     nity. Becoming a Big and getting involved with this organization has greatly impacted   “I look forward to continuing to expand economic growth opportunities in South Jersey
     my life and I cannot wait to continue making a difference in the lives of our current   and other rural areas of New Jersey. USDA Rural Development programs finance some
     Littles.”                                                                 $250 million in annual obligations, which makes a real difference for rural towns and their
        To learn more about the importance of mentorship and the positive impact it had on   residents” Asselta adds.
     J.T.’s relationship with his Little, Marcus, visit   SNJDC Board Chair Glenn Davila (president of Performance Marketing) expresses his
        To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community, volunteer oppor-  congratulations to Jane on behalf of the Board of Trustees and states “this nomination rec-
     tunities, or additional ways to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem   ommended and supported by U.S. Senators Menendez and Booker and eventual appoint-
     Counties, call 856-692-0916, or visit                ment by President Biden is testament to the qualities of Jane. I know she will do well.”
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