SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, has announced the addition of Jeffrey Vanterpool of Scotch Plains to its Board of Trustees.

An employee health & benefits professional for over 25 years, Vanterpool is the managing director of service and operations of Marsh & McLennan's Employee Health & Benefits division. Throughout his career, he has provided solutions to organizations throughout a diverse market by maintaining focus on the goals and objectives of his clients and understanding the culture and community of the organization. He previously served as the director of underwriting for a top 10 insurance benefits consulting firm. 

Born in the Bronx, Jeff Vanterpool is a graduate of Stony Brook University and is a “transplant” into the Garden State.  He is an avid golfer, hoops player and enjoys participating in his two daughters’ youth sports teams.

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“It is an honor to have been considered to serve on the Board of Trustees for Imagine. The services and support that Imagine provides is invaluable, and I am looking to add my experience, knowledge, energy and listening ear to those that are in need," he  said. "Intervention into a young person’s life during a time of trauma can make a significant difference and help lead to a healthy upbringing. My goal, along with those of the Imagine team, is to continue to bring as much awareness and increase the support to the families and communities in need."

"This is a very important part of serving people as a fellow human being that I am anxious to be a part of for now and the future.”

Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, is a grief support center for children (ages 3-18), young adults, and families dealing with the death or life-altering illness of a parent, sibling, or child. The organization offers free peer grief support year-round for as long as it is needed. It currently serves over 285 participants from 55 towns in our center every two weeks. In addition to these services, Imagine provides training through our education and outreach programs across the state to a variety of organizations, including schools, houses of worship and corporations. We also provide onsite support after any trauma or loss.

With locations in Mountainside and Newark, Imagine's goal is to create communities where grief and loss are transformed into resilience, empathy and compassion and where no child grieves alone. Concurrent groups are available for parents and guardians, and young adults 18-30. For more information, contact call 908-264-3100 or email