I bring many different leadership careers to the table as a candidate for Barnegat Township Committee. I am a retired teacher as well as a former Fortune 500 manager within several companies. I have a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition as well as an
MBA in Marketing Management.
My career path has included several leadership positions that required strategic planning, project oversight and employee management. I have been responsible for multimillion dollar budgets, including allocating and managing a $50 million trade plan to the sales force at Dannon.
Community service has always been important to me and I have dedicated myself to serving children, families and animals. I was a family mentor in Morris County, served in the Boy Scouts of America as the Committee Chair of our troop in Madison, am a Block Captain in our Neighborhood Watch program, volunteer on the Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst for the Red Cross (Service to the Armed Forces), and volunteer weekly at Fulfill, the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. In addition, I am the Democratic Municipal Chair for Barnegat and the President of the Ocean County Democratic Women’s Caucus.
Barnegat has seen its population explode over the past 20 years with the building of numerous senior communities. Yet the downtown area has declined, restaurants struggle to succeed, storefronts remain empty and families have no entertainment options close by. I believe that our downtown can be a vital, thriving place for all residents to enjoy, regardless of age. It can be the hub that drives community pride, community involvement and a destination for enjoyment.
The Main Street New Jersey Grant Program gave away over $2.5 million in 2019 for neighborhood preservation and $350,000 in grant monies for downtown renewal projects. These are examples of only a few of the opportunities available to revitalize downtown and preserve our historic district for generations to come.
When elected, I will work to increase the number of monthly township committee meetings, add community workshop meetings and hold town halls regularly to ensure all residents are aware and informed on the governing of our town. The current process simply does not allow for the engagement of the residents in the decisions being made with their tax dollars. Transparency and communication are critical in developing trust between Barnegat residents and their elected officials.