Meet the Board of Trustees of Family Promise of Hunterdon County, Inc.:
Eleanor Tessier, Board President: Eleanor has been associated with Family Promise of Hunterdon for five years and was first drawn to the idea of the hospitality in Interfaith Hospitality Network because she thought that sharing a meal was a great way to unite people. “I have been taking my sons with me since they were seven and nine, and they always look forward to coming along. It’s the kind of volunteer experience that gives you instant gratification, but the rewards last a lifetime.”
Maggie D’Aversa, Board Vice President: Maggie has been an avid supporter of Family Promise/IHN of Hunterdon County since its inception. She is in research and development at Johnson & Johnson and is fortunate to work for a company that believes in giving back to the community. She has been involved in many other organizations and says this of FP/IHN, “I’ve been a believer in fairness and equity all my life and FP/IHN is one of those organizations which is focused on closing the equity gap with grace and dignity.”
Robert J. Fox, Board Treasurer: Bob is a partner in the Whitehouse Station based law firm of Carter, Van Rensselaer & Caldwell. Bob has served on FP/IHN Board since 2003. He has held various posts on the executive board and is currently serving as treasurer.
Maria Aponte, Board Secretary: Maria is an employee of J&J and very generously gives what little spare time she has to help our neighbors in need through the work of Family Promise of Hunterdon County.
Judith Stothoff, Member-at-Large: Judy has lived in Flemington for many years and has served on the FP/IHN Board of Trustees for many years. She was a Special Needs Teacher and a member of the Flemington/Raritan and Hunterdon Central School Board of Education. She was a co-founder of the Hunterdon County Meals on Wheels. Her memberships include Raritan Township Zoning Board and the Planning and Environment Boards. She is a member of Calvary Episcopal Church and volunteers with the Volunteer Guardianship One on One. “Because many of our neighbors need a helping hand, which our dedicated staff and volunteers provide, I am proud to be involved.”
Greg Crawford, Member-at-Large: Greg is a career business journalist who currently is the editor of a website for professionals who work in the financial services industry. He has lived and worked in New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Hong Kong. For many years he has worked with organizations dedicated to shelter and housing-like Interfaith Hospitality Network-using his gifts and talents to spread the word and encourage others to step up and make a difference.
Bill Taylor, Member-at-Large: Bill states “From the first time I hosted the dinner and was a night chaperone for the homeless in the network, I’ve been a big supporter of FP/IHN. It was so rewarding. And I joined the Board because I want to help this wonderful organzation pursue a very noble mission…providing important assistance for homeless families in our community.”
Tom Jones, Member-at-Large: Tom’s tenure in ministry includes; Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries, Hunterdon Hospice, and volunteer Chaplain at Hunterdon Medical Center. As an Elder at the Alexandria First Presbyterian Church, Tom has helped to cultivate and deepen the church’s ministry with IHN. “I truly believe that our responsibility is to advance God’s call to social justice. Family Promise works hard to achieve this and I’m excited to be a part of this ministry
Mike Stover, Member-at-Large: Mike is a CPA who works for the McGraw-Hill Financial Companies. Mike and his family has been supporting Family Promise for the past several years by hosting dinners and spending nights as a chaperone. “From our time with Family Promise / IHN we could see the long term benefits and the impact it had on the families as they were able to take control of their lives. I joined the Board of Directors in December of 2011 to see what additional contributions that I could make to assist the organization.”
Susan Auriemma, Member-at-Large: Susan is a Client Relationship Manager with LPL Financial in Lebanon, NJ. Susan and her family have been supporting Family Promise for years through the generous outreach that Our Lady of Lourdes church in Whitehouse Station provides as a Host Congegration. Susan joined the FP Board in 2012. “I am very proud to be associated with such a compassionate organization that supports the beautiful local community I have lived in for almost 20 years.”