CONTACT We Care Crisis Hotline Elects New Board Members

Contact We Care, the 24-hour caring and crisis hotline, voted "Best Statewide Volunteer Organization" by the New Jersey Governor's Office of Volunteerism, elected Bruce Hartman of Chatham, and Joan Glass Morgan and Joseph Swingle of Westfield to its volunteer Board of Trustees at the organization's 35th Annual Meeting on March 11th. More than 70 volunteers and supporters of CONTACT We Care were on hand at the event, which also recognized the organization's dedicated volunteers.

CONTACT We Care trains and supervises volunteers to offer the gift of listening to callers who are lonely, depressed, stressed or suicidal.

Bruce Hartman recently retired as the Chief Financial Officer at Massachusetts-based Yankee Candle Company. Prior to joining Yankee Candle, Hartman held executive positions with Cushman & Wakefield, Foot Locker, where he was the CFO, and May Department Stores. A native of Portland, Maine, Hartman is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston. He and his wife, Connie, have resided in Chatham for the past 11 years with their four now-grown daughters. They are members of the Renaissance Church in Summit. Connie's involvement with their local Rescue Squad inspired Bruce to seek out service with CONTACT, whose form of mental and spiritual first-aid he embraces.

Joan Glass Morgan, Psy. D. holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. She has a private practice in Westfield, where she works with adults blending traditional therapy with mindfulness-based stress reduction and other approaches. She is a part-time faculty member of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and she is on the faculty of the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey. Dr. Morgan is eager to bring her background in mental health and her interest in community psychology to her activities on the Board.

Joseph Swingle is a 22-year real estate services veteran with Grubb & Ellis. He manages more than 1,400 professionals as well as the relationships with many corporate clients including Aetna, Citi, Capital One, Kraft Foods, The Hartford and Nordstrom. Currently Joe is Executive Managing Director, Market Leader for the New York Metropolitan area. Prior to his work in real estate, Swingle purchased and operated the family business, Swingle's Colonial Diner in Springfield, New Jersey. His wife Carrie is a CONTACT Listener volunteering on the hotline. They reside in Westfield with their three children. "We are thrilled to welcome Bruce, Joan and Joe to CONTACT's Board of Trustees," said David Owens of Westfield, executive director. "They each bring with them valuable leadership skills and a true commitment to making a positive difference in the community."

For information about volunteering with CONTACT We Care, please call 908/301-1899.

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