Craig Voorhees, Esq.
Craig is an associate with the local Somerville Law Firm of Liberman, Ryan and Forrest. He was born and raised in Somerset County . He currently resides in Hillsborough with his wife Eleanor, who is a fine artist and muralist. Her artwork can be found in residences throughout the State of New Jersey and Bucks County , Pennsylvania .
EDUCATION: Albany Law School of Union University , Albany , NY J.D. Candidate, May 1997. Seton Hall University Law School , Newark , NJ Visiting student, 1996‑-97, Rutgers College , Rutgers University , New Brunswick , NJ B.A. Political Science, May 1993 . Admitted into practice in New Jersey and New York.
SOMERSET COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE, Somerville , NJ Assistant Prosecutor, June 1998 to present Assigned to screening, juvenile, domestic violence and appellate sections. Legal advisor to municipal police departments. Represented the State's interest in a variety of criminal proceedings including; juvenile prosecutions, domestic violence complaints, probation violation hearings, sentences, pleas and municipal appeals. Legal research and writing in numerous areas of criminal law. He also performs legal research and writing in areas of real property, contracts, municipal and school law. Drafted briefs, pleadings, motions, and interrogatories. Court appearances; attended depositions and arbitration’s. He performed real estate closings. Daily client contact.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, Newark, NJ Law Intern for Honorable Nicholas H. Politan, Summer 1996 Researched in habeas, social security, motions and other related civil litigation matters and the preparation of memoranda in connection thereto.
LAW PROJECT OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia , PA Jesuit Volunteer Corps, full‑-time, August 1993 to August 1994 Intake and client services. He interviewed potential clients. Worked closely with staff attorneys in resolving an assortment of legal problems that impoverished HIV+ individuals encounter. He referred clients to legal counsel and social service organizations.
Father Joseph Lugo
Father Joe is a long time resident of Bridgewater, NJ where he currently resides with his mother. He attended Boston College, Mount Saint Mary's College and Seaton Hall University and received his BA in 1956. He received an M.S. in Psychology from Seaton Hall in 1967 and his M.Div. from Seaton Hall in 1980. He has held teaching assignments at the United States Air Force Academy, College of Saint Elizabeth, Bayley Ellerd High School and Immaculate Conception Seminary.
Father Joe has performed his duties a chaplain at many military bases throughout the world. His Chaplaincies include, instruction in substance abuse, individual counseling, personal issues counseling, crisis intervention and referrals.
He clerical affiliations include, Holy Rosary Church - Dover, Saint James Church in Totowa, Saint Joseph's Church in Patterson, Holy Family Church in Florum Park, Saint Lawrence Church in Chester, Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick, Saint Elizabeth's College in Convent Station, Bayley Ellard High School in Madison and , Saint Madeline's Church in Flemington.
John W. Mooney
John and his family live in Neshanic Station , NJ . John is retired from National Starch and Chemical Company in Bridgewater where he was a Divisional VP, E-Business, for 27 years. John holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers College and a MBA from Rider College . He is currently a Board Member of SCCOAH (Somerset County Coalition on Affordable Housing).
Retired Chief Richard Voorhees, 62, became a police officer in 1960 when he joined the Bound Brook Police Department. In 1965, he became a member of the Bridgewater Police Department and rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1987. The Chief is also a retired Colonel of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.
Voorhees served in the Marine Corps and was former captain and president of the Bound Brook Rescue Squad. He is a graduate of the New Jersey Police Academy. He gained a national reputation when he started Operation Home Free in 1984, a nationwide program for runway children. His work with the program earned him several national honors, including some from the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Newsweek and the International association of Police Chiefs. He also received letters of commendation from Gov. Thomas Kean and President Ronald Reagan.
Reverend Ronald Neal Pollock
Rector of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Somerville , NJ . He served five years as the Assistant and later as the Priest in Charge of St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville , NJ . Among his activities, Fr. Pollock currently serves on the New Jersey Council of Churches, the Diocesan Cathedral Chapter, The Somerville Area Ministerial Association, and is Chaplain to the Lincoln Hose Fire Department in Somerville.
Born and raised in New Jersey, he is a 1987 graduate of Elon College in North Carolina, with a major in human services and a minor in psychology. From 1987 until entering The General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1991, he was a child care worker, therapist, and residential supervisor for Family Service of Burlington County. In 1992, he was a hospital chaplaincy intern at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City. He received his Master's of Divinity from General Seminary in May 1994. He was ordained a deacon in June 1994 and a priest in December 1999.
I retired in 1991 as a manager from NJ Bell / Bell Atlantic / Verizon after working in the Buildings Operations and the Vehicle Operations departments for 35 years. I operated my own business for 15 years until recently retiring again.
I have been serving as an elected Fire Commissioner in Bridgewater Township for 10 years. He holds the position of Treasurer of the Board. I am also a member of Finderne Engine Company #1 in Bridgewater. My wife Dorothy and I have been married 42 years. Together we have 4 sons and 6 grandchildren.
When I first encountered Tom and SHIP, in 1992, I was serving as a Vestry member and Warden at St. John's Episcopal Church in Somerville. At that time I was Chairman of a grants committee and was impressed with the mission and scope of the SHIP organization.
Since that encounter I have been associated with Tom and SHIP in some small way, working in the Soup Kitchen for about the last 9 years. I accompanied Tom to Manhattan with SHIP in October 2001 to provide hot meals to the rescue and recovery workers at the World Trade Center - Ground Zero site.
Working in SHIP's Galley has been one of the most enlightening life experiences I have had. Seeing the services SHIP provides and filling the gaps left by other agencies and organizations has always been a source of amazement. It is without a doubt an honor to serve as a Board member of this organization.
Church of the Immaculate Conception – Social Ministry Director - Jeanine Cossette Cavanagh has extensive experience in Social Ministry and coordinating volunteer efforts. Following graduation from Seton Hall University in 1988, Jeanine furthered her education by obtaining a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Seton Hall University, Immaculate Conception School of Theology. During her studies Jeanine worked for Seton Hall University’s Campus Ministry as a student worker, and then a Graduate Assistant.
As Jeanine was completing her studies at the School of Theology, it was becoming obvious that the volunteerism component of Campus Ministry was growing to be more than a Graduate Assistant position. It was at this point that Jeanine, charged with this task, developed and founded a department dedicated to providing students with volunteer opportunities. This was the beginning of Seton Hall’s Division Of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE), and in 1990, following graduation; Jeanine took on the full time position as Director of DOVE. The Seton Hall student’s education was augmented by exposure to service while emphasizing the Catholic experience of the University by introducing them to the virtues of serving others. DOVE was a huge success for the University, the students and the thousands served throughout the years. During this time Jeanine also served on the Board of Directors for Camp Fatima of New Jersey.
In 1994, following the birth of her first daughter, Jeanine resigned from DOVE to dedicate herself to her growing family. In 1996, Jeanine began to work part-time for Immaculate Conception Parish in Somerville as the Director of Social Ministry. Since then, Jeanine has continued to expand outreach ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish, while raising her four children with her husband, Jim.
Immaculate Conception Parish now boasts a vibrant Social Ministry department which connects parish volunteers to local outreach opportunities such as SHIP, Habitat for Humanity, as well as various fundraising efforts, specific ministries that serve the sick, struggling families, women, mothers, the marginalized and an outreach to the poor of Appalachia. Once again, Jeanine’s work has provided many beneficiaries including the Immaculate Conception parishioners, the parish grammar school and high school students, and thousands of persons served by volunteers and ministered to. Jeanine currently serves on the Board of Director’s for SHIP and continues a harried schedule of raising her family, work at the parish, volunteering and ministering too many in a variety of ways.
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