Board of Trustees
Tom Storer, President
Cindy Ferraino, Treasurer
Margaret E. Daly, M.S., Secretary
Ms. Daly has been an educator for many years and in that time has developed programming, curriculum and instruction protocols, as well as community awareness projects for children on the Autism Spectrum. She received her BS in Elementary/Special Education from C.W. Post University in June of 1983, her M.A. from Adelphi University in Early Childhood Special Education in 1988, Supervisor Certification from Rutgers University in 2000 and her Principal Certification from Holy Family University in 2008. Ms. Daly began her tenure at Gloucester County Special Services School District in September of 1994 as a Special Education Teacher and is now a part of its administrative team. In May of 2006, she received the Distinguished Service Award for her service to the NJ Autism Community. She began her membership with the Gloucester County Special Services Education Foundation in the summer of 2012. Ms. Daly resides in Gloucester Township, NJ with her two children.
Charles (Chuck) Wanamaker
Chuck joined GCSSEF in 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry and is currently Vice President, Business Services Officer IV, for BB&T Bank - now Truist - in Glassboro. A longtime resident of Washington Township, Wanamaker is active in industry and community organizations as a member of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, Washington Township Chamber of Commerce, Southern NJ Development Council, and BNI (Sewell). Wanamaker graduated from Liberty University in 1989 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.
Stacey Myers joined the Gloucester County Special Services Education Foundation 2015. "I became involved with GCSSEF in support of our son Braden, who was diagnosed at the age of 4 as being on the Autism Spectrum," Stacey remarked. "We’ve participated in The Gloucester County Autism Walk for several years with our team, Wyatt’s Warriors," she added. "More recently, Wyatt’s Warriors has also been participating in the RIDE. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the planning committee for the Walk for 2016 and look forward to being a contributing member of the board." Stacey has lived in Pitman since 2003 with her husband and two sons. Currently, Stacey wears many hats in her career. She works with Bon Bon’s Parties and events as a Children’s entertainer, new accounts executive with BBE Promotions, and is a substitute teacher in the Pitman school district. In 2015, she received an award from the Pitman Board of Education for her many years of volunteer service in the Pitman School District. Stacey has a nephew in Australia who was born with down syndrome. Her brother and sister-in-law advocate for those with special needs in Australia, and she saw joining GCSSEF as the perfect opportunity to help make a difference on this side of the world.
Regina joined GCSSEF in 2016. "I became involved with GCSSEF in support of our son Braden, who was diagnosed at the age of 4 as being on the Autism Spectrum," Regina said of her involvement with the Foundation. Regina and her family participated in the Walk for several years before getting involved with the RIDE and much more with GCSSEF. Regina was a member of the 2016 planning committee for the Walk. Regina works for VWR International where she has been employed for 19 years, and she currently acts as a Senior Business Analyst. She is a member of the VWR Wellness Committee, acting as organizer for the company to take place in The Autism Walk. Regina resides in Deptford with her husband, David, and 2 boys, Braden & Carter.
Mike Dicken, Superintendent
Gloucester County Special Services School District
Since its inception, GCSSEF has had many wonderful people join the ranks of the board. But, several years ago, the Foundation was able to recruit one special individual… April McElwee.
April and her husband Mark joined the GCSSSD family when their son Mark Jr. was 3 years of age. She immediately became infused into the programs, supplying materials, planning parties, and helping to raise awareness. Mark continued his journey at the Child Development Center in Turnersville for the early part of his elementary schooling and then returned to West Deptford schools. April was instrumental in the development and creation of Gloucester County Special Services Bankbridge programs and their dedication to Autism Spectrum Disorder helped to make the school one of the premier programs for children, teens, and adults on the Autism Spectrum in Southern New Jersey. Throughout those years, April and Mark continued to facilitate fund raising through the Autism Walk and Golf Tournaments. As Mark Jr. entered upper elementary school, he returned to GCSSSD programs and April’s fervor for promoting awareness and raising funds continued and intensified. She joined the Gloucester County Special Services Education Foundation in 2012 and raised a significant amount for funds that have been used to educate and support the students and families of GCSSSD, as well as, the Gloucester County area school districts.
April was one of a kind and has always been dedicated to her husband and children. Her love for Mark and her boys fueled her devotion to spreading awareness and the need for programming for all children in the Gloucester County area. Sadly, April lost her fight to cancer in November 2015. Since then, the Board has made her a perpetual trustee member to recognize April’s dedication and hard work. In her memory this year, the Annual GCSSSD Golf Tournament, has been renamed The April McElwee Memorial Golf Tournament.
April continues to be an inspiration to us all. We thank her for her commitment to Gloucester County Special Services District and her service on The Foundation Board and will honor her memory each time we meet as a board.
GCSSEF lost one of its founding members last Month. Eileen Shute was a member of the start-up meeting in 1999, and she was a huge part of GCSSEF receiving their certificate of incorporation in March 2000, and attended GCSSEF's first official meeting in April 2000.
Mrs. Shute spearheaded scholarships for students and mini grants for staff, and she was an integral part of the teams that put together Golf Tournaments, Autism Walks, Annual Spring Dinners, Miracle League, and programming for Respite Care.
Mrs. Shute later served as an Advisory Board Member for the Foundation, along with Fred Keating. She continued her support for GCSSEF as a voice both to the Foundation and the School District, along with her work in GCIT and Rowan College at GCC, which she was very influential in transforming.
GCSSEF remembers the legacy that Eileen Shute leaves us with.