LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC), which will host its annual awards dinner on Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the Westminster Hotel, has announced the members of the Livingston community being honored this year.
Business of the Year will go to Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), which the LACC said has made a significant investment in Livingston this year with its donation to the new turf field on Madonna Drive, the development of a new wing to the hospital and ongoing updates to the existing structure to make the medical center the premier health care facility in New Jersey.
Margie Heller, Administrative Director-Community Health & Outreach, SBMC, will be named “Civic Leader” of the year. In her role at SBMC, Heller is dedicated to helping improve the lives of Livingston residents and has reached out to those in need around the country and Caribbean islands.
Greer Gelman, a Collins Elementary School kindergarten teacher and president of the Livingston Education Foundation, has been named Educator of the Year. According to the LACC, she has enriched the lives of some of Livingston’s youngest students through her decades of experience and nurturing manner, and her commitment to the schools and the township as a whole goes far beyond her responsibilities as a teacher.
Firefighter of the Year, Vincent Kulik, was nominated for his dedication and devotion to the Township of Livingston through his service over the past 43 years as a volunteer firefighter. He has held the Company Officers positions of Captain, Lieutenant, Captain and Warden over his years of service.
Lt. John Drumm, Police Officer of the Year, has been a Livingston police officer for 28 years. He was hired in 1989, promoted to Sergeant in 2003, and then to lieutenant in 2017. He is currently the Commander of the Traffic and Operations Division, coordinator of the township’s deer management program, coordinator of fleet management and oversees Livingston Animal Control/TNR, crossing guards and serves on many township committees.
Michael Barnhar, a member of the Livingston First Aid Squad (LFAS) since 1998, is also being honored. He has held the positions as lieutenant and captain of the LFAS and has taken an active role on various committees, mentored and trained many new members and has been recognized repeatedly for achieving a high volume of calls.
To join the LACC in celebrating these individuals on June 7, call Beth Lippman at 973-992-4343.