SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local community members at the annual BSA Union County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner to be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains. This year’s honorees are Catherine Flynn, Paul Harbaugh, Ana Liranzo, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Nicholas Pantagis, owner of Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance, and Mary Robinson.
The event recognizes these six outstanding citizens for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Union County community, and for their embodiment of the values of the century old Scout Oath and Law in their personal and professional lives. The event co-chairs are Timothy Boyle of 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro and Gene Jannotti of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Colleen Mahr has been the Mayor of Fanwood since 2004 and currently serves as Director of Business Development for DMR Architects in Hasbrouck Heights. Colleen is one of the longest serving female mayors in the State of New Jersey. Her history of service to others ranges from her work with the Tri-County Red Cross where she was named a “governmental hero,” to her long commitment to Rotary and her reliable support for YMCA and local church service programs. She is always available to support and encourage Eagle projects and continues to be impressed by the dedication to service demonstrated by Eagle Scouts and their families.
Nicholas Pantagis is the owner of Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains and has served his community through his involvement in the Knight Masons. The Order of Knight Masons is a secular, chivalric Masonic order, open to all Master Masons who are also members of a Mark Lodge and a Royal Arch Chapter.
Catherine Flynn is a partner at DeCotiss, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP. She is affiliated with many different associations including: a member of the American, New Jersey and Union County Bar Associations; American Board of Trial Advocates; American Health Lawyers Association; American Horse Council; Seton Hall Alumni American Inn of Court (Master); Trinitas Health Foundation Board (Chairperson and Trustee); Executive Women of New Jersey (Corporate Board Appointment Committee); St. Peter’s College Board of Regents; and other organizations.
Paul Harbaugh is the Chancellor of Union County Rugby Club where he has run their burgeoning youth flag program for the last 15 years, along with their charitable endeavor “A Lifestyle of Giving.” Paul has also been the offensive line coach for Westfield’s 8thgrade football team for the last 25 seasons. He has coached the most games, wins, players and championships in the program’s history all while never having had a child in the program.
Ana Liranzo is CEO and Owner of Omega Maintenance Corp. in Elizabeth. She is active throughout the regional business community and has developed tremendous networking capabilities. Ana serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Trinitas Health Foundation Board, and serves on the committee for the annual “Union County Women Mean Business” event which is a partnership between the Union County government and the business and community leaders.
Mary Robinson is the Executive Director & Founder of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss and the Founder and former Executive Director of Good Grief located in Morristown, NJ. Leaving the corporate world in 1997 to volunteer and work full-time in the field of children’s grief support, Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient and grow up emotionally healthy. Her commitment is to ensure that no child grieves alone and that children in grief grow up emotional healthy, resilient and able to lead meaningful and productive lives. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and serves on the board of the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis.
Union County is a part of the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America which serves over 16,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities throughout Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex, and Morris Counties. For more information on Scouting, attending the event, and sponsoring an ad in the program journal, contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, at 973-765-9322 ext. 249 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.