DENVILLE, NJ-- I’ve been a part of Denville since 1950, growing up in the Rock Ridge Lake section of Denville. After graduating from Morris Knolls I went on to Chapman University in Orange California and earned a BA in Health/Physical Education and American History and was also named Woman of the Year upon graduation in 1971. I also attended classes at the University of Arizona and hold teaching certifications in California, Arizona and New Jersey.
In my professional life I have been an elementary and middle school teacher for 38 years – 36 of those years spent in Denville – Valleyview, St. Mary’s and Lakeview Schools. I now enjoy a busy retirement.
I was also a soldier in the United States Army Reserves for 20 years – retiring as a Master Sergeant – Senior Personnel NCO. During my time with the reserves I served 6 overseas assignments in Germany and The Netherlands. Some major awards earned were: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal – 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal – 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. In 1981 I was named the First Army Reserve Soldier of the Year.
Denville is in my heart and soul and volunteerism has been a part of my life since a young age. I have had many leadership opportunities as a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Mountain Lakes. As a member of the Kiwanis Club of Denville I have been involved in many volunteer projects and am now serving my 4th year as president of the club. Presently I am on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, Dover Corps, a New Horizons Band member, volunteer for the Fall Festival, playground committees, clean-up committees, The Joey Bella Foundation and the Indian Lake Community.
I believe in mentoring the young people of Denville, teaching them the value of service and giving back to their community by giving them chances to reach their potential as leaders and volunteers. I have worked with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as a physical fitness advisor, flag etiquette instructor and Eagle Scout project mentor. Through a program called Discover Denville Day I have taken our elementary students on walking tours of Denville to discover some of its history and excitement. Also, by mentoring two Morris Knolls students, they were able to put together a wonderful video for the Denville Centennial Celebration. At Lakeview School a day long program was developed to help the students thank and learn from our Veterans the value of patriotism and love of country.
In 2014, along with others who have volunteered time, I was named one of the Chamber of Commerce Volunteers of the Year.
I have had numerous opportunities to learn the value of working with people to achieve common goals, learning to be a leader, a problem solver and a team member. When asked to volunteer in a new forum, that of a member of the Denville Town Council, I was honored. I have watched the council at work for Denville – they are open and forthright, discussing problems, listening to all sides, and coming to decisions, though sometimes hard, that help Denville keep moving forward.
During my term as a Council woman of Denville, I would like to encourage our spirit of volunteerism and community involvement. I would like to Keep Denville a Great Place to Live and Work. Denville has certainly been a great place for me to grow and learn and live – let’s keep it that way!