Grab a friend and join us at Town Pub in Bloomfield for our 8th Annual Meeting of the Membership this coming Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:30pm. We'll give a brief presentation of our 2015 Annual Report, we'll present our board approved 2016 budget for membership vote/approval and then we'll be holding our annual Board of Trustees election. More info on this year's nominees is below.
We'll also raise our glass for a bittersweet toast in honor of Mr. Michael Ser who has dutifully served as the BPC's Treasurer for the past six years. While he'll be stepping away from the responsibilities of bank deposit runs, check writing and spreadsheets, he promises to keep on whacking back invasive plants and planting spring bulbs with the Conservancy for many years to come.
Hope to see you there!
2016 Board Candidates
Mollie Smith, Nominee for Chairperson
Mollie's leadership is influenced by her passion for restoring and enhancing public parks and her drive to empower community volunteers to become stewards of Brookdale Park. A Bloomfield resident for the past ten years, she enjoys walking and exploring the natural beauty of Brookdale with her husband and three small children. Mollie has a degree in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture from The Ohio State University. She is a former design associate for the award winning Berger Partnership in Seattle, WA and currently works as an independent digital marketing consultant.
Kevin Andreano, Nominee for Treasurer
As a Conservancy member and volunteer, Kevin has developed a relationship management/fundraising database to record and utilize information relating to the Conservancy's members, donations, volunteer initiatives, and related activities. Kevin is an information professional with a Master's degree in Library and Information Science who has spent his career working with non-profit fundraising and financial management systems, most recently as the Budget and Planning Systems Administrator at Montclair State University. In his free time, Kevin enjoys exploring Brookdale Park with his wife and daughter.
Robert Crocker, Nominee for Board Member at Large
Robert has been an active member of the BPC for two years. He is currently working with a small committee to develop an official dogwood collection at Brookdale Park and expand it until it is established as the most diverse Dogwood collection in the nation.
Results-driven, entrepreneurial leader focused on delivering mission on time and under budget, Robert has more than 12 years experience strengthening nonprofits serving communities in the NYC metropolitan area. He is strong advocate for collaboration and collectively leveraging resources to deliver greater impact than organizations could achieve on their own.
Robert has lived in Bloomfield for 15 years.
Rich Law, Nominee for Board Member at Large
Rich is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services, LLC in New York. He, along with wife his wife Marilyn and two children, Anthony (19) and Alexandra (9), have lived in Glen Ridge since 2004. Since joining the Brookdale Park Conservancy Board in 2014, Rich led the group's successful efforts conducting an electronic survey of over 750 Brookdale Park users. He also led a working group that addressed bike safety issues in the park. His areas of interests include enhancing the overall experience for park users, and improving the maintenance of the park.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University, and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his involvement with the BPC, Rich coaches his daughter's basketball team, and is an usher in his church. He is a member of Glen Ridge Country Club where he serves on the Golf & Tournament Committee.
George Prell, Nominee for Board Member at Large
George was a BPC founding member, elected co-chair in 2010 and chair in 2012. He stepped down as chair in 2014 but continued on the Board as a member-at-large. Under his leadership the BPC, which had seen drops in memberships, was rebuilt by increasing visibility through volunteer projects, increased recruitment and monthly membership meetings. He also initiated periodic meetings of BPC officers with senior County officials and reached out to other park Conservancies, often attending their meetings to share experiences.
He placed strong emphasis on infrastructure, maintenance and safety. He successfully lobbied to have park benches repaired, extensive repairs done in the playground, ball fields and dog park, dozens of hazardous trees were pruned or removed. As membership and volunteerism expanded, George convinced the County to grant the BPC a portion of the Park Maintenance Building, several tools, and a maintenance/golf cart and trailer for transport of people, equipment and water tanks. He walked the Park multiple times per week, with surveys and checklists in hand, that would many times lead to alerts for needed repairs (sometimes emergency repairs): e.g. water leaks, fallen tree damage, snow and ice removal, thefts in progress.
George is a native of Syracuse, NY. He obtained a B.S. in Chemistry (Clarkson U) and a Doctorate in Pharmacology (U of Ottawa School of Medicine) and was subsequently recruited by Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He now works part-time at the renamed Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and also teaches at Rutgers School of Medicine. George lives in Montclair with his wife Chantal, their children Phillip and Celine, and pup Cocoa.
Carolyn Sharaway, Nominee for Board Member at Large
Carolyn is the proud of mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5 and is grateful to visit Brookdale Park every day for a walk, run, bike ride or trip to the playground. She oversees all aspects of fundraising for the Conservancy because she loves Brookdale Park and believes in the Conservancy's mission to preserve and maintain its inherent beauty and everything it has to offer. Carolyn is passionate about the social sector and developing its resources. She is a Senior Consultant for The Munshine Group, a consulting firm that manages major fundraising campaigns for nonprofit organizations throughout New Jersey and New York.