WESTFIELD, NJ - Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local community members at the annual Boy Scouts of America Union County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner to be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield.  This year’s honorees are Hon. John Boyle, John Dugan, Kerry Mooney, Gerard Muench, Joseph Roth, and Darielle Walsh.

The event recognizes these six outstanding citizens for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Union 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 co-chairs are Timothy Boyle of 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro and Gene Jannotti of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hon. John Boyle joined Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice in March of 2002. Since that time, he has provided mediation or arbitration services in over 700 matters, covering a wide range of legal disputes. He is a former Presiding Judge in the Equity Part of the Chancery Division, Superior Court, Union County, where he served for 10 years. For the balance of the more than 17 years he was on the bench, Mr. Boyle was judge in the Probate and Matrimonial Parts of the Chancery Division and in the Law Division handling jury trials. Mr. Boyle has also served as Chairman and Secretary for the Planning Board of the City of Elizabeth; Councilman for City of Elizabeth; Assistant City Attorney and City Attorney for City of Elizabeth; and the Legislative Committee of New Jersey’s League of Municipalities.

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John Dugan began his professional career in law enforcement joining the Westfield Police Department in 1981. After a career change to the financial services industry, he currently serves as the Director of Insurance for CohnReznick Wealth Management LLC. John has coached football in the Somerville and Watchung Hills youth football programs and the Westfield Police Athletic League (PAL) youth football program as part of the Suburban Youth Football League (SYFL). John currently serves as President of the Westfield PAL. John is also a former board member of the Westfield YMCA. He is past President of the Watchung Hills Alumni Association and past President and long time member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County. He is also a member and past President of the 200 Club of Union County and a member of the NYPD Holy Name Society and a former member of the Emerald Society of the State of New Jersey, Union County Chapter #2. Through the Westfield PAL, John has helped numerous other youth organizations in their time of need in communities such as Newark, Irvington, Elizabeth, Plainfield and Avenel to name a few. 

Kerry Mooney is President of Brendan’s Meadows Rescue. Over the past 10 years, the rescue that she founded has saved nearly 200 dogs and assisted with the medical costs or transportation needs of many more. With the help of friends and family, the non-profit was founded and although some of the rescue dogs come from faraway, others come from nearby and whether the dog was on death row, in a shelter, or on the other side of town in need of surrender, BMR has been there for them. Kerry has dreams of making BMR a much larger operation but for now BMR depends exclusively upon fosters until their dogs can find their “Forever Homes.” BMR pays all expenses while the dog is in foster so foster parents only need two things: a home that can take a dog and love to give.

Gerard Muench is the Director of Pre-Hospital Services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.  In this capacity, he oversees the Mobile Intensive Care Units, Mobile Intergraded Health Services, Critical Care Transport Unit, Ambulance Service, Dispatch Center, Paramedic Training Program at Union County College, and is the American Heart Association Training Center Manager.  He is a Registered Nurse, a Specialty Care Transport Unit Registered Nurse (SCTU RN), a New Jersey Paramedic and a National Registry Paramedic (NRP).  As a youth he was a member of Troop 187 in Newark New Jersey holding several leadership positions including assistant Scoutmaster.  In addition, he was the assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 36 in Long Valley, NJ, a member of the Patriots’ Path Council High Adventure Committee, co-developed the council’s Wilderness First Aid Training Program, was an advisor for a 10 day trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and the founding committee chairperson of Explorer Post 911, sponsored by Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

Joseph Roth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network. He joined the Network in this position in April 1998. Previously, he was Director, Government Affairs at Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck) and also served as Director, State and Community Affairs for the corporation. Before joining Schering-Plough, Roth held various positions in Sales, Marketing and Government Relations for Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis). Currently, Roth is a member of the New Jersey State Health Care Administration Board, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Board of Directors and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Liver and Intestine Transplantation Committee. Highlights of Roth’s leadership and distinction include Board member of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (2006-2010); President of the National Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) (2004-2005); Co-Chair of the AOPO Legislative/Regulatory Committee (2008-2010); UNOS Board of Directors (2004 to 2006); and Vice-Chairman of the UNOS Organ Procurement Organization Committee.

Darielle Walsh is an organizational consultant specializing in non-profit board governance, leadership and effectiveness. Involved in the community for over thirty years as a volunteer and professional working with non-profits, she has served many local community organizations in leadership positions including nine years on the Westfield Board of Education, three as president; twelve years on the Westfield Municipal Planning Board; member of the Westfield Municipal Town Council; president of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Westfield Area YMCA Board of Directors; Westfield Optimist Club; Westfield Rotary Club; Westfield Education Fund; and former trustee of the Westfield United Fund and Westfield Foundation. Her local YMCA involvement earned her a position on the YMCA-USA National Board of Directors.  Involved for many years with Westfield public schools, she was instrumental in establishing the Optimist Club Project Graduation BASH for Westfield High School in 1989 and continues as chairperson of the annual all-night event. 

Union County is a part of the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America which serves over 16,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities throughout Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex, and Morris Counties.

For more information on Scouting, attending the event, and sponsoring an ad in the program journal, contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, at 973-765-9322 ext. 249 and/or jennifer.volz@scouting.org. www.ppcbsa.org/special-events