Wheelchair BalletPurpose of Advisory Board is to provide knowledge and strategic advice to the Commission.  They provide unbiased insights and ideas from a third point-of-view,  encourage and support the exploration of new business ideas, and  act as a resource.


Linda served as a parent representative and secretary of the Commission for 16 years. She has been an advocate for the inclusion of people who are blind or visually impaired into all aspects of life. She is a member of the National Federation of the Blind.


Drue was a program development specialist in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Office of Recreation for 17 years. As an adjunct to her responsibilities at DCA, she was a grant reader for the US Department of Education Office of Special Recreation Services (OSERS), and was federally appointed to represent New Jersey as a consultant to the US Architectural and Transportation Barriers Board, (ACCESS BOARD) Outdoor Recreation Areas Committee. In retirement, she has been a grant writer for the Saddlebrooke Women’s Association which addresses the needs of underserved Native American children. She continues to advocate for all persons with disabilities through various volunteer opportunities, including the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council, and as a grant reader for the United Way. She considers it an honor to be a consultant to NJ CRID.


Thomas has been involved in Municipal Parks and Recreation for the past 35 years currently serving as the Parks and Recreation Director for the Township of South Brunswick. During this time my staff and myself have been instrumental introducing inclusive programs for children and adults with special needs in our community. I believe that the NJ CRID provides an essential service to the residents of the state of NJ. I support their mission and efforts in providing education and training to those individuals who provide service to those with special needs. Additionally the advocacy provided by NJ CRID for those with special needs is inspiring and much needed.


Ed works in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Natural & Historic Resources for 30 years. He is the administrator of the Office of Resources Development which is responsible for the capital planning, design and construction for parks, forests, wildlife management areas and historic Sites. He has overseen the renovation and implementation of over $20,000,000 worth of projects/programs at the above facilities to allow for inclusion of the disabled community in compliance with the ADA.


Sandy served on the Special Olympics Education Leaders Network (ELN) since 2013, where she was acknowledged for support given in their publication Guide to Inclusive Physical Education and Sports Activities. She organized volunteers from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games. Sandy has served on the NJ Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities for eight years participating on Education and Finance committees). She was involved with the Global Abilities Foundation as a volunteer for “Rec Fest”.


Marta is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and is the Director of the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Care One of Somerset Valley.   As Director of the Therapeutic Recreation Department, Marta ensures the patients have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that are fun and therapeutically beneficial during their stay.  Marta has been with NJ CRID for several years.


Lisa serves on the board as a representative of the Aronow Family Foundation. The AFF is proud to support the work of NJ CRID.


Eileen was a founding member of the NJ Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. Under her tenure, East Brunswick Camp Daisy was created, winning the Commission’s NJ Distinguished Governmental Agency Recreation Services award. She is NJBIZ 2010 Mover & Shaker and their 2008 Best 50 Women in Business. She has been actively involved with NJ Association of Women Business Owners since 1987 being their president from 1991-1993.


Erik has been Activity Assistant Certified (AAC) since 2013 and Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS) since 2014. He began his career in a dementia unit at Alaris Health in Passaic County; and was also the recreational therapist for a behavioral program at this facility. Erik works with the Medical Foster Home Program at the VA New Jersey Health Care system, as well as with individuals at the mental health facility on campus. As a member of the NJ CRID Website Committee, Erik communicates with members to keep information on the website current, as well as maintaining the NJ CRID presence active on the internet.