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THE SCARC BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The SCARC Board of Trustees meets monthly at the SCARC office in Augusta. The SCARC Board is a policy governance board and delegates management responsibilities to Dr. Richard C. Lecher, president and chief executive officer, who utilizes a staff of approximately 300 staff members in order to carry out the Board’s directives and policies. Anyone interested in communicating with the SCARC Board of Trustees can do so by talking with Darlene Blandina, Chairperson, or Dr. Richard Lecher.
The SCARC Board of Trustees operates under applicable laws of the State of New Jersey in order to assure that the operation of SCARC is done so with integrity, high ethical standards, and for the purpose of supporting persons with developmental disabilities and their family in Sussex County.
Members of the SCARC Board include
Darlene Blandina is our current Chairperson, serving on the board since 2014. Darlene lives in Sparta, and is the parent of a teenager who receives SCARC services. Darlene has vast experience in community activities including the Sparta Junior Women’s Club, various school and educational projects, and activities within Sparta Township. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce.
Rosemary Gebhardt is our First Vice Chairperson, and has served on the SCARC Board since 2014. Rosemary is Principal of Vernon’s Glen Meadow Middle School, and she lives in Wantage Township. Rosemary has extensive experience teaching, and in administration, in special education and elementary education settings. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary & Special Education, a Master’s degree in General Education, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Mary Ann St. John
Mary Ann St. John is our Second Vice Chairperson, and has served on the SCARC Board of Trustees since 2013. She is a local CPA, and lives in Branchville with her family. Her son is served through SCARC’s Harvest Home and Recreation programs.
Patti Nugent is our Third vice-chairperson, and a past member of SCARC’s Human Rights Committee, serving for over 25 years. A special education teacher at Kittatinny Regional High School since 1978, Patti has also developed the Learning At College Experience (LACE) Program, a continuing education program for adults with disabilities, at Sussex County Community College.
Mike Strada is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and has served on the Board since 2014. Mike is the current Sussex County Sheriff, and has a distinguished history of military experience in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and law enforcement assignments in both Morris and Sussex Counties. Mike, his wife, Kimberly, and family live in Hampton Township, and are parents of a child served by SCARC’s family support program.
Thomas Post is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, and has been on the Board since 1987. Tom is retired from Lakeland Bank, and he has been Treasurer of the Board for many years. He and his wife, Carol, live in Frankford Township and have been involved in many SCARC activities.
Phil Motyka is our Past-Chairperson and has served on the SCARC Board since 2007. He previously served as Chairperson from 2013-2014 as well. He is also a Past-Chairperson of the SCARC Foundation Board of Trustees. Phil is president of Vitro Com, a custom manufacturer of glass products for the medical and research industry in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Phil and his wife, Helene, reside in Frankford Township.
Aimee is employed at Ronetco Shop Rite as their Communications and Training Supervisor. She is certified by the Society of Human Resources Management with the SHRM-SCP credential. Aimee has extensive experience in the NJ Mental Health service system, and has over 20 years of experience in the food service industry. Aimee and her husband live in Dunellen.
Ken is a professional engineer with Dykstra Walker Design Group in Jefferson Township. Ken and his wife Judy live in Fredon Township and have been involved in SCARC for many years. His son James had been involved in SCARC services until his passing in 2017. James is the namesake for the new James Dykstra Center in Augusta.
Beth Jensen is a Chairperson’s appointment to the Board of Trustees. Beth is a certified teacher of children with special needs, and has completed the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Graduate Program. Beth and her husband, Erik, live in Vernon Township with their two children, one of whom has autism.
Megan is the CEO of SCARC Guardianship Services. She is an attorney in Sussex County and she and her husband Michael live in Ogdensburg.
Andy Sharick is our immediate Past-Chairperson and also serves as a member of the ARC of NJ Board of Directors. He is a self-employed, professional engineer who has been on the SCARC Board since 1999. He also served as Chairperson from 2005-2007 and 2017-2019. Andy and his wife, Alice, live in Newton, and they have an adult child with disabilities who receives SCARC services.
David Weed is a Chairperson’s appointment to the Board, and has been involved on the SCARC Board of Trustees since 1997. He is a restaurant worker at Krogh’s Restaurant in Sparta. David lives in a SCARC group home and participates in SCARC recreation, Special Olympics, and self-advocacy programs.
Emeritus members of the board
Andrew Jorgensen has served on the board since 1989, prior to being awarded the true mark of distinction by being unanimously elected as an Emeritus board member in 2015.
Michael Tilton has served on the Board since 2000, prior to being awarded the true mark of distinction by being unanimously elected as an Emeritus board member in 2019. He served as Chair of the Board from 2009-2011. He is a retired insurance professional who lives in Sparta. Michael and his wife, Barbara, have been dedicated supporters of SCARC for many years.
Doug White has served on the Board since 1999, prior to being awarded the true mark of distinction by being unanimously elected as an Emeritus board member in 2015.
Jim Drew served on the board from 1981 through 2004, at which time he was awarded the true mark of distinction by being unanimously elected as an Emeritus board member.
Sanford Hollander, Esq.
Sanford Hollander served on the board from 1992 through 2005, at which time he was awarded the true mark of distinction by being unanimously elected as an Emeritus board member.
Members of the Executive Staff
Richard C. Lecher, Ph.D.
Richard C. Lecher, Ph.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer. Richard has been employed by SCARC since 1972, and is also a member of the SCARC Foundation Board of Trustees. Richard and his wife, Susan, live in Hackettstown.
Janis M. Woersching
Janis M. Woersching is Chief Operating Officer of SCARC, Inc. and has served in this capacity since 2004. Previously, Janis served SCARC for eleven years in various supervisory and administrative capacities. Janis and her husband, Jeff, live in Stillwater.
Karen Newburgh is SCARC’s Chief Financial Officer. Karen has been employed by SCARC since 1995 and also serves as Chief Financial Officer for the SCARC Foundation. Karen volunteers as SCARC’s Special Olympics swimming coach, and has been involved in volunteering for Special Olympics since 1990. Karen and her husband, Patrick, live in Stillwater.
Mary Jo Smith, SHRM-SCP
Mary Jo Smith, SHRM-SCP, serves as SCARC’s Chief Human Resources Officer and has been employed by SCARC since 2000. She originally came on board as the staff trainer. Mary Jo is a certified professional in human resources. Mary Jo lives in Sparta.