A lifetime resident of Burlington County with over 10 years of community service experience, Jessica is the current President of Medford Home and School Association securing significant funding to support the seven schools in Medford Township. show more... She serves as the Youth Coordinator and a Church Council Trustee at her church. She is also the newest member of Medford Township Board of Education. Jessica believes her history of working with several nonprofit organizations within the local school district and community has given her first-hand experience into the importance of public libraries and they impact they have on our children and in our communities.
Patricia Lindsay-Harvey is Co-Founder/President and Executive Director of Swing 2 Tee Golf at Pro Elite Athletic Kooperative, Inc. show more... The non-profit organization aims to create a culture in youth athletic programming that is fun, nurturing and educational while offering a positive impact far beyond athletics. The Swing 2 Tee Golf Program teaches the game of golf in a progressive and holistic way to children ages 2 to 17, children with disabilities, seniors, service men and women with PTSD and their families. Patricia joined the foundation because of her love of libraries and their immense importance to the community.
Carla Reinas is a Vice President at TD Bank, one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. show more... She previously served as Senior Account Executive at Thomas/Boyd Communications in Moorestown, which specializes in media and public relations. Carla has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from La Salle University. She joined the Foundation because she believes libraries are an important resource in our community. Her goal is to help raise funds to further the BCLS mission and support all initiatives that help its users. Giving back to the community is important to Carla, who is also a board member of Crossroads Programs, the Burlington County Freeholder Appointed Advisory Council on Women, and a member of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden County’s Image Committee.
Jo Anderson is a real estate agent at Century 21 Alliance with more than 17 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate. show more... A resident of Medford, she also serves as treasurer for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, and has been an active volunteer for the local school district and her church youth group. Previously, Jo was a director, trainer, and sales associate in the fitness industry. Fluent in Italian, Jo believes in giving back and joined the foundation to help promote a positive community.
David G. Gerkens
A lifelong Burlington County resident who currently lives in Riverton, David G. Gerkens is Vice President of Grants for Community Grants, Planning, and Housing, LLC. show more... With more than 30 years of grants experience, he has secured millions of dollars in funding for nonprofit and municipal clients. David has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Stockton University. He believes his long history of interaction with nonprofits and municipalities has given him first-hand insight into the impact public libraries have on communities across the region.
A former newspaperman and congressional aide, Ralph Shrom retired from his position as Burlington County’s first Public Information Officer after nearly 20 years of service. show more... Upon retirement, the County Freeholder Board appointed him to the Burlington County Library Commission, and he was elevated to the role of Commission Chairman shortly thereafter. Ralph earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers University-Camden. A resident of Tabernacle, he believes that “libraries are rapidly changing” in the ever-evolving Internet/social media age, and that the demands of library users, young and old, must be met. Ralph joined the foundation to further support the library by working to raise funds for necessary – and expensive -- facility and equipment upgrades.
A Medford resident, Gretchen Sting is a Professional Development Manager and Literacy Specialist at Vantage Learning Labs and a Professional Development Contributor at Teachersfirst.com, a nonprofit whose mission is to help teachers integrate technology into their curriculum. show more... Throughout her 30 years of teaching experience in all elementary grades and at the university level for graduates and undergraduates, she has sought to inspire a desire for lifelong learning. In addition, she has focused on literacy and integrating technology into the curriculum to support creative and critical thinking. Gretchen remains active in many educational organizations and she believes reading and literacy enhances and empowers all learners, young and old. Being a foundation member allows Gretchen to share her passions with the community.