The last several months have seen several new faces at the Madison Housing Authority with the appointment of three new Commissioners. The three new commissioners bring a diversity of talents and interests that will bring fresh perspectives and enthusiasm to the Board.
Life-long resident, Jerry Mantone, brings in-depth knowledge of the Borough to his role on the Housing Authority Board. A Madison Police Department member for 33 years, Mantone now serves our community as Detective Lieutenant. A graduate of Madison High School, Class of ‘77, his educational credentials include a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Farleigh Dickson University.
Mantone has volunteered extensively both in town and the area, and has served as a board member for the Madison Teen Center and Madison Little League as well as the PSGE customer advisory board. Appointed to Madison Housing Authority in August of 2011, he presently
Chairs the Building and Grounds committee. He and his wife, Bridget, have two sons, Jerry and Ryan.
Diane Driscoll has considerable experience in the development of affordable housing, particularly for special needs populations. She has worked in housing development in the non-profit sector, currently as the Housing Development Specialist for Community Hope, a Morris County-based agency . Community Hope partners with other non-profit organizations, municipalities and for-profit developers to create housing opportunities that are part of providing for the optimal mental and physical well-being of their clients. Previously, she worked at Monarch Housing Associates as a consultant to non-profits and other organizations to assist them in developing supportive housing for special needs individuals.
She is the current Chair of the United Way of Northern New Jersey Housing Alliance and a member of the Madison Zoning Board of Adjustment. Driscoll is Chair of the Housing Authority’s Public Relations committee. Driscoll is a graduate of Princeton University. A ten year resident of Madison, she resides with her husband and family.
Lois Bhatt is the Executive Director of Bridges Outreach, an outreach program for the homeless based in Summit and reaching out to homeless in New York City, Newark and Irvington, and Summit, NJ. A native of Connecticut, Lois received her B.S. from Quinnipiac College and served as the Director of an AIDS outreach program in New Haven, CT, before moving to Madison in 1993 where she continues to reside with her husband and two children. She is an active member of the Madison Rotary and a member of the Newark Essex Commission on Homelessness. She is the chair of the Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency committee.
Louis Riccio, Executive Director of the Madison Housing Authority enthusiastically welcomed the new Commissioners, and said, "I look forward to working closely with Diane, Jerry and Lois. I have known Diane through her work with Community Hope and the United Way Housing Alliance. Her affordable housing experience is a clear benefit to our organization. Jerry Mantone has been our police liaison for many years and has always been there for the housing authority in his capacity as a police officer. His connection with the Madison community is a great aid in carrying forth our mission. Lois brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her experience as an Executive Director of Bridges, a
like-minded nonprofit organization."