SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler has been named as Board Secretary of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, which helps increase the number of lives saved through innovative research, family support, public awareness, and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Stamler, who was appointed Deputy Mayor on Jan. 1, 2021, has been touched by organ and tissue donation in more ways than one. Her brother, aunt, and father, the late Union County Prosecutor John H. Stamler, each received a life-saving heart transplant. Her other brother later passed away and gave the gift of life as a tissue donor, enhancing the lives of over 30 people.

"Supporting organ donation has been a passion of mine for several years. Knowing that 2020 was a year of great struggle for so many during the pandemic, and yet more New Jerseyans than ever were organ donors, makes me proud to be an advocate," Stamler said. "I am excited to serve in this new capacity with the inspirational and generous Foundation Board and staff."

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NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit organization responsible for recovering organs and tissue for the nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. With headquarters in New Providence, NJ, the organization is part of the national recovery system, serving the 110,000 people on the national waiting list.

Stamler, who works as a procurement specialist with Union County Emergency Services, is a longtime volunteer at NJ Sharing Network and has served on the NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board of Trustees for four years. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting from New Jersey City University and a certificate in Public Administration from Kean University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from The College of New Jersey.

The NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board of Trustees is comprised of a diverse group of individuals from both public and private sectors, many of whom have been touched by donation, including donor families and transplant recipients. Besides Stamler, the other 2021 Board appointees are: Chair: Christopher J. Bautista of Spring Lake Heights; Vice Chair: Jane A. Buckiewicz of Point Pleasant; Vice Chair: Ron Oswick of Freehold; and Treasurer: Bhavna Tailor of Clifton.

"Chris, Jane, Ron, Bhavna, and Elizabeth are all dedicated volunteers and advocates who hold a true passion for organ and tissue donation,” said Elisse E. Glennon, Executive Director, NJ Sharing Network Foundation. “They are respected leaders who bring a wealth of diverse experience, talent and expertise in their fields to further our mission to save and enhance lives.”

To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.