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.
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.
Zach joined the GCSSEF board in 2018. He is the secretary for the school nurse at GCIT. He’s a 2013 graduate of the Gloucester County Institute of Technology’s Academy of Performing Arts & Troupe 5480. He serves as a volunteer advisor for both Thespian Troupe 5480 & the GCIT SkillsUSA chapters. He is a state-certified NJ & PA EMT. Zach is heavily involved with New Jersey Thespians and the Educational Theatre Association, serving on the Advocacy Leadership Network as well as other committees. He serves NJ as the Advocacy, Fundraising, Adult Awards & Outreach Chairs. He’s the 2012 SkillsUSA national Gold Medal Winner, advocating for suicide & mental health awareness. He was named the 2018 EdTA Volunteer of the Year with the ALN & the 2019 ArtPride New Jersey's Distinguished Arts Advocate presented at the New Jersey Governor's Awards in Arts Education.
Advisory Members- Gloucester County Special Services School District
Mike Dicken, Superintendent of GCIT & GCSSSD
Mr. Dicken was appointed as Superintendent of the Special Services School District and Vocational – Technical School District of the County of Gloucester on July 1, 2011.
Dana Lamonicia, Supervisor of Center for Regional Education Support Services (CRESS)
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.
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.