FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Debra Gottsleben the School Library Media Specialist at Morristown High School and Co-Chair, KcCure Patient Advisory Board was among the four community leaders honored by the Boys Scouts of America, Patriots' Path Council. The Council honored Gottsleben, Lisa Brett, John J. DeLaney and Christine Meyers at the Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner on the Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park.  

The event recognized these four outstanding recipients for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Morris County community, and for their embodiment of the values of the century old Scout Oath and Law in their personal and professional lives. The event chair is Matthew Krauser, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank Valuation & Advisory.

Gottsleben, in addition to being the School Library Media Specialist at Morristown High School and  Co-Chair, KcCure Patient Advisory Board, she is also an adjunct professor in the Educational & Human Services Dept. of Seton Hall University. She is a member of the Morristown Planning Board, has served as Chair of the Morristown Environmental Comm. and was recently appointed to the NJ State Planning Officials Board of Trustees. She also serves as the Social Media Mentor for Curious Science Writers. She was formerly the chair of the Birth Center at the Beth Patients Advisory Council and was President of the Northern NJ branch of the International Cesarean Awareness Network.

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In 2015, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer after a CT scan revealed several masses in both her right and left kidneys. After surgery, it was determined that her tumors were benign and that she suffers from a very rare genetic disorder, Familial Renal Oncocytomas (a benign type of kidney tumor). She became a founding member and co-chair of the Patient Advisory Board of the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance (KCCure), a grassroots organization of patients, caregivers, doctors and medical researchers dedicated to finding a cure for kidney cancer. Since joining KCCure, she has single-handedly built the first ever online community dedicated to patients with oncocytoma, angiomyolipoma and other benign renal masses, conducted survey research on patient perspectives and presented data at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting.

Brett is the Special Projects Coordinator and Mayors Assistant for Mount Olive. She is the Ambassador to community relations and is the liaison between local government and local businesses.  Her passion is to lend a helping hand to those in need. She works with the Food Pantry, arranging town wide holiday celebrations, and assists the OEM. In 2007 she created a foundation in honor of her son Jon. Jon is a survivor of brain surgery. Jon’s Journey is a nonprofit organization to ease the journey of families with children hospitalized due to brain surgery by providing financial assistance for travel expenses. 

John J. DeLaney, Jr. is Shareholder at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. and concentrates his practice on land use, litigation and business advisory groups. He also concentrates in the areas of employment law, real estate, commercial law, condominium law, and environmental law. He has served as Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey (1998- 2005) and has also served on the Morristown Town Council (1990-1993), the Morristown Planning Board (1988-1990) and has held numerous other civic positions. He has served as President of the South Green Condominium Association (1985-1991). He has served as both a Board Member and President of Historic Speedwell Museum in Morristown (1994-1997). Additionally, he has been very active in civic affairs at both the local municipal level and the state level and has been the recipient of numerous awards. DeLaney has served as President of the Morristown High School (“MHS”) Alumni Association (1993-1997) during which time an Alumni Directory was prepared, and a Newsletter was started which is still published. He was inducted into the MHS Hall of Fame in 2006 and also served as a Board Member (1993-1997) of the Morris Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation devoted to improving the public schools in the Morristown area. He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. DeLaney has served on the Board of Directors of Union Center National Bank (2006-2010); served on the Board of Directors of the Visual Arts Center in Summit, NJ (2011-2016); and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Great Swamp Watershed Association and Morristown Beautiful, Inc.

Christine Myers is Freeholder, Morris County and Region 2 Advocate of the SBA Office of Advocacy. Myers won election to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2015 and was chosen by her peers as Deputy Director in 2018. She has focused her efforts on ensuring that Morris County maintains a strong economy, work force, and diverse non-profit community. She led the effort to create the first County Strategic Plan as a means to align the board and County around these critical areas. In December of 2017, she was appointed to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy where she advocates for federal regulatory reform on behalf of small businesses. She is the Advocate for Region Two, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Myers served for many years as a board member and then as President of the Board of Cornerstone Family Programs and the Morristown Neighborhood House. She also served on the Board of Turn the Towns Teal, a national, ovarian cancer awareness organization founded in Morris County.  Christine has been active in St. Joseph Parish teaching religious education and then later as a member of the Parish Advisory Board. Currently, she and her husband, Stan Gorski own an award-winning specialty Food Company based in New Jersey.

“Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to building character, providing training in the duties of citizenship and, in so doing, building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society," said the event chair, Matt Krauser, "This year’s honorees embody that very same dedication.  By demonstrating, time and again, exemplary leadership, model citizenship, and steadfast commitment to the community, each of the four honorees reflects perfectly all that Boy Scouts of America represents”.

The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council serves 17,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities like ours throughout Morris, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.